Room for Rent and other rental scams
#57996 by Con Warner Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:05 pm
From: michael smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:11
To: Con Warner
Subject: RE: $800 / 3br - BRICK RAMBLER on over 1/2 Acre Lot**Patio**Shed**Washer/Dryer**Fin'd B (Springfield VA )


Thanks for the mail, I must confess this its my first time of renting my house. I intended renting it out because I am currently in West Africa, due to my job as a missionary I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house.

However, the initial plan I decide with me wife was to sale out the townhouse. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell because of this reason my wife adviced me to rent it. We need a responsible person that can take very good care of it, want it to be clean and to bet taken as if it were yours. Pets are allowed as well as long as they are not destructive. So if you know you are capable of the task, get back to me so that I can forward you the LEASE APPLICATION FORM, and we proceed with the rent. it is located below.

Location: Springfield, VA
Street Address: 6908 Ben Franklin Road
Residence Type: Single Family Home
Bed & Bath: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath
Livable Space: Approximately 2,535 Square Feet
Price / Rate: $800 Per Month
Security Deposit: $500

This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union or MoneyGram with a promise that he will send the keys through a courier company.

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.

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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