Room for Rent and other rental scams
#59387 by Con Warner Tue Jul 19, 2011 12:41 pm
From: Shank Kehinde <[email protected]>
Date: July 18, 2011 11:11
To: Con Warner
Subject: Re: $600 / 1br - Lovely 1 bdrm only $600 w/ PARKING, POOL, LAUNDRY - $600


Thank you for your interest in my 1 bedroom apartment. My name is Shank Kehinde owner of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment located 948 S Inglewood Ave Inglewood, CA 90301 with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa 'Nigeria' where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching programmed called (HBP) 'Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it's your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

The 1 bedrooms apartment which is $600 monthly rent include utilities and it features: Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck,or Patio, Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking. Washer/Dryer and the apartment is not furnished. We are presently in Lagos city in West Africa Nigeria with the keys and documents to the apartment because we could not locate an agent to take charge due to a short time of notice of our programmed and also we do not want any abuse of our home for any illegalities or to be destroyed at our absence. If the price and location of the apartment is okay by you then reply back with the details below,

1) Your Names
2) Your Address and Phone?
3) Age?
4) Marital Status?
5) Number of occupants?
6) Have any pet or a car?
8) Occupation?
9) Renting period and move in date?
10) Sex?

The apartment pictures are attached for your visibility, you can drive by or pass through to see the building, even though you can't view the inside because we have the keys here with us. Get back ASAP.

Thanks and God bless,

Best Regards.

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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#59722 by rsc157 Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:34 pm
I recently came across this same scam looking for a house to rent, and got so far as to fill out the application in his email. He has my name, email and phone number, has anyone had any damage just from giving him that info? I have not wired him any money or given him any banking or SSN information. Thanks for posting this!
#59724 by Thomas Berg Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:55 pm
Hello rsc157,

do not worry. Just tell the scammer that your planes have changed and that you do not need to rent the house anymore.
Stay with the story and the scammer is going to leave you alone.

-no legitimate business receives payments only via Western Union
-to cancel a WU transfer call 1-800-448-1492
-details of a bank account have to match the details of the business
-one cannot apply for visa via email

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