Room for Rent and other rental scams
#355550 by Michelle Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:25 am
[email protected]

Thanks for your interest in the unit. It's a private apartment,nothing to share with anyone.
Its just few steps to Transportation,Grocery,shops,restaurants,bar and many more
The apartment is pet friendly,All Utilties are included,Wifi and Cable are also included in the rent.
Air conditioning and heat is available and there is laundry in the building,

This apartment is located in a safe and quiet neighborhood and the other tenants in the building are very well Mannered.
The address is 360 Everett Ave Palo Alto.
The Monthly rent is $1,500,All utilties included and Other fees included is the Security Deposit of $500 which is 100% Refundable on move out.

I'll need you to get back to me with total the Number of guests that would be occupying the unit.
What is your preferred move in date and how long you are planning on accommodating the unit.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Call/text (213) 537-6991
Thanks,
Johnetta”


This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union, MoneyGram 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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