Room for Rent and other rental scams
#212196 by Michelle Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:20 am
From: Pineo Nisrine <[email protected]>;
To: Michelle Banks
Subject: Re: 3/1 family home
Sent: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 6:01:39 PM

Hello,
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am the owner of the advertised house on Craigslist. I resided in the house with my family, my wife and myonly daughter before, and just presently we moved out due to my transferon Christian Missionary Assignment in Africa. Also includedin my assignment is to providesupport program to Babies withabnormal formation and growth disorders. My missionaryassignment here would span a period of between 4-5 years.
Basically, i am interested with three qualities in my prospective Tenant.
1) Honesty / Integrity- Someone who morally chooses to do
the right thing.
2) Ability to Pay: I would want someone that would be able
to pay.
3) Cleanliness: Most importantly, i would want someone thatwould take good care of my House in my absence. Neatness and goodmaintenance culture is all that isrequired as the rent is no t a priority at this point.
Address;(2822 Hoffman Avenue Baltimore, MD 21227 )
Monthly Rent : $900
The House has a dramatic entry foyer . Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! Very quiet, low traffic area. I believe itsabsolutely aperfect home for you and your family. Pets are allowed
SO IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE THE PERFECT TENANT FOR MY HOUSE, I WOULD WANT YOU TO FILL THE FORM BELOW
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN
TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________?
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so
that i can have it in my file in the event of issuing the
receipt for you and contacting you. I would wait for your
feedback so that we can discuss on how to get the document
and the keys to you,
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are
free to move in as soon as you wish to...A Deposit of $450
(which happens to be the security deposit) is required
before moving in. This deposit is refundable if at the end
of the day you don't like the House but i am giving you
the benefit of doubt that you would definitely like it.
Since i am not around to show the House, you can just drive
by
to see the outside of the House. The keys and Documents
have already been packaged and as soon as we reach an
agreement, I would be sending them over to your present
address for you to move in. The house will be available for
rent for a period of 4-5years so you have a choice of
deciding how long you intend staying there...Feel free to
call me for more information and arrangements on how to get
the keys and othernecessary documents delivered to you...my
number is ( +234-706-674-6873).
Thanks and Remain Blessed


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 (by Western Union) money 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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