BEWARE OF CRAIGSLIST PARIS APARTMENT & ROOM RENTAL ADS - MAJORITY ARE SCAMS!!

BEWARE OF CRAIGSLIST PARIS APARTMENT & ROOM RENTAL ADS - MAJORITY ARE SCAMS!!

 

 

 

In May, I was scammed by a posting on Craigslist Paris and www.expatriates.com advertising a room for rent in Paris and lost $2,500.

 

The fraud was extremely elaborate. It involved a real but stolen passport, a doctored gas bill, a detailed contract (which was even approved by my solicitor) and many other fabricated documents.

 

Because it was such a thorough deceit I detected nothing until Ann Clare Collings emailed and said that she needed another $2,000 immediately to hold the place. My heart sank!! I did some digging and discovered everything was a lie.

 

For the past month I have been trawling Craigslist and expatriates.com and the number of scams is phenomenal. Please be careful!!!! I have been flagging these ads as much as I can but it's really hard to keep up….they are posted daily.

 

I have posted numerous warnings on Craigslist and it seems that the scammers are now flagging mine as the majority of them have been pulled down. Quite incredible the lengths that these fraudsters go to!!!

 

A few hard and fast rules:

1. NEVER transfer money via Western Union or other wire transfer services – if they ask for money this way IT IS A SCAM!

2. Learn to track the IP address - this will tell you where the emails are coming from. More often that not they are coming from the UK and Nigeria. In your email program select "Show Full Headers", "Display Long Headers" or something similar. Select the IP address (it will look something like 90.208.149.203 and sits at the bottom of the header next to “Received from”) and do a search on http://whois.domaintools.com/. Gmail is often used as these emails do not show the IP address and therefore are impossible to track. BE VERY CAUTIOUS!!!

3. Any mention of Nigeria, West Africa etc - RUN!!!

4. If you notice ads/emails with poor spelling, bad grammar and strangely worded sentences - BE ALERT!! 

5. Scammers often provide a lot more information than is required or expected in rental transactions. They say they are religious, that they do charity work and that they have endured tragedy, all to pull you in, make you feel sympathetic and heighten your vulnerability!! This is when bad decisions are made and fraudsters are very clever at capitalising on this. Don't fall for it!!

6. Go over the property description, location and price with a fine tooth comb. Do your research on similar properties in the same area. Scammers often include "too good to be true" features of the property e.g. This Paris apartment offers 2 car spaces? This studio has a spa? ALL LIES!!!

7. Follow your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right it’s probably not!

 

DO NOT DEAL WITH THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE – they are all proven fraudsters, mostly working out of Nigeria and the UK:

 

o Ann Clare Collings (this is the person who scammed me, she also goes under the name of Tara Collings, Clare Collings and is linked to Hilton Kurth too)

o Clare Collings

o Hilton Kurth

o Tara Collings

o Norberto Lopez

o Nicholas Mestas

o Yara Limbo

o Fred Bonvarlet

o Steve Batt

o Bruce Maurice

o Debbie Philips

o Armel Alain Bortier

o Diana Williams

o Marie Millecamps

o Laurent Bizet

o Williams Harry

o Edouardo Martel

o Mr. Smith Rolland

o Sarah Doyle

o Sarah Hansen

o Chelsea Bluessports

o Jean Loux

o Herrerias Stephanis

o Mary Arteda

o Alexandra Martine

o Sandra Roland

o Chloe Hourde

o Anna Liffey

o Diette Clemence

o Nedved Henrick

o Laurie Paucot

o Sam McMahon

o Sue Williams

o Michael Alan

o Harry Lindsay

o Harry Lawrence

o Wilfred Johnson

o Dennis Stella

o Sonja Spenger

o Karleigh Antell

o Astrid Marie Sophie

o Stephanie Peer 

 

 

They email from the following addresses:

o acli_paris@yahoo.com

o cc_llings@yahoo.com

o yara_limbo@yahoo.com

o fred.mixhair@hotmail.com

o clare_colli88@yahoo.com

o bibanke000@yahoo.com

o boutier_armelalain@yahoo.com

o lopeznor1@yahoo.com

o alex_88_001@yahoo.com

o sarrah_hansen_555@yahoo.com

o herr_step88@yahoo.com

o mm_2_sm@hotmail.com

o louxjean@yahoo.com

o w_harry112@gmail.com

o hilkurt_ryte@yahoo.com

o dianawilliams66@yahoo.com

o paristrocadero@gmail.com

o webloveletters@gmail.com

o viproomchampselysees@gmail.com

o parisurmode@gmail.com

o arsenalport@gmail.com

o paris_flat_venge@yahoo.fr

 

LOOK OUT for ads posted using viproomchampselysees@gmail.com, parisurmode@gmail.com, arsenalport@gmail.com, paristrocadero@gmail.com and webloveletters@gmail.com….this person posts virtually identical ads under these email addresses every couple of days.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION refer to this very helpful website and learn how to protect yourself against fraud http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/

 

If you too have been a victim of fraud please send me the name and email address of the person that defrauded you so I can add it to my list. If you could also forward me any email correspondence you had with them with the long header (so I can see the IP address) that would be fantastic.

 

BE CAREFUL!!!!!!

 

 

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Leesa 8 years ago

Thanks sooo much for posting this.. I just posted it on my own blog.. I never would have even thought about it.. I'm sorry you lost out on so much money.... Thanks for doing so much groundwork to stop these criminals.. You will SURELY save tons of people from being scammed... God bless you!!! --Leesa


plink 8 years ago Author

No problem at all Leesa! Thanks so much for posting it on your blog - that's so great, I'm really trying to get the word out there!! It's amazing how much feedback I have had so far (I've been posting warnings on Craigslist as well)...the number of people who have been caught up in scams is incredible. Be safe!!


Jana 8 years ago

Hi, the same happened to me.... I just found your website now, three weeks after my failure in Paris.

There must be a way to get the public awareness, I hope, so that less people will be a victim of fraud...

Ann Clare Colling's adress was cl_cll88@yahoo.com

that was the contact she send my, she told me it would be her mother....

Mrs. SANDRA COLLINGS 42, SALTER FORT RD., LONDON. SW17 9TE ENGLAND PHONE: +447956113461

It seems that they also annonce appartements in Oslo and Amsterdam. I'll send you all the information i can find


plink 8 years ago

Jana, I'm so sorry to hear that. My heart sank when I read your message, it's such an awful feeling. It makes me so angry to think that Ann Clare Collings has just done the same thing to you. Have you reported it? Did you transfer money via Western Union too?

Funny that she changed the name of the mother...I was told her mother's name was Tara Collings. Did they send you a copy of the mother's ID? Bet it's the same person as what I got, simply with the new name photoshopped on there.

In my case I spoke to the police here in Australia and over there in London, and neither wanted to help. They see it as such a small insignificant crime that they do nothing, but I don't think they have any understanding of just how widespread it is. I played along with Ann for 3 weeks when she asked for another $2K in the hope to nab her when she rocked up to Western Union to collect the money that I would have pretended to transfer. Police didn't want a bar of it, they said it was entrapment. If only the police would start to listen to the little guy and do something! They could head over to Lagos, Nigeria (where the majority of the Craigslist Paris scams are coming from) and arrest them all. Once you've got one, the rest follow!

In terms of getting the message out there, I suggest posting warnings on Craigslist. You have to conceal it though in an ad for an apartment or room...make it as appealing as possible e.g 340/Month - Magnificent place overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and then when people click on it they can read your warning.

Also check out http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com - it's a blog that was set-up by a nice girl who helped me out with my fraud situation. I'm now co-author of it so when I have a minute I will post your message if you want?

If you do decide to post warnings on Craigslist, feel free to include the blog URL, it will drive a lot more traffic there and really help to spread the word.

Best of luck, and let me know if I can help in any way.


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minnow 8 years ago from Seattle

Plink--thumbs up to you for sharing your story! Minnow


plink 8 years ago Author

No worries at all Minnow! I'm so glad the word is getting out there!


Mike.D 8 years ago

Well found you as well...too late though lost $2000. Looking on Craigs list for a place for my duaghter in Septembers and ran across a Rebecca Dagg advertising 22 Ver Varnet she supplied Agreement and passport. Money went by Western Union to Mrs. Juliet Dagg (Mother) in London at 42, Salter Fort Rd. They said they needed another month at 500eu and that is when I found out it was a scam. her email was delaaw@hotmail.co.uk and Rebecca Dagg [reb_dag009@yahoo.com]


plink 8 years ago Author

Mike.D - that's the same person/group of people that got me!! They used a mother/daughter story with the address being 42 Salter Fort Road (I looked it up and it doesn't even exist - there's a Salter Road, a Fort Road and a Salterford Road but NO Salter Fort Road in London!!). It's INFURIATING! It makes me so angry that they are continuing to do this and the police just turn a blind eye. 

I have another blog that I share with girl about Paris housing scams. With your permission, I would like to post the details? That OK? Have a look at http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com 

I suggest also posting some warnings on Craigslist (though you have to conceal a warning in an ad, putting warning/alert/scams in the title won't ever be put up by Craigslist), this always gets out to a lot of people who could potentially be scammed. Direct them to the URL above if you like and then they will know who to avoid and how to protect themselves.

 So sorry again. 


cris 8 years ago

Almost happen to me, but I thoth it was too good to be truth.

Their names: Rebecca Dagg (reb_dag009@yahoo.com) and CHRIS LAWRENCE, who sended me a copy of his passport, which is clear thats false. his e-mail: hmmhra@yahoo.com. And he sended a contract papar sign for his lowyer, MARIA J COLE.

BE CAREFULL


Shannon 8 years ago

I was wondering if the scammers included pictures. I'm looking into a place in the 12th but once I googled the name that was on the outside of the building it came up with some sort of festivities hall for weddings and such and didn't really mention what I assumed to be the apartments above it. any clues?


plink 8 years ago Author

Shannon, YES they do include photos!! Whether they feature photos in the ad or the person enquiring about the property requests them through email at a later date, yep photos are typically included. They are just pulled straight off the net. Do you know how to trace their IP address (this will tell you which country the email is coming from)? Have you emailed them about it yet? If so, feel free to forward all correspondence (with long headers in the emails displayed) to my email p_link@teachers.org and I will help you. Don't want another person to be taken down! Also have a look at http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com - it will teach you everything you need to know to avoid being scammed by these fraudsters.

Be careful.


kim johnston 8 years ago

I have been looking for a room/apartment for my son in Sweden and 100% of the replies I have had are scams. Usually if you google bathrooms or kitchens, you will find the same photos - usually of hotel rooms. Or they put in a luxurious kitchen with shabby old fashioned bedrooms that don't match.

One women even sent me a USA passport and USA License saying she was born and raised in California - yet she could not spell at all.

Once they had my email, I started getting 20 emails a day. They are desperate and it is very hard to keep positive about sending a son across the other side of the world...


Kim 8 years ago

For CRIS that posted two weeks ago, CHRIS LAWRENCE contacted me several days ago saying that he had an apartment in Sweden and immediately started hassling me to pay him a deposit. He wouldn't tell me the apartment number, said he was visiting family in Uk so couldn't meet me to show me apartment - but to send him the money immediately anyhow. I aske when he would be back from UK and he said he was taking a job in london and wouldn't be coming back. I called his bluff and said my sister would meet him in london and pay him and collect key. He then changed his story and said that he was going the following morning to Wales for a job, but SEND THE MONEY.....I told him I had sent it and gave him a false receipt number :) and didn't hear a word back from him as he thought he had the money......He send a scam contract, and gave me a bank account under his name, which I found odd.

Other people to watch are

Alisha Kid

Julie Williams

Julie Brown

Monalisa Kelly

Tina Lovet,

Lizbett brenes

Made Godwin

Mirella Folkson

Bianca Crush

Jones Morgan

Depressing isn't it!!!!!


Olga 8 years ago

I have discovered another e-mail address to watch for: ssothmas@yahoo.co.uk

I actually received two repsonses from two different people (this one was the second one) that had a very similar story - contract in Nigeria, they are now in England, etc).

Very sad indeed.


Chris  8 years ago

AM NOT A SCAMMER A WOMAN CALLED KIM JOHNSTON IS DRUG DEALER SHE'S TRYING TO SEND A DRUG TO ME THROUGH HER SON BEWARE kimsjohnston@hotmail.com


plink 8 years ago Author

MUST READ!!!

Everyone notice the message posted by Chris. This is typical scammer talk and guess what, search the IP and he's based in Nigeria. Quite obviously he tried something on poor Kim, she didn't fall for it and now he's bad mouthing her.

Chris - get lost. You and your low life friends are not welcome on here. Stop harassing innocent people, stop stealing people's money and go and find yourself an honest job. Any future postings will be rejected immediately.


bob 8 years ago

Hello.

First of all thanks for this thread. It helped me finding out scams.

I was looking for a room in Stockholm and I went on website se.easyroommate.com, and it's quite packed with scams so beware.

I incidentally had mails from :

- "chris lawrence" (hmmhra@yahoo.com)

- "Alisha Kid" (who said she was called Lund Tenby), (alisha.kid@gmail.com)

- "Christina McQuillan" (chri_mcquillan01@yahoo.com) : The mail has it all : money transfert, impossibility to meet the tenant, mother/father issue (late father in this case).

Thanks and let's keep posting all we know for others to find it.

cheers


Kim Johnston 8 years ago

THIS IS KIM JOHNSTON. A man called Chris, that posted above and called me a drug dealer (you got to be kidding) IS A SCAMMER. He is a western union, lying, cheating scammer who wants you to send him money, but cannot possibly show you the unit. He gave me an address and my friend went around to check it (this was AFTER I told him I had sent him the money - which I had not) and someone else owned the apartment and had never heard of him.

CHRIS - YOUR BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS AND FAKE PASSPORT HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE FBI INTERNET FRAUD DEPARTMENT. YOUR DONE PAL.....


kIM jOHNSTON 8 years ago

Thanks Plink.....

Bianca Crush (who also uses the alias of Jones Morgan) is currently on Craigs List trying to rent a "luxury" apartment for 140 sek a month. BEWARE.


plink 8 years ago Author

No worries Kim, quite incredible isn't it?

When I have a sec I will post this on http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com as well...this blog gets a lot more traffic.

Stay safe


bob 8 years ago

Hello.

Here are other ones I found :

-"Michelle Georgens" (gmiclea@ymail.com) : western union transter only, living in UK so not available to meet, etc... classic.

- "Anita" (anitagirl16@gmail.com) : western union & monegram transfert asked

cheers


jane sail 8 years ago

SCAM!

dateMon, Aug 11, 2008 at 11:01 AMsubjectRe: Aptmailed-bygmail.com

hide details 11:01 AM (15 minutes ago) Reply

Thanks for the email.

The apartment in question is still available...However,My name is AlexCole,I own the 1 bedroom apartment located @ 415 East 80th Street #5M,New York NY 10075.Due to my job as a missioner,I spent less time in the States and also want you to know that it was due to my transferthat makes me my wife and Son to leave the house and also want to giveit out for rent because we are going to spend more time here in WestAfrica, about 3 years and we are looking for a responsible person(With good credit) that can take very good care of it,as we are notafter the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So fornow, We are here in west Africa, our new house.I personally wanted toSale the house before but I and my wife decided to rent it out.If youcould promise us to take very good care of the house,then you cansend an email with the information required.

One Mr.smith called me about the apartment,I told him that I can'tgive him the apartment because he is married with 4 kids ,I do notwant his children to get my property damaged.If you are stillinterested, Note that the rent is going to be $1300 per month No extrafees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know howserious you are.below is my phone number :0112348089994420 or+2348089994420

1) Your Full Name:2) Your Full Address:3) Phone Number:4) Gender:5) Age:6) Marital status:7) Do you have a pet:8) Do you have a car:9) Occupation:10) Duration of lease/Rent:11) How many people will be living in the house:12) Scanned copy Drivers license/Your Picture if available:Finally a little about yourself

I personally will actually come visiting you sometime during the yearas our new tenant.Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i canhave it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you andcontacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on howto get the document and the keys of the house to you. The address of the house is @ 415 East 80th Street #5M, New York NY 10075.

NOTE THAT THE KEYS WILL BE SENT TO YOU VIA FEDEX TO YOUR PERSONAL HOME ADDRESSI HOPE YOU CAN LIVE IN THE HOUSE ALONE?????

YOU AS THE TENANT WILL PAY FOR THE SHIPPING COST OF THE KEYS TO YOU.

As a man of God please I am giving you all this base on trust andagain i will want you to stick to your words, I am putting everythinginto God's hand, so please do not let us down.The lease is for as longas you want within 3 years.

For an additional $100 per month, all basic utilities are included, plus:-Wireless DSL Internet access-Filtered water supply for entire house

RegardsAlex Cole


Michael 8 years ago

Sorry Plink for then late reply been trying to find a place but go ahead post my info on this, the more know the better


bob 8 years ago

Another scam I ran into :

-"Colombo Sophie Astrid Marie", (s_marie1111@yahoo.com)

Same symptoms :

".....The fact is that the room is still available and there are peoplecontacting about the room, but i have gone through your profile and iam contacting you to see if we could have a deal, but it depend onyour seriousness as regard having the room , because i have comeacross so many unserious people who only like wasting other peoplestime and if you are truly interested in renting the room you will have to book for it in advance, by transferring the rent (first month) and the securitydeposit to my mother in London via Western Union Money Transfer, i hope you know what Western Union Money Transfer is......"


Pdc 8 years ago

I don't know how to thank you for all of this nformation. I'm trying to find a place in Rome since a long time ago and I was going to close a treat with an apparent Rev. Thomas with ssothmas@yahoo.co.uk e.mail address. But only because of all of you information I wasn't defraud. He told me that he is a Rev and that actually his on a misionary trip in Nigeria. Then he ask me to send him the money by western Union. And because of that I tried to check information about him and then I found this page. So thanks a lot for all of your information you are the prove there is godness in the people. Thanks!


Maud 8 years ago

I'm still not sure it is a scam, but after reading this page here are the email I got:

here is the 1st email: " Dear Maud, Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Sara Thomas the wife owner of the apartment you are making enquiry of which is located in 6 Chesterfield Street Mayfair London W1J 5JQ Actually we resided formerly in that apartment and presently we've relocated back to US but my husband is right now in West Africa on a missionary trip so i will like you to get in touch with him for further discussion thou am here with the keys and the document to the apartment and the weekly rent is £150 becauase it well furnished which include utilities like ,water,heat,gas and others. So if my husband decided to rent out the place to you,I will like to solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.because I will be doing that once in a while.I also want you to let us have trust in you. So here is my husband contact ( ssothmas@yahoo.co.uk) Sara.",

then the second one :

"Thanks for the email and also yes ,My husband in respect of Rev Halls

who owned the place and also it is situated In 6 Chesterfield Street

Mayfair London W1J 5JQ and also want you to know that it was due to my

husband transfer that makes us to leave the place and also want to

give it out for rent and looking for a resposible person that can take

very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but

want it to be clean at the time and the person which is reliable and

responsible that will rent it to take it as if it were its own.So for

now,Am here in Texas right now in our new flat and also with the

keys/document of the flat we are willing to rent to you.

We try to look for an agent that we can give this document before we

left but could not see and we are as well as dont wnt our flat to be

used any how in our present that is why we toook it along to us here

and as you know that,my husband over in the West Africa for a Mission

of God,so I hope you will promise us to take very good care of the

home.So get back to me on how you could take care of our home or

perhaps experience you have in renting home.

Hope you are okay with the price of 600pounds/month for the place with

hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection and

so on 750 Square Feet, I look forward to hearing from you as soon as

possible so that i can forward you an application to fill out and

discuss on how to get the flat for rent,also are you ready to rent it

now or when?you can view our room picture at the attach file as you

can see the pictures of the place are beautiful that is why we need a

maintenance and up keep of our flat.

Thanks

Judith Hall" with her email address : Judith Hall <judiths.hall00@gmail.com>

and then the last one until I read this page :

"

Hello Maud,

Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our flat

will be well taken care off,and I really appreciate your

expression.The only think that might be a problem is that you will

have to send the deposit now to secure the apartment for yourself

while the keys/documents to the apartment will be DHL out to you.Like I

told you there's none of my friends or relatives

to show you the apartment.The Apartment is fully furnished as shown in

the pictures i sent.i want you to stick to your words.Is that okay

with you?And the below is the final question that you must answer to

qualify for the rent.

Hope you have a nice working day,Infact i will like to meet you when

coming to visit you soonest.We do a long term and short term renting

anytime you wish to leave the place will be greatful and we are ready

to rent a long-term for 2 years lease or more.

*********RENT APPLICATION FORM********

Also,Pls let me get this answer.

1)Your Full Name

2)Present Full Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You

3)How old are you?

4)Are you married?

5)How many people will be living in the house?

6)Do you have a pet?

7)Do you have a car?

8)What is your religion?

9)Occupation?

10 ) When are you ready to Move In ?

11 ) When are u planning to leave the flat ?

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval so

that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your

name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss

on how to get the documents and the keys to you,Please we are giving

you all this transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I want

you to stick to your words,We are putting everything into Gods hand,so

please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you

more as you do this.

Thanks so much and have a nice day.

Judith Hall"

be careful of her husband email address: Jacobs Hall <jacob.hall000@gmail.com>

is there anything to do? I just can't believe I could have been trapped by these people!!!!


Kim Johnston 8 years ago

I would beware of anything at a GMAIL address - 100% of them so far I have found to be scams. Also, they seem to be reading all the same - missionaries, putting everything in Gods hands, trust and honesty and they ALWAYS have a job transfer. Now that I have read so many, I can't believe I fell for it. The latest 6 ads on Craiglist Sweden are all Nigerian scams......

Bianca Crush is also now using jcrush@gmail.com


Pdc 8 years ago

Hey Maud. I had read your e-mails and there are almost exactly as mine. I'm going to post them and that you can see it. I wasn't either sure when I read this page but then I send to the Rev. Thomas another e-mail with the link of this page and ask him for explications and since two days ago I haven't had any answer. So I think that it's better to keep looking another things. Here are the e-mails that they send me:

Dear Paula,Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Sara Thomas the wife owner of the apartment you are making enquiry of which is located in sebastiano veniero, 78 RomeActually we resided formerly in that apartment and presently we've relocated back to United Kingdom but my husband is right now in West Africa on a missionary trip so i will like you to get in touch with him for further discussion thou am here with the keys and the document to the apartment and the monthly rent is 750Euros becauase it well furnished which include utilities like ,water,heat,gas and others.So if my husband decided to rent out the place to you,I will like to solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.because I will be doing that once in a while.I also want you to let us have trust in you. So here is my husband contact ( ssothmas@yahoo.co.uk) Sara.Dear Paula,It my pleasure to know that you are interested in my apartment.I resided in the apartment for a few months with my Family and right now in Africa on a missionary work so we couldn't find anyone to entrust with the keys and other documents when leaving so the interior furniture still remain intact as it in the pictures.My major concern is getting a very good tenant that take very good care of our property since we don't have any immediate plan to relocate back in the nearest future and I will be willing to give the place out to you for that period of time as long as you assured us of taking very good care of the place.Just to tell you little about the place,the kitchen is very modern equipped with dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and coffee maker,there is just 1 bedroom with a standard bed. There is also a bathroom with a hydro massage bathtub. The property has also a washing machine, heating,telephone and Internet service are available.There is also 1parking spot associated with the apartment.So you can let me know what you feel about the place if then you are satisfied and feel ok about renting the place then I will need to email you the rent application form to fill after then the tenancy agreement which you will need to sign and email back a copy to me with an upfront of a month rent with last month rent as security deposit.So that I can instruct my wife to dhl down the keys and other documents to you when you are ready to move in by septmeber or last week in August.So hope to hear back from you soon.Thanks and God Bless....Rev S Thomas Dear Paula,The apartment is #7 located on the 3rd floor of the building.The apartment is vacant for now and I do understand how you are feeling right now and it same way for me giving out my apartment to someone have not actually seen or met but am not doubting your sincerity in anyway and after discussing the issue with my wife we both agreed to rent out the place to you and it God willing that we are actually giving out the place to you because I believe our meeting is for a purpose and if I come around by october on a short visit we shall get to ourselves more better.So have attached the rent application form and I will email you the tenancy agreement for you to sign and email back a copy to me so that we can include it with other documents and keys that will be via DHL to you so that you can move into the apartment on your arrivalRegarding the payment you can wire it via Money Gram or Western Union with my details below.Hope to read back from you soon.God Bless.Rev Thomas.p..s....have attached our picture to this email and wont mind to have yours also so that we can have a picture of whom we are dealing with to know each other more better and here is the number you can reach me (+2347084255249) and wont mind to have yours alsoHere is the details for the payment again!Sola Thomas112 Allen AvenueLagos Nigeria23401You will need a test question and answer for the wire transfer,so you can useQuestion.....GodAnswer......Loves.They also send me the send formulary as you. And even a picture of what they supposed to be. it's so sad that things like this could happen.


Pcd 8 years ago

I'm sorry if all of the e-mails are posted without spaces between them. i don't what happen. Sorry! :)


Kim Johnston 8 years ago

ok - add

Vivian Bruce - vbruce21@yahoo.com


Kim Johnston 8 years ago

I was sent emails by Sara Thomas - the good Reverands wife, with EXACTLY the same story - but the apartment was in Stockholm Sweden.

Pay very close attention to the photos they send people - these people are not well educated and they will often send a photo of a kitchen and another of the dining room. If you look closely at the kitchen you can usually see a dining area in the background and it is different from the other picture. I have questioned this several times and been told that there are TWO dining rooms, or TWO kitchens.


Kim johnston 8 years ago

Since reading your site, I have spent hours trawling the internet to see just how far this goes (its the journalist in me) and I am ASTOUNDED to see the huge numbers of scams coming out of Nigeria. All of the names given about, I see postings for apartments in Brussels, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Paris - all the same people, same ads, just different addresses.

Fantastic job with this site - any site you see these scammers on, please advise the site manager of their name. Time to take a stand against these losers.


plink 8 years ago Author

Maud & Pdc - you are right to be suspicious, these are SCAMS! Walk away now!!! 

 

I can't tell you the number of times I have read variations of the email that you both received. Any mention of Africa is a dead giveaway. The minute someone speaks of Nigeria, West Africa etc you know 100% that it's a scam...BACK OUT!! These scammers are trying to cover all bases, they know that some people can trace the IP address which tells them which country the email comes from so they spin a story about being in Africa in case someone does do an IP search.

Any grammar/spelling errors is also a tell-tale clue...e.g. "it is my gladness to hearing from you."

 

EVERYONE please go to http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com 

This blog is very comprehensive and teaches you how to spot a scam and ways to protect yourself.  

Please be careful! 

 

 


plink 8 years ago Author

GOOD WORK EVERYBODY!! Thanks for all your contributions - keep 'em coming! The more times we post the more people we help and the more scammers we take down.

Posting something as simple as "Ann Clare Collings - SCAMMER" will help thousands of people who search for the name in google. Postings like this are quick, simple and most importantly out there for the world to see!!


kim johnston 8 years ago

I just found some of our scammers tyring their luck in Sydney Australia.


Marco 8 years ago

dipson_bf@yahoo.com that is another scammer


Mor 8 years ago

Again another scammer: Colombo Sophie Astrid Marie (s_marie1111@yahoo.com)

which bob mentioned above has came across too:

The fact is that the room is still available and there are peoplecontacting about the room, but i have gone through your profile and iam contacting you to see if we could have a deal, but it depend onyour seriousness as regard having the room , because i have comeacross so many unserious people who only like wasting other peoplestime and if you are truly interested in renting the room you will have to book for it inadvance, by transferring the rent (first month) and the securitydeposit to my mother in London via Western Union Money Transfer.However,before you can transfer the payment to my mother in London, there areprocedures which we have to follow,Our family lawyer will have toprepare a tenancy Agreement Form which you will have to read and understand and if you eventually agree with the contents of the contract, you will have to print it out and sign it and come with a copy on your move-in date..After our family lawyer might have prepare the Agreement Form, i willhave to send a copy to you via attached file to your e-mail addressand mail a copy to your postal address as well.I will like to have the following information that we enable ourfamily lawyer prepare the tenant Agreement Form:1. Your moving-in and moving-out date.2. Your home address.(The purpose of the address is to enable me send a copy of the Agreement form to you, which you will have to bring along on your move-in date).3. A scanned copy of your id card.Theres no problem reserving a room for you ,provided you can comply with these procedures and show some commitment by paying a deposit and first month rent which include utilities charges.If you have any question you will want to ask, please don't hesitate tocontact me.I will be waiting to read from you soon.Regards.Sophie.I have attached the pictures of the apartment for your viewing.The security deposit is refundable on your move out date.


plink 8 years ago Author

Hey Kim, got any names of the scammers trying their luck in Sydney? Thanks!


Kim Johnstosn 8 years ago

richardhoward824@gmail.com - this is one. he is advertising a room for $800 a week - which is reasonable for Sydney. I have seen the same dining room advertised in Sweden and it shows 2 different bathrooms that don't even match with the rest of the apartment in style. BUT you get a free mobile phone.....l.

rev.albertjefferson@gmail.com is ALL OVER the australian sites.

kyle.morgan09@gmail.com - same apartment but under about 4 different names and different prices.

and our good friend godwindmade is also on there.

Man, every second one in sydneys craigs list is a scam. they are everywhere...


Zan 8 years ago

I encountered the same scam in easyroomate.com singapore site. The person who contacted me is called Mary Christina McQuillan and she claims to be a british national. Before I could even visit the apartment, she asked me to sign contract and send money to her mother. This is when I did a check on her name and found this site.


plink 8 years ago Author

Thanks Kim.

I'm in Sydney so if you need me to go check an apartment for you just say the word!!


kim johnston 8 years ago

Zan, I get so many with the same story - wanting it sent to their mother.

I am like a woman possessed now, every time I see them on craigs list I copy the add and when people open it, I am there yelling BEWARE THIS ADD BELOW IS A SCAM. I have been getting so many emails from people telling me the saddest stories of losing money and asking how to detect the scammers. So am helping a few at the moment find apartments in Sweden (from the USA)

plink - I am actually an Aussie - from the Gold Coast - and looked at the craigs list just out of curiosity to see if they were there. I couldn't believe every third add was a scam..... BEACHFRONT APARTMENT IN BONDI, 3 bedroom luxury for 300 a week - YEH RIGHT!!!!!!!!

This is so bad, why aren't craigs list doing something....


plink 8 years ago Author

Zan/Kim - yep the number of times I've encountered the mother story is phenomenal. The bulk of these are based in Nigeria with the "mother" (an accomplice or two) based in the UK to collect our money from Western Union.

Mine was the same. I pinpointed the Western Union branch where they collected my money and played along with their requests for more money in the hope to set them up and get the police involved. The police in London told me it was entrapment - NOT if they bloody committed the crime already!! They refused to help.

Craigslist is another story altogether. My IP address has been permanently blocked by them so I can't even post anymore warnings. Oh and when I could still post them they were being taken down within minutes of going up. Frankly I think some Craigslist staff members are in on it. 

 

Thanks so much Kim for posting some warnings. My blog has had a lot of traffic lately which is fantastic!! It might be a good idea to also include the following URL, as it's much more comprehensive than mine with about 80 different entries on personal experiences, who to avoid, big red flags etc.

http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com 

And 300/week for a Bondi beachfront apartment - gotta be joking!

Thanks! 


kim johnston 8 years ago

franklindundan@yahoo.com - yet another one.....................


Anna 8 years ago

Literally just realised I've been frauded! By that stupid Sophie Astrid Marie Colombo (colombo.sophie@yahoo.com). Luckily my gut instinct & financial services training came in handy and I did some sniffing about before paying that cow any money. Got given several wrong mobile numbers for her, finally managed to get through on one and she sounded very un-French (even though passport she sent me was French). Thought she sounded Nigerian and that's what sent alarm bells ringing. This woman uses emotional blackmail, saying she's been messed about before, I need to pay money before seeing the apartment, through Western Union, to 24b Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN.


Kim Johnstosn 8 years ago

ANOTHER - franklindundan@yahoo.com

Anna - don't be fooled by passports. When they ask for your details, they steal your identity. I have seen about 10 fake passports (some pretty good) fake US drivers licenses, and work ID's. They are all fake.

Hope you didn't lose any money. We just have to keep posting their names and hoping to save as many people as we can.


Javiera  8 years ago

Wow im .. totally in SHOCK !! I just .. coming in geneve .. looking for a room and i like always to search for people on google and i just send a email to her but this is her email please .. for all

Room available in Geneva‏De:Colombo Sophie Astrid Marie (colombo_sophie22@yahoo.com)Enviado:jueves, 21 de agosto de 2008 17:09:57Responder a:colombo_sophie22@yahoo.comPara:

xxxxxxxx@hotmail.com

Hello,As regard room which is available for rent in Geneva. The ideal person i will like to share the apartment with must be a neat,tidy and trust worthy person, and there must be proof that he or she can pay for the monthly rent. The facilities which are available in the apartment are as follows:1. Private Bathroom and Toilet2. Furnished Living room with TV connected to cable and DVD3. Shared Kitchen with gas, water available4. Internet connection5. Washing machine and Dryer6. Furnished Bedroom with window blind and Bedspread The house formally belongs to my late father, who worked with British High Commission here in Switzerland until his death and he has passed it to my mother through his will.I am originally from Toulon,France, i have been living in the UK since i was six years old and i moved to join my father in Switzerland when he was transferred to Geneva. My mother and siblings went back to the UK,London after the death of my father, because my mother is originally from London. The most important thing i am looking for is to share daily live and common value. I am currently working with an Airline which enables me to travel alot and i as well attend language school when i am not working. I will like to share the apartment with an English speaking person because of easy communication. The apartment is located at:31 Avenue de la Paix Geneva, Switzerland 1211Close to the Central Station.The House is in a cool area , as there is no noise in the environment, because the house is not close to major busy roads. The apartment is located in the center of the city and it is close to bus stops and as well as tube station which makes the apartment to be accesible. The house has a parking space which can park two cars at a time. The house has internet connection and there will no be any need for you to bring in furnitures as the flat and the rooms are well furnished, but you can as well come along with your furnitures if you so wish. My name is COLOMBO SOPHIE ASTRID MARIE,19 years old,easy going, Clean tidy, non smoker female.Height 1.73mColour of eyes vertePlace of Birth ToulonDate of Birth: 25 01 1989 The prices for the apartment are as below:600 CHF/ monthly rent, Utility (all bills) included.900 CHF Security Deposit(will be refunded to you on your move-out date). The minimum duration in the apartment is one month and long term stay is welcomed in the apartment. The apartment has two toilet and bathroom, so the only thing which we will have to share is the kitchen and the living room. There are three rooms in the apartment, i currently occupy one, the second one is the one i am renting out, while i regard the third room as visitor's room. If you are interested in sharing the flat with me, i will be glad if you can contact me for pictures and procedures. Looking forward to reading from you soon. Regards. Sophie

Is the same girl ?? please tell me ... thanks


Anna 8 years ago

Javiera, YES this is the same girl. The personal info she has given you is taken from a passport which was sent as ID by the REAL Sophie Columbo. These fraudsters have so many different email addresses, phone numbers, etc. SHE DOES NOT have an apartment, she just wants to take your money and run! Please feel free to email me on annarchristian@hotmail.fr if you have any questions. I hate this fake Sophie. She is a liar, an emotional blackmailer and she doesn't care. Do NOT pay her any money. Stop emailing her, do not send ANY ID to her. I made the mistake of sending my ID for the "lease agreement". She is very convincing, but don't fall for it. Take care.


kim johnston 8 years ago

Hi, I got an email from her almost identically to this one, except the room was in Sweden. She sent me a passport showing her name and photo - but you could tell it was fake. If you are never sure - just say to them straight out "yes I would like your apartment, it sounds lovely. How do we do the lease and money arrangements" then they think they have you and will ask for all of your details for their "lawyer to draw up a lease" and then ask you to send it Western Union or to a bank account in the UK. BE CAREFUL and never give details to anyone or send money unless you have physically seen the apartment. You are much better off staying in a hostel or cheap hotel for a few days and going to inspect apartments when you get there.


Kim Johnston 8 years ago

marjela bertrand - nigerian scammer

mubmui@yahoo.com - nigerian scammer


Kim Johnstosn 8 years ago

hey dude, we are all angry at these scammers but lets try and keep the language down and keep it positive in exposing these losers.


Ayesha Tansey 8 years ago

Do not trust the person using the name Michelle Georgens. They are a fraud. I only found this website after losing the deposit on a place in Paris. How can we stop them?


kim johnston 8 years ago

we can't - they just keep changing names. They are on every website of craigslist and now starting on easyroommate.com. The one useful thing we can do is post here or any any board and make sure you put their name AND their email address and then in large letter BEWARE RENTAL SCAM - so that way if someone googles them they will be warned. Hope you didnt' lose too much. Sorry


kim johnston 8 years ago

kudioola@yahoo.com is a rental scammer BEWARE


sabadii 8 years ago

i'm just in the same situation as Ayesha: lost some money because I had no idea that scamming is so incredibly widespread. i had a weird feeling about it but didn't listen to it: huge mistake! i was just so desperate to have a flat that i just found a good explanation for everything that is weird. the name of the scammer: Mitchelle Vuto, mitchelle.vuto@gmail.com

i've reported to the police (although that probably won't help, but it feels better this way) and they were incredibly nice and actually took it seriously.


kim johnston 8 years ago

TONY BRAIN - BRAINTONY93@YAHOO.COM IS A RENTAL SCAMMERS


kim johnston 8 years ago

sorry - TONYBRIAN93@YAHOO.COM IS A RENTAL SCAMMER


kim johnston 8 years ago

AGGHHHH SORRY SORRY SORRY

tonybrain93@hotmail.com is a rental scammer. Wouldn't be surprised if this is Made Goodwin - you know the old "my husband is on missionary in West Africa, we don't want the money just a god fearing clean person"'''......


kim johnston 8 years ago

BEWARE of PATEL PRATIK - he is a rental scammer and will steal your identity and money.


KIM jOHNSTON 8 years ago

BEWARE OF dennispakololo@gmail.com - IT IS A RENTAL SCAM.

THE GOOD "REVERAND" IS NOT A VERY GOOD SCAMMER, BUT ALL THE SAME, DON'T GET CAUGHT.


kim johnston 8 years ago

BEWARE OF kudioola@yahoo.com - also known as Patel Pratik - RENTAL SCAMMER AND IDENTITY THIEF


kim johnston 8 years ago

BEWARE Emma Georgette - they are rental scammers and identity theives.


kim johnston 8 years ago

BEWARE Emma Georgette - they are rental scammers and identity theives.


KIM JOHNSTON 8 years ago

BEWARE paul4lover@yahoo.com HE IS A RENTAL SCAMMER AND IDENTITY THIEF.


KIM JOHNSTON 8 years ago

BEWARE paul4lover@yahoo.com HE IS A RENTAL SCAMMER AND IDENTITY THIEF.


kim johnston 8 years ago

BEWARE emmageorgette49@gmail.com THEY ARE RENTAL SCAMMERS WHO WILL STEAL YOUR MONEY AND YOUR IDENTITY


kim johnston 8 years ago

Beware of Colleen Hiller (sometimes uses colleen Miller) who claims to work for SHELL in NIGERIA. She doesn't and is a scammer.


HS 8 years ago

Thans guys for this blog! I wasn't going to be silly enough to wire money by the trust of a good Revernd and his wife.

The email i just received is identical to one above, I'll post it below this comment.

I'm going ot have a play with him/her to see where i can get!


kim johnston 8 years ago

HS = your so lucky the rotten reverand has gotten so many people.

Know that you look at the emails again I bet you can't believe you fell for it.


Buburuca 8 years ago

OK, so here's another one I've just received:

My name is Jeff Schwartz own the home and its located @ Bethanienstraat 43 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands..and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me my wife and Son to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in west Africa, our new house and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the apartment for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, arefrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below RENT APPLICATION FORM 1)Your Full Name 2)Your Full Address & Phone Number 3)How old are you? 4)Are you married? 5)How many people will be living in the house? 6)Do you have a pet? 7)Do you have a car? 8)Occupation? 9)When do you want to move in 10How long do you want to stay in my apartment 11 Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment12 Reason for moving out of current home One Mr Brasson called me about the apartment,I told him that I can't give him the apartment because he loves smoking,drinking and dont want him to get drunked and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, Note that the rent is going to be 400 Euros Per month No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are.below is my phone number 002348089706162 OR +234-808-970-6162(Call me Anytime) I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as my new tenant. Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you. The address of the house is Bethanienstraat 43 1012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Kitchen is fully equipped. Thanks


kim johnston 8 years ago

Buburuca - that is the typical letter. As soon as you see the old line " we are not after the money just someone who will keep our lovely flat clean" RUN LIKE HELL.

I have found them to be totally flooding the Easyroommate.com site and the okflatmate.com as well. I have found it totally impossible to find my son accomodation over there because of these scum bags and now we are thinking that going to Europe isn't such a good idea. A real shame as he was really looking forward to traveling. They are just total scumbags


Gemma 8 years ago

Hello,

My name is Gemma and I'm italian.

During my research of an accomodation in Luxembourg, I received an email by gene_booy@yahoo.com that has offered to me a room in her apartment, by asking to me to send to her mother 1.300 euros by western union money at this address

Mrs. RITA BOOYSEN 42, SALTER FORT RD., LONDON. SW17 9TE ENGLAND +447594805090

Thanks to your post, I'm not victim to this scam and I'd like to add this email address to your list.

I past to this post the 1st email that i received by this girl.

Hello,Thanks so much for the reply and interest in my room, my name is Genevieve Booysen, British, My father owns the flat but is now late,i live alone in the flat, Am a professional, i work with a Bank here in Luxembourg and i am currently learning French , this is taking too much of my time, so am a busy type the only day to come and view the house is Sunday if you don't mind, However, the room is still available. The room has the following amenities: * Large living room and dining room* Brand new kitchen and bathroom with separate shower* Phone with free calls to fix phones in 49 countries including Europe and North America.* All new kitchen appliances* High speed and Wi Fi internet.* TV, VHS and Playstation 3/DVD player* Parking spaceThe house is located right in the city centref Luxembourg (rue du Laboratoire),5 minutes from the business district and the old town centre, the Mercure Luxembourg Centre is only 200 metres from the railway station and 10 kilometres from the airport. The house is a walking distance to the historic UNESCO World Heritage area and near the train station served by the new high-speed TGV train Est Européen. It is also close to the major multinational companies, ministries, luxury boutiques and main sightseeing areas of Luxembourg,there is a low-priced supermarket around the block a wonderful boulangerie on the corner, a tabac, pharmacies, cafes, restaurants, banks, and all the other shops you’ll need nearby on a daily basis. The rent per month is 500euros(bills included) and a security deposit of 800 euros,The security deposit is refundable at the end of your stay in my flat,The rent includes allbills:Gas,Water, Electricity ,tenement rate ,phone ,heater ,tax ,internet connection.If you are truly interested in renting my room, you will have to pay the security deposit and one month rent in advance to show some seriousness that you really want this room, so that i can reserve the room for you for the period you want, because a lot of people have wasted my time on this rental and i really want to deal with people who are serious and genuinely interested in the room. I will like to have a brief introduction of yourself, so that i can have an idea of whom you are .Attached to this email are pictures of the room. Thanks once again for the interest in my room while waiting to read from you.


kiim johnston 8 years ago

BEWARE Of Sonja Sprenger - Nigerian Scammer


plink 8 years ago Author

Thanks for posting that Gemma! I'm so glad that you didn't get caught up in the scam.

I'm so angry about this - although the email, the city, the story, the style of writing and the names are all different to the one that got me, it's the same person/group of people - they requested payment be sent to the "mother" at the exact same address in London. This address DOES NOT exist - there is a Salter Road in London, a Fort Road, a Salterford Road but NO Salter Fort Road!! All accompanying documents that testify to this have been doctored (even down to the reference numbers in the fine print).

BEWARE!!!! This person operates under the aliases of Ann Clare Collings, Tara Collings, Hilton Kurth, Rebecca Dagg, Juliet Dagg, Genevieve Booysen and Rita Booysen (and these are just the ones we know of).  

 


kim johnston 8 years ago

Hi Plink - PLEASE ASK ALL YOUR READERS TO READ THIS.

I have been exposing these assholes for a month. Last night my computer was hacked and my PalPAl Account credit card was run up, my bank account accessed, my emails, passport details I had on line - EVERYTHING was accessed. The one clue I had was a company called TurboDial that had charged things to my credit card - when I looked it up on the net - GUESS WHAT -------

SCAM OUT OF WEST AFRICA.

BE CAREFUL EVERYONE. Dont use any email when exposing that can connect with your accounts in any way. I have just spent the last 24 hours trying to undo all the damage and change passwords, ring banks ect. IM NOT GIVING UP THOUGH - THE BASTARDS ARE NOT GOING TO WIN.............................................


plink 8 years ago Author

OH MY GOD!!! How the hell did they do that? Just because you used a legit email address?

That's shocking and I am so sorry Kim!! It makes my blood boil to think what these people do and get away with.

I will post this on my other site http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com when I have a sec. Let's get this out to as many people as possible!

Sorry again Kim, I hope you get everything sorted out.

Stay safe everyone and let's nail these bastards!

 

 


kim johnston 8 years ago

yep, just from my email address they hacked into my computer and got passwords to EVERYTHING. Luckily they tried to transfer a shitload of money into my paypal account (which is a credit card) and I guess they were hoping that I wouldn't notice until the money came through and they had obsconded with it. I was just lucky I noticed an email from paypal and checked. I would recommend anyone that had received emails from these people to do a really good anti spy virus check (I used panda free download) and I got 8 hackers and one keeps trying to get in but keeps getting denied access.

If everyone runs an anti virus and anti spy they will know for sure if they have been hacked and save any future drama.


Daria 8 years ago

Hello guys,

Firstly, THANKS for this article, it really helped me.

I am an international student from Russia ( so sorry fo my english, its far from perfect). I study in London.

For my second year in London me and my friend planed to rent a 2 bedroom flat or 2 rooms. Now we re in Russia for holidays and desided to find smth good from hear. We started a real house hunting and we had a real criminal attack!!

Among all the offers the best one was from

DHUPER PANKAJ

d.pankaj1975@yahoo.co.uk

He offered 2 bedroom flat for 800 pounds per month in good location (what is very good for London)

At first he asked me to send him all my information. Name, copy of Passport etc.

I DID (Though I felt that smth is wrong)

Than he asked me transfer him by WESTERN UNION money (to reserve a flat)but to the name of his lawer)I DIDN'T

Also he send me a contract which I shoud have signed "as soon as possible". His own signature(and signature of lawer(that looked almost the same)) was really weird and strange

Then when I refused to send him money and contract he asked me to send money to MYSELF in oder to collect them and to give him immidiately in his presence.

I just answerd him No and told that I gave the contract to my Lawer - to check it.

His last message really reminded a druguser, but not "a busy man who hates time wasters"

I did a really big mistake that I send him my personal info. Do you think that he can use it in future?But my biggest mistake - I sent him a copy of my transfer of money to uni (as a payment for my studies)( as a confirmation that I CAN pay). So now he has my account number, my photos and everything.... HOW CAN HE USE IT?

Dear Daria,In regards to my recent mail, I would like to tell you that i'm a lanldlord who live and work in Cambridge and i just had some bad experience in the last 3 weeks in which i came over to London to meet some people who are interested in renting and viewing my property but to my surprise. I went to pick them up at the airport and then i drove them straight to the property, when they see my flat they love it and said they want it and ready to rent it immediately also to move in but i should allow them to stay till month end before they can pay me, So with this my lawyer was so very very annoyed because we both went to pick them at the airport and were together during the viewing so that he can sign the tenancy agreement with them and i my self can also sign but it was just a waste of time.... And i would not like this same thing to happen again. Please see the attachment is the newest and last month bill of the flat which i just paid so you can see that i am not a landlord who doesn't care about his property and who just like money but am a very busy man which i hate time wasters.

More so, in other not to waste both of our time and for me to be rest assured that you are capable and serious of getting the property also to confuse my lawyer that you are not a time wasters, could you please let me know if you are able to meet up with my demand? if you can assure me this it will be great and i will assure you that you will get the property because i dont want to ask to pay a security deposit to my lawyer before your arrival as i want you to see the flat yourself and see how lovely it is before paying me, So kindly let me know asap.

I am awaiting to hear back from you,Pankaj.

Dear Daria,How are you doing? hope fine. I saw you talking to me online and i responded to your message but you went off sudenly. Well i am so sorry for not to have forward the contract to you since afternoon as i have got it from my lawyer since 2pm but i was really bussy at office but now am at home.

More so, The attachement contained the contract which was prepared by my Lawyer as i have told you. So kindly read it carefully and then print out only the first and last page of the contract then scan and send it back to me to complete the whole thing. Asper the deposit, i have speak to my lawyer and he said he will like you to pay the deposit to guaranty your chance of getting the property and with this he also have said you should send the 400 GBP refundable security deposit to him directly has he said he will be going to the tax clearance of tomorrow and he will like to sign and send the contract back asap together with the depsoit via western union money transfer tomorrow so that he can register your contract at once at the councel office in other to complete the whole process

Bellow is his details for the transfer:Name: David BrownAddress: Brendon Street, Marylebone, Westminster, London, W1H 5HT

I am awaiting to hear back from you,Pankaj.

Hello,I have called my lawyer and have expalined everything to him so he said The only way to confirm that you are serious and capable of getting the apartment is for you to get your first month rent + deposit send to your self via western union money transfer around you over there by using your parent name as the sender from your country and then use you will you your name as the receiver here in UK so that when you arrive here you can cash it and then you will only scan and email me the receipt given at the western union for a confirmation. I will call and confirm from western union to know if truly you make the transfer and once it has been confirmed that the money is truly there and ready for pick up by the reciver, I will plan my trip to to London to meet you on your arrival and take you straight to the flat. it is for the safety of both party and this is the only way my lawyer can confirm that you are serious and capable of getting the apartment. I am not asking you to send money to me but i think you understand the terms and condition also my position. Then if you like the apartment, will both go to the nearest western union around and then you to cash the money and hand over to me in the presence of my lawyer, then i can give you all the necessary document to fill and sign, Note that the charges that you make at western union will be refunded back to you or the money will be deducted from the balance you will pay me, i think you understand. If you can do this today or tomorrow and i see the receipt then that means we have a deal and we discuss your flight details and how to hook up to view the property on your arrival. even you can move in immediately if you don't mind once you have the key with you.

I look forward to hear back from you,Pankaj

After some time I received another "offer"

Again very great etc.

I wasn't sure that its again smth criminal until I received this letter

Hello Daria, There is certainty and every possibility that you will view the flat but I am presently in Cambridge now because I moved in with my mother in order for me to check her medical condition,So I need to be sure that you are capable of renting the apartment before I can come to London,Imagine a lady asked me to come from Cambridge to London that she wanted to rent the apartment I left to meet her on getting there she told me that she wanted to rent the apartment but I should allow her to stay till the end of the month before she can pay me and the other was on dss ...after I had left Cambridge to London for the viewing and renting can you see how bad and unfair that was,I need to see a sign or proof that you are capable and you have the money to rent the flat before i can come for the viewing by that 12th of September but am very sure that you will like the apartment.At the age of 46 yrs I cant be stressing myself when am not sure that you are capable.The apartment is available now and you can move in at anytime. Get back Leah

"Leah ware" leahware23@gmail.com And this is not the end... after it I received the third offer with amaizing really Exellent flat in center for a funny price. After I asked in a letter abot a scam... the woman stoped write to me. Juceli


Daria 8 years ago

in center for a funny price. After I asked in a letter abot a scam... the woman stoped write to me. Jucelia Niyaz jucelianiyaz@yahoo.co.uk We still didn't find a flat but thanks god didn't loose money. Hope my info somehow helped or will help some of you. For me its a great lesson.But I am really nervous about my personal info. What Do you think about it?? Ps - by the way I found in a facebook the man with the same name and date of birth as Pankaj...I wrote him. No answer yet.And I wrote to all the criminals that I informed police. I will probably do it though I didn't loose money.


Kim Johnston 8 years ago

Hi Darai,

When they got me, all they had was my email address. From that they were able to access my computer, my bank accounts, my stockbroking accounts and copies of my passport I keep on there. You should ring the police and notify them and ask what you should do. One of the things they do with passports is use them to trick other people. To make themselves look honest, they will use your name and send a copy of your passort to someone so they have proof of who they are sending money too. You will end up with a lot of police complaints against you that people will lodge as they will think it was you after seeing your passport.

Definitely report it to the police so it is on record that someone has stolen your information - that way if they use it you are covered.


Leesa 8 years ago

Hi Plink...

Several months ago, I read this and posted it on my blog, News From France, see above URL... Just recently, 2 weeks ago, my friend was conned out of 1500 euros for a sublet in Paris.. Two guys who were "French" showed her the apt, had her sign a bogus contract, and gave her copies of their passports, doctored EDF (electric) bill and French ID.. along with 3 different numbers where they could be reached.. She went to move in and all their stuff was still there, though they said they were going to move it out the day before that... She kept checking back at the apt, calling the numbers repeatedly with no respose.. and finally.. about a week later when she was at the apt, she met another guy who had the keys to the apt, as well as her.. and was also a victim of their elaborate scam... So, the crooks got away with 3000 euros!!! My friend and the guy went to the police who LAUGHED and their faces and said the subletting is ILLEGAL and that they should have gone with an agency!!! Even if there is a real estate agency involved and there is still a scam, then the victim is more likely to get the money back from the agency because they will be able to file a police report.. My friend was not allowed to file a police report!! I posted a story about this on my blog on Sept. 8, 2008.. Please read and if anyone reads French, there is a link that explains this scam.... When it comes down to it.... It's hard to even trust the newpaper ads or internet listings for renting an apt... If it costs a bit more to pay an agency to help find an apt... and you are actually IN Paris and have some time to look around, please consider this.. Also, if you are out of the country and want to rent ... try to find people you know.. friends... who know someone... Good luck everyone and don't get scammed.. Great job PLINK!!!! ---


IS 8 years ago

christina88_1983@yahoo.com

This is another scam !!!


8 years ago

luckily I did not go through with this but beware of "Frank Smith" wiserank@yahoo.com trying to rent an apartment in NYC - Nigerian scammer!


kim johnston 8 years ago

Wow, I am stunned. Even after learning everything I have about these bastards over the last few months, I watched Youtube and saw the 419 scams clip, and am totally shocked.

Anyone that has any doubt about how serious and well organized these guys are - WATCH THIS.


mabellera 8 years ago

couple of other names to add to the CRAIGSLIST.COM/PARIS SCAMS:

COLE HUGHS (West Africa Reverend scam)

KEVIN BUSCHO (West Africa Reverend Scam)

STEVE HERMANN (GlobalCom NIG scam)


danny9 8 years ago

ssothmas@yahoo.co.uk is most likely a scammer. I am replying to the person that first put this guys email address up and to warn others...I did not get scammed by him, but could easily have been.  This is someone to watch for.  All his emails were quite similar to the ones that were listed on this hub.  It was for an apartment in Rome.  "Rev. Thomas" and all the rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves.


Veronic 8 years ago

I recently had an issue with "Rev Thomas." I knew something was up with the price and other things I noticed that were strange in the e-mails. The emails were VERY similar to Mauds and Pdc. Fortunately, my family advised me against it and to do some snooping around. I came to this page and thanks for all of your comments I have not fallen into his trap. These people should be very ashamed of themselves especially using God to try to get you sucked into their lies. It's AWFUL. My ID has been given out to him though (my license). Should I go to the police???


Veronic 8 years ago

P.S the email addresses are ssothmas@yahoo.co.uk and ssarthom@gmail.com


Stefano 8 years ago

hi Guys! thankyou very much for the info!!! I received this email today!!! any info also about a certain DARREN FERGIE? his email is labeo3182@yahoo.co.uk

please let me know.

ciao!


danny9 8 years ago

ssarthom@gmail.com has once again posted an apartment on craigslist. Be advised he/she is a scammer.


danny9 8 years ago

By the way there is another list of scammer email addresses on the following website: chicaneryconsscams.blogspot.com/2008_01_27_archive.html


plink 8 years ago Author

Veronic - I'm in the same boat. The girl/guy/gang that scammed me has a scan of my passport. I told the police here and they didn't care. I have however spoken to a credit agency who will pay close attention to my credit status and notify me immediately if anyone applies for a loan/credit using my ID. I would certainly report it to your local police (but sadly more often than not they don't do a thing) but definitely look into a place that can put your credit status on high alert. On the upside, so glad you didn't get scammed!!

Stefano - I haven't personally come across Darren Fergie but these scammers create new aliases every day. Have you searched the IP address from the email? This will tell you where the email is coming from and I bet that it's a dodgy one. I can help you with the IP search if you need.

Danny9 - THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting that URL!! Astonishing how many there are. EVERYONE make sure you check it out! I will also post that on my other blog.

For more detailed accounts of people being scammed or typical scammer emails, check out http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/ 

 

 

 


Postal Pete 8 years ago

Hi there! I am equally eager to welcoming you here,even as i appreciate your much interest in wanting to live with me. Having said that, there is a strict procedure which we both have to undergo before this room will be reserved and secured for you provided you are ready to make a commitment by paying the security deposit coupled with the first month rent in adavnce. Hence, do get me the following below informations to enable our family lawyer to start preparing the Tenancy Agreement Form for your perusal so as to acquint you with the stipulated rules and regulations covering the rental contract to determine if they are pleasing to you before making the aforesaid commitment:YOUR FULL NAMES,EXACT ARRIVAL DATE,EXACT DEPARTURE DATE,CURRENT ADDRESS,SCANNED COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT ID. Get back to me asap with the above so we can get started with the rental contract. Find attached a copy of my Passport ID.Cheers and stay blessed! Sonja.


sonja sprenger's offering 8 years ago

Greetings there! In case, you are yet to secure your choice room check this out! A bright, fair and responsible girl in mid-20's, and a final year medical student who works part timely in some clinics as a way of broadening her horizon in her chosen profession is looking for a flat-mate to move in and share the German experience. Someone who is looking for first-time Germany residence to share not only a flat, but sociable occasions and help make this flat a home. Our charming flat provides an abundance space and natural light, exaggerated by the minimalist décor and while Staying here will give you a sense of calm and relaxation in the midst of this vibrant city central. The apartment is within walking distance from many sights, monuments, museums, restaurants, attractive cafés, shops in international surroundings, and night life. The rooms available are large fully furnished bedrooms with an en suite bathroom/shower. I have a washer/dryer, free long-distance phone, free wireless internet and the flat is in a quiet gated community with free parking. Located in the most lively neighbourhood here in Hauptstrasse(Schoneberg). There are local 24 hour convenience stores and buses. This sober 19th-century walk-up building breaths history and old-world charm. Having belonged to my noble family, and presently being managed by my Father before he was recently transferred to London where he works with the Royal Angels (a modeling agency based in London),as a member of the Scouting Team. The building retains discreet elegance, with a wooded cobblestone courtyard. The building is safe, being equipped with 2 security codes..The entrance has a double closet and leads directly into the kitchen and living areas. It is just the ideal base for all your activities while staying in Berlin. FEATURES : GENERAL: Highspeed wireless Internet. Plasma Cable TV. DVD player. HiFi stereosystem.KITCHEN: Refrigerator. Freezer. Combined Microwave. Oven. Dishwasher. 4 Electric Burners. Extractor Hood. Built-in Cupboards and Shelves. Cutlery. Coffee Maker. Washing Machine. Boiler. Toaster,and all kitchen utensils, everything to be comfortable.BATHROOM: Washing machine. Bathtub. Shower. Sheets and Towels furnished.BED: Bed in bedroom,2 (1 in each of the rooms )+Washing Machine. A Back Deck. Night Table. Hi-speed internet connection, Chest of Drawers. A large double built-in wall closet. Chair and lamps coupled with Mirrow... RENT:The rent is 800euros security deposit (refundable at end of stay) plus 350euros per month. This is an extremely good price for this area! It includes: Free Highspeed wireless internet access (with your ownlaptop), Free Plasma TV, Wi-Fi, Water, Highspeed wireless internet, Council Tax and Electricity. Also includes free phone calls to US (home and cell phones) and Europe (except cell phones), final cleaning fee and check\'in and check\'out fees plus FREE AIRPORT PICKUP if you wish. I promise that you will not be able to touch something as good as this for the price. Long-term or short-term rental possible. PICTURES available on request. I long to know if you are really committed and keen in securing the room so i can reserve it for you perhaps till your exact arrival date. Let me today. Sonja. this message was remailed to you via: hous-867360897@craigslist.org =


Postal Pete 8 years ago

Posted by Sonja Spenger , seems to good to be true.........


Postal Pete 8 years ago

Posted by Sonja Spenger , seems to good to be true.........


Joe 8 years ago

Two of them almost got me

one called Karleigh Antell

talked to her "british father" could gardly understand a word

another Astrid Marie Sophie

two questions:

I sent to both of them a photocopy of my passport:

1- what are they going to do with it?

2- they do have english phone numbers and they're calling from nigeria?


JP 8 years ago

Stefano -

I too have been approached by Darren Fergie labeo3182@yahoo.co.uk... he sent me a copy of his passport to prove he was not going to run away with the €1800 worth of deposit/rent he asked for. The passport looked fake. I don't know how to check the URL location but he seems like a scammer to me...


Plink 8 years ago

Guys - in order to locate the origin of the email go into your email program and if you have a snoop around you will find something (often located in the drop down menu) that says "Show Full Header", "Display Long Email Header" or something similar. Make sure this is active. Then when you receive an email, look in the header. You will see a series of I.P's that look something like this 130.34.25.09. Look for the "Originating IP" which is usually found down the bottom. Copy this number and paste it into the search field on www.domaintools.com/whois .... this will tell you where the person is emailing from.

If you copy the wrong IP the country won't pop up. Go back and search the other IP's down the bottom of the header. You will eventually stumble upon the right one and will then know exactly where to look in the future.

Please note - gmail DOES NOT display originating I.P's. As a result, you will notice A LOT of scammers email from gmail.

Good luck and stay safe!!


plink 8 years ago Author

Joe - Glad you didn't get caught up in the scam but unfortunately by sending them a scan of your passport they will most likely use your name/identity in scamming people in the future. I'd advise notifying your local police and also keeping a close eye on your credit rating in case they use your identity to try and get a loan or credit of some sort. Usually there is a company that you can contact who will monitor your credit rating for a small fee and contact you should anyone apply for a loan.

To answer your other question, usually the scammers work in groups. Most emails originate in Nigeria but they have other scammers who work in the UK so (a) they can offer a legitimate phone number and (b) they can go and collect the money from Western Union.

Terrible isn't it?

Just make sure you take care. I've just posted instructions on how to search IP addresses. Become familiar with this and search EVERY email you receive. Good luck!


Sam M 8 years ago

Thanks Plink, you made some great points in this post. One thing I will say is that when you are asked to send money ViA western Union or MoneyGram, most likely its a scam. Scammers love these money transfer companies and I personally think that they should be held responsible for the lost of many people or at least do something. Also, if whatever deal you looking at is too good to be true, stay away and if you hear NIGERIA just run and dont look back.


wynn 8 years ago

I almost got scammed by Rev Thomas and wife Sara. An apartment in Sydney.

sothomass@yahoo.com

srlsthom@googlemail.com

The only thing that saved me was MoneyGram. The guy at the service counter didn't like how it all sounded and called to double check the Reverand's name. They have him on file now.

But I filled out a Rental and Tenency agreement with all our contact information. Haven't sent him our IDs but still he knows where we live and everything else...

What should I do now to help prevent Identity theft? Thanks!


msplatinum9 8 years ago

I just found a post on craigslist for a 4 bdrm home for rent in Vallejo,CA. When I received a response so quickly it set off some flags...

Here is the exact letter I received as a response:

___________________________________________________________________________

Calvary Greeting to you,And may the Blessing of the Lord be upon you and your family, My name is Pastor Jose Munoz I own a home and its located @ 161 Thresher Dr., Vallejo CA 94591. and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me my wife and Son to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in west Africa, our new house and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of my home for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, arefrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my House is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below RENT APPLICATION FORM 1)Your Full Name 2)Your Full Address & Phone Number3)How old are you?4)Are you married?5)How many people will be living in the house?6)Do you have a pet?7)Do you have a car?8)Occupation?9)When do you want to move in10How long do you want to stay in my House 11 Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my House12 Reason for leaving Current home And May the Good lord bless you as you get back to me with the RENTAL APPLICATION and as soon as You can get back to me with rental application i would send you the next step how to get the keys and sign the lease so I hope you have drive by SO If you are still interested, Note that the rent is going to be $1500 Per month No extra fees and the rent include all utilities and a Gardener that would be coming to clean the place. I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are because there are other occupant that sent me an email so I would want you to give me a call as soon as you have sent me Your Application, Contact me on my phone number below ASAP. +234-808-970-6162 Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you.. The address of My House is 161 Thresher Dr., Vallejo CA 94591. Thanks. Pastor Jose Munoz____________________________________________________________________________

There were many things about the letter that made me leary, but most of all when the letter said he left items in the home. I went to the county assessors online program and researched the property, the taxes on the property are due in the amount of $1461.32. Public Information laws restrict giving owner information online, but I did start digging. I did a search on his name in publicrecordsnow.com and there 6 listings with multiple aliases for a few of them. I searched the name with the address in google and found nothing linking the two. I even found a second listing for the same house with a local contact charging 2050.00 for the same unit. I called the local contact and he stated that the original posting that I responded to was wrong and did not want to have a discussion about the possibly still renting the unit. I searched the phone number listed in the letter, and found it listed in a previous post on this website. You have truly saved my family a world of pain and financial trouble.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for being a good person and allowing everyone to have access to this scam and possibly many others.

msplatinum9


wise man 7 years ago

beaware of this email: wiseman_japata@maga.com


Skye 7 years ago

Hello.

I just realized i was scammed by the same people as you all, two days ago. The ad was on appartager.com, a student room mate finder of sorts, she represented herself as Stephanie Peer. Her email was steel_pep@yahoo.com, i was directed to send my money to her mother "Claire Peer" in London and was given this same fake address. I lost $2,200 right out of my college fund, everything looked so legitimet including the contract and everything which i had a lawyer look over and all! I was even sent a passport photo of a girl "stephanie peer" a British citizen. The apartment i was shown was supposedly 56 Rue Vernet, Paris. Hope this helps.


Gareth 7 years ago

mubmui got me 2!!!!!!

What can we do to expose these guys?


toto 7 years ago

someone just sended me a check for 12,000 for the car i have poste... is it a real check?


BW 7 years ago

Rev Thomas and wife Sara are active again in melbourne. i have had several email correspondence with them and they replied with such speed that i grew suspicious, the flat was also extremely cheap for what it is. they are listing on craigslist. guess they don't know the beauty of what comes up when you google their name.....they are using the same email address of:

sothomass@yahoo.com

and the apartment is on 58 latrobe street, melbourne. as soon as i googled other apartments in the building, of which all have electrice cooktops, but i was told that their apartment has a gas one, that made me quite suspicious as this is a highrise building and gas does not only go to one apartment.

anyway, look out people, if its too good to be true, it usually is!


sam 7 years ago

richard.duffin@yahoo.com

is another scam for rentals using gumtree


Enkay 7 years ago

Hi. Could you add Sue Williams to your list. "She" is offering a two bedroom apartment on Craigslist. Problem is that the address doesn't exist and she wants to be paid via Western Union because her account is overdrawn. Oh, and it's impossible to view the apartment because she's out of the country!!! I almost fell for it because I have rented other apartments online and tend to trust people but this price was "too good to be true" Sigh. Thanks for the warning.


Kevin 7 years ago

Another Scam:

Sam Mcmahon [guidamosss@yahoo.com] alias Deapple


Jonathan 7 years ago

another scammer: mubmui@yahoo.com Michael Alan

This is the e.mail that he wrote me

Hello there, My name is Micheal, a briton and Quantity Surveyor. I have a 3 bedroom apartment at the location specified below and I wish to let 2 bedrooms out of it because I've just got a contract in London for the next 6 months and this would keep me out of Holland for some time, perhaps, I don't stay at home most time.I have stated the necessary details about the apartment and the location in this email for your use, I have as well attach some photos of the flat here in. And if you need an additional information concerning this rent, do not hesitate to contact me through this email address.Apartment Details:The apartment is located in a very pleasant part of central Utrecht, the Centrum / Binnenstad, the most centre of Utrecht.It is a very nice characteristic apartment located on this very charming street in the centre of Utrecht. It has two lagre double bedroom (about 100sqm) divided in 2 levels. It is a very nice characteristic apartment with great details like almost 3 meter high ceiling.The apartment is situated on the ground floor, has recently been repainted with great care and attention to detail with huge windows in the living room so you will have a perfect canal view. The apartment has three double bedroom. It is furnished with design furniture and it is well placed on the ground floor of a historical building, it as well has a patio where you can sit and enjoy day light.Living room with authentically details; the living room has large windows on the canal, beautiful large sofa, DVD, Plasma TV with cable, a dining area, nice and well equipped open kitchen with all appliances (refrigerator, gas cooker, oven, washing machine, dryer) There are 3 bathrooms in the apartmet, each bathrooms is ensuited to a bedroom for utmost comveniency and privacy.Location: Home Address: Arthur van Schendelstraat, 3511 ME Utrecht, Centrum / Binnenstad, Utrecht, The Netherlands.Price:Rent/month (EUR 450.00)Refundable Security Deposit (EUR 900.00)Condition of Rent: - The refundable security deposit will be required plus at least 2 months rent at the time of executing a contract. - If the rent is for more than 6 months, the deposit and the rent would be negotiated accordingly.Kindly get back to me if this term is okay by in order to proceed with other aspect of the rent ASAP.Have a great and wonderful day.Sincerely,Micheal


Jonathan 7 years ago

another scammer: mubmui@yahoo.com Michael Alan

This is the e.mail that he wrote me

Hello there, My name is Micheal, a briton and Quantity Surveyor. I have a 3 bedroom apartment at the location specified below and I wish to let 2 bedrooms out of it because I've just got a contract in London for the next 6 months and this would keep me out of Holland for some time, perhaps, I don't stay at home most time.I have stated the necessary details about the apartment and the location in this email for your use, I have as well attach some photos of the flat here in. And if you need an additional information concerning this rent, do not hesitate to contact me through this email address.Apartment Details:The apartment is located in a very pleasant part of central Utrecht, the Centrum / Binnenstad, the most centre of Utrecht.It is a very nice characteristic apartment located on this very charming street in the centre of Utrecht. It has two lagre double bedroom (about 100sqm) divided in 2 levels. It is a very nice characteristic apartment with great details like almost 3 meter high ceiling.The apartment is situated on the ground floor, has recently been repainted with great care and attention to detail with huge windows in the living room so you will have a perfect canal view. The apartment has three double bedroom. It is furnished with design furniture and it is well placed on the ground floor of a historical building, it as well has a patio where you can sit and enjoy day light.Living room with authentically details; the living room has large windows on the canal, beautiful large sofa, DVD, Plasma TV with cable, a dining area, nice and well equipped open kitchen with all appliances (refrigerator, gas cooker, oven, washing machine, dryer) There are 3 bathrooms in the apartmet, each bathrooms is ensuited to a bedroom for utmost comveniency and privacy.Location: Home Address: Arthur van Schendelstraat, 3511 ME Utrecht, Centrum / Binnenstad, Utrecht, The Netherlands.Price:Rent/month (EUR 450.00)Refundable Security Deposit (EUR 900.00)Condition of Rent: - The refundable security deposit will be required plus at least 2 months rent at the time of executing a contract. - If the rent is for more than 6 months, the deposit and the rent would be negotiated accordingly.Kindly get back to me if this term is okay by in order to proceed with other aspect of the rent ASAP.Have a great and wonderful day.Sincerely,Micheal


hannah 7 years ago

Hi, I've been in communication with 'Harry Lindsay' for the past couple of days regarding the let of a double room at 31 Monument Street, Holborn, London, EC3R 8BT. Although his story and terms of a letting contract seemed plausible, 'Harry' began to look dodge when he said he couldn't meet up with me to discuss the contract face-to-face and hoped that I wouldn't mind! Hmm! After this bizarre twist I searched for his e-mail address on the Internet 'hmmhra@yahoo.com' and I found this forum… O.k., so I know it was a great looking apartment and it was only £400/month for a double room - but do I really think I've been stupid to believe 'Harry’s' story - absolutely not! And that’s where people get scammed - it all seems plausible - until it comes down to the money. These types of forums are the only kind of security (dare I say Policing) that the average web user has. My thanks to all of those people who take the time to tell their stories - as tragic as some unfortunately are. I got off lightly... but I owe a big thanks to people like Chris. So Cheers. Hannah x


goon 7 years ago

Another one is Harry Lawrence, selling a flat in Holburn, London. Look out for him!


susen faraj 7 years ago

I got the same problem and lost 500 euro to alisha.kid@gmail.com. Some else Bob has mention this also. What have you done. Did you got your money back??

Please let me know, cause I am still busy with this.


ceaser_23@yahoo.it 7 years ago

add Wilfred Johnson wilfredic@yahoo.com , or stella.dennis71@yahoo.com - his phone

+ 447045742502 + 44793592961 , he is a fraudster !! take care !!!!

not send money in advance western union - paypal !!!


plink 7 years ago Author

Toto - sorry for the late response. Don't cash that cheque!! It's a scam. What happens is the scammer will send the victim a fake cheque for an amount more than you are advertising a certain item for. They then "realise" that they've sent too much and ask you to send them the difference back to them via Western Union or Money Gram. You do this and then go to cash the cheque and find out it's a fake and are often charged for trying to bank a fraudulent cheque.

 

Google "fake cheques Nigeria" and see what I mean. Also, here's a link for you to look at:

http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/2008/07...

 

BE CAREFUL!!


plink 7 years ago Author

Gareth - so sorry to hear you were caught up in a scam!! I hope you didn't lose too much money.

 

In my experience the police were no help whatsoever. The net is a tricky area to police and it seems no one wants to even try! I certainly suggest reporting it to the police though so it's on record. First and foremost, the important thing now is to protect yourself. Does the scammer have a scan of your passport? If so, I would suggest getting a new one. Do a little bit of research online and see if you can find an agency that can monitor your credit rating (if the scammer has a copy of your passport they may try to get a loan in your name)...they will alert you if and when there is any activity under your name so you can stop it before it happens.

In terms of getting your money back, it's a lost cause, I'm afraid. Did it happen through Western Union? I would definitely call them to notify them of what happened but in terms of helping you, I can guarantee they will do NOTHING. Western Union is the worst company I have ever dealt with...they are operating in a way that perpetuates fraud, protects the scammer and themselves, and does nothing to protect us. In fact, I often think that it's possible that Western Union was established by rich scammers as it's the perfect vehicle to make millions through scams. The protocol they have in place is, when you look closer, really unbelievable. They are aware of the Freedom of Information Act which means regardless of who picked up and signed for your (and my!) money, they know that even in the event of fraud and with police consent they are under no legal obligation to release a copy of the signed "Receive Money" form therefore ending investigations before they even start. They still have their sizeable commission and at the end of the day, if it's fraud or not, they don't give a toss. INFURIATING!!

Next step, getting the word out there! Post warnings all over the net with links to other sites and blogs which focus on online fraud. Trying to spread the word is really the only thing we can try and do as it seems not one person in a position of power wants to tackle the problem and bring down Nigerian scams.

 

Hope this helps. Stay safe and good luck!!


alex 7 years ago

please filed in www.godaddy.com in report scam , end of the home page, its the hosting of www.expatriates.com and them for sure will shut down the web site, end find who own the web site and credit card information


Christian 7 years ago

Just want to join Alex's comment. You can report the scam at www.godaddy.com, who is hosting expatriates.com - see here http://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/spamreport/spamrepor...

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yuppi do 7 years ago

Dear Friends, Wilfred Johnson offer apartments in differents countries (spain - french - UK principaly) - Craiglist and anotherin a first moment use paypal method ,this is his PAYPAL ACCOUNT hockeyfreek25@yahoo.com sometimes western union, and his REAL ACCOUNTS areNAME : RAZAQ TUNJI FALODUNACC/IBAN: ES84 0182 6372 0302 0150 8309SWIFT CODE: BBVAEMMCODIGO : 28921,ALCORCON MADRID SPAINBANK NAME : BBVA Attention is a frauders !!! he use this e.mail wilfredic@yahoo.com stella.dennis@yahoo.com dennisrolando@ymail.com its the same personsin UK use this telephones numbersphone 447045742502 or 44703592961 or 44705766422 - take care !!!


wow 7 years ago

Scammer for sydney apartments, this apartment was said to be 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 1 carspace at 1802 Bathurst st Sydney. she said she changed jobs and went to Italy for 3yrs, taking the keys with her. which is of course when the alarm bells go off.

lets use commonsense here people. everybody has one friend or a family member or a realestate agent who can hold the keys so you can check out the apartment. everyone. and frankly if they didn't do you really want to move into a place previously owned by someone akin to jack the ripper?

scammer's name in this case was natalie/niccolette webber email:

nataliewebber61@yahoo.com

this add was posted on domain.com.au which is a site used by alot of aussies to find places to live, not just the travellers!

CHECK EVERYTHING THEY SAY ON GOOGLE! and then if you dont find anything, you surely wont be getting anything you pay for either.


Shannon 7 years ago

been approached by nataliewebber61@yahoo.com and it is definitely a scam!! She used the same line about going to italy for 3 years but for an apartment in melbourne.

Very dodgy. Trying to get money by sending the keys through tnt and sending the money through.


jon 7 years ago

ditto on natalie... 1800 Bathurst Street Sydney NSW 2000 ?? too good to be true.. hope no one fell for that..


GenevaGuy 7 years ago

Guys,

I was also nearly scammed by the person called "Stephanie Peer". The scammer is now claiming to rent an apartment in Geneva/Switzerland, rue du vieux-collège, so please pay attention. The IP-Address shows that the email was sent from Nigeria.


Christie 7 years ago

Hello, I was looking for a room in Rome and the same happened to me almost twice. First name is CHRISTINA MCQUILLAN and second MARTINA BIA! Both went with the exact same story. You know... beginns with something sad to wind you up: father died, mother crazy,... then: I hope you understand my conditions, but my lawer..., and then the best: they send you a copy of their passport. And you go on believing them, because that seems so trusty.

So mean, thank god I didn´t pay, I never have any money left! But when I came to Rome I saw, that there was no apartment like posted. Im still looking, so I´m sure I will find more of these bastards.

Hope to make a small contribution to prevent even more loss.

If you want any further details, don´t hesitate to ask about!!


Redwithrage 7 years ago

Just wanted to add another name and e-mail to the list: Scammer = Allen Collins(collins.allen842@gmail.com). Same idea as the above posts. He states to have good cheap housing in different areas of USA but cannot show them because he 'works' in London. He will ask for Western Union money transfer with UPS acting as a 3rd party. Do not fall for it! The UPS docs given seem super legit but are not. Hope no one gets trapped. Good job with the site!


niekada 7 years ago

hello,

thanks god i found this site today. had an option to rent a room in paris. begin to check the person. she is michelle vuto. anybody knows something about her?

thanks


jenipe 7 years ago

someone here mentioned the name of mirella folkson; that is supposed to be my landlady. she ownd a flat in zamalek, cairo. she is in glascow. she told me to send the cash via western union and i would receive the key by dhl


greetings from singapore 7 years ago

christina goes singapore ^^:

same procedure as above, was supposed to transfer money vie western union, which seemesd very strange for me and i googled the name. Thats the email she/he used

christina88_1983@yahoo.com


Joe 7 years ago

Same thing for christina! received an email from her couple of weeks ago. DO NOT TRUST HER.

christina88_1983@yahoo.com


Anna 7 years ago

"Darren Fergie" is a scammer. We received EXACTLY the same email as Jonathan posted here as a warning. He received the email signed with the name and email mubmui@yahoo.com, Michael Alan. We received it under the name "Darren Fergie" with email labeo3182@yahoo.co.uk, and that time he claimed to let a flat in Brussels on the address Stevinstraat 105, Brussel 1000 Belgium.

Here is the email:

Hello there, My name is Darren, a briton and Quantity Surveyor. I have a 3 bedroom apartment at the location specified below and I wish to let 2 bedrooms out of it because I've just got a contract in London for the next 6 months and this would keep me out of Belgium for some time, perhaps, I don't stay at home most time.I have stated the necessary details about the apartment and the location in this email for your use, I have as well attach some photos of the flat here in. And if you need an additional information concerning this rent, do not hesitate to contact me through this email address.Apartment Details:The apartment is located in a very pleasant part of the most centre of Brussels.It is a very nice characteristic apartment located on this very charming street in the centre of Brussels. It has two lagre double bedroom (about 100sqm) divided in 2 levels. It is a very nice characteristic apartment with great details like almost 3 meter high ceiling.The apartment is situated on the 3rd floor, has recently been repainted with great care and attention to detail with huge windows in the living room so you will have a perfect canal view. The apartment has three double bedroom. It is furnished with design furniture and it is well placed on the ground floor of a historical building, it as well has a patio where you can sit and enjoy day light.Living room with authentically details; the living room has large windows on the canal, beautiful large sofa, DVD, Plasma TV with cable, a dining area, nice and well equipped open kitchen with all appliances (refrigerator, gas cooker, oven, washing machine, dryer) There are 3 bathrooms in the apartmet, each bathrooms is ensuited to a bedroom for utmost comveniency and privacy.Location: Home Address: Stevinstraat 105, Brussel 1000 Belgium.Price:Rent/month (EUR 400.00)Refundable Security Deposit (EUR 1000.00)Condition of Rent: - The refundable security deposit will be required plus at least 2 months rent at the time of executing a contract.- If the rent is for more than 6 months, the deposit and the rent would be negotiated accordingly.Kindly get back to me if this term is okay by in order to proceed with other aspect of the rent ASAP.Have a great and wonderful day.Sincerely,darren


ann 7 years ago

Thank you so much for this information!! It's really helpful.

I just wanted to add that these people (at least some of them) are doing the scam the other way as well. We have a legit apartment to rent, and we're getting responses to our craigslist ad from these people. The first one posted as "Derek Wolly" and is using the email address "derek_wolly@live.co.uk". He fits all the profile info you posted above, and also claims to be a member of the Royal Angels Scounting Team.

So if any of you are also renting a place, beware of these postings too!! They want to send you the money in advance to secure the apartment, but the company will send you "too much money" and you have to refund some of it for his moving expenses. I'm sure the company check is no good and then you lose out the real money that you send him... either that, or they ask for your bank account number, and once they have that along with all of your contact information, they've got a lot of your identity. Either way, I'm not going to find out, as they are definitely a scam!

I also ran across the scams when I was looking for an apartment in Geneva, so be careful everywhere! Trust your instincts, see it in person, and be careful when you part with your money!!


Maurits 7 years ago

Thanks. I too was almost conned, but your blog saved me. The mail I received was as follows:

2009/4/3 Christina Mcquillan <lifeandme001@yahoo.com>

Hello , The flat has 3 rooms, one is for me,one is for rent and the last one is regard as visitors room. The rent per month is 500 euros and a security deposit 700 euros ,which is refundable,At the end of your stay in the room ,700 euros Will be refund to you ,is for a security deposit, and it has to be refund,the purpose of this money,is in case of damages and if you did not damage any thing in the room,you money will be refund in full to you at the end of your stay in the room The flat is located in 8, rue Champollion , 75005 Paris - France.

Nearest Metro is Cluny La Sorbonne, line 10, 5 minute walk and Saint Michel or Odeon, line 7, 8-minute walk.

PROCEDURE: 1.You need to read and sign the agreement form that will guarantee you that the room has been reserve for you. 2.The deposit and the first month rent has to be paid to my Mom through western union money transfer in London,this will show us that you're really interested in the room. 3.i'll need Your name and your move in and out date to prepare the Agreement/contract.

4 a scanned copy of your ID. Let me know if this is okay by you cause i have been deceived by unseriuos people on this room,that is why my attorney advised me to request for the deposit and first month rent before concluding agreement with anybody.its written in the agreement form that your money(deposit) will be returned to you after your stay in the house. The signed agreement form will be send to you first through attached mail(with the scanned page of my international passport). for you to read and understand,after which you will proceed with the payment,i'll now send you the original copy through a registered courier to your address for you to sign and bring along with you when moving in. Regards,Christina


Socrates 7 years ago

Plink, thank you very much for your help!

I am looking for a room in Amsterdam and I am searchin for it, through the expatriates.com and the craigslist.org. Last week I received the following answer from a scammer named (Sabrine Schroder, sabrines30@yahoo.com). BE CAREFULL!!! I also had a similar answer from Alession, acavirani@yahoo.com). Today I had a scam mail from Laura Williams . Please be carefull about the following answer:

Pics and profile details Attention, Details about myself and family: I am a 28 yr double nationality professional female. I am half dutch and half briton. I was born in the North of Netherland, Vegel to be precise where i lived with my parents before my father who was a lawyer was transferred to Amsterdam to work for DHL company as their company legal advisory and i have to come here for my masters degree in the VU university in the city center. I had my bachelor's degree in environmental science in Universitat carlos 111 where i had the first opportunity to visit Spain and lived with my father in his apartment which he has permanently bought from the owner in the house now i am staying in another house which was bought by him before he became a late. He died few months ago after he went on a business trip to Australia when he went to Vamed Engineerings and came back with Influenza and so was inffected but was not home on time for treatment. His memories lingers in my heart daily and each time i look at his picture and eversince my mother has been in Essex, London managing my fathers firm and also handling some of our assets.. What more do i tell about my family.....!!! I have a kid brother and sister who are in school and living with my mother in Essex. About myself: I have lived all my life abroad and studies abroad as well but want to continue my master here to learn some dutch and know more about my culture. Well i am a non smoker, i love to read and play games, i love computing,cooking and enjoy watching people enjoy my meal and see them happy eating and finishing it. I enjoy going to the beach during weekends and also love music and watch movies at my spare time or go to cinemas. I am a degree holder in human and environmental studies and thus i am furthering my career in the university doing my masters in international science for human aswell and working aswell as an analyst, so i do not stay home that much except weekends mostly Sundays this is due to the act that i go to school after work daily including Saturdays as well. Flat Ammenities: The rooms that are for rent with this following facilities, a small fridge in each room, a big freezer in the kitchen,it is also furnished, have a TV connected to a cablet and also a sound system all for your entertainment purpose, a big twin bed that sleeps two people conveniently, private entrance and exit, private toilet and bathroom,parking space,washer and drier, it is air-conditioned,my kitchen is fully equipped also coz i do alot of cooking and so i have microwave oven, gas cooker and so many for your heating and cooking needs.There is connection to internet via wireless and LAN and also Broadband aswell for your computing purpose, so you can come with your laptop or desktop if you have one. Price for the room: I am leasing 1+ bedrooms out, so i need responsible people as flatmates . The two bedrooms i have for rent both have double sleeper twin bed and the price is 400 euros excluding utilities.. However, for utilities which includes: water, gas refill, electricity bill, laundry, parking space and internet charges as well and there are lots more which are not included amounts 50 euros including council tax as well So the total to pay monthly is about 450 euro including utilities charges. Being a first timer in my flat, a security deposit of 600 euros from you as requested by my mother which is to serve as a guarantee of safety of the rooms/flat either in my presence or absence, which is refundable at the end of your stay in the room if nothing was destroyed either by you or any of your guest who might come in the future I can offer to rent for weeks if that's what you want as a short rent. I can rent the rooms for a long term lease but i will prefer a 3 months contract so we can be able to get to know ourselves better and after which the contract is renewable monthly or for a longer period. Am sending to you some pictures hope you will love it? and i will send soonest to you a LEASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT, immediately you agreed with the terms and conditions of rent. Note: you may have to pay for a security deposit of 600€ and for one month rent 450€ in advance to show some seriousness that you really want this flat, and if you need a room you are welcome, so that i can reserve either the flat or the room for you for the period you want cos a lot of people have wasted my time on this issue and i really want to deal with people who are serious and genuinely interested in the rooms, i hope you understand me? thanks once again for the interest in my room while waiting to read from you. Regards, Sabrine Schroder sabrines30@yahoo.com


Suesan 7 years ago

This is what i have received (this is an other way around scam where the person wants to "relocate" and rent the apt that is advertised) - I am in Canada - I looked up the IP of the emailer and it is based in Germany - Giga-Hosting - Michael Boelke und Michael Herpich GbRorg-type: OTHERaddress: Giga-Hosting.biz GbRaddress: Hoerselbergstr. 5address: 81677 Muenchenaddress: Germanyphone: +49 (0)89 21268372

I have sent them an email to their abuse address: abuse@giga-hosting.biz

This is the email that i received (The Roal Angel modeling agency popped up again)

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Hello,My name is Kelvin,I came across your posted rental advert. And will like to know if it's still available.I need to relocate. Got many details in the advert but just to be very sure,Kindly email me with the below details:Property's address =The month's rent =Are utilities costs included? If they are not, can i have an estimate how much they typically cost? =Total move in cost including security deposit (if required) =Will you accept a certified check for payment?I am 27years old and I studied at the NORWICH SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY,I am very friendly, I drink lightly but I do not smoke. I'm single.I currently work with Royal Angels (a modeling agency based in the United Kingdom),as a member of the Scouting Team (Contact details below), in which I have been working for 4years.I can be reached on +44-7979951839All paper work will be treated upon arrival and set to move in. I will give you a call soon so we can talk better about it over the phone.CheersKelvin.N:B please for clearity answer the questions accordinglyREFERENCE:Royal Angels140 CAMPDEN HILL ROADLONDON, W8 7ASPhone: +44 (0)20 3039 8054Fax: +44 (0)20 7806 8284E-Mail:Info_royalangels@yahoo.co.ukWeb: www.royalangels.co.uk


blueketchup 7 years ago

Thank you for this blog! Please add Isabel Garcia/ Janet Garcia and Fanny Houdre to the scammers list.


blueketchup 7 years ago

Thank you for this blog! Please add Isabel Garcia/ Janet Garcia and Fanny Houdre to the Craigslist scammers list. What made it obvious to me is that they had exactly the same storyline, about having a deceased father and a mom living in London. And of course they asked for the money by Western Union to the same address in London


Jason 7 years ago

Suesan:

I am in Canada alos and had exact same email from Kelvin Motero.

He wants to move to Vancouver Island at my property, where approximately is he trying to rent yours at the same time? His 1st email was April 12th 2009.

Thank for posting this, I figured it was a scam I just don't understand how yet.

Jason


kin 7 years ago

'ive received the same e-email about the Mom living in London, Isabel Garcia asked from me my address and ID copy; till them all was going as usual on this kind of transaction. but them on the next e-mail she wanted me to make a transfer via Western Union for her, and i thought that was suspicious, looking trought internet for information i found the website..if anyone finds a 'joaquim alves de lima' ad over the net, that was the name i've sent her, please let me know


Roth 7 years ago

This blog is great, you're saving lifes! The post by Maurits gave me the information I couldn't believe: Christina McQuillan just sent me EXACTLY THE SAME e-mail, but with another address in Stockholm!! I insist, exactly the same e-mail, among others we shared, of course. She could hardly spell and write (although she was supposed to be born in England), many of her mails lacked of a greetings or goodbye expression, just direct to the money stuff... Even I mentioned I didn't want to be fooled and I needed a guarantee and she answered me: "What kind of proof do you need from me now?". Amazing... be very very careful, please!

Thank you very much again for this blog. By the way, if you want the e-mails I shared with her (or him) I have them all, including the agreement form "she" sent me, the scanned copy of her passport and the pictures of the flat. She's now using this e-mail address: tymaroom01@yahoo.com

Also, I contacted with another person who I'm afraid is a scammer, as well, because he shows all the typical things, but I won't post here his name and e-mail address in case I'm wrong.

If you're interested in any of these things, please e-mail me to my private address: roth.rober@gmail.com (with a subject I can recognise not as spam) and I'll give you all the information I have for you to add in your blog and your list of scammers (may be it could be useful for other victims).

Thanks again and thumbs up!!


Emanuela Greco 7 years ago

PLEASE READ THIS AND BE VERY CAREFUL! THIS HAS JUST HAPPENED TO ME TODAY!Thank you so much for putting this on the internet. you have just stopped me from being scammed for £1100!!!

They are advertising right now on Gumtree under " com ad #37726192: One Stunning Bedroom Flat,Available to move in Immediately!!"

It's a flat in Mayfair, i mean MAYFAIR!!, for £ 100 per weel which is absolutely absurd! But sometimes you are willing to believe that. He answered back under the name of Jude Freeman and this is his email cedarheights40@ymail.com and his wife Heather Freeman heather.freeman08@gmail.com I'm going to copy and paste what they wrote to me:

1st email

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Jude Freeman,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiryof.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently wemoved away due to my transfer from my working place,my apartment isLocated in 20 Garrick House Carrington street Mayfair London and presently my apartment is still available for rent for 400 GBP per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the United states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment..Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and wantyou to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidyall the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always standby my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willingto move in...Email my wife Heather, on ( heather.freeman08@gmail.com )and she will attend to you better.Thanks for your interest.Jude Freeman

2nd email

Thanks for the email.My husband owns the Apartment, also want you toknow that it was due to my husband's transfer that made us to leavethe apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for aresponsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we arenot after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time.So for now,I am in Greensville NJ in the United States in our newhome for a seminar and also I am with the keys and documents of theapartment,so viewing won't be possible.we tried to look for an agentthat we can give this documents before weleft but could not see and we don't want the apartment to be used anyhow in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents alongwith us here and as you know that,my husband over in the West Africafor a mission of God,so i hope you will promise us to take very goodcare of the apartment.So get back to me on how you could take care ofour apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hopeyou are okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundryfacilities,air condition, internet connection all included in themonthly rent..The apartment is fully furnished but you can get it unfrnished by keeping our furnitures in the storage room and fixing in yours.View picturesin the attached files.I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP sothat i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on howto get the apartment for rent.Hope to read from you soon

3rd email

Hello Emanuela,Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our flat will bewell taken care off,and I really appreciate your expression.So,Like Itold you there's none of my friends or relatives to show you theflat..I want you to stick to your words.Is that okay with you? And the belowis the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent.Infact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest,Youwill not be able to see inside of the flat..We do a long term andshort term renting anytime you which to leave the place will begreatful and we are ready to rent a long-termfor 2 years lease or more.Note that you will are not allowed to enter the flat now untileverything is being finalise as thekeys/document is here with me in new jersey. *******RENT APPLICATION FORM******* (Private & Confidential) Also,Pls let me get this answer. 1)Your Full Name 2)Present Full Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You 3)Age 4)Are you married? 5)How many people will be living in the house? 6)Do you have a pet? 7)Do you have a car? 8)Occupation? 9) Citizen of which Country? 10) When are you ready to Move In ? 11) When are u planning to leave the flat ? 12) How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus securitydeposit(300GBP which will be given back to you after the contract)Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval sothat i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in yourname and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discusson how to get the documents and the keys to you,Please we are givingyou all this transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I wantyou to stick to your words,We are putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.N:B : We are doing doing this because of God as a good christian, Ifyou can pay two months, you will get one month free , I had anaccident which affected my hearing and my legs , I am currently on awheel chair right now, I do not use a phone that's why I am alwaysonline,.if you are interested, you can fill out the rent applicationbelow and get back to me as soon as possible.You can also give myhusband a call on +2348053516633Thanks so much and have a nice day.

After this email I managed to have a conversation with mr Jude Freeman in Nigeria who was pressing me to send a deposit TODAY!! When I said I didn't even know if they had any documents to prove so they made sure they sent me a certificate of ownership.

After few others exchange via email and telephone( yes they even called me from Nigeria to my UK mobile number!!) then i have received the last email, after which I got suspicious, googled fraud deposit tenants and I found you and your article which completely saved my life today!

Last email:

Hello Emanuela, I just got a text from my husband asking me to forward his secretary's details for you to send the deposit through any western union outlet closer to you,Below is the detailsName:- Ariyo AdesholaAddress:- 25 Crossbly ave Lagos,Nigeria. 23401 Question:- In GodAnswer:- We Trust You will have to get back to me with the following details as belowSENDER'S NAMESENDER'S ADDRESSCONFIRMATION #AMOUNT SENT My husband also told me that he agreed that you can move in by Tuesday.Well,i just hope you will keep to your word by taking very good care of our flat as you promised.If you send the deposit today,I will ship out the keys and documents immediately today (as theres a DHL office very close to my home),I will call them straight away to come and pick up the parcel (which contains the keys/documents of our flat)and will email you the tracking details once i ship it out today so that you will be able to pick up the parcel at your Doorstep by Monday and could move in by Tuesday as agreed with my husband.I will be looking forward to your response.Thanks and God Bless. Heather

I hope God strikes them down!


Emanuela Greco 7 years ago

PLEASE READ THIS AND BE VERY CAREFUL! THIS HAS JUST HAPPENED TO ME TODAY!Thank you so much for putting this on the internet. you have just stopped me from being scammed for £1100!!!

They are advertising right now on Gumtree under " com ad #37726192: One Stunning Bedroom Flat,Available to move in Immediately!!"

It's a flat in Mayfair, i mean MAYFAIR!!, for £ 100 per weel which is absolutely absurd! But sometimes you are willing to believe that. He answered back under the name of Jude Freeman and this is his email cedarheights40@ymail.com and his wife Heather Freeman heather.freeman08@gmail.com I'm going to copy and paste what they wrote to me:

1st email

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Jude Freeman,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiryof.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently wemoved away due to my transfer from my working place,my apartment isLocated in 20 Garrick House Carrington street Mayfair London and presently my apartment is still available for rent for 400 GBP per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the United states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment..Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and wantyou to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidyall the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always standby my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willingto move in...Email my wife Heather, on ( heather.freeman08@gmail.com )and she will attend to you better.Thanks for your interest.Jude Freeman

2nd email

Thanks for the email.My husband owns the Apartment, also want you toknow that it was due to my husband's transfer that made us to leavethe apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for aresponsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we arenot after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time.So for now,I am in Greensville NJ in the United States in our newhome for a seminar and also I am with the keys and documents of theapartment,so viewing won't be possible.we tried to look for an agentthat we can give this documents before weleft but could not see and we don't want the apartment to be used anyhow in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents alongwith us here and as you know that,my husband over in the West Africafor a mission of God,so i hope you will promise us to take very goodcare of the apartment.So get back to me on how you could take care ofour apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hopeyou are okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundryfacilities,air condition, internet connection all included in themonthly rent..The apartment is fully furnished but you can get it unfrnished by keeping our furnitures in the storage room and fixing in yours.View picturesin the attached files.I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP sothat i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on howto get the apartment for rent.Hope to read from you soon

3rd email

Hello Emanuela,Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our flat will bewell taken care off,and I really appreciate your expression.So,Like Itold you there's none of my friends or relatives to show you theflat..I want you to stick to your words.Is that okay with you? And the belowis the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent.Infact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest,Youwill not be able to see inside of the flat..We do a long term andshort term renting anytime you which to leave the place will begreatful and we are ready to rent a long-termfor 2 years lease or more.Note that you will are not allowed to enter the flat now untileverything is being finalise as thekeys/document is here with me in new jersey. *******RENT APPLICATION FORM******* (Private & Confidential) Also,Pls let me get this answer. 1)Your Full Name 2)Present Full Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You 3)Age 4)Are you married? 5)How many people will be living in the house? 6)Do you have a pet? 7)Do you have a car? 8)Occupation? 9) Citizen of which Country? 10) When are you ready to Move In ? 11) When are u planning to leave the flat ? 12) How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus securitydeposit(300GBP which will be given back to you after the contract)Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval sothat i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in yourname and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discusson how to get the documents and the keys to you,Please we are givingyou all this transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I wantyou to stick to your words,We are putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.N:B : We are doing doing this because of God as a good christian, Ifyou can pay two months, you will get one month free , I had anaccident which affected my hearing and my legs , I am currently on awheel chair right now, I do not use a phone that's why I am alwaysonline,.if you are interested, you can fill out the rent applicationbelow and get back to me as soon as possible.You can also give myhusband a call on +2348053516633Thanks so much and have a nice day.

After this email I managed to have a conversation with mr Jude Freeman in Nigeria who was pressing me to send a deposit TODAY!! When I said I didn't even know if they had any documents to prove so they made sure they sent me a certificate of ownership.

After few others exchange via email and telephone( yes they even called me from Nigeria to my UK mobile number!!) then i have received the last email, after which I got suspicious, googled fraud deposit tenants and I found you and your article which completely saved my life today!

Last email:

Hello Emanuela, I just got a text from my husband asking me to forward his secretary's details for you to send the deposit through any western union outlet closer to you,Below is the detailsName:- Ariyo AdesholaAddress:- 25 Crossbly ave Lagos,Nigeria. 23401 Question:- In GodAnswer:- We Trust You will have to get back to me with the following details as belowSENDER'S NAMESENDER'S ADDRESSCONFIRMATION #AMOUNT SENT My husband also told me that he agreed that you can move in by Tuesday.Well,i just hope you will keep to your word by taking very good care of our flat as you promised.If you send the deposit today,I will ship out the keys and documents immediately today (as theres a DHL office very close to my home),I will call them straight away to come and pick up the parcel (which contains the keys/documents of our flat)and will email you the tracking details once i ship it out today so that you will be able to pick up the parcel at your Doorstep by Monday and could move in by Tuesday as agreed with my husband.I will be looking forward to your response.Thanks and God Bless. Heather

I hope God strikes them down!


7 years ago

Scammers : keishakeisha83@yahoo.com , mrcharles1981@yahoo.com


paula 7 years ago

Beware of this scammers on sweden craiglist:

Laura M Williams (cdr88@ymail.com)

newton tom (newtontom38@yahoo.com)

Grentchen Hooks (great101hk@yahoo.com)

ilaria pazz (ilaria.pazz@yahoo.com)

Maria Johanna (just_maria1989@yahoo.com (Sweden and Germany)


Genevieve 7 years ago

Hello Everybody ! I was fraud by this Genevieve Booysen that you talk about ! She stole me £ 545 by western union and she have a scan copy of my passport! I'm freaking REALLY OUT !


samuel thomas 7 years ago

sorry forgot to meantion,

i gave him copies of my passport and work contract so if anyone using my name- SAMUEL THOMAS advertises then:

call the police.

or contact me on samuelthomas_2004@hotmail.com asap if in paris so i can make an appointment with him and pay a little visit.

merci

Bon chance!!


Veronika 7 years ago

Just received an email from d.deers@yahoo.com

Sent the same email as listed above.

Hello My name is David, a briton and Quantity Surveyor. I have a 3 bedroom apartment at the location specified below and I wish to let 2 bedrooms out of it because I've just got a contract in London and this would keep me out of Holland for some time, perhaps, I don't stay at home most time.I have stated the necessary details about the apartment and the location in this email for your use, I have as well attach some photos of the flat here in. And if you need an additional information concerning this rent, do not hesitate to contact me through this email address.Apartment Details:The apartment is located in a very pleasant part of central Utrecht, the Centrum / Binnenstad, the most centre of Utrecht.It is a very nice characteristic apartment located on this very charming street in the centre of Utrecht. It has two lagre double bedroom (about 100sqm) divided in 2 levels. It is a very nice characteristic apartment with great details like almost 3 meter high ceiling.The apartment is situated on the ground floor, has recently been repainted with great care and attention to detail with huge windows in the living room so you will have a perfect canal view. The apartment has three double bedroom. It is furnished with design furniture and it is well placed on the ground floor of a historical building, it as well has a patio where you can sit and enjoy day light.Living room with authentically details; the living room has large windows on the canal, beautiful large sofa, DVD, Lcd TV with cable, a dining area, nice and well equipped open kitchen with all appliances (refrigerator, gas cooker, oven, washing machine, dryer) There are 3 bathrooms in the apartmet, each bathrooms is ensuited to a bedroom for utmost comveniency and privacy.Location:Home Address: Arthur van Schendelstraat, 3511 ME Utrecht, Centrum / Binnenstad, Utrecht, The Netherlands.Price:Rent/month (EUR 450.00)Refundable Security Deposit (EUR 800.00)Condition of Rent: - The refundable security deposit will be required with the renr at least 2 months rent at the time of executing a contract. - If the rent is for more than 6 months, the deposit and the rent would be negotiatedaccordingly.Kindly get back to me if this term is okay by in order to proceed with other aspect of the rent ASAP.Have a great and wonderful day.Sincerely,David


Matthew 7 years ago

I was scammed out of $4500 dollars when I accepted a position as a "personal assistant". It seems so ridiculous now but they lure you with that quick $500 you think you are making. I think something needs to be done about money orders and transfers. I realize it was my own fault but when bank tellers deposit money orders for customers they should be saying: "Please be advised that this money order may take weeks to clear and if it is found to be counterfeit you will be held responsible for it and therefore you will owe the value of it."

Anyway, my guy was named Michael Munoz, his email was mnunozinc@yahoo.com.

I searched the internet and he has postings all over.


bounty 7 years ago

First, I want to thank you for this blog! I saved a lot of money (1000 Euro)!!

I also got a answer to my ad from SABRINE SCHRODER... a nice room in a beautiful flat ("she" sent me some pictures) in Amsterdam!!! All that for only 400 Euros, which is very cheap for Amsterdam. Well, I also got a copy of her passport and thougt, everything is fine, until I googled her name and found this blog.

She told me something about her, and what she does (lives now in London, but want to move back Amsterdam...). And she wanted me to send a security deposit and the rent of the first month (1000 Euro) to the bank account of her mother, who lives in Spain...

Very similar to the mail from her which is mentioned above from Socrates...

Only the e-mail adress changed: her new one is: amsterdam.sabrineschroder@yahoo.com

She contacted me via easyroommate.com!! BEWARE!!!


Leslie_Canada 7 years ago

I had been corresponding with 'Sabrine Schroder' 'amsterdam.sabrineschroder@yahoo.com' for several days and got the exact same email as above. I was given a phone number 447031901811 and email address of her family lawyer 'Barrister Joy Moses' - email address 'barr.joymoses@live.co.uk'. I called and spoke with this 'lawyer' allegedly from the UK but barely spoke a word of English. I was about to wire 1000 euro to them this afternoon but doublechecked websites just in case. I'm SO GLAD I came across this site. Thank you so much Socrates! You just saved me tons of money. Everyone be careful of these con artists!


bounty 7 years ago

I have a question: Besides using my passport scan to scam other people (which is bad enough...), can they do anything else with it? I mean, like gaining access to my bank account or something like that???

I'm so worried about this whole thing, and I will never trust a appartment ad again!


Veronika Drago 7 years ago

This is another SCAMMER: email address was latruk007@yahoo.co.ukDear , I am writing in respect of my ad placed on the internet. I have stated below most necessary details about the flat and myself as per your request. THE FLAT DETAIL: This property is located in (the) Utrecht. Utrecht is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands,with a population over 0.25 million. Utrecht?s central location in the Netherlands makes it an attractive city to live in and a favourite enterprise location.Utrecht has a rich history that goes back to the beginning of our calendar. The old inner-city, with its canals and cellars by the wharves, ancient churches, and of course the Dom tower, give the city a distinctive character Bathroom with washing machine/drier, tub and shower. Furnished with beds,table etc.Cable with LCD TV, DVD, Internet The reception is fully furnished with modern decoration, the kitchen is fully equipped and the bedroom has double size bed and are en-suited with own private bathroom, shower, WC and basins. LOCATION: The property is located at: Gruttersdijk 45, 3514 BG, Utrecht, The Netherlands. ABOUT MYSELF: I am a very humble, clean and lovable, a professional, with English parent, I like to be with fun loving people like myself and have some laugh with friend sometimes, have some good laugh over glass of wine and talk about happenings around the world. I am a social person, love to hang out with friends to cinema, watch movies DVDs at home and go to party with friends whenever am not working, I also like to read, may favourites are the romance, sci-fi and thriller types. I am into sports as well, like to work out at gym. Am into football, Tennis, Skiing and Skating, I have been to many country and I'll still love to see more, this with this, I know more about other people from different background and can adapt so easily with people of different characteristics. I am easy to live with, down to earth, outgoing and keep to myself when I have to be, respect other people's privacy and hardly interfere in other's business. RENT PROCEDURE:Refundable Security Deposit(RSD) = € 800.00 (fully refundable at the termination of the rent)A month Rent (at least) = € 400.00 (inclusive of all bills & util.) Kindly get back to me if you you are okay with the terms stated above and how you intend to proceed with the payment and receive the Contract, Keys, Receipts etc. Thank you and waiting for your response asap. Yours faithfully


Kris 7 years ago

Here are two scamers that I detected:

From: molly swanson (molly.swanson55@gmail.com)

Sent: May 31, 2009 4:38:28 AM

Hello,

i saw your Advert that you need accormodation in Montreal, i have an

apartment available which is situated at 1950 Lincoln Avenue, #108,

Montreal, Quebec, H3H 2N8.The apartment is $500 per month Including

All taxes,bills, and wireless broadband internet access.Please get

back to me for more details about my apartment, I will wait to hear

from you.


almostgotscammed 7 years ago

CAUTION SCAMMERS!!!Jemery Kenton Dittus, mail: ken_ttus_jem@ymail.comseems to be a new name on easyroomate, but definetly a SCAMMER, fits perfect in the pattern! along with known SCAMMERMichelle, email: michelle_workship@live.com


toy 7 years ago

You all seem so naïve : first you get scammed, then you end up believing the scammers would use the same email / name twice ...?

Get real, hey ho ! Wake up !


Jane P 7 years ago

Scammer on Paris craigslist:Thomas Lauren tho_lauren04@yahoo.com

This was about the third or fourth email I received from him. You know it's hopeless to keep up - a person could make a new name and hotmail account for every patsy. I'm surprised they ever use the same one twice. Also - I am a respectable person and so are my kids and many of my friends and we all use gmail accounts.

Thanks for getting back to me and i really apreciate the fact that you would be renting my place.I am glad to give it to you as long as you would be able to take proper care of the place and have good maintainance culture.Well my previous tenant were good people from a good background,Normally i am supposed to make a fewe back ground check but nevertheless i know you would be a responsible person to have the place.However, I m presently in the United Kingdom on business trip and i would appreciate if you can make the payment Via Western Union Money transfer.Once i recieve the details of the transfer i would require your full name and address to mail out keys Via registered express mail in which i would provide you a DHL tracking number for your references.You should let me know the date you would like to move in and that will be the starting date to your rental.I am a very honest and God Fearing man and i hope to rent my house to the same person.I attend a catholic church and i am one of the elders in the church and i act according to God principles with good authoritative human perspective views of mankind..Kindly get back to me if we should proceed with the next line of information.You should expect the lease in the next email and kindly provide me with the following details for tne preparation of the contract Your Full Name and AddressPassport Id NumberDate of BirthDate of moving in and Date of Moving outAddress for the keys to be posted to youContact Phone Number Thanks And God Bless


Nicole 7 years ago

Thank you very much, this helped a lot. I got an email from latruk007@yahoo.co.uk stating that he had a flat to rent in London.


Nicole 7 years ago

Thank you very much, this helped a lot. I got an email from latruk007@yahoo.co.uk stating that he had a flat to rent in London.


Clems 7 years ago

phew, I'm so glad I looked up the guy's adress on google before answering him (latruk007@yahoo.co.uk - same person as for Nicole and Veronika Drago except it was for an apartment in Brussels - 400 euros/month for a huge new three bedroom aptmt, who was he kidding...). Thank you so much for posting this! I'm so sorry for those of you who lost money because of this!

so what can be done against those scammers?


Clems 7 years ago

oh and "toy", they do use the same email twice... so this website is extremely valuable!


Latoya 7 years ago

New scammer: Rev. Duke Paul - dukepaul01@gmail.com

Here's his e-mail:

Hello, I really appreciate your kind mail towards my apartment for rent,i would like you to know that it is still very much available for rent, i am only willing to give it out to a Good and Responsible person. Its indeed a lovely and comfortable apartment. Fees :Per Month : $800Security / Deposit : $300 Wide Parking place is available. I would like you to know that i am giving this apartment out to you because i just relocated to West Africa , Nigeria for the Missionary work and have a 4 years course. so my wife and i have decided that we would be moving to our other home when we get back. i would like you to send me the below details : Requirements : Full name :Present address :Occupation :Statues :Age :Number of kids( if any ) : Phone Number :When you are planing on moving in :Period of time you are planing to stay in the apartment :There is no Registration fee. Only Payment of deposit is required,in other to send keys and paper works. At the end of the month i would be enrolling for an Apartment manager, whom you would be paying the monthly rents to. Electric Bills and water bills have been paid for by me, so i would also need to send the receipts to you alongside the keys and lease document. I would like you to know that i am a very free minded person and would want you to express yourself to me. After i receive this details, i would get back to you soonest.I will be sending the keys to you from Africa as soon as you follow my protocol. The apartment is neat and I think you will like it.You can go arround the neighbourhood and when I send the keys to you, then you will be seeing inside the apartment. Pets are allowed and utilities are available.I hope to hear from you soonest. Reply to me soonest. God BlessedRev. Duke PaulPhone Number:+2347040104987


jess 7 years ago

Here is a couple, i nearly entrapped!!!

fromJames Gago <coleman.john66@yahoo.com>dateWed, Jul 8, 2009 at 4:41 PMsubjectApartment For Rent (Pasadena)mailed-byyahoo.comsigned-byyahoo.com

hide details Jul 8 (2 days ago) Reply

Hello, Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am James Gago,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry on.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $550 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Mary, on (oldmary90@yahoo.com) and she will attend to you better.

ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 280 South Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101 Thanks for your interest.

James Gago

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Mary Gago <oldmary90@yahoo.com>dateFri, Jul 10, 2009 at 10:38 AMsubjectAPPLICATION APPROVEDmailed-byyahoo.com

hide details 10:38 AM (10 hours ago) Reply

I can see your willingness in our Apartment. I want you to know that i'm satisfied with your profile and also believe l can trust in you because l would not like to experience what l experienced from our last tenant again.I will like to know the exact date you will like to move into the apartment,l want you to know that I can let you stay in our apartment till the period of time you wish to.I want you to know that the rent fee is among the apartment utilities all included, so you can use them anytime but make you take proper care of our property.I will be receiving the payment via Western Union and get back to me with the full address on where to send you the keys and documents. Accommodation Features................................. ............................... Wood Floor : Heater : Central Heating :Equipped Kitchen : Tv: Cable/Satellite TV: Video/Stereo: Internet : Air Conditioning:• Full Kitchen• Refrigerator:• Garage/Car park• pets allowed. Kitchen Features............................ ............Washing machine:Juice Machine : Iron : Toaster: Oven :Dishwasher : Coffee Maker :Microwave : Refrigerator:Stove: As soon as the deposit payment has been confirmed by me via Western Union,l will go ahead and commence on how the apartment keys/documents will be delivered to you via DHL courier service on next day delivery and it will be delivered to the address you provided in your application form.Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that l can go arrange for the delivery of the keys/Documents. Once again l'm giving you this apartment on trust and do not dissapoint me because l dont want our apartment to be destroyed again, if you wish to move in with your own property,I still have one extra room empty so you can easily put our own things that you think you dont need in there. Here are the contents that will be delivered to you via DHL courier service. 1) Entrance and the rooms Keys2)Paper/Permanent apartment form(Containing your reference details)3)The apartment documented file.4)Payment Receipts.5)Full address and description of the Apartment. Get back to me via email if you will need me to send you the information which you will in sending the deposit payment via Western Union so I can proceed shipment on how to send you the keys and documents. Hope to read from you soon. Thanks and God bless you Mary Gago


medstu 7 years ago

omg!! I sent my info and a scanned passport to this person Andres Tina Lee <andrestin002@gmail.com who offered an apt in NY. I am panicking!! I don't know what to do. I just searched her on google to see if she is on facebook. I wish I had googled the name before I send her all my info. Please help. I don't want them to use my passport to scam other people or use my info for anythind. I didn't send her any money or anything.


CJ 7 years ago

Have wasted a day (but thankfully no money) talking to scammers from Craigslist in my search to find a flat in Paris.

You may want to add these guys to your list. The ones that weren't smart enough to use the untraceable gmail, I all traced back to Nigeria.

The majority offered too good to be true prices on flats, stated they were working abroad on contract work (China and London) and would send the key to me in the post or claimed to be religious people.

Many also specified that tragedies had taken place in their life - the flat belonged to his/her deceased parents etc.

Email: as.systems@ymail.com Name: Tyan B

Email: akeindel05@gmail.com Name: Ashley Burham

Email: consultant255@gmail.com Name: Harold Walter

Email: samsah.george818@gmail.com Name: George Samsah

Email: tmthary@yahoo.com Name: Harry Jonnathan

Email: lavalxavier@yahoo.com Name: Laval Xavier

Email: vamandine25@yahoo.com Name: Viaud Amandine


Lily 7 years ago

Christina Mcquillan again, for a room in Amsterdam, total scam.

E-mail used : mapingi002@yahoo.com


Karim Lahlou 7 years ago

And another one, a David Jordan, david_jordan74@yahoo.com claims to be from the US, found him trying to rent a place from Helsinki. This helped a lot, tracked his IP to Nigeria.


Karim Lahlou 7 years ago

And another one, a David Jordan, david_jordan74@yahoo.com claims to be from the US, found him trying to rent a place from Helsinki. This helped a lot, tracked his IP to Nigeria.


FC 7 years ago

It is exactly the same on Easyroommate.com. Just have a look on this blog: http://kimberlyhallinaustralia.wordpress.com/2009/...

It happened to me too for a room in NYC!


AP 7 years ago

Thank you so much. I have just started email contact with christina mcquillan who is now using this email address:

mapingi001@yahoo.com

I'm so glad I found this site. Finding accomodation in Paris is hard enough without thinking I'm going to be robbed of all my cash at the same time.


AP 7 years ago

AP Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

July 24, 2009 at 11:08 am | Reply

I got a classic, ticked all the right boxed: missionary work in west africa, wife over in the states, need to send over money so they can send me the keys via some kind of service, etc…

warning: Rev Joseph Rulli


AP 7 years ago

2 more:

Dominique Constantin constantin.dominique@yahoo.com

Frey Marc ayeoloba11@gmail.com


Laura 7 years ago

Hi, I've just got the same email that Emanuela reported, from a man now called ANDREW LAW(law.andrew16@rocketmail.com)

here is his email.. beware!!!

The flat is located at 20 Garrick House,Carrington Street Mayfair London, at he stunning price of 400 £ per month, which made me suspicious..

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am

Andrew Law,the owner of the Flat you are making inquiry

of.Actually I resided in the Flat with my family,presently we

moved away due to my transfer from my working place,my Flat is

Located at 20 Garrick House,Carrington Street Mayfair London,England and presently my Flat is still available for rent for 400 GBP per month

including the utilities like hydro,washer,gas,internet, council tax and one

secured parking Space,it is fully furnished but we can get it unfurnished

for you if you prefer that.Now, I went for a Crusade in the West Africa and

i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the United states for more

details & pictures of our flat as She is with the keys and the documents to

the Flat.Please, i want you to note that i am a kind and honest person,

also i spent a lot of money on my property that i want to give you for

rent,so iwill solicit for your absolute maintenance of this Flat and want

you to treat it as your own,I hope you understand that..I want you to keep it

tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i eventually come to

London to see our clean it is and will try to do that some day...Where are

you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in as we are

deciding very soon on who to take our flat.Email my wife Mary, on

(mary.law77@gmail.com) she will attend to you better.

Thanks for your interest.

Best Regards,

Andrew Law


Laura 7 years ago

Hi, I receveid this other email, which is surprisingly similar to the one I had received a few hours ago, the name of the man now is BARRY LAWSON, the flat is in 7 St Bourdon Street,Mayfair,London,England, W1K 3PY

BEWARE IS SCAM!!!!!!

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you.The owner of the apartment you are making inquiry about. Actually I resided in the flat with my family with my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place, and presently my flat is still available for rent for including the utilities like hydro, washer,security. Am in asian china beijing to be precise for a Crusade{for children} and I

will like you to get in touch with my wife in Florida for more information,she is with the keys/document to the flat. we're kind and honest family & respectful people and also spent a lot on our property that we want to give you for rent, I will solicit your absolute maintenance of this flat and want you to treat it as your own, if it's taken by you, money is not the main problem but we want you to keep it tidy for me to be glad when even we return. I also want trust in you as I always stand on my word...

Address:- Flat 7 St Bourdon Street,Mayfair,London,England, W1K 3PY

Rent:- £100 per/week and the total of £400 per month

Security Deposit:- £300 {Refundable when leaving the apartment}

Email my wife Esther on (sarahlawson88@gmail.com) and she will attends to you better.

Thanks and you are welcome...

Best Regards


max 7 years ago

I think that the most important thing when finding a flat here is to come here first. to me it seemed incredible that anyone could fall for these scammers (i have responded to three craigslist posts and had three similar, but poor scams). i suppose that if you are abroad, say in the states, then you will have to arrange things in advance and it would not seem to untoward.

i recomend googling particuliers a particuliers, which is an agency free website that has been useful and trustwrthy in my case. the scammers primarily target websites aimed at americans and expats like craigslist and fusac. i would recommend not using craigslist at all anymore as it seems effectively broken. other recommended websites include seloger, which is a fairly standard lettings website. or type locations and particuliers in french google.

be aware that in my experience things like washing machines and ovens are extremely rare in appartments going for less than 1000euro´s.

on the flipside i have lived in paris for 7 months now in a flat which is central has wifi etc 30m2 and 650 a month. mý girlfriend rents nearby for 550. ironically i rent from a guy who had to move to nigeria for work! but of course i was able to see the flat meet the guy etc.

most important is to spend some time in paris loóking so that you can go to the flat. if you cannot do this then find someone who can on your behalf or use a trusted agent. it will save you money in the long run. good luck! don't let the bastards grind you down


max again 7 years ago

laura's post proves my point about going to the city first. london is one of the most expensive cities in the world. mayfair is the smarest richest part of london (the ritz bond street etc) and one could easily expect to rent a place for upwards of £1000 a week, if you got a good deal. you would struggle to find a bedsit in crime ridden hackney, in october,long term for 100 a week. if you go to mayfair you will see pretty quickly that 100 a week is impossible- laughable even. sorry if i lay my point on a bit heavy. people are primarily targetíng english and americans because they think that we are stupid. they wouldn't be doing it if it wasn't working. prove em wrong...

go first, for the love of all that is holy


Gemini 7 years ago

Hello

I was contacted by Maria when i advertised the room in Cannes. and she answered. Ended up giving Maria my copy of passport and address in the UK via e-mail . but did not wire any money. Now I ahve to fear that person is going to use my copy of passport id and my uk address! Damn it! How could I be so stupid? Well, human nature. What can i do? Police will not bother with this.


Michel 7 years ago

I almost got caught by Kelvin Motero, I have an apartment to rent in Montreal and this guy was pressing me to send money without a lease. I started asking questions to them ("Kelvin Motero" and Royal Angel) still they always ignored my requests. Thanks for the blog it saved me.......


RJ 7 years ago

"If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Old sayings become old because they've been around a long time because **they** usually **are** true! I did a search for this guy's name and this site came up. I knew I'd see his name in one of the comments. I got the same exact email, except the address of the apartment is different. Too bad more people don't check the internet before they dive headlong into these types of things. Even though I didn't give him any personal information, he does have my real name and the corporation I work for, so I immediately changed my password so he can't find out anything else about me. I hope I did it in time!

Here is the email I received:

Hello,

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am James Gago,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry on.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $550 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Mary, on (gago_mary@yahoo.fr) and she will attend to you better.

ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 15157 Magnolia Bl.Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Thanks for your interest.

James Gago


Discodave0307 7 years ago

Track their IP Address and see where the original mail is being sent from! I found mine to be sent from Lagos Nigeria.....Mary McQuillan the wedding planned from Rome, Amsterdam and Munich...my ass!


Anonymous 7 years ago

BEWARE OF Sabrine Schroder.

She will answer to this but it is FAKE!!!!!!!

Sabrine Schroder"

Attention,

Am offering 2-bedrooms in 50 charlesgate E, MA, 02115, USA.

About myself:

I have lived all my life abroad and studies abroad as well but want to continue my master here to learn some dutch and know more about my culture. Well i am a non smoker, i love to read and play games,i love computing,cooking and enjoy watching people enjoy my meal and see them happy eating and finishing it.I enjoy going to the beach during weekends and also love music and watch movies at my spare time or go to cinemas. I am a degree holder in human and environmental studies and thus i am furthering my career in the university doing my masters in international science for human aswell and working aswell as an analyst,so i do not stay home that much except weekends mostly Sundays this is due to the act that i go to school after work daily including Saturdays aswell.

Flat Ammenities:

The rooms that are for rent has the following facilities,a small fridge in each room,a big freezer in the kitchen,it is also furnished,have a TV connected to a cablet and also a sound system all for your entertainment purpose,a big twin bed that sleeps two people conveniently,private entrance and exit,private toilet and bathroom,parking space,washer and drier, it is air-conditioned,my kitchen is fully equipped also coz i do alot of cooking and so i have microwave oven,gas cooker and so many for your heating and cooking needs.There is connection to internet via wireless and LAN and also Broadband aswell for your computing purpose,so you can come with your laptop or desktop if you have one.

Price for the room:

I live in a 3 bedroom flat where i am leasing 2 bedrooms out because my flatmates have just finished their internship few months back and i am tired of staying alone, so i need responsible and fun to be with people as flatmates and as friends. The two bedrooms i have for rent both have double sleeper twin bed and the price is US$500 excluding utilities.. However,for utilities which includes:water,gas refill,electricity bill,laundry,parking space and internet charges as well and there are lots more which are not included amounts US$40 including council tax as well So the total to pay monthly is about US$540 including utilities charges.

Being a first timer in my flat, a security deposit of US$700 from you as requested by my mother which is to serve as a guarantee of safety of my room either in my presence or absence,which is refundable at the end of your stay in the room if nothing was destroyed either by you or any of your guest who might come in the future. I can offer to rent for weeks if that's what you want as a short rent. I can rent the room for a long term lease but i will prefer a 3 months contract so we can be able to get to know ourselves better and after which the contract is renewable monthly or for a longer period.

Immediately i confirm your interest and knowing some things about you, I shall send to you the current pictures of your room and my flat in general with the kitchen and other pictures aswell before we proceed with the necessary details to prepare the tenement contract necessary for your move in.

Regards,

Sabrine Schroder

FAKE!!!!!!


Natalia Cortes 7 years ago

I have been also scammed by Maria Johanna (just_maria1989) now that I'm looking for a room in Switzerland, I'm thinking that the scammer could only know that I was looking for it by the ad that I put in justlanded.com

"She" has also scammed people in Paris and UK and probably many other places.

"She" wrote that she had a room available, that she was originally from Nederland but she was living in Winterthur and that she was living alone cause her father had died and her mother, because her job, was in London for one year.

So now "she" has got my ID and money. So if any time you see that "Natalia Cortés" is renting rooms somewhere, it's not me!!!!


Mike 7 years ago

You can also add Donna Lee, Mark Lee and Macauley Lee.

I wanted to rent an apartment in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and this they wanted $650 to see how dependable (which they did not spell right by the way) I am. She said on her AD that she wanted references but then nothing came up about the references in the emails..... Oh well I hope Karma gets them good....


careful these 2! 7 years ago

larry.bill@rocketmail.com +44 70 35 90 77 37(didn`t work)

pretends to be in London,lots of rent ads in Paris,be careful!

paeddy0707@gmail.com pretends to be in China


Debbichan 7 years ago

SCAMMER ALERT!!

James Gago

Hello,

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am James Gago,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry on.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $550 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Mary, on (gago_mary@yahoo.fr) and she will attend to you better.

ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 1240 Shaffer Road Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Thanks for your interest.

James Gago

-Too good to be true-


Carmen 7 years ago

Oh dear! my heart has just sank! I have just read the name Christina McQuillan and I think I have been scammed too because I made a deal some weeks ago with "her" and she asked me to send 500 euros through western union to "her mum" in England but i didn't have any answer since then. Everything matches and I don't know what to do know because I'm supposed to get in my appartment in 6 days and I'm afraid it doesn't even exist. Is there any way to report this?


Craigslist Scam Kelvin 7 years ago

If you receive any email from someone called Kelvin, be alert!! It's a big scam!!

kelvinmotero@hotmail.com

Hello,

My name is Kelvin, i came across your posted rental advert. And will like to know if it's still available.

I need to relocate. Got many details in the advert but just to be very sure,

Kindly email me with the below details:

Property's address

The month's rent

Are utilities costs included? If they are not, can i have an estimate how much they typically cost?

Total move in cost including security deposit (if required)

Will you accept a certified cheque for payment? it needs to be cashed before moving. it may be easier by banking transfer or cash.

I am 32years old and I studied at the NORWICH SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY,

I am very friendly, I drink lightly but I do not smoke.

I currently work with Royal Angels (a modeling agency based in the United Kingdom),

as a member of the Scouting Team (Contact details below), in which I have been working for 5years.

I can be reached on +447011184430.

All paper work will be treated upon arrival and set to move in. Send me more pictures if you can.

Please kindly send me your phone number so that we can talk better.

With best regards,

Kelvin.


EARTH 7 years ago

Stop setting yourselves up to be taken advantage of. If you are going to make a large investment in another Country - Check it out in person! don't be a fool.


Aaron Dozorec 7 years ago

Hey, you make a really good point here on this. I have recieved an email from someone based in the UK saying i have inherited money from soething, and this email was sent by rdagg1969@hotmail.co.uk and i don't know if i should trust this...I have been scammed by people in the UK before, and this sounds like it may be legit, but I'm not buying it. I'm from Canada, and any advice on this matter would help immensley.


Deun Kim 7 years ago

I got emails from Mary Mcquillan. As soon as I got the email, it was fishy. Mary the wedding planner at Geneva. Better be careful. Oh, by the way, stupidly, I sent my passport image, so if you see KIM DEUN (me) passport image ( I think they can use my image, too, to cheat somebody else), be careful.

Damn it. The email address of Mary is luthme_004@yahoo.com

Careful guys.


Anne 7 years ago

Here are another few people and emails to watch out for:

micheal mastrull (michealmastrull@gmail.com)

Tonya Wilson

Such monsters!


Edward 7 years ago

I also got emails from:

kelvinmotero@hotmail.com

and

elizabeth.johnson303@gmail.com:

"

Subject: Reply to your Ad

From: elizabeth.johnson303@gmail.com

Hello how are you today and hope you kinda having a great day, I am Elizabeth Johnson, but my chum calls me tulip, I am a 28 year old graduate of Computer Engineering and I will be moving to down soon to get a better offer. I am respectful, responsible, and sociable. I am respectful of other's personal lifestyles,belongings, as well as their privacy.All I ask in return is for my future friend to reciprocate the very same actions that I give to them. I have a very culturally diversed personality, therefore I have the ability to connect to individuals from different walks of life. I enjoy meeting interesting people and seeking new adventures. In my past times, I like to read, practice the Italian La nguage, watch some educational channels,such as Discovery, History, Travel, and Court TV etc.....

I enjoy playing the piano and practicing the violin, going to movies. I am open minded in nature and like to apprehend and appreci ate the cultural lifestyles of others. Ultimately, I am always honest and will keep it real with you, but in doing so, I will be respectful and courteous of the other's feelings. I believe that I will make a great person as well as a good friend or loyal confidant. a very reasonable and quiet person to live with or rent to, i'm friendly, very trustworthy and value relationship above anything.Again I love travelling, sporting and enjoy meeting people and seldomly party.

However, I saw your advert and i am sincerely interested in the place advertised as i will like to move in as soon as we're able to reach an accord. Please i'll like to know the exact total move in cost as well as all utilities present as i'll not be able to check out the place until my arrival, so that i can make arrangement for payment prior to my arrival since i'll be moving down from Malaysia as soon as i'm able to secure a comfortable place. Thanks as i anxiously await your response

Regards

EJ "

and

brianjessica93@gmail.com:

"Hi Leaser,I am writing in response to the place you advertised onwww.craiglist.org.I am quite pleased to let you know that I am highlyinterested in the place and i will like to have it prior to mycoming.I work and live in China.So i will be coming to the state toconduct a research on behalf of my company,EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL(Medica Skin Care Company).I want to know how long you'll like tolease the place and the mode of payment will be by check.Please getback to me. Kindest Regards"

Everone should be careful!!!


Edward 7 years ago

One more scam email From: elizabeth.johnson303@gmail.com

Hello...how are you today ? thanks so much for your mail,appreciate it so much... , i don't have a problem not viewing out the place prior to my coming down because really need to secure a place be fore coming down in order to eradicate an hotel expenses..Well i think i should tell you more about myself, I'm a Computer, Networking and Communication Engineer. I am currently working on contract for my company, here and hope to end my current assignment soon and will love to come down soon to have a more profitable job and at the same time enrolling for a master degree..

However, based on your AD, I must confess i'm comfortable with the cost and it is ok by me. I would like to make the payment for the first month ahead of my moving in, and then i will make subsequent payment thereafter you'll get the payment prior to my arriving date. i'll be needing your full name and mailing address so as to prepare the payment as my client will be sending money order or a check of pay being money due to me.

I will keep you posted of when you are likely to receive the payment because the payment will be sent out to you immediately if i get your full name, phone # and address today

Have a wonderful day!

Regards

Lizzy

NB check attachment for my picture

PROPERTIES

The list of things i will be moving in are as follow;

my Honda accord car IV-Tech Model metalic green.

suite case containing my books

my 26' DELL PLASMA TV and DVD Home theatre

RENTAL APPLICATION

Applicant Name: Elizabeth Johnson

DOB Aug 14th 1980

Address: VISATKOMONWEAT,SELANGO,

MALAYSIA,47100

Passport # B21154342

Driver's license Need to Apply for a new D/L

Supervisor at work : Petty

Supervisor e-mail address.... jewelworldd@aim.com

Supervisor # +447045751423

Current Landlady........ Zelda Maccarthy

E-mail address....... zellda_maccarthy@yahoo.com

In case of Emergency, please contact

Sandra ( relationship, Sister )

Phone # +447819855241


chris 7 years ago

Hello everybody, I live in paris, and as everywhere in the world you should never pay anything you haven't seen or visited !!!! Best is to come over and surch in person ! Best advice


Graham 7 years ago

My daughter has been caught in a scam over an apartment in Utrecht, Holland. Beware of two further names: Lucia Bernard (luciabern50@gmail.com), and Emily Sarah Noel (esarahnoel@yahoo.com) being used for an apartment in Brussels


Dave 7 years ago

kelvinmotero@hotmail.com.... SCAM, SCAM, SCAM


Stephanie 7 years ago

Just got an email from one Kelvin Motero (same email as Dave has given). Wants to buy my house in Ontario, Canada (which is currently for sale privately) with a certified cheque. No questions asked except to confirm the cost and address- already given in his original email subject. Unhunh. This is the last straw for me, no more Craigslist. Too many crazies for my taste.

I was curious about this guy and found this thread when I Googled his name. Obviously I will not be responding to him. Thought I'd post here since there seems to be a mile long thread going of this guy (and others). He has given info of his supposed workplace and when I checked it online- there is a real website. Wonder which part is falst- the actual agency and website or his supposed employment there?

Here's the email as sent by him:

Hello,

My name is Kelvin, i came across your posted advert. And will like to know if it's still available for sale.I really need to buy it, Got many details in the advert but just to be very sure,

Kindly email me with the below details:

Property's address =

The cost of the Property=

Will you accept certified cheque for payment?

I am very friendly, I'm married with a child .

I am 39years old and i work with Royal Angels (a modeling agency based in the United Kingdom),

(Contact details below), in which I have been working for 8years.

I can be reached on +447011184430.

All paper work will be treated upon arrival and set to move in. Please kindly send me your phone number so that we can talk better.

With best regards,

Kelvin.

N:B please for clearity answer the questions accordingly

REFERENCE:

Royal Angels

140 CAMPDEN HILL ROAD

LONDON, W8 7AS

Phone: +447011184431

Fax: +44 (0)20 7806 8284

E-Mail:Info_royalangels@yahoo.co.uk

Hope this might help someone else...


Stan 6 years ago

A new scam for New York...and just saw the same email address for Orlando...it is Brown Paterson: brown.paterson201@gmail.com

This was the first email returned from them:

Hi,

Thanks for the mail and also i am very sorry for any inconvenience so here is the address to my flat :720 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10014, USA. so get back to me if you are still interested by filling the rent application form for me to know the type and kind of person am giving out my flat to and also i want you to be rest assured that there would be no problem.

Thanks And God Bless You.

Second Email returned from them:

Hello,

Thanks for getting back to me, Am very happy to hear back from you, and also i am sorry for not getting back to you earlier it was because i am a bit busy here, Yes, all the info is okay by me, and you have qualified to be my new tenant definitely. I must give you my house for rent.. More over i can see your willingness in this rent.. I shall be giving you my property for rent and there is an internet broadband connection inside. Pls again take very good care of my house I have read your mail, you are a responsible person that I can trust with all my heart. Reading through your mails I discovered that you would be a trustworthy person. You are the type of tenant that I have been looking for and I want you to sticks on your words as a good responsible and trustworthy person that I can trust with all my hearts, so i promise to give the rent to you because there is allot of inquiry on the rent and i know you will love the interior of the apartment when you move in.I want you to have it in mind that I will like to send the keys and the documents of my house to you before your move in date via Int'l Delivery Company .

Here are the contents of the packages that will be delivered to you.

1) Entrance and the rooms Keys.

2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details).

3)The house documentary file.

4)Deposit Payment Receipt.

5)Full address and description of the House.

6)Security code to the systematic laptop.

I will take the key and document to courier service office as soon as you are ready with the deposit payment have been confirmed to book for the delivery of the packages to you, so kindly re-confirm your delivery address carefully, because it is so important.

I want you to know that I will have my property documents send to you based on trust and I hope you will not disappoint me on this?, Please always make my property neat and tidy, because I worked very hard to get this my property that I want to give you for rent, and I don't want my property to be use anyhow in presence of my life and I hope you will help me treat my property like your own?. Let me know and make a promise to me. get back to me so that i can forward you the information that you'll be using to make the first month rent deposit fee so that you can have the keys packages arrives as soon as possible for bonafide occupancy, so that you can make the payment at once

Hope to read back from you as soon as possible today.

My Regards.

Thankfully...n

They didn't get any money from us... but definitely helped having this website with reference info so I knew this was very common...and all the cues. Thanks for the site!


JC 6 years ago

Thanks for ur posting. I was almost trapped by this kind of scammers.


snigdha  6 years ago

m soo shocked..I was searching 4 place from so long still m no where but thank god i found about this…but i just dont no what has to be done now…can any1 help?

SCAMMER

Menu Leonean

Hello ,

The apartment is available located at 80 Avenue Emile Zola 75015 Paris close to the American University of Paris ,I have attached more photos of the apartment,500euro is the monthly rate but you have to pay one month rent with one month deposit,Presently I moved to China with my wife on a family business and I didnt want the apartment to be vacant, That was the reason I want to rent it out. And I want a caring, reliable, honest tenant with probably mentainance. Its very clean and beautiful. If you got all these then you are qualified,l will foward the application form to you to fill it out, both short-term and long-term contarct are welcome,Hope to hear from you soonest because you are not the only person that want the apartment.

Regards

Menu

Yes 500euro is the monthly rent for both of you and please hope you will take good care of my apartment,You will need to make payment of security deposit then when you receive the keys with the documents you will pay the balance but firstly you have to fill out the application form,I have attached the form fill it out then send it back to me with a copy of your passport,hope to hear from you soon.

Regards

Menu

my phone number +8615801922179,I will be waiting for your call.

Regards

Menu

Sorry i made mistake of the number here is it again +8615000095779 hope to hear from you soon.

ANOTHER SCAMMER

2 people with different id are renting the same apartment…huh

Robert Gilbert


Julia 6 years ago

Hi,

I had a scam offer by a person called Emma Louise Bronwyn Perry, at least I am allmost sure, that it was scam, because she asked me to transfer money to London via western union, and the pictures looked too good to be true. How can I forward you the mails?


Ilene 6 years ago

I contacted Rentalo in Paris and got a decent offer for one month. Any feedback on them? I rented in Hoosegor through them a few years ago and it was fine. Payment is by Paypal, I would use my American Express card.


jess 6 years ago

hey i think i jjust got scam by someone in california after i send him the money via western union now he wont reply back to me he send me a copy of his drivers licence but now am thinkin maybe thats not even his either his name is manuel robles. do you think i can sue him me living in mass and him in california


Ashley 6 years ago

Hey guys, I think I've just dealt with a scammer.

CHRISTINA MCQUILLAN again. This time, in Sydney, she used the email "christina88_1983@yahoo.com"

Beware of her. If you send an email demanding for a room, she'll reply somehow like:

"Am Mary Christina Mcquillan,am 25 years old, My father owns the flat but is now late ,i live alone in the flat, Am a professional, I have been pretty busy , i work as a wedding planner. and this is taking too much of my time, so am a busy type, if you don't mind ? however, the room is still available"

Then she kept urging me to transfer money via Western Union to her mom in London.

I requested to have my friend inspect the house for me and give the deposit directly to her since I'm not in Sydney but she tried to find ways to escape the inspection. I insisted not transferring the money before the room had already been inspected by my friend, then she told me that someone had promised to pay the deposit on Friday.

She will send people who are interested in the room she advertised a Rental Agreement Form which is written by her family lawyer (as she shall says), then urges them to send money to her mom, then the signed Form.

So if you guys feel something wrong, may be it's really not right.

Try to search for everything related to the landlord and make sure that your money is in safe hands.

Don't transfer money to any landlord if any of the following symptoms appears:

1. Landlord urges you or keeps mentioning that you have to transfer deposits to his/her parents via Western Union so theat he/she can reserve the accomodation for you

2. The pictures of the room are at different sizes

3. The price of the accommodation is amazingly cheap compared to similar places

Take a really close look at the scanned passport/driver license, google their names and see if any scam related to that name. You best get someone who you can trust to inspect the places for you before proceed any money transfer.

Thanks God I found this website so that I'm not tricked by this scammer. And thank you DEUN KIM and MAURITS, I received the exact emails as you guys did. So I didn't fall for this scam.


Ashley 6 years ago

Oh, and damn it I sent her my scanned passport.

She may use it to trick other people next time.

The information she might use are:

Name: Giang Huong Pham

Nationality: Vietnamese

Date of birth: 21/10/1988

In the passport photo, I wore a furry pink coat, long black hair.

My real emails are: cadeefs@yahoo.com or: cadeefs@live.com

So if you receive any scanned passport like that from any other email addresses other than the above two, it MUST be a scam. And currently, I don't have any accomodation for rent or for sale.


Chris 6 years ago

Margarita kourilova

sam.ophe@hotmail.fr

Hello,

Thanks for having interest in my flat ........ Thanks for having interest in my flat the apartment is Two Bedroom flat for rent with private bathrooms ........ I'm Margarita ,37 Years old ,the apartment belongs to my late father and my mother have been managing and maintaining the apartment,but she is presently in London due to her work.I work in a calling center.

LOCATION & AREA

Sunny, bright, sub-penthouse, corner unit (820 sq Ft). Prime downtown location in a boutique building. South exposure with magnificent view of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario.And the apartment have parking place that you can park your car too.5-10 minutes walking distance to everything: University of Toronto, Ryerson University, City Hall, Eaton Center, Art Gallery of Ontario, China town, Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts, Court House, financial district, subways, and hospital district.Parking of car is Permit on the street.

The exact address is :55 Center Ave Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5 Canada.

The is lease is $500 for one Month/ A Room/ including the utilities,fridge-freezer, oven, washing machine, dryer, gas cooker,micro-wave, dishwasher,electricity bill, internet charges and others.and $600 for the security deposit which is refundable during the departure time from the rooms.And you can move in anytime you like okay.

I will like to know where you are from and when you will be coming to the flat ?Am confidently assuring you that you will be more than satisfied when you come into the flat while you will have your private bathroom.You can see the attached pictures of the room bellow.......

Let me hear from you asap if you really have interest in renting the room,

Best Regards,

Margarita.


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Jason Marah 6 years ago

Hey, thank god I found this page! I'm moving to Paris in April and so I've been trying to find an apartment at a reasonable price and came across this one.

http://paris.fr.craigslist.org/apa/1591177928.html

I sent an email asking was the price per room or for the apartment. I got a reply from "Anita Lovely", listing all the things in this apartment, the location (28 rue de cherche-midi), that she was working in London and only wanted 300 euro per month and 400 euro deposit! I was thrilled at the idea of this but was suspicious considering the prices of studio apartments in the same region seem to be easily twice this price. So, I found this site and checked out the IP address - turns out she isn't in London, she's actually in Lagos!

Her email address is i2coolluv@yahoo.com

I'm delighted I found this page, but gutted that I still haven't anywhere to live in Paris!


Gorbie 6 years ago

Hi, we've just been scammed by a person called Keith Davis keith.nyholidays@live.com renting an apartment in nyc at 87w 57th st on the Craigslist website. Judging by google street view I doubt whether the building ever existed! initially we were asked to wire 30% deposit into his "accountant's" bank account Valerie Adams a/c 4245357466. At his insistence a month later we stupidly wired another 30% deposit into another account under the name of Julie Cooper a/c 863257911. When he asked for the full balance now instead of on arrival we pulled out and requested a refund..guess what...haven't heard from him since. Lesson learned. Hope these postings help out other innocent people before they too part with their hard earned cash.


DB 6 years ago

Soeone wants details to scam me??

Hello,

Thanks for your email,the price is okay for me,but first i think my introduction is needed.My name is Julie Jones.Am 24years of age,am female Model from West Africa. I will be in uk for a Photo shooting, am easy going person to live with, I'm 5"7' straight.i have no friends over there except you Lol........because i have never been to uk before.Then I will do as instructed due to the terms and condition of the place i adapt very quickly to what you do or the person that lives there do so it will not be a problem for me although there are still some arrangements i need to make here.

Therefore,I want to tell you that my Client will be in-charge of the payment from my own side of the calculation fee for the 3months rent is £1,095 He said he will be paying by cheque in full settlement.

So,I want you to get back to me with the names that will be on the cheque as well as the contact address by which the payment will be send to so that i can forward it straight to him to issue the payment as they are ready to issue out a cheque of £3,000 by which you shall receive very soon.

Why you are receiving this amount of money is because my Client are the one that will be responsible for my flight fare and feeding allowance for months and they want to send this cheque to me and it is really hard to cash it here,so you will help me send the excess money to my Personal Assistance here so as to make a well and fast arrangement of the booking of flight ticket in order to meet up the schedule in uk.I want you to email me back that you got my mail Then expecting your reply back today.i will come along with my present landlord reference, working reference.Thanks and don't forget to get back to me with your full names and full address with your contact mobile phone number in-case of emergency.I will send you my pics as soon as it is ready on my computer just to know what i look like so get back to me with this details requested so that the payment can be issued to you.

Kind Regards

Julie


EJ 6 years ago

Scammer using a new email address:

Hello...how are you today ? thanks so much for your mail,appreciate it so much... , i dont have a problem not viewing out the place prior to my coming down because really need to secure a place be fore coming down in order to eradictae an hotel expenss..Well i think i should tell you more about myself, I'm a Computer, Networking and Communication Engineer. I am currently working on contract for my company, here and hope to end my current assignment soon and will love to come down soon to have a more profitable job and at the same time enrolling for a master degree..

However, based on your AD, I must confess i'm comfortable with the cost and it is ok by me. I would like to make the payment for the first month ahead of my moving in, and then i will make subsequent payment thereafter you'll get the payment prior to my arriving date. i'll be needing your full name and mailing address so as to prepare the payment as my client will be sending money order or a check of pay being money due to me.

I will keep you posted of when you are likely to receive the payment because the payment will be sent out to you immediately if i get your full name, phone # and address today

Have a wonderful day!

Regards

Lizzy

NB check attachment for my picture

PROPERTIES

The list of things i will be moving in are as follow;

my Honda accord car IV-Tech Model metalic green.

suite case containing my books

my 26' DELL PLASMA TV and DVD Home theatre

RENTAL APPLICATION

Applicant Name: Elizabeth Johnson

DOB Aug 14th 1980

Address: VISATKOMONWEAT,SELANGO,MALAYSIA,47100

Passport # B21154342

Driver's license Need to Apply for a new D/L

Supervisor at work : Petty

Supervisor e-mail address... jewelworldd@aim.com

Supervisor # +447045751423

Current Landlady........ Zelda Maccarthy

E-mail address....... zellda_maccarthy@yahoo.com

In case of Emergency, please contact

Sandra ( relationship, Sister )

Phone # +447819855241

On 3/25/10, Eric Garrison wrote:

Hi Elizabeth,

Do you US rental references. Also I am looking for someone to rent on April 1st. Thanks -Eric

From: Elizabeth Johnson [mailto:elizabeth.johnson3033@gmail.com]

Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 3:23 AM

Subject: Reply to your Craigslist AD

Hello how are you today and hope you kinda having a great day, I am Elizabeth Johnson, but my chum calls me tulip, I am a 28 year old graduate of Computer Engineering and I will be moving to down soon to get a better offer. I am respectful, responsible, and sociable. I am respectful of other's personal lifestyles,belongings, as well as their privacy.All I ask in return is for my future friend to reciprocate the very same actions that I give to them. I have a very culturally diversed personality, therefore I have the ability to connect to individuals from different walks of life. I enjoy meeting interesting people and seeking new adventures. In my past times, I like to read, practice the Italian Language, watch some educational channels,such as Discovery, History, Travel, and Court TV etc.....

I enjoy playing the piano and practicing the violin, going to movies. I am open minded in nature and like to apprehend and appreciate the cultural lifestyles of others. Ultimately, I am always honest and will keep it real with you, but in doing so, I will be respectful and courteous of the other's feelings. I believe that I will make a great person as well as a good friend or loyal confidant. a very reasonable and quiet person to live with or rent to, i'm friendly, very trustworthy and value relationship above anything.Again I love travelling, sporting and enjoy meeting people and seldomly party.

However, I saw your advert and i am sincerely interested in the place advertised as i will like to move in as soon as we're able to reach an accord. Please i'll like to know the exact total move in cost as well as all utilities present as i'll not be able to check out the place until my arrival, so that i can make arrangement for payment prior to my arrival since i'll be moving down from Malaysia as soon as i'm able to secure a comfortable place. Thanks as i anxiously await your response

Regards

Lizzy


Lee 6 years ago

I have and am currently in conversation with the scam artist, I am recording this and passing the information to the police,

Below are the e-mails I have received, to good to be tru indeed, Mayfair for the low price of 120 a week, including all bills, I don't think so,

Emails:

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you. I am Rev Kevin George, the owner of the flat you are making inquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with my family, such as my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in Florida USA and presently my house is still available for rent for ?120 per week including tax and utilities like hydro, washer and security, it is furnished. More so Now, i went for a Crusade in the Asian ( China ) and i will like you to get in touch with my wife for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the house. Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i came for a check up.i do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. Where are you located and where do you see our advert also let us know if you need more pictures.

Email my wife Anita George, on ( anitag7707@gmail.com ) and she will attends to you better.

Thanks and you are welcome.

Kevin.

his wife:

Hello Lee,

Thanks for the email, My name is Anita George, Daughter of Dustin Family and Good Christian. Yes, my husband in respect of Kevin, he owned the apartment and also it is situated at Flat 7 St, Georges Buildings, Bourdon Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3PY England and also want you to know that it was due to my husband transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent, looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, Am here in the United Kingdom, London our new house and also with the keys of the house, we try to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don't want our house to be used any how in our present that is why we took it along to us here and as you know that, my husband over in the Asia for a mission of God, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of ?120 per week with hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition, internet and so on.

I look forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent, also are you ready to rent it now or when? If you have your own furniture you can move our furniture in the storage room in the house, each apartment has a storage room. View attached file for apartment pictures.

MORE DETAILS

The accommodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21'1x5'10), reception room (17'0x16'0), kitchen breakfast room (13x11), bedroom 2 (12'10x10'5), bathroom.

FURNISHED

PERIOD PROPERTY

SPACIOUS AND LIGHT

KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM

POPULAR AREA

BEDROOM

GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS

Landing 22'1" x 5'10" ( 6.73m x 1.78m )

Reception room 17'0" x 16'0" ( 5.18m x 4.88m )

Kitchen 13'0" x 11'0" ( 3.96m x 3.35m )

Bedroom 1 12'10" x 10'5" ( 3.91m x 3.18m )

Bathroom 6'10" x 5'10" ( 2.08m x 1.78m )

Guest WC 5'0" x 2'10" ( 1.52m x 0.86m )

Await your reply.

Thanks and God Bless,

Anita.

I will post the reply and I am guessing the application will be the same as many on here,

The names of these fraudsters are:

Kevin George (Rev)

Anita George

Lee


Natasha 6 years ago

Oh my god.. I just received the same email as Lee from Kevin and Anita.

It is just DISGUSTING to interact with such people who think they can take people on a ride.

Simply pathetic.

I even gave the my phone no.

The first eail is the same as LEE posted


Natasha 6 years ago

Hello Natasha,

Thanks for the email, My name is Anita George, Daughter of Dustin Family and Good Christian. Yes, my husband in respect of Kevin, he owned the apartment and also it is situated at Flat 7 St, Georges Buildings, Bourdon Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3PY England and also want you to know that it was due to my husband transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent, looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, Am here in the United Kingdom, London our new house and also with the keys of the house, we try to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don't want our house to be used any how in our present that is why we took it along to us here and as you know that, my husband over in the Asia for a mission of God, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of ?120 per week with hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition, internet and so on.

I look forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent, also are you ready to rent it now or when? If you have your own furniture you can move our furniture in the storage room in the house, each apartment has a storage room. View attached file for apartment pictures.

MORE DETAILS

The accommodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21'1x5'10), reception room (17'0x16'0), kitchen breakfast room (13x11), bedroom 2 (12'10x10'5), bathroom.

FURNISHED

PERIOD PROPERTY

SPACIOUS AND LIGHT

KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM

POPULAR AREA

BEDROOM

GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS

Landing 22'1" x 5'10" ( 6.73m x 1.78m )

Reception room 17'0" x 16'0" ( 5.18m x 4.88m )

Kitchen 13'0" x 11'0" ( 3.96m x 3.35m )

Bedroom 1 12'10" x 10'5" ( 3.91m x 3.18m )

Bathroom 6'10" x 5'10" ( 2.08m x 1.78m )

Guest WC 5'0" x 2'10" ( 1.52m x 0.86m )

Await your reply.

Thanks and God Bless,

Anita.


Lee 6 years ago

Hi Natasha,

It is absolutely sickening that people are out there scamming, I have sent a response which I will post below as I didn't want to scare them off but wanted to find out as much information as possible.

Just on this topic, I see that there are a fair few people looking for apartments and rentals, would it be a viable suggestion I pose to the group here that if anyone wants to do a buddy up or something when looking for an apartment/flat to rent in a similar location we could share e-mails?

what are the groups thoughts?

email i sent and response

************************

I will wait until you are available to talk to me in person and can answer these questions then, Once your in town let me know and I shall come to the property and view.

Many thanks Anita, sorry you can't make our meeting.

Guess gods working in a different way, I have faith that you will come and meet me, if not then ok, I will send someone to you, I have 3 PA's and they travel for me so that is not a worry to have them come to where you are.

Thanks

Lee

response back--

*******

Hello Lee,

The reason why we are giving our apartment out is because we are not around and won't be back until 3 years, so if you are interested in our apartment let me know and fill out the form so that i can tell you what next to do to get the keys across to you. looking forward to read from you.

God bless,

Anita.

any suggestions what to write next?


Lisa Stephens 6 years ago

The same scammer is currently active on Gumtree:

http://www.gumtree.com/london/33/57111233.html

Thanks for the warning!!


no 6 years ago

Joseph Eischen [eischenjoseph@yahoo.com] SPAMM run if you see things like this.


Jill 6 years ago

Email: consultant255@gmail.com Name: Harold Walter

It looks like Harold has changed his name to Howard Walter. His new email is

howardwal255@gmail.com

Beware!


Jill Krontz 6 years ago

Add these to the scammers list:

Edwin Bekeens

lisa marie

Elizabeth Maria winter

These all were for Rome. All were going to be traveling (living in London, etc for work) and wanted to mail keys after getting deposit. None mentioned Western Union, but I smelled a rat before we got that far.


Ali 6 years ago

I got this while I was trying to find a place in Paris, France. I strongly believe its a scam beaware:

The email used was Wimster Lemaitre . I emailed one of the reference and he sent me an email and number and when called no one picked up.

Thanks for choosing my Apartment... Luckily, the apartment is still available for your dates, 05/20/10 to 05/24/10, so the rental fee for 4 nights is EURO 400 (@ 100 euros a night).... To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ( EURO 200) + EURO 350 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = EURO 550 or $730 (cleaning fee and taxes inclusive)...

The apartment is located on 82 Rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris, France, 3rd Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais..

Not shared, Private Full Apartment. More pictures attached.

There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the Building lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants and just a block away to metro station. Also all rooms are well furnished.

Apartment is approximately 750 sq. ft. and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.

Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 - 1 Queen, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 - 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra).. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V, digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more... Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort.. Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen....

My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve..

The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of EURO 350 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date... Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and how to make your payment.. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does...

NOTE: I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 5nights.

steven.garry66@yahoo.co.uk

+44 7024062579

Mrs Cristian Damian from U.S, stayed 9nights...

dmncrist@aol.com

Many More..

Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not...

Best Regards

W. Lemaitre


not falling for it :) 6 years ago

Add "Rev" Joe Cole and his wife to the list. They're putting up all these ads for $500 to $600/month (that's super-cheap, here) one bedroom apartments in LA. Joe is supposedly in London on a mission trip, wife is in Oregon. They do the whole "I don't know how to put a friggin' SPACE after a comma or a period" writing style, call water "hydro," etc. You can spot that they're scammers from a mile away, but hey, apparently some people believe anything, so, be warned... Personally, I can't believe people fall for this stuff, and I almost feel like they deserve it (not the people whose homes get unfairly listed as being for rent when they're not, but the people who send money, I mean). THIS IS WHY CRAIGSLIST SAYS TO DEAL ONLY WITH **LOCAL*** PEOPLE, IN PERSON!!! You can't follow instructions? You must like giving your money away then.


SCAM! jmthony@gmail.com 6 years ago

It's an answer on request on the craiglist ad.

Hello,

The dates you requested are available as soon as the modalities and paper works are done and the agreement sign and returned. With the actual amount and the refundable security deposit as it is with our policy to hold apartment for our various clients as soon all the above

conditions are reached.

This is the breakdown for the payment to be made to secure your dates.

After providing you with the necessary breakdown regarding your dates I would be forwarding to you the booking forms for you to fill and return with the down payment to secure this date as soon you request.

The balance will be received from you at the point of entry before the key of apartment is handed to you.

Note: It is only when payment is made that we can secure your dates on your behalf. All deposit, would have to be made done through Western union, you can have this done online or through one of their agents close to you and as soon as you have this done along with my booking

form forward to the head office and its confirm we can now official secure and reserve this apartment for you. Since we have an issue with PayPal because a so called client made a deposit via a PayPal account that was hacked into by him and the real owner made a report and that why my PayPal account have been put on limitation until I’m cleared.

Feel free to ask if you need any other information, Thanks for choosing our apartment as we are here to serve you. You can reach me since I'm in London for business meeting and to see my family. +447024077887

Reference:

We have certainly appreciated our stay at the apartment during our last vacation in Paris. The location in the heart of Paris was both practical and enjoyable. The apartment itself was well set up with everything we needed for a comfortable stay and it did provide good

value for money. We are already planning our next trip to Paris and we hope to be able to book the apartment again Donald Green (donndgreen@yahoo.com) Seattle 206-666-3482

We stayed here in early March 2010 and were very pleased with the apartment. It was a very good location for us -- few minute walk to the Metro. The apartment is quiet. It has a very comfortable and large, overall was well-maintained. The internet wireless was very helpful

in planning our daily activities in Paris. We would definitely stay here again and have no reservations in recommending it to others. Dale Simon (simonguyd@yahoo.co.uk)

This apartment is not in any way shared is a personal and private use only and all the amenities there for the sole tenant only. We take the comfort of our clients and we don’t do anything like sharing.

Attached here more pictures for your attention

Hope to hear from you, for the booking form

Sincerely,

James


Holly 6 years ago

After reading this I now know that the ad I saw on Gumtree for a flat in MAYFAIR for £100 a week - the most expensive part of London is a scam! This is the email I received from a person called Chazz Eunice (hazzunice@yahoo.com)very similar and exactly the same as the others on here...

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you. The owner of the apartment you are making inquiry about. Actually I resided in the flat with my family with my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place, and presently my flat is still available for rent for including the utilities like hydro, washer,security. Am in China for a Crusade{for children} and I will like you to get in touch with my wife in United State for more information,she is with the keys/document to the flat.we're kind and honest family & respectful people and also spent a lot on our property that we want to give you for rent, I will solicit your absolute maintenance of this flat and want you to treat it as your own, if it's taken by you, money is not the main problem but we want you to keep it tidy for me to be glad when even we return. I also want trust in you as I always stand on my word.

Address:- Flat 7 St,Georges Buildings,Bourdon Street,Mayfair,London,W1K 3PY

Rent:- ?100 per/week and the total of ?400 per month

Security Deposit:- ?300 {Refundable when leaving the apartment}

Email my wife Adrina on (drinnice@gmail.com) and she will attends to you better.

Thanks and you are welcome...

Best Regards


Marina Gister 6 years ago

They have proposed me, the 15.06.2010, a pretty good and pretty cheap flat in Paris, rue des Rosiers, 400 eur a month, and 600 eur security deposit. The "landlord" wrote me it was his late father's flat, and was asking me in he's every massage to promise him I will take proper care of it. Then they maid me send them a copy of my passport and 1000 eur via Western Union, promising to send me the key via UPS. I have payed and of course, I have got nothing. I have mailed my questions, and the "landlord" told me that his family lawyer was asking for 400 eur more, as security deposit. When I refused to pay the extra money he told me that the contract is terminated, and he will return me 700 eur, keeping 300 for breaking the contract. The conversation took place today, the 19.06.10, but I hardly believe that I could get something back on Mondey.

Unfortunately I can't provide the ID, as it was from a gmail address (me too I use the gmail, so we even could chat) but here is the name and the e-meil of the scamer:John Louise , first name: John, family name: Andre. And I am Marina Gister, and I wonder what to do now to make sure they will not scam the others with mu passport, or better to say, I am really affrayed they will.


Tim 6 years ago

I have been alerted to a few scams by the forums that exist on this matter - this one in particular. I just wanted to post here, and a few other places that the people going by the following names/email addresses etc... are still active:

Patel Pratik

Email: juwesadeye@yahoo.com

phone number: +447031843371

Address: De Stassartstraat 95 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Carole Dossin

email: carole_d1985@yahoo.com

Address: Duquesnoystraat 1000 Brussel, Belgium

I might have others to add as I try to find somewhere to stay!


INTERNATIONAL CRAIGSLIST WARNING  6 years ago

WAIT, these names that you are posting may actually be the names of the scam artists victims. The scam artists change their names regularly and also use peoples names that reported them or were victims to them. They change the email addresses too and I found this type of scam in Seattle and Orange county CA apartments posted on Craigslist too. They are working internationally. This scam may be done by one person or a group or may be a scam any scam artist will try. The main thing to be careful to not do is, as you said, do not transfer money via cash wire transfer to any stranger EVER. I'm sure your post has helped many. Thanks much.


Sharon 6 years ago

Does anyone know if Ah Paris is legit or not for obtaining temporary short-term housing in Paris? If organization is legit, has anyone used them? Was it a good experience?


Szumal 6 years ago

Beware of person who is called "Elizabeth Sasse".


christina mcquillan 6 years ago

my name is christina mcquillan, i am listed as a scammer, i want to make it clear that i have been a victim of id theft and it is not me, so please be aware of christina mcquillan being used


Vuskovic 6 years ago

I received this also: FAKE!!!!

Hello,

Thanks so much for the reply and interest in my room, Am Deborah Kavanagh ,am 28 years old, My father owns the flat but is now late ,i live alone in the flat, Am a professional, I have been pretty busy , i work as a wedding planner. and this is taking too much of my time, so am a busy type, if you don't mind ? however, the room is still available .

The room has the following amenities:

The room has a very big bed that can sleep two people with a

Television connected to cable

Small refrigerator apart from a big freezer in the kitchen

Private bathroom with toilet drawer

Reading desk

Wall cupboard

Internet connection

The Apartment has the following Amenities:

Washing Machine

Heater

Dish washer

Storage

A big living room fully furnished with a television connected to cable

Internet facility .

The transport facilities is quite ok in the area, the flat is very close to metro station and public transport..

The rent per month is 400 Euros and a security deposit of 600 Euros ,The security is refundable, at the end of your stay in my flat, the security deposit will be refund back to you, The rent include all bills and bills are for Gas , Water , Electricity , tenement rate ,phone ,heater ,tax ,internet connection.

If you are truly interested in renting my room, you will have to pay the security deposit and one month rent in advance to show some seriousness that you really want this room, so that i can reserve the room for you for the period you want, cos a lot of people have wasted my time on this issue and i really want to deal with people who are serious and genuinely interested in the room.. I will like to have a brief introduction of your self, so that i can have idea of whom you are .

I will send to you some pictures of the room and the rental agreement form to see what next to do, hope you understand me? Thanks once again for the interest in my room while waiting to read from you.

Best Regards,

Deborah Kavanagh


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Camila 6 years ago

OMG. i just gave my ID. dang.


6 years ago

drinnice@gmail.com

her name is adrina

georebuin@yahoo.com is her 'husband' george

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you. The owner of the apartment you are making inquiry about. Actually I resided in the apartment with my family with my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place, and presently my apartment is still available for rent for including the utilities like hydro, washer,security. Am in China for a Crusade{for children} and I will like you to get in touch with my wife in United State for more information,she is with the keys/document to the apartment.we're kind and honest family & respectful people and also spent a lot on our property that we want to give you for rent, I will solicit your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own, if it's taken by you, money is not the main problem but we want you to keep it tidy for me to be glad when even we return. I also want trust in you as I always stand on my word.

Address:- 221 TYEE DR,West Vancouver, BC V7P 1C8

Rent:- $450 per month

Security Deposit:- $400 {Refundable when leaving the apartment}

Email my wife Adrina on (drinnice@gmail.com) and she will attends to you better.

Thanks and you are welcome...

Best Regards

SCAM


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lacop 6 years ago

SCAM

from: sergio.b084@yahoo.com

Hello

Thanks so much for your email

regarding to my apartment,my apartment is still very much available for

rent.Here are some important information about the apartment.

Location:located at Koloniënstraat 20 1000 Brussels, Belgium,city centreSurface: 80m2, 861 ft2Bedroom: 1Bathroom: Yes together with toiletKitchen: YesLiving room: YesRent Amount: 400EURDeposit: 500EURFurnished: YesFloor: 1Min period: 1 monthsMax period: 2 YearsUtility costs: included Available: Immediately

The

property is situated on the 1st floor of a fairly large modern

apartment complex. There is an elevator,The nicely decorated living

room in the front has a loggia with large glass doors, which can opened

completely in summer. The open kitchen is fully equipped with all

appliances. The spacious bathroom offers a bath as well as a shower,

The toilet is also together with bathroom,the deposit is refundable

when parking out without any lost or damage of my apartment.

Attached

are some pics of how my apartment looks like. Kindly let me know if you

will be interested in renting my apartment so that we can proceed

further.You can simply reach me on Home..+447045715594 or+447045740615 ,office..+447045743701.for further discussion on the apartment.Best regardssergio


Rosario 6 years ago

wow!!

I was just wondering who kind of people would be my landlords by googling their names/emails... and I have just found your page...

It's amazing!! They didn't change a word of the email you posted... LOL

It's so difficult to find a flat at London!! What a pity, the location was great for me :P

Take care!


annoyed 6 years ago

ridiculous stuff. wilfred jane is also a scammer, just sent him back a funny response. would pay the amount he was gonna fraud just to see the expression on his face when he reads it.

look out for people who have 'standard' names.. jane, tara, george, elizabeth.. also with unprofessional email addresses with numbers and underscores in between.

baaaaaad english is another easy way to realise, dont be fooled by desperation in finding a place to stay, it almost fooled me!


annoyed2 6 years ago

this is the url that fooled me on craigslist. i really hope he doesnt manage to STEAL anyones money.

http://london.craigslist.co.uk/apa/1905928411.html


annoyed3 6 years ago

sorry to post again but JUST got another email from Rev David Verbales using email: nickcana445@yahoo.com with the following email:

hanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you. I am Reverend Rev David Verbales, the owner of the apartment you are making inquiry about. Actually I resided in the apartment with my family, such as my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in Hawaii, United States and presently my apartment is still available for rent for £80pw per week / £320 per month including the utilities like hydro, washer and security,it is fully furnished.

More so Now, I went for a Crusade in West Africa and I will like you to get in touch with my wife for more discussion as she is with the keys and the document to the house. Please i want you to note that, I am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money the main problem but we want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i came for a check up.i do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.Where are you located and where do you see our advert also let us know if you need more pictures.

Apartment Located -> 24 Rosary Gardens South Kensington,London SW7 4NT

Email my wife Erica on ( ericabales99@gmail.com or er icabales99@yahoo.com ) and she will attend to you better with more information and pictures.

Thanks and you are welcome.

Rev David Verbales


Mary T 6 years ago

Beware of "Good Homes" .

Scammers!

They are on Craiglist renting Paris apartments by just copying and pasting info from authentic sites.

You know what-- these real Paris agencies should 'disable' the right click function on photos.

This scammer crowd have copied the glorious photos from the authentic site and added their blurb at a great price.

Nearly got taken in but then wondered about the error filled language.

Does anyone close them down once a complaint is made?


Manish 6 years ago

Thanks .. u can add one more name to ur list.Vanwood Kelly . You saved us from losing our money


Helping from a mistake :( 6 years ago

I did not completely fall for a scam but was pretty close to it. Thank God almighty I found this sight. I am going to study in Paris this september and have been having the hardest time finding an apartment online. I came across one that sounded amazing but were asking for money. She was going by the name of Aisha Qureshi and said she lived in London and to wire money to her mom. I never got to that point as my mom and I had decided that no money would be transacted unless done in person.

Sadly, I made the mistake of sending a scan of my passport. My name is Andrea Gamez so just in case you see anything under that name, I am not selling anything, nor will I be.

I just came across another under the name of David Cannoh whic is uses the same e-mail template about him having to leave w/ his wife and son and money being no object just wanting the place to be taken care of. He however is saying that he is in Shang Hai.

Thank you once again for this website, I am very appreciative because it will definitely help me avoid scams. The downside is I am a bit discouraged and do not think I will be using craigslist at all anymore :(

As a young student, I am glad my dreams of studying abroad are coming true, but it is disheartening to hear all this scamming that takes place.


Jake 6 years ago

A similiar scam is going on with the emails: elizabeth.johnson303@gmail.com and hughes.christell@yahoo.com

Beware and do not trust them!


anonymous 6 years ago

Just had my heart seams broke by DEBORAH KAVANAGH!!

She is FAKE FAKE FAKE> learnt the hard way...

She will use her mother (TATIANNA KAVANAGH)'s 'tragic car accident injury' to avert meeting you at any point..and may slip up on the last email you will ever receive from her by signing best regards EMMA.

Although passports are sent they are obviously fake, and her email IPS are from America


Julian 6 years ago

Hi people,

Just started looking for a flat in London and I had no idea this sort of thing was happening so much. I did think that the wording on the following advert was a little strange and google the email address and came across your blog. Thanks for that!

Here is the email from Wilfred Jane that I got this morning...

I have available the apartment located in Central London Via fulham with 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom, because I moved with my job to Newcastle and I need money to pay the rent here.. This is the main reason I want to rent at this price and also to find a good person for my apartment. I can rent you the apartment for you as long as you want to stay cos i have 3 years contract in Newcastle for this period that is why i want to rent out my apartment.. I'm the owner of the apartment.The rent include all utilities (water, electricity, Internet, cable, parking, air conditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator). You can move in the flat the same day when you receive the keys. As just to quickly let you know my requirement for initial move in.

SHORT STAYS:

1 person £ 10/night

2 people £ 25/night

3 people £35/night

4 people £50/night;

Utilities included.

SHORT TERM MONTHLY RENTAL:

1 person £300/month

2 people £350/month

3 people £400/month

Utilities included.

LONG TERM MONTHLY RENTAL:

(minimum stay of 6 months)

1 person £ 250 month

2 people £ 300 month

3 people £ 350 month

Utilities included.

A refundable security deposit of 380Pounds is require for all booking and to be refund if you left the apartment undamaged.

Address:1a Cassidy Road Fulham, London SW6 5QH, United Kingdom

KINDLY WRITE INDICATING:

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DATES, LENGHT OF STAY

NUMBER OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN

REGARDS


Mel 6 years ago

Laurent Duvall and "wife Pauline Duval Legrand" in Paris scammed more than 30 people this summer. Don't think they will be scamming any more now..

paulineduvallegrand@yahoo.fr

laurentduvall@yahoo.fr


NoName 6 years ago

Another scam:

House for rent in Amsterdam, the photos look to good to be true for only 400E/month. So i searched his e-mail and phone number and discoveder this site, where he used the same phone number 4 weeks ago to scam someone else:

BEWARE OF:

Jeminez Luis

+4470457 43701


More Scams.... :S 6 years ago

I looked for an apartment in Brussels, and found one exactly where I needed it via an add; but the photos didn't correspond to the price; they seemed too good to be true, and sadly it was.

+4470457 43701

called herself Patrice

Beware!


thanksforthis 6 years ago

thankyou so much for getting word out there about these terrible scams.i had this issue when looking for apartments in paris

someone with the email address "volcom424@gmail.com" who claims to be called betty knowles tried to sell me property to rent. this is one of her emails:

'The apartment is located in the center of paris Marais. I will be

expecting the form and the deposit soonest possible. You will send the

deposit to me via western union money transfer but in my secretary

name cause i am very busy officially and might not be able to confirm

the payment but my secretary can do that for me if the payment is sent

to her name.

Hence, you will send the payment via western union to the name and

address below.

Name: DEBORAH REED and the address is 45 Ave avenue, London, UK'

she never signed her name at the end of the emails and sent me what i suspect the be a fake or stolen passport i.d claiming i would have to transfer money to her before i could see the actual apartment because she now lived in germany. the price of her so called 'luxury apartment' was really cheap -too good to be true.She was also very vague about details of the property that i asked about eg (what area of paris the apartment was in)but sent me lots of photos to seem genuine

DISGRACEFUL!


daniela 6 years ago

I was trying to rent an appartment in Geneva, from two different guys via expatriates web address. I got suspicious because they were giving me more or less the same information and asking for same details for the contract. What put me off completely was the request to send the money via Western Union transfer as his bank account got robbed last time somebody was supposed to send him the deposit for apartment, some story like this. The e-mail addresses from the two guys are:

Martel P.kelly [mtlpky@yahoo.com] and Jeff Son [sonjeff17@yahoo.com].


nica 6 years ago

look like another scamer To: henry Jacques

Thanks for your response to my email this morning.

With reference to my email yesterday. I informed you all payments are made directly to our head office in London, through our accountant (Elizabeth Nash). Once they confirm the payment, a receipt will be issued, which I will forward to you, confirming your reservation.

You should proceed with the instructions I gave you by making payment there.

I wait to receive the signed Booking form and payment confirmation, to enable me confirm your reservation.

Reserve asap, before someone else does.

Regards.

Henry.


Sharnee 6 years ago

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wanda 6 years ago

Hello,

I think I'm being scammed right now, the appartment seemed so good to be true that I looked for scams on the internet and I find you, thank you so much, now I'm sur I am.

The announce is right now on craiglist Paris, wan't we do anything ?

it says :

"EUR600 / 2br - Paris situated rental properties

Facilities include: TV, DVD, Wireless Internet Connection, Central Heating, Central Air Conditioning, Dishwasher, Washing Machine /Dryer and Microwave.

write me for more details."

it has many pictures and seems very luxury, see here :

http://paris.fr.craigslist.org/apa/2039753335.html

and it's very very cheap for anywhere IN Paris.

the email address is intgropper@yahoo.com

and here is our conversation by mail, th IP address is from the UK, I just received the last one :

>Hello

>I saw your ad on craiglist, I'd like to have more information about the

>apartment you rent : adress, price, etc.

>thank you!

2010/11/11 Gissy K

Hello,

I recently moved away with my wife,that's why the apartment is going out for rent,am open to talk on phones.,Everything you need is in 5 minutes walk. you can find many coffee shops and

restaurants,beauty shops , bakeries,heir designs, home made take

away food, grocery , market, banks ,pharmacy dry cleaning and post office.Facilities include: TV, DVD, Wireless Internet Connection, Central Heating, Central Air Conditioning, Dishwasher, Washing Machine/Dryer and Microwave,parking,balcony...etc We are not giving it out for profit motive ok?We needed someone to take care of it for like 5 yrs that we shall be away,what is your monthly budget?i will try and forward pics to you in the next mail,when are you open to viewing?How many of you would be there and where are you currently at?

Thanks

Thank you for your information,

I'm French and I'v always been living in Paris.

My monthly budget is maximum 750€ fees included, and I would like to move in alone, I can come visit the apartment any time today or this week end.

Your flat seems very interesting, I hope we can meet.

Hope to here from you soon

wanda

2010/11/11 Gissy K

Hello,

You will make out a refundable deposit payment to me as a sign of commitment,you will then give me a date so i can send my wife over to hand over keys,receipt,sign lease and show you around.

Deposit would be refunded if you won't be in the area any longer,maybe

found another place to stay or my rental doesn't seem appealing again after

viewing which i know it's impossible.Forget to say their is fridge and

freezer and oven.

Sincerely

Ola

Hello Ola,

Can I visit the apartment before making you out the deposit, for example on this saturday ? I'd like to know also where is the apartment and see some pictures if you have some.

Again, I'dlike to know if the 600euros you announce on craiglist are with fees included or not, and how much would be the refundable deposit?

As you can see I have many questions, but I don't want any of us to waste our time !

Otherwise, your appartment seems very appealing !

I look forward to hearing from you,

Sincerely

wanda

2010/11/11 Gissy K

600 is including fees and deposit gats be paid before meeting or viewing

As ou can see the last mail is very nice... Can't I do anything?

Thanks anyway for your help with this article !!!


quasar 6 years ago

Thanks !! Be aware of Pratik Patel. He is a scammer.


Wassmann 6 years ago

This add looks like scam too. Follows the same pattern...

henriette guyard

EUR570 / 1br - Fully furnished

apartment for rent (paris)


Luis 6 years ago

Hello, I received this and I think its a scammer, how can I denunciate it to the fbi or something?

Hello,

Thanks very much for your Kind interest you have in my apartment.I am delighted to let you know that my apartment is presently available now even for long and short term periods.No one is occupying my apartment and it will be a great privilege renting you my nice apartment located at the city central of Antwerp.

Actually i vacated the apartment before it was lent to Mr Craig Moore last three month and which his contract ended last month before i went to UK on my work basis.

Details of my Apartment........

Address: 135 Belgielei, 2018, Antwerp, Belgium

Description..

This spacious 2 bedrooms apartment located on a peaceful neighborhood in the center of Antwerp is the best option for accommodation.

Number of bathrooms:2

Max number of people:3

Floor:Ground floor.

Monthly rental price: €600.00 per 2bed room Flat apartment.

Security Deposit: €800.00

All bills :1400 Euro

Pictures available:YES

AMENITIES AVAILABLE OUTSIDE

Barbecue Disabled Facilities Sauna

City View Lift / Elevator Spa / Jacuzzi

Balcony Terrace

INSIDE

Kitchen

American Kitchen Fridge & Freezer Oven

Microwave Dish Washer Crockery

&Utensils

Bath Shower Hair Dryer

Towels

Extra features

Internet Dial Up Internet Broadband Cable/Satelite

TV

Stereo/Radio System DVD Player

DVD/Music Collection

Library Telephone Fax

Central Heating Air Conditioning

Pets Welcome

You will be confirming these upon our meeting to view the apartment together and signed up the contract,therefore i will come down to meet you in person to know you and hand over you the keys as soon as i confirm your deposit payment because i have to confirm your seriousness before coming down to meet you and take you to the apartment myself..... This is due to my past experiences of meeting tenants without confirming their seriousness and readiness, it was later i realized that most of them have no money ready for the rent but to view the apartment.....i wasted my time and money for nothing.So please to View my apartment,i am willing to come over to hand over you the keys.But before i come over,i will need you to read my terms and conditions below,then give me answers to the necessary questions i asked.

1.Do you have ultimate interest in my apartment from the pictures sent.(YES/NO)

2.Do you accept to rent my apartment under the price quoted above.(YES/NO)

3.Do you accept to sign the Rental agreement documents prior my arrival to viewing you my apartment. (YES/NO)

4.Do you Accept to pay the deposit payment after signing the contract documents before my arrival to view you my apartment physically.(YES/NO).

5.Which Nationality are You.Can you tell me briefly about yourself

Once i received your positive response,we can proceed with the contract procedures but the procedures will be very fast and it will not take a long time.

Hope to read from you soon.

Regards.


Michael 5 years ago

Beware of:

annapeddey@hotmail.com

guyardhenriettes@gmail.com

and anybody else starting their ad with:

"Apartment available for short/long term rent

Excellent condition

Located in town centre

Fully furnished"

etc

and ending it:

"Enjoy your time in this beautiful and clean town with lovely weather.Contact me if interested."

in Paris, Moscov, Copenhagen, Vienna..., on Craiglist and Expatriates


Dani 5 years ago

SCAM: robin_elisabeth21@yahoo.com I am Robin elisabeth 21 years old originally from Netherland the apartment belongs to my late father and my mother have been managing and maintaining the apartment,but she is presently in belfast united kingdom due to her work,am an undergraduate student of University and apartment is very close to city center and its easy to public transportaion and supermarket and store and its just about 2 mins walking to Subway public transporation bus stop just 19mins walk to university apartment is 72msq and room is 25msqft.The exact address is Mohrenstraße 12,D-10117 Berlin, Germany and the lease is -€300/Month/room/ including the utilities,fridge-freezer,oven,washing machine,dryer,gas cooker,microwave, dishwasher, electricity bill, internet charges and other miscellaneous fees.€500 for the security deposit which is refundable during the departure time


julie oremus 5 years ago

about a month ago i was looking on craiglists website for a flat in amsterdam found a perfect one and emailed the woman.everything seemed perfect and lagit i spoke to her so called lawyer on the phone loads of times and she sent my a scanned copy of her passport rental agreements and even her bank details for a barclys bank!! so i sent her first months rent and deposit of 1000 pounds!! she then asks for more money and her email didnt really make sense so i look up craiglists scammers website and found she had sent the same email to me and 2 other people and had scammed them to but used another name with one of the woman.When i seen this i was devastated took it to the police but they are usless.I want to find this woman and stop her because she has all my details she could basically use my identity.She is still scamming people!I no the lawyer is in nigira because when i couldnt get through to her on her mobile it asks for nira or something currency so i typed it in to google and it came up nigera!!Also the police said that someone took MY money out a bank in lutin near london!!Please if anyone can help me catch this evil woman!! iv never had that much money before and was my only 1000pounds and its gone stolen by some greedy heartless peron!! the woman i emailed and who addvertised the flat was EMMA LOUISE PERRY!!! and her so called lawyer ANITA CATHERINE SMYTH!!! here is her number that i can still get through and she answers!! so feel free to prank call her!! 07031939293. Watch these woman they are smart basturds!!!


Olga 5 years ago

Hi all,

Watch out for this name as well: "Sara hartkins" . The deal looked too good to be true, so I figured it might be. The said they are in Nigeria now due to husband's work transfer and that got me thinking. She mentioned the deposit as well. I googled all that information, and got a bunch of apartment scam sites and warning signs, I was shocked to learn there are apartment scams.

Now, I got one (my hubby and I are looking for an apartment) with the guy, the owner and his wife, being in another state. Saw the pictures of the apartment, they look gorgeous and for the price, looks too good to be true, so I won't even proceed with finding out more, it already looks fishy. Name of the guy is "Michael Lund" . Don't know if it's a fraud, but looks suspicious. Be careful all!


Clare 5 years ago

Just got sent two different apartments in Sydney too good to be true, thank god I found this site, how do I protect my email address from being used? This is his email address: ryandawson19@hotmail.com

Hi Clare,

Thanks for your interest. The rent is $250 for the whole apartment. Now I'm in London, UK with my job, so you will sit alone in the apartment. I will stay here for 3 years, so this is the reason why I want to rent the apartment. I'm the owner of the apt and it looks exactly like in the pictures (http://s1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb409/dawson19... The rent for 1 month is $1000 including all utilities (water, electricity,gas,internet,cable, parking) and the minimum contract is for 3 months. You can move in the apt in the same day you receive the keys. I must inform you that the keys from my apartment are with me and I hope that we will find a way to make this happen.

Also, please tell me something about you...

Regards,

Ryan Dawson

Hi Clare,

Yes, this is a 2 bedrooms apartment and you will have one security parking. The first deposit is $2500 (1 month rent + $1500 bond). Obviously we need a way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we want. I have found a way for us to complete the deal safe and fast, and in this way you will receive the keys in less than 2 days, if you move fast as well. The solution is provided by a company called Cargo Worldwide which is similar to Fedex, DHL or UPS.

I have found a procedure that will allow us to make a fast and safe deal and through this way you will see it and decide if you will stay in the apt or not before I receive my payment. Please click on the link bellow to the Cargo Worldwide website to see how we can complete the deal safely and fast directly from the website of the company where the procedure is explained: www.cargo-worldwide.tk

Let me know if you are interested please because I really need to take care of this matter by the end of the next week.

Regards,

Ryan Dawson

Hi Clare,

I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the keys and the contract signed by me right away. I will explain you step by step how this will work:

1) First you will have to send me your full name and address. I will need them for the shipping.

2) I will go to the Cargo Worldwide store and leave the keys and the contract onto your name as the intended receiver.

3) Cargo Worldwide will check the envelope to see if everything is OK with it and also the legal papers that will come along with the keys.

4) Cargo Worldwide will send you a delivery notification to let you know they have the keys and the papers in their custody.

5) At this point you will have to go to a Western Union Agent Location and make a money deposit on the Cargo Worldwide payment agent name for the amount we agreed (first month + $1500 Bond) .

6) After you make the deposit you will have to send the info about the money deposit to Cargo Worldwide (MTCN, sender's name and address).

7) Cargo Worldwide will verify the payment informations and if everything is in order they will deliver the keys and the contract to you.

8) After you receive the package , you will go and check the apt and in 2 days you must contact them and tell them if you keep the apt or not. If all is okay, you will instruct Cargo Worldwide to send me the informations about the money deposit and I will be able to receive the funds . If you don`t like the apt they will return your money and you will send them the keys and the contract.

I will pay Cargo Worldwide for the shipping and you will pay Western Union for the Money Transfer fee .

Let me know if we can do this.

Regards,

Ryan Dawson


Zeljana 5 years ago

Same s**t happens in Brussels. I have just received e-mail from Samirkumar Patel from lauradave2@gmail.com with number of phone +447045743701. He's the second one this week who had sent me an e-mail with bunch of info, cheap price, great pictures... but he is "currently in Britain so we can arrange paying and details over the phone". No we can not! I would rather be living in hostel than renting an apartment I haven't seen live. People be smart, and best luck to you all!


Rachel 5 years ago

I just almost got scammed by Ryan Dawson as well! he emailed be the exact same thing word for word that Clare got. Luckily my boyfriend researched into it since it was way to good to be true.

We flagged everything and sent reports about the sites he fabricated


Richard Hicks 5 years ago

Hey there guys, we have just dealt with this!

I went through a large extensive search to figure out how this scam works and was able to contact freehostia.org and have their newest site ring taken down. PLEASE post any new sites they use for scamming and I will do my best to shoot it down.

Phishing tactics like they use are easy to spot!


qwerty 5 years ago

jeff.martt@yahoo.com

advertising a flat in Stockholm is a SCAM


5 years ago

Glad I Googled phone number. Watch out for Kelly young:

Hello

  

  Thanks for the mail.My Apartment is still very much available for rent,Here are some important information about my Apartment.My Apartment is Located at Neptunusstraat 21,2586 's-Gravenhage, The Netherlands and it just about 1.2km distance to its metro station.

My Apartment spacious is about 65sqm and a room is about 30sqm, restaurant and public transport all around and it's 2mins walking distance to the supermarket, so it's located in a very nice and safe area in The Hague.

The price is 400EUR per month including all the bills plus 500EUR security deposit which is refundable while parking out without any lost or damage of my property.

My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with alot of facility such as:: Wireless internet facilities, Phone, TV,Microwave, Dish washer, washing machine, Dryer, Refrigerator, Bathroom, Toilet, Bedroom, kitchen, Parking space in the building.utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all the facility alone without sharing with anybody . its available for long term and short term basis and also you can Register with my Address.

 Attach are some pictures of how my Apartment looks like.That is the information you need to know about my Apartment.If you are interested in renting my Apartment Kindly get back to me so that i can tell you on how to get it reserved and also if you will like to talk to me on phone here is my Phone number..+447045743701.You can call me anytime for further details.

Best Regards

Kelly


kity 5 years ago

90.217.74.163.

Thanks for your interest in our advert, Am Mrs Morgan,me and my husband to be co-own the flat and we used to stay in the property but right now,we are currently in Wales due to a contract we have there but we can come up to the London for you to view anytime you want.

Our flat is two bedroom apartment well furnished but presently there is nobody living in the property and do you want to rent the whole flat? here is little details about the flat before we proceed.

Find below details:

Address: Mildmay Grove North Islington London N1 4PL

Description:Recently refurbished to a high standard, this superb two bedroom second floor flat provides attractive features such as dark hard wood floors.

The property comprises stunning reception room which is bathed in abundance of natural light, modern open-plan kitchen, bedroom with fitted cupboard and contemporary bathroom and reserved parking space.

Mildmay Grove North is a quiet residential address which benefits from close proximity to a superb range of shops and amenities with an even more comprehensive range of bars and restaurants close by to the south on Upper

Street.for further info the location can be seen on google maps(MIildmay Grove)

Rent pw: £130.00

Rent pcm:£520.00(All bills are inclusive expect the car parking space)

Minimum Stay: 1 Month(s)

Maximum stay:1 yr with the option of extending the contract after 12 months

Moving in date: the room is currently available but I'm flexible with moving in date.

Refundable security and damage deposit:£1000(refundable after 4weeks of stay in the flat)

sq ft: 710

66 sq m

Room Sizes

Reception room: 20'9 x 14'9 (6.3 x 4.5m)

Bedroom: 14'10 x 9'1 ( 4.5 x 2.8m)

Kitchen: 8'10 x 7'5 ( 2.7 x 2.3m)

Garden: 41' x 24' (12.5 x 7.3m)

scam


Steve Morgan 5 years ago

Sounds very nice :)


concerned landlord 5 years ago

If the people who posted a warning about Fanny Houdre are still reading this, can you please tell me what the issue was? I have someone by that name potentially interested in my apartment.


tenderoni 5 years ago

I just found out 2 other scammers, they even used the same pictures of the flat:

natelie bateman

ewen candlin

beware!

btw did anyone find a flat in paris that is not scam????

As you can imagine, I'm looking for something!


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Esteban 5 years ago

I'm almost sure that i'm beign scammed by someone who wants to rent me an apartment in sweden through a "yahoo estate agent" which use a free hosting url. These are the pictures of the "supposed" apartment in malmö. I saw them for another department for stockholm but I can not find them right now, maybe someone can help.

Thanx,

Esteban

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9862/apt780901....

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/196/apt780902.p...

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/4624/apt780903.pn...

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Marina Yaloyan 5 years ago

Thank you guys! This is so nice of you to have these comments posted! I almost believed it, but thanks god I found your message. Thank you so much!!!!!


Marina Yaloyan 5 years ago

Thank you guys! This is so nice of you to have these comments posted! I almost believed it, but thanks god I found your message. Thank you so much!!!!!


MUC 5 years ago

I'm pretty sure this is another scam concerning Munich / Germany (sorry, no IP available).

Hello,

If we decide to proceed with this transaction, I will have to contact DHL and provide them all the necessary information, so they can start the process right away. I will need your full name and address for that. You will receive a notification from DHL shortly after that, together with all the instructions to follow and the invoice as well.

Regarding the payment, you will be instructed to deposit the money ( 365 EUR the rent for a month + 365 EUR SECURITY DEPOSIT) to an DHL agent. They will hold and insure your money until you check the apartment and decide if you want take it or not. That is how their buyer protection policy works. As far as my concerns, I will be glad to know that DHL has the possession of the money during the delivery period. That is my insurance.

As soon as the funds have been deposited into their agent name, they will immediately start the shipping process.

The keys and rental contract will be delivered at your address in no more than 3 working days. You will be given a one day inspection period from the day you receive the keys and contract at home. If you decide to hold the apartment, then you will have to authorize DHL to release the funds to me, and the transaction will be completed. If you will not be satisfied with the apartment, you will be able to send the keys and contract back through the same service and ask DHL to return the funds to you.

Through I am sure you will love the apartment, it is good to know that you do have this second option available. If you wish to proceed with renting the apartment, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through DHL right away.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards, Daren

BTW: there's a FTC consumer alert at

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/al...

as well as several alterts on Western Union, DHL, Craig's List and other sites!


MUC 5 years ago

I'm pretty sure this is another scam concerning Munich / Germany (sorry, no IP available).

Hello,

If we decide to proceed with this transaction, I will have to contact DHL and provide them all the necessary information, so they can start the process right away. I will need your full name and address for that. You will receive a notification from DHL shortly after that, together with all the instructions to follow and the invoice as well.

Regarding the payment, you will be instructed to deposit the money ( 365 EUR the rent for a month + 365 EUR SECURITY DEPOSIT) to an DHL agent. They will hold and insure your money until you check the apartment and decide if you want take it or not. That is how their buyer protection policy works. As far as my concerns, I will be glad to know that DHL has the possession of the money during the delivery period. That is my insurance.

As soon as the funds have been deposited into their agent name, they will immediately start the shipping process.

The keys and rental contract will be delivered at your address in no more than 3 working days. You will be given a one day inspection period from the day you receive the keys and contract at home. If you decide to hold the apartment, then you will have to authorize DHL to release the funds to me, and the transaction will be completed. If you will not be satisfied with the apartment, you will be able to send the keys and contract back through the same service and ask DHL to return the funds to you.

Through I am sure you will love the apartment, it is good to know that you do have this second option available. If you wish to proceed with renting the apartment, please provide me your full name and address so I can initiate the deal through DHL right away.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards, Daren

BTW: there's a FTC consumer alert at

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/al...

as well as several alterts on Western Union, DHL, Craig's List and other sites!


Airi 5 years ago

I want to cry... if only i had checked your site sooner but i've just sent my money via western union to my presume host... which i am supposed to see in 5days but i guess there's no need to go to Paris anymore as i'll be left without any accomodation?

i thought craigslist was relievable! i used it once and it worked all fine but this time... do you think this person is also a scammer?

it looked too good to be true and everything was asked only by western union T_T

But as the craigslist ad was linked to an "official" site, I thought it looked kind of serious: http://www.bellairholidayflats.com/Paris.html

And what does this mean? I sent the payment to this address but I couldn't understand the meaning? Where is that?!

NOM: OLAVI PASI

35 MALPAS ROUTE

HACKNEY E8 1NA

Please, an advice?


Joe 5 years ago

Can't believe this, so this is fake? I saw the same phone number on this website a couple of times. I am glad I was using google, and sad now because I thought I found an appartement.

Regards,

Joe

Hello

Thanks for the mail.My Apartment is still very much available for rent,Here are some important information about my Apartment.My Apartment is Located at Rijnstraat 216-H 1079 HT Amsterdam Netherland and it just about 1.2km distance to its metro station.

My Apartment spacious is about 65sqm and a room is about 30sqm, restaurant and public transport all around and it's 2mins walking distance to the supermarket, so it's located in a very nice and safe area in Amsterdam.

The price is 500EUR per month including all the bills plus 500EUR security deposit which is refundable while parking out without any lost or damage of my property.

My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with alot of facility such as:: Wireless internet facilities, Phone, TV,Microwave, Dish washer, washing machine, Dryer, Refrigerator, Bathroom, Toilet, Bedroom, kitchen, Parking space in the building.utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all the facility alone without sharing with anybody . its available for long term and short term basis and also you can Register with my Address.

Attach are some pictures of how my Apartment looks like.That is the information you need to know about my Apartment.If you are interested in renting my Apartment Kindly get back to me so that i can tell you on how to get it reserved and also if you will like to talk to me on phone here is my Phone number..+447045743701.You can call me anytime for further details.

Best Regards

Adrian


Burcu 5 years ago

I can't believe how elaborate the scams can get!

"On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:10 AM, Hally Moore wrote:

Hi Hari,

Thanks for your email and interest,i just arrived in Essex, England to start my new job, i wont be back any time soon but i still intend renting my place out because i want my home to be kept alive in my absence.

About the place, it is a three bedroom pet friendly house plus a study room with furnished

living areas, in-door laundry and a nice back yard area. It is located at 43 Boronia Street, Kensington, NSW 2033

,not far from public transport,Shopping complex and train station.

About me, I am an Australian professional statistician working for a reputable organization. I don't smoke or take alcohols but i don't mind people taking that around me. I really need someone to rent the place asap because my job doesn't really give me time to stay around that much. I am not in the country currently but i can ask for a one week leave from work if i get a serious tenant interested in my home as i am with the keys here in the U.K and handing over the keys to you on your move in will be the only reason i will be returning home just for a few days.I couldn't afford to leave the keys to my place behind knowing that i will be away on duty for a while.

I attached pictures of both outside and indoors because the place is locked for now and you can go view the place from outside to see if the place will suit your taste.I wanted to sell the house before since i will be away for a while but later changed my mind renting it out just to keep the place alive. The rental fee is originally $100 weekly for each room that is $300 for the whole place but i can consider a price reduction if you are willing to rent the whole place depending on how long you want to stay because i will not be coming home for some time if you will promise keeping my place clean, all bills are included in the rental fee and down payment for a month is also acceptable and a bond which is refundable as fee for damages.The way i want to rent out my place is more like a house sitting rental process, hope this is understood. Feel free to call on me and my husband in the U.K +447024029855 for more details.Hope to hear from you soon, have a wonderful day.

Thanks,

Hally&Steven"

Aaand it continues:

"Hi Hari& Burcu,

Thanks for your email and interest. I really appreciate the fact that you are still interested in renting my place. I can rent the place to you furnished or unfurnished, depending on what you want and also long term lease will be favorable since i won't be coming soon you will definitely be informed 2month before our arrival .All bills like phone, internet, water and Electricity are included in the rental fee so you have nothing to worry about,i want to let you know that we do not intend making so much money on our home or inconveniencing you we only want our place to be kept nice and clean.I just want to let you know that we wont be staying at the house, you will have the place to yourself as long as it is kept nice and neat .Feel free to get back to me after inspecting the place so we can proceed with other move in procedures on time. I promise to bring the keys back to welcome you in on the day of your move in and this is my word.

To rent our home, you will have to fill and complete the attached agreement form which should be carefully filled and signed.Kindly note that 2 weeks rental deposit of $600 is required to secure the place and a refundable bond deposit of $1200 is also required as fee for damages. The rental fee and refundable bond deposit should be made to my cousin's bank account currently living in Canberra who will also be handling all your rental documents so feel free to contact her on realestatesolicitors@representative.com for further inquires I will be glad if all move in procedures are done in Australia so your documents and payment can have insurance once payment is made into my cousin's account. This will enable me hold the place for you as there are a lot of people interested in my place. I also need to be sure you are really interested and ready to move in.Your rental deposit will enable us hold the place for you as there are a lot of people interested in our place and it will also give us an assurance of how serious you are about renting our place because we have had a lot of time wasting rental requests which have amounted to nothing and i promise to arrive with the keys to open the place for you after all rental procedures are concluded, my word is my bond.

Finally, i have informed my cousin about your intentions of renting our place so kindly make sure the completed agreement form is submitted to her asap for quick processing of your lease document for move in.Kindly also note that as soon as payment is confirmed, you will be issued a receipt to show confirmation of payment along with your move in document.I attached my picture and i will appreciate your picture or a proof of identity so i will be sure of who i am dealing with.Have a wonderful day and cant wait to welcome you into the house and i am sure you will love the warm reception.

Thanks,

Hally & Steven"

The last mail:

"Hi Hari&Burcu,

How are you today and hope everything is fine with you over there.I have not heard from you concerning your intentions about renting my home as well as move in.Kindly get back to me and my cousin asap if you are still interested in renting my place so i can know how to go about your rental procedure and move in that will determine my arrival.I have approved your move in and held the place for you by telling other interested candidates that my place is taken due to your sincerity so i will appreciate it if you stand by your words regarding renting my place.I await your urgent response, have a nice day and cant wait to hear from you.

Best Regards

Hally&Steven"

We informed the police but I don't think they'll do anything.


Maria jimenez 5 years ago

jamesrentals@live.com

RECEIVER`S NAME: MERRIT OGIKU ( ACCOUNTANT )

RECEIVER`S ADDRESS: 46 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France

Not Shared, Private Full Apartment.

Property Type:

* apartment

Exact Address:

* 6 Rue Bretonvilliers, 75004 Paris, France

Nearest Metro Station:

* Sully Morland (line 7): 2 minutes walking distance.

Building Level:

* 2nd floor with elevator

Accommodation Type:

* self-catering

Floor Area:

* (645 sq.ft.)

General:

* towels provided

* air-conditioning

* central heating

* telephone

* linens provided

* Washing Machine and Dryer

Kitchen:

* oven

* stove top burners

* dish washer

* freezer

* microwave

* refrigerator

* washing machine

* Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen.

Outside:

* Balcony

Bathrooms:

* 1 Bathroom

* Bathroom 1 - Combination Tub/Shower, Toilet

Bedrooms:

* 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2-3

* Bedroom 1 - 1 Queen

Convertible Bed - 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon

The elegant bedroom has a very comfortable queen size double bed and plenty of closet space. It is very quiet as it also overlooks the private gardens.

Entertainment:

* stereo system

* radio

* satellite or cable

* Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)

* CD

* single home theater system

Internet Access:

* wireless broadband

* broadband access

Suitability:

* children welcome

* pets not allowed

* non smoking only

Local Activities:

* Walking

Nearby Attraction / Facility:

* restaurants

* bars

Other Activities:

* Shopping/Sightseeing

The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..

My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram...

Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book.... So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and how to make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does....

More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, and Italy....

1)Mrs Cynthia Smith from U.K stayed with his Family for 5nights.

Cynthia.smith1965@yahoo.co.uk

2)Mr Daniel Ross from ITALY, stayed 3nights...

dvrossdv@aol.com

DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

Regards

James.


phil 5 years ago

Same from Craig's List Honolulu

Same scam in Honolulu on Craigs List from Chris Jensen – chris.jensen62@yahoo.com. Googled and he had apt for rent in Binghamton NY too. This guy had to go to W, Africa because he ” bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa” had same certicate of ownership – but had different owner and seller names. The signatures didn’t match but are the same as on original posters certificate; I’ve been stringing this scumbag along for about 3 wkswhile he’s tring to push me to send $800 via Western Union.

Here’s his contact info where he wants me to send the money

Hi,

I will want you to make the deposit payment to the information below. immediately the payment is confirmed i will get back to you with the TRAKING NUMBER# ok and i want you to know the keys and other document will be send to the address you provided.Am also trusting you that is why i am willing to give you my house to you.

*** Payment Informations ***

Reciever’s First Name:Chris Abayomi

Address: # 445 kings DRIVE, Lagos-Nigeria 23401.

Text Question :Who Created Us?

Answer :God

Amount:$700

Payment method is through Western Union and as soon as you send the payment from any western union Glocey store you would be given some informations,You would have to get back to me with:

Here’s his phone #

Thanks and you can call me as soon as the payment is sent.here is my contact number +2348029761268 or 0112348029761268.

At first I was pissed now I’m having fun jerking him around and he thinks he’s getting so close to getting my money.Every email he’s more anxious for me to

Hey,

You dont need my passport before you send me the deposit by Western Union,okay?i want you to know you have wasted alot time in gettting back to me regarding the house as i already told that other tenant also needs this place aswell but you are the only person my family want to rent the house to so you should go to any Western Union Glocery Store and send the deposit so that the keys and document can move,i also want you to know i really want to talk to you on phone,as i already sent you my number so you could call me but you did not call me.i have attached a proof of my certificate of ownership.

Here’s a sample of the BS ‘m sending him back-

We pray with you that you win the bidding on the petroleum land again. I can tell you are a good person and you deserve to have success. Yes I want to move into your house and promise we will take very good care of it. It will be even more clean when you return than it is now.You are very kind. Thank you again for helping us.

I’m sorry but am kind of new new at computers and E mails and the craig List. It’s kind of confusing internetting to me but you have been good to me anD I want to do it right for you. We will take very good care of your beautiful house so please excuse me for not knowing how this works. Please be understanding and thank you so much for trusting someone you havnt met. i hope you can be patient because I am not good at computers yet. I dont know waht hapened but i think I erazed some of your leter.

…………

I think it’s important to expose these scum

Here's a link to my ongoing correspondence with a scumbag chris.jensen62@yahoo.com

http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/2008/06...

This A Hole thinks I;m sending him $1500 USD on Fri


phil 5 years ago

Same from Craig's List Honolulu

Same scam in Honolulu on Craigs List from Chris Jensen – chris.jensen62@yahoo.com. Googled and he had apt for rent in Binghamton NY too. This guy had to go to W, Africa because he ” bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa” had same certicate of ownership – but had different owner and seller names. The signatures didn’t match but are the same as on original posters certificate; I’ve been stringing this scumbag along for about 3 wkswhile he’s tring to push me to send $800 via Western Union.

Here’s his contact info where he wants me to send the money

Hi,

I will want you to make the deposit payment to the information below. immediately the payment is confirmed i will get back to you with the TRAKING NUMBER# ok and i want you to know the keys and other document will be send to the address you provided.Am also trusting you that is why i am willing to give you my house to you.

*** Payment Informations ***

Reciever’s First Name:Chris Abayomi

Address: # 445 kings DRIVE, Lagos-Nigeria 23401.

Text Question :Who Created Us?

Answer :God

Amount:$700

Payment method is through Western Union and as soon as you send the payment from any western union Glocey store you would be given some informations,You would have to get back to me with:

Here’s his phone #

Thanks and you can call me as soon as the payment is sent.here is my contact number +2348029761268 or 0112348029761268.

At first I was pissed now I’m having fun jerking him around and he thinks he’s getting so close to getting my money.Every email he’s more anxious for me to

Hey,

You dont need my passport before you send me the deposit by Western Union,okay?i want you to know you have wasted alot time in gettting back to me regarding the house as i already told that other tenant also needs this place aswell but you are the only person my family want to rent the house to so you should go to any Western Union Glocery Store and send the deposit so that the keys and document can move,i also want you to know i really want to talk to you on phone,as i already sent you my number so you could call me but you did not call me.i have attached a proof of my certificate of ownership.

Here’s a sample of the BS ‘m sending him back-

We pray with you that you win the bidding on the petroleum land again. I can tell you are a good person and you deserve to have success. Yes I want to move into your house and promise we will take very good care of it. It will be even more clean when you return than it is now.You are very kind. Thank you again for helping us.

I’m sorry but am kind of new new at computers and E mails and the craig List. It’s kind of confusing internetting to me but you have been good to me anD I want to do it right for you. We will take very good care of your beautiful house so please excuse me for not knowing how this works. Please be understanding and thank you so much for trusting someone you havnt met. i hope you can be patient because I am not good at computers yet. I dont know waht hapened but i think I erazed some of your leter.

…………

I think it’s important to expose these scum

Here's a link to my ongoing correspondence with a scumbag chris.jensen62@yahoo.com

http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/2008/06...

This A Hole thinks I;m sending him $1500 USD on Fri


Student in Sweden 5 years ago

Here are the Swedish Scammers !

They offer you a nice room ?Flat nearby the universities.

(tips, check their IP ! So funny !!!!)

alessandra_maria_vannini@hotmail.com

Ramona kan kan.ramona@gmail.com

ire wunmi irewunmi@gmail.com guy naming himself Stefan

Ariful Basher [swedbasher@gmail.com]


Marc 5 years ago

We avoid a scam, thanks to you!

jamesrentals@live.com really is a thief.


sarah (real) 5 years ago

Watch out for scammers adopting others' identities. A scammer with email address pene_pine@yahoo.com is advertising an apartment in Paris (116 Rue Notre Dame des Champs, 75006, Paris, France)on Craiglist claiming to be a London professional (me). Another scammer email address to add to the list.


gigiromano@aol.com 5 years ago

I'm negotiating with a Julie Oremus about a room rental at 8, rue Champollion , 75005 Paris. I decided to google the address to watch for any scams. Indeed, the address does have a few scam warnings and her latest email to me is exactly the same as a fraudulent one on this site, several comments up. Funny thing is, Jullie herself posted a scathing report of a scammer in Amsterdam. Which would make her a very clever girl. Has anyone had experience with this young woman and/or this address? Thanks - Gita


Jonas 5 years ago

Beware of:

Julie Oremus

julieore15@yahoo.com

8, rue Champollion , 75005 Paris

she claims to look after her fathers properties in paris after his death 2 years ago. she lives in a flat she likes to share with you, but to preserve the room for you you have to transfer the deposit to the family lawyer (!). later shes asking for another 2 month rent (1000€) to pay off the other interested tenant who was chosen by the family lawyer but she disagrees with him..

good story?! :O

Take care.

J


galatea 5 years ago

apparently Jule Oremus even has a linkedin "profile"... poorly built

http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/julie-oremus/28/8a9/179


Mia 5 years ago

Hi,

I am currently looking for a room/flat in Brussels and I've been interested in one ad. However, I was a bit suspicious because according to my friend "it's too good to be truth" and she's living in Brussels for several years already.

Interesting points - the first letter looks like it was copied from somewhere. The space among words are not typical when people are writing an email.

- the pictures of the flat were amazing; however, I am sure I have seen the same pictures several months earlier on the same web site..and I am sure it's not the same ad...I have kind of a photographic memory.

- the price is very low for that location

- yes, he wants me to send the money via "money gram"

- after my investigation I found his phone number in 419 Scam / Fake Lottery – 2011-09 Scam Phone Numbers - +447024054819

The mail # 1:

Thanks for getting in touch i am professional never married my room is

still available for rent. My apartment is 2 Bedrooms separate

entrance,

bathroom and toilet apartment. storage, fridge,stove + laundry hookup.

Parking included. Central, quiet, located in Central , shopping and

restaurants.But am only renting out 1 bedroom among the two bedrooms

The second bedroom is for my private use when am back in 5 months time

Why am renting out the second room is because i really need someone

that can

be taking good care of the whole apartment the money involved is not

the issue

but your absolute maintenance of the whole apartment when your keys

to the apartment

i was transfered to united kingdom 2 weeks ago to work with my company

headquarter

Swift oil and gas company in London,United Kingdom I will be here

for 5 months . I just need

someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organization to

rent the second room) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy

the

apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the

apartment as in whole,Am not saying am renting it out for just

5 months both short term and long term

are welcome but i prefer long term

I left behind some Facilities and electronics the apartment is fully

furnished

utilities are included in the month rent you don't need to pay bills

again.

air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all

necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven,

microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, Computer Connected with

Internet Access right in the room am renting out.

The keys to the Apartment are right here with me in London, and

the lease document. Which i will send to you after all necessary

agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent

charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my

apartment, because it took me a lot time and money to get all the

utilities and

furniture that is the why i came here with the keys more so

i want direct contact from me the landlord and anyone who is renting

the room from me everything has to be legitimate for

me to put my worries off till i come back and stay together with you

i don't want a situation where by another person will be using

my apartment for something else is not mean to be abuse i inherited

the apartment

from my late father 3 years ago and i a really care a lot about the

property

And i dont plan to abuse such a great apartment all because of i have

to work in

another country i use the apartment to remember my late father.

hope yo understand how i feel about the apartment.

I will send you the full address for you to go by and see the place

if you really

understand this first e-mail and ready to make a promise that you are

no going to be

abuse my place after renting from me and more so i will like to know

little about you.

I can send you my working ID or scan copy of my ID

for security purpose and i will need yours also.

Terms:

Lease Terms: 2 months minimum stay

long term also accepted

pets allowed

couples accepted.

Hope you are the kind i have been searching as a tenant.

Monthly rent:350 euro including utilities

Security deposit 300 euro which will be refunded after the end of

your stay in my room at no damages.

You can reach me on my phone number if you have anything to ask about

my apartment.

+447024054819

Thanks.

eymann christopher

robertychrist1@gmail.com

Mail # 2:

Thanks for the understanding message i really appreciate that there is no problem renting the place to you all i want in my place s perfect maintenance of my utilities when you get the keys the minimum of first month rent and deposit must be paid as an upfront payment before your arrival that shows the commitment that you are really the serious type and the room would be reserved for you till your move in date below information are needed to proceed with you then i will tell you how to make the payment via money gram to me here in London see the attach for the pictures and below for the address for you to google map 14 Rue Auguste Orts, 1000, Brussels, Belgium.

FULL NAME

FULL CURRENT ADDRESS

AGE

STATUS

PROFESSION

PHONE NUMBER

DATE OF MOVE IN

DATE OF EXIT

HOW MANY MONTHS CONTRACTS ARE YOU SIGNING.

TWO DIFFERENT PICS OF YOURS OR SCAN COPY OF YOUR ID I WILL SEND MINE

TOO FOR SECURITY PURPOSE.

Mail # 3:

Thanks for the details provided i want you to be rest assure everything is fine am not that kind of a person am a man of God and my word is my honor i have my name to protect there is no other way you can see the interior of the room because the keys are right here with me in London you can only see the outside of the building you have nothing to worry about because you will definitely get your keys i would have prefer to send the keys to your current address then you go with the keys to my place i will get back to you with the lease soon together with the payment details once the payment is confirmed you should be getting your keys by 21 of September in Slovakia.Hope to have you as my tenant soon.

Thanks.

Well... Is my suspicion rightful?

I received another email from

Khalie Whadri khalle97@hotmail.com

and it's pretty the same thing like the previous one...

Regards,

Mia


Mia 5 years ago

And... another...

Winners Kings

w.kings14@yahoo.com


Sabina Popa 5 years ago

Scammer : Brown Duane [b.duane1@hotmail.com], HTTP mail Origin IP from Nigeria: X-Originating-IP: [41.155.57.35]

http://paris.fr.craigslist.fr/vac/2609553491.html

posted with 50euro/night while the real price is 300 euro/night: http://www.vrbo.com/19351#rates

He is asking for Wetern Union or MoneyGram transfers to secure the booking.


ravin 5 years ago

Beware of Krishna Damudar Beeram of 1407 W151 street compton, CA. He is corrupted guy runs junk house and steal your money. Never trust him.

Ravin


valeria 5 years ago

I'm looking for an apartament in Bruxelles and I found this announce on eu-rental.com. The title was: ' A superb 1 bedroomed flat '.

It was too perfect but I sent an e-mail. This was the reply:

Hello,

I realy appreciate you have interest in my flat, the flat located at the city center of Brussels (18 Rue des Chandeliers, 1000, Brussels ) is very close to amenities like,restaurant, medical center and university......the flat is fully equipped with modern facilities. wireless internet service, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and air conditioner.

The flat comprises living room,bedroom,kitchen, dinning room,bathroom and toilet...the rent is 400 Euro monthly including all bills and the refundable security deposit is 500 Euro.

I have been here in the United Kingdom for past 3weeks with my family due to transfer at place of work and we will be here for 20 months. So, i am renting my apartment for maximum of 18 months and minimum of 1 month.

As regards viewing, I'll suggest you visit the apartment and view the exterior for the time being. I already gave you the address, I have been disturbed a lot by prospective tenants such that I came all the way from United Kingdom and waste my time, some doesn't have the cash for the rent but I wouldn't like to go through such stress anymore. Please, kindly get back to me and let me know your decisions after viewing but I'm very sure, you will never regret this apartment and if you plan to make reservation of the flat let me know.

Please find the attached file

Regards.

here is the name and the e-mail of this scammer:Khalie Whadri (khalle97@hotmail.com)

The mail was too strange, too long.. I check the name and mail on google so I found out I tried to scam me!!


MadameGG 5 years ago

That is why you should deal with an agency. You think that you don't want to pay agency fee but you actually pay to protect yourself from scams like that! Agency will not steal from you, these people are there to secure your new home and help you with problems you may encounter!

If you want a good trustworthy agency in Paris, google VINGT Paris agency. They propose fully furnished apartments portfolio with a choice of concierge service. They will take care of everything you might need!

And do not go to any scams!


Praneeth 5 years ago

Above guy by name Krishna Beeram at 1407 West 151 street compton is true. Show incorrect address on craiglist and suleka close to DirectTV. It is a mad house, will steal your money and miserable guy. Never get caught.

praneeth


Kiran 5 years ago

Beware of room rent 1407 west 151 street compton CA 90220 scam mentally corrupted guy named Krishna Damudar r Beeram shrewd man will steal your money.

Beware of all indians of this shameless guy.

Kiran


Kjalnabu 5 years ago

We just had the same experience as Mia, with a German man named Christopher Eymann, excact same email!! He's now trying to rent out in New York, here's the mail:

Thanks for getting in touch i am professional never married my room is

still available for rent.My apartment is 2 Bedrooms fully furnished

bathroom and toilet apartment. storage, fridge,stove + laundry hookup.

Parking included high speed internet access with no extra charges.

quiet located in west village,very close to many shopping malls,

cafe and easy access to transport system walkable to banks and

restaurants.But am only renting out 1 bedroom among the two bedrooms

The second bedroom is for my private use when am back in 5 months time

Why am renting out the second room is because i really need someone

that can be taking good care of the whole apartment the money involved is not

the issue but your absolute maintenance of the whole apartment after

getting the keys

to my apartment.

i was transferred to united kingdom 2 weeks ago to work with my company

headquarter

swift worldwide resources oil and gas company in London,United

Kingdom I will be here

for 5 months . I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a

reputable organization to

rent the second room) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the

apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the

apartment as in whole,This does not mean is available for only

5 months both short term and long term are welcome but i prefer long term

I left behind some Facilities and electronics the apartment is fully

furnished utilities are included in the month rent you don't need to pay bills

again.air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all

necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven,

microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, Computer Connected with

Internet Access right in the room am renting out.

The keys to the Apartment are right here with me in London, and

the lease document. Which i will send to you after all necessary

agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent

charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my

apartment, because it takes me a lot of time and money to get all the

utilities and furniture that is one of the reason why i came here with

the keys more so i want direct contact from me the landlord and anyone

who is renting the room from me everything has to be legitimate for

me to put my worries off till i come back and stay together with you

i don't want a situation where by another person will be using

my apartment for something else is not meant to be abuse i inherited

the apartment from my late father 3 years ago and i a really care a

lot about the

property i dont plan to abuse such a great property all because of i have

to work in another country for a while i use the apartment to remember

my late father.

hope you understand how i feel about the apartment.

I will send you the full address for you to go by and see the place

from outside

in my next email if this process is understood and get back to me if

you really like

the location of my place the whole process for the keys to get

delivered to your home

address is just 48 hours hope you understand this first e-mail and

ready to make a promise

that you are not going to abuse my place after renting from me and

more so i will like to know

little about you.I am from Germany but my father bought the apartment

3 years ago because

he traveled a lot due to the nature of his job is building contractor

We can exchange our passport for security purpose and to get to know

each other better

Terms:

Lease Terms:2 months minimum stay

long term also accepted

pets allowed

couples accepted.

visitors allowed.

Hope you will be a good tenant and take good care of my apartment

Monthly rent:$600 including utilities

Security deposit $600 which will be refunded after the end of

your stay in my room at no damages.

You can reach me on my cell if you have anything to ask about

my apartment.

+447024054819

Watch out! And thanks for posting guys, it helps everybody locate the apartment devils.


Titania 5 years ago

has anyone heard of christopher eymann who works for swift oil and gas company?

... he is trying to rent apt in west village.


Titania 5 years ago

oops! apparently i didnt read the last post.. haha! yea.. ive been talking to this guy chris eymann from germany and he wants me to send him the money in exchange for the keys. I was weary... thank god i found this website.. thanks everyone!


NoScamNoSpam 5 years ago

here's one for a ny apt. they should probably work on their english language skills.

christopher eymann eymannchrist@gmail.com

Nov 17 (1 day ago)

to me

Thanks for getting in touch i am professional never married my room is

still available for rent.My apartment is 2 Bedrooms fully furnished

bathroom and toilet apartment. storage, fridge,stove + laundry hookup.

Parking included high speed internet access with no extra charges.

quiet located in west village,very close to many shopping malls,

cafe and easy access to transport system walkable to banks and

restaurants.But am only renting out 1 bedroom among the two bedrooms

The second bedroom is for my private use when am back in 5 months time

Why am renting out the second room is because i really need someone

that can be taking good care of the whole apartment the money involved is not

the issue but your absolute maintenance of the whole apartment after

getting the keys

to my apartment.

i was transferred to united kingdom 2 weeks ago to work with my company

headquarter

swift worldwide resources oil and gas company in London,United

Kingdom I will be here

for 5 months . I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a

reputable organization to

rent the second room) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the

apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the

apartment as in whole,This does not mean is available for only

5 months both short term and long term are welcome but i prefer long term

I left behind some Facilities and electronics the apartment is fully

furnished utilities are included in the month rent you don't need to pay bills

again.air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all

necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven,

microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, Computer Connected with

Internet Access right in the room am renting out.

The keys to the Apartment are right here with me in London, and

the lease document. Which i will send to you after all necessary

agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent

charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my

apartment, because it takes me a lot of time and money to get all the

utilities and furniture that is one of the reason why i came here with

the keys more so i want direct contact from me the landlord and anyone

who is renting the room from me everything has to be legitimate for

me to put my worries off till i come back and stay together with you

i don't want a situation where by another person will be using

my apartment for something else is not meant to be abuse i inherited

the apartment from my late father 3 years ago and i a really care a

lot about the

property i dont plan to abuse such a great property all because of i have

to work in another country for a while i use the apartment to remember

my late father.

hope you understand how i feel about the apartment.

I will send you the full address for you to go by and see the place

from outside

in my next email if this process is understood and get back to me if

you really like

the location of my place the whole process for the keys to get

delivered to your home

address is just 48 hours hope you understand this first e-mail and

ready to make a promise

that you are not going to abuse my place after renting from me and

more so i will like to know

little about you.I am from Germany but my father bought the apartment

3 years ago because

he traveled a lot due to the nature of his job is building contractor

We can exchange our passport for security purpose and to get to know

each other better

Terms:

Lease Terms:2 months minimum stay

long term also accepted

pets allowed

couples accepted.

visitors allowed.

Hope you will be a good tenant and take good care of my apartment

Monthly rent:$600 including utilities

Security deposit $600 which will be refunded after the end of

your stay in my room at no damages.

You can reach me on my cell if you have anything to ask about

my apartment.

+447024054819


NoScamNoSpam 5 years ago

and..another one, love that he used the last name "Finnicky."

James Finnicky jfinnicky@yahoo.com

11:40 PM (20 minutes ago)

to me

I'm glad you are interested in my place..Will start by saying a bit about me,i'm a professional artist,self employed and i work alone..I have just opened a new venture here in Manila(Phillipines) and moved so i am looking to rent my place out both on short and long term basis.My place is Located:434 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

It is presently available for immediate move in,a very clean modern 2 bedroom and 1 bath apartment and i am renting just one room out at the moment but you will definitely have full access to the rest of the apartment which also comes with every bit of utility needed plus a dish washer,laudry,storage space and also parking space.You will be living in an environment of professionals and mature neighbours so you don't have to worry about privacy.

The rent is $580 per month and it will have all utilities included and a damage deposit of $400..I will like you to drive by the building to get a view of the exterior so you can be familiar with the location, as soon as you have done that pls get back to me soonest so i can forward the interior pictures and we can proceed to the application process.

Will be looking out to read from you soonest.

Cheers


ed 4 years ago

One more : Tytel Kelvin / kelvintytel@gmail.com

I recieved the same mail : "Thanks for getting in touch i am professional never married my room is still available for rent...."

http://brussels.fr.craigslist.org/roo/2746298622.h...


stacey 4 years ago

GOTTA LOVE IT!!!!! HERE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE

-------------------------

Hello Dear,

Thanks for your email response. my apartment is still available for rent and the rent include utilities Electricity,heat,laundry facilities, Air condition, Internet and phone line. And I also want you to know that it was due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the apartment with an intention of giving it out for rent. I am looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want the property to be kept clean all the time as it is our hard-earned property. If you are honestly interested and will absolutely maintain my property (Taking care of it like yours) as i hope i can put my trust and confidence in you.. Long and short term lease available.

Presently, We are here in Madrid, Spain doing the UNICEF program(The United Nations Children Fund) for through our direct service to mankind, the blessings and promises of God will manifest today. The apartment vital informative documents and the entrance keys to my apartment is with us, we try to look for dependable agent to handle the rent but could not find one due to the limited time we had before leaving the country. Mostly we do not want our property to be given to any sort of person to avoid damages and troubles. I and my wife came over to Madrid for a missionary work, So we hope you will be a good tenant which we've been praying to get.

Rent: $900 monthly include with utilities.

Apartment Address: 1031 Clyde Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95054

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED, FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW RENTAL

APPLICATION DETAILS

FIRST NAME: __________________

MIDDLE NAME: __________________

LAST NAME: __________________

PROFESSION: ________________

PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)

PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)

MARITAL STATUS: _________

KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE LIVING______

PRESENT ADDRESS: ________________________

CITY: _______________

STATE: ______________

ZIP CODE: ____________

WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? ____________

YOUR CURRENT RENT: _______________

WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? __________

REFERENCE DETAILS___________

PICTURES OF OCCUPANT SHOULD BE ATTACH

*PETS*

IF YOU HAVE A PET,

NAME OF PET: ______________

KIND OF PETS: _____________

WEIGHT: ___________________

HABITS

DO YOU SMOKE? ______________

DO YOU DRINK? ______________

DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____

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.

Landing 22'1 "x 5'10" (6 .. 73m x 1.78m)

Kitchen 13'0 "x 11'0" (3.96M x 3.35 m)

Bedroom 12'10 "x 10'5" (91M x 3.18M)

Bathroom 6'10 "x 5'10" (2.08m x 1.78m)

WC 5'0 "x 2'10" (1,52 m x 0,86 m).

Kindly get back to me as soon as possible.

Thanks And God Bless.

-------------------------------------------

Alan blenty alanblenty@yahoo.com to me

show details 3:37 AM (12 hours ago)

Thanks very much for your reply and also i can see your willingness in my apartment, Hope everything will be great!!! We are giving you our apartment ,pls again take care of it .. Hope everything is fine with you.However,if you are ready to rent the apartment now, that will not be a problem but we will advice you due to a responsible person like you.

The deposit of one month $900 so that the keys can be send to you,and also we would like to send the following document to you via the FEDEX to the address you send to me and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possible occupy our apartment ,Pls once again,we are giving you this on trust and do not disappoint us and i promise you that,you will love the apartment .You are free to stay as long as you like.

So i am with the below document here with me and i will like to know whether you are ready for the payment of one month because i will be coming to check on you so that i can know how you take care of my apartment for me and if it is okay by you, i will be collecting the next fee from you myself. Here are the contents of the document.

1) Entrance and the rooms Keys

2)Paper/Permanent apartment form(Containing your reference details)

3)The apartment documetary file.

4)Payment Receipt.

5)Full address and description of the apartment

6)lease agreement form(for you to sign)

So Let me know if you are ready to move in now so that i can send you information on how to make the payment asap and i want you to know that the payment will be made via Moneygram or western union. Hope to read from you soonest.

Thanks..


Kristin 4 years ago

It doesn't just cause issues for renters. I've been on the other side as well. One of the apartments I have was used in a scam. The apartment was for rent at the time too. Its not exactly easy to have to deal with a person who is convinced that they have rent the apartment when they show up.

I got cussed at because the key didn't work, which was rather confusing since I had no clue who this guy was or why he thought his key should work in what was a vacant apartment.

I depend on the rent as my income. Its not like I can just give the guy the apartment. Deposit exists for a reason. Not to mention that the rent he thought it was is ridiculous. Its way too low to be realistic. Considering the situation I might have been willing to negotiate the price and work something out for deposit expect for the fact when I ran a tenant screening report like I normally do at http://www.tenantverification.com/ I found the guy had bad credit and a minor criminal charge.

Tell they guy that I couldn't rent to him because he didn't qualify was real fun. I swear you would think that I was the one who scammed him. But what can i do? I'm not willing to put myself at risk for a tenant just because a listing for a two bedroom apartment for 650 didn't make in suspicious when I've don't think I've seen a single bedroom apartment in this area go for less then 800.


Mr Sam Smith 4 years ago

Good day,

My name is Mr.Sam Smith I have been arranging loans for many years. 3% is my interest rate and lower cost than any one else in town. Contact me today E-mails: samsmithloaninvestmentcompany@gmail.com

Loan Application Form

*Full Name........................

*Gender...........................

*Loan Amount Needed...............

*Loan Duration.....................

*Country..........................

*Home Address......................

*Phone Number......................

*Fax...............................

*Occupation...................

*Purpose of loan...............

*Monthly Income....................

Thanks for your time i wait to hear for you,

Mr. Sam Smith


Maya Maduar 4 years ago

Hello,

i was just going to reant an apartment in singapore, and I'm kind of sure it's a scam . It's too good to be true, and the email described on the apartment is just like scammer who describes their property. Also asking to wire the money, reserve ASAP, and etc. How can I send this email to you?


paula 4 years ago

Hello, so sorry this happened to you. I am on the other end having a vacation rental and yes, I too get to deal with scammers. Be aware, no US certified cheque should be accepted within 4-5 weeks of receiving as payment.Usually they want lots of info, cannot be a post office box, send with Fed-Ex, employers pays for vacation etc. These cheques are fraud but it takes the bank 4- 5 weeks to find this out. Then, never EVER send or give the accidental ( yeah, right) overpayment back to them; another scam. I just got almost scammed by asking to list my property with Vaway, a supposed vacation rental website; check when the owner get paid! they take the credit card payment and pay ( by certified check?, LOL ) the owner the day after people move in. Any owner letting anyone without having the fund first No Way they have a free vacation without paying, or you honestly paid and the owner kicks you out due to non payment. They claim to be partner with Travelocity, a legit business; I emailed them, and they said No, never heard of them!!! Also a known scammer is Travis Larson, supposedly located in England, but bet he will change his name soon. So, both sides have to be careful, and those new to internet crap, NEVER open a supplied link inside your email. copy it and go to the search bar and look at it from there if you want to look at it. inside your email they got disk access. virus etc.

Please, email all friend, family, post on facebook etc. It is the only way we can educate people. scammers will continue to try and find new ways.


Karmina Nieto 4 years ago

I recieved the same kind of emails I have a few of them do you want them for your post?, please get in touch with me. I will give them to you so you can post them here. thank you! :)karminanieto@yahoo.com.mx


Jane 4 years ago

I was organising an apartment in Paris and I thought this was too good to be true - luckily I'd read this blog before and checked the IP address.

The next email I got had this included in it:

To have it reserved for you and confirm you as my flatmate, the following has to be done.

- A contract document shall be prepared by my family attorney which I shall send first to your email which you shall read and understand to serve as a guaranty that the room has been rented and reserved for you.

- The contract shall also give you guaranty of the safety of your deposit which shall be refunded to you on your last day of rent. The original copy which shall be signed and sealed shall be sent to your address for you to bring with you when coming.

To prepare the contract document,reply with the following details:

- Your full name as you want it written on the contract

- Your move in and move out dates

- Your current/home address ( where you shall recieve the original copies of the document) A copy will be emailed first to you.

- A copy of your identity card for identity verification ( I will send a copy of my passport along with the contract for your verification )

Thanks for your understanding as i wait to read from you with the above requested details to facilitate the contract preparation towards confirming you as my flatmate and reserving the room for you prior your arrival.

The email address is:

laetitiaba88@gmail.com


VLin 4 years ago

Thanks, I almost fell into their trap!


Cicero 4 years ago

sherl.lauren@yahoo.com Sent me this email:

"Hello,

Thanks so much for the reply and interest in my room, Am Lauren ,am 21 years old, My father owns the flat but is now late ,i live alone in the flat, Am a professional, I have been pretty busy , however, the room is still available .

The flat has 3 rooms ,One is for me and the other Two is available for rent."

It's the same that someone received from Christina McQuillan


clara 4 years ago

i,m Dr Shant Tami are you poor and you want to be rich? do want to rent and house and you we not pay for renting, do want to take over your friend house or wealth, do need a girl/boyfriend contact Dr Shant Tami of indianspell@yahoo.com and your wish we come to reality


Katie 4 years ago

Thank you for posting this! It was such a help for trying to figure out if the email i just received was a scam or not and turns out it most definitely was. No mention of wiring money but it did mention West Africa, had a lengthy story about the person, poor grammer, etc. When i looked up the location on google the address was actually of a property listed to be sold, not for rent. Its just ridiculous how these people get away with it. Im glad others are putting it out there to inform people about these things. The person that tried scamming me was name TARA HEWITT. I havent found that name on the list of scammers so I wanted to inform someone.


craigslist Sydney 4 years ago

more to add, they try to fraud me for renting an apartment in Sydney:

michaelfragoso12@mail.com Michael Fragoso

kennethcole20045@aol.com

And the western union address to be sent to her daugther, incluing their nice speach in the email:

I am a man of my word you wont have problem staying in my apartment.Find my Daughter details Below:

Name: Gretchen Cannon

Address: 5257 NE 6th Court - Ocala, FL 34479

Country: US

After you send the money you will email me the sender's name,sender's address and 10 digit Money Trascation control number..

When will you make the payment so i can let my daughter know?

Await to hear from you

Best

Michael


Daniel 4 years ago

Its simple people if they can't let you see the apartment its because they don't have one. Really the only way to stop this is to be smart, I too was nearly scammed by someone luckily I decided to check out the persons name and bam found out they were just scammin. So NO BRICKS NO MONEY number one rule.


jose 4 years ago

I have contacted about 5 people for an apartment in Paris and so far 5 out of 5 want Money Gram or Western Union. When I ask to meet them in person, they always have an excuse why they can't. A give away is that the apartment looks killer and they ask for about 50% of the going rates. If you look at the pictures posted, the lighting is perfect; that's because they took them from a brochure. Not one of us would hire a pro for pictures.


jose 4 years ago

THIS IS TYPICAL:

Jose R. Sanchez

Mickey Jone jone.mickey@yahoo.com

Hello Jose,

Thanks for your email. Just like I mentioned in my previous email, I receive payments directly to my accountant via Western Union Money Transfer. It seems you are having doubts about me but I want you to know that, the apartment you are renting is my private apartment I put up for vacation rentals. I cannot collect your money and refuse to give you what you paid for. I can forward you a copy of my certificate of occupancy for the apartment, just to make you feel comfortable dealing with me. I understand your concerns but assure you the best comforts, in my lovely apartment, if you decide to rent it for your dates. I hope to read from you again. Regards, Mickey.

to Mickey

Hello Mickey I don't send money by moneygram or western union beacuse it disappears in misterious ways. You want to meet at the apartment, I sign and give you a deposit


Bambi 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this post!!! Thanks to this I detected that the following person who was proposing a room in Paris is a scam:

Sonia Alonso

bmysonia@yahoo.com

(The server is in Nigeria...)

skype my ID is lifebeautil2

I flagged it in craigslist. I hope this will help someone checking out the name...


martymc 4 years ago

Howdy all, I have been looking to rent a room in Amsterdam and just in the past 2 weeks I have had people tried to scam me about 5 times.

The latest email I got was this off sherllauren@yahoo.com:

Hello,

Thanks so much for the reply and interest in my room, Am Lauren ,am 21 years old, My father owns the flat but is now late ,i live alone in the flat, Am a professional, I have been pretty busy , however, the room is still available .

The flat has 3 rooms ,One is for me and the other Two is available for rent.

The room has the following amenities:

The room has a very big bed that can sleep two people with

Television connected to cable

Small refrigerator apart from a big freezer in the kitchen

Private bathroom with toilet drawer

Reading desk

Wall cupboard

Internet connection

The Apartment has the following Amenities:

Washing Machine

Heater

Dish washer

Storage

A big living room fully furnished with a television connected to cable

Internet facility .

The transport facilities is quite okay in the area, the flat is very close to train station and public transport.

The rent per month is 500 Euros and a security deposit of 700 Euros ,The security is refundable, at the end of your stay in my flat, the security deposit will be refund back to you, The rent include all bills and bills are for Gas , Water , Electricity , tenement rate ,phone ,heater,internet connection.

I will send to you some pictures of the room and the rental agreement form to see what next to do, hope you understand me? Thanks once again for the interest in my room while waiting to read from you.

I will like to know about you.

I will like to have your skype id so that we can have a chat if you don't mind .

Best Regards,

Lauren

Interestingly though this email is the best structured one I have come across. Does this mean the scammers are evolving....

IF ITS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, ITS COS ITS NOT TRUE


xyz 4 years ago

watch out also for:

carmen kelly

christopher eymann

sylvaine yasmine

also inculded: blabla about having inherited the appartment from late parents, long personal info and stuff about how they need someone reliable to look after the appartment.


Isis 4 years ago

Oh my god....THANK YOU! I was just e-mailing back and forth with Sonia Alonso. You saved me from some real heart ache. Now back to the room searching :(


niceguy 4 years ago

can someone help this guy scam me on craiglists also his email said zkmvn-2952112852@sale.craiglists.org can you post if you can tell me how to find his real eamil address it would help me so much thanks!


Debbie 4 years ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS WEBISTE! I was INCHES away from being SCAMMED and then found this website. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!


Robi 4 years ago

List of scammers I found in Craiglist:

Victor Donald: victor_donald@ymail.com

Laurent Blanc: l.blanc82@yahoo.com

Leonard Sellar (leonardsellar@yahoo.com)


Munnu 4 years ago

Hi,

Im glad I came across your blog.

Im currently researching apartments in Paris. Yes, the ones on Craiglist seemed too good to be true.

I also wrote to 2 people who had a website:

viz. http://www.lsareserve.com

and www.apartmentholiday4u.com

others did not respond at all when I asked many questions! best part is that their listing disappeared the next day as well!! many had a hotmail or a yahoo account which again is fishy if they have websites!

In any case, I did a "who is" on both the sites to find that they have been created just 4 days ago! the day that they have been on Criags list. They have testimonials and all!

Point is, if the rates too good to be true....you need to have the 'red flag' alert.

I'm glad I came across your blog, 'coz it re assures me.

Thankfully, I have not lost any money.

I am communicating with an Alan Nevern.

Thank you,

Regards,

Muns


hihi 4 years ago

ANDREA WILLIAMS-andreawill998@hotmail.com, ''lives'' in London, funny how his IP address says Nigeria!!


Arnold M Gumbs 4 years ago

I almost got scammed here in Barcelona Spain.A man claiming to be a pastor being posted to WesT Africa.Wants me to snd money via Western Union to pay for a "fantastic apartment" that I have not seen, and he will post me the key by International delivery "express".

Alarm bells sounded when three different names with the same advertisement and the same response were in my inbox, and a pastor would request payment via Western Union rather than a bank or paypal. I always pay by paypal. I will send you copies of our correspondence if I get your email address. Mine is magumbs@googlemail.com and theumeweist@gmail.com.

peace

in Christ

Arnold M Gumbs MA


tito 4 years ago

another example!!

DA: Trody Morgan

Hello Again,

Thanks once again for the kind response and your interest in our beautiful home. I'm so glad to hear from you and thanks for understanding everything i said with regards to our home and i must say i'm happy to know that you are ready to move in soon. I am very happy that you are a clean and very neat person and that you have promised us that you would take Great care of our beautiful home.

The rent fee is DKK2000 per month includes all Utility Bills such as Water, Power, Internet, Land phone and an uncovered parking space. I want you to know that you're promising us that our apartment would be well taken care off and I appreciate your expression, so i want you to stick to your words, is that okay with you?

And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent of our apartment which is the application form.

*******RENT APPLICATION FORM*******

( Private And Confidential )

1,Your Full Name :-

2)Your Full Current Address :-

3)Phone Number & Mobile Number :-

4)How old are you :-

5)Sex :-

6)Are you Married :-

7)How many people will be living in the Apartment:-

8)Do you have a Pet? :-

9)Do you have a Car? :-

10)Occupation? :-

11)What is your Religion? :-

12)Citizen of Which Country? :-

13)When are you ready to Move In? Exact Date? :-

14)How Many Months are you willing to rent the Apartment ? :-

15)How many months rent can you pay upfront? Minimum ( 1 Month Rent & Security Deposit of DKK4000 ) OR ( 2 month rent & Security Deposit of DKK6000 ) OR ( 3 months & Security Deposit of DKK8000 with %10 discount ). So which option do you prefer????

16) Once you have agreed to section 15 of this application,payment would be made via Money Gram and then i send you the keys and document on a next day delivery,are you ok with this as singed ?????

17) Payment has to be made before the 16th of May 2012 via Money Gram, Are you ok with this????

18) A Copy Of Your Passport or Driver's License Attach ..Okay??

I look forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt and the agreement form in your name.

I await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to send you the keys and documents as soon as you make the payment.

Warm Regards,


lucy james 4 years ago

please i will like to talk with some one who has been scammed in the pass to clarify my situation because i think i have been scam o $2500 but not still clear

please contact me at lucyjames10@gmail.com


Ellen Lowery 4 years ago

Leo Jones of Light Real Estate Rental scammed us. He claimed to have an apartment for rent, complete with descriptions and photos. His "boss" Abeto James, insisted on more money for the deposit. It was classic good cop/bad cop stuff. We signed the contract and sent the money via Western Union. Now he won't answer any emails or respond to me. He is all over Craigslist with phony ads with real photos of apartments that are located in other areas of the world!


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Age:

Contact Number:

Marital Status:

Monthly Income:

Purpose Of Loan:

Occupation:

Sex:

Amount Needed:

Loan duration:

Thanks

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Carrie Erwin 4 years ago

My daughter stopped me from checking in on this one.

I was so excited at first but thanks to your site, I'm safe.

Hello,

I can see you are interested in my house i posted on Craigslist. I had a calling from God to go on a missionary work and here is the website to know more about my mission (http://www.unitedafricanmissionaries.org/). 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 was to sale out the house which I tried, but sometimes the Realtor inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website as for sale, that is the old advert. So,i need a tenant to take care of it since i am out of the state now. I have received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very nice area of (Hope Mills NC), but I still have to make sure it is rented out to someone who can take good care of it. It includes facilities such as water and heat laundry facilities,air condition,internet and telephone access and a car park and other necessary facilities, also comes with trash collection, 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 provide you with some questions that I would want you to answer. The first month rent is $800 and refundable security is $600 and total move-in cost is $1400. Pets are welcome in as much they are well-behaved.

Note: I would like you to drive-by the house to view the exterior and neighborhood of the house. Get back to me asap so i can forward you the rent questionnaire.

Address:3132 Nontucket Lane, Hope Mills NC 28348

Property Information:

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Property type:Single-Family Home

Property type: Single-Family Home

Size: 1,400 sqft


Jamie 4 years ago

Beware of this scammer on craiglist: caregina1012@gmail.com


John 4 years ago

I've been dreaming the whole day, hoping i had found the perfect place to stay one month in Oslo (2012). I'm glad i typed "lauren sherl + arnaque (spam)" on google and found a result..

realting the exact same mail i received as a spam:

"Hello,

Thanks so much for the reply and interest in my room, Am Lauren ,am 22 years old, My father owns the flat but is now late ,i live alone in the flat, Am a professional, I have been pretty busy , however, the room is still available .

The flat has 3 rooms ,One is for me and the other Two is available for rent.

The room has the following amenities:

The room has a very big bed that can sleep two people with

Television connected to cable"...

I hope noones fall into this trap !

Thank you all for your similar experience.


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Sitaly 4 years ago

Also SMITH NICOLE is a scammer!!! smithnicole12@hotmail.com WARNING!!!!


Kristin Ward 4 years ago

A scammer used an apartment I owned in their scam. You can image my surprise when a gentleman shows up at my door demanding to know why his key doesn't work in for an apartment I know is still vacant.

Its a sad situation but there isn't much I could do about it, the guy had no deposit obviously, the rent he could pay was only half of what I was asking, consider how low it was it was, it should have sent up a red flag. I haven't seen a 3 room apartment for 500 in a bad area for years much less near the beach in an area that has a low crime rate.

As a landlord I always run background checks on tenants through http://www.atenantscreen.com. I would think as a renter it may be a good idea to to some background checks yourself. And always show up and view the apartment and talk to someone before you pay.


chantal5 4 years ago

hello. need help. i hve been looking at apartments to rent in paris and i am not sure if it a scam or not. he is saying he is in england now with all the documents. shall i just stay away from him

his name s christopher wenham


Nadine 4 years ago

All please be aware of all ads or posts from DAVIDESTATES1@YAHOO.COM. I just lost 600.00 dollars. He duped me into renting a place for the weekend that ended up being a home that was for sale!!!

DO NOT TRUST this man..he also uses other names such as DAVID DUPUIS, DAVID ESTATE.

He has numerous ad listings out there. Please beware and always check your properites out first!


jr27 4 years ago

WARNING!! Craigslist scammer "Brenda Jones" oojjuugg@gmail.com. Also jonesbrenda808@ymail.com. This person contacted me via craigslist regarding a room for rent. Person stated the were from France and going to school in USA. Seemed pretty normal until I received an email regarding a cheque that would be sent for a payment and to pay for a car to be delivered by western union!! The "cheque" is on the way and I have a usps tracking number. RED FLAG.. I am now concerned about Identity theft. This person knows my name, address, phone number, email address, occupation, and workplace... How can I prevent Identity theft??????? Really need some advice..


kristina 4 years ago

ok so just now at 508 in the am i found out that the scammer is going by edward silva as a missionary in africa offered me a home to rent in windham ct, i am no fool n not sending any amount anywhere without confirmation that the person is who they say they are so i googled the address and found the scam had me going for a minute though...wow


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Patricia Davies 3 years ago

We have just been scammed for an add on Craiglist for a apartment in the Marais No 10 Rue St Paul, Paris by a party using the name of Roger Fradin, CEO of Honeywell International, he is not that person. His ph No used was 447024012276 now off & E-mail rogerfradin@honeywellinternational.org, not a Honneywell e-mail address. He has an accent of Dutch or Scandinavian, not UK or European. We stupidly sent money through Money Gram, they require passport of the sender but NOTHING ID wise for the recipient! How surreal is that just right for a scammer do not use Money Gram or suggest any other similar service . To cancel a payment via Money Gram you must do it within maximum two hours or it is gone. We were fools don't you be. Patricia.


Bob 3 years ago

just been scammed by a "Gabriel Mischel" (gabrielmischel4@gmail.com), in response to an add I put on CraigsList looking for a ST rental in Reykjavik - long story short, scammed me for $375. Whole process & communication seemed really odd & sketchy. He provided 2 references, Bob Wesson (bobwesson@ymail.com) & Kenneth Cole (kennethcole20045@aol.com), both responded to my requests for references, but even their responses seemed odd in hindsight. Big red flag was his insistance for an additional $200 security deposit, once I balked and pressed this he said he'd give a refund, yea right, his daughter tried send me $2750 cashiers check where she wanted me to deduct my $375 and send her the balance - I said "no way", and as you might imagine communication has stopped. I'm going to file a report with teh FBI & Sercet Service, but I suspect that just be a paper exercise, but at least it'll be something.

Beware if Gabriel Mischel, Bob Wesson & Kenneth Cole


Dri 3 years ago

Sad to know that many people have been scamed. My brother felt for it too. He replied for an apartment ad at Seattle/WA USA, from mister Dennis Jay Smiley, and deposited 1.000 euro in a Western Union account in England. Emails were sent to e16bfbfee7383471b6bd74b3fc277f43@reply.craiglist.org and dennisjsmiley@yahoo.com. The name no the acct was Remi Jelen, from England.

Hope it helps others since we already got damaged. Adriana.


Nina 3 years ago

I was scammed by a landlord whilst renting a room from him in London. He told me to give him a month's notice before moving out (which I did), I never smoked inside the building (which, when paying £600/pcm I think I should've been able to), I kept the place incredibly clean, cleaner than it was when I moved in and I was always left cleaning up after everyone else's mess in the house. He took my £900 deposit and doesn't even have the decency to contact me back so I can get the rest of my stuff. It's been two months now and I feel cheated out of my money. It was my first time moving out of home, I was 17 and he took thousands from me. Please stay away from him at all costs!

roomsinlondon@ymail.com

07944864242


Lyane 3 years ago

Hi guys! This guy is also a Nigerian scammer. He calls himself "David Merrit", and his email is merritdavid@outlook.com

The guy almost had me rent his phony $800 apartment in Queens NY, but my fiance knew the minute he mentioned "Nigeria", that it was scam. Thank you God for the smart man you blessed me with!


Denis 3 years ago

Just uncovered a scam in CLparis, to my dismay (relief). Here's a tip (not sure if it's been mentioned): Google and other search engines have allowed you to search by image for some time. Simply drag an apartment photo into an image search bar to see if it has been copied from another person's listing. This is how I found out the beautiful apartment I had been hoping to rent is actually posted on a legitimate vacation rental site for almost 4x the price per month!


Souflly 3 years ago

here is there latest one

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family and Presently my house is still available for rent, (The rent already includes utilities).More so Now my family and i are currently in(West Africa) for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on the property that i am giving out to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own.i also want you to know the money you are paying me is the main problem but i want you to keep my home tidy at all time so that i will be glad to see it in a perfect condition when i come state for a check up from time to time after you must have moved in.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand by my words,My wife and i bought the house when we got married,When we left the state I thought of selling the house so I had to look for an agent and after getting one we got a deal but later my wife advised against that and i saw senses in her advice and i accepted her advise,So I contacted back the agent and requested for my keys and documents and then we Later decided to have the house out for rent to a tenant who can take absolute care of it for us in our absence.We also would have given the same agent this job but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him upon the renting of my house.If you also notice,you will discover the price we are offering is far below standard price,this is enough reason for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care of our property.I want you to know there is a For-sale sign outside the house but not to worry the sign will be removed as soon as you move-in.The house include the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

The rent is: $1000

Security Deposit: $1000

Pets Allowed:Dogs and Cats.

Address:27 Arroyo Ave Piedmont, CA 94611

Available :Available Now for move in.

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.

RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME:__________?

MIDDLE NAME:__________?

LAST NAME:__________?

PROFESSION:__________?

PHONE:

(CELL)PHONE__________?

(WORK)PHONE__________?

(HOME)PHONE__________?

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE LIVING IN THE HOUSE________

PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________

CITY: _______________

STATE:______________

ZIP CODE: ____________

HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING

WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?

IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,

HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?

WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?

IF YOU HAVE A PET,

NAME OF PET: _____________?

KIND OF PETS: _____________?

HABITS

DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?

DO YOU DRINK ______________?

DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECIEVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENT____?

HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT____?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down on our property and God bless you more as you do this…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to.Feel free to get back to me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you. The house will be available for rent for a period of 5 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

Contact number +2348029761268 OR 0112348029761268

Thanks

Chidi Dallas


Alexis 3 years ago

"Ecoutez, je ne peux pas vous faire parvenir des documents.

Je serai pret a vous réserver l'appartement si vous acceptez d'effectuer le dépôt de garantie via Western Union et me donner le Code MTCN après la visite et signature du bail

Si vous voulez vous dites a votre ami et on se rencontre la semaine pour la visite

Mais sachez qu'il faut que vous effectuez le dépôt d'ici demains pour que j'ai la garantie pour vous réserver l'appartement.

Sachez une chose, votre argent restera à la poste jusqu'a la signature du bail."

Mrs Costes

f.costes.ok@hotmail.com

Thankfully I did't send any money, but I was in correspondence with them for two weeks before I noticed any red flags!

Good luck everyone!


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You can fill out the form, save it, fax it, and email it. Please feel free to use it.


xcxc 2 years ago

Got this from craigslist, 80% of the apartment ads are from scammers beware!

robert_bale@hotmail.com

Hello ,

Thanks for the mail, i am so happy to let you know that the apartment is still very much available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment.The apartment cost 400euro per month including all bills such as: Wireless internet facilities, Television, Phone, Microwave, Dish washer, washing machine, Dryer, Refrigerator,Bedroom,Bathroom, Toilet,Livingroom, kitchen, utility room, parking space, dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, fridge, stove, oven, microwave and coffee maker. The bedroom has a full bed with down duvet & pillows, the blankets, and a 6 drawer dresser, dining table, reading chair, fold out couch, water, hydro.

Plus 500euro for security deposit payment which is refundable while packing without any lost or damage of my properties.The apartment is located at Leipziger Straße 97, 10117 Berlin, Germany and it just about 1.2km distance to its metro station,the apartment spacious is about 80sqm and a room is about 30sqm, restaurant and public transport all around and it's few mins walking distance to the supermarket, so it's located in a very nice and safe area in Berlin. its on the second floor of the building.

To know much more about the environment,just open www,google.com, click on map, copy the address and paste it into the map, you will surely see the building and the environment very clearly.But presently am not available in Berlin for now as am presently in London now to complete my work with my company and am here with my families and my keys.But all you need to do is to go straight to the address i sent you to take a look of the apartment from outside ,But i want you to have it mind that the apartment is presently locked and am here with the keys.that is the reason why i sent you my apartment picture just for you to have an idea of how the inside looks like.you will be living in my apartment without sharing it with anybody.it is available for short term and long term basis because am going to be here for 5 years and i dont want my apartment to be dusty when coming back After 5 years,that is the main reason why am renting out my apartment.

But before any reservation,Can you tell me little about yourself,Anything you think you want me to know about you.

where are you from and also where are you presently?

what is your experience in renting an apartment?

Have you ever rent an apartment before?

Did you smoke?

Did you have pet?

did you take drugs?

did you have car?

Are you going to stay alone?

Are you paying the rent yourself?

What are you doing for living?

How old are you?

What is your gender?

Phone number?

Mobile Number?

What is the best time to call you?

Attach are some pictures of how my Apartment looks like.That is the information you need to know about my Apartment.If you are interested in renting my Apartment Kindly get back to me so that i can tell you on how to get it reserved.

Best regards,

Robert


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Subject: APPLICATION APPROVED

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I'm happy to tell you that your application form as been approved...... I really appreciate your willingness in renting my place and i promise you that you will never regret taking my place. I have taken time to go over your application form and i am so impressed and can't stop having the feeling that my place will be well kept by you as promised....you can reach me lawyer via phone at +2348122119242 or my cell phone number (646) 504-9613,

Here are the contents of the document that will be delivered to you

1)Entrance and The Rooms Keys

2)The Flat Documentary File

3)Payment Receipt

4)A Copy Of The Lease Agreement Form

So let me know about your final decision so that we can proceed on the next step to send the keys of my property to you through (DHL Delivery Services) as soon as we have confirm the first month rent fee from you which is 570Euros so that you can occupy our home at your own convenient time,

I will go right now to the shipping agent office and make a commence on how you will be receiving the keys and the document's as soon as we have received the first month from you through my personal information below,

Receivers Name: Sally Roberts

City:Orlando

State:Florida

Country:USA

Zip code: 32801

Note that you are to send the money through any walmart store around you at (Money Gram)So that The keys and paper will be send out to you immediately after payment is confirmed.

Immediately you have finish making the payment i would like you to get back to me with all this information below,

Reference(8DIGIT)

SENDER'S NAME

SENDER'S ADDRESS

Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.

Best Regards

Sally And Family


Christina Mills 2 years ago

I 'm Christina Mills by name. I live in Spain ; I want to use this medium to alert all loan seekers to be very careful because there are scammers everywhere. A few months ago I struggled financially , and due to my desperation I was scammed by several online lenders. I had almost lost hope until a friend of mine referred me to a very reliable lender called Mr Emmanuel Richard who lend me an unsecured loan of $25,000 USD under two hours without any stress . If you are in need of any loan just contact him now via : robertmilan60@yahoo.com am using this medium to alert all loan seekers because of the hell I passed through the hands of predatory lenders . And I do not want my enemy to pass through hell I went through in the hands of lenders in fraudulent online , I want you to help me pass this information to others who are also in need of a loan once we also receive your loan from Mr Emmanuel Richard , I pray that God should give him long life.

God bless you always .

Christina Mills

Testimony of how I got my loan


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