Room for Rent and other rental scams
#114227 by Michelle Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:43 pm
On 2012-07-18, at 1:06 PM, "Nicholas Archer" <[email protected]> wrote:

> I have a tenant who presently occupies the house but moving out on 28th of August which makes the house available from September 1st. We can make an appointment to meet up for the viewing of the house if you are serious about this. My family and i lives in Red Deer which is about 165km away from the property.I need to know and be sure you are serious about this so i can make out time to drive over. But you should be aware that I intend to give it out at the rate $1620 which includes Utility. You would be required to make the payment of the first and damage deposit of $1000 which amount to $2620.
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> The house is available for as long as you intend to stay either long/short duration. Its a very secured environment. we are giving it out for continuous maintenance. The house is a beautifully styled and spacious 3 bedroom. It has a very Magnificent interior Deco like, fully fitted kitchen, sleek and stylish fixtures and fittings throughout, newly renovated and modern bathrooms and a com-bi boiler gas Central heating. Attached some photos for you.It is a safe neighborhood with very responsible people and very clean.
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> I do not have any problem reserving my property for you as long as i see proof. I would have the paperwork's for you to be rest assured you have secured for the time you desire. The property was purchased a couple of years ago and we have worked hard to maintain it and that's why we would like to keep it that way and rent it out to a capable tenant.We are private landlords and we are looking for a good tenant who will take good care of our property, we are not so keen on the price of the rent as we have fully paid all mortgages on the property. We can discuss anything you wish at viewing date but we have to be convinced that making out time to drive over from Red Deer would not be in vain.
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> My wife and I have come to the conclusion that who so ever wanted to rent our property must provide proof that the money is available before taking a trip down to the house. This is time, effort and money wasting so i have to be really certain you are serious before i make any trip. It has always being the case of me driving over and get disappointed at some point either the client couldn't make it or they found another place. I just need a solid proof that you are serious to rent this property.latest being last week where i traveled down for viewing and the client ended up not showing and wouldn't pick up his phone, this has always been the case, Imagine if you have to leave your very busy schedule to make the trip and they never turn up.
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> My wife and i have concluded that anyone who is interested in our property is required to use a western union money transfer of the first month rent and damage deposit to either your spouse, friends name who can pick up the fund on the viewing date to make your payment if it suite your interest and have a scanned copy of the receipt sent to me for verification. then i would be convinced that my trip down there would not be in vain as i see that as a means of seriousness. and please DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ME.
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> Note: I would refund you the charges fee for sending the money either the property meet your interest or NOT. Also, We can have the landlord and tenancy agreement form signed on the viewing date if its ok by you.
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> You should be aware that the date you agreed to move into my property is when your rent begins.
> Should you have any question don't hesitate to email me.
> Looking forward to hearing from soon .
>
> Kind Regards.
> Nicholas.


The thief will tell you that you can rent his accommodation only if you can prove that you have genuine interest. He will ask you send money by wire transfer (normally Western Union) to yourself or a member of the family to show that you have sufficient finances and that you are not a "time waster".

Another variation of this scam is that you need to send (by Western Union) money in order that the keys and other documents can be couriered to you

He will ask you to send him the transfer details.

Make no mistake ! Western Union Transfers can be picked up virtually anywhere in the world and with the minimum of identification. They are almost impossible to trace once the money has been collected. You will never get to see the accommodation or your money again.

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 Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment by Western Union 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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#148949 by mikemcd5858 Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:25 pm
Here is the version I received while looking to rent a place in Oakville, Ontario.

I wasnt given an actual email address as they kept emailing me from the craigslist email address, but heres a link to the craigslist ad and the posting ID was 3588561724.
http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/oak/apa/3588561724.html

Message me or reply to the post if you want any other information I might have but don't know about.

This is getting a bit ridiculous as i this is the 4th scam rental I have encountered out of inquiring in around 15 properties.

I have a tenant who presently occupies the house but moving out on 28th of february which makes the house available from march 1st. We can make an appointment to meet up for the viewing of the house if you are serious about this. My family and i lives in Oshawa which is about 100km away from the property.I need to know and be sure you are serious about this so i can make out time to drive over. But you should be aware that I intend to give it out at the rate $1500. You would be required to make the payment of the first month and damage deposit of $1000 which amount to $2500.

The house is available for as long as you intend to stay either long /short duration. Its a very secured environment. we are giving it out for continuous maintenance. The house is a beautifully styled and spacious 3 bedroom. It has a very Magnificent interior Deco like, fully fitted kitchen, sleek and stylish fixtures and fittings throughout, newly renovated and modern bathrooms and a com-bi boiler gas Central heating. Attached some photos for you.It is a safe neighborhood with very responsible people and very clean.

I do not have any problem reserving my property for you as long as i see proof. I would have the paperwork's for you to be rest assured you have secured for the time you desire. The property was purchased a couple of years ago and we have worked hard to maintain it and that's why we would like to keep it that way and rent it out to a capable tenant.We are private landlords and we are looking for a good tenant who will take good care of our property, we are not so keen on the price of the rent as we have fully paid all mortgages on the property. We can discuss anything you wish at viewing date but we have to be convinced that making out time to drive over from Oshawa would not be in vain.

My wife and I have come to the conclusion that who so ever wanted to rent our property must provide proof that the money is available before taking a trip down to the house. This is time, effort and money wasting so i have to be really certain you are serious before i make any trip. It has always being the case of me driving over and get disappointed at some point either the client couldn't make it or they found another place. I just need a solid proof that you are serious to rent this property.latest being last week where i traveled down for viewing and the client ended up not showing up and wouldn't pick up his phone, this has always been the case, Imagine if you have to leave your very busy schedule to make the trip and they never turn up.

My wife and i have concluded that anyone who is interested in our property is required to send the first month rent and damage deposit via Western union money transfer to either your spouse, friends name who can pick up the fund on the viewing date to make your payment if it suite your interest. Send me a scanned copy of the Western union receipt to us after having the transaction done. then i would be convinced that my trip down there would not be in vain as i see that as a means of seriousness. and please DO NOT SEND MONEY TO ME.

Note: I would refund you the charges fee for sending the money to your spouse either the property meet your interest or NOT. Also, We can have the landlord and tenancy agreement form signed on the viewing date if its ok by you.

You should be aware that the date you agreed to move into my property is when your rent begins.
Should you have any question don't hesitate to email me.
Looking forward to hearing from soon .

Kind Regards.
Bailis family.
#149035 by Jillian Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:13 pm
Welcome, and thank you for posting this information.

mikemcd5858 wrote:This is getting a bit ridiculous as i this is the 4th scam rental I have encountered out of inquiring in around 15 properties.


Yes. Unfortunately, this isn't uncommon. Fortunately, when there are so many similar scams, they become easier to recognize. Please let us know if you have questions!

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