Room for Rent and other rental scams
#220174 by Michelle Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:37 am
From: Fredric Thomson <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM
To: Michelle Banks


Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house.. I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw, Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $550 USD (rent already includes utilities) More so Now, I'm currently in the Orlando, Florida for an international Christian follower’s crusade. Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent, so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but 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. also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

Feel free to text my number ( 747-777-8140 ) so we can discuss on how you can go further renting my home due to how i wont be able to received calls for the now since we are very much busy in our missionary program.

Alternative email: ( [email protected] )

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet.....Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas Etc....

Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
Phone # : __________?
E-mail : __________?
Best time to call : __________?
How many proposed occupants : __________?
List all in addition to yourself including approx age : __________?
Present Address : __________?
City/State : __________?
Will you have pets : __________?
Please describe Breed, size : __________?
Preferred move in date : __________?
Intended length of lease: __________?
Earliest possible date of deposit payment: __________?
Length of previous tenancy : __________?
Present occupation : __________?
Do you work late night : __________?
Do you smoke : __________?
Do you drink : __________?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss,… The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $550 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to text my number ( 747-777-8140 ) so we can discuss on how you can go further renting my home. Me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years and more so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…


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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