From: mark ford <email@example.com>
Date: 18 June 2012 03:47:16 GMT+01:00
To: Michelle Banks
Subject: My flat information
Thanks for your response to my ad.The flat is two bedroom flat and
below is the details of the flat before we proceed.
Flat address: Roland Gardens South Kensington London
Post Code: SW7 3PH
Rent: £800 per month,all bills included for a room expect car parking space
Rent: £1600 per month whole flat
Security deposit:£700 refundable after four weeks in the flat.
Minimum Stay: 1 Month(s)
Maximum stay:1 yr with the option of extending the contract after 12 months
Flat amenities:TV ,CD - DVD - Video,Radio,High-speed Internet with
WiFi,Washing Machine ,dryer, Heating, iron and Ironing board,Gas
cooker,oven, Electric Kettle,Toaster,Dishwasher,Refrigerator,
The pictures of the flat are hereby attached with this email.
Roland Gardens is just a 5 minute walk away from both South Kensington and Gloucester Road
Tube Stations and the amenities of Fulham Road.The apartment consists of two bedrooms (en
suite), a spacious and light reception room and a separate kitchen. It has been furnished to
a very high standard and boasts several luxurious features such as air-conditioning and plasma televisions.
Could you tell me a bit about yourself and where you are presently located now?
Will you be able to take good care of my flat like your own?
Are you capable of funding the rent and refundable deposit before
moving in and what are your full names?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
The thief will tell you that you can rent his accommodation only if you can prove that you have genuine interest. He will ask you send money by wire transfer (normally Western Union) to yourself or a member of the family to show that you have sufficient finances and that you are not a "time waster".
Another variation of this scam is that you need to send (by Western Union) money in order that the keys and other documents can be couriered to you
He will ask you to send him the transfer details.
Make no mistake ! Western Union Transfers can be picked up virtually anywhere in the world and with the minimum of identification. They are almost impossible to trace once the money has been collected. You will never get to see the accommodation or your money again.
If you are reading this because you are looking for property to rent, and you are in contact with this thief you are probably searching Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment by Western Union before viewing, then it will also be a scam. Please forward the mail to me at the address in my signature line and I will investigate and list them if necessary.