Room for Rent and other rental scams
#148374 by Con Warner Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:26 am
From: Jason B Cook - [email protected]
Sent: Saturday, January 19, 2013 11:11
To: Con Warner
Subject: Re: $700 / 2br - Two bedroom apartment in Ottawa for rent (Ottawa)


Thanks for your interest in my apartment .The apartment is still available for rent and is available for long term/short term lease. I'm a Engineer and I just secured a new job with Engineering & Construction Corp in London, England. I work as a electrical project engineer and i will be here for long that is why am putting up my apartment for rent.

The apartment is located at: 485 King Edward Ave Ottawa, ON K1N 7N1.

This unit is available as long as you want it.furnished 2 bed/1 bath apartment ,The apartment is strategically located in a very cool and lovely environment with many appliances including dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted.The rent is $700 per month including utilities...I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located and get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures for you to have an idea on how beautiful and spacious the inside looks and we can proceed to the next step which is the application process..
Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.
Many thanks

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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