Room for Rent and other rental scams
#145955 by Con Warner Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:45 am
From: Katherine Morrison <[email protected]>


Thanks for your response to my ad.The flat is a three bedroom apartment and here is little details about the flat before we proceed.

Flat Address: Strutton Ground, Westminster, London, Greater London, UK
Postcode: SW1P 2HY
Rent: £550pcm, includes all bills.
Security deposit:£600 refundable after four weeks in the flat.
Minimum Stay: 1 Month(s)
Maximum stay:1 yr with the option of extending the contract after 12 months

Flat amenities: A beautifully presented 3 bedroom flat offering contemporary décor with modern fittings and well proportioned living space.
The property comprises bright reception room, kitchen, bedroom with fitted wardrobes and bathroom with spa bath and power shower.

The room is newly decorated, bright, fully furnished with a NEW comfortable double bed, desk, chest of drawers. bedside table and wardrobe.
(Beddings are also provided).

The house has a fully furnished kitchen with all equipment’s you need (microwave, Oven, Electric Cooker, Fridge, Washing Machine, Etc.).

The sights, shops, restaurants, bars and transport amenities of Westminster and Victoria Street are moments away, as are the green open spaces of St. James's Park.

Price inclusive of utilities bill, broadband and council tax..Suitable for professional or students.

Location: The nearest underground station is St. James's Park (Circle and District lines), which is very close by.
0-5 minutes walk to Victoria station.

Look forward to hearing from you,


This person asks for proof that you are able to pay the deposit and rent (for a property that he does not own) due to a string of time wasters.
This proof is in the form of a cash or bank transfer either to him, his lawyer, your friend or a family member.

Sounds safe. It's not!

At other times, this person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union or Moneygram with the promise that they will send the keys through a courier company.

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.

Email: [email protected]

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