Room for Rent and other rental scams
#437529 by Michelle Mon Jan 09, 2023 3:12 pm
Madelaine lopez Vanegas <[email protected]>

Thank you for your reply!
You seem like a very nice person and I would be very happy to have you as a tenant! :) :)
Based on advice from a family lawyer and given that this would be our first transaction, we were advised to use a licensed third party to mediate our first transaction. So, I'm going to list my apartment on Airbnb - the largest and most secure rental company in the world at the moment - I'm sure you've heard of it or used it at least once in the past.

For the next step, I will activate my Airbnb login link and make it available to you. You just need to make your reservation for one month. Airbnb will then send you the invoice and payment instructions for one month + the 510 EUR deposit + 1000 EUR = 1,510 EUR. If you wish for several months I can give you a discount.

As soon as Airbnb receives confirmation of payment, a Dutch employee will be assigned to meet you and inspect the apartment. The agent will have the keys and all the necessary documents, including the authorization that we have signed.

At this point, there are two options after the inspection:

1) If you like the apartment and choose to rent it long term, complete the transaction with the Airbnb representative, who is fully licensed and authorized by me through authorization to rent the apartment to you. The rental contact is fully flexible to meet both of our requirements. So if you want to add or remove anything from the contract, we can do it. I am a reasonable person and don't have to worry about anything :).
Then you need to authorize Airbnb to release my funds.
2) If, after viewing the apartment, you decide you don't want to rent it (for whatever reason), Airbnb will refund your money in full, as the cancellation policy is completely flexible. (I'm more than sure you'll fall in love with the place anyway :)).
I hope you understand the steps of the transaction. They will NOT send me the money, Airbnb will. They can't access the funds without your permission, so you're 100% protected.
So basically you have nothing to lose and I'm also sure you're genuinely interested in renting it.

This Airbnb transaction is a single transaction. If you decide to rent the apartment after the inspection, the remaining monthly payments will be sent directly to me. We will discuss these details after the inspection.

I would also like to inform you that a former "renter" let me fly to the Netherlands for free and decided not to answer my cell phone when I arrived ...

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this long email. Please let me know if I can activate your ad and give you the link to my Airbnb entry.


This Scammer will arrange to send you an Invoice or notification -- Make no mistake, the document will be fake !
If you are reading this because you have received such an invoice or notification, kindly forward it to the address in my signature line and I will report the details to the appropriate authorities


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