Protect yourself: tips and tools

Finding an apartment in Paris can be an overwhelming task, especially when you’re not in the city. But it doesn’t have to be a nightmare!

Deal with reputable agencies or landlords that have been recommended to you personally by people you know.

If that’s not possible, be sure to thoroughly research your prospective landlord:

1. Verify the location of the person who e-mailed you by locating the originating IP in the message header (usually in the lower part of the header) and checking to see where they’re located at whois.domaintools.com.

In short, remember, the sender’s actual IP address will always be in the very bottommost “Received:” header.

To learn more about how to find the sender’s original IP address, click here.

***Unfortunately messages coming from a Gmail address do not reveal the originating IP, so be especially vigilant with senders using Gmail.***

2.  Avoid dealing with people who use anonymous e-mail services such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Live and, especially, Gmail. Even if after the IP check you’ve established they’re in France, ask them to write to you from an ISP-based e-mail account. For example, typical French Internet subscriber-based e-mail would be @wanadoo.fr, @noos.fr, @orange.fr, @club-internet.fr or some other ISP where the person’s identity would have been verified and is traceable. Just say you have a problem with Gmail and your spam filter, or some such excuse.

3. Use google to see what comes up! Some scammers steal names from Facebook profiles. Also, run the email address through Spokeo Email Research to see if any additional information is available. Sometimes careless scammers have linked their phony email addresses to their real name, photo and location.

4. Verify the Paris white pages to confirm the landlord’s name, phone number and address. Do a search by building address to see who lives there. Phone the “landlord” at the number listed to verify the person is renting an apartment. Crafty scammers have been known to lift names and addresses from the phonebook to look legitimate.

5. Look up any address in Paris to see a photo of the building using the Paris yellow pages. Compare features such as windows with those in any photos you’ve received. Now you can also use Google Street View to search for photos of any address or neighbourhood in Paris. In the search bar just type in Paris, France and then search again by typing in the address.

6. NEVER send a scan of your passport or other ID. In addition to losing money, you would also open yourself to identity theft.

7. If they offer to send scanned ID or utility bills as proof of their identity, don’t fall for it. These fraudsters frequently send forged stolen documents.

8. If you’re dealing with an unknown agency, check the French registrar of companies to find out if they’re legit.

9. NEVER, under any circumstances, wire money via Western Union or Moneygram to people you don’t know personally. Any honest landlord will accept this. Even Western Union tells you not to do it.

Comments

  • ZUHAL  On September 21, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Mr Charles Don (mrcharlesdon@yahoo.com
    My name is Mr James Carson Williams the owner 1 bedroom and 2 Baths apartment @ 10 Rue Bailleul,75001 Parigi,Francia.and i want you to understand that i want this apratment to be rent to you due to the transfer that i just got from my missionary work that takes me to UK that will last for about couples of years and i want you to know that money was’t my problem but i just need a God fearing tenant that can take good care for all the time that it take for my missionary journey i left with my family including my son, to our new house in UK and am so worries and concerning for the maintenance of the apartment since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, arefrigerator-freezer,andoven,microwave,dishwasherand washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my apartment
    is most important thing to me so i want you to get back to me with the Application form below

    …..RENT APPLICATION FORM………

    1)Your Full Name:
    2)Your Full Address & Phone Number:
    3)How old are you?
    4)Are you married?
    5)How many people will be living in the house?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)When do you want to move in?
    10)How long do you want to stay in my apartment?
    11)Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment?

    I have recieve emails from peoples about the apartment most of them are use to the useforial things of the wolrd ,I told them that I can’t give them the apartment because they loves smoking,drinking and don’t want them to get drunked and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, Note that the rent is going to be Eur 550 Per month No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are.below is my phone number

    call at +44 871 503 1665

    And personally will visit you sometimes during the year as my new tenant you are already in.
    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you becauseam with them rigth in UK. The address of the house is 10 Rue Bailleul,75001 Parigi,Francia

    Thanks And God bless you

    Mr James Carson Williams

    WE RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FRAUD BY CRAIGSLIST BASED IN ENGLAND,THEY CLAIMED THEMSELVES AS REVERAND AND THEY RENT LUXURIOUS APPARTEMENT SO CHEAP;THIS IS THE THIRD TIME IT HAPPENS IN 3 days.PLEASE BE CAREFUL

  • Nina dedekam  On June 4, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I got this mail and was stupid enough to answer some of the question. I gave them my name and my adress. What shall I do, I am afraid they will use this information to steel monwy from me. I need advice.

    Nina

    Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 03:34:54 -0400
    Subject: Profile accepted….
    From: annesmith214@googlemail.com
    To: ndedekam@hotmail.com

    Thank you very much for your reply l can see your willingness in this apartment I want you to know that im satisfied with your profile and l also believe l can have trust in you.Also am happy to speak to you,l showed your profile to my wife and daughter in Africa and told them about the call, they said they are ok with it.l want you to know that l can let you stay in my apartment till the period of time you wish to.Also view more pictures at the attach file..I want you to know that the rent fee is among the utilities so you can use them anytime but make sure you take proper care of my properties.We will come and pay you a visit after you have moved into our home to see how you are maintaining it,..l wish you best of luck in your work, from your profile l can see that you are responsible and a hard working person may the almighty Lord lead you in what ever you wish to do.You shall be making the rent
    payment to my personal lawyer here in west africa,ok..Here is the address

    Address: 5, Rue Alasseur, 75015, PARIS
    Metro: La Motte-Picquet-Grenelle with 3 lines: 2, 8 and 10

    Landing 22’1″ x 5’10″ ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
    Reception room 17’0″ x 16’0″ ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
    Kitchen 13’0″ x 11’0″ ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
    Bedroom 12’10″ x 10’5″ ( 3.91m x 3.18m )
    Bathroom 6’10″ x 5’10″ ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
    Guest WC 5’0″ x 2’10″ ( 1.52m x 0.86m )
    Amenities
    ………………………… …………
    # Bedroom
    # Bathroom
    # Extra Toilet
    # Extra Guest Room
    # Sofa Bed
    # Bed Linen
    Accommodation Features
    ………………………… …………………
    Wood Floor
    Heater
    Central Heating
    Equiped Kitchen
    Tv: Cable/Satellite TV
    Video/Stereo
    Internet
    Air Conditioning
    Full Kitchen
    Refrigerator
    Garage/Car park
    pets allowed
    Kitchen Features
    …………………. ………..
    Washing machine
    Juice Machine
    Iron
    Toaster
    Oven
    Dishwasher
    Coffee Maker
    Microwave
    Refrigerator
    Stove
    As soon as the 1st 2month deposit payment has been confirmed by my Lawyer here, i will go ahead and commence on how the apartment keys/Documents will be delivered to you via DHL COURIER SERVICE on next day delivery and it will be delivered to the address you provided.Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that l can go arrange for the delivery of the keys/Documents.Once again l’m giving you this apartment on trust and do not dissapoint me because we dont want our apartment to be destroyed,no problem if you wish to move
    in with your own properties.l still have one extra room that is empty so you can easily put my own things that you think you dont need in there.And fit in yours
    Here are the contents of the document.
    1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details)
    3)The house documetary file.
    4)Payment Receipt.
    5)Full address and description of the house.
    The attached below is my picture and also the document and keys scan
    for you view,Let me know if i you are ready to have the apartment ,so that we can arrange on how you will get the keys and document to the apartment,ok.And you can also call me as i have tried calling you but cannot reach you ,here is my contact number +2348052731398..
    Thanks and God bless you..

    • David  On June 30, 2009 at 2:48 pm

      I did the same thing, except I answered a lot of questions- did you find out whether they can do anything with your personal information?

  • lol-ster  On June 25, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Hey. I just got an email from a guy, who wanted to rent out his apartment in paris. It was the perfect apartment for a student like me.. But it was to good to be true so I started to google this guys name and found him on craiglist scam website. his e-mail is: ernst_olivier75@yahoo.fr
    This guy has stolen a lot of money from people.. I was so close to send money but i’m glad I didnt. So I want to warn all of you out there. Dont trust him. Hi tells the same story. That he’s been studying for 7 years and that he and his wife are living in the bigger apartment. 500 euros everything included in st germain area. He evens send pics of the apartment and what is supposed to be himself. This guy has apparently been charged with stuff like this before.. If someone has question, feel free to email me.

    • emma  On January 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

      Hi,

      One of my students just got scammed with a similar setup.

      Do you know where in Paris I can report this?

      Thanks,
      Emma

  • kenya  On July 18, 2009 at 4:05 am

    hi, after reading these, i’m pretty sure i responded to a scam- most especially since the list of questions are IDENTICAL to Nina’s. This guy says he’s studying in Africa to become a Father, silly me I answered his questions. However given that my contact info is soon to change I’m not too worried for myself but will be flagging like mad on craigslist for the protection of others. said ad:
    Hi ,

    Good hearing from you that you are interested in my Apartment for rent.Am Jackson Burrow,I resided in the apartment alone.Am out of the country to west africa for catholic schooling and i will be using up 2 years,the reason why i went to a catholic School is because i want to become a FATHER…And the below
    is the question that you must answer to qualify for the rent of
    my flat.The price is EUR600 per Month including the hydro,heat laundry
    facilities,Air condition, internet connection,water and also a
    Security Deposit is aslo needed which is EUR400,So the total cost to
    move-in is EUR1000 .Am ready to rent my home to you as soon as
    possible..
    Appliances:
    Electric Stove
    Fridge
    Microwave
    Heater/Dryer
    Central Heating :
    Equiped Kitchen :
    Tv: Cable/Satellite TV:
    Video/Stereo:
    Internet :
    Air Conditioning:
    Full Kitchen
    Refrigerator:
    Garage/Car park
    Pets allowed.
    Kitchen Features
    ………………….. ………..
    Washing machine:
    Juice Machine :
    Iron :
    Toaster:
    Oven :
    Dishwasher :
    Coffee Maker :
    Microwave :
    Refrigerator:
    Stove:
    Included in Rent:
    Cable Television
    Electricity
    Heat
    Internet Access
    Parking
    Water/Sewer
    Parking:
    Covered Parking
    Plug-in Available
    RENT APPLICATION FORM:

    Also,Pls let me get this answer.
    1)Your Full Name?
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number?
    3)How old are you?
    4)Are you married?
    5)How many people will be living in the Flat?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)What is your religion?
    10)When are you willing to move in?
    11)When do you plan to leave?

    Address: 29 Rue Saint Sabin, Paris 75011, France

    You can Reach me on my Mobile No:

    +2347085591188,002347085591188.

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so
    that I can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your
    name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss
    on how to get the documents and the keys to you,please am giving
    you all this based on trust and again I want you to stick to your
    words,I am putting everything into God’s hand,so please do not let me
    down in this property of mine and God bless you more as you do this.

    Thanks and God Be With You,

    Jackson Burrow

    - Really gets you with the ‘trust’ line. I searched for ‘Jackson Burrow’ in the Paris white pages as suggested, no such name. Thank you to whoever created this website or I may have done much worse for myself.

    • kenya  On July 18, 2009 at 4:19 am

      Hi Rose,

      Thanks very much for your reply and also I can see your willingness in this rent your application form is being approved and you are now qualify for this rent. So I shall be giving you my Home, please again take care of the Home so that I might be glad.I am in West Africa(Nigeria) now and there is no one there that can show the place to you and that is why i provided you with the interior pictures so that you will know how the interiors looks like..So i want you to know that the keys with the necessary document to my Home will be delivered to you Via DHL Courier Service.Hope everything about this process is fine with you.

      However, if you are ready to rent the place now, that will not be a problem but we will advice you due to a responsible and reliable person like you should be able to afford the First month rent and a security deposit which is Eur1000 because I would like to send the following document to you via DHL to the address you provided to me and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possible occupy my Home immediately.

      Once again,I am giving you this on trust and do not disappoint me and i promise you that you will love the Home.There is a garage in the home also there is a large storage room in my home.Also the requirements for move-in is first month rent and a Security deposit .. it is okay if you are renting for a short period of time or a long period of time.

      Here are the contents of the packages that will be delivered to you via DHL courier service:
      1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
      2)Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details)
      3)The house documetary file.
      4)First Month Rent and Security Payment Receipt.

      So I am with your informations here with me and I will like to know whether you are ready for the payment of the first month rent and the Security deposit right now so you can move in as soon as possible.Let me know If I can send you my Information on how/where to send the money through Western Union local store so I can get all the package sent to you as soon possible.

      You can reach me on this mobile.I will be glad to speak with you.
      +234-7085-591188 OR 0112347085591188.

      Thanks so much and God Bless You.

      Jackson Burrow

  • kenya  On July 18, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Also, when I showed the full header this is what came up.. not normal.

    Return-Path:
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    be careful please

  • Julien  On September 8, 2009 at 4:11 am

    La meme, d’angleterre cette fois, le nom: Robson Claire:

    Hello Julien,
    Thanks for your response of willing to rent the room, The bedroom is fully furnished in a 3 bedroom flat, the flat is centrally located and easy access to public transfer…the rent per month is 400 euros and a security deposit of 500 Euro is required and you will have it back at the end of your stay in my flat.
    Large kitchen with new appliances including dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, washing machine and tumble dryer
    -Bright spacious sitting/dining/TV room
    -Double bedroom with beautiful view
    -Modern, luxury bathroom with power shower
    -Cable, digital TV aerial point, BT phone point, broadband and fire alarm system
    -Central heating (new boiler) and instant hot.

    All services near by: metro, highway, banks, restaurants…
    Property type : 1 Bedroom
    Asking Price : 400 EUR Including utilities
    Available Now for short and long term.
    About myself
    My name is Robson Claire, I am a 25 yrs old Multi nationality English but spent most of my life in Paris. I work with HSBC Holding Plc. I can’t stop having fun when its necessary. I am an accountant, so this makes me travel often which is the mere reason why i need and search good people to occupy my bedroom, so i will be rest assured that my apartment is in safe hands in my absence. The other bedrooms are reserved for two canadian medical student coming for their internship in Paris.
    I have travelled to different places, i got my first degree in London school of economics, i worked in Paris as a senior accountant in a broking firm before I come back to London to work with HSBC Holding Plc…what a traveller i am….lol
    Why am renting the bedroom out is that am currently with my Company HSBC in London,UK to work With Government mission on Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands HSBC, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy it and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics and a sony DVD player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property I have, and it also took me so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.
    Furnished Bedroom Description
    Newer Carpet,Marble Floors in Kitchen and Bath, New Paint, Complex
    Amenities Includes Laundry room, Parking Assigned.
    Terms:
    Lease Terms: month to month
    Ready for move-in now!
    Interior Kitchen
    Dishwasher
    Microwave Rooms Amenities ,A/C
    Fireplace
    Cable Available
    Handicap Accessible
    Scenic View
    Lease Availability: Immediate Lease Terms: How Long ?
    Policies Pets: Allow
    -1 Dedicated Parking Spaces Community:
    Handicap Accessible
    So if you are interested in renting the flat, kindly get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?
    HERE IS THE HOUSE ADDRESS.
    LOCATION & AREA
    8 rue Champollion
    PARIS 75005
    France
    (5er arrondissement – neighborhood)
    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stink to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Best Regards.
    Yours Faithfully
    Robson Claire.
    HSBC Holdings PLC
    “The world’s fifth-largest bank in terms of assets”
    Bishops Court
    29 Artillery Lane
    London
    E1 7LP
    Ph: +447045761795

    Faites gaffe, moi je l’ai repoussé en demandant: Donc on fait le virement via Western Union? :D

  • bob128  On September 29, 2009 at 11:29 am

    la meme, de la part de Robson Claire

  • Marine  On October 1, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Même robson Claire debut octobre via craigslist, même annonce
    ils vont peut être essaye jusqu’à ce que qqn tombe ds le panneau. :(

  • Gigi Rivera  On October 6, 2009 at 7:32 am

    same thing now:

    Best Regards.
    Thanks
    Mr. Mark Hamill
    23 Lower Belgrave Street
    SW1W 0NR, London
    UK
    +447045761795

    email papatosibe1@gmail.com

  • Flavio  On November 4, 2009 at 2:26 am

    another one, different name:

    Best Regards.
    Yours Faithfully
    Eva Alonso.
    HSBC Holdings PLC
    “The world’s fifth-largest bank in terms of assets”
    Bishops Court
    29 Artillery Lane
    London
    E1 7LP
    Ph: +447045761795

    email: solidarityofman@gmail.com

  • Jen  On November 9, 2009 at 3:54 am

    La meme chose, nom Eva Alonso.

    Same thing happened to me under the name Eva Alonso.

  • dani  On November 10, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Apartment in PARIS – ATTENTION

    eva alonso is a swindle!!!!
    eva alonso è una truffa!!
    eva alonso: il est escroque!!!

  • Eric  On November 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Also I fell for it, this time for a place in Istanbul. 650 TL for a 2+1 in Cihangir was just too good to be true! Only gave him some details I’m sure he can’t do anything with (my bank account is safely registered at another address he doesn’t have). Be careful, it was his phone number that led me to this site! The e-mail is identical to those for the Paris apartment, his name is Rev. Collins, e-mail address: erica.collins20@gmail.com.

  • Flo  On November 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    What is really funny is that they provide a mosquito net in the apartments in NYC!!!??? If it would be in Nigeria, maybe, but NYC? Come on!
    I’ve received a lot a emails from scammers this week. Listening to them, Western Union would have got all my money loool!
    Be extremely careful!

  • Pennelope  On December 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    BE CAREFUL – A rental scam again on craigslist! Appartment in Paris! This time Robson Claire turned into Gerard Bardou Pascual!

    He sent his Passport ID to sound more faithful. Unfortunately I sent him in return a scan of my PASSPORT ID. Now I am really worried if he’ll use my identity next time for another scam.
    Does anyone know what to do know?

    Hello xxx,

    Thanks for your response of willing to rent the room, The bedroom is fully furnished in a 3 bedroom flat, the flat is centrally located and easy access to public transfer…the rent per month is 400 euros and a refundable security deposit of 600 Euro is required and you will have it back at the end of your stay in my flat.
    Large kitchen with new appliances including dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, washing machine and tumble dryer
    -Bright spacious sitting/dining/TV room
    -Double bedroom with beautiful view
    -Modern, luxury bathroom with power shower
    -Cable, digital TV aerial point, BT phone point, broadband and fire alarm system
    -Central heating (new boiler) and instant hot.

    All services near by: metro, highway, banks, restaurants…
    Property type : 1 Bedroom
    Asking Price : 400 EUR Including utilities
    Available Now for short and long term.
    About myself
    My name is Gerard Bardou, I am a 25 yrs old Multi nationality English-Spanish but spent most of my life in Paris. I work with HSBC Holding Plc. I can’t stop having fun when its necessary. I am an accountant, so this makes me travel often which is the mere reason why i need and search good people to occupy my bedroom, so i will be rest assured that my apartment is in safe hands in my absence. The other bedrooms are reserved for two canadian medical student coming for their internship in Paris.
    I have travelled to different places, i got my first degree in London school of economics, i worked in Paris as a senior accountant in a broking firm before I come back to London to work with HSBC Holding Plc…what a traveller i am….lol
    Why am renting the bedroom out is that am currently with my Company HSBC in London,UK to work With Government mission on Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands HSBC, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy it and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics and a sony DVD player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property I have, and it also took me so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.
    Furnished Bedroom Description
    Newer Carpet,Marble Floors in Kitchen and Bath, New Paint, Complex
    Amenities Includes Laundry room, Parking Assigned.
    Terms:
    Lease Terms: month to month
    Ready for move-in now!
    Interior Kitchen
    Dishwasher
    Microwave Rooms Amenities ,A/C
    Fireplace
    Cable Available
    Handicap Accessible
    Scenic View
    Lease Availability: Immediate Lease Terms: How Long ?
    Policies Pets: Allow
    -1 Dedicated Parking Spaces Community:
    Handicap Accessible

    So if you are interested in renting the flat, kindly get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    HERE IS THE HOUSE ADDRESS.
    LOCATION & AREA
    8 rue Champollion
    PARIS 75005
    France
    (5er arrondissement – neighborhood)

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stink to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Best Regards.
    Yours Faithfully
    Gerard Bardou
    HSBC Holdings PLC
    “The world’s fifth-largest bank in terms of assets”
    Bishops Court
    29 Artillery Lane
    London
    E1 7LP
    Ph: +447045761795

    _________________________________
    DON’T FOLLOW THIS OFFER!!!!!!! IT IS A SCAM!!!

  • Kristina  On January 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

    So, I received this email today for an apartment in Paris.That time he gave me the adress from a company he is working for….I don’t know but this is definately a fake…I received that mail from :Pierre-Betrand Goalec [edw.place@gmail.com] so pay attention to this name. It is a current advertisment on craiglist!

    Thanks for your response of willing to rent the room, The bedroom is fully furnished in a 3 bedroom flat, the flat is centrally located and easy access to public transfer…the rent per month is 450 euros and a refundable security deposit of 600 Euro is required and you will have it back at the end of your stay in my flat.

    Large kitchen with new appliances including dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, washing machine and tumble dryer
    -Bright spacious sitting/dining/TV room
    -Double bedroom with beautiful view
    -Modern, luxury bathroom with power shower
    -Cable, digital TV aerial point, BT phone point, broadband and fire alarm system
    -Central heating (new boiler) and instant hot.

    All services near by: metro, highway, banks, restaurants…
    Asking Price : 450 EUR Including utilities
    Available Now for short and long term.
    Details about myself and family
    I am a 25 yr French professional who studies same time. I was born in Paris(France), where i lived with my parents before my father who was a lawyer was transferred to the USA to work for AIG company as their company legal advisory and i have to come to Paris for my masters degree and lived with my father in his apartment which he has permanently bought from the owner in the house.

    He died few months ago after he went on a business trip to Australia when he went to Vamed Engineering and came back with Influenza and so was infected but was not home on time for treatment. His memories lingers in my heart daily and each time i look at his picture and ever since my mother has been in United State managing my fathers firm and also handling some of our assets. What more do i tell about my family…. .!!! I have a kid brother and sister who are in school and living with my mother in Texas.

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

    Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with my Company Pegasus Energy UK Ltd,United Kingdom to work With Pegasus Energy company , I will be here for about 6 to 1 Year. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house,Since i am not residing there for now. Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property my late Father left behind, and it also took him so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    Furnished Bedroom Description
    Newer Carpet,Marble Floors in Kitchen and Bath, New Paint, Complex
    Amenities Includes Laundry room, Parking Assigned.
    Terms:
    Lease Terms: month to month
    Ready for move-in now!
    Interior Kitchen
    Dishwasher
    Microwave Rooms Amenities ,A/C
    Fireplace
    Cable Available
    Handicap Accessible
    Scenic View
    Lease Availability: Immediate Lease Terms: How Long ?
    Policies Pets: Allow
    -1 Dedicated Parking Spaces Community:
    Handicap Accessible

    So if you are interested in renting the flat, kindly get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    HERE IS THE HOUSE ADDRESS.
    LOCATION & AREA
    8 rue Champollion
    PARIS 75005
    France
    (5er arrondissement – neighborhood)

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stink to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Best Regards.

    Yours Faithfully
    Pierre Bertrand Goalec

    Pegasus Energy UK Ltd
    Unit 1,Quayside Business Centre
    School Road,
    Lowestoft,
    Suffolk,
    NR33 9NW
    United Kingdom
    http://www.pegasusenergy.co.uk
    Ph: +447045761795

  • juan carlos  On January 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Hi, this guy Richard Mcneish is offering an apartment in Lyon, beware.

    He uses “his” wife carol email. mcneishcarol@gmail.com

  • Hanna  On February 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Well, a dead father might help…

    Hello Hanna,

    Details about myself and family
    I am a 25 yr professional who studies same time. I was born in the London, United kingdom where i lived with my parents before my father who was a lawyer was transferred to Sweden to work for DHL company as their company legal advisory and i have to come to Stockholm for my masters degree and lived with my father in his flat which he has permanently bought it from the owner in the house.

    He died few months ago after he went on a business trip to Australia when he went to Vamed Engineering and came back with Influenza and so was inffected but was not home on time for treatment. His memories lingers in my heart daily and each time i look at his picture and ever since my mother has been in London, England managing my fathers firm and also handling some of our assets. What more do i tell about my family…..!!! I have siblings who are in school and living with my mother in London.

    Apartment Amenities
    The rooms is furnished, have cable jerk and also a sound system all for your entertainment purpose, a big twin bed that sleeps two people conveniently, private entrance and exit, private toilet and bathroom, parking space, washer and drier, it is air-conditioned, the kitchen is fully equipped also coz i do a lot of cooking and so i have microwave oven, gas cooker and so many for your heating and cooking needs. There is connection to internet via wireless and LAN and also Broadband as well for your computing purpose, so you can come with your laptop or desktop if you have one.

    Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with a Company in United Kingdom, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. We just need the apartment to be occupied rather empty and abandoned by either Students, family, couple or Anybody what an open heart to take good care of the property and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house. Since i am not residing there for now.

    Also the keys to the Apartment are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has been accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is one of the valuable properties my late father left behind, and it also took him so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    LOCATION OF THE APARTMENT
    Lundagatan 49,
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Places near by: It is near to the popular park..banks, markets, resturants, schools, universities ..etc Nearest to metroline.

    Property type : Single 2 bedroom apartment
    Asking Price : 400 Euro
    Security Deposit: 700 Euro, This is refundable after the end of your stay in my room at no damages….
    Availablity: Now
    Parking space available

    There is no problem reserving a room for you provided you can comply with these procedures/terms of transaction and show some commitment by paying a deposit and first month rent which include utilities, so you don’t need to pay any bills again.

    So if you are interested in the House you get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address & Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *A copy of your International passport or Working identity as i will be sending you mine along with the contract documents.
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stand to your words, you know that, we have not seen each other yet and only putting everything into God hands and trust, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Thanks.
    Stefan Larsson.
    +447045761795

  • Hanna  On February 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    The above was from the email: murithunder@gmail.com

  • Kris  On February 8, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Thank you very much for this site!!! It saved me about one hour before sending the money… It looked so confidential! We changed many emails. I gave him my adress and phone number, the second day someone from Nigeria was calling me!!! I don’t know, what to do, is it dangerous?

    This is him:
    Mr Samuel Jerry Parky
    TSB Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands Centre
    Address: 14514 Luthe Road
    State: Houston
    Zip code: 77039
    Country: United State of America
    Phone: +1-810-729-6037
    Home phone:+447045761795

  • Martin  On March 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Just had the same encounter as Hanna with Lundagatan 49 in Stockholm. Got as far as receiving the contract but backed out as soon as it said Western Union money transfer.

    Too bad, I really need an apartment :(

  • Jesper  On April 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    The guy Kris is referring to just emailed me to offer me a very cheap apartment in Brussels, only under the name “John Andrea”, but with the same business title and address,

    TSB Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands Centre
    Address: 14514 Luthe Road
    State: Houston
    Zip code: 77039
    Country: United State of America

    Seemed friendly enough, but what got me suspicious was that his email address was sampark56@gmail.com.

    Lookout for this person, whoever it is. And thanks for this forum, helped me avoid wasting time on this idiot.

  • Sarah  On May 11, 2010 at 4:07 am

    i’m currently looking for a flat in Stockholm, so if i can help people… here are all scammails i’ve found.

    (je suis actuellement en train de chercher un appartement à Stockholm, je transmet donc la liste de scammails sur lesquels je suis tombée, si cela peut aider quelqu’un…)

    Clark White
    Sara span
    Slim James (celui là n’est pas bien malin, il met un nom et un prénom différents!)
    Sydney Jones (lui il sait pas écrire son nom de famille…)
    Mary Holder
    Rev Sister Veronica Regalado
    dgr grant
    David Jame
    Benjamine Liza
    Richard Regalado
    Eric Simeon
    fe.du@ovi.com
    simon psan
    Finn Herskind
    Veronica Regalado
    Mistress Suzan
    M J
    Elizabeth A Sasse <cdr_2003@ymail.com
    John Lasag
    mark jide
    Jermain Roth
    Pijo Kwam
    Walter Peterson
    Don McBerry
    Eng Kenny Hartlen

    They ALL rent their flat whereas they live in another country, so that you cannot visit it, and to prove that you’re really interested, they want you to pay in advance by western union, and they send you the keys by mail. some of them live in england, south africa, or nigeria…

    Ils habitent dans un a

    • Kristen  On December 2, 2011 at 7:25 am

      Yesterday I found this website and it REALLY saved me.
      I was in contact with a seller on Craiglist that had a beautiful condo at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto ON and was only selling for $800 (incl, utilities + internet)! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it so I e-mailed “Walter Peterson” to inquire about this dream home.
      We e-mailed back and forth, with slight difficulty on my part due to some broken English on his part, about why the cost was so low and if I wanted to move in how the process would go.
      He sent me a reply with a website address for a global real estate company that deals with this kind of stuff. When I went to look for phone numbers for anyone nothing showed up so that was another flag going off in my mind.
      He was asking for a deposit to be wired to this account for the real estate to hold onto to send over a key and contracts. This was $800 first rent and $800 deposit on last rent ($1600 in total). When I got this e-mail we were very confused as to why we would send any money anywhere when I haven’t seen the place or received any kind of address, hense another flag.
      When I first contacted him he told me he was from Toronto and moved to the UK for work and when trying to read his e-mails it became very difficult and I wondered why he was having such a great time coming across when he has lived in english speaking countries for so long, another flag.
      I was also wondering why the ad was still up on Craiglist with me so highly interested in the place, another flag.
      Why was it so cheap? Another flag!
      The e-mail from the real estate was very confusing and was formatted every which way. It made no sense and seemed fishy.
      I looked at the times in which I was e-mailed and saw that the bank/real estate had e-mailed me an hour before “Walter” told me he was going to the bank, another flag.
      After looking for “Walter’s” phone number online through yellowpages this was the very first website to show up and for that I am extremely grateful. When I saw it I got all hot and shaky because of how close I came to losing so much money and being part of a scam. I decided to deal with people I can talk to and see with my own eyes when looking for a place from now into the future.
      Thank you so much for this post and I hope that other people think the same way and this comment helps them as well!

  • Chandra  On May 24, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Scammails unsing craigslist are also active in Munich, Germany.
    I am also getting many responses like this.

    Be careful!

  • Serra  On June 1, 2010 at 10:19 am

    wow, this was helpful! I was looking for an apartment in Toronto and I saw the name of my prospective landlord on the list!
    when am ready to meet them they just flew to SOuth africa! ;p
    And they are forcing me to pay in advance via western union!

  • Joseph  On July 20, 2010 at 3:57 am

    WHAT A [...] ! I received this while looking around in Stockholm…the address they use is
    “6 Lilla Hoparegränd, S-111 29, Stockholm, Sweden”. Later I found 4 other Craigslists’ postings with the exact address.

    Hello Joseph
    Thank you for your interest in my property and how is your family doing? hope you are all doing great…Is good to secure the place May 2011 is OK I’m very happy to also know more about you, but I must tell you again that, I’m only interested in serious and responsible tenants, who will help me take good proper care of my property in my absence, so I want you to assure me again that, I have found you as the right person to take good care of the place for me. About the viewing of the home. I will send the keys and document via a courier service when you receive it you can have access to see the inside of the apartment. I would like you to fill out the rent application below.

    Private & Confidential rent Application

    1)Your Full Name__________________________ ____
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone# ____________
    3)How old are you _____________________________
    4)Are you married ______________________________
    5)How many people will be living in my property ____________
    6)Do you have a pet ______________________________
    7)Do you have a car ______________________________
    8)Occupation ______________________________
    9)When will you like to move in? _____________________________
    10)How long are you willing to stay in the property ________________
    11)Picture of the occupant____________________________

    Looking forward to hearing back from you with all this details today,so that i can have them in my file, in case of issuing your rent payment receipt to you and for contacting you.

    Your quick response will be highly appreciated today.,May GOD bless you and your families.

    Best Regard

    G Larsen

  • Hanna  On August 11, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I am also looking for a room in Stockholm, and I got exactly the same emails as displayed here.
    The guy was named BOB ALLAN and his email is bosokoto@gmail.com

    Watch out!

  • klara  On August 27, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Hi. I´m looking for a place in Copenhagen and I got the same e-mail.

    Klara,

    Thanks for your prompt response regarding my posted ad, let me take a little time to tell you something about myself, the room & its amenities, price and conditions to rent.

    About myself
    My name is Allen Andre I am a double nationality British , am currently working with TSB, so this makes me travel often which is the mere reason why i need to search good people to share flat with me so that i will be rest assured that my flat is in safe hands in my absence.
    I got my first degree in Harvard School of Economics, i worked in Copenhagen as a senior accountant in a broking firm before i went to the Barcelona to take a 3 years course in public marketing and to learn the spanish cultures and languages.I Did my internship in machester univeristy at Uk which gave me an opportunity to visit the united kingdom for the first time before returning back to Copenhagen(denmark) to start my masters and work aswell then i have been here ever since…what a traveller i am….lol

    Flat Amenities:
    A small fridge in each room
    A big freezer in the kitchen
    Each room has a big wardrobe
    TV connected to a cable
    A surround sound system
    Private toilet and bathroom for each room
    Washer/dryer for laundry needs
    Air-condition and fire place to keep the room warm
    Gas cooker and micro wave oven available in the kitchen

    Price:
    Rent per month……… 2500DKK
    per week………………… 1000DKK
    Security deposit…….. 5500DKK

    LOCATION OF THE APARTMENT
    21 Hammerichsgade , Copenhagen, 1611 Denmark.you can it on (maps.google.com)

    NB: The security deposit is refundable upon verification of the room which you rented to be in good order. Both payment is to be made once to my family lawyer .

    There is contract available for weekly, month to month and long term basis but if you want a long term rent, i will prefer an initial 1-3 months rent which is renewable 2weeks prior to the rent expiration.
    Utilities included in the rent:
    Water
    Gas
    Electricity bill
    Laundry
    Parking space
    Internet via wireless lan
    Trash pick up

    Why i am renting:
    Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with my Company TSB in London,United kingdom to work With Government mission on Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands TSB, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics and a sony DVD player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My ComputerConnected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property I have in Denmark, and it also took me so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    So if you are interested in the House you get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stand to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Best Regards,
    Thanks.
    Allen Andre
    TSB Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands Centre
    Address: 13 Church Road
    London,
    NW10 9NP,
    United Kingdom.

  • sarache  On September 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    the same for me!! be careful his name is FINN HERSKIND

    Hello,

    Thank you for showing interest in my apartment,the apartment consist of the living room, 2 bedrooms, one with a double sized bed and one with a smaller bed, the bathroom and toilet and a well furnished living room. I live in London presently, I have a job here and moved with my family last Summer. I have a 2 years contract with a very good chance of an extension. I am in London presently and the keys to the apartment is with me here so I will only be able to come to show you round the apartment after seriousness has been established on your path. The apartment is in a very conducive environment, there are lots of cultural attractions in the area, shopping centers, restaurants and public transportation is just around the corner. The whole apartment cost HKD10,000, if you do not wish to rent the whole apartment and would prefer to share, there is an option for you to take one of the 2 rooms and I will get someone else to occupy the other room.

    DETAILS ABOUT MY APARTMENT……….

    Address: Flat B, 7th Floor,43 Gage Street, Central Hong Kong
    Nearest Bus / Trainway: 4 minutes walk from the apartment
    The apartment comes equipped with telephone and ADSL internet connection.
    Number of bedrooms:2
    Number of bathrooms:2
    Max number of people:5
    Square Meters:65m.sq
    Monthly rental price: HKD5000 per room including all
    bills HKD10,000 for the whole apartment including all bills..
    Security Deposit: HKD8000

    AMENITIES AVAILABLE OUTSIDE
    Barbecue, Disabled Facilities, Allocated Parking space
    Balcony Terrace

    INSIDE
    Kitchen,13’0″ x 11’0″ ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
    Reception room 17’0″ x 16’0″ ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
    2Bedrooms 1 12’10″ x 10’5″ ( 3.91m x 3.18m )
    2Bathrooms 6’10″ x 5’10″ ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
    washing machine
    American Kitchen Fridge & Freezer Oven
    Microwave Dish Washer Crockery&Utensils
    Bath Shower Hair Dryer and Towels
    Internet Dial Up,Internet Broadband Cable/Satellite
    TV,Stereo/Radio System DVD Player
    DVD/Music Collection
    Library Telephone Fax
    Central Heating Air Conditioning
    Separate WC 5’0″ x 2’10″ ( 1..52m x 0.86m )

    MODE OF REGISTRATION.
    A)Tenants will supply his/her details which will be forwarded to my lawyer to prepare the contract documents.
    B)Tenants will email a confirmation message to me to confirm that he/she received the contract documents.
    C)Tenants will print out the Contract Documents and then Sign it.
    D)Tenants will pay the deposit payment via western union money transfer,the receipt will be attached to the contract documents and scan back to me for confirmation and proper documentations by my Lawyer.
    Please read through the email carefully and if you agree with the terms of the email, I want you to provide me with the following details so I can forward it to my lawyer so he can prepare the contract documents. Please provide me with

    Name in Full..
    Address…

    Nationality…
    Date of move in and out…
    Phone number…..
    Sex……………….Male or Female.

    You can call me on my mobile line anytime,for more details

    +447011182938

    Hope to read from you soon.

    Regards,
    Finn Herskind
    +447011182938

    • Stephanie  On September 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      This Finn herskind guy is still going andsays he’s got an apartment in Stockholm – got exactly the same email as aboev but reagrding an apartment in Stockholm.

      • Samantha  On October 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

        Yep, this Finn Herskind guy is definitely still going. Posted here in Singapore on Craigslist as well, but took the post down when I emailed him to ask why such a beautiful, European style apartment with gigantic heaters on the wall would exist in a tropical country on the equator. Last I checked, the problem in singapore is getting rid of heat, not adding it.

    • Martin Philip Jones  On December 22, 2010 at 6:16 am

      Yep, this Finn Herskind guy is certaily still going. He’s got an apartment in charlottenburg Berlin, with a very similar advert to the ones above. I unfortunately and foolishly lost 750€ yeaterday. Deposit on this Berlin flat. I having received from him a signed legal tenancy agreement prepared by “his lawer” and a photocopy of his passport sent him via Western Union the deposit required. Last night he contacted me requiering the fist moths rental of 800€ to be sent to him today.Luckily I found this website before sending him another 800€. Pleas be careful and don’t fall into the same trap as I did. FINN HERSKIND is a CROOK!
      Below I post the Emails thatI received from him…
      Hello Martin,

      Thank you for showing interest in my apartment,the apartment consist of the living room, 2 bedrooms, one with a double sized bed and one with a smaller bed, the bathroom and toilet and a well furnished living room. I live in London presently, I have a job here and moved with my family last Summer. I have a 2 years contract with a very good chance of an extension. I am in London presently and the keys to the apartment is with me here so I will only be able to come to show you round the apartment after seriousness has been established on your path. The apartment is in a very conducive environment, there are lots of cultural attractions in the area, shopping centers, restaurants and public transportation is just around the corner. The whole apartment cost EUR800, if you do not wish to rent the whole apartment and would prefer to share, there is an option for you to take one of the 2 rooms and I will get someone else to occupy the other room.

      DETAILS ABOUT MY APARTMENT……….

      Address: 25 Lohmeyerstrasse, 10587, Berlin, Germany

      Nearest Bus / Trainway: 4 minutes walk from the apartment
      The apartment comes equipped with telephone and ADSL internet connection.
      Number of bedrooms:2
      Number of bathrooms:2
      Max number of people:5
      Square Meters:65m.sq
      Monthly rental price: Eur400 per room including all
      bills Eur800 for the whole apartment including all bills..
      Security Deposit: Eur750

      Location & area

      It is situated in Charlottenburg, a few mins. walk to the castle. There are many museums, restaurants, pubs, cafes along the main road.

      It is situated in the center of Berlin, 3 mins. walk to Schloss Charlottenburg. The underground station Richard Wagner Platz is 3 mins. walk, and bus M45 travels all through the day and night. It is also close to the International Convention Center (ICC) and Kurfurstendamm, and all the other sights are easily reached.

      Address:
      25 Lohmeyerstrasse, 10587, Berlin, Germany

      Bathroom

      * Yes Towels:
      * Yes Bath:
      * Yes Hair Drier:
      * Yes Shower:

      Extras

      * DVD Player:
      * Fax:
      * Washing Machine:
      * Work Desk:
      * Bed Sheets:
      * Cable/Satelite TV:
      * Internet Broadband:
      * Ironing Board:
      * Library:
      * Stereo/Radio System:
      * Telephone:

      Kitchen

      * Microwave:
      * Oven:
      * American Kitchen:
      * Fridge & Freezer:
      * Crockery & Utensils:
      * Dish Washer:

      Living room

      * Fireplace:
      * Sofa Bed:
      * Table & Chairs:

      Outside

      * Terrace:
      * Parking:
      * Pets Welcome:
      * Barbecue:

      * Sauna:
      * Bathroom:
      * Spa / Jacuzzi:
      * Lift / Elevator:
      * Swimming Pool:
      * Disabled Facilities:

      Rooms

      * DVD/Music Collection:
      * Air Conditioning:
      * Ensuite Bathroom:
      * Balcony:
      * Safe:
      * Central Heating:
      * City View:
      * Daily Cleaning:

      MODE OF REGISTRATION.
      A)Tenants will supply his/her details which will be forwarded to my lawyer to prepare the contract documents.
      B)Tenants will email a confirmation message to me to confirm that he/she received the contract documents.
      C)Tenants will print out the Contract Documents and then Sign it.
      D)Tenants will pay the deposit payment via western union money transfer,the receipt will be attached to the contract documents and scan back to me for confirmation and proper documentations by my Lawyer.
      Please read through the email carefully and if you agree with the terms of the email, I want you to provide me with the following details so I can forward it to my lawyer so he can prepare the contract documents. Please provide me with:

      Name in Full…………..
      Address……………..
      Nationality……………..
      Date of move in and out……………..
      Phone number……………….
      Sex……………….Male or Female.

      You can call me on my mobile line anytime,for more details

      +447011182938

      Hope to read from you soon.

      Regards,
      Finn Herskind
      +447011182938

      Dear Martin Philip Jones,

      My lawyer have prepared the contract agreement for the property at (25 Lohmeyerstrasse, 10587, Berlin, Germany
      )you are interested in renting from me. I have gone through the agreement and i have appended my signature so I am sending it to you now in this email so you can go through it and sign it where necessary.

      You have to go through it properly and sign where necessary and send it back to me with the receipt of the payment for the security deposit of EUR750

      I will act as trustee for the security deposit so I am including my details that you will need to make the payment for the refundable security
      deposit via Western Union.

      Here is my details to use for the western union transfer:

      Name: Finn Herskind
      Address: 38 Lensbury Way, London, SE2 9SY, United Kingdom

      You are to get back to me with the following information.

      SENDERS NAME:
      SENDERS ADDRESS:
      MTCN 10DIGIT NO:

      I look forward to hear from you.

      Finn Herskind.

      Hello Martin,

      This is to confirm the receipt of your email, The rental payments will be made into my British bank account that i will set up soon and i shall furnish you with the details when i have set up the account.

      I will be in Berlin on the 9th of January 2011 to hand over the keys to you and also give you the bank account details where the monthly rent will be paid in by you.

      I have attached a copy of my passport.

      Do email me the western union transfer slip or the mtcn numbers and also the signed contracts on Monday morning so my lawyer can seal up the contract and you will move in on the 9th of January 2011.

      Regards.
      Finn Herskind.

      Dear Mr Martin Philip Jones,

      How are you doing today? I have received the payment of the security deposit and the signed contract today, so this is a confirmatory email for you to know I have received the security deposit and the signed contracts.

      All that is left for you to do right now as stated in the contract is to make the payment for a month’s rent which is 800 EUROS, I need a payment of a full month’s rent from you for my Lawyer to be able to seal up the contract and a receipt of payment slips will be sent out to you as soon as the payment is received.

      My Lawyer cannot issue you a receipt of the payment slip without receiving the payment for the first month of your occupancy, it is a necessary requirement before the receipt can be issued and my Lawyer need to seal up the contract as soon as possible.

      I need you to make this payment as soon as possible so she can issue the receipt to both parties. i.e. You and me the Landlord.

      You are to make the payment directly to me using the same details you used for making the payment for the security deposit.

      Name: Finn Herskind
      Address: 38 Lensbury Way, London, SE2 9SY, United Kingdom
      Amount: 800 EUROS

      You are to get back to me with the following information.

      SENDERS NAME:
      SENDERS ADDRESS:
      MTCN 10DIGIT NO:

      I hope you can take care of this as soon as possible so all arrangements can be finalized.

      Yours sincerely,

      Finn Herskind.

      Hello Martin,

      I do not wish to disturb your schedule but I want to inform you that any step you can take to make sure the payment is sent out by today will be really appreciated.

      I do not want us to have any problems with you moving into the apartment on the January 9th, 2011 , this might be a glitch that will affect your moving into the apartment so I do not want that to happen. So please Martin, I want you to try as much as possible to please get the money sent today so my lawyer can seal up the whole contract today and issue the receipts, I expect a positive response from you and I really hope this will be a successful arrangement as I do not want this to cause us all any problems

      Please try to take care of this and I expect a positive response from you. Sorry for the inconvenience this might cause you, I really apologize.

      I shall wait for the western union transfer details after you have made the transfers today.

      Regards,
      Mr Finn Herskind.

  • LE CARRE PATRICK  On September 26, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Hi, I’m looking for an apartment to rent in Vancouver BC, and received a similar e-mail from a guy named BOB ALLEN, which is almost the same that Klara received for a rental in Copenhagen. He sent me that mail with some pics of the apartment, and after answering him sent me a “residential Tenancy Agreement”, and next step would have be the payment of security deposit through MoneyGram. Thanks for your help

    I am extremely sorry for my late response to your mail. I have been very busy due to the nature of my work and never had time to check my mails until now. Thanks for your prompt response regarding my posted ad, let me take a little time to tell you something about myself, the room & its amenities, price and conditions to rent.

    About myself
    I am a double nationality British. After work, i’m currently doing my masters in risk management which makes me return home late at night but can’t stop having fun when its necessary. I am an accountant and thus work for a brokering firm here and also a consultant,so this makes me travel often which is the mere reason why i need and search good people as Tenant so i will be rest assured that my apartment is in safe hands in my absence.

    I got my first degree in Harvard School of Economics, i worked in Toronto as a senior accountant in a brokering firm before i went to the Barcelona to take a 3 years course in public marketing and to learn the spanish cultures and languages. Did my internship with JP Morgan in New York which gave me an opportunity to visit the united states for the first time before returning back to London to start my masters and work aswell then i have been here ever since…what a traveller i am….lol

    Flat Amenities:
    A small fridge in each room
    A big freezer in the kitchen
    Each room has a big wardrobe
    TV connected to a cable
    A surround sound system
    Private toilet and bathroom for each room
    Washer/dryer for laundry needs
    Air-condition and fire place to keep the room warm
    Gas cooker and micro wave oven available in the kitchen

    Price:
    I have two bedrooms apartment for rent. The rent is for $550 CAD which includes monthly utilities charges and a security deposit of $800 CAD.
    Therefore:
    Rent per month………. $550 CAD
    Security deposit…….. $800 CAD

    Property type : Two bedroom apartment
    Availability: Now
    Parking space available

    There is no problem reserving a room for you provided you can comply with these procedures/terms of transaction and show some commitment by paying a deposit and first month rent which include utilities, so you don’t need to pay any bills again.

    LOCATION OF THE APARTMENT
    2036 York Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J1E6, CANADA. you can check it on(maps google.com)

    NB: The security deposit is refundable upon verification of the room which you rented to be in good order. Both payment is to be made once to my family lawyer or mother.

    There is contract available for weekly, month to month and long term basis but if you want a long term rent, i will prefer an initial 1-3 months rent which is renewable 2 weeks prior to the rent expiration.

    Utilities included in the rent:
    Water
    Gas
    Electricity bill
    Laundry
    Parking space
    Internet via wireless lan
    Trash pick up

    Why i am renting:
    Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with my Company TSB in London,United Kingdom to work With Government mission on Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands TSB, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics and a sony DVD player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property I have in Vancouver, Canada, and it also took me so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    So if you are interested in the House you get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *A copy of your International passport or Working identity as i will be sending you mine along with the contract documents aswell.
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stand to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Best Regards,
    Thanks.
    Bob Allen.

  • Gabriela  On October 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    This is a scam too i did not realise till till the second letter.

    email#1

    Re: Reply to your ad: Elegant Beautiful Flat in Glasgow‏

    Hi,

    This is absolutely amazing, my daughter did post the advert and she did it quite well.We are family with 2 son and 1 daughter. We just relocated to UTAH this is the reason why we want to rent out our former property. The rent includes all utilities and there is no additional charges incur. Pet is allowed. The property is furnished and if you have your own. The furniture will be move to the storage space at the property.
    We don’t really want to rent out the property but my family just decided we do so, all the necessary documents are here with us, including the rent receipts. Our telephone line is not yet being fixed , the wireless connection is what we use for now.

    Included in Rent:
    - Cable Television
    - Electricity
    - Heat
    - Internet Access
    - Parking
    - Water/Sewer
    - Gas

    If you really want to rent the property, you will need to provide the below
    information;

    Full name:
    Present Address of the applicants:

    Zip code :

    Ph#: Cell & Home :

    Email:

    Single Or Married :

    Children:
    Pet : If any ()

    Date of Tenancy:

    REFERENCES

    Reference:

    Ph#:

    I want you to make sure the present address is not mistaken because that’s where the keys and documents will be ship to. The contents of the shipment you will be expecting are;

    1. Bunch of keys to the property.

    2. Documents containing the lease agreement and property description , including the

    property address.

    3. Rent receipts and damage deposit receipts.

    4. The pictures of interiors and my family, I took before leaving the place.

    I want you to email me once you fill the rent application form, the shipment of the

    package containing the keys and other documents will be ship by secure courier

    service.

    Regards.

    Mon, 10/18/10
    ***********************************

    email#2

    RE: Reply to your ad: Elegant Beautiful Flat in Glasgow..Rent Profile Accepted and Approved!!!‏

    Hello ,

    Good to read from you and i have packed the package ! I will be heading to DHL Office now to arrange for the shipment of the package to you next day delivery.I will email you the tracking number from the courier service immediately i get the payment
    confirmation from you.

    The contents of the package are;

    – Bunch of Keys to the property.
    – Lease agreement
    – Documents containing property location and description.
    – Tenancy agreement and policy.
    – Receipts. ( Once the payment is confirm).

    I want you to know for sure your security deposit will be refund back to you at the end tenancy, So I want you to proceed with the Security deposit Payment and a month rent, so that I can use proceed in writing the receipts and sign all the necessary papers before the shipping of the package will occur. The deposit and the rent is refundable if by any means you want it back and decide not to rent the place. I will go and confirm the payment and sign all the documents and proceed with the shipping once the payment is confirm.

    You can make the payment by any of the Money Transfer Service such as : Money Gram Transfer Service Or Western Union. They are fast and Quick ways of receiving money here. They are 100% secure and safe. I want you to go and visit any of their office nearby and make the payment to the Information below:

    Here is the Information for the payment.

    Name: Richard M Weeks

    Address: 1719 W Champagne Ave

    City: Taylorsville

    State: UTAH

    Zipcode: 84118

    Country: United States

    RENT: £400/MONTH

    DEPOSIT: £400 (REFUNDABLE AT THE END OF TENANCY)

    Once you make the payment with any of the Money Transfer Service. I will email you the tracking number of the package from DHL.Hoping to read from you with the payment confirmation. Please I want you to take good care of the place and If there
    is any repair, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Regards

    Mon, 10/18/10

  • Jay  On October 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    I had a similar problem with a scam or con-artist in paris!

    they are all nigerian or african decendents with contact and a “head office” in nigeria”!

    I hope they are caught!And all of them!

  • Iyna  On November 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I got an e-mail from John Andre, who claimed to let me rent his place for a very cheap place. He did not even bother to make sure the furniture looked the same! He sent me 2 e-mails with the same information but different looking apartments :)

    Frw his e-mail

    I am extremely sorry for my late response to your mail. I have been very busy due to the nature of my work and never had time to check my mails until now. Thanks for your prompt response regarding my posted ad, let me take a little time to tell you something about myself, the room & its amenities, price and conditions to rent.

    Details about myself and family

    I am a Male professional who studies same time. I was born in the London, United kingdom where i lived with my parents before my father
    who was a lawyer was transferred to france to work for DHL company as their company legal advisory and i have to come to Paris for my
    masters degree and lived with my father in his flat which he has permanently bought it from the owner in the house.

    He died few months ago after he went on a business trip to Australia when he went to Vamed Engineering and came back with Influenza and so was infected but was not home on time for treatment. His memories lingers in my heart daily and each time i look at his picture and ever since my mother has been in London, England managing my fathers firm and also handling some of our assets. What more do i tell about my family……!!! I have siblings who are in school and living with my mother in London.

    Apartment Amenities
    The rooms is furnished, have cable jerk and also a sound system all for your entertainment purpose, a big twin bed that sleeps two people conveniently, private entrance and exit, В private toilet and bathroom, parking space, washer and drier, it is air-conditioned, the kitchen is fully equipped also coz i do a lot of cooking and so i have microwave oven, gas cooker and so many for your heating and cooking needs. There is connection to Internet via wireless and LAN and also Broadband as well for your computing purpose, so you can come with your laptop or desktop if you have one.

    Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with a Company in United Kingdom, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. We just need the flat to be occupied rather empty and abandoned by either Students, family, couple or Anybody what an open heart to take good care of the property and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house.
    Since i am not residing there for now. Also the keys to the flat are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you
    after all necessary agreement has been accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your
    absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is one of the valuable properties my late father left behind, and it also took him
    so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    LOCATION OF THE APARTMENT
    29 Rue des Rosiers, La Ferme des Barmonts‎,  75004 Paris, France you can check it on (maps.google.com)

    Price:
    Asking Price : 400 EUR, utilities included.
    Security Deposit: 600 EUR
    Total: 1000 EUR
    Available Now for short and long term.

    TThere is no problem reserving a room for you provided you can comply with these procedures/terms of transaction and show some commitment by paying a deposit and first month rent which include utilities, so you don’t need to pay any bills again.

    So if you are interested in the House you get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?
    В Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stand to your words, you know that, we have not seen each other yet and only putting everything into God hands and trust, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Thanks.
    John

    GLAD we have this website! :) Thank you

  • R  On November 28, 2010 at 3:10 am

    EUR320 / 1br – Large Conditioning Furnished One Bedroom Apartment In Paris

    Thanks for your response, I am Gary Grenmont the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry of. I used to stay in the Apartment not until i left for United States Of America for a construction job with Total/Elf, (I’m a construction engineer) and i am now Happily married and we are currently on our Honey Moon. I will be in Florida,USA for five years so presently my apartment is much available for rent and all utilities included, it is furnished and i don’t mind “PETS”. Pls i want you to note that, I am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property, so i will solicit for your absolute maintainance of this apartment. Hope you understand that it is not the rent that is my problem but i want you to keep it tidy at all times, hope we have an understanding.

    I want a tenant i can trust so i will ask for you to tell me more about yourself. We will be Staying in USA now that is why I have made up my mind to put up all my apartment for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it. Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?

    Apartment Address : 47 Rue de Paradis 75010 Paris, France
    RENT FEE: €320 per month, Security Deposit €400 (refundable)

    Amenities:
    Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Freezer/Deep Freeze, Fridge, Microwave, Washer, Washer/Dryer Hookups, Water/Sewer
    Parking:
    Automatic Garage
    Security Alarm/Door

    Interior:
    Free Internet
    Fireplace (wood burning)
    Hardwood
    Storage Area/Room
    Walk-In Closets

    I want you to provide answers to the application below:

    *******FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM******
    ( Private and Confidential )

    Date:
    Full name of Tenant:
    Home Phone:
    Date of Birth:
    Sex :
    Occupation
    Marital Status?
    Present Address:
    How long at this address?
    Rent?
    How Many Month Rent Are You Willing To Pay ( First 1month rent + Security Deposit = €720 ) or If You Pay ( First 2month rent + Security Deposit = €1040 ) And Get 1 Month Free…So which one do you prefer ?
    Reason for moving?Present Occupation:
    How many people will be living in the home?
    Move in Date?

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    TERMS AND CONDITION:
    ~The lease is month to month , 6 month or 1yrs and can be renewed
    ~It can be rented furnished or unfurnished
    ~ You will have to take good care of my home
    ~Utilities are included in the rent
    ~You don’t have to deal with Drugs
    ~Pets Allowed

    Please feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and i will be looking forward to receive your email as soon as possible.

    Thanks

    _________________

    He’s actuality a young guy from Nigeria and he paid his studies with my money. I’ve reported all the story to the police but i know i won’t get my money back. i just hope these guys can be caught.
    good luck to everyone.

  • Alex  On December 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Beware of Alan Doven, email easyvacationplan@london.com

    Offers an appartmaent for €50 a day. Me idiot send him the money via bank transfer, some days later he told me, the appartment is forgiven, I can get another by paying 200 more … If I will not do this … all money will be forfeit. :-(

    Lesson learnt …

    Regards
    Alex

  • satu  On December 29, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Really Again the same hah! Too good to be true!
    xoxo
    what a traveller i am….lol

    ****************************************************’
    Hello

    I am extremely sorry for my late response to your mail. I have been very busy due to the nature of my work and never had time to check my mails until now. Thanks for your prompt response regarding my posted ad, let me take a little time to tell you something about myself, the room & its amenities, price and conditions to rent.

    About myself
    I am a double nationality British. After work, i’m currently doing my masters in risk management which makes me return home late at night but can’t stop having fun when its necessary. I am an accountant and thus work for a brokering firm here and also a consultant,so this makes me travel often which is the mere reason why i need and search good people as Tenant so i will be rest assured that my apartment is in safe hands in my absence.

    I got my first degree in Harvard School of Economics, i worked in Lyon as a senior accountant in a brokering firm before i went to the Barcelona to take a 3 years course in public marketing and to learn the spanish cultures and languages. Did my internship with JP Morgan in New York which gave me an opportunity to visit the united states for the first time before returning back to London to start my masters and work aswell then i have been here ever since…what a traveller i am….lol

    Flat Amenities:
    A small fridge in each room
    A big freezer in the kitchen
    Each room has a big wardrobe
    TV connected to a cable
    A surround sound system
    Private toilet and bathroom for each room
    Washer/dryer for laundry needs
    Air-condition and fire place to keep the room warm
    Gas cooker and micro wave oven available in the kitchen

    Price:
    I have two bedrooms apartment for rent. The rent is for 450 Euro which includes monthly utilities charges and a security deposit of 800 Euro.
    Therefore:
    Rent per month……… 450 Euro
    Security deposit…….. 800 Euro

    Property type : Two bedroom apartment
    Availability: Now
    Parking space available

    There is no problem reserving a room for you provided you can comply with these procedures/terms of transaction and show some commitment by paying a deposit and first month rent which include utilities, so you don’t need to pay any bills again.

    LOCATION OF THE APARTMENT
    25 Rue de Brest, 69002 Lyon, France. you can check it on (maps google.com)

    NB: The security deposit is refundable upon verification of the room which you rented to be in good order. Both payment is to be made once to my family lawyer or mother.

    There is contract available for weekly, month to month and long term basis but if you want a long term rent, i will prefer an initial 1-3 months rent which is renewable 2 weeks prior to the rent expiration.

    Utilities included in the rent:
    Water
    Gas
    Electricity bill
    Laundry
    Parking space
    Internet via wireless lan
    Trash pick up

    Why i am renting:
    Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with my Company TSB in London,United Kingdom to work With Government mission on Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands TSB, I will be here for about 1 to 2 Years. I just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics and a sony DVD player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the Apt are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property I have in Lyon, France, and it also took me so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    So if you are interested in the House you get back to me by filling me with below details.
    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address
    *Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *A copy of your International passport or Working identity as i will be sending you mine along with the contract documents aswell.
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?
    *The picture of the Tenant Renting the house? (If available):
    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stand to your words, you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Best Regards,
    Thanks.
    Alex Brachet.

  • termedrano  On January 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Scam be careful with this emails: SCAMS danielle.nyassoke@mail.negocia.fr
    gboromiro@gmail.com

  • alex  On February 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    encore un qui travaille chez HSBC:

    Hello ,
    > Thanks for your response of willing to rent the room, my apartment is
    > still available for rent. The apartment is 2 Bedrooms seperate
    > bathroom and toilet apartment. storage, fridge,stove + laundry hookup.
    > Parking included. Central, quiet, close to the downtown, shopping and
    > restaurants . This open concept unit comes fully furnished with top of
    > the line stainless steal appliances and new furniture and granite
    > counter tops!! The striking executively styled suite contains
    > beautiful concrete large natural gas range stove ,all this included
    > in rent. Elegantly styled ready to live in with large LCD flat screen
    > TV in the Sitting room!!
    > Equipment/Services Included
    >
    >
    > All services near by: metro, highway, banks, restaurants¡­
    > Property type : 2 bedroom apartment
    > Monthly rental fee: 300 euro utilities included
    > A refundable security deposit of 500euro
    >
    >
    > Why am renting the apartment out is that am presently with my Company
    > HSBC in London,United Kingdom to work With Government mission on
    > Market Analyst & Consumer Research Global Brands HSBC, I will be here
    > for about 1 to 2 Years. I just need someone (Students or Anybody
    > working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open
    > heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries
    > off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing
    > there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics and a
    > sony DVD player, air conditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully
    > equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer,
    > four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My
    > ComputerConnected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the Apt are
    > right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you
    > after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to
    > know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute
    > maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable
    > property my late Father left behind, and it also took him so much time
    > and money to put all those facilities in place.
    >
    >
    >
    > HERE IS THE HOUSE ADDRESS.
    > Drukpersstraat 18
    > 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    >
    > you can View the map.
    > Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can
    > have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and
    > contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how
    > to get the document and the key to you, please i am giving you all
    > this base on trust and again i will want you to stand to your words,
    > you know that, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods
    > hand, so please do not let me down on this property and God bless you
    > more as you do this.
    > Best Regards.
    > Thanks
    >
    > Mr Dudley

  • Pernille Rasmusssen  On March 31, 2011 at 5:37 am

    We’ve tried to rent a flat in Zürich, Switzerland by Finn Herskind. He claims to be Danish, but living in England. He sends a copy of his passport and a picture of himself.

    He wanted us to pay 750 CHF (swiss franc) in advance. He use a law firm, which does not exist, to establish his credibility through which he also sends the rental agreement for us to sign.

    Don’t fall for it…. It’s scam, so be aware of him.

  • derk van kampen  On April 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    FINN HERSCHKIND is now listing a beautiful place in Bogota, baroque style apartment with chimneys (which you almost never see in Colombia), and way too cheap of course. Smelled fishy form the start, googled his name and -unsurprisngly- found this page. Stupid fraud. I hate these kind of scams. Any ideas on how we can set this guy up so he falls into his own trap?

    http://colombia.es.craigslist.org/roo/2342579959.html

  • JAYZ  On May 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    GUYSSSSSSS ANOTHER SCAM MAIL IS THERE :
    Lee.remmy@yahoo.com

    Check this

    Hello ,
    Thanks so much for showing interest on my apartment and really sorry for this late reply well it is available now, here are the details of my apartment
    The Architect Apartment is located at Route de Frontenex 42, 1207 Genève, Switzerland of 80 sqm consists of a beautiful living space with an open fitted kitchen and 2separate bedrooms. The living area is divided in 2 areas : the dining area with a table where 6 to 8 guest can fit,Both bedrooms are accessible from the living-room. the rooms has a double queens bed size (140×200), the other has a sofa bed kept on the bed position (140×200). The domes in each bedroom enable the zenithal light to brighten the place. The bathroom has a walk-in shower as well as a bathtub. The toilets are independant and accessible from the kitchen. There is also another room where you can store your luggage, iron your clothes… To conclude, this apartment suitable for 5 people is a very good value for money considering its size, its location and its interior as well attractions in the area,holiday sites, shopping centers,malls , restaurants and public transportation is just around the corne.I reside in London last summer , I have a job in England so i moved with my family last Summer. I am here in London and the keys to the apartment are with me here so I will only be able to come to show you round the apartment after seriousness and commitment has been established and shown on your path . The whole apartment cost CHF900, if you do not wish to rent the whole apartment and would prefer to share, there is an option for you to take one of the 2 rooms and i have already get someone to occupy the other room.Perhaps, I have attached the pictures of the apartment as file for you to see, access my claims and view.

    DETAILS
    *Monthly rental price : CHF450 per room
    including all bills,CHF900 for the whole apartment
    *Security Deposit : CHF700 and note that the deposit is REFUNDABLE at the end of your stay if nothing is damaged from my properties.

    NB:For a week is CHF250 and the deposit is CHF350
    The apartment comes equipped with telephone and ADS L internet connection.
    *Number of bedrooms : 2
    *Number of bathrooms : 2
    *Max number of people : 5
    *Square Meters : 75m.sq
    *Allocated Car Park.

    Facilities
    *Kitchen,
    *Lounge/Dining room
    *2Bedrooms
    *2Bathrooms
    *Large Closets
    *Centralized Air Condition
    *Washing Machine and Dryer
    *Fridge & Freezer Oven
    *Microwave Dish Washer Crockery&Utensils
    *Bath Shower Hair Dryer and Towels
    *Internet Dial Up,Internet Broadband Cable/Satelite
    *TV,Stereo/Radio System DVD Player
    *DVD/Music Collection
    *Library Telephone Fax
    *Central Heating Air Conditioning
    *Separate WC
    *Pets are Welcome

    My lawyer will draft down the mode of registration and payment to her only if you are still interested and well pleased with the descriptions and view of the apartment.
    You can call me and my husband john on mobile line anytime,for more details
    +447045716635
    Best Regards

    Remmy

    I also called him on his line and the line wasnt very clear but he was very polite. THAT DOESNT CHANGE THE FACT THAT HE IS A SCAM!!!!! MY FRIEND WENT TO CHECK THE LOCATION OF THE APARTMENT AND IT WASN’T OWNED BY HIM!!! BUSTEDDDDD ;)

  • geo  On July 25, 2011 at 3:47 am

    this Joe Andres or john Andreas is a real scammer.he user different names but approximately the same and offers luxurious apprtaments at low prices pretending he is an englishaman and so on.be aware the email is joeandres009@gmail.com and I found it on eu-rentals http:/ /www.eu-rentals.com/ls/Gent/Apartments-flats-for-rent/1848.html#fragment-15

  • geos  On September 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

    another one! from a guy called Dennis Banks dennis.banks62@yahoo.com

    the IP shows it comes from Nigeria!! 82.128.87.76

    Hello,

    My name is Dennis Banks. I’m a project manager in civil engineering. I just moved in Manila Philippines because my company has won an auction for a big construction project. I’ll stay here for the next 3-4 years or more so I won’t come back in Paris. I’m looking for someone to live in my apartment from there. I will tell you from the beginning that I don’t have a problem if you are a student or if you would like to keep pets there, as long as you clean up after them. The minimum lease is available for Long and also Short Term Lease, very important, the utilities are included in the price per month .

    Details:
    Rent: $550.00 (Monthly)
    Damages Deposit: 350
    Date Available: Asap
    Address: 14 rue de Normandie, 75003, Paris, France
    Size: 950 sqft
    Bedrooms: 1
    Bathrooms:1
    Amenities in the apartment:
    Appliances: Electric Stove, Fridge,/Interior: Air Conditioning,Microwave,Balcony, Deck, Patio or Porch,Over sized Closets,Internet Cable Access Ready,Washer & Dryer Connections,Furnished Hardwood Floor,Ceiling Fan(s), Parking,Dishwasher,(gas),and Snow removal.(Hydro is extra),Extra Storage Area, Fireplace.Tenant Criteria: Smoking Outside, Pets allowed….

    I’m 50 years old and as I told you, I’m a project manager and my job even if is paid very well, requires that I move a lot and without notice. You can move in the apartment in the same day that you will receive the keys. The only problem is that I’m already in Manila Philippines because we started the work, but you don’t need to worry because I’ve made all arrangements to rent the apartment from here just don’t worry i promise you every thing is legit. i would like to know a little something about you. Don’t be offended but i must know to who i will rent my apartment. Kindly get back to me with the Below information so that i can forward you the interior pictures of the inside..

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    Also, Please let me get these answers.
    1) Your Full Name
    2) Present Full Address (where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
    3) Age:
    4) Are you married:
    5) How many people will be living in the apartment:
    6) Do you have a pet:
    7) Do you have a car:
    8) Occupation:
    9) Citizen of which Country:
    10) When are you ready to Move in:
    11) When are u planning to leave the apartment:
    12) How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus security deposit)

    Get back to me as soon as you fill the application form,so that i can let you know how you will get to the apartment.
    Hope to read for you as soon as possible.
    Regards.

  • L  On October 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    From somebody named Mike Bisi at mik.bisi.@yahoo.com

    “Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my 1 bedroom apartment. My name is Mike Bisi owner of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment located 3455 Kearny Villa Road San Diego, CA 92123 with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa ‘Nigeria’ where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching programmed called (HBP) ‘Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it’s your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

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

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

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

    Thanks and God bless,

    Best Regards.”

    After giving my deposit:

    “Here are the contents that will be delivered to you via FEDEX courier service.
    1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)Paper/Permanent Apartment form (Containing your reference details)
    3)The Apartment documented file.
    4)Payment Receipt.
    5)Full address and description of the house/Apt #.

    To make the payment walk into any grocery store and send the money via western union money transfer to my name and address below:

    Name: Mike Bisi
    Address: 78, Church st avenue,
    City: Lagos
    Country: Nigeria
    Question: Color?
    Answer: Yellow.
    Zip Code:23401″

  • athenais  On October 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Thank you for the useful tips ! I was able to confirm my suspicions about the responses to my rental inquiries in Paris, that I received:
    I received the following 2 responses to two different rental inquiries . Both of the IPs originated
    in Benin from the same person ( DJIBOLA Abdoul-Akim;
    Benin Porto-novo Office Des Poste Et Telecommunications Aka Benin Telecoms Sa) :
    - Didier Mazières : 25sq.m, on rue de Perle, 2rd Arrond. – 420 E/month , inclusive of all.
    - Sebat Bil : 48 sq.m for 400E/months ( all included).
    ALSO scam ads were posted under the names of :
    - Bodo Frity , “currently in Germany on a mission with my family”
    ( original sender : person: Maxime GODONOU-DOSSOU
    address: Benin Telecoms SA )
    -Carole Aaron ( sender: Splendid Towers, 4 Floor Opp Begumpet Police Station,
    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, Contact Person: Satyaveer )
    - Mark Bacher – ” a chemist by profession, currently working with NORTHWICK PARK
    & ST.MARK’S HOSPITAL” ( sender: TATA Communications, Mumbai , India )

  • athenais  On October 8, 2011 at 12:56 am

    E-mail addresses for scammers from my previous post :
    Didier Mazières – mazieres_didier56@hotmail.fr
    Bodo Frity – bodofrity@yahoo.fr
    Mark Bacher – frking75@hotmail.com
    Carole Aaron – caroleaaron@ymail.com
    Sebat Bil – bilsebat@yahoo.fr

  • Stephanie  On November 14, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Landlord asking me to deposit money into a click and pay account in order to send the
    keys and contract as she is in the UK. Does this sound like a scam you’ve encountered?
    Sincerely,
    Stephanie

  • Lena  On November 16, 2011 at 6:20 am

    the same Spam – Emails have now been going around in Lyon as well:

    The annonce was posted at the website: france.accomodationforstudents.com

    I went to see whether the location exists before signing a contract (and it did not). After some Internet research, I found this website.

    _______

    Hello,

    Thanks for the reply with the interest shown in renting my flat and am extremely sorry for the late in response.

    Details About:

    My name is Alex Brachet, am born and originated in France. Currently working in London on a research program, so this makes me travel often which is the mere reason why i need to search good people to rent the flat so i will be rest assured that my flat is in safe hands in my absence.

    Why i am renting:

    Why am renting the flat out is that I am presently working in London on a research program which could last us up six month or probably a year. so i just need someone (Students or Anybody working in a reputable organisation to rent the rooms) with an open heart,love and clean to occupy the apartment and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the house, Since i am not residing there for now. I left behind some Facilities and electronics,air conditioning,alarm system. also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment, because that is the only valuable property i have in France, and it also took me so much time and money to put all those facilities in place.

    Here is the address to the apartment.

    4 Rue de la Charité
    69002 Lyon,
    France.

    The Apartment rent is 500 EUR Monthly + 800 EUR refundable security deposit making the total 1,300 EUR.

    NB: The security deposit is refundable upon verification of the room which you rented to be in good order. There is contract available for weekly, month to month and long term basis but if you want a long term rent, i will prefer an initial 1-3 months rent which is renewable 2weeks prior to the rent expiration.

    If you are still interested in renting the apartment, then get back to me soon with the following information’s;

    *Your Full Name:
    *Your Full Address & Phone Number:
    *How old are you?:
    *Are you married?:
    *Do you have a pet?:
    *Do you have a car?:
    *Occupation?:
    *A copy of your International passport or Working identity as i will be sending you mine along with the contract documents?
    *How many months contract will you Deposit?

    *********** When will you Move in?
    ************ When will you Move Out?

    I await your reply.

    Thanks.

    Alex. (Alexandre Brachet)

    Telephone Number that was sent to me: +447031856989

  • Lena  On November 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I forgot to mention the email address: ogunorunyimika@gmail.com

  • Ruth  On December 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

    M M (d.belgium101@ymail.com) viernes, 02 de diciembre de 2011 8:27:08

    Dear Renter

    Thank you for your response the content is well understood and the
    room will be available from now for as long as you want to stay. I would
    like to know your present location as well

    The house is located at 83 Rue De Stassart, Brussels, 1050 Belgium

    The room is a good size 11×14 aitch a big walk in closet. It is a four
    bedroom duplex but only 2 rooms is available for rent. The condo has
    been recently renovated (new kitchen, bathrooms, trim and paint) it
    feels very new and very clean.

    I have all the amenities you could possibly want, Gym, in unit W/d,
    D/W, all new stainless steel appliances, Internet in every room as
    well as wireless, 32″ plasma in the family room, etc.

    I am a 28yrs,doing my Phd over here, and the house belongs to my parents
    who are currently in the UNITED KINGDOM.

    The rent again per month is Euros 300, which includes all utilities to
    be paid just once which covers the whole of utilities for the duration
    of your stay and a security deposit of Euros 250, which is refundable at
    the end of your stay in the room.

    The purpose of this money is in case of damages (either by you or any
    of your guests). Your money will be refunded in full to you at the end
    of your stay in the room if there is no damage to the room or the
    fittings.

    The transport system is quiet very good as it is located in the heart
    of BRUSSEL BELGIUM and its very close to the train station which makes it
    just few minutes to get to the city central and all is just located
    within a few minutes walk from the house. The house is also close to
    the main shopping malls, groceries, and market and jewelry store all
    for you to purchase your basic needs.

    Your quickest response shall be highly appreciated to determine your
    interest as a flat mate, because there’s some other potential renter’s
    interested in my flat but i am considering you based on priority and
    honesty. Attached to this email is pictures of the apartment for your
    view.

    Regards,
    MR DAVID GARCIA

  • noname  On December 5, 2011 at 10:12 am

    About Walter Peterson: I found this ad on craigslist, it’s about a 2bdr suite in Calgary
    http://calgary.en.craigslist.ca/apa/2714789215.html
    I asked some questions about the flat, the person who answered me was Walter Peterson, from the e-mail walterpeterson65@gmail.com
    He excused about his bad English telling that he is from Finland, that he is the owner of this apartment in Calgary, that the worked there as a prosecutor and now he lives in UK.
    He said he can send us the contract and the key of his apartment and he will turn to this real estate agency.
    http://www.live-immobilien.eu/
    I received from this agency Live Global Immobilien 2 emails from the address live-immobilien@live.com telling me that they have the contract and the keys and they will send them to me as soon as I pay the rent for 1 month and a security deposit equal in value as the monthly rent, a total of 1600$.
    In their form my address was wrong, I told them and the person who answered me 13 operator Daren said they will change my address. Then, in another part at the name of the customer instead of my name was another name Nathan Hellmer, I asked why and they didn’t answer.
    So, that’s the story.

  • noname  On December 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Walter Peterson and Live Global Immobilien
    These are the information I received to rent a 2 bdr apartment in Calgary, the instructions were to pay before I see the apartment and he will send me the contract and the key.
    Customer: Walter Peterson
    Address:19 Coran Close
    City: London
    Country: United Kingdom
    Zip Code: N9 8ET

    We accept payments only via Wire Bank Account.

    Payment Instructions:

    According to our policy the next step is to transfer the money to the agent assigned to handle your transaction via Bank Account!
    Complete your secure purchase in 3 (three) simple steps:
    To complete payment, you need to go with cash at the nearest Branch location in your area and transfer the funds to our Bank Account. The process only takes several minutes, it’s easy to deal with and 100% secure.

    Using Bank Wire Transfer your payments can not be lost in the mail, like money orders or checks.Real Estate security measures are constantly reviewed and modified given evolving circumstances globally, drawing on both internal assessments and the support of government agencies. Our constant priority is for the safety of our people, our customers, and the general public. Real Estate always tries to fulfill its customers’ needs. Real Estate meets the highest industry security standards which protects both seller and buyer.
    Go to the nearest Branch and simply fill out the required form and show the Agent clerk your identification card.
    Once the payment is made, you should e-mail us the payment information :
    - Proof of receipt from your branch

    Money Transfer Service: Bank Wire Transfer
    Amount to transfer: $1600.00

    REAL ESTATE – Financial agent details from United Kigdom:

    ———————————————————————
    Name: Live Immobilien
    Iban Number: GB69BARC20530073378772
    Swift Bic: BARCGB22
    Short Code: 205300
    Account number: 73378772
    Branch Details: Barclays Bank PLC
    4/6 South Mall, Edmonton, London,N90TN
    ———————————————————————-

    In order for our agents to be able to validate your transfer in the shortest period of time possible , please send an e-mail confirmation and the scanned receipt from bank to the following email address : live-immobilien@live.com
    As soon as we get confirmation that payment has been received we draw up the necessary documents an we will deliver the package(keys and contract) to your address by the Worldwide Express service.

    Thank you for choosing REAL ESTATE !

    Daniel Alen
    United Kingdom- Client Manager

    ———————————————————————
    This e-mail is confidential.
    It is intended for the named recipient(s) only.
    If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager or the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents to anyone or make copies.
    ** Norton Antivirus scanned this email for viruses, vandals and malicious

    Through this e-mail we have the pleasure to inform that you have a package in stand by at Real Estate Company and we need the payment confirmation in order to proceed with the shipment.

    Shipment Information

    Location: Calgary

    Country: Canada
    Declared Value: $ 800,00/Month
    Shipping Costs: $ 00,00
    ======================================================================

    Package Tracking Number:
    You can track your package online here: http://www.live-immobilien.eu

    Package Information:
    Apartment Keys and rental contract verified signed by the Sender.
    Owner of the apartment in: Calgary, AB T2G 5T7,Canada. All the papers are double checked.

    Insured Value Amount for 2 months: $1600,00
    ———————————————————————-

    Shipped By:
    ———————————————————————-
    Customer: Walter Peterson
    Address:19 Coran Close
    City: London
    Country: United Kingdom
    Zip Code: N9 8ET
    ———————————————————————-

    Shipped To:
    ———————————————————————-
    Customer: Nathan Hellmer
    Address:
    City:
    Country:
    Zip Code:
    ———————————————————————-

    Additional Details:
    ———————————————————————-
    Who pays REAL ESTATE service: Owner
    Length of Inspection Period allowed for Buyer: 3 days
    Payment Method: Bank Transfer
    Third Party Service: REAL ESTATE Third Party Agency

    After the reception of funds a confirmation e-mail will be forwarded to the owner of the apartment. The funds will not be disbursed to the owner until the package will be inspected and the potential tenant (you) will send REAL ESTATE a confirmation e-mail.The package(key and contract) will be shipped out same or next business day after payment is verified/received .

    If by any reason the buyer doesn’t agree with the apartment, he will receive all his money back from REAL ESTATE operative agent. We offer 100% support for package returns. The package (keys and contract) will be returned to the owner of the apartment on his expense. The entire amount sent by the potential tenant will be instantly refunded (including money transfer expenses).

    Thank you for choosing REAL ESTATE !
    Martin Kejna
    United Kingdom- Client Manager
    ———————————————————————
    This e-mail is confidential.
    It is intended for the named recipient(s) only.
    If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager or the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents to anyone or make copies.
    ** Norton Antivirus scanned this email for viruses, vandals and malicious content

  • noname  On December 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Walter Peterson told me he has a friend who has a 2 bdr apartment in Toronto.

  • noname  On December 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

    The IP addresses of Walter Peterson and Live Global Immobilien are from USA California.

  • David Berman  On December 10, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Hi guys, just a quick note to say “Walter Peterson” in UK is still sending out scam email every day.

  • ela  On January 17, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Hi,

    I am looking for flat for rent in London. And I found 2 very “impressive” advertisements on hallolondon website. (I think so there are onother online site.)

    One of them is well presented with pictures. The text is the follow:

    “2 BED FLAT TO RENT,KINGS ROAD, FARNCOMBE, GU7
    Situated within easy reach of amenities, this charming two bedroomed house is well presented with an attractive garden and off-street parking .
    The property comprises bright reception room, smart kitchen with bright conservatory and two light and airy bedrooms with a shared contemporary en suite bathroom .
    Price: £700 pcm”

    I had some questions and I sent an e-mail. The advertiser answerd very readily. But in the 2nd e-mail he/she wanted that I send for him/her 2 months rent with Western Union Service.

    It was EMA GODRIGE godrige@hotmail.co.uk. She/he is British but lives in Germany.

    The other one is this:

    “2 BEDROOM MAISONETTE FOR RENT IN BARCLAY ROAD, FULHAM BROADWAY, SW6
    Having been recently refurbished to a high standard throughout, this superb two bedroomed maisonette offers bright open-plan accommodation within easy reach of the amenities of Fulham Broadway.
    Arranged over two floors of a period end-of-terrace, the property comprises spacious master bedroom with bay window, fitted wardrobes and beautiful en suite bathroom with underfloor heating, reception room/kitchen with ample space to dine, folding doors to the garden, granite worktops and integrated appliances, additional bedroom with reccessed storage, shower room also with underfloor heating, patio garden and large storage cupboard.
    Barclay Road is centrally located moments from the amenities of Fulham Broadway and the boutiques and restaurants of Fulham Road.
    The nearest underground station is Fulham Broadway (District Line) with access to a large number of Bus routes into central London.
    Price: £100 pw”

    We exchanged some e-mails. The guy is well-knows scammer. He is WALTER D. PETERSON walterpeterson65@gmail.com. At the moment he is living in Zurich. And of course he wanted that I give for him money with Western Union using.

    First I wanted to see the flats in the both of cases. But I’ve got the same answers (on the same day, is it an accident?): “Please, transfer money by Western Union!”

    So be careful with EMA GODRIGE and WALTER D. PETERSON. And with every person who is on aboard and want to let out him/her property.

  • NoName  On March 11, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Here’s one i encountered:

    ————-

    Hello,
    I really appreciate you have interest in my apartment, the apartment located at the city center of Amsterdam (Herengracht 256 F,1016BV Amsterdam ) is very close to amenities like,restaurant, medical center and university……the apartment is fully equipped with modern facilities. wireless internet service, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and air conditioner.you will live alone in the apartment,
    The apartment comprises living room,bedroom,kitchen, dining room,bathroom and toilet…the rent is 550Euro monthly including all bills and the refundable security deposit is 550 Euro.
    I have been here in the United Kingdom for past 3weeks with my family due to transfer at place of work and we will be here for 30 months. So, i am renting my apartment for maximum of 30 months and minimum of 1 month.

    As regards viewing, I’ll suggest you visit and view the apartment from outside since you don’t have the keys. However, If you insist viewing the apartment from inside, it means my presence would be required. I have in the past had bad experience with prospective tenants such that my time and effort was wasted when I came all the way from United Kingdom, please understand my point. Can you believe I received a lot of proof from some tenants as well, like passport, job contract showing their earnings, bank statements yet i was disappointed when I came down, they are still asking if the price could go lower. So, I’m not interested documents.
    This viewing will make you to have the information about the apartment, It’s environment, the facilities the apartment has to offer which I believe it will further assist you in making your decisions. The interior is the best you can ever imagine, so don’t have doubts because this apartment is cheap compare to other apartments in its category. Please, feel free to view like I’ve suggested and let me know if you are still interested thereafter and let me know if you’re ready to make reservation of the flat.

    Please find the attached file.

    Regards,
    Kaben
    (kandla78@hotmail.com)

    ————–

    Hi,
    I really appreciate your interest in my flat, the flat is fully furnished for your needs, i have all the keys with me and there’s nobody to show you the inside. So In renting the apartment and order to reserved the flat for you,we will both sign a rental agreement contract form then i will post the keys of the apartment plus other necessary documents to you or i should come back to Amsterdam and hand over the keys to you in person. I was in Amsterdam few days ago for viewing and i was very disappointed as the prospective tenant just wasted my time.
    I wouldn’t like this to happen to me again that’s why i gave you the address of the flat to make exterior viewing before i come back, therefore advance rental fee 550euro and security deposit 550euro in total 1100euro will convince me to come over within 24hrs/48hours of the receipt of payment.I’m not after your money this just has to be done, Do get back to me with the below information so that we can proceed further:

    Your full name:
    Your full address:
    Nationality:
    Move in date and out:

    With those information,i shall prepare the rental agreement which will be signed by you and me. When you have the contract, you will have to print it out, sign it and scan it back to me along side with the payment receipt (to be transferred to me via western union or into my bank account).
    The address you provide in the mail is where keys and other necessary documents will be posted.

    Regards,
    Kaben
    (kandla78@hotmail.com)

    —————

    • No name  On April 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Today I made contact with this Kaben Ashlow who contacted me from the same e-mail address. It was for an apartment in Rotterdam. The e-mail stated the EXACT words as above. Attached were some pictures of the house, most probably cut out of a catalogue. They say, when it’s to good to be true, it probably is! BEWARE!!! And thank you for posting this, this site helped me to confirm my suspicions I had about the whole deal.

  • Dana  On June 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Hi my name is Dana from Pennsylvania and I just got the same email. I was also suspicious and looked up the tenant questioner on goggle and saw this was a scam. I wish I didn’t fill out the questioner before searching and learned my lesson. I am moving soon so my address won’t be the same. Is there anyone that know’s if this person has your address, phone # and email, can they do anything with it?
    I believed god finally gave me a break in finding a place after losing my home and my belongings last year and I explain to this guy and he still wants to try to take my money. I can’t believe some people. Like people said above if it sounds to good to be true it probably is. I just wanted to let people know that this man is now doing this in Pennsylvania.
    Here is what he wrote to me……………………………

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/apa/3067371843.html
    Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. Myself and wife just traveled to West Africa for a program called FAMILY LIFE AND HIV EDUCATION AND THE HIV PREVENTION FOR RURAL YOUTH PROGRAM, the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe, Africa, UK . We will be away for 2 to 3 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house…. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website.Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?

    FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Car Park.AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer.

    DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE..
    Number of bedrooms:3
    Number of bathrooms:2
    Rental price: $900 per month and security Deposit is $600(Security Deposit is Refundable) Utilities included in monthly rent
    Pets Welcome.
    ADDRESS; 22 West 6th Street, Lansdale PA 19446

    Get back to me so i can forward you the rent questionnaire i would want you to fill out.
    Regards.
    james stead

  • Fred Chung  On August 25, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Here’s a new one, since this person is extant on facebook (Darlene Haden)
    And she can be identified as living in Pontiac, MI in the yellow pages,
    I believe this also involves a case of ID theft and an hacked email account.
    2nd e-mail after I engaged with a reply below;

    Darlene Darlene [darlenedarlene0101@yahoo.com]

    >>
    Hello Fred,

    My furnished 2 bedroom flat is much available for rent as you inquired which is located at Rue Chabanais Paris 75002. I want you to know that I’m renting it out to you due to my re-location of job to here in Michigan, U.S. I’m a visible demonstrator, which I do work for church ministration voluntarily and in-dependably. I left the city with hope that I will be coming back soon but right now the work has taken me to stay for another 2yrs under contract agreement, that’s why I have made up my mind to put up my apartment for rent.

    I will be sending the keys and the documents package to you through your address you will provide in the rent application form by DHL COURIER SERVICE and it will be home delivery service to you. The apartment is 1200 Euros monthly including cable /internet access, furnished, Central Air Conditioning, Laundry, Garbage Chute, Pets OK, cleaning service, dry cleaning, Heating, Electricity. etc and everything is already been furnished. Below is the application form for you to answer in order to decide the rent of my apartment to you and I want you to know that I’m giving this apartment for rent base on trust.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address & Phone Number
    3)How old are you?
    4)Are you married?
    5)How many people will be living in the house?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)How long Do you intend to stay?

    Looking forward to reading back from you with all this details so that I can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you. please I’m giving you all this base on trust.

    I will be waiting to read back from you soon.

    Thanks and God Bless you.

    Regards,
    Darlene

    >>

    Hello Fred,

    Thanks very much for your reply, also thank you so much for the information you provided. Everything is okay and I’m pleased with it all especially has you have lived here in the states before. Regarding your questions which I will be answering here….The size of the apartment is 1350 square feet which is standard size for a modern apartment to live in. The apartment is located on the 3rd floor and there is elevator in the building, the monthly rent will be paid through my U.S. bank account I will provide to you as I have closed my French account when leaving to here as my contract job is a long time duration contract. My lovely husband would have be the best person to entrust my keys with to show you the place but he just traveled to United Kingdom for business purpose which will be coming back after some months. Yes that is the balcony where you noticed the little chairs outside the living room.

    So as I have provided you these answers for your questions which I will be giving you my apartment, please again take care of the apartment for me so that I will be glad when I come back. As I have earlier told you that all I need in my apartment is to be kept clean always until I will be back which you will be paying 1200 Euros Monthly including all the utilities inside. It all depends on the period you wish to stay in my apartment, you only have to tell me the numbers of months in which you can be able to deposit as upfront. e.g 1 month:1200 Euros, 2 months:2400 Euros etc, in order to proceed with the shipment of the necessary documents and the keys of the apartment to you through the address you will provide. And As a Woman of her word, I always have this human feelings so I will not do anything to stress or be difficult to my fellow human and that is why I’m doing all this…..and later if you have check inside of the apartment and you have move in, then you shall continue to be paying the rent payment as it due monthly, also I would like to send the following documents to you via UPS/DHL express delivery service and it will be home delivery to you.

    (1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    (2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details)
    (3)Payment Receipt.
    (4)Full address and description of the house.

    These will be sent to you through your address you will provide. Once again, I am giving you this base on trust and do not disappoint me, I promise you that immediately you get into the apartment you will love it because it’s a really nice/well maintained and quiet apartment to be. So I’m really happy to find a young person like you to occupy my apartment and I still want you to promise that you will not disappoint me….So do get back to me (what date will you like to move in specifically) in order to proceed on how to make your deposit payment while the keys and documents package will be send out to you as explained.

    Thanks and God bless you. I will be waiting to read back from you specifically with your date of move in while we proceed.

    Regards,
    Darlene

  • Olga Adleyba  On April 5, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I’ve found some lier with your site help… Thank you very much for your site… It’s realy big deal!!!

  • Sandy  On January 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Scammers very busy posting in Alberta, Canada. Here are three that are currently trying to take my money:

    mrsbrown302@gmail.com – from a Craiglist ad: http://calgary.en.craigslist.ca/apa/4301715020.html

    justinjohnson33344@hotmail.com – phone number 323-834-9139

    goodnewsmotivationmama@hotmail.com (using name Patricia Demate)

    They need to have better English and get a new script.

  • AISA  On February 4, 2014 at 2:19 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

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

    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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