Room for Rent and other rental scams
#24227 by Michelle Mon Mar 15, 2010 12:22 pm
> From: alfred williams < [email protected] >
> Date: 14 March 2010 06:18:17 GMT
> To: Michelle
> Subject: RE: Reply to your ad: Immaculate 1brm flat for rent in reading
>
> Hello
>
> Showers of blessing unto you and you entire household.I am the owner of the apartment you are making enquiry of.I once resided in the apartment with my wife and only daughter
> before me and my family decided to work for the lord.So presently i am based here in the
> West africa.My wife could not stay further cause she had to go for a surgery in
> Mississippi,Cause she has to visit an Otology/Neurotologist for sugery,Please from the
> pictures am attaching to this email it is obvious that i spent a lot on my property so i
> solicit absolute maintenance of the apartment so i would implore you to take care of it as
> if it were yours.Below is the rental application and the address of the apartment you are
> making enquiry of.
> Address:20 Kennet St
> Reading, Berkshire RG1 4AQ, UK
> MORE DETAILS
>
> FURNISHED
> SPACIOUS AND LIGHT
> KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
> SECURE AREA
> GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS
> Landing 22'1" x 5'10" ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
> Reception room 17'0" x 16'0" ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
> Kitchen 13'0" x 11'0" ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
> Bedroom 1 12'10" x 10'5" ( 3.91m x 3.18m )
> Bathroom 6'10" x 5'10" ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
>
> ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
> PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL
> Also,Pls answer these questions below:
> 1)Your Full Name______________________________________
> 2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________
> 3)How old are you_____________________________
> 4)Are you married___________________________________
> 5)How many people will be living in the Home__________________________ _
> 6)Do you have a pet___________________________ ______________
> 7)Do you have a car__________________________________________
> 8 )Occupation_________________________________________________
> 9)How long are you willing to stay_________________________________________
> 10)When do you intend to move in_________________________________________
> 11)How much do you wish to deposit______________________________________
> 12) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my
> Home______________________________________
> Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file
> incase of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so
> that we can discuss on how i will get the documents and the keys to you.please we are
> giving you all this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are
> putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and
> God bless you more as you do this.
>
> Regards


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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