Room for Rent and other rental scams
#144174 by Con Warner Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:37 pm
From: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Your apartment
To: Con Warner

The apartment is available and the total is (5 nights) =350 euros + 50 euros refundable security deposit = 400.Euros....

NOTE: - The security deposit will be returned back to you at your departure date

To secure your chosen dates you will need to transfer the deposit via western union, you will have to send the money to my accountant and all the details and necessary information you need with my contact is in the booking form.. let me know when you are ready so i can send you the booking and agreement form to sign and complete..

I will be at the apartment during your arrival date so that i can give you the keys of the apartment and show you around.

Once i hear from you i will forward you the agreement and booking form.

Thanks
Beatrice

This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram 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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