I can confirm that this artist and is probably still operational, I have fortunately not fallen victim/transferred any money but would like to share my experience. I was looking for accommodation in Cambridge last year and also a this year and during both searches made contact with familiar sounding agents. In both cases an advert was placed on an online notice board with details of the room and an email address of the "landlord". Upon contacting the "landlord", they would recommend you leave your mobile number with them or to contact another email address (this was [email protected]
in July 2014, and [email protected]
in April 2015). I assume this double email method is to get around moderators of various notice boards.
After contacting the second email address, I received a phone call or email (This was Robert van del Velden in 2014, and Peter van Marken in 2015). In the email details about the property as well as alternatives were given, and PDFs with pictures were attached. Also attached were blank "tenancy agreements" which had information about the "booking" procedure. In both instances the front cover of all PDFs featured a highly pixelated image of the Kings College Chapel and the University of Cambridge Crest.
Also in both instances the agent gave the option to view the property but this always was about 2~3 weeks away from the point of contact, presumably to implant a "if I don't pay now, somebody else will book it instead before the viewing date" feeling. Upon sending a reply saying that I am interested in viewing the property, this was the last point of contact and I have not heard from "Robert" or "Peter" since.
I was a victim of this scam artist too. Back in July I applied to move into an apartment on John street Cambridge and as I was in a hurry I didn't have time to view the property. I was instructed to pay in advance, which in hindsight I should not have done and so I did an internet transfer to an account in Ireland. The agents name was Robert van der veldon of cambridgerooms.com. We had spoken on the phone and it all seemed legitimate with pictures and a real address. On the day of my moving in it was raining hard...I waited and called and waited...nobody arrived. A kind lady saw me and let me wait in her house. It wasn't long before I realised nobody was coming and I had been scammed. I broke down and since then I've been financially struggling. I reported it to action fraud who then forwarded the case to London met police. I've been trying to get an update on the case but I've resigned to the fact that I'll never see that money again. Its caused me great stress and I've developed temporary alopecia. I don't know what to do.
Has anyone been refunded yet? Is it possible to get the money back??
Thanks for reading.