Is it a scam? Check out these telltale clues…

Big Red Flag #1 :

They come up with some long-winded story about how they aren’t in Paris and need you to wire the money to London or some other city.

The minute they ask you to wire money via Western Union or Moneygram, you know you’re dealing with a scammer.

Once the money is gone, you can never get it back. Western Union itself warns people on its website to NEVER WIRE MONEY TO PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW PERSONALLY:

Sending money to someone you don’t know? You could be at risk for consumer fraud.

The Western Union Money Transfer service is a great way to send money to people you know and trust. If you need to send money to someone you don’t know well, you may be putting yourself at risk for fraud.

Because we care about consumers, Western Union urges you to protect yourself from fraud by considering the following:


Never send money to a stranger using a money transfer service.

Beware of deals or opportunities that seem too good to be true.

Don’t use money transfer services to pay for things like online auction purchases.

Never send money to pay for taxes or fees on foreign lottery winnings.


If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please contact your local Western Union Agent.


Big Red Flag #2:

The offer seems too good to be true, i.e. the price is much lower than similarly advertised properties.

Big Red Flag #3

The message is written in stilted, archaic-sounding English or sounds very dorky.

Big Red Flag #4:

The ad claims, or the photos show, for example, that the apartment has:

a) a covered garage or ample street parking

b) an ensuite bathroom or jacuzzi in each bedroom

c) granite countertops and brand new appliances in the kitchen

d) queen size beds in every room

e) the apartment is close to the beach

f) the photos feature modern North-American style windows (as opposed to the very typical tall older-style French windows

NO APARTMENT IN PARIS WOULD TYPICALLY FEATURE THE ABOVE, ESPECIALLY NOT (e) !

Big Red Flag #5:

The photos don’t match the description. For example, the ad says the bathroom has a shower, but the photo shows a tub.

Here’s an actual example of an offer that’s “too good to be true” and that features several red flags/discrepancies:

Hello,

The Apartment:

Spacious one bedroom apartment entirely renovated four months ago. New  bathroom and kitchen. Very clean and tastefully decorated.  Sunny and quiet,a vintage drawer desk and a great build in closet plus shelves, carpet  floors and clean walls.

Television and telephone; Central heating, All linen and 24 hour security,and safe area.Located at the central of Paris: 92 rue St  Lazare 75009 Paris France…………The price of the room including utilities bills is 700€……….The refundable security deposit is 700€.

Well-designed, luxurious bedroom with walk-in wardrobes; Beautifully appointed Bulthaup kitchens, including large fridge-freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, washing machine-dryer and microwave; High quality marble bathrooms with bath and shower.

If you think you fall into the category of my tenant,  then feel free to contact me as soon as possible.so that i can send the pictures of the apartment to you in other for  you to have a look of how the place look like……….emm.princep@gmail.com

Let me know what you think about it asap.

Cheers,

Emilie Princep.

The offer refers to a one-bedroom apartment, but then refers to the price of a room. The photos don’t match either one.

This scammer lifted a real name and address from the Paris phone book, or from stolen ID.

However the photos do not match the building (notably the windows) actually located at the address indicated when verified against the corresponding building photo in the Paris yellow pages,

Then there’s the price: a luxurious apartment like the one shown in the photos would cost thousand of euros per month.

Note the three sofas in the super-sized living room, and the dining room table set for a family of six. Odd that the “marble” bathroom seems so plain compared with the rest….

Not your typical one-bedroom apartment in Paris…. or anywhere, for that matter.

Based on the features, the photos probably come from an American home furnishings catalogue.

The same scammer continues:

Hello,

Thanks for the mail and i sorry for the late reply,i was an urgent assignment from  work to Glasgow,so i was very busy…….There is no problem for your friend to come around for the view,but am not in Paris presently,but if only your can go to the address s i gave you to confirm about everything it will be good,but there is no way she can enter the apartment cos it’s locked and the keys is with me…..

Yo can call me on number that i use here…..+447045756960.

I will be waiting to read from you on what you think about it.

Cheers,

Emilie.

This name and address used in this scam were lifted from the Paris phone book or stolen ID.

The U.K. phone number given (+447045756960) is the same one used by another well-known scammer who uses alias Chloe Hourde. Read more here and  here or google the number.

THE REAL EMILIE PRINCEP IS NOT CONNECTED WITH THIS SCAM IN ANY WAY, BUT A VICTIM, LIKE THE REAL CHLOÉ HOURDÉ AND MANY OTHERS.

Comments

  • nargiz  On February 5, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Hi i have just dealt with a scammer on Craiglist (EUR700 / 1br – sunny 55 sq.m. one bedroom apartment for rent (paris) – tish.heavens@yahoo.com and sent him my ID copy and my current home addresse. how to protect myself from the identity thiefs now?

    thanks in advance for your advice
    N

    • Amber  On July 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      I want to know if anyone has ever heard of this guy curtismelvin81@yahoo.com, he says he’s in Africa Nigeria but the thing is I talked to him on the phone and I went an seen the house and talked to one of the neighbors. This is what he sent me! (Hello,

      God bless you and thanks for your interest in renting. Yes is still available for rent. I am renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat my house as his or her own. Here is all I can say about my self for now.We are Christian family and follower of Christ as much as humanly possible and always keeps to our words. We are renting out our home for the first time and wish we find God’s favor in doing this. Presently I and my wife work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

      This Organization gave us transfer to Western Region in Africa (Nigeria) and we will be away for 4years or more and this is why we are actually renting out our house, so if you are interested and will take good care of our house then we will be ready to accept you as our future tenant and family friend. If you wish to know more about our Job Description, here is the Web address:- http://www.undp.org

      The month rent is $600 which covers all utilities and the Deposit is $500 which is refundable.

      Here is the physical address of the 3bedroom, 1bath, 1,025sqft (1765 Wilart Dr, Louisville, KY 40210). You can go check out the exterior of my house and get back to me asap so that i can forward you a Rental Application Form and also proceed with the rental process. I will also call you once your Application has been approved to updates you on the process of how you will receive the keys and document of my house.
      PETS ARE WELCOME!

      Remain blessed
      Curtis Melvin

      • Hazel Collins  On February 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

        my hubby were just about to mke a transfer when we wernt sure since reading website re scam rentals we were so lucky everything you said was the same rubbish, but the email adress is alyssa newton127 please dont fall for it this was to rent in cambridge

      • Marbel  On February 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        Hi, I had a similar situation happen here in California- the wording is the same- i unfortunately filled out a complete application with pertinent info, i decided to go to the property and there were people living there . They said- that there were 20 other people that stopped by regarding this ad- I reported to the police but never heard back from the police department. I then sent an email to the supposedly landlord and family with a copy of the Monopoly card- Collect $ and go to jail! Never heard back from them. Fortunately I never paid anything. Yes, the offer was too good to be true.

  • mariagiovanna  On March 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Sanwo Oyinbo sanwooyinbo@yahoo.com

    SCAM who try to reant fake apartments in paris and in Amsterdam too.

    please, copy and paste his name and mail address on your list.

  • Laurie  On March 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Scammer Martin Hoffmann martin_e_hofmann@yahoo.ca

  • Nikoleta  On April 28, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Hello, I’m looking for summer rent in Paris
    Could you please let me know if this person is a scammer?

    mcbradford009@gmail.com
    Thank you
    Nikoleta

  • Mariana  On July 7, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Hi! I am moving to Lugano, Switzerland, and I was searching for an appartment, and as you said, it was too good to be true! Now I am afraid of doing any agreement, since he only wants to send me the contract after I have made a deposit for him. He has an yahoo.co.uk so I cannot track it. How should I do? Please help me! I move there in a month! Is there any email address I could send the whole conversation I had with him to you?

    Thank you! Mari
    emaildamari@yahoo.com.br

    • Alejandro Staub  On October 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

      hey, the same is happening to me right now. The “landlord” wanted me to pay him the security deposit, beofore showing me the apt. he said he is currently in the UK. DO NOT PAY HIM ANYTHING, ITS ALL FRAUD!!!!!!!!!

      • Jesse  On January 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        I have just dealt with somebody from the u.k and I am hoping its not the same guy. could you please contact me?

  • Anna Breedlove  On July 24, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Ugh this is so damn infuriating! Clearly, I noticed that it was weird that of the four places that I had emailed on craig’s list, two turned out to be missionaries or Reverends, and the third said they were a pastor. Then of course Nigeria was mentioned, and then of course the apartments are great and at a good price, and all the little bells start going off in my head…and I’m sure they’re totally scammers, and I still need a place to live in a little over a month in Paris. Even my boyfriend the skeptical New Yorker didn’t pick up on it!! Devious jerks.

  • magda  On January 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Hi!
    I´ve dealt with a scammer recently…Luckily enough i haven´t transferred money yet, though I posted my personal data and copy of my passport. Is there any way to avoid identity theft?
    thanks for any feedback

  • evan urchick  On March 17, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    scammer Henry Miller henrymiller500@gmail.com

    • corey  On April 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      yeah i know this guys says he wants to buy my saw….. he is full of crap, don’t trust him….. anyone

    • Shannon  On May 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      I recieved an email from that
      Henry Miller to take my listing off bc he was going to buy a piece of furniture from me and send an extra $30 to hold it until transportation came to pick it up. I thought it was written really weird which is why are started researching and saw someone else mention him. Did anyone actually follow through with his request?

    • Matthew  On May 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Yeah I completed all of his requests until i received his money orders. Then I turned them into the bank and wait to see if they were counterfeit or not. Yes they were. What a moron to think that people don’t research these things.

  • sherry baby  On March 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    This guy had me going…..had a conversation with him and everything.
    His name is Alexandre Dmitrenko [alextrenko@gmail.com]. His +44 London number wouldn’t take a Skype call (red flag #1). You can just buy those phone numbers from the Web, they usually begin with +44 London or elsewhere in UK.

    He used this phone number +447031813446.
    He has these “references” vicandy@ymail.com and petrov.aaron@yahoo.com. They send favorable, boiler-plate responses.
    He wants Western Union b/c he can’t figure out PayPal or how the “new” banking system where he currently lives.

    If something doesn’t smell right or feel right, it probably isn’t!! Always Google names, email addresses and phone numbers.

  • Kate  On March 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Oh my God, I am so glad I googled this! I’ve been corresponding with Alexandre Dmitrenko too! Thanks so much for posting this.

  • Anne  On April 12, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Here’s my number, +447031813446 you can call me at your convenience so we have a little talk.
    Name: Edwin Bekeens
    Address: 17 Richmond St Newham, London E13 9AA, UK
    I have attached a copy of my passport,the photo page as a form of identification
    edwin.beks@gmail.com

    This guy e-mailed me about an apartment in the Hague after I posted on Craigslist that I’m looking for a place. I e-mailed him that I was interested, but when he e-mailed me back it sounded like a scam so I googled the phone number and his e-mail and it is definitely a scam. Watch out!

  • Karoly Somogyi  On April 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I sent a copy of my USA passport and California driver’s license to Edwin Bekeens. Address: 17 Richmond St Newham, London E13 9AA, UK

    Same rental scam. Fortunately did not send him any money. Wanted me to send money by Western Union addressed to his “personal assistant” by the name of Harry Moffat at 17 Richmond St Newham, London E13 9AA, UK.

    Offered the following contacts as references: petrov.aaron@yahoo.com and vicandy@ymail.com

    If he uses the name: Karoly Somogyi, than he got my name and personal info via this scam.

    • Shannon  On September 21, 2010 at 7:10 am

      Hey!

      I’ve recently been given the same “contacts” by someone supposedly named Joudi Lofti. He claims to have an apartment on rue Mouffetard in Paris, in the 5th arrondissement. He wrote me an email, offering the apartment for 700euros and asking me to call him in the UK. A rent that low in the 5th is truly impossible!!

      As soon as I offered for my fiance, who lives in Paris, to come and check out the apartment, he made some story up about sending money to his personal secretary in the US, and that the keys would be mailed to me in Canada.

      Total garbage and total scam! I reposted my search, and he sent me the exact same email, but this time, with a rent of 650euros. Watch out for him!!

      • ploomb  On October 1, 2010 at 4:14 am

        Joudi Lofti (joudifi@gmail.com) contacted me as well about an apartment in berlin.

        He must have learned a bit, because my offer was completely realistic. However, the photos were not similar to a Berlin style apartments that I’ve been searching for over a week now.

        Google saved me, and this post above as well.

        I encourage everyone to say that they have a friend that’s visiting where they live and that he/she wants to come over and see the apartment.

        On another note – aren’t there any legal measurements against people like this?!

  • Leo  On June 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Henry Miller, or henrymiller500@gmail.com, is a total scammer. He just tried to do a money order scam with me where he sends me a fake money order for more than the goods I was selling were worth, and then I send him the overpaid money back, all the while his initial money is completely bogus. Mine is not. Luckily it was pretty clear after two interactions that her was bogus. Here are the emails so you can know what to look for:

    ___

    From: Henry Miller (henrymiller500@gmail.com)
    Sent: Sat 6/19/10 4:25 PM
    To:
    Hi,

    I have gone through your ad once again on craigslist and i am interested in purchasing the above mentioned. I am paying Via Money Order and it will get to you within 1-2days. Please get back to me with your full information for payment to be sent out immediately i receive it through Ups Next Delivery Service.

    Full Name:
    Address no p.o.box please :
    City :
    States :
    Zip/Postal Code:
    Phone number :

    I will be offering you $30 extra to hold the item in my favour because i am sure that there will be other interested people. As per Pick Up, I will make arrangement with my shipping company to come for the pick-up after payment has been received by you.

    I want you to take the posting off craigslist today and consider it sold to me. I look forward to hearing from you

    Best Regards.
    Have a Blessed Day!
    _______

    From: Henry Miller (henrymiller500@gmail.com)
    Sent: Sat 6/19/10 9:52 PM

    Thanks for your response, I got your full name and contact address where the Money Order will be mail to. My assistant will proceed with the Money Order immediately, the Money Order will arrive soon. Have a wonderful day!
    _______

    From: Henry Miller (henrymiller500@gmail.com)
    You may not know this sender.Mark as safe|Mark as junk
    Sent: Sun 6/20/10 12:06 AM
    To:

    Hi,
    How are you doing ? I will like to inform you that my assistane has mailed out the payment to you. But there is something I think I must bring to your notice. After a reconciliation of my account, I discovered that somehow my assistant must have over paid you. The payment that was meant for another transaction was sent to you and the one meant for you was sent to another; however I want to believe I won’t have a problem with you. Please once you receive the payment, I will like you to deduct your money and send the remaining via Western Union to the Manager of the shipping company that will help me with the pick-up. I will provide the info you need to complete the transfer once you receive payment. Thanks once again for your understanding.
    Warm regards
    Henry.

    _______

    • lucy  On October 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      ‘joudi lofti’ just tried to scam me in brussels on craigslist…500 euro for a studio in st catherine (in the very centre)because he/she was going to london…no visit, i’ll send you the keys by post etc etc
      what a joker
      L

  • Tim  On July 6, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I have been alerted to a few scams by the forums that exist on this matter – I just wanted to post here 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

  • Nadz86  On August 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    i was looking for an apartment in zurich, switzerland, because im moving there in a few weeks, and i found a couple of listings, of which one in particular appealed to me…

    i sent the author an email, asking for pictures and a more thorough description of the apartment, and he answered about two hours later, all good… now, ive been looking for apartments in zurich for the past month, and this one is larger, yet less expensive than most of the others ive seen, despite being very central… now, im either just lucky, or theres something up… the pictures he sent me were very good, looked almost like the pictures of a hotel room catalog, everything super neat and in order…

    ive even talked to him on the phone, and his spoken english has an accent (im guessing indian or smth), but his written english is very good.

    he said the apartment belongs to him, but that he’s been relocated to england (he listed me two english numbers that work) for a while because of work, and thats why he wants to rent it out. he asked me for legit info, like my data and a scan of my passport, and he said he forwarded everything to his lawyer who will draw up a contract, and then after theyve been signed, he would send me the keys by dhl, and we would transfer the money to a bank… not by moneygram or paypal or so… he told me the only thing he asks of me is to treat his stuff nicely and with care, and he said to only wire him the first months rent, and the security deposit which is another months rent… so its not really that much money to make a scam worth it… but you never know…

    so he sounds quite legit, but it would be extremely fantastic if you could work your magic and maybe help preventing me from making a huge mistake…?

    his email address is : kaarokellyam@rocketmail.com
    and his name is Aaron Lam.

    the phone numbers he listed are the following: +447045730253 and +447011173785

    if you could get back to me asap, i would be extremely grateful!!!

    thanks so much in advance!!

    nadz86

    • Laura  On August 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      its fake

      • Sander Opdam  On October 18, 2011 at 2:20 am

        I’ve been in contact lately with somebody who calls himself “Martin” but has been using the email address: lam.aaron11@gmail.com. Aaron Lam.

        I’m looking for a place to live in Amsterdam and responded to an ad from “Martin”. In this case “Martin” travels abroad with family. He asks questions like:

        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?

        At first he doesn’t give any information. No pictures of the house inside or out and no address. I actually had to ask for one because he never gave it. He goes on and on about trust and needing people to take care of his house while he is abroad. The phone number he gives out is: +447024072367.

        I haven’t transferred any money and after reading these messages I doubt I will do. So far I’ve only asked if I can come over for a house inspection but I think I’ve already reached a dead end.

        I hope this helps other people out when you come across this person.

        Sander

  • Richard  On August 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Dears, it’s unbelievable how these people acts!
    I’m experiencing exactly the same as Nadz 86.
    I’m looking for an appartment in Lausanne, Switzerland and of course it was too good to be true.
    In two days I already received the contract (very bad writen) and I only have to send the deposit to get the keys (sent by DHL since the guy is in UK).
    Four of the big red flags matches to the description that the “owner” of the appartment gave me.
    He is using the phone number posted by Tim but now he is using another name and address:

    NAME: Fred Edgar.
    ADDRESS: 54 Foxhall Road, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 6RW, UK
    phone number: +447031843371

    He has a terrible accent, it is the same guy described by you Nadz 86, I’m sure! It’s a fake!!!!

    I’m still in contact with this criminal, should I call the police? What should I do?
    He has my data, as he requested in the mail bellow, am I safe?

    See the first mail he sent to me:

    Hello,

    Thanks for your kind response and interest you derived to rent my apartment, i’m very delighted to rent you my apartment.

    It’s very much available for rent, both in short and long term rent. It’s fully furnished apartmentthat located in the heart of the city, it’s located at chemin de champrilly 4 1004 Lausanne, Switzerland,it’s situated at the second floor of the building in a very nice environs and safe area to live.

    It is spacious apartment of about 120m2 in size, it has two bedrooms, each room has it’s own private bathroom and toilet, spacious living room that has DVD,Cable TV,computer with internet connection (broadband),landline phone with well equiped new kitchen with modern facilities such as dish washer,washing machine,refridgerator, microwave and oven and there is parking space for car.

    Therefore, i attached the pictures of my apartment to this email, so that you can have an idea of my property before we meet in person, a room will cost 700chf per calender month while the whole apartment is 1400chf and the security deposit payment is 1500chf and it’s refundable at the termination of the contract and the bills include all charges such as water, gas,heating, electricity and internet etc and there is no extral charges rate and it also possible to rent it unfurnished, if you prefered, i have store room to keep my own furnitures.

    I’m Fred Edgar, the right owner of apartment address describle above, presently i’m in UK for long contract, so i’m earning my living with my families here in UK .

    I ‘ll make arrangement with you to view my apartment after i confirm your full interest to rent myproperty due to my past experienced with unserious tenant.

    If you’re really serious and ready to rent my apartment, please get back to me with your details.

    NAME:
    GENDER;
    CURRENT ADDRESS;
    DATE OF BIRTH;
    PASSPORT ID NUMBER;
    NATIONALITY ID NUMBER;
    MOVE IN DATE:
    MOVE OUT DATE:
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:

    Here is my telephone number +447031843371 …You can call me if necessary.

    I will be expecting your response as soon as possible, so that i can tell you the next step to proceed.

    Regards,

    • Lucy  On August 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

      Hello Richard,

      I red your post at the site against the scams. Right now im looking for an apartment in Lausanne and found that you have been dealing with the same guy im dealing now. How has it ended up? I already refused one contract from the scammer i guess. And cant find anthing else. He has sent me some pictures which some of them are very small but the difference is that only he is offering to come personnally and handover me the keys. i refused to pay in advance cos i havent seen the apartment. He is explaining it like he has to be “very” sure that im serious about renting the flat. I also said that dont trust Western Union so he offered me to send the money to my friend i trust (if i have any) in England then when he gets a reciept of the deposit he will come over. And once i get the keys and move in and paying the rent cost he will come back to UK and then ill have to ask my friend to send him the depoist.

      Im sure it is the same person, since the number, the advert and the address are the same, but the situation is a bit different and the conditions.

      Im kindly asking you to reply, because i dont know what to do now. I really need an apartmnet and i would really appreciate if you share your bad experience with me. I just want to know what you did in the end and give me some advise where i can find a good flat and be safe.

      Thank you,
      Kindly.

      • Richard  On September 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

        Hi Lucy. Don’t worry, you are dealing with the same guy but you have to do the same as I did: don’t do anything. I’m sure these guys follows this web site and when they see that we discover that everything is a fake they forget us and look for other poor and desperate person searching for an appartment. They don’t want our data and they are useless for them they just want the money. So don’t worry, we are safe and we kept our money. I’ll stay on a flat in Lausanne so I have time to search for an appartment in a safe way. You can send me your e-mail to my personal e-mail (souza981980@hotmail.com) so I can give you the details of the flat because in this site I think it can be quite dangerous… Regards

  • Mike  On August 23, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Just to add to the collection.
    Currently looking for an appartement in Paris.

    The first one I had goes by the name
    Roger Brosnan, e-mail pepenpe20@gmail.com
    This one was pretty easy to detect: bad, very stiff English, almost immediately asks (without giving much reason) to send the deposit via Western Union to his fiance in the US (??)

    The second was more sophisticated, and is, obviously, the same person already well described here: the 447024053762 number, the 17 Richmond St Newham, London E13 9AA, UK address, the petrov.aaron@yahoo.com and vicandy@ymail.com for references. (It is Aaron Petrov who got my eye, by the way).
    The guy’s now using the name Joudi Lotfi, as he was able to get his hands on a scan of the said unfortunate Joudi’s passport.
    Fortunately, it looks like I haven’t sent him any information he can use in the future fraud. But still is humiliating, I should admit.

    • Alex  On September 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      I’ve also fallen for Joudi Lotfi, who seems to have extended his dealings to flats in Berlin. Luckily, I didn’t get as far as sending money or passport copies.

      Thanks so much posting warnings on this website.

      • Shannon  On September 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

        “Joudi Lofti” is using these same fake contacts for a fake apartment on rue Mouffetard in Paris! Stay away from him!!!

  • Mike  On August 23, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Here’s another one,
    calls herself (or is it a he, actually?) Carole Stephania, e-mail carolestephania57@gmail.com
    As usual: unbelievably cheap offer in the 1st (!) arrondisement, she’s in UK working on some UN mission or whatever, etc, etc, etc. Will send me keys by Fedex, wants a filled license agreement (looking for passport copies for later use apparently), no comment about a payment way ‘until you send me the license agreement to show you’re serious’.

  • Anonymous  On September 3, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Just got an email from the very same Joudi Lotfi. Won’t reply, but he is for sure a scam in Paris.

    • ploomb  On October 1, 2010 at 4:20 am

      Seriously – this is pissing me off.

      I haven’t sent anything, just auto-googled this Joudi, but I wanted to know – AREN’T THERE ANY LEGAL MEASUREMENTS?

  • Albert  On September 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Well, it seems that this person has extended the scams to Rome —- what a waist of time! Serously….. why cannot people earn a good living!

    She/He sent very nice pictures of the rooms,and she says that would send the keys by Fedex – here is the emails, as he/she seems to keep repeating the same story over and over!

    “Hello,
    I’ve presently relocated to England and my three bedroom apartment in Monti is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

    The price of the apartment is 650EUR for your period of stay, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Joudi.

    Hello Albert,

    Thanks for your reply. Hope you do understand that the most important issue is the upkeep of the apartment. I have attached some pictures of the apartment, I took them a day to my departure.
    The apartment is located on Via San Martino ai Monti, Rome 00184, Italy. The surrounding area: Monti is a very central, close to the city’s transportation bus and tube lines. Walking distance to the Roman Forum (7 mins), the Colosseum (10 mins), the Spanish Steps (15 mins) and the city’s central train station (6 mins). The apartment is very quiet. Sport activities: jogging directly to Colosseo, Colle Oppio, Villa Celimontana, Foro Romano, swimming near the Tiber and Petersdom, riding Villa Borghese. The Carabinieri station is 10 meters near and it is possible to go in the fine streets near,with night life all the night. The more beautiful part of Rome and the more pretty famous address of Monti: in the 50 Meter street you have 5 restaurants, 1 englishpub, 2 bookshops, 3 pizzerie, 3 wine locals, 3 coffeebar..
    Nearest Metro / Subway: Cavour, Termini, Vittorio – 500 Meters

    Here below is a copy of the rental application form, if still interested fill it out and get back to me. Note: the keys and necessary documents will be sent to your present address filled on the form.

    APPLICATION TO RENT

    OCCUPANCY DATE DESIRED:

    PERSONAL INFORMATION:

    LastName: FirstName: Middle Initial:

    Date of Birth:

    Telephone Number: Alt. Telephone Number:

    The total number of proposed occupants including yourself

    RENTAL HISTORY:

    Current Address:

    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:

    Job Title:
    Company Name:
    Length of Employment: Supervisor/Mgr. Name:
    Employer Address &
    Contact
    Information:

    REFERENCE:

    Name: Phone Number:
    Address: Relationship:

    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and complete,
    and agree to furnish additional credit references on request.

    DATE:
    ……………………..

    Thanks,
    Awaiting your reply.

    Joudi.

    Hello Albert,

    I’m now in London and wont be able to meet up with your friend for a viewing as my schedule here’s very busy. I would have asked my friend in Rome to help out with the viewing but he’s presently out of town for business and according to him, he’ll be for a while.
    As for the keys, I’ll have it sent by FedEx and registered so it will take only three working days to deliver to you so wont be a problem.

    As reference you can contact Mr Petrov who stayed in the apartment for 6 weeks around November/December last year through petrov.aaron@yahoo.com He is a Russian and he was visiting Rome to prepare and attend his friend’s wedding ceremony. Also you can contact Victoria Anderson who used to be my neighbor before she moved to Berlin June this year. Her email’s vicandy@ymail.com Feel free to contact them any time at your convenience.

    Here’s my number, +447024053762 you can call me at your convenience so we have a little talk.

    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Regards,

    Joudi

  • Loulou  On September 14, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I receive exactly the same answer than you Richard, same phone number, seem to be the same flat, but… in Zurich ! An the guy’s name is Patel Pratik… It’s a fake, I won’t answer him.

    His email Adress : seunirefunmi@yahoo.ca
    The mail :

    Hello,

    Thanks for your kind response and interest you derived to rent my apartment, i’m very delighted to rent you my apartment.

    It’s very much available for rent, both in short and long term rent. It’s fully furnished apartmentthat located in the heart of the city, it’s located at Bienenstrasse 3 8004 Zurich, Switzerland,it’s situated at the second floor of the building in a very nice environs and safe area to live.

    It is spacious apartment of about 120m2 in size, it has two bedrooms, each room has it’s own private bathroom and toilet, spacious living room that has DVD,Cable TV,computer with internet connection (broadband),landline phone with well equiped new kitchen with modern facilities such as dish washer,washing machine,refridgerator, microwave and oven and there is parking space for car.

    Therefore, i attached the pictures of my apartment to this email, so that you can have an idea of my property before we meet in person, a room will cost 700chf per calender month while the whole apartment is 1,400chf and the security deposit payment is 1,500chf which is refundable at the end of the contract and the charges include all bills such as water, gas,heating, electricity and internet etc and there is no extral charges rate and it also possible to rent it unfurnished, if you prefered, i have store room to keep my own furnitures.

    I’m Patel Pratik, the right owner of apartment address describle above, presently i’m in UK for long contract, so i’m earning my living with my families here in UK .

    I ‘ll make arrangement with you to view my apartment after i confirm your full interest to rent myproperty due to my past experienced with unserious tenant.

    If you’re really serious and ready to rent my apartment, please get back to me with your details.

    NAME:
    GENDER;
    CURRENT ADDRESS;
    DATE OF BIRTH;
    PASSPORT ID NUMBER;
    NATIONALITY ID NUMBER;
    MOVE IN DATE:
    MOVE OUT DATE:
    TELEPHONE NUMBER:

    Here is my telephone number +447031843371 ,You can call me if necessary.

    I will be expecting your response as soon as possible, so that i can tell you the next step to proceed.

    Regards

  • ANT  On September 19, 2010 at 9:41 am

    JOUDI LOTFI IS DEFINITELY A SCAMMER!
    I JUST GOT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGES.
    HE IS OR THEY (IE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE OPERATING TOGETHER) ARE LIKELY TO BE TUNISIAN. SPEAK FRENCH, AND ENGLISH. PRICED THE APARTMENT AT EXACTLY THE AMOUNT I WAS WILLING TO PAY, WHICH WAS WAY UNDER WHAT A 1BR APT IN SINGAPORE WOULD COST.
    BEWARE!!
    ANT
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Hello,
    I’ve presently relocated to England and my one bedroom apartment in Singapore is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

    The price of the apartment is 1200SGD per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Joudi.

    AND THENL:

    Hello Anthony,

    Thanks for your reply. I already have an apartment in London courtesy of my employer. Hope you do understand that the most important issue is the upkeep of the apartment. I have attached some pictures of the apartment, I took them a day to my departure. Two months rent only is OK by me.
    The apartment is located on Prinsep Link, Singapore 187468, Singapore. Near the city area with the major shopping areas within walking distance. Eg Orchard Road, Suntec City, Raffles Place, Plaza Singapura etc. 4 MRT(train)stations` interchanges are within walking distance with lots of public bus stops around too. There are supermarkets, lots of 24hr eateries, wet markets, restaurants, pubs, cafes within 5mins walk.

    Here below is a copy of the rental application form, if still interested fill it out and get back to me. Note: the keys and necessary documents will be sent to your present address filled on the form.

    APPLICATION TO RENT

    OCCUPANCY DATE DESIRED:

    PERSONAL INFORMATION:

    LastName: FirstName: Middle Initial:

    Date of Birth:

    Telephone Number: Alt. Telephone Number:

    The total number of proposed occupants including yourself

    RENTAL HISTORY:

    Current Address:

    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:

    Job Title:
    Company Name:
    Length of Employment: Supervisor/Mgr. Name:
    Employer Address &
    Contact
    Information:

    REFERENCE:

    Name: Phone Number:
    Address: Relationship:

    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and complete,
    and agree to furnish additional credit references on request.

    DATE:
    ……………………..

    Thanks,
    Awaiting your reply.

    Joudi.

  • amandaccc  On September 23, 2010 at 12:30 am

    OMG, thanks for sharing, I almost fall for Joudi Lotfi – AMSTERDAM housing.

  • jrouss  On September 24, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Again, Paris….
    Again Joudi Lofti….
    Stay away!!!

    Hello xxxx

    Thanks for your reply. Hope you do understand that the most important issue
    is the upkeep of the apartment. The size of the apartment is 84sqm. I have
    attached some pictures of the apartment, I took them a day to my departure.
    The rent of 950EUR per month covers all utilities. There’s no extra or
    hidden fees.
    The apartment is located on rue Mouffetard, Paris 75005, France. In the
    heart of the Latin Quarter and right on the pedestrian part of the Rue
    Mouffetard, the apartment is located in one of Paris most picturesque
    street, only a few steps away from La Sorbonne University and Pantheon. The
    Rue Mouffetard is a medieval street renowned for its market open 6 days a
    week, the variety of shops, cafes, passages and bars, a historical village
    in the very heart of the city of lights! A pleasant walk will take you to
    Notre Dame, to Ile St Louis, the Boulevard Saint Germain, the Boulevard
    Saint-Michel, and the Jardins du Luxembourg.
    Parking: Public parking Patriarches, 4/6 Place Bernard Halpern, 1-minute
    walk.
    Nearest Metro / Subway: Censier Daubenton – 150 Meters
    Nearest Airport: Orly – 25

    Here below is a copy of the rental application form, if still interested
    fill it out and get back to me. *Note:* the keys and necessary documents
    will be sent to your present address filled on the form.

    *APPLICATION
    TO RENT*

    OCCUPANCY DATE DESIRED:

    PERSONAL INFORMATION:

    LastName: FirstName: Middle Initial:

    Date of Birth:

    Telephone Number: Alt. Telephone Number:

    The total number of proposed occupants including yourself

    RENTAL HISTORY:

    Current Address:

    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:

    Job Title:
    Company Name:
    Length of Employment: Supervisor/Mgr.
    Name:
    Employer Address &
    Contact
    Information:

    REFERENCE:

    Name: Phone Number:
    Address: Relationship:

    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and
    complete,
    and agree to furnish additional credit references on request.

    DATE:
    ……………………..

    Thanks,
    Awaiting your reply.

    Joudi.

  • Michelle  On October 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Thank you so much to the people who wrote up about Joudi Lofti. I just nearly got scammed by him. I believed him until he asked for a Western Union and searched his name. I had posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a apartment to rent in Venice. He is using the email joudifi@gmail.com and he even sent me a copy of his passport which I thought was really weird and the address he gave for his Western Union to go to is:17 Richmond St Newham, London E13 9AA, UK. Also from my Craigslist ad I was nearly scammed by another guy over the Venice apartment a few days ago called ‘Smith Rowland’. I thought he was ok until he said he would pick us up at the airport which is over 90 mins away really early in the morning and when I asked for proof of the apartment he started spouting loads of stuff about him being a god fearing man and he even gave me a contact email and number to phone of someone who had supposedly rented the apartment, so I wrote for the craic and the reply I got from Roy Smith was saying what a god fearing person he was and bla bla bla. Smith Roland’s email address is oluomo20@ymail.com. Hopefully this will help someone else.

    • Marie  On October 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks for this post! Another response from Joudi Lofti:

      “Hello,
      I’ve presently relocated to England and my one bedroom apartment in Venice is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
      Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

      The price of the apartment is 500EUR per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

      Regards,

      Joudi.”

    • Bea  On April 3, 2011 at 3:16 am

      Hi Michelle and Marie
      Is there any way you could email me a copy of the passport he sent you? I think I actually know him and am wondering if it is the same person?
      Bea

  • Jay  On October 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    The guy (Smith Rowland) using the e-mail oluomo20@ymail.com
    is a total scam artist!!! In his e-mails he across as one of the nicest guys you can possibly think of–please don’t fall for it!

    I have exchanged ~20-30 e-mails before I sent out the money…just because I did not trust him 90%. But the way he wrote in e-mails, he comes across like the most trustworthy guy, he tripped me. I wish I had not fallen into this trap!

    Unfortunately he has ripped me off $140 towards advance amount to rent a 5 star apartment (based on the photos of the apt he shared with me) in Luxembourg. Then he said I need to pay the rest of the amount (another $120 plus another $140 towards advance). But by then luckily I got alerted by my friend about this site where this scam artist’s e-mail shows up.

    oluomo20@ymail.com asked me to send the money to his fiancee (Lois Cole, who has a Wells Fargo account number in the US). I sent the money to Lois Cole–based on the wire transfer details, her address shows up somewhere near Sacramento in California but this is not true! So, in summary, it is a well executed scam involving more than one individual in this case.

    When he asked for more/rest of the money, I asked for his phone number, and he said he his ‘hearing aid’ is faulty and he will fix it and then give me the number. Anyway, you get the message, don’t even bother to deal with guys like this. I bet there are many many such guys out there. Possible that he is in France.

    Is there a way to locate him and have him arrested so that he does not get out of the prison for next 25 years?
    It should also be possible to locate Lois Cole is he/she is colluding with this guy, then she should also be put behind bars? I wonder. We shouldn’t be dealing with small claims court.

    Simple lesson for other users on Craigslist: use it only for ‘local’ transactions!!! Don’t transfer any money upfront, don’t share your details!

    Again beware of oluomo20@ymail.com (Smith Rowland). What a sick human being!

  • Mimmo Potente  On October 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    These are names [aliases] of scammers that caught me from Great Britain on craiglist:
    James Power
    Angela Beatrice Power
    Lois Cole
    Dominique Eloi

    and this is the mobile number he uses(I talked to him):
    (44)07024043625

    Do not send money with Western Union or MoneyGram to them

    • Jay  On October 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      I think it is the same guy but uses different names:
      Smith Rowland
      Lois Cole
      Joudi Lofti

      The e-mail he used to communicate with me was oluomo20@ymail.com
      He asked me to send money to his “fiancee” Lois Cole. Whoever this guy, he is one smart internet thief–there has to be a way to locate him and have him arrested! If you read my post (above) and others who have posted their threads, these names keep appearing in different ways!

      Spot this guy through this number: (44)07024043625
      ————
      Report this to: this is the section I got from Craigslist.org
      Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

      * New! FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
      * FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
      * FTC online complaint form
      * Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
      * Competition Bureau Canada: 800-348-5358
      * Internet Fraud Complaint Center
      * Software Piracy ( http://www.siia.net/piracy/report/)
      * Non-emergency number for your local police department.

      If you suspect that an item posted for sale on craigslist may be part of a scam, please email the details to “abuse@craigslist.org”. Be sure to include the URL (or 10-digit post ID number) in your message.

      • ari  On November 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

        also contacted by angela beatrice power for housing in milan.

    • Anne  On October 21, 2010 at 6:52 am

      Thanks so much for the heads up! “Angela Beatrice Power” contacted me after I posted an apartment wanted ad on the Turin Craigslist. Also heard from someone allegedly named Gilbert Nicholas, whose English was odd, kept wanting me to “get on Google Talk” and then gave me a UK phone number that I couldn’t reach by phone from the US. Also a few other folks whose English was very poor. I’m going to take the posting down.

      How does one find an apartment to rent short-term via long distance?

      • ari  On November 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

        i woudl also like to know….

    • Gregor  On November 1, 2010 at 6:58 am

      I was also contacted by “Angela Beatrice Power”for a Sevilla appartment in response to a Craigslist add.
      It was a really good offer and when asked for further information, I recognized texts from a hotel information. The post here made me retract my reactions and I am very happy to have seen it here. Dont fall for this person! good luck to all.

    • Julie Taiber  On January 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

      Just lost $500 to Angela Beatrice Power (and her “son-in-law Matthew Cole in Marysville WA). Wish I would have read this sooner.

      • Julie Taiber  On January 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

        PS “Angela” was responding to my craiglist posting for a house in Rijeka, Croatia.

    • Dominique Eloi  On April 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      Well I’m Dominique Eloi and I don’t know what you’re talking about. I haven’t scammed anybody on any website. I’m in the states!!! I have some identity theft going on though. I hope you get your issues resolved and leave my name out of it please!!! I don’t appreciate being accused of doing anybody wrong. I’m an honorable person and a disabled veteran.

      Dominique Eloi

    • Dominique Eloi  On April 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      I got the same number as you do. But the person that wrote me and told me is named Bruce McNeil at that number you listed of +44 702 404 3625. The number works but there is never an answer or the phone is always busy.

      So what is going on here????? I’d like to know how I got implicated in all this.

      Dominique Eloi

  • Rebecca  On October 16, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Joudi Lotfi is an [ ]. I believe he will use different names and together cheat with his partners. Let’s arrest him in the jail.

    “Hello,
    I’ve presently relocated to England and my one bedroom apartment in Hague is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

    The price of the apartment is 500EUR per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Joudi.”

  • Julia Patkos  On October 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Hi, I have received two e-mails from individuals offering me two far too good looking and far too cheap apartments in Lisbon. One of them is from the above mentioned
    Angela Beatrice Power (angela.b.power@gmail.com)
    - seems like now they operate worldwide, and the other one is from
    Pierce John (kikiobo1@gmail.com).
    The latter seems to have a very typical English name yet doesn’t seem to speak English.. Hmmmm. Watch out for those!!

  • Sarah  On November 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Hi, I have been contacted by Angela Beatric Power and Dwight Kelly for renting accomodation in Leiden. Dwight Kelly asked for the deposit to be paid by moneygram to his financial secretay -Lois Cole in 1350 Cedar Ave, Apt F2 Marysville 98270.

    Does anyone no if Dwight Kelly is a scammer?

  • Michelle  On November 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Sarah that is definitely a scam. Lois Cole’s name is mentioned above in other posts, do not send any money.

  • Eric  On November 7, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Just got into contact with “William Lakes” asking me to money gram money to Lois Cole for an apartment in australia… thanks for the heads up!!! I am still in contact, can I do anything to get him caught?

  • Michelle  On November 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Maybe we should contact ‘Watchdog’ on BBC they might expose this scam on TV then.

  • Amy  On December 15, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    I think I have dealt with two scammers in one day today! Both renting immaculate-looking Paris flats.
    Pam Hufman (apparently notorious)
    Miranda Elizabeth Louey (who is renting an apartment in Rome and also one in Brussels with exactly the same pictures…maybe she just likes the decorating style? :P)
    Currently in contact with one Raul Sanchez Lopez, any word on him?

    • xyz  On March 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      I received this email from Miranda Elizabeth Louey:

      Hello

      Thanks for contacting me
      My Room is still available for rent, Firstly i will like you to have knowledge of me, the apartment and the Environment
      ABOUT ME
      My name is Miranda Elizabeth Louey Female am from Australia but move in here some years ago. My dad work as an expatriates here for many year

      before his death while mother is a British My late dad owns the house while my mummy went back to UK after the death, of my father grew up in Australia
      Am an air hostess and My job entails travel around i often travel and also doing language course in French in Antwerp, i want a roommate who is Neat, honest and trustworthy,

      the apartment has three bed rooms i only occupy one room while the two is free
      I am seeking a Roommate with good sense of humor, neat and friendly who i can entrust my apartment, if am not around, because the last roommate got drunk and damage
      the television in the living room. I just got another one.
      I am seeking someone who meets the following description:
      Female or male, professional or Student. The most important thing I’m looking for is to find a flat mate to share daily life and common values.

      PRICE
      The rent for this room is 500euros per month and refundable deposit of 500euros, the rent is inclusive of all utilities bills including the electricity and

      gas(which goes towards the heat and hot water) WIFI Internet/television/telephone (with free, unlimited
      international calls)

      THE APARTMENT
      The rooms am renting out are 18m2 (= 170 sq ft) There is
      plenty of space as well as
      many storage closets.. Two bedrooms with sunny
      courtyard views, a large living room, a dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen (large refrigerator, oven, microwave, washing machine ,vacuum cleaner

      dishwasher, coffee machine, all plates, silverware, pots, etc…), and a bathroom with
      a full-sized tub. Plenty of windows and light. and ceramic tiling in the bathroom, kitchen, and toilet room. There are two fireplaces with old-fashioned mirrors above them.
      This place is truly beautiful and comfortable! The bedroom
      you will rent has a twin-sized bed, furnished (wardrobe, bookcase, desk, printer, your own
      phone ) there is
      high speed and WI Fi internet, and a washing machine. Bathroom with bath tub and separate toilets.
      The apartment is a three room apartment one for
      will be reserved for you I stay in one room, separate toilet and bathroom for use which i
      have included in the attached pictures.

      Hope you don’t drink too much because my last roommate got my television damage
      so am very careful of who I want to share my apartment with these time around

      LOCATION & AREA
      Charming fully-furnished apartment in a 19th-century town
      house. Located in the heart of Brussels, near

      EU Commission, Royal Park, Grand Place, and all
      conveniences
      Located 700m from Brussels Central Train Station. Numerous
      bus and tramway lines at immediate proximity (lines 1, 2,
      22, 29, 61, 63, 65, 66, 92, 93, 94). 2-3 min walk from Madou
      or Arts & Loi metro

      stations (lines 1A, 1B and2).
      Located in a beautiful, safe and quiet 19th-century
      neighborhood between the Belgian Parliament, the Botanic
      Garden and the Madou Plaza Tower (EU Commission). 5min walk
      from the Royal Palace and EU district. 10min walk from the
      Grand Place and main shopping street.

      There is taxis, bicycle renting and ATM in the street, and
      a great public
      parking at the corner.

      OVERVIEW
      Address:18 Rue de la Presse, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
      Accommodation located in: business district, city, downtown, near cultural interest, near historical interest, near
      restaurants & bars, near shopping area, old town, pets is allowed and you can have visitor a well

      I have attached the pictures of the apartment for your view
      tell me more about yourself
      your current address
      age ?
      occupation ?
      and what you intend doing?
      How many months do you intend staying
      Nationality?(CITIZEN OF WHICH COUNTRY ARE YOU?)
      Are you married?
      Are you bringing your personal car?
      kindly get back to me as soon possible
      awaiting your quick response
      Regard
      Miranda

  • Amy  On December 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Actually I’ve just found out with the handy IP address tool that Raul is in Nigeria…hm, maybe give him a miss.

  • Erika  On January 10, 2011 at 1:13 am

    The guy using the name Fred Edgar got in touch with me, this time it is an Amsterdam apartment… Unbelieveable!!!

  • milla  On January 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Fred Edgar is writing from: olamitiinposi@yahoo.com

  • grace  On January 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    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

    • Erika  On February 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Has anyone herd of a Solanda Wilson? I am trying to rent a room in my home and someone by the name of Solanda Wilson responded to the post. She is claiming that she cant call me only send text and that her dad would have to make her calls. This seems very strange to me. I also recieved a check for $2,750.00 requesting that I send a Melissa Leggit a money order to have a car delivered to my house. I dont know what to think or do. I am afraid to cash this check to wire someone I dont know money. Are they trying to launder money or something? Help please….

  • Gundersen  On January 19, 2011 at 4:16 am

    hello All,
    I can only add another few scammers “working” in Holland area+plus including their unbelievable stories:

    1/Angela Beatrice Power

    Hi
    Recently renovated Furnished apartment available for short and long term lease
    in Delft.The rent is 400Eur/month with bills included.

    High speed.internet access is available.

    Interested applicant(s) should write for further enquiries.

    Warmest Regards.

    Angela Powe

    Hello M,

    I have attached my rental contract form for you to review it.Administration fee is 100Euros and deposit is 200Euros.

    I will look forward to your reply.

    Warmest Regards.

    Angela

    2/Jack Williams Jack Williams

    Elegant 1 Bedroom apartment of 100 sqm, furnished and equipped. Very functional. The apartment is situated in a peaceful and quite residency (surrounded by inner gardens). Near all public transportation, restaurants, cafes & markets.

    Rent is 450euro/month with bills included.

    Jack.


    WHAT GOES AROUND COME AROUND. THIS WORLD IS SMALL. TAKE THINGS MINOR.

    3/
    Gretchen & Ander Montemayor (gretchenander1976@gmail.com)

    Hello…

    A well furnished and stylishly apartment is available in Delft for long and
    short lease.

    The apartment is well maintained by the past tenant.there is high speed WiFi
    internet connection available in the apartment.

    The rent is EUR450 p/month, with bills included…(rent,
    dishwasher,dryer,refrigerator,gas,stove, garbage disposal, vegetable
    washer,heating system,utilities, water, etc…)…..within walking distance
    to parks and grocery shops

    How many rooms are you searching for..?
    Where do you live presently?
    Get back to us with your past reference?

    Kinds Regards
    Gretchen & Ander

    4/
    Waleska Guaime

    Hello*

    A well furnished shared apartment.The apartment is well
    maintained.It is really cool and lovely sunny flat, fully furnished:
    TV, washing machine,microwave, blankets,sheets, towels,fridge,DVD,
    beds.and all communication possibilities,gas heating. Internet
    facility is available.where are you coming from?
    **
    Including Utilities and also kitchen utensil is in the apartment.* *
    Interested person should write for further details.

    Sincerely,
    *

    *Waleska
    *

    ————-
    Hello M,

    The apartment is located on Oude Delft, Delft, Netherlands.situated in
    the historical heart and near major attractions. We are adjacent to
    Prinsenhof Museum and Lambert Van Meerten Museum, nine kilometers from
    Madurodam.Walking distance to grocery shops.

    Deposit is 250Euros.Rent is 330Euros/month.

    There are two flatmates living in the apartment,Yes i am the owner of
    the apartment.

    You can move in Feb 1st.

    I will look forward to your reply

    Regards

    Waleska

    ———–

    Yes the apartment is not far from my apartment.I have attached my
    contract agreement for you to view and fill in your details as well.

    You can visit the apartment on 31st of Jan when you arrive i can
    arrange for airport pick up to pick you up from the airport to the
    apartment.

    The bathroom and toilet are not shared they are attached with the
    room.You will only share the living room and kitchen.

    Payment is required to secure the apartment for you

    ———

    Viewing will not be possible at the moment the apartment is occupied
    the tenant will move out on 30 of Jan.

    ——-

    We can meet on 31st in the apartment.Payment will be needed to hold
    the place for you without payment i cannot hold down the apartment for
    you.

    Let me when what time you arrive here.

    Yes it is Wifi Internet access.

    ————

    Advance payment is 250Eur.I am not available in Delft now i am on
    vacation to Rotterdam so i can not meet with your friends .

    (((LOL: A good joke!! Rotterdam is just ten mins by train from Delft…maybe going on hols to the Hague would be more believable… LOL again)

    ———-

    Hello Michal,

    I can not meet anyone i am very busy at the moment

    ——–
    The end

    I know it was a long post but I said i would post the most details possible for other peopel to beware of that shite!

    Cheers,

    Gundersen

    • lilly  On January 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      cant believe I have been contacted by two of these scammers!
      ==================================================

      Waleska Guaime

      Hello*
      *
      *
      A well furnished room apartment.The apartment is well
      maintained.It is really cool and lovely sunny flat, fully furnished:
      TV, washing machine,microwave, blankets,sheets, towels,fridge,DVD,
      beds.and all communication possibilities,gas heating. Internet
      facility is available.where are you coming from?
      **
      Including Utilities and also kitchen utensil is in the apartment.* *
      Interested person should write for further details.

      Sincerely,
      *

      *Waleska

      ====================================================

      Hello

      The apartment is located on Nieuwezijds Kolk ,Amsterdam, The Netherlands . It is situated in the historical heart of the city. Within walking distance you will find shopping streets as well as museums and historical sights.

      Within walking distance to Train station Amsterdam Central Station 0.4
      km and Station Amsterdam Muiderpoort 3.1 km.

      Just a short walk to Theatre Theater Carré 1.7 km and Het Concertgebouw 2.5 km.
      The nearest Airport is Schiphol (AMS) 11.7 km,the closest Shopping area
      are Albert Cuyp Market 2.3 km and Magna Plaza 0.4 km.

      The nearest Attraction are Artis Zoo 1.6 km and Madame Tussaud’s Amsterdam 0.4 km

      my husband and i are the owner of the apartment,we live down the street of the apartment.you have to make a reservation for the apartment before your arrive on May.

      We hope to hear from you again,how do you like to proceed? You will need to make a part payment to guarantee your reservation for the apartment.

      Kind Regards
      Gretchen & Ander

      Hello

      The apartment is located on Nieuwezijds Kolk ,Amsterdam, The Netherlands . It is situated in the historical heart of the city. Within walking distance you will find shopping streets as well as museums and historical sights.

      Within walking distance to Train station Amsterdam Central Station 0.4
      km and Station Amsterdam Muiderpoort 3.1 km.

      Just a short walk to Theatre Theater Carré 1.7 km and Het Concertgebouw 2.5 km.
      The nearest Airport is Schiphol (AMS) 11.7 km,the closest Shopping area
      are Albert Cuyp Market 2.3 km and Magna Plaza 0.4 km.

      The nearest Attraction are Artis Zoo 1.6 km and Madame Tussaud’s Amsterdam 0.4 km

      my husband and i are the owner of the apartment,we live down the street of the apartment.you have to make a reservation for the apartment before your arrive on May.You will need to forward the move-in and move-out dates, along with photocopies of my passport to us now.

      We hope to hear from you again,how do you like to proceed? You will need to make a part payment to guarantee your reservation for the apartment.

      Kind Regards
      Gretchen & Ander

      Hello ,

      You have to make a deposit of EUR350 via bank wire transfer, we cannot accept EUR25 from you.it is very smallamount of money to hold the apartment.You have to let us know whether you will still want to take the apartment from us.Where are you coming from?
      We hope to hear from you again.

      Kind Regards
      Gretchen & Ander

      I quite understand what you means, but you need to understand our stande too that the EUR60 you are paying for a deposit is not acceptable by us is very small. we cannot guarantee the apartment with that amount,we did not ask you to pay all the money now but a deposit.

      My husband and i are the owner of the property,we live down the street of the apartment.but my husband is on vocation to United Kingdom.we prefer you send the money to our daughter in USA….she is studing in Virgina. i think it will be easier for you to send the money to her via Western Union.I don’t think it will be easier if ask you to send the money to Netherland.

      Find our rental lease agreement in attachment,kindly fill in your detail and send it back to us for review by our Laywer….we need your travel detail, i mean your arrival and departure to know when to receive you in the apartment. we have a daughter like you in Virgin.please you need to let us know asap,because we other student from Canada too.

      We hope to here from you again,how do you proceed?

      Kind Regards
      Gretchen & Ander

      their email add is gretchenander1976@yahoo.com
      =======================================

      this is really disgusting and Im really disappointed, thank god I didnt send anyone money. I hope these people get arrested and put in jail

      • Kat  On January 27, 2011 at 3:06 am

        I was also contacted by gretchenander1976@gmail.com. They were ready to offer their flat in Budapest with half of what they were asking for (knew it was a scam then). Cant go to see the flat, but should reserve it.

        > My husband and i are the owner of the property,we lives down the street of the apartment. but my husband his on vocation to United Kingdom, i have spoken with him he said we should consider you…..how do you like to proceed?

        then

        >You will need to make a reservation for the apartment before you arrive February 3rd, that is the only way forward….

        Better be real careful and SEE the apartment in person before making any contracts!

  • Gundersen  On January 20, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Dear All,

    Let me present you andother scammer, as I am being contacted by them more and more often these days:

    Joseff Toney

    and his e-mail:

    Hi,

    Well equipped and furnished flat is available for short and long term
    purpose in Delft.

    WiFi is available and accessible. Washing Machine,Dish
    Washer,Dryer,Dishes,Gas Cooker,Electric Kettle/Stove,Pans,Microwave e.t.c
    are readily available in the flat.

    Rent is 400Eur/month with all bills inclusive

    Contact for further details

    Kindest Regards.

    Joseff

    PS: And of course the photos attached are of an impressive flat(for this price).
    Regards,

    Michal

  • Chana Oleary  On January 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Edwin Beekens is alive and still trying the same old tricks…uin response to apartment wanted ad on the Amsterdam Craigslist..

    “Thanks for your reply. Hope you do understand that the most important issue is the upkeep of the apartment. I have attached some pictures of the apartment, I took them a day to my departure. I’m now in London and the apartment is available now. It’ll be available for rent till December 2011. To reserve the apartment you’ll make a deposit payment of 550EUR. The deposit will be deducted from the actual rent of 1150EUR of a month’s rent and leave you with a balance payment of 600EUR when you arrive.

    The apartment is located on Singel, Amsterdam 1012WE, Netherlands. located in the center of Amsterdam, at a quiet location at the Singel canal, just next to the Dam Square, which is the heart of Amsterdam. The central station is at walking distance (10 minutes) and almost all tourist attractions are at walking distance as well. Right next door you will find a large supermarket,as well as the famous Jordaan area and the 9 streets with their boutiques and restaurants. Also the Anne Frank House is just around the corner. At walking distance you will also find:
    The Flower market (5 minutes)
    Shopping streets (2 minutes)
    Madame Tussauds (2 minutes)
    Museum area with Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum (15 minutes)
    Nearest Metro / Subway: Central Station – 1 Kilometers
    Nearest Bus / Tramway: Raadhuisstraat – 100 Meters
    Nearest Airport: Schiphol – 25 Kilometers

    Here below is a copy of the rental application form, if still interested fill it out and get back to me. Note: the keys and necessary documents will be sent to your present address filled on the form.”

    When I told him that:

    “Also, you wouldn’t need to worry about sending anything. My best friend lives in London. If necessary, he can come to your flat with the deposit and pick up the keys.
    I would also need a scan of your passport, for security reasons, of course.”

    he vanished – as expected. Also, the pictures in the ad simply didn’t add up. Windows were wrong from room to room – and the dead giveaway? TWO dining room sets in a Dutch apartment. Would NEVER happen!!! Idiot.

  • Chana Oleary  On January 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Joseff Toney has also contacted me this morning. Again, with the same wording as the previous ad (see above), but this time it’s “in Amsterdam”.

    The pictures they are sending are so obviously fake. The windows, flooring, lighting, and even bathroom layout is different from picture to picture. Also, they are all extremely “fuzzy” on precise location. The third tip-off is that when you develop a “best friend” who lives where THEY are and who will be “looking at the apartment” for you – the emails stop.

    • Chana Oleary  On January 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

      Just a note that EVERY SINGLE RESPONSE that I have gotten from Craigslist has been a scammer. I’m not wasting anymore time posting or reading anything on Craigslist. It’s a septic tank of scammers.

      • Anne  On January 27, 2011 at 1:29 am

        I agree, decided not to use Craigslist for international apartment searches after encountering our friend Angela Beatrice Power, getting suspicious, and finding her mentioned on this webpage. Local contacts and recommendations are the way to go. I also found entering “furnished apartment” into Google in the local language brings up presumably legitimate local real estate agencies (at least they have websites, listings, phone numbers, and email addresses, can be checked out).

  • Michelle  On January 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Does anyone know of any way we could get these people arrested?

    • Erika  On February 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

      I know, it is weird to me that no one is able to track where these scammers are and arrest them. I am on the other end of this… I posted an add on craigslist trying to rent a room in my home. And recieved an email back from someone interested. Solanda Wilson was/is moving here from overseas and has actually sent me a check. She claims that the check is from her father, it came from a company in California. She is unable to call me and claims she can only text that her father will have to call. She is also wanting me to western union some money to a melisa leggitt to have a car delivered to my home! She is wanting to “move” into my home Mar, 2nd. What do I do with this check for almost three grand?????

  • John  On January 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I am sorry to say that I have also been a victim of Mr. “Edwin Beekens”.

    About a month ago in desperate search of housing in Paris, France Mr. Edwin Beekens contacted me about a flat in the 15th arrondissement in Paris.

    See for yourself:
    http://img267.imageshack.us/i/scamr.png/

    http://img826.imageshack.us/i/scam2v.png/

    It’s one thing to be scammed, but to be scammed by someone who makes themselves out to be so honest and who wants to take advantage on someone who is knowingly naive about housing in another country is another thing.

    I see that Edwin Beekins is someone who is an avid scammer.

    Hopefully he can be brought to justice-and even though the chances of him being caught are slim, there is sitll a chance.

    This entire thing got me into a huge hardship as I arrived in France. Scammers are not a small problem.

  • Michelle  On January 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I think that Edwin Beekins is also Joudi Lotfi because this is the email I got from him and it’s almost the same as yours:

    From: Joudi Lotfi
    Subject: Apartment in Central Venice. 2 bedroom
    Date: Wednesday, 29 September, 2010, 14:20

    Hello,
    I’ve presently relocated to England and my two bedroom apartment in Venice is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

    The price of the apartment is 350EUR for your period of stay, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Joudi.

    • M  On April 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      I received precisely the same email message from “Edwin Beekens” yesterday as ones others posted – the layout of the apt, the explanation for his being in the UK (design job). OUCH! thanks to everyone who posted here; i’m so glad i thought to google him before I proceeded! I did catch a bit of inconsistency re the precise location of the alleged apt… it just didn’t make sense! BE WARY, all!

  • Melina  On February 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for sharing!! Both Joseff Toney and Edwin Beekins have been writing to us, replying to our post about an apartment in Prague. Thank you for warning us!

    • Melina  On March 23, 2011 at 6:06 am

      Here are the first 2 emails we got from each. We were contacted by a few more people that I am pretty sure are scammers but I’m afraid to post their names here as I’ve no concrete proof that they are…

      Edwin Beekins:

      “Hello,
      I’ve presently relocated to England and my two bedroom apartment in Prague is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
      Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

      The price of the apartment is 700EUR per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

      Regards,

      Edwin.”

      Joseff Toney:

      “Hi,

      Well equipped and furnished flat is available for short and long term
      purpose in Prague.

      WiFi is available and accessible. Washing Machine,Dish
      Washer,Dryer,Dishes,Gas Cooker,Electric Kettle/Stove,Pans,Microwave e.t.c
      are readily available in the flat.

      Rent is 350Eur/month with all bills inclusive

      Contact for further details

      Kindest Regards.

      Joseff”

  • jackie  On February 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Yep. Joseff Toney got me going as well. Thank you Google and this site! I will say I have found and rented several apartments through Craigslist (love love love Craigslist!) but you have to weed through the scams. Annoying.

    F U Joseff Toney et al!

  • Robert Smith  On February 9, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Edwin Beekins contacted me so he is still doing this, this was in response to my advert for Singapore.

  • Kim  On February 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Yes I’ve received an odd email from someone claiming to be from the F.B.I., but I know that this person claiming to be Mr. Gregory Jones is some scam artist. The reason that I know that this is a scam is that I’ve read through all of the stories about victims losing money with the Nigerian scam. Also, this person already wants me to send over a thousand dollars something that I would never do. The scammer doesn’t know that I know all of this information about him. What makes this even more creepier is that why would the F.B.I. be involved with a fake bank in Nigeria know as the bank of Zenith Bank Place. Please tell me how I can get rid of this person knowing where I live and my bank account number and for them to stop sending me all of these scam emails before I cancel my Yahoo account.

  • ru.799  On February 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Another one, probably the same people:

    ——————————
    Alan Trow from Craiglist advert for a flat in Milan
    +447407137262

    EUR700 / 2br – Milan 2 bedroom
    Data: 2011-02-25, 2:43PM CET
    Rispondi a: alantrow@ymail.com

    Hello,

    Large rooms in Milan
    Very large and furnished
    Bills are included in the rent
    Few minutes walk to local shops and stores.
    Available for rent ASAP.
    Respond for more details and pictures.
    Thanks.

    From: alantrow@ymail.com

    My asking price is 700 per month , Bills are included in rent + 3 weeks of rent as deposit . A total of 1300 secures it all.

    We are offering 2 Double rooms ,It comes fully furnished, (suitable for students)/Friends or couples. The room is in good size bedroom with new mattress, carpets, one large wardrobe, quite a lot of storage and central heating and airy with large windows and is cosy and welcoming.

    I am working in Ireland and I am here with my family. For viewing the best would be to reach an agreement and fix a date when I came back.

    As being very busy with my work, time is very important for me, in conclusion no free time to waste. Before my Husband and i come down I would like to be certain about your rent intentions.

    The address is Via Madonnina 10 – Milano. Find attach pictures.

    Thanks for your responds…The address is Via Madonnina 10 – Milano. Find attach pictures. We are renting the whole apartment.

    If we decide to proceed with this transaction, I will have to contact Crownline Property ( The Agent ) and provide them all the necessary information, so they can start the process right away. You will receive a notification from them 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 to the Agent account via bank wire. They will hold and insure your money until you check the apartment and decide if you want to take it or not. That is how their protection policy works. As far as my concerns, I will be glad to know that crownline Properties Services has the possession of the money during the delivery period. That is my insurance.

    As soon as the funds have been paid, they will immediately start the shipping process.The keys and Original contract will be delivered at your address in no more than 24hrs. You will be given 2 days inspection period from the day you receive the keys and contract at home. If you decide to buy the apartment, then you will have to authorize the funds to me, and the transaction will be complete. 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 The agent to return the deposit to you.

    my lawyer and i will come down to seal the deal between you and i after you view the apartment and want to it.Then everything will be done.

    If you wish to proceed with the renting, please provide me your full name, address so I can initiate the deal through The agent right away. Your initial deposit is 1300 Euro.

    You can reach us on .After i get your details, I will prepare the contract and send you a scanned copy which you will have to sign and send back to me if you want to proceed. .

    Crownline Website : http://www.crownlinepropertiesolutions.com

    Thanks

    —————————————

    Then I found the following comment on this post:
    http://forum.expatica.com/index.php?showtopic=122994&pid=881084&st=0&

    hi there, my name is abi, i represent Fresh Graphic design an agency registered under fresh alliance ltd in the uk.

    The website for crownline… http://www.crownlinepropertiesolution.com IS NO LONGER THE OFFICIAL SITE OF CROWNLINE PROPERTY. this is because the last web designer has gone “rogue”. by changing the password to the web hosting account. therefore crownline no longer has access to their site.

    my company was contracted to build their new site http://www.crownlineproperty.co.uk this site is safe and is not a scam. i built this one myself. http://www.freshgraphicdesign.co.uk

    for more info contact me abi@freshgraphicdesign.co.uk or the manager at crownline henry@crownlineproperty.co.uk

  • Anon  On March 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Joseff Tooney is a scammer. He just asked me to wire money to his niece’s husband: Matthew Cole of Marysville Washington, whose name I also see to be a scammer on this site. Glad I found this website before I did something stupid.

  • Morris Con  On March 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I too was scammed by Matthew Cole of Marysville WA
    using the address 1380 Cedar Avenue,Marysville WA 98270 USA

    he also uses the name Michael Grubbs and the email address mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.com

    Avoid him at all costs!!

    • scammerbuster  On April 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

      hello be careful to mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.com

      Michael Grubbs is a scammer. yes on craighlist.

      of you sent money to him, go immediately to police station.

    • laloba420  On May 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

      I’ve just been contacted by “Michael Grubbs” in Utrecht.
      Email address is mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.

      Hi,

      Furnished apartment available for short and long term
      lease in Utrecht rent is EUR1600/month with bills
      included.High speed.internet access is available.

      WiFi is available and accessible. Washing Machine,Dish* *
      Washer,Dryer,Dishes,Gas Cooker,Electric Kettle/Stove,Pans,Microwave e.t.c
      are readily available in the apartment.

      Pictures available in attachment* *
      Interested person(s) should write for further details.

      Kind Regards.* *

      Michael

      • xigao  On June 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

        I have also been contacted by Michael Grubbs.

  • Paul  On March 21, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Some people never learn: Luckily, I googled this guy’s name..Edwin Beekins and found your site. Please see his response to my apartment wanted in Tokyo:

    Hello,
    I’ve presently relocated to England and my one bedroom apartment in Tokyo is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

    The price of the apartment is 100,000JPY per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Edwin.

    Be careful…I’ve responded with a fake name and now I’m waiting for his interesting response. Stay tuned

  • Paul  On March 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Edwin Beekens – Part 2

    Hello Paul,Thanks for your reply. Hope you do understand that the most
    important issue is the upkeep of the apartment. I have attached some pictures of the
    apartment, I took them a day to my departure.The apartment is located on Nishi
    Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031.Conveniently located adjacent to Meguro and
    Gotanda areas. 7-minute walk from Fudomae Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line. 10 minute
    walk from Togoshi Ginza Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line. 12-minute walk from
    Gotanda on the JR Yamanote and Asakusa Subway Lines.
    Here below is a copy of the rental application form, if still interested fill it
    out and get back to me. Note: the keys and necessary documents will be sent to
    your present address filled on the form.

    APPLICATION TO RENT OCCUPANCY DATE DESIRED: PERSONAL
    INFORMATION: LastName: FirstName: Middle
    Initial:
    Date of Birth: Telephone Number: Alt. Telephone
    Number: The total number of proposed occupants including
    yourself RENTAL HISTORY: Current Address:
    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION: Job Title:
    Company Name:Length
    of Employment: Supervisor/Mgr. Name:Employer
    Address &
    Contact Information: REFERENCE: Name:
    Phone Number:Address:
    Relationship: I hereby represent that all of the above information is
    true, accurate and complete,
    and agree to furnish additional credit references on
    request. DATE: ……………………..
    Thanks,Awaiting your reply.Edwin.

  • Alexandra  On March 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you everyone! You stop me – I was going to transfer money to Edwin Beekens tomorrow. I hate such people.

  • wenqi  On April 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Edwin Beekens just replied my ad on craigslist.
    here is what he wrote:
    Hello,
    I’ve presently relocated to England and my three bedroom apartment in Copenhagen is up for rent. I got a contract job in a design company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,washing machine,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment.

    The price of the apartment is 8000DKK per month, if you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Edwin.

    i am so happy that i googled him before i make decision.
    thank you!!!

  • Kerry Reynolds  On April 18, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Michael Grubbs (mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.com); Abraham Drews (abraham.drews@gmail.com); Waleska Guaime (waleska.guaime@gmail.com); Owen Jones (owen.jones2011@gmail.com)are ALL scammers and are ALL operating via http://www.justlanded.com attempting to sell ‘too nice to be true’ apartments. Avoid like the plague and definitely wire no money.

  • C  On April 21, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Dear friends,
    Thank you very much for the information. You did a great favour.
    I also wanted you to warn about Edwin Beekens. He has turned into Edwin Bennek and mail address is ednek2@gmail.com
    Watch out!

    • Dilesh Weerasuriya  On May 25, 2011 at 2:47 am

      Thanks!
      He replied to me about a apartment in Singapore.
      I replied to him asking for more details, and then googled his email address and was directed here.
      Thanks for the heads up guys :)

      Just so that it might show up in future such searches, i’ll type it again :)
      Edwin Bennek ednek2@gmail.com

      • Number 8  On May 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

        Yes, this Edwin Bennek just wrote me today about an ad I put for a place to stay in Singapore. Thanks to those who started this thread and posted about him, as of the 29th he is still Bennek!

  • Minx  On April 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    For those that have fallen victim to these frauds what do the police do when you report them?

    • Jesse  On May 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

      An “Edwin Bennek” just gave me the same story about an apartment in Rome. Thanks for posting this! Saved me a real nightmare.

      • Adrian  On June 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

        I just got robbed 300EUR from this Edwin Bennek ednek2@gmail.com for a one bedroom apartment in Barcelona. Email me if you need more info… PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY to this so called Edwin. He is really an African scammer that if I had seen this post earlyer I might have saved 300EUR.

  • GST  On April 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I knew there was some fraud on Craigslist, but I didn’t realize what an overflowing CESSPOOL of fraud it was – especially in apartment/house abroad rentals. Luckily I didn’t send anyone any money, nor fill out any forms with my personal information. To say that virtually every listing on Craigslist is likely to be fraud wouldn’t be too much from the truth.

    Known fraudsters-

    Michael Grubbs, mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.com (has a “nephew’ Alexander Class at: 548 Grand Canyon Blvd, Reno NV 89502 USA

    Abraham Drews, abraham.drews@gmail.com

    • DanDan  On June 17, 2011 at 5:59 am

      I also received an email from abraham.drews@gmail.com…Thank goodness I googled him…how awful.
      Here’s the email he sent me:
      **Hello*
      *
      * *
      * *
      *
      A well furnished room apartment.The apartment is well
      maintained.It is really cool and lovely sunny flat, fully furnished:
      TV, washing machine,microwave, blankets,sheets, towels,fridge,DVD,
      beds.and all communication possibilities,gas heating. Internet
      facility is available.where are you coming from?
      **
      Including Utilities and also kitchen utensil is in the apartment.* *
      Interested person should write for further details.

      Sincerely,* ** *
      *

      Drews* ** *

  • GST  On April 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Yet another Craigslist scammer-

    Grants Kelly, gkelly195@yahoo.com, he says he has an apartment in Florence at Via Jacopo da Diacceto, 50123 Florence. He wanted a deposit sent via Western Union to his financial secretary in the USA. Pllleeeaaaaasssseeeee…..

    Is everyone in Nigeria corrupt – it would seem that way!

  • Allison  On April 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Got one from mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.com myself, for a place in Baden. He’s pretty good – I caught the other scammers I received e-mails from because they were suspicious, but I wouldn’t have known about this guy if I hadn’t found this when I googled the address.

    Other ones who contacted me that you should avoid:
    bissatdel@gmail.com (Bissat Delphine)
    kellywood2011@gmail.com (Kelly Wood)
    simon.gomez32@hotmail.com (Maria Gomez)
    lefederthjerty@hotmail.com (Maria Lizette)

  • GST  On April 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yet more known frausters-

    Kelly Wood, kellywood2011@gmail.com, he advertised his apt. at Via De Medici, red 50123 Firenze, Italy

    Maria Gomez, mariagomez3236@yahoo.com, she advertised her apt at Via Santa Maria, 8, I-50125 Firenze, Italy

    BE CAREFUL!

  • John  On April 24, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Not sure if it helps much, but here is that scumbag Edwin Beeken’s alleged passport. He most likely is using someone else’s passport and saying it is his.

    http://img148.imageshack.us/i/edwinbeekens.jpg/

    It says that its a passport from the netherlands, and though it may not be his exact identity, it probably means that he is from somewhere near the netherlands or has access to someone who creates fraudulent documents from the netherlands.

  • Hannah  On April 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I am in The Netherlands and I was almost taken by Mr. Beekens. (I thought it sounded Dutch..!). I am printing out this thread and printing out this identification and taking it to the police on Tuesday. I suspect that the passport is probably valid – but has been altered – especially the “good to..” date (geldig). I’m sure the police will be interested in either case…especially with the results of this thread.

    He deserves to reap the rewards of his behavior, I’d say. Also, if anyone on here has sent money to this guy – please let me know…and I will give that information to the police, as well. IF the police can prosecute this further – they might need those sorts of statements. We can arrange something so you don’t have to disclose anything here…I’m sure.

  • Hannah  On April 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Re: Beeken’s Passport

    Obviously, altered.

    1. I doubt the Queen would have “etc.,etc.,etc.” listed as her other countries of rule!
    2. The date of birth is misaligned.
    3. The geldig tot (good until) date has been covered over and printed over. And it should have a yellow background.
    5. The birth date year should have a yellow background.
    6. The document number should have a yellow background.

    But, we’ll see – the police have the equipment to read and detect altered documents…

  • John  On April 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hannah, I have given money to Mr. Edwin Beekens. Approximately 300 Euro for a “security deposit” on the apartment i was supposed to rent out from him.

  • Melina  On April 25, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I have already posted on this blog that Joseff Toney and Edwin Beekens had contacted us about an apartment in Prague, requesting a deposit without the possibility of seeing the apartment or meeting with them in person first. Other individuals who contacted us with similar requests and whom I have seen other people complain about are: Abraham Drews , Maria Gomez, Simon Gomez or Simon maria , William Taris (“i bet you your money will be refundable if you don’t like the Apartment.”), and Meghan Chad .
    About Kevin Cobbs I have not seen others complain, but he did offer us a too good to be true apartment for the price and insisted that “Reservation has to be made to secure the apartment” much like all the scammers. When we tried to contact him the last time, he apparently closed his email account: “Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently.”
    I hope this helps.

  • GST  On April 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Not only are these people scammers, they are pretty dumb at it too. One of them, responding to my ad about a Florence, Italy apartment rental, gave me info a place in Munich, Germany. Duhhhhhhhh…

    On another subject, Maria Gomez has a new e-mail I see-
    mariagomez3236@yahoo.com

    Be careful!!!

  • Dominique Eloi  On April 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    My name is Dominique Eloi. I live was living in Los Angeles, but now I’m currently in South Carolina. Someone has been using my name and address and attaching it to these craigslist ads. I don’t know who it is, but if I find out, I’m pressing criminal charges for identity theft. There has never been a time that I have authorized anybody to use my name or give out my details for any reason. So if anybody knows anything, kindly please let me know in advance and where this came from would be helpful if you are contacted. Because this is the second place that I’ve gone to and seen my name implicated in some type of scam and I’m an innocent person. Because I certainly do not appreciate things like this circulating behind my back. I’m an honest person. I don’t ask anybody for money wires or to send me anything. Especially people that I do not know. So if you come across this again, please let me know like I said. But it seems I have been scammed too by the same person that you mention in your rebuttals. His name is Bruce McNeil, he’s now living in Oxford, England his last number that I had was +44 702 404 3625. This is what I know him as and what I’ve spoken to him in the past as. I have not spoken to this person since December 2010. His email address is brucemcneil21@ymail.com just so you know. he is not answering me anymore. so I assume that he knows the wrong he’s done and is hiding now.

    Sorry for any confusion this may have caused anyone but before you post something, make sure it’s real!!! In this case you have done damages to me by posting something false about me being a scammer and I am an innocent person.

  • GST  On April 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Yet another known fraudster-

    Abraham Drews, abraham.drews@gmail.com

    He answered my ad in the Florence house swap section. You should see the place he was offering – palatial for like 10% of the going rate. Duhhhhhh….

  • Hannah  On April 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    The passport that “Edwin Beekens” is using appears to be a stolen passport that has been altered. The passport itself is real.

    The actual passport expired in 2009. You can tell this from the numbers printed at the bottom of the passport. Also, the passport has a 7 year expiry date – Dutch passports expire every 5 years. A dead give-away. It must have been stolen a couple of years ago and he has kept altering it to make it appear current.

    Also, the birth date does not match the code printed at the bottom of the passport.

    You will notice that Edwin Beekens in the passport has a left ear that looks “notched” or deformed in some way. Interestingly, there is an Edwin Beekens on Facebook – he lives in London and says he is from Rotterdam. However, the left ear is not displayed in the picture…conveniently. Probably because it would be very identifying indeed. The photo in Facebook is generic enough to resemble him somewhat. He also only has one friend “Victoria Anderson”. Victoria Anderson has NO information or friends displayed at all.

    Be aware that “Beekens” is a Dutch name that has only 5 families currently listed by the name in the national register – it is a rapidly dying old Dutch name. Also, by playing with the letters – he is able to obfuscate. Bekeens, Bekens, etc.

    Now, he needs a passport of some sort to fool people with – but he will not be able to cash checks, etc. with that. This is probably why he is using a “financial secretary” – whatever – when it comes to the money.

  • Hannah  On April 27, 2011 at 1:08 am

    How about we beat them at their own game?

    I have composed the following text and just sent it to all “Housing Sought” posts on the Amsterdam Craigslist:

    “Craigslist scammers use the site to approach potential apartment/home rents.

    Please be aware that Craigslist is a veritable snake pit of scammers. Do NOT send any money “to reserve the apartment”. A legitimate owner will never ask that.

    And you might want to read this list of known scams and scammers from Craigslist for international housing seekers before you do something else. They also discuss Amsterdam, Florence, and many other cities.

    http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/tell-tale-clues/#comments

    Also, Google the name of the person. Often they will have a “secretary” that you are to send the money to…because they are using stolen passports to build your trust.

    Your best bet is to contact a reputable agent in Amsterdam or any other city and deal with them. Your money is protected that way.

    The reason for this email: I was almost taken by a scammer from Craigslist – and was contacted by several others after I saw what was going on. They are out in droves right now with summer coming on!

    If it seems to be too good to be true – it is!

    Please be careful!”

    It took just a few moments and now everyone who has posted an ad seeking an apartment for the last week has been warned and pointed to this site.

    If we all just took one popular city and did the same thing – eventually the scammers will realize that everyone on Craigslist has been forewarned! That should put, at least, a small dent in their business profits. I plan to make this part of a routine to check the new ads on Craigslist Amsterdam and send out that email.

    Copy/Paste/Warned.

    What do you all think?

  • Thani  On May 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you guys. Luckily came across this site before sending my personal info to kellywood2011@gmail.com.

    Thank you guys.

    Also, I am looking for an apartment in Auckland, New Zealand. Got contacted by another person *
    * douglaspt9@gmail.com.
    Can you guys tell me if he is a scammeer.

    Thanx.

  • Hannah  On May 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Important to remember – the scammers will make up names and use other email addresses. They will use “secretaries” to collect the money because THEY can’t legitimately. They are typically using stolen passports or just making up names as they go along.

    A scammer can’t be identified JUST by their name OR their email address. They can and will easily change those like socks. What makes them a scammer is HOW they are approaching you, their story and the bottom line – they want you to send money in advance to secure a place. They are one place – the “apartment” is another. They “can’t” show it to you…so you have to send money now to secure it, etc. etc. etc. Don’t go by names or email addresses – go by their behavior!

  • John  On May 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Found Another one..pretending to be a part of an agency *sigh* They will go through whatever it takes to scam someone. I’m looking for a new place right now in Paris and it’s making me extremely paranoid about scammers online.

    Thank you for your interest… As you can see I have available the apartment located in center Paris,with 3bedrooms because I moved with my job to London city 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 short or long term stay because I have a contract here in London City for a long period..I’m the owner of the apartment is in good location. It has a separate entrance with a nice courtyard in front and it consists of living room with a 2bathroom, table seating 4, TV, DVD player, cctv,gym and spa. Separate fully furnished kitchen alcove,washing machine. Very big luxurious bathrooms with jacuzzi seating 2, Separate shower. Towels and Linen included. All utilities included.Complimentary WI-FI internet access.water, electricity, cable, parking,air conditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator,washing machine and dryer).Do see below my requirement for various prices of stay and get back to me.

    MONTHLY RENTAL:
    1 person €350/month
    2 people €400/month
    3 people €450/month
    4 people € 500 month

    A refundable security deposit of 400Pounds is require for all booking and to be refund if you left the apartment undamaged.

    Address:28 Rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris
    KINDLY WRITE INDICATING:ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DATES, LENGHT OF STAY, NUMBER OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN.

    I also want to use this opportunity to advertise to you that our company is one of the leading travel agent with best features in price and service, we offer discount up to 30% off Regular Prices for all flight across Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia and We also have a very simple business model to transport you from Airport to your destination.Our business model is:
    1. Booking of your transfer details
    2. Meeting and greeting at the airport or pickup from your address
    3. A comfortable journey to your destination

    THANKS..
    Mr.Gianluca

    And here is a reply of them saying why they can’t show me the place…hah.

    I am glad that you are interested to rent the flat. As you can see in the photos the flat is fully furnished. The rental cost include all the bills and council tax. I work in a company here in London as a travel agent. The flat is empty right now so you can move there any time you want. Before i do flat reservation for you i need to be sure that you are 100% interested to rent it. Last week a student from Paris called me to arrange a viewing so he can rent the flat. I took 2 days free from my work and when i arrived in Paris i never meet him. I have spent some cash with this trip for nothing. I don’t want to make the trip again and maybe never meet you. I don’t like the time wasters. Now i want a warranty that you have the money and also that you are interested to rent the flat.

    Address:28 Rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris

    Regards
    Gianluca

  • DG  On May 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Sadly, I also got taken in by Abraham Drews (abraham.drews@gmail.com) for almost $1000. I wish I had found this site before I sent him the money! (I DID google his name, but this website didn’t show up – it was earlier in April though, so maybe others hadn’t posted about him yet).

    In any case, I had some suspicions about wiring money to someone that I didn’t know, but he didn’t seem like the typical scammer. The apartment wasn’t listed as cheaper than normal for the neighborhood; in fact, it was higher than the price I had listed in my craigslist post seeking housing. He comes across as honest and even haggled with me over $15 or so – something I never would have thought a scammer would do. He said he was ‘out of town’ and couldn’t show the apartment. That, along with the request that I wire him money, send off warning bells in my head. But then he managed to convince my Israeli aunt, who is a travel agent, over the phone that everything was fine and she’s a pretty tough cookie.

    In any case, clearly the point is that ALL people who ask you to wire money to reserve an apartment are scamming you and it’s completely untraceable – there is no way I will get my money back, but I’m just posting in the hopes of avoiding this happening to anyone else. FYI, Abraham Drews seems to be the same person as “Waleska” – he sent me the EXACT same e-mail that Gundersen posted above by “Waleska.” Also seems to be the same person as Michael Grubbs, posted by GST above, since he had the money sent to his “son-in-law” Alexander Class at the same address posted above. Finally, he gave e-mail addresses for Lois Cole (lois.cole8@yahoo.com) and Angela Power (angela.b.power@gmail.com) as references – both of whom are mentioned above as well. I also got an e-mail from Grants Kelly (also a scammer), trying to rent me a room. Obviously, these people change names and e-mail addresses a lot, so trust your instincts!

  • laloba420  On May 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    mariagomez3236@hotmail.com

    Hello,I am Maria Gomez 32 years old the apartment belongs to my late father and my mother have been managing and maintaining the apartment,but she is presently in United State due to her work,am undergraduate student and i also work in a calling center……. The exact address is:Maliebaan 8 3581 Utrecht, Netherlands,The lease is–300Euro/room and 800euor for the 3bedroom including the utilities,fridge-freezer,oven, washing machine, dryer, gas cooker,microwave, dishwasher, electricity bill,elevator, Internet charges and others. —500Euro for the security deposit which is refundable during the departure time from the apartment. 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 . You can see the attached pictures of the rooms below…….. Let me hear from you asap if you really have interest in renting the apartment,
    Best Regards
    Maria Gomez

    AND WHEN YOU WANT TO SEE IT…

    Hello,
    Am a very busy woman that work and school at the same time and that always took my time so am sorry i wont be able to meet for viewing and also the apartment look exactly what you saw in the picture. and if you interested in securing the apartment…Yes 800Euro is for the 3bedroom plus 500Euro for the security deposit which is refundable during the departure time from the apartment.

    Also a lot of people have been contacting me over the apartment and my mother said the serious person who pay her first secure the apartment,so if you are serious in securing the apartment then you need to make a deposit to secure the apartment till your arrival date and you will also need to sign a contract lease agreement which bend the 2 party’s and also i will send you scan copy of my passport for you to know who you dealing with as well…Kindly let me know so i can have your information forward to that family lawyer to prepare the the contract lease agreement.
    Thanks..

    HERE’S ANOTHER..
    mg.michaelgrubbs@gmail.com

    Hi,

    Furnished apartment available for short and long term
    lease in Utrecht rent is EUR1600/month with bills
    included.High speed.internet access is available.

    WiFi is available and accessible. Washing Machine,Dish* *
    Washer,Dryer,Dishes,Gas Cooker,Electric Kettle/Stove,Pans,Microwave e.t.c
    are readily available in the apartment.

    Pictures available in attachment* *
    Interested person(s) should write for further details.

    Kind Regards.* *

    Michael

    AND WHEN YOU WANT TO SEE IT, IT’S OCCUPIED…
    Hello X,

    The apartment will be available from from August 9th,so viewing is not
    possible at this time at all until the current tenants moves out in
    August.Where are you from and where are you now?

    I will look forward to your reply.

    Regards.

    Michael

    AND WHEN YOU WANT THE ADDRESS…

    Hello X,

    Thanks for the information you provided,it will be my pleasure to rent
    out my apartment to you girls.Can you tell me how long you want to
    stay?

    The description of the location of the apartment i gave you is enough
    to give you an idea of where the apartment is.

    I will look forward to your reply.

    Regards.

    NOW WE GET TO IT…

    Hello X,

    Yes i can rent for a year.The apartment is 75 Square metres.

    You have to pay a little amount of money to reserve it for you.

    I will look forward to your reply.

    Regards.

    Michael

    WATCH OUT FOR THESE CON ARTISTS, I’VE ALREADY REPORTED THEM TO THE FRAUD DEPARTMENT OF MY LOCAL POLICE. IF THEY CONTACT YOU, DO THE SAME.

  • Hannah  On May 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    You should check out any “address” you DO get, as well. (Although typically, they won’t give you an exact address…)
    The address she gave on Maliebaan 8 is an ING bank office. In other words – no apartment. Also, do some checking of local rental prices – a 3 bedroom apartment in Utrecht for 800.00 a month with only a 500.00 dollar or euro deposit is ludicrously cheap…

  • M.C.  On May 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Another SCAM:
    Katherine Daniel , she has MANY emails, but do not fall for anyone with the same name!!!

    “Hello,
    I read your advert now that you are looking for a property to rent.My name is Katherine,i have a property available and i believe its fits your search perfectly.I will like you to tell me more about you so we can get to know more better and i can give you the details and pictures of the property.

    Regards”

  • Michal  On June 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Fred Edgar is writing from: polujikimo@yahoo.com.

  • Hannah  On June 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Again – it doesn’t matter where someone is writing from. It is their BEHAVIOR and what they ASK FOR – that makes them a scam artist. Emails can be had for free and they can write from wherever. DO NOT RELY ON AN EMAIL ADDRESS of a scam artist to avoid them. In other words, it may (or mostly likely, probably WON’T) be listed here. It’s what they DO – not where they are writing from that makes them a scam artist.

    P.S. I bet “Fred Edgar” is Edwin Beekens, etc. etc. etc.

    Cheers!

  • Lisa  On June 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Just avoided a scam by ” Kelly Wood ” who gave me the following email addresses as “references”:

    “Thank you for getting back to me. Am a Civil Engineer and am the owner of the Apartment am letting out to you. Here are the Reference of my Pass Tenant benwater50@yahoo.com, roy.smith1960@yahoo.com, williamsmaya28@yahoo.com.”

    DO NOT trust this person!

  • Michal  On June 8, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Fred Edgar – Munich :
    http://www.wg-gesucht.de/wohnungen-in-Muenchen-Ludwigsfeld.2721302.html

    His phone number : +447031843371.

  • Sara  On June 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I also was approached by Edwin Bennek (ednek2@gmail.com) yesterday after posting an ad on Craislist. Thank goodness I Googled his name.

    Same email:

    “Hello Sara,

    Thanks for your reply. Hope you do understand that the most important issue is the upkeep of the apartment. I have attached some pictures of the apartment, I took them a day to my departure. The rent of 500EUR per month covers all utilities.

    The apartment is located on Springweg, 414 Utrecht 3511VZ, Netherlands. A few minutes walking distance from the Central Station, the apartment is located in city, old town, near restaurants & bars, near cultural interest.

    Here below is a copy of the rental application form, if still interested fill it out and get back to me. Note: the keys, necessary documents and the rental contract will be sent to your present address filled on the form.”

  • Max Murphy  On June 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’m currently in touch with our Fred Edgar right now – made contact on the Gesucht site in Munich June 3 2011.
    NAME: Fred Edgar.
    Holder of Passport ID number: 304713155 (UK)
    ADDRESS: 54 Foxhall Road, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 6RW,
    UK.
    TELL: +447031843371 .
    Claims he is a Software Engineer in UK. I phoned his UK mobile – and I asked him for the name of his company & number – he refused. He knew nothing about software. He is African, and very bad English. He’s sent me the contract details and photos he’s probably lifted from other property sites. I said I had a relative near Altringham who could pop round with the €900 security deposit for the so-called apartment. Then all went quiet quiet for a few days until this morning when I received a call on my landline in my office. It was a Nigerian number – I think a mobile 00 234 8023445190. I asked for his WU office – but he only emailed me the Munich WU office address for me to send the money to him. He insists I dont mention the money is for rent to the WU. I’ve sent all his emails to Western Union fraud email spoof@westernunion.com but no reply. I dont think they’re interested – as they make just as much money from the fraudsters as they do on the real transactions. It would be so simple to catch this guy. WU could feed me a bogus transaction reference for the payment – then I could send it to Fred. When he goes into any WU office in the world, the Database should alert staff. Also, his passport ID must be false – like his address. The email he is using is: polujikimo@yahoo.com which has been used before. I’m still delaying this guy, in case the authorities get their fingers out and catch him. Cheers. Max

  • LOlo  On June 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Edwin Bennek emailed me offering an apartment in Amsterdam as well Abraham Drew. Both refused to have a friend see the apartments and had inconsistencies. Thanks to all who posted this is really helpful .

  • Sanja  On June 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Haha, I by coincidence discovered this page and is so funny cause I also got message from M. Grubbs and M. Gomez when I was searching for apartment/room in the Hague, the Netherlands. For M. Gomez was very easy to see it is a scam, cause when I asked her something she copy pasted the same answer again and when I contacted her for viewing the apartment she declined. And her story was exactly the same. :) was actually even thinking of reporting this to police, because she also was sending the copy of passport. But then never did, so I don’t know if somebody reported her or not, but I am still thinking that police should know about her. M. Grubbs was more “convincible”, but he also declined the viewing and I declined any advanced payment to reserve the right to see the apartment. Like seriously, is common sense you will not do it, if you are not even in the country yet and you have not seen the place.
    Good that this web site exists, so people can warn others about the scammers. But I don’t know, do you know if eventually some of these well-known scammers are being caught by police? I am quite angry that these people can just get by with this without any consequences.

  • Florecita  On June 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Edwin Bennek just send me this email! Thanks god I had the reflex to google him!!

    I’m now in London as you know and wont be able to meet up with you for a viewing as my schedule here’s very busy. I would have asked my friend in Paris to help out with the viewing but he’s presently out of town for business and according to him, he’ll be for a while.

    As reference you can contact Mr Petrov who stayed in the apartment for 6 weeks around October/November last year through petrov.aaron@yahoo.com He is a Russian and he was visiting Paris to prepare and attend his friend’s wedding ceremony. Also you can contact Victoria Anderson who used to be my neighbor before she moved to Malaysia April this year. Her email’s vicandy@ymail.com and phone number +60146428730 . Feel free to contact them any time at your convenience.

    Here’s my number, +447024053762 you can call me at your convenience so we have a little talk.

    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Regards,

  • chitraveerya  On June 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

    got one this today from our own frnd Edwin Bennek ednek2@gmail.com

    Same designer job..living in london…flat for unbelievable price in singapore….and the dead give away is – there are no 1 bedroom flats in singapore!!!

  • DP  On July 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Thought people might like to know that Maria Gomez (mariagomez3236@yahoo.com)has offered an apartment to me in the middle of Centraal Station, Rotterdam on http://www.expatriates.com!

    It seemed too good to be true, so I played along with a little story to get some info for others to avoid – be careful!

    quote
    Hello,
    I have apartment available for rent and 2bedrooms is vacant,Two Living rooms –800sq feet of space-Utilities included.. –Available for a single person or couples,Month to Month lease.(I’m ready to sign a year lease as well depending on you) –Rent €300 / per month–Security deposits €500.Let me hear from you if you haven’t find any…….. While awaiting your response. Many Regards
    Maria

    unquote

    followed by

    quote

    Hello,I am Maria Gomez 32 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,am undergraduate student and i also work in a calling center……. The exact address is:Stationsplein 73 3013 Rotterdam, Netherlands,The lease is–€300 room including the utilities,fridge-freezer,oven, washing machine, dryer, gas cooker,microwave, dishwasher, electricity bill, Internet charges and others. —€500 for the security deposit which is refundable during the departure time from the apartment. 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 . You can see the attached pictures of the rooms below…….. Let me hear from you asap if you really have interest in renting the apartment,

    unquote

  • Nicole  On July 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Honestly I’ve talked to over 15 people on craigslist and they were all scammers. Some advice. Just don’t use craigslist.

  • FSK  On July 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Fred Edgar is currently using the e-mail addresse cafaerdapoloki@yahoo.com supposedly renting out a to good to be true flat in Brussels still using the same old story
    “Let me tell you few things about me….I’m Fred Edgar, owner of apartment address describle above, i married with a british woman and i have a daughter, so am presently in UK due to new contract here in England..I’m earning my living with my families here in England, I’m a software developer….”

  • Janeece Free  On October 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I was contacted today about a house I responded to in Shreveport,Louisiana. The guy states that he and his wife are missionaries of Jehova Witness currently in Nigeria for 3 years. He didn’t ask for any personal info such as SS number or anything, however I suspect it would be in the lease, but wanted payment sent to Nigeria. He did call my husband and email me with a reference number to a guy in America by the name of Josh Brian. The supposed landlord is Gary Willis. He did post a pic of the house and emailed me the address to it. I have red flags going up but am still iffy. I emailed him back stating that I would like access inside the home and a lease first and gave him a different email address. Has anyone heard of this guy?
    oh. found him on craigslist.

  • Nissa  On October 26, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I have some more! Unfortunately, not just on Craigslist, but also on Easyexpat.com, Justlanded.com, Maarketplaas, , expatica.. Basically everywhere one would look for an apartment! Some names to add to the pile: Aaron Lam, “edward kokoszka”, Ruth Minte, Sonia D’Aniello, Claudia Louise.
    A couple of them (Aaron and Edward) gave me the same link to the same (outrageosu!) photos: Photos here (real and actual pictures):
    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=2AbNGbVo5ZtHQQ

    I hope that this helps others!

  • Nissa  On October 26, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I just wanted to add – when I said that my boyfriend could go and inspect the property in person, he was told that someone could meet him ‘out the front’ and ‘show him from the outside’ as the key was in the UK with the owner… Scammer!

  • ParisTraveler  On November 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I was also scammed, twice, by two different people, while trying to rent an apartment in Paris.

    Does anyone have any good ideas on how to turn the tables on these awful people? Other than wasting their time with hundreds of emails (which wastes my time as well).

    • trent  On February 23, 2012 at 6:03 am

      if you got scammed twice then you are the idiot…

  • sasa  On November 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My name is Sasa Peric from Bosnia. I was scammed to. I wanted to rent an appartment in Geneva. Guy used e-mail gereld.ayrinhac@yahoo.fr
    This is his first e-mail to me.

    Thanks for the email. I am gereld own the 1 bedroom apartment and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my wife 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 United Kingdom in our new house and also with the keys of the apartment, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in the our absent that is why we took the keys along with us. I and my wife came over to United Kingdom for a missionary work, 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 400(1 months first payment) with hydro,heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent. You are free to call me on my private phone number +447031959403 View the attached Apartment Pictures
    Await your reply.
    Thanks

    I sent him some of my personal data, and I think that he will use that data.
    I want to warn everybody about this.

    • Bao Tram  On January 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      I’ve contact with him from several days ago. And I have the same mail with you :)). So lucky that I found this email before sending him the money. But Ive sent him some of my personal data too.

      • lefteris  On March 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

        Hello! I had the same contact as well yesterday. He sent me the same mail. Is it really a scam? Where did you understand this from? I was a bit surprised by the passport photo he attached in one of my emails (it was clearly photoshoped and not authentic). Me too i’ve sent him the same form with my personal data! Thanks for the warning!!!

  • Sarah  On December 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Hi,

    It is located in 56c, Kentish Town Road, Camden, London, Greater London, NW1 9PU, there is a High speed wireless internet connection, TV, Sky, Heater, En-suite bath, Central Heating System, Washing/Dryer machine, Car parking space and Garden.

    I have attached photos of the property so you can have an idea of what you would be renting.

    So do let me know if you are ready to rent the place and also get back to me with details about yourself.

    Thanks

    Alesja

    From: alesjaperiti@yahoo.co.uk

    • Amy  On June 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

      I just got the exact same message (word-for-word) from a woman calling herself Dalia Carlini (daliacarlini@yahoo.co.uk).

      I looked up the address on Zoopla and that says the property should have a monthly rental of ~£1000, and the buying price would be around £250,000. This suggests it’s a two bedroom flat, yet “Dalia” is trying to convince us it’s a four bedroom place. She’s apparently charging £2,000PCM all bills included, whereas no other flat we’ve seen has been less than £2,500 without bills. Not to mention that it’s above a shop yet somehow has access to a garden, and parking spaces are rarer than golddust on Kentish Town Road.

      Just not quite sure how the scam works. She knows we already live in London, so I don’t see how she’s planning to persuade us to hand over money without seeing the flat first!

  • stea  On December 27, 2011 at 4:45 am

    paypal account hankfrenze73@msn.com
    name Henry Frenze
    Scam me

  • bmdarwins  On January 4, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Perov Catthyrine
    cperov@yahoo.com

  • Aga  On January 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Hi I dealt with Pam Hufman (puhtz@yahoo.com)….her writing style changed from superb English, to a very mediocre, with many mistake spellings…had an amazing pic of the apartment, worth much more than just 600 a month…

    Hello xx,

    I am interested in getting to know more about as this will give me an idea of whom i will be sharing the apartment with.

    The apartment is newly renovated and furnished with a modern style, full kitchen supplies with en-suite laundry and brand new 6 appliances including microwave, dishwasher, washer and dryer, fridge and stove.

    The building is less than 1 minute to TTC access Yonge and Bloor subway station and across the street from an underground complex to all shopping malls, food courts, banks and 24 hours groceries.

    Steps from University of Toronto, Yorkville Area and also few minutes walking to Ryerson University campus and to the Eaton center, largest mall in Toronto also located in a prime location and perfect for visitors as it’s well centered. This rent includes all utilities, Cable TV, wireless hi-speed internet. I will also be available to pick you up from the airport and show you all the wonderful places i am sure that you ll have fun.

    The rent is $600 monthly including utilities and a refundable security deposit if $600.

    Thank you.

    C Pamela H.

    • Philipp  On February 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Hi, do you really think Pam is a scamer? I’m in contact with her at that time. The next step I planed, is to send her the money. I have to say, it’s exactly the same mail, that I got too. What shall I do? I want to improve my English, can’t identify the writing style, if it’s superb or awful…

  • Aga  On February 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Well…has she sent you her passport ID? Have you received another email explaining who she is? Please read below…

    “I have attached a copy of the contract and a scanned copy of my international passport so that you can read carefully sign and send me a copy for record.
    The deposit will be made to the landlady via western union money transfer as this is the fastest and most reliable way of transferring money internationally, after this payment has been confirmed, receipt will be issued to you confirming your reservation and the room will be reserved for you.
    The landlady has also asked me to tell you that you can get a liberty reserve account online and also get more information on how you exchange your money to liberty reserve from any bank.
    I will send you the landlady,s liberty account number which would used for the transfer.

    I hope this is clear?”

    Western union transfers are only reliable if you know the person, and if you Google liberty reserve account it comes up with various underpinning to ‘Nigeria’ , ‘gold’, and ‘forex’. The safest way is to have the persons bank account, or paypal. I would never use Western Union, as you do not know who you are sending this money to…

    Also, ask her about her backgound…this is what she has written about herself…

    “I was born in Netherlands but spent most of my time in America where my late dad worked all his life before he died. My plan is to do some volunteer job for some time like my dad while i am working on a part-time MA in Writing.
    The landlady owns a garage where she works from time to time she is a very nice person and has two children”. So there was no direct contact with her landlady…which is also a bit strange….

    Just be careful, and just scan this website – a few other have mentioned pam hufman…

    Hope that helps!

  • Erika  On February 7, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Pam was my roommate for a year, i do not understand the meaning of this, She is good person.

    • ruedeseine  On February 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

      Scammers use the identities of “real” and innocent people all the time. Or they make up fake names that just happen to be the same as those of real people.

  • Aga  On February 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

    The information above has been posted in a good will, and any careful tenant should follow the security steps. I have no confirmation if this advert is a scam, but only followed the security steps. If someone is able to to check if the address and a the advert exist then please let me know. I am not able to to do so from where I stand. Thanks!

  • Erika  On February 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I just texted this Solanda Wilson person asking if we could do a background check…and now she isnt texing me like she was….fishy….

  • Eylia  On March 26, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Thanks God I found ths website before i make a futher agreement wth the scammer. It’s not only happen in Paris but here as well in Malaysia. The so called “landlord” wanted me to pay the deposit but without him presently pass the house key. He insist me to tailor the deposit money to him as he’s away for outstation and not in the country.
    As mentioned here,the appartment which the person intends to rent sounds “too good to be true”.. Ths person email address is “kellywoods85@yahoo.com”..

    So my dear brothers and friends, please be extra cautious.. And don’t simply trust your stranger.

    Regards,

    Sofia

  • Aj  On April 4, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Hi there I’m looking to find out if Richard cole is a scammer – he offered us a house in Glasgow

  • Jodi  On April 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    This so called ‘Martinez Jones’, who has an apartment in Dublin but is studying in London, almost got me!! She/He wanted me to send a deposit through Western Union Monet Transfer first, and then send the ‘papers’ and keys to me. And I still questioned about it being a scam and they had the balls to reply promising that its not!! The email address : marinny34@gmail.com
    Seriously, some people are a waste of oxygen!!
    Google scams and be aware of the signs!!

  • amna mulabegovich  On April 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    thank god of this, just got a email from katherine daniel: Katherine Daniel kathedani900@yahoo.com : scammer!! be watching out AMSTERDAM!!!

    And this ones too: kelly brandy kellybrandy50@gmail.com, Jamal Nidal jamalnidal20@yahoo.com, Kelly Whalesjohn whalesjohn_k@yahoo.com.. do never do a deposit people or personal copy of passpoort!!

  • Bruno  On April 26, 2012 at 1:06 am

    The most irritating thiing is that these scammers just have no creativity, once you’ve seen 1 or 2, you’ve seen them all. Pretty much all of them live in the UK, pretty much all of them were transferred there because of their work, pretty much all of them ‘were stupid enough to have’ brought their keys along, pretty much all of them want you to pay before you recieve even a glimpse, they even use the, “i’m not in the country due to work, but if you want, you can go look at the appartment from the outside” excuse… Like i want to know what the hell it looks like on the outside. it just gets frustrating.

  • George  On June 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hi there,
    The current adress of Edwin is ed.beek.rott@gmail.com and his telephone numer is +447011148178. In this case he is in London:
    Name: Edwin Beek
    Address: 34 Beaumont Road, SW19 6RG, London, England, United Kingdom

    Also, he provided the adresses of this friends: petrov.aaron@yahoo.com , annades@asia.com

    Hope this helps someone! We almost have been caught.

  • melissa  On July 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I received an email from Edwin Beek at ed.beek.rott@gmail.com today regarding the sale of a flat in Barcelona:

    “Hello,
    I’m a civil engineer presently relocated to England and my two bedroom apartment in Barcelona is up for rent. I got a contract job in a construction company in London so the apartment will be available for a while as the first phase of my contract is one year.
    Its a fully furnished apartment with a complete bathroom, WI-FI Internet service,telephone, and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave,refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.

    The price of the apartment is 900EUR for a month (All utilities inclusive). If you are interested get back to me so I can provide you with more details and also the rental application form.

    Regards,

    Edwin.”

  • Greta  On August 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you,
    Kindly, go through the details and let me know if you will be interested in renting my apartment, so that we can proceed further. It is a modern, detached and fully renovated apartment.
    Am in the United Kingdom presently, I just got transferred and I will be here for 5 years or so, I am renting my apartment for maximum of 4 years and minimum of 1 month. My apartment is available for rent from now.

    Features:
    - spacious living area
    - detached kitchen and separate toilet
    - Washing machine
    - Microwave
    - Dishwasher
    - Oven
    - DVD
    - Air condition
    - Internet

    Location: – Hooigracht 34, Leiden, Zuid-Holland, (38m2 – € 400).

    Decription:
    - Functional workspace.
    - Well maintained bathroom and Kitchen.
    - Attractive, cozy and inviting.
    - View of the street from the windows
    - Existing equipments in the kitchen already

    Additional info:
    - The apartment is 400Eur including all costs.
    - Rent includes gas, water and electricity.
    - Including fees.
    - Bicycle parking available.
    - Car parking lot.
    - pets allowed.

    Charateristics:
    - Available for 4-5 years, min of 1 month.
    - Deposit of 500Eur only as security payment. (THE SECURITY DEPOSIT PAYMENT WILL BE REFUNDED BACK IF THERE IS NO LOSS OR DAMAGE OF MY PROPERTY).

    I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS.
    1. Are you paying for the apartment on your own?
    2. Are you a foreigner or an insider?
    3. Do I have your word that you will be responsible?
    4. what is your occupation?
    5. Do you still live with your parents?
    6. Are you a good person?

    For further information and inquiries:
    Kindly reply to my email…..jordivannuil209@yahoo.com
    Jordi van nuil

    I almost sent my money to this one, but thanks God i found this website…Be careful

  • Shelley  On February 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    [Scam Message Received]
    The apartment located in 737 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC, Canada is in excellent condition and it’s just like in the pictures, very clean and very well kept. Honestly from point of view I’m sure that you will rent it on spot. I’m not looking to make a business or a profit with the apartment, I’m just trying to find a responsible tenant to take good care of the place. The apartment has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is furnished but if you want you can use your furniture and deposit mine in the storage unit near the building so is not far away. The rent is 960CAD/month with everything included (heat, hydro, water, electricity, cable and internet, 2 parking spots, laundry in-suite, washer and dryer). You will have full access to all the amenities of the building (sauna, pool, fitness room, gym, party room, visitor parking). Pets are allowed. I stayed in the apartment with my wife for 3 months. About me: I’m a civil engineer and I work for a worlwide company called Jacobs Engineering, I’m 45 years old married with 2 children. The reason I’m renting the apartment is that I’m relocating with my job in another country and I already signed the contract that will be for the next 4 years. Everything in the apartment is new so there will be no need for repairs. The only problem is that I need to send you the keys and papers because it is a private property.I’m sure we can make this happen.

  • Annette Whittington  On March 24, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Capt. Smith Henry is a scammer… His email is smithhenry218@yahoo.com. Beware of him, his usong someone picture to scam around.. I sent $150 to his friend Mary Alexander

  • Kate  On April 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    We are looking for an apartment in Turin, Italy. We found one through HolidayLettings.com. The offerings are on an official-looking website. However, the contact wants us to send deposit and passport information and pay the balance in cash when we arrive in Turin. [e-mail address removed by moderator.] The company that has the accommodations is La Vispa Teresa. Are we obligated to send the passport information. Is this a red flag? If anyone has experience with scams in Italy, please let me know what you think about this.

    • PHSW  On April 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Kate,
      No matter whether you’re renting in Italy, France, the U.S. or elsewhere, NEVER send a photocopy of your personal identification of any kind.

  • Kouzounas Kitchen  On July 2, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Hi- I was scammed over flight miles. I wanted to fly from Smf to Ath Greece. This guy “alex sanko” told me to wire him 400 dollars via western union. I asked him to call me, which he did. He sounded legit and normal on the phone. I wired him the money and this is the email I received-

    Didn’t book ticket coz i’m a bad boy! Bad bad boy!! No miles to book the ticket.

    It was all fakey fake. Used fake ID to collect western union, used photoshop software to make fake airlines miles account screenshot. First i and two buddies opened a new airline miles account showing zero balance of course (coz its new), then i made a screenshot of that miles account, then i used photoshop software to edit it so it shows a fake name and fake balance of thousands of miles. Then i made another screenshot and edited it again to show fake name of wife ekaterina viktorovna whoever hamlova who don’t exist or alex senko which is also fake name.

    First i went to this website:

    http://www.virtualphoneline.com/

    and bought a disposable U.S. number, also with fake name.

    Then i went to this website:

    http://www.sprint.com/ business/products/phones/ usbU720_allPcsPhones.html

    And then I bought a portable 4G usb modem with a hacked credit card. Portable usb modems makes it difficult to triangulate user position, so i can send emails from my laptop while cruising from one street block to another. And then i had the modem sent to an untraceable non-existing fake address here in europe which i got off the internet. And then i went here:

    http://www.hide-my-ip.com

    And then i dowloaded anonymizer software to anonymize all emails and browser trace routes. And then i downloaded hacker software so i can send the emails to you with reconfigured trace protocols so that the emails cannot be traced. And then i interlinked Tor, Privoxy and TorCP on my laptop to Onion Routers so that when you check where my emails are coming from, it will show i am in europe or thailand or argentina or kenya or alaska or africa or peru or japan or new york or berlin or indonesia or california or kentucky or north dakota or toronto or wherever!! The emails all get lost in the Anonym-OS operating system which destroys the trace by multiplexing the channels!!! Try it, check my email IP origin and you will be like WHAT THE HECK WHY IS IT SAYING CANADA NOW, THEN AFRICA, THEN JAPAN, THEN PERU, THEN FLORIDA, THEN KENTUCKY, THEN RUSSIA, THEN MALAYSIA then then then.

    And then my partner russians gangster buddy made a fake ID under a made-up fictitious name of ekaterina hamlova whatever, put fake ID details on it and gave it to one of these stoned russian girls doing druggies downtown and she went to pick up the $400 at western union for a tip of 10 bucks and two sticks of weed. All the info, the screen shots of miles accounts, the names, the ID, the names, everytheng was fake. Plus the western union place was some old ass branch in this shady area downtown, lots of corrupt criminal dudes down there, full of dirty ass corrupt mafia gangs. I’m a bad ass russian, i used to live in miami but as illegal immigrant, then got caught for gang fighting and deported to russia. Lots of criminals here, night and day lots of dudes out in the streets planning how to empty the bank, how to steal steal steal, how to get that next sniff and shot, how to make some dirty bucks. Did associate degree in business at a community college in florida so that helped polish my english and write and talk good english like a college boy.

    Then my buddies and i got sweet 400 dollahs cash bucks and now busy spending it, got some weed and cheap ass shoes for my gurl too.

    And then i googled “green card” and “american permanent residenct card” and found some pictures that some dumb dudes put online bragging about their new green card. So i downloaded a copy of their permanent residence document and photoshopped it and put fake name of alexander senko on it.

    Anyway i have to go and check out my gurl and gangsta boyz. She so impatient. No need to respond to this email coz i not gonna use this email account anymore. Time to open a new one under different name for fresh new scam selling fake redsox vs yankees tickets or fake NBA basketball tickets or iphone or laptop. I can set up fake paypal account or alertpay account or online bank account with fake name, or ask a buddy in california to send me one of them green dot ATM cards that can be reloaded at any CVS store or rite aid or walmart.

    I was very shocked that I fell for this! Please be careful. This man asked for my id and passport. Which I sent him copies supposibly for my flight to be booked. :( I lost 420 dollars including western unions tax fee. I never got the money back. This person always uses different identities.

  • Kouzounas Kitchen  On July 2, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I forgot to mention the flight miles site.
    Flight nuts- http:// flightnuts.com/

    Please please, do not use this website! I lost 420.00 cash for thinking that this was a legit website. These scam artists will use fake ids and fake names each time. Be careful!

  • Kouzounas Kitchen  On July 2, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I meant to space out the above email from the scam artist. I just wanted to tell everyone to be on the look out from these kinds of scams.

  • Jessica  On July 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Hi,

    I’m renting out a room in my house and I got a reply from a girl in England saying she was coming here for school and after a couple of emails she asked for my information so if everything worked out she could have her dad send a cheque. I haven’t heard from
    her since then and got a cheque in the mail over night express fed ex for 3750.63 from duff and phelps. Her dad Allan smith emailed me saying I would receive a cheque and to let me know once I had but I didn’t see this email till I received it. I emailed him back asking about the amount as it was way too much $ and he emailed me back saying they sent the wrong amount and it should only be $900 so if I could deposit the cheque and send it back to him minus the $900 and and $200 fee through money gram.
    Has anyone else had something like this happen?

  • Julie  On October 30, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Hi guys, I kind of need your advice regarding a possbile rental scam I am dealing with right now. I am in Hamburg right now and I am looking for a new WG. I got contacted by a guy who just moved to the UK. His offer did not seem too good to be true for my opinion, but I couldn’t visit the flat and he said I had to pay him 2months rent +deposit before he sends me the keys. We also established a lease agreement, which made me think it is okay. Here are the first emails:
    ‘Hallo
    Thanks for your quick reply to my ad of my wg,the flat is vacant now
    and available,so you can move at any time from now on,the whole flat
    is furnished and well decorated,with wood floor,with access of
    light.the rooms are larges enough,about 14m2,with a balcony.
    The whole price cost 640Euro with a refundable security fee of
    700Euro,while a room cost 320Euro with a refundable security fee of
    550Euro.The flat is located atHeußweg 25,20255 Hamburg To talk more
    about the flat we can chat on skype grafe.maxim’
    ‘The flat is free already,renting a bedroom in the flat is perfect,i
    will have to rent the other bedroom to someone else,so you can share
    the flat with,but sorry viewing won,t be possible,am out of town now,i
    just arrive here in UK last night,but i can only send you the flat
    pictures for you to see and decide on’
    ‘Hi Julie
    The flat is free already,you can only make a reservation for the
    flat now,if you are interested in the flat,so i can get the flat
    reserve for you before then..,you will have to sign the lease
    agreement contract with me via the email,i will only need your
    details for the contract to be prepared,it will be prepared and send
    to you via the email,print the contract sign it and scan it back to me
    immediately,you will have to make the payment to me here in England
    via the money agent service moneygram post bank,an get back with a
    scan copy of receipt of payment or payment details,so i can get the
    flat keys posted to your current address now via the Dhl courier
    service together with receipt of payment.
    Here are the details i will need for the lease agreement contract to
    be prepared.
    Your name in full and address
    Date of birth
    Moving in and out date
    Passport ID number
    Phone number
    An address the keys will be posted to by Dhl service together with
    receipt of payment.
    Get back with the details so that the lease contract will be prepared soon.’

    I looked up on the internet regardin MoneyGram and I realized it is not safe at all. Does it seem like a scam for you? Is the contract something sure or it does not change anything?

    Thanks a lot!
    Julie.

  • Hector  On November 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    These is other:

    Good Day,

    Thank you for your response. I’m glad to know that your property is still available; Let me know if you are the owner, agent or middle person for this sale.  However, I am not living in Chile presently, as to enable me come for a personal inspection of the property before paying for it.

    I want you to know that I am currently in search of assistance in transferring my family and investment to Chile and that is why I contacted you. My names are  Khaleed Al Fouad, I am a national of Arab Republic of Syria. I have been based and operating my business in Syria until the political situation that has brought about the shutdown of economic activities in Syria as a result of the on going civil war.I have decided together with my family to invest our funds into a profitable venture in Chile to secure it.
     
    If you are willing to assist me, I will give you complete information on what to do and how to access the investment funds which is already in Europe and invest it in accordance with the foreign direct investment regulations in Chile.
     
     
    The whole business arrangement will be conducted in a manner that  that is consistent with the prevailing international laws and your local legislation guiding such influx of capital investment.

    This is serious and I would want you to assure me that you can handle this situation for me. 6.7 million USD is a lot of money which I will not want to gamble with so you must understand that I have to sure before proceeding.

    I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why i went to a secured property site where I can be sure that the  person is real.

    In the case that you are interested in helping out with this situation, I would request that you send me your direct telephone number and any proof of identity that you are a national of Chile.
     
    We choose Chile because of its current strategic position for investment. In the event that you are legal and we are sure we can work with you, please be informed that we are willing to give 20% of the funds as remuneration. I look forward to hearing from you.
     
    May Allah Bless you and your household,
    Khaleed Al Fouad

  • TigranTheGreat  On November 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Scammer – Samantha Routledge

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest. I received your e-mail regarding my apartment located in: Belgielei 134, 2018 Antwerpen, with 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen and 1 bathroom. I purchased this nice apartment during a business trip to Belgium with the intention of renovating it to a luxury state, then reselling it, but due to the market blockage and the international crisis, it is impossible for me to sell it right now, so I’ve decided to rent it. I am the only owner of the apartment, it is paid in full and it has no legal problems.
    I wish to rent my apartment to some nice and responsible people and in order to do that I have to know a some details about you, like how many persons are you planning to live in the apartment, for how long, if you have a steady income, etc. You should also know that I appreciate sincerity very much.
    In addition to everything else here is a little something about the apartment and myself so we can get to know each other.
    The apartment is the one in the pictures from the advertisment. I have the option of sending all my furniture into storage if you want to bring your own (no extra costs)
    The rent for 1 month is 430 euro for the entire apartment including: (cold/hot water, electricity, wireless Internet, digital TV, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine). Security deposit is 600 euro, and you get it back, when you decide to leave the apartment (you will have to give me at least 30 days notice). You can rent the flat for any period of time (open end contract) but not less than 5 months.
    Now, a little bit about myself so we can get to know each other better. My name is Samantha Routledge and I’m a 39 years old graphic designer from London.
    The only inconvenience is that my job d oesn’t allow me to leave London even for one single day. We just hired some new staff and I’m in charge of their training.
    But this won’t affect you at all. I can make arrangements to rent the apartment from UK.

    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Samantha

  • TigranTheGreat  On November 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    and here is the way how she wanted to be paid:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your timely response and for your kind email. If you are still interested I agree to rent it to you. I promise you that you will love the place. Of course you will have to see the apartment before discussing further details because you cannot rent an apartment that you haven’t seen. I want to do the transaction through eBay Company because one week ago a person from Antwerpen told me that is interested to rent my apartment….i sent the keys and contract to the person but he haven’t picked up the package. ( he told me that already found an apartment ). This is the reason that i want to use Escrow Account from eBay. The delivery for the keys (apartment keys, interphone, alarm) and viewing permit (signed by me), will be made through an authorized courier and using an Escrow Account from eBay, to make sure that we can trust each other.
    http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/pay/accepted-payment-methods.html#escrow

    Using eBay escrow account involves three parties: me as owner, you as a potential tenant and eBay as a responsible third party authorized to proper conduct of the transaction.
    The Escrow Account eBay works the same way as the escrow account on which you place the deposit when you rent an apartment, except that instead of a bank, we use eBay. Of course, nobody can touch that money until you have not returned the keys.
    The escrow deposit, the first month rent + rental guarantee (430 + 600 = 1030 Euro), must be filed by bank transfer to eBay.
    The delivery will be by a licensed company such as DHL, Federal Express or UPS and it will be sent by me at your home.
    To initiate the process, I need the following information about you:
    -Shipping Address (address where you want the package to be delivered) and name of recipient
    -Delivery Schedule (local time you’ll be at home to receive the package and sign the receipt)
    -Phone number
    I want to inform you that eBay will hold the money until you will confirm to them that you like the apartment and keep the keys. If you don’t like it, you only have to return the keys to me after they will refund the money to you. This will be in writing in the contract I will sign.

    I’ll wait your quick reply and if you agree, I will need your full name, shipping address and your phone number (mobile if possible) so I can initiate the eBay rental transaction.

    Best regards,

  • AISA  On February 4, 2014 at 2:25 am

    THIS SCAM IS ALREADY REACHING THE MIDDLE EAST. THANK GOD I DID MY RESEARCH AND LISTENED TO FRIENDS IN QATAR. THE RATES ARE JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. BUT TO SEND 10,500 QAR TO JUST VIEW THE PLACE GAVE ME A BIG DOUBT ON ITS AUTHENTICITY.

    I GOT BOTH ADS FROM GOOGLE SEARCH AND BOTH ARE FROM http://www.mubawab.com.qa/

    THESE ARE THE LINKS TO THE AD:

    http://www.mubawab.com.qa/en/a/4021078/qr-3500-month-modern-apartment-furnished – Susie Batler ;

    http://www.mubawab.com.qa/en/a/4018915/apartment-2-bedrooms-fully-furnished – Yanes Abel ;

    THE NUMBERS THEY POSTED ARE NOT WORKING. SO I EMAILED BOTH. WHEN I ASKED FOR THEIR NUMBERS SO I CAN CALL THEM, THEY NEVER GAVE THEIR NUMBER SO IT REALLY MADE ME DOUBTFUL.

    THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE USING THE SAME TACTICS.

    LET US ALL BE VIGILANT!

    Susie Batler ;
    To Me
    Feb 3 at 4:11 PM
    Hi,

    Thank you for your e-mail.
    I am the owner of the apartment…i wont be living in there. So, the entire apartment could be yours :).So you don`t have to share it with anyone.
    The apartment is fully furnished, could be rented unfurnished too-same price if unfurnished, all the utilities are included (water, garbage, electricity, heat..etc). Pets are allowed. The entire apartment is for rent and the price per month is QR 3,500.
    Has elevator, washer/dryer in unit, A/C, dishwasher, parking–1 Car Garage, safe neighborhood, nice neighbors, very quiet, no noise, close to transportation and everything else, floor 17th.

    Apartment Address:
    Zig Zag Tower A,
    West Bay Lagoon Plaza , Doha

    Photos here (real and actual pictures):
    http://postimg.org/gallery/3e0ncnuv6/d7ad9139/

    Please tell me in short what exactly are you looking for and which are your requirements?

    All the best,
    Susie

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    Me
    To Susie Batler
    Feb 3 at 4:40 PM
    Hi susie! I will be moving in by march. I just want to inquire how will the payment terms will be. I tried to check the link for the ad and it is not there anymore. Did anyone get it already? Any rules? And how many rooms is it again? Can i call u to discuss? Can i have your number?
    Thanks!
    Aisa
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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    Susie Batler ;
    To Me
    Feb 3 at 4:55 PM
    Hi again,

    Just a few more info.The whole apartment is for QR 3,500 per month including all bills. I am asking for the first 2 month’s rent payment plus 1 month as security deposit, it’s QR 10,500 in total.The security deposit is refundable. Equal size-2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, 100 m2, elevator, non smoker, washer/dryer in unit, A/C, dishwasher, parking–1 underground garage included in the rent,also internet, safe neighborhood, nice neighbors, very quiet, no noise, close to transportation and everything else. It’s fully furnished, but I can rent it unfurnished also, same price if unfurnished, will use a moving company if you want it unfurnished. As I said pets are allowed. Building has maintenance-included in the rent. The length of the lease is flexible: long/short term. I have to tell you that I am in Berlin, Germany, I am here with a job contract for 5 years, I am in my first year now, I come to Doha every 6 months for 3 or 4 days and if you rent the apartment i will stay to a hotel. If you want to see the apartment i would need your address where the keys to be FedEx-overnight to you, we will talk about the payment process for the QR 10,500 and about the other details, but, first, if there is something else that you want to know please feel free to ask.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Susie

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    Me
    To Susie Batler
    Feb 3 at 5:03 PM
    Actually im still in dubai. I might get there by the first week of march itself. If possible, maybe my friend can go and check the place. Can you fed ex it to her? She said she can check it by the weekend.
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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    Susie Batler ;
    To Me
    Today at 2:41 AM
    Hi there,

    I have given a great deal of thought about this and I think that sending the keys is not such a good idea. I want to use a third party to handle this for us and I hope it’s ok for you, too.
    I want to use the Remax Company. They are a well known company all over the world. So, I went to their office in Berlin and I told them that I want to rent my apartment and they told me that they have a new service i can use.

    So, here is how it goes:
    I start over the process with Remax here in Berlin and I leave the keys and a copy of the contract at Remax.Then they’ll e-mail you all the information you need to continue the transaction at your end. As per the Remax`s instructions you send the funds to Remax and then Remax will FedEx-overnight the keys and the contract to you. Then you look around the apartment and decide whether take it or not. If you decide not to rent the apartment Remax will refund you within 24 hours and you return the keys to me. It’s clear and simple. This is the only way to do it given the circumstances and that is an overseas rental process. All I want is to both be safe.

    The deposit you have to send it’s QR 10,500 and it’s for the first 2 months and for the security deposit. This is the Remax Service I am talking about, read the steps deal to better understand the process:
    http://delivery-in-24h.info/remax.com/about.remax/index/details.html

    Should i begin the process with Remax? Please e-mail me and let me know and tomorrow you could have the keys in hand if you complete your end in a timely fashion.

    Thank you,
    Susie

    Yanes Abel ;
    To Me
    Feb 3 at 3:25 PM
    Hello ,

    My name is Abel Yanes. I am looking for someone to live in my apartment, as soon as possible, because my company has won an auction for a big construction project in England. I’m a project manger in civil engineering, so my accommodation period here will be very large (more than 7 years ). I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons do you intend to live in my apartment, for what period, etc. I will tell you from the beginning that I don’t have a problem if you are a student and I don’t have a problem with pets (I own a little dog myself). Now I am going to tell you something about the apartment and myself so we can get to know each other. The apartment is exactly like in the pictures, and available from 2 months to 10 years. Also, very important, the utilities are INCLUDED in the price of 4.000 QAR /month. About myself, I am 51 years old and as I told you I am a project manager and my job even if it pais very well, requires that I move a lot and without notice. I bought this apartment while I was working on a 4 year contract in Qatar. You can move in the apartment in the same day you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m already in Manchester because we started the work, but you don’t need to worry because I have made all arrangements to rent the apartment from here. Thank you for your interest and looking forward to a future collaboration and friendship.

    Friendly greetings from the UK!
    Greetings, Abel
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    Me
    To Yanes Abel
    Feb 3 at 3:42 PM
    Hi! Thanks for your reply. Actually for the mean time it will just be me. Most probably i will try to look for someone to share it with. Maybe a couple. Or another single lady. Max we will be four. I dont like crowded places and i want to keep my privacy. I want a relaxed atmosphere when i get home as my work is a bit stressful. I am a quantity surveyor. Im 35 yrs old. I like pets but dont have one. :(
    I will be working for the Lusail project. I will be moving in by end of the month. I am still serving my 30 day notice period here in dubai. If ever you allow me to rent how do i pay you can i just send by bank? Do you need deposit or advance? For as long as i will be working there i hope to stay in your apartment. I am really interested in getting the it and i promise to keep it as clean as possible. i dont have a place to stay when i get there. And it really worries me.
    If you can give me your number i will call you. Please.
    Thanking you and greetings from dubai! Salam.
    Aisa
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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    Yanes Abel ;
    To Me
    Feb 3 at 9:58 PM
    Hello Aisa,

    The apartment is ready for you, you will need only to receive the keys and the contract to check it, and see if you like it. Obviously we need a way to complete this deal, that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after you can also share that apartment with a friend or family. In order of that I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely 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 rent agency which will handle both payment and delivery of the Keys.
    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!

    Friendly greetings, Abel Yanes
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    Me
    To Yanes Abel
    Feb 3 at 10:56 PM
    Hi Abel!
    I am still in dubai. And i wont be there until march. However my friend in is interested to share the flat with me. Can she go and see the place? I told her i found a place and she wants to see it. Can she go to the agency for viewing the place? Is it possible this weekend?
    I am interested to get the place but can my rent start on march? Can my friend see the contract from the agency or will u be sending me a copy of it? What are the payment terms by the way?
    Cheers!
    Aisa
    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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