Room for Rent and other rental scams
#401104 by Michelle Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:52 am
From: Michael S <[email protected]>

Hello,

Thank you for your interest in my apartment, it is still available. I
will try to give you as many details as I can regarding the apartment
in the following email.

The full address of the apartment is 1431 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA
92101. Everything is just like in the pictures, fully equipped with
all the appliances you need, very clean and well kept. The apartment
can be rented furnished or if you want you can use your furniture and
deposit mine in the storage unit. I work as an civil engineer and the
company I work for has developed projects all around the world. Now, I
have received an very good offer from them to move to the United
Kingdom department, offer that I have accepted.

The apartment is vacant so you can move-in anytime you want, also my
contract in UK is for the next 6 years, so for this period, I will not
return 100%.

The rent of 1000$/month is for the whole apartment and includes all
the utilities: heat, water, electricity, parking, laundry in-suite,
washer and dryer also included, cable and internet. You will have full
access to all building amenities. Just in case repairs are needed
there, I will cover the costs, so no worries. The price I'm asking is
below the market because I want to find a responsible tenant to take
good care of the place.

I'm the owner of the apartment, it's already paid in full and there is
no mortgage on it. You have everything you need near-by (public
transportation, schools, groceries etc.). Also I love pets, so if you
have any pets, I won't have any problem, pets are allowed. Honestly
from point of view I'm sure that You'll love it for sure and rent it
on spot.

I would like to know how many people will live in the apartment and
also which rental contract do you prefer to start with - 6 months or 1
year with option of renewal?

Please let me know if you are really interested in the place so we can
discuss further.

Thank you and look forward hearing from you!
Michael

PS: I attached you all the pictures that I have with the apartment (as
you can see everything is in absolutely perfect condition).


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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#401495 by JLu Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:29 pm
Hi,

Thank you for posting this.

I'm new to all this but I am actively communicating with this email address & am supposed to give my deposit this Friday. However, the man has stated that this will all be done through Wimdu and not him. That the deposit will be given to them.

Now I'm confused. I don't know if to proceed or not, because this email looks exactly like mine but with a different address. How do you know the documents were fake?

He has even sent his passport but I wouldn't know if it's real or not. Although, it was not in color and I asked for it in color and he hasn't provided it.

Are there any extra steps I should take before doing the transaction this Friday to know if it's a scammer? Suggestions? Because he says there is only a 24hr. window to make the deposit before he is charged a 2nd fee. The deposit "must be made first to see the apt., since he is over seas".

Your feed back is greatly appreciated.

By the way, the passport name matches the email address name.
#401496 by AlanJones Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:40 pm
It is 100% a scam. Michelle has been dealing with these for many years, so there is no doubt about it.

The procedure that the scammer is describing to you is nonsense and not something that Wimdu offer. Scammers also claim to use the services of AirBnB and HomeAway, who also do not provide such services.

Do not pay any money to anyone unless you have physically seen the inside of the property.

Please do not tell scammers that they are listed here - it will take them seconds to change their fake details and their new details will not be listed for any future victims to find.
#401497 by JLu Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:56 pm
Alan Jones,

Okay, thank you for your advice. I will not go through with it.

Honestly, that bad feeling in the gut has kicked in and I rather not find out the hard way.

Thank you, both you & Michelle.

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