Room for Rent and other rental scams
#24648 by Michelle Sun Mar 21, 2010 7:12 pm
From: Christopher Webster < [email protected] >
Date: Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Subject: Re: $900 / 3br - Spacious 3BR/2BA Single Family House For Rent..!! (Orlando, FL.)
To: Michelle


Hello,
I did get your response concerning the ADVERT i posted on craigslist. The house is still available but i'm not around presently. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately i won the bidding so i have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because i will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife (Clara) and my daugher (Theodora), we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here i had a thought of selling the house but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. Later we decided to have the house rented out. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard market price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for our property. I know there is no way i can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won't be able to meet in physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the house. But i just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you believe you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then i will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

House Address: 5213 Santa Ana Dr, Orlando, FL.

First Month Rent: $ 900.00
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$ 900.00
Section 8 Available
Pets Allowed: Cats, Small Dogs etc.
Available Date: Available Now!

Please if you are interested to occupy my house kindly provide the information below for record purpose :-

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Full Name___________________________________
Current Address_______________Apt#________ City_____________ State______ Zip Code________
Home Phone ( ) ___________________
Mobile Phone ( ) ____________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________
Are you married________________
How many people will be living in the house_________________
Do you have a pet______________
Do you have a car______________
Occupation____________________________
Monthly Income_________________________
Move In Date___________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you, and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable security payment as stated above,which is the security deposit, but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home. You are adviced to act fast on this so you dont loose the house to other interested applicants.

LEASE TERMS
Month To Month.

YOU CAN REACH ME ON THE NUMBERS BELOW
+234-806-469-5922 or 011-234-806-469-5922 .

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

Best Regards.
Christopher Webster.


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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