Room for Rent and other rental scams
#24155 by Michelle Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:32 pm
From Paila mark < [email protected] >
to Michelle
date Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 7:34 PM
subject Re: Reply to your ad: 2 bedroom furnished for rent in Oxford.

hide details 7:34 PM (2 hours ago)

Thank you for the most eloquent response to my listing, I'm the owner of the apartment you are making inquiry of. Actually i resided in the apartment with my family, before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my church where i work for and now situated in the (WEST AFRICA,NIGERIA) and presently my apartment is still available for rent and I'm not willing to sale my apartment anymore. It include the utilities like hydro, washer and security, I have my furniture in the store if you which to move in with your furnished items, no problem. Please i want you to note that i'm a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent, i will want you to take absolute care of my apartment and I want you to treat it
as your own, money is not the most important thing but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check is the address of the apartment so you can go and view it and get back to me as soon as possible.
109 Oxford Rd
Old Marston, Oxford OX3 0RB, UK

Rental : 450Pounds
security fee:150pound
Heating features: Central, Electric Source
Status: Active & Available Now
Smoking: Allowed
Lease terms: Short & Long term

1)Your Full Name_________________________ ____________
2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone ________________________ _______
3)How old are you___________________________ __
4)Are you married _ _____________________________ _____
5)Occupation __ _________________________
6)Current rent payment ____ __________________________ ___________
7)Reason for moving out?_______ _________
8 )How many people will be living in the apartment ____________ _________________
9)The rent fee available now __ ____________________________ ___________
10)How long are you willing to stay _______ ____________________-
11)When do you intend to move in ___
12)Do you have a pet ______________________________ _______
13)Do you smoke
Awaiting your reply soon. May you and your family continue to be blessed
Yours Sincerely.

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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