> >> Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 22:52:56 +0100
> >> Subject: Re: Apartment
> >> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >> To: Michelle Banks
> >> Hello,
> >> I will attach some pictures of the flat,floor plan and also a
> >> of the rental contract! but I can`t give you the exact address because there`s no one living
> >> out there and I`m afraid of thieves and I do apologize for this but I
> >> you understand me because I`m in Denmark right now! The property
> >> reception room, kitchen with washing machine/tumble dryer, master
> >> with fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom, second bedroom with fitted
> >> wardrobe and bathroom. Parking place is included too!
> >> In the kitchen there is a dishwasher and also a Big fridge
> >> freezer! Regarding the council tax I can tell you that it is included in
> >> the price of £480 per month and also Sky TV,internet broadband,gas and
> >> electricity are also included in this price! I am interested in a
> >> six month agreement and I request two months rent in advance plus the
> >> equivalent of one month as a refundable deposit which you will get back
> >> the end of the contract.
> >> Regarding the plumbings and all that kind of stuff I can tell
> >> that the flat was recently renovated and all electrical part and
> >> are new so that won`t be necessary any repairs anyway I have a person
> >> can manage this starting from August.
> >> We can sign the rental contract starting from next weekend but
> >> need to be sure that you have serious intentions in renting the flat
> >> why I attached here a model of the rental contract and also we can
> >> the terms when we will meet!
> >> If you are decided to view the flat let me know because there
> >> another person interested in reserving it!
> >> Kind regards
> Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:48:22 +0300
> Subject: Re: Apartment
> From: email@example.com
> To: Michelle Banks
> The flat will be rent as you can see it in the pictures I sent
> you in my previouse e mails! We could meet and maybe sign the tenancy
> agreement this Sunday but you see these is due to previous predicament that
> I have gone through in the past trying to rent the property to some
> students,I have got to realize so many people are not really in need of an
> apartment all they do is secure a place in advance, My last experience in
> trying to rent the property to a particular lady had got me topredicate on
> these,she made me believe she was willing and ready to get the apartment
> she even went to the extend of showing me her statement of account,which
> made me took her for the viewing but after taking her for the viewing,she
> saw the apartment and got to love it and never wanted to loose it,so she
> kept pleading i retain it for her because she is not financially composed
> at the moment,which i did but end up disastrously.
> So basically for me to be sure of you been willing and ready to
> get the apartment I will employ you walk into any Western Union agency and
> send the total bill cash £1440 (two months rent and one month refundable
> deposit) to your partner's name (NOT to ME) or your partner can send it to
> you with location of Sheffield or any other city in UK,All I need is for
> you to get back to me with the receipt issued to you after making the
> transaction so I can confirm it! When we will meet in person to sign the
> papers we will go together to Western Union and you will withdraw the cash
> and pay me in hand or you can pay me on Monday by bank transfer! I just
> need to see that you do have the money available and you do have serious
> intentions in renting the flat! If the Western Union agent will ask you
> about the receiver you should tell him that is a relative of yours because
> the transfer fees will be cheaper! If you will tell them the reason they
> might consider this a commercial transaction and charge you more. Anyway I
> will pay for it either you take the flat or not! I will book the flight for
> Sunday as soon as I have your positive answer !
> I do apologise for that but as I told you last time when I
> arrived to Sheffield to show the flat to a person everything was a stupid
> joke and I hope you understand me because I don`t want to waste my time and
> money on plane tickets..
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.