Scamwatch has been made aware of the following reports about Philip Gordon and MDG Paris. Beware!
Mar 15, 2009 5:04 PM
Warning: Don’t rent from a Philip Gordon of MDG Paris or MDG Consulting, even though he has websites that suggest he’s legitimate. I rented from him in the summer of 2008 and paid the full rent well in advance to reserve the apartment. Shortly before I arrived he indicated that he also required a second payment, equal to the full rent, as a security deposit during my stay. It was too late for me to make other arrangements so I had to pay him. He then weaseled out of returning my deposit. He made a series of excuses for not being able to meet me before my departure from Paris and for several further delays in issuing my refund via PayPal, which he kept reassuring me he would do “within a few days” since I was an ideal tenant. Eventually, he simply ceased all communication. I mistakenly thought that using PayPal would offer me some protection, but in the end I was out of pocket.
Jul 21, 2009 5:17 PMM
We also had a regrettable experience with Philip Gordon, (aka Philip Wire) with listing under mdgparis, mdg-france, mdg-consultants, bluematrix, Anne-Lyse. We rented his apartment at 54 rue de Seine for 5 weeks last fall. We paid a full month deposit in advance, then our 5 weeks rental fee just before arriving. All went well until our departure. Philip was too busy to meet and check us out – but “no worries” he would forward the deposit via PayPal. Our emails after arriving home went unanswered. He answered his phone once – assured us all was well – yup, you guessed it – further calls went directly to voice mail. We fortunately had paid PayPal using our credit card – so we were able to file a dispute through our credit card company. Ah, then we heard from Philip. After 30+ days of no response from Philip, he emailed and made some absurd accusations about “things” gone missing – the cost of which was yet to be determined and of course deducted from our deposit. However, a charge back for the full deposit was credited to our credit card account immediately when we initiated the dispute (obviously that got Philip’s attention), pending an investigation – which went on for several month. We had a very clear trail of documentation which we were asked to submit – and it was eventually officially resolved in our favor.
Aug 11, 2009 9:01 AM
We have similarly had an incident with Philip Gordon, by renting through www.vrbo.com He demanded both the rent and the damage deposit months in advance and requested the money be wired to him. The house we rented was his country home and it was very nice but he has failed to return our 500 Euro damage deposit to us. He repeatedly told us that he would return it on different dates, and then made up excuses about why he couldn’t. He alleged, finally, the he wired the money back to us, and claimed to have a copy of the recipt, but several weeks later we are yet to see the funds in our bank account. VRBO, while I would assume a trustworthy site, can not protect against these types of unscrupulous types.
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