Room for Rent and other rental scams
#56036 by bubsjee Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:25 pm
Dear Sir
I would like to ask you about the company on the internet that is providing holiday flats in london by the name of www.holidayshelter.co.uk
they have sent me an invoice and asked me to deposite the initial amount for 21 days stay and offering me a flat in mayfair for 92 pounds per day .
The is the invoice that they have sent me :

Invoice
Invoice No: 735052532 Date: 13/06/2011
Terms: Net 30 Territory: Sales Person: BARRY BANKS
HOLIDAY RENTALS MANAGMENT SERVICE
13A BYRNE ROAD, BALHAM,
LONDON, SW12 9HZ UNITED KINGDON
Reg No 07216313
44-0808-189-0815
44-20 -3286 -7659
www.holidayshelter.co.uk
[email protected]
Bank Infomation Details For Deposit
SANTAND BANK PLC MISS A S AGEGEE ACCOUNT-NUM:97540615 SORT CODE:09-01-26 IBAN: GB48ABBY09012697540615 BIC:ABBYGB2L AMOUNT:£1020.00
2 bed Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W 1K
21 Night
Nightly Rate Discount
£92 x 21 £184 £1932
15 Grosvenor Square, Westminster, London, United Kingdom
40% Booking fee £772+ 250
Total Amount £1020.00
Numbers Of Night
21
Date of Arrival
07-07-2011
Date of Departure
28- 07- 2011
Flat Discription
Numbers Of Night
Flat Address
Amount Deposit
£1020.00
Balance On Arrival
£1162.00
Full Booking Amount
£1998.00
Customer Full Name
Ahmad Kamal
Page 1 of 1

Please tell me that is this a scam or what ?

Regards
ahmad
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#56079 by JoW Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:59 am
Yes, I'm afraid it is a scam.

The website has been registered on 5th June 2011
Domain name:
holidayshelter.co.uk

Registrant:
Roland Seamon

Registrant type:
UK Individual

Registrant's address:
13A Byrne Road
London
SW12 9HZ
United Kingdom

Registrar:
1 & 1 Internet AG [Tag = SCHLUND]
URL: http://www.1and1.co.uk or http://registrar.1und1.info

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 05-Jun-2011
Renewal date: 05-Jun-2013
Last updated: 06-Jun-2011

Registration status:
Registration request being processed.


http://holidayshelter.co.uk/ is mentioned on Trip Advisor forum as a fraudulent site http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1 ... gland.html

Their company registered number is for a completely different venture
Name & Registered Office:
ELECMECH MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING LIMITED
163 CHEAM ROAD
CHEAM
SUTTON
SURREY
UNITED KINGDOM
SM1 2BS
Company No. 07116313

Their trading address is for a genuine London property website www.holidayrentalslondon.com so the information has been lifted.

The invoice gives a name of an individual that the payment is meant to be made to MISS A S AGEGEE and not a company account.

Also the text on their property adverts is copied from other listings on the Internet and mostly from listings where properties are advertised for sale and not rent

I'm afraid all of the information suggests this is in fact a fraudulent website.

Jo
#57332 by tiluca1964 Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:57 am
Dear Sir,

I'm from Italy. What I have to do now if I have already paid the 40% plus £. 250 euros of deposit? This is the invoice that I have received by them after I have dealed through the website http://www.holidayshelter.co.uk writing to this email [email protected]

Invoice No: 735052532 Date: 10/06/2011
Terms: Net 30 Territory: Sales Person: BARRY BANKS
HOLIDAY RENTALS MANAGMENT SERVICE
13A BYRNE ROAD, BALHAM,
LONDON, SW12 9HZ UNITED KINGDON
Reg No 07216313
44-0808-189-0815
44-20 -3286 -7659
http://www.holidayshelter.co.uk
[email protected]
Bank Infomation Details For Deposit
THE COVENTRY BANK
MR M M S AMIR
ACCONT NUM: 53250516
S/CODE: 406301
IBAN: GB77COBS40630153250516
BIC:COBSGB21
AMOUNT:£560.00
Flat description
3 bed apartment Collingham
Road,Earls Court
Number of nights
7 nights
Date of Arrival
04-08-2011
Date of Departure
11-08-2011
Nightly Rate
£. 110x7
Booking Fee
£.770+£.250
Total amount
£.1020
Deposit
£. 560
Balance on 18/07/2011
£. 460.00
Flat Address
25 Collingham Road, Kensington,
Greater London, United Kingdom

Please let me know and if it's possible write me some real and professional rental agencies.

Thanks

Best Regards

Luca
#57348 by Katharina Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:34 pm
Hi Luca,

I am sorry you have been scammed.

If you paid with Western Union your money is gone. :(

If you made a bank transfer, print out your email correspondence, go to your bank and ask them to try and recall the money.

Good luck!
#57384 by uk_reipper_11 Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:42 am
Hi Luca
I'm sorry you've been scammed.
He almost got me as well. Hopefully your bank can reclaim the money, be thankful it wasn't the full amount.
Here is a link for genuine sites from some good people on Trip advisor.
http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g186338-i17-k4521189-l33608576-Looking_for_reputable_flat_rental_agency_in_London-London_England.html
Good luck
#59114 by rebholiday Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:56 am
Hello, I'm from Italy, and I found an apartment to short-let in london by this website :
http://www.kensington-suites.co.uk
I've received an invoice similar to the other that i see on this forum, and the information about the agency are these:
HOLIDAY RENTALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE

6 LORD STREET
E16 26Z LONDON UK
44-0808-189-0698
www.kensington-suites.co.uk
[email protected]
Now I think that this website is the same that you have been talking about, just with a new name: Could you please help me to understand if I'm alright about this? I've not payed now, and I don't want to be scammed. This may can help other people to be aware of this website!
Thank you very much!
#59125 by Katharina Sun Jul 17, 2011 1:53 pm
Yes, it's a scam.
I googled two lines from their site
Kensington is crossed east-west by three main roads, the most important of which is the A4 or Cromwell Road

and found that it has been copied from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington

Suitable for up to three people, this apartment has a combined living and sleeping area with a double bed

This line was copied here
http://www.citybaseapartments.com/uk/lo ... tments.php

Domain Whois record

Queried whois.nic.uk with "kensington-suites.co.uk"...

Domain name:
kensington-suites.co.uk

Registrant:
ERIC JOHNNY

Registrant type:
UK Individual

Registrant's address:
The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their
address omitted from the WHOIS service.

Registrar:
Gandi t/a Gandi [Tag = GANDI]
URL: http://www.gandi.net

Relevant dates:
Registered on: 27-Apr-2011
Renewal date: 27-Apr-2013
Last updated: 27-Apr-2011

Registration status:
Registered until renewal date.

Name servers:
a.dns.gandi.net
b.dns.gandi.net
c.dns.gandi.net


While the site is registered for two years (scammers usually do it for one year only), it was done anonymously - a red flag.

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