Room for Rent and other rental scams
#56361 by Quirked Eyebrow Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:55 am
Lovely Apartment City (www.lovelyapartmentcity.com) using email, address and phone number used previously for other scam sites:

[email protected]
Head Office Address: 90 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3HP
Receptionist Phone Number: +44 703 598 2360


ICANN Registrar: REGISTER.COM, INC.
Created: 2011-06-06
Expires: 2012-06-06

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#56448 by tiflocon Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:48 pm
I was searching today for an accomodation in LOndon and found this website..i was suspicious after the response...and i was right after i found this post..
SO it's still on, and here is the response i had..
Peole: watch out!!!

Thank you very much for your inquiry.

For your travel dates we could offer you the following options:

Our HOLIDAY APARTMENT is £280/week.

We are available throughout that time. The cost per night is £40.00 a night,
so for 2 days the total is £80.

This includes all utilities. There is a fully equipped kitchen. We
supply all linens, and there is parking space.
There is high speed wireless internet for your convenience. If you are
interested we take 100% and refundable £200 security deposit to
confirm your booking and the rest of the balance on your arrival.

Or you may pay in full at the time of the booking. The amount of 100%
would be £80 plus £200 security deposit making £280, we will secure
and reserve the apartment if you make this deposit .

We accept money transfer or bank transfer only.

Please let us know if you are interested and we can go from there.

You can view more pictures and information on our website at:
http://www.lovelyapartmentcity.com
#57340 by nancynotorious Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:24 pm
Hi,
I was looking for a furnished short term rental in Boston and saw the www.lovelyapartmentcity.com ad on the Boston Craig's List. It was only after sending an info request that I looked at their other offerings in Amsterdam and Paris and thought the prices too good to be true.

I got the e-mail below from them today. The flag for me was that they only take a money transfer or bank transfer and Craig's List specifically warns to Never make a reservation for a rental using this method.

Watch out for www.lovelyapartmentcity.com! They are actively operating this scam in many cities.

I'm going to complain to Craig's List as well. They should have an automatic flag that alerts them to advertisers who are using methods that violate their own scam rules.

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Thank you very much for your inquiry.

For your travel dates we could offer you the following options:

Our HOLIDAY APARTMENT is $350/week.

We are available throughout that time. The cost per night is $50.00 a night,
so for 3 days the total is $150.

This includes all utilities. There is a fully equipped kitchen. We
supply all linens, and there is parking space.
There is high speed wireless internet for your convenience. If you are
interested we take 40% and refundable $200 security deposit to confirm
your booking and the rest of the balance on your arrival.

Or you may pay in full at the time of the booking. The amount of 40%
would be $60 plus $200 security deposit making $260, we will secure
and reserve the apartment if you make this deposit .

We accept money transfer or bank transfer only.

Please let us know if you are interested and we can go from there.

You can view more pictures and information on our website at:
http://www.lovelyapartmentcity.com

Thank you and have a great day.
#57346 by Katharina Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:26 pm
Hi nancynotorious,

this website has ben reported to be closed - apparently the registrar has not gotten around to close it yet.

If it stays active for much longer, our site killers will report it again.
#60158 by HelloMinnesota Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:49 pm
I just saw the site lovelyapartmentcity.com on Craig's List. It is still alive and well. In fact, it looked legitimate enough that I sent an email inquiry. I was indeed shocked at the pricing - soooo low for the geographies and apartments they'd depicted. I received the exact same response as the others above, word for word, with the exception of different calculations based on the rate they were offering the rental for. Here it is:

Thank you very much for your inquiry.

For your travel dates we could offer you the following options:

Our HOLIDAY APARTMENT is $490/week.

We are available throughout that time. The cost per night is $70.00 a night,
so for 3 months the total is $5880.

This includes all utilities. There is a fully equipped kitchen. We
supply all linens, and there is parking space.
There is high speed wireless internet for your convenience. If you are
interested we take 40% and refundable $200 security deposit to confirm
your booking and the rest of the balance on your arrival.

Or you may pay in full at the time of the booking. The amount of 40%
would be $2352 plus $200 security deposit making $2552, we will secure
and reserve the apartment if you make this deposit .

We accept money transfer or bank transfer only.

Please let us know if you are interested and we can go from there.

You can view more pictures and information on our website at:
http://www.theclickreservation.com

Thank you and have a great day.

When I read the bank transfer, I thought it seemed less legitimate. When I did a Google search for the property, I didn't see it in any satellite or other visual from Google, so I'm not even sure an address even exists. When it seems too good to be true, it is.

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