Room for Rent and other rental scams
#58550 by Michelle Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:55 am
On Jul 10, 2011 11:41 AM, "Karen Shuck" <[email protected]> wrote:
> Thank you for the interest in my house. The house is still
> available for rent; the house was completely renovated easy access to
> Public Transportation. The Bedrooms are equipped with everything you
> need for your stay.
> Monthly Rent: $800
> Security Deposit Is $600
> Total move in cost:$1400
> House address: 1024 Arborwood PlaceCurtis Bay, MD 21226
> Utilities are included in the rent.
> Minimum rental: 1 month
> Maximum rental: 6 years or more.
>
> I
> will love to have showed you round the house and the inside, but am
> sorry i am presently out on a missionary trip.I have been posted to the
> West Africa
> by the United State Christian Organization for (Worldwide Missionary
> Outreach). We are now in West Africa for the Missionary work and so all
> you can do is drive by the home anytime. i wanted to sell it before and
> later changed my mind to rent it out for investment purposes since i
> might still come back some time 5 years or more to come. So we have
> ordered them to stop all advertisement about the home for sale and that
> will be effective asap. So i wouldn't want that to bother you at all I
> could not find an honest agent to hand over the place before
> leaving so i and my wife decided to post the property online. Here is
> our rental application form that you will have to fill if you are still
> interested in this house.
> RENTAL APPLICATION FORM
> FIRST NAME: __________________
> MIDDLE NAME: __________________
> LAST NAME: __________________
> PROFESSION: ________________
> PHONE______________________
> AGE_____
> YOU HAVE A PET?___________________________ _
> DO YOU HAVE A CAR?___________________________ _
> OCCUPATION____________________ ________
> PRESENT ADDRESS: ___________________________
> WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?___________________________________________________
> PREVIOUS ADDRESS: ___________________________
> HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
> WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING
> IN? ______________
> HOW SOON IS YOUR MOVE IN COST READY? ___________________________
>
> I
> CERTIFY that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of
> my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in
> this application for tenant screening as may be necessary in arriving at
> a tenant decision. I understand that the landlord may terminate any
> rental agreement entered into for any misrepresentation made above.Here
> is my contact my cell phone number you can reach me on anytime so that i
> can attend to you better +0112347044054574 or +2347044054574
>
> Best Regards and Remain Blessed


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 money (again via Western Union) 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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