Room for Rent and other rental scams
#219259 by Michelle Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:54 am
From: John Hannon <[email protected]>
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: Upper floor one-bedroom condo


Thanks for your email. I'm John Hannon the owner of the Apartment you are renting.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family for some months and we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $600 per month including the utilities like washer and security,it is furnished.Right now I'm in West Africa for a crusade and i would like you to get in touch with my wife in the United states for more discussion as she is with the keys and the documents to the apartment.Please I want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and I want you to treat it as your own.I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when I come for a check up,I do that once in a while.I want to have trust in you as I always stand by my words.Let us know how soon you are willing to move in. Email my wife Mary ,on ( [email protected] ) and she will attend to you better.

ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 1127 E Del Mar Blvd Pasadena, CA 91106

Thanks for your interest.
John Hannon

From: Mary Hannon <[email protected]>
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: Upper floor one-bedroom condo

Thanks for your email, My husband own the apartment. I want you to know that it was due to my husband's transfer that made us to leave the apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time. So for now, I am in Fairfield, Connecticut in the United States in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the apartment, we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we don't want the apartment to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us here and as you know that, my husband over in the West Africa for a mission of God, so I hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment. So get back to me on how you could take care of our apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting a home. Hope you are okay with the price per month with gas, heat laundry facilities, air condition, Internet connection and so on. View pictures in the attached files. I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP so that I can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the apartment for rent.

Hope to read from you soon
Mary Hannon

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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