Room for Rent and other rental scams
#219254 by Michelle Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:08 am
From: "daniel smicer" <[email protected]>
To: Michelle banks
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 1:19:43 PM
Subject: RE: Room in House Available Now!!

Thanks for showing interest in my place.My Business recently relocate me to Manila, Philippines I just opened a new outlet here in Philippines so i moved,i am looking to rent this unit out,long and short term is allowed

My apartment is Located at :155 Andersen Drive San Rafael, CA 94901

The room is Available for immediate move in. Its a Modern 1 bedroom & 1 bathroom in a 2bd 2bath apt and a large living room apartment, you will have access to the rest of the amenities in the apartment which includes dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements.well behaved pets are allowed

The rent is $540 per month including utilities and $500 for damage deposit,I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located,i am not available to meet with you for viewing as i am out of the state,when you check out the exterior,kindly get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures and application form then we can proceed to how the keys will be delivered to you...

Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.

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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