Room for Rent and other rental scams
#147150 by Con Warner Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:58 am
From: Van Vick <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:11
Subject: Re: $550 room for rent (petaluma)
To: Con Warner


Thanks for your interest in my property. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Oil Expatriates and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in (West African) for a research and I don't know when I will return back to the apartment that's why am looking for a good tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.

The apartment Features
ï High Speed Internet
ï In-Suite Laundry
ï Large in-suite storage
ï Cable

Its a spacious and lovely apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle - Toaster - Dishwasher - Freezer - Microwave - Oven - Dryer - Heat - Water - Washing Machine and Electric.

I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fee per month including utilities for the whole of the apartment.

If you really want to rent the property, you will need to provide the below information;

Full name:

Profession :

Present Address of the applicants:

Zip code :

Reasons for Leaving :

How long do you intend staying :

Do you drink:

Ph#: Cell & Home :


Single Or Married :


Pet : If any ()

Date of Tenancy:

I ............CERTIFY that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for tenant screening as may be necessary in arriving at a tenant decision. I understand that the landlord may terminate any rental agreement entered into for any misrepresentation made above.

I want you to make sure the present address is not mistaken because that's where the keys and documents will be ship to. The contents of the shipment you will be expecting are:

1. Bunch of keys to the property.

2. Documents containing the lease agreement and property description , including the property address.

3. Rent receipts and damage deposit receipts.

I want you to email me once you fill the rent application form, the shipment of the package containing the keys and other documents will be ship by secure courier service once the deposit payment is paid.


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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