Room for Rent and other rental scams
#218491 by Michelle Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:47 am
From: Luis Martinez <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM
Subject: RE: Lead for 224 E 27th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011
To: Michelle Banks


Hello,

Your interest in the house is well appreciated. Me and my family works as a volunteer for Youth With A Mission(YWAM) and we have just been transferred to Salisbury,MD which is the more reason why we are looking for a reliable tenant/family that can take good and proper care of the place in our absence. we will be away for 3-4yrs. The place is available for short or long term rent. Pets are allowed as long as they are not destructive. Parking space is also available at no extra cost.

Utilities included in rent are (Water and sewer, Electricity, Cable TV, Garbage disposal) and amenities (Refrigerator, laundry, washer and dryer, internet connection). You can go check out the place and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to us if you really like it.

The rate is as follows:

Rate per month : $700
Security deposit: $400
Total: $1,100( Utility bills are Included )

Property Details: 1bed, 1bath
Property Address: 224 E 27th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90011

SCHOOLS: Central Region Elementary School #18, John Adams Middle, Santee Education Complex, Twenty-Eighth Street Elementary, Maple Primary Center, William Jefferson Clinton Middle, Frank Lanterman, Orthopaedic Hospital, Frida Kahlo High, Animo Jackie Robinson High, Animo Film And Theater Arts , St Vincent School, Star Christian School

In order to proceed with the reservation, kindly fill in the information below so that it can be documented.

RENT QUESTIONNAIRE

FIRST NAME:__________
MIDDLE NAME:__________
LAST NAME:__________
DATE OF BIRTH:_________
PROFESSION:__________
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________
(WORK)PHONE__________
(HOME)PHONE__________
MARITAL STATUS:__________
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? ______________
HOW MANY MONTH RENT CAN YOU AFFORD AS DEPOSIT _____________
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE _____________
DO YOU DRINK ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____

If have any question please do not hesitate to ask.

Luis Martinez
(218) 282-7554


This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram, pre-paid credit card 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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