Room for Rent and other rental scams
#27443 by Michelle Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:14 am
> On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM, jamescole64155
> < [email protected] >wrote:
>
>> Thank you for Inquiring, My flat is still available for rent.
>> It is a fully furnished flat with internet connection, parking space
>> for 2 cars,central heating, laundry and satellite.Pets are allowed.
>> Bath and shower...Walk in wardrobes, sound proof, double glazed, 24hrs
>> security system etc.
>> Here are the fees :rent and security deposit.
>>
>> Rent : £ 150.00 Per Week 600 per month...
>> Minimum Stay : 2 weeks Security Deposit: £ 400.00 (Returned at the end
>> of a week stay in my flat) Utility bills and Council Tax inclusive in
>> the rent.
>> Address : Osborne Rd, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne Tyne & Wear NE2 2AE
>> England...
>> It is available for short and long term rent...
>> Where are you coming from? When do you want to move in? and when are
>> you free for viewing? It is available from today and you can move in
>> asap.
>> I just need some one who is
>> responsible, neat and that is capable of taking care of my flat
>> because that was where i lived before i got
>> transferred to work and live in Ireland and i have been given a new
>> fully furnished home here, i think that is why the price may look
>> cheap! I furnished the flat to my taste..447024072811....James
>> Regards...



The thief will tell you that you can rent his accommodation only if you can prove that you have genuine interest. He will ask you send money by wire transfer (normally Western Union) to yourself or a member of the family to show that you have sufficient finances and that you are not a "time waster".

Another variation of this scam is that you need to send (by Western Union) money in order that the keys and other documents can be couriered to you

He will ask you to send him the transfer details.

Make no mistake ! Western Union Transfers can be picked up virtually anywhere in the world and with the minimum of identification. They are almost impossible to trace once the money has been collected. You will never get to see the accommodation or your money again.

If you are reading this because you are looking for property to rent, and you are in contact with this thief you are probably searching Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment by Western Union before viewing, then it will also be a scam. Please forward the mail to me at the address in my signature line and I will investigate and list them if necessary.

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