Room for Rent and other rental scams
#218987 by Michelle Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:15 pm
On 27 Aug 2014, at 10:32, "Lynn J" <[email protected]> wrote:

Thanks for your response to my ad. The flat is two bedroom flat and you will be sharing with a lady age 25yrs old from Liverpool and she will be moving in 3rd week in September. Below is the details of the flat before we proceed.

Flat address: Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0AX and the rent is £580 per month,all bills inclusive for a room and security deposit of £580 which is refundable after end of contract and we offer minimum stay of 1month and maximum stay1 yr with the option of extending the contract after 12 months.

The flat amenities are: TV ,CD - DVD - Video,Radio,High-speed Internet with WiFi,Washing, Electric
Kettle,Toaster,Dishwasher,Refrigerator,Machine ,dryer, Heating, iron and Ironing board,Gas cooker,oven,Microwave e.t.c

About the Apartment:
* Modern Apartment.
* Fully furnished.
* 2 Bedrooms.
* 2 Modern bathrooms.
* Modern kitchen.
* Climate controlled air conditioning.
* Private development
* Minutes to tube
* Close to the River
* Excellent amenities
* Excellent transport links
* Walk into the City
* Close to Borough Market
* Moments to the South Bank
* Good links to Canary Wharf

The pictures of the flat are hereby attached with this email.

Property description Stunning two double bedroom situated within a modern private development and located within minutes of Borough and Southwark tubes. The flat has been finished to an extremely high standard with wood floors, modern fitted kitchen, modern furnishings, neutral décor and high spec fittings. The property is located within minutes of the City and benefits from excellent transport links into Central London and Canary Wharf. The property is located within minutes of the many bars, restaurants and shops in the Borough Market, Southbank and Bankside areas.

Nearby stations

* Borough (0.2 miles)
* Southwark (0.4 miles)
* London Bridge (0.4 miles)

Will you be able to take good care of my flat like your own?Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,
Lynn and James
.

From: [email protected]
To:Michelle Banks
Subject: Bank details to proceed
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:50:06 +0100

Hello,

Good to see the signed copy of the agreement contract and you can now proceed with the down payment of 580GBP asap in other to finalize the contract and email you a copy of the sealed contract with the receipt showing for your payment. See below my bank details to proceed with the payment via online banking

Account name: Lynn Oke Johnstone
Account number: 36334529
Sort code: 601251
Iban: GB72nwbk60125136334529
Bic: NWBKGB2L
Bank name: Natwest
Bank address: 112A High St, Kings heath, Birmingham B14 7LQ.

Once you are done with the transfer you will need to email me the screen shot or the copy of the transfer slip for confirmation showing the transfer has truly been made as am yet to activate my online banking alert. Hope this is clear to proceed? Looking forward to hear from you.

Regards,
Lynn and James.


This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram, pre-paid credit card or bank transfer with a promise that you can have the keys to a property that does not belong to him.

Sounds safe. It's not!

At other times, he will ask for proof that you are able to pay the deposit and rent due to a string of time wasters.
This proof is in the form of a Western Union or MoneyGram payment to a lawyer,a friend or family member.

In either case, if payment is made and you give this person the details, they will collect the money.
You will not hear from them again.

All the details such as names, addresses, pictures etc. that the scammer uses in order to back up his story, are stolen from elsewhere.

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 Craigslist, Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment 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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