PSA "Beware of house rental scams"

PSA "Beware of house rental scams"

Postby Jasen [OP] » October 12th 2011, 4:58am

The missus and I are looking for a rental house. She found one on CL and I found one on a list your own property web site. Both were well below current market value. But we responded to them anyway.

The respond she got was very similar to this one I got, but very poorly written.

Hello,

Thanks for the email. Yes the House is still available and will only be given out to the right person that will take very good care of the place. I have really decided to give out the house as a result of my transfer to London ( United Kingdom )I will be giving out the house for $700 with a security deposit of $700. I need to inform you as well that money is not the major reason why I am renting it out but want someone who can take care of it as if he/she owns it. So let me know as soon as possible if you can take good care of it, so that we can discuss the rent further. Pets are allowed.

We initially wanted to sale the house but we changed our minds and decided to rent it out because the economy is bad and it has also affected the housing market. We might decide to sale in the future but for now we are just renting it out It's a nice neighborhood and there is no pet deposit.If you are interested you can go by and view it but you will not be able to`go inside because the keys are here with me in London.
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Re: PSA "Beware of house rental scams"

Postby Big_kid » October 12th 2011, 1:20pm

Just send him $2100 western union and he'll have his "agent" send you the keys. Right?

That's one of the better written scams I've seen. Have you checked out the ebolamonkeyman.com site?
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Re: PSA "Beware of house rental scams"

Postby paintdrying » October 12th 2011, 5:12pm

Old scam. They sounds as if it was written by a native speaker. Have them ups you the keys. I think it is funny having them send me the keys. I also email them pictures of a real old looking dog and ask them if will be a problem the dog goes potty in the house.
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Re: PSA "Beware of house rental scams"

Postby chevymaher » October 12th 2011, 6:09pm

Tell them this.Are you going to make the people living there now move?Or is it a 2 family dwelling?They showed me the place I like it when can we sign the papers?
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Re: PSA "Beware of house rental scams"

Postby Jasen [OP] » October 12th 2011, 9:58pm

BK, I've seen that sight, love it :lol:

I like the idea of sending a pic of a mangy old dog.
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