Room for Rent and other rental scams
#144964 by Michelle Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:25 pm
From: Brian Mahoney <[email protected]>
To: Michelle Banks
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 12:13 AM
Subject: Re: $1000 / 4br - Fully renovated Detached Home, 4th Bdrm and 2nd FB in lower level (Rockville MD)

Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house,Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house.

Myself and my wife just traveled to Miami, Florida for an international Christian follower's crusade, Am one of the Coordinator for United State Missionary Organization

We will be away for 2 to 3 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.

Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?

Here are details of the house:

Address:1105 Baltimore Rd, Rockville MD 20851

Phone:(562) 888-4079 (786) 378 -7162
Property type:Single Family House
Size:1,500 sqft
Air Conditioning
Ceiling Fans
Double Oven
Garbage Disposal
Pets Allowed
Washer / Dryer

Monthly rent:1000
Security Deposit:800
Note:i am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the house and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it, and let me know if you would want me to forward you the rental application form to fill out.

Feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and i will be looking forward to receive your email as soon as possible.

Remain Blessed
Bashore Stephen

From: Brian Mahoney <[email protected]>
To: Michelle Banks
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 4:23 PM

Thanks and God bless you for the email and love for my house,i have got other people that are also willing to rent from me so it depend on how fast you are.

I have attached to this e-mail the Rental Application for you to complete and send back to me through e-mail.


(1)Payment Receipt for the first month rent
(2)Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details)
(3)The house documentary file.
(4)Full description of the house.
(5)Entrance and the rooms Keys.

These will be delivered to you in your current address so that you can possibly occupy our house as stated. Once again, I am giving you this on trust and do not disappoint me and I promise you that you will love the house as you move into it.

Hope to read from you soon

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 money (again via Western Union) 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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