Landlord Scams Tenants Should Be Aware Of

Figures released in 2010 by the Property Ombudsman suggest that more than 5,000 tenants have been affected by rental scams (I’m sure I read that somewhere- either way, it sounds like a compelling reason to read this article). The majority of these attacks involve online adverts, where creepy individuals communicate via emails as they are often based overseas. However, these attacks are not only limited to online activities, but also by real motherfudgers in the flesh.

Here’s a list of commonly known scams that tenants have fallen victim to:

1] Let and run

This is when a con-artist masquerades as a landlord by breaking into an empty property, and then attempts to rent it out as their own. The con-artist will then get the tenant to hand over cash, covering the deposit and initial rent payment, at which point he/she will disappear into the sunset.

2] No need for a deposit

In this delightful scenario, the landlord won’t ask for a deposit, he/she will instead request the details of a Tenant Guarantor. Then, when the Tenancy Agreement comes to an end, the guarantor will be held reliable for very expensive, and generally unnecessary repairs.

3] Unprotected deposits

Since 2007, landlords have been required to protect the deposits their tenants hand over into one of the three Government approved Tenancy Deposit Schemes.

The legislation was put into place because there were often disputes between landlords and their tenants about whether the deposit should be returned.

However, according to Shelter’s findings, many landlords are still avoiding complying with their legal requirements, and then keep hold of the deposit at the end of the tenancy for no good reason.

4] Unjustified charges

Some landlords and agents will charge tenants with unjustifiable fees. It’s important to remember that charges which are not in the Tenancy Agreement contract and which have never been agreed to cannot be enforced- prior agreement is required.

It’s also common for Tenancy agreements to include clauses for charges which are void and illegal under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts legislation. If you’re unsure about a charge you are being forced to pay, please seek legal advice.

Another common scenario is when letting agents charge a Tenancy Renewal Fee, when it was never agreed to.

5] Renting with the intent of renting to others

This is exactly as it sounds. A con-artist rents a property so they can show it to other prospective tenants. They’ll collect first month’s rent and the security deposits and any fees or charges they can squeeze out of their victims before running out of town.

6] Renting on behalf of the owner

This scam is similar to the previous one but there’s one major difference: the con artist claims to be helping someone else rent the property. They use the excuse that the landlord is sick, overseas, or just too busy to do it themselves. Once the con-artist collects first month’s rent, a deposit and fees they skip town.

7] The overseas Landlord

These scams typically takes place on the internet and the scammer doesn’t need to be present and may never have been to the property.

The so-called “landlord” will advertise properties they don’t own on UK based websites and claim they’re an overseas landlord.

They get the tenant to transfer money into their foreign account and make a runner, never to be heard from again. These con-artists are near enough impossible to track down.

8] Nigerian Rental Scams

These Nigerian scams are classic and have been around for years. I think almost everyone with a email account would have received spam email from a “Nigerian Ambassador” at some point.

There are so many variations of this scam, I would just avoid any deals that involve an overseas Nigerian landlord trying to rent their property.

Preventing Rental Scams

Here are a few ways that may help tenants avoid falling victim of rental scams:

  • Ask the landlord for photo ID e.g. Driving License, Passport
  • Ask for details of previous tenants for referencing
  • Ensure the landlord is meeting all legal regulations. Genuine landlords will meet all legal requirements, in particular the Gas Safety Certificate and Tenancy Deposit Scheme
  • Ask the local neighbours about the landlord/neighbourhood- this is perfectly normal for prospective tenants
  • Take note of how familiar the landlord is with the property e.g. does he/she know where the water, gas and water meters are.
  • Always double check the terms and conditions in the Tenancy Agreement and any agreement you may have with letting agents. If there is anything you are unclear about, it’s always best to get it checked by a trained professional.
  • Avoid paying any upfront fees without viewing the property and meeting the landlord at the actual property

Go to my Tenants Guide To Finding A Good Landlord for a more detailed safety precautions.

Have you been a victim? Do you have any other suggestions?

I’m just curious if anyone reading this has fallen victim to a rental scam? If so, what happened? Also, is anyone aware of any other rental scams commonly used to trap tenants? And finally, does anyone have any further tips on how to avoid rental scams?

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ali 8th April, 2016 @ 16:49

oh my god im so happy that i found this article. same exact person calling himself CONRAD ALBAN HAYWARD tried to scam me saying deposit him 2200 pounds for a flat in golders green. nw11 7dl . same exact description that he has no friends and lives abroad with parents living in corsica. thats his email

conrad.a.hayward.1965@gmail.com

DONT GET SCAMMED PEOPLE BE AWARE

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Jessica 8th April, 2016 @ 19:08

Hi Katie,

Yes, "Denis Harrison" contacted me perhaps the day after I'd started looking on RightMove. Once he asked for a large deposit to be made *prior* to viewing, red flags began to go up. And his claim that it was because of AirBnB rules confirmed that it was a scam for me, because I've used AirBnB before, and knew that's not how they operate.

I tweeted AirBnB, but of course they couldn't really do anything. Just warned me to not give him any money (obviously). So I reported his email address to gmail using their scam/fraudulent use of gmail addresses form, pasting the mail with all headers so they can figure out exactly where it originated from. And I reported him to the National Online Fraud Agency.

Unfortunately, it's pretty clear he can just get a new gmail address, but it does seem he's having at least to change addresses and names each time, so hopefully it creates some small hassle for him. It's just really frustrating to see all these people post these messages with the exact same text as he posted to me. If we're figuring it out, how many others aren't? :(

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Kelley Margaret 13th April, 2016 @ 07:35

Got this email the other day for an apartment in Seattle, Washington same as the one "Dennis" was sending everyone.

"Sorry for the late reply. Most of the time, I work out of the country, in Poland. I bought the property in 2009 for my parents, who recently relocated in Corsica. Since I do not want to sell it, I decided put it on the market for long term rental. It is nice, clean, quiet, and you can move in immediately. It has all the necessary amenities such as cable TV, high-speed internet, air conditioning own washer and dryer, private parking. Well behaved pets are allowed.

How long would you like to rent it for?
Who do you rent for at the moment, a private landlord or estate agency?
Can you provide any references?

I'm looking for an honest tenant who would look after my property, keeping it tidy and in good condition. I had some bad tenants and now I have had the property completely refurbished. As you can see I am not after a high profit, but after good tenants who will treat my property as their own home.
Please kindly let me know as I foresee it might not stay on the market for long.

Kind Regards,
Elizabeth Gilmore
PS I set the monthly rent at $1140 with all utilities included"

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adi 26th April, 2016 @ 14:30

Hi,
Facing a very similar situation to a lot of the scams people have experienced.

Have been contacted by Timothy Alan Gould who lives in Denmark, will not let me view before hand and says the property is dealt by an agency through Airbnb. This advert was on GUMTREE! He expected me to pay two months in advance for a property in Shoreditch. Wanted all my details sent over before hand and said the agency would contact me once payment received. This Tim also mentioned that i had a '5 day viewing' period where i could get my money back if not happy!

I found this whole procedure very strange and odd. A usual process is meet landlord in person, view property and then if all good, sign agreement and pay.

I had realised he was using another name for advertising in gumtree as he had several adverts and responded to some of them oerhaps not realising he had already sent me email for a previous property with same story. Please watch out for this Timothy Alan Gould guys - he originally advertises as a 'Mary Anna' and 'Claire'. The pictures look amazing and rent unbelievable for the flats shown. Definatelt a scam!

If you ever want to check the honesty if an advertiser of property then just check the government land registry website details for £3. Better to lose £3 than a lot more.

Got some good tips on line and from the government website.

Please be careful of these scams and make sure you do your research before handing over any money. I missed a bullet indeed on this occasion

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Adriana 4th May, 2016 @ 03:34

Yep, I also placed an ad on gumtree about wanting to rent a flat and 2 ladies got in contact with me,one saying that she has a suitable accommodation and the other one saying that her mom has an apartment for rent. I got in contact with Lady 1 for about 1 week via email,she send me pics,the flat looked lovely and I said to her that am interested in a viewing.this is her first email :

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Hi,

I have a lovely one bedroom flat for rent, the flat is new and it has a washing machine, microwave, kettle, fridge/freezer, table and all other kitchen utensils.

The flat is located at Gloucester Court, Golders Green Road, Golders Green, London NW11 9AA. I took the pictures 11 days ago so they reflects the most current condition of the flat. Here are the necessary things you need to know about the rent and deposit.

Rent per month is £1000 { water, gas, council tax, TV license and wi-fi and cleaning products and a secured parking space }.

Security deposit of £500 protected by the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme and it's refundable after the end of your stay in my flat.

However, do you have references? The flat is new and all the facilities present are all new so i am looking for a responsible and clean tenant. I am reliable and open. If anything is wrong in the flat, i makes sure the problem is quickly rectified. The flat is furnished but i can make it unfurnished or part furnished if prefer.

Hope to read from you soon.

Regards

Mrs Taylor

And this is her reply on me wanting to set a viewing :

Thanks for your reply. The flat is available, i work with Ford Motor Company and i am renting the property out because i have just moved outside London to start a new job in Southampton where i currently work and live, i will be here for at least 5 years. I am not only after the rent but someone that could take good care of my flat and all the facilities present.

I am looking for a straight forward interested candidate because i have been disappointed in so many ways in the past. However, my solicitor would need some information from you to draft an Assured ShortHold Tenancy Agreement which you will read, print and bring along with when you're coming for the viewing. Details needed are:

Your full name:

Current address:

Confirmed move in date:

Mobile number:

Please get back to me with these information so that i can tell you how to proceed. I have another interested candidate but she doesn't sound serious, she came for viewing 8 days ago but i think she didn't have enough money for the security deposit. Let me know if you have other options because i wouldn't want to schedule a viewing with you and get disappointed at the end of the day. Thanks for your interest.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Mrs Taylor

I started to get a little bit worried 1 week after I replied to her email with the infos she has requested and she forgot to answer me back.Then, I sent her another email asking for an update and she said that she was sick and had no access to her email and that she will keep me updated in the next 2 hours...blah blah blah.She was pbbly sick again after. Oh, I forgot to mention that I did try to ring her and the phone number was form Manchester....she said she lives in Southampton...

Anyways, I got no answer from her so I decided to look for other options in renting.I've emailed Lady 2. What I found weird was that the emails from 2 different people seemed identical.How is that even possible?
Finally, I googled the images the've sent to me of the flats and guess what?!They were advertised for other properties in different areas of London!
Big fat scam!!
So,people, let's stop beeing naïve and take safety when dealing with such amounts of money like deposit for renting.

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Michele 20th May, 2016 @ 19:44

Hello Guys ,

I've been scammed by the same "Mike and Harrison they are the same people but sadly I just read it now ,
The email that you got from them is the same that I got with the name of Martha Perkes ,

Unfortunately I did the deposit via swift with the amount of £1400, she use the gmail account of :

Martha Perkes@gmail.com

And fake Airbnb billing@airbnb-gb.com

I will contact the police I've send all my documents to them as well(to Martha all via email) because I believed that right to move website and Airbnb was surely secure without fakes on it.

But surely this is a lesson for me and for all of us,

Never send money before view it , and always investigate their details even if you go to an agency we never know so we have to investigate how long the agency is open from and check the websites and address because they can have more then 1 agency with different address and 1 could be a fake one .

I am really sad my husband want to split of me as I put so much pressure on him to send the money for this people.

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Carol 30th May, 2016 @ 19:56

Thank you for exposing Martha Perkes. I have received the same email and I got suspicious when I noticed that the photos didn't match. If it wasn't for this website I might have wasted more time on this scam.

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Mya 31st May, 2016 @ 06:59

Martha Perkes emailed me too. Found the property in right move online in Finsbury Park London. Identical email to what described above. Thank you to this thread, I was suspicious but now I know! I wish we could really expose these people!

I replied saying that I was not happy sending money and i got this response from 'Martha'

I am sorry, but this is the standard procedure. I pay a hefty fee to Airbnb for each viewing so I expect serious people.
Airbnb will refund you the full amount paid within 24 hours if you don't like the property. This is to avoid arranging meetings with lots of time wasters, who can't afford and just want to arrange viewings and try to persuade agents to get to an agreement suitable for them.

I appreciate your understanding

Kind Regards,
Martha Perkes

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Kevin 1st June, 2016 @ 12:25

Hello guys,

I also found a room that was too good to be true from marthaperkes@gmail.com, sending emails from billing@airbnb-gb.co.uk to claim this is where the money should be send to visit.
Never pay for a visit with AirBnb. Their website should be clearer, I almost went forward with the payment.

This was very well made, so do watch out, and check the email adresses of the people you contact, this is how I found about this page.

Now I'm back for my search in London...

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Mel 1st June, 2016 @ 20:19

I recieved an email today and it seems it is scam based from the pattern of the letter as I saw from the previous thread. The property to let is in Berriman Road N7 7PN and he sent me some pictures of the property inside.

I will try explain to you step by step how this will work, take a few moments and read my email carefully!

* I would like to receive the money monthly into my bank account and I hope there will be no problem for you to wire the money to it.

Do you think a 2 days inspection period will suffice?

The apartment is ready, you just need to receive the keys to check it, and see if you can accept it. This rental will be managed by Daxel Italy Limited | International Freight Forwarder.

Step # 1

In order to proceed, I need your shipping information:

First name _
Last name _
Address _
City _
Postal code _

Step # 2

With the information you'll provide me, I'll go at Daxel Italy Limited office and I'll leave the keys, the contract and all dcouments in their possession to start the process. They will acts as a middle man between us.
The shipping will be done by Daxel Italy Express Delivery | International Transport | Door To Door.

Daxel Italy Express Limited is a worldwide delivery company, a full service international freight forwarder, specializing in shipping commercial cargo from and to Italy by air and by ocean, (door-to-door service).
I used this company many times, and find they are helpful, polite, efficient and on time. I never had a problem! For more information, please checkout their website, www.daxelitaly.it

Here are the contents that will be delivered to you:

* Entrance and the rooms keys;
* Paper/permanent property form (Containing your reference details);
* The apartment documented file and the contract signed by me.
* Payment receipts;
* Address and description of the apartment.

Of course, we will need some way to go through this agreement, to allow us ensure that we get what we are expecting, because you can't send me the money directly with no protection and I must have a warranty to send you the keys, I hope you understand I can't just send the keys to anyone.

This is step # 3.

* The tenant must deposit at company's account,only first month of rent;

* They can proceed with the shipping and you'll receive the keys and the contract signed by me at your door in 48 hours;

* The agent will bring the keys in front of your door and then you have 2 days to go and see the apartment.

* In case you'll take it, you'll have to supply them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release me the funds. You will sign the contract after you will accept the apartment;

* If you don`t find it exactly as described, they will refund your money and the keys back to me. NOTE*** I'll get the money only if you decide to keep the apartment;

* Daxel Italy Limited will provide assistance in handling the payment and delivery of the keys, I'll pay for the services performed by the company, so there will not be any additional cost to you.

As soon as the package is in their custody, they will contact you with the all information... I'll await your quick response and I'll complete the transaction asap.

Our very best,
Albert and Amanda

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Jose 4th June, 2016 @ 12:57

I think its a scam I got the exact same email, from Albert and Amanda but for a different flat, did they say that the home belonged to their father?

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Manuel 9th June, 2016 @ 16:42

Hello,

I am in the middle of the same conversation than Mel above.

Same Albert and Amanda, a picture of their lovely family and so the scam extends...

CUNTS!

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Igor Terreco 1st September, 2016 @ 19:44

Hey my mother has just been scammed by a David Powell and Stephen Dixon renting a house on 52 CLONMELL Road london n17 6ju

MY mother works from 4-10 every single day and these scammers just took 4k from her shes now devastated , we have a tenancy agreement we paid the deposit + 1 month rent , we viewed the house but they gave us the wrong key . They refuse to answer their phone now.

The Landlord adress is 5 Palmer Close Hertford SG14 3LD i really need help any advice on finding them would be gladly appreciated my email is ig_london230@icloud.com

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Paul 2nd November, 2016 @ 10:05

Be aware of a Timothy Alan Gould, scam. His/her/their email is gould.timothy.allan@gmail.com

They post on Gumtree with an amazing deal. Take the post off and try to get you to commit to flat with a deposit. EVEN SEND YOU A DRIVERS LICENCE! which is fake.

Beware.

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Mariam 10th November, 2016 @ 21:02

So happy I found this article,
I was contacted by Timothy Allan Gould about a property on Gumtree.
Here's the email that he sent to me after offering the property for £800 pcm.
Hi.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my property. I`ll tell you a few things about me , I am a civil engineer, originally from UK working in Electrical Engineering domain . I am the landlord of the flat advertised and I am looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it. I want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the flat as his or her own and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The flat is fully furnished with all necessary amenities. It has dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. There are two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want to use your furniture). Pets allowed.The monthly rent for the flat is 800 pounds including bills, so there is nothing else to be paid on top of that. I am looking for someone to rent anywhere from 6 months to 5 years or more.The only problem is that I had to move with my job in Denmark where I am now. The property is being managed by Airbnb and they will handle the whole rental process.
If you want to know more about the rental process please get back to me and I will send you the step by step procedure.

Cheers,

The sad bit is that I sent him my ID, full name, address and mobile number, the good thing is that I contacted Airbnb and checked the property online just to find out that he had given me a business postcode and it's not a redential address at all!!!.

The funny thing is that a lady called Elvira Gordon had also contacted me claiming that she's the owner of the same property!

Thanks God it stopped here. Stay safe.

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han 14th November, 2016 @ 21:01

lol,
I got the same message from Timothy Allan Gould.

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Jess 21st November, 2016 @ 13:07

Hi,

I fully agree to have you as my tenant. As I already told you in my first email Airbnb will handle the renting process in my behalf. I will have to contact the rental agency and provide them all the necessary information so they can start the rental process. For that I will need your full name current address, phone number and a copy if your id, passport or driver license.
You will receive a notification from the rental company containing all instructions that you need to follow and the invoice as well. To secure the apartment you will be instructed to deposit the first 2 months rent to the agency and then you start paying rent from the third month you moved in. The keys and rental agreement will be delivered by their agent at your current address same day the deposit is paid, or you can meet with the agent at the flat. You will be given a 3 days inspection period from the day you receive the keys and lease agreement. If you are satisfied with the flat all you have to do is to sign the lease agreement and inform the agency. If you don't sign the tenancy agreement you receive a full refund of the deposit payment within the same day you made your decision. After you move in the flat the monthly rent will be sent directly to my bank account.
If you wish to proceed please provide the requested details and I will submit your application right away, and of course please make sure that you have the deposit payment ready.
I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for your time and nice cooperation.
P.S: I attached a photo of my driver license.

Cheers

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Jess 21st November, 2016 @ 13:12

Timothy Alan is a scam

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Louise 30th November, 2016 @ 19:45

This is the email i received

Thank you for taking the time to look at my property. I am a civil engineer, originally from United Kingdom.I am looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the apartment as his
or her own and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The apartment is fully furnished with all necessary amenities (exactly like in the pics). It has dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. There are two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want to use your furniture). Pets allowed.The monthly rent for the apartment is 780 pounds and also includes tax, so there is nothing else to be paid on top of that. I am looking for someone to rent anywhere from 3 month to 5 years or more.The only problem is that I had to move with my job back to Amsterdam , Netherlands where I am now. The property is being managed by Airbnb and they will handle the whole rental process.
If you want to know more about the rental process please get back to me and I will send you the step by step procedure.
Regards,
Gould Timothy Allan

What a disgusting human being so glad i googled his name.

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Isabella 2nd December, 2016 @ 15:30

Another scammer trying to get money from people, but thank God I have a good brain . His name is Vincent C and email address that he is using to send out scam emails is: office@saeters.com
Please be aware of suspicious emails and do not fall for them.

All the very best

My dear Isabella, last week I came for 2 times to meet with some potential tenants; but nobody has shown up by the meetings; and trust me, is not very comfortable to fly from Scotland over there each 3 days. So I've decided to make a video tour of the property to show it to the potential tenants before requesting an inspection.
You can watch it here: http://sendvid.com/m0tmivo5

Basically, you can move in whenever you want without a problem, the property is fully equipped, clean and ready to be inhabited! At this moment I'm unable to come for everybody who wants to inspect the property; this is the main reason for making the video and I also have listed it on tripadvisor.co.uk so I can manage the viewings and rental through them. In order to get more info on how it works, please access the following link:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/pages/payment_protection_general.html

The rental agreement should be made for at least 6 months - up to four years.

If all sounds good to you, I'll be able to send the reservation request through TripAdvisor so you can book it at your convenience.

PS: Please feel free to provide any reference letter aether from your landlord or employer. If not, an ID or passport copy would be suffice.

Thanks a lot,
Show original message

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Azima 5th December, 2016 @ 15:16

Hi Isabella thank you for the work of warning I've been sent the same email from Vincent j cain. You can't trust anyone from the property renting world anymore. Thank god I went looking to see if his genuine. I knew something wasn't right from his emails

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Zamin 14th December, 2016 @ 16:31

*FIRST "LANDLORD" *

Espinosa Edison

to me
Hello,

I am the owner of the apartment located at 35, Boulevard Drive, London, NW9 5QZ

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Floor Area : 70 m²

The property is available for rent at £1065 per month including all utilities (Electricity/Telephone/Cable/
Internet/Water) for as long as you need. The rent is for the entire apartment. The apartment is in a very good condition, very clean and completely livable. I know that the asking rent is lesser then the average price requested in that area but not using a letting agent and not paying fees and commissions allows me to ask a lower rental price than others. The kitchen is completely furnished and everything is included in the rental price. In the house you will find ADSL internet and Wi-Fi access.

The apartment was bought by me in 2011, I lived there until 2013 when my job contract was over and I returned home to Spain.

Also the house is near the public transportation, a gym, and other facilities. The house has a parking space for one car. I have spent a great amount of money with the apartment and my request is that you treat it like it was your own.

I am looking for a long term tenancy agreement as I will most definitely never return to London for permanent residency.

I have the house keys with me. When I do find a reliable tenant I will return to London to show the house and complete the lease agreement.

Please let me know if you are seriously interested.

Sincerely,

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*SECOND LANDLORD (TODAY)*

Kenneth Rafn
4:07 PM (21 minutes ago)

to me
Hello,

I am the owner of the apartment located at Bow Lane, Bow Lane, London, EC4M 9DT
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1

The property is available for rent at £640 per month including all utilities (Electricity/Telephone/Cable/
Internet/Water) for as long as you need. The rent is for the entire apartment. The apartment is in a very good condition, very clean and completely livable. I know that the asking rent is lesser then the average price requested in that area but not using a letting agent and not paying fees and commissions allows me to ask a lower rental price than others. The kitchen is completely furnished and everything is included in the rental price. In the house you will find ADSL internet and Wi-Fi access.

The apartment was bought by me in 2011, I lived there until 2014 when my job contract was over and I returned home to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Also the house is near the public transportation, a gym, and other facilities. The house has a parking space for one car. I have spent a great amount of money with the apartment and my request is that you treat it like it was your own.

I am looking for a long term tenancy agreement as I will most definitely never return to London for permanent residency.

I have the house keys with me. When I do find a reliable tenant I will return to London to show the house and complete the lease agreement.

Please let me know if you are seriously interested.

Sincerely,

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UNLESS DSSMOVE is providing landlords with EMAIL templates to better communicate their property specifications, this IS NOT genuine.

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Bob 22nd December, 2016 @ 00:22

So I was shown a place to rent the guy had the keys to the place and everything ,but the rental service company the landlord uses had a. Number from another city (the guy who showed me the place and the one I had to go through were different people but they knew each other )same country and Provence, he gave me his bank account information to deposit the my last months rent but says I'll have to go to the landlord after words to make first months before getting the keys he had detailed information on the apartment and supplied numbers to the landlord and everything else I needed if I did deposit this money should I be able to trace it if it's a scam ?

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Anastasia 5th January, 2017 @ 17:35

Same as many others knew it was too good to be true found property on dss move

Landlord Espinosa Edison (even sent me his passport picture)

Hello,

I am the owner of the apartment located at 14, Mosslea Road, London, SE20 7BW

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor Area : 75 m²

The property is available for rent at £1270 per month including all utilities (Electricity/Telephone/Cable/
Internet/Water) for as long as you need. The rent is for the entire apartment. The apartment is in a very good condition, very clean and completely livable. I know that the asking rent is lesser then the average price requested in that area but not using a letting agent and not paying fees and commissions allows me to ask a lower rental price than others. The kitchen is completely furnished and everything is included in the rental price. In the house you will find ADSL internet and Wi-Fi access.

The apartment was bought by me in 2011, I lived there until 2013 when my job contract was over and I returned home to Spain.

Also the house is near the public transportation, a gym, and other facilities. The house has a parking space for one car. I have spent a great amount of money with the apartment and my request is that you treat it like it was your own.

I am looking for a long term tenancy agreement as I will most definitely never return to London for permanent residency.

I have the house keys with me. When I do find a reliable tenant I will return to London to show the house and complete the lease agreement.

Please let me know if you are seriously interested.

Sincerely,

2nd email:
Thank you for your response.

We will not use the apartaments in the next ten years, that is what I can tell for sure. Also, we may never need to. We also own apartments in Wien, Amsterdam and few more countries in Europe. You have available a large storage space in the building so you are able to move the furniture as you wish.

Like I already said in my first email, my current location is Spain. Unfortunately, lately I have had bad experiences with prospective tenants so that it happened for me to travel to London for nothing which involved a complete waste of time and efforts. Having received proofs from tenants according with they being interested in renting (passport, job contracts showing their earnings, bank statements) proved to be ineffective for my certainty. Some tenants tend to put additional conditions even if they had not been discussed previously or worse, they sometimes still try to negotiate after traveling back to Spain. Some of them also asked me to wait until the end of the month for them to get paid. I hope my explanation is enough for you to understand my point of view and why I chose Airbnb.

My apartment is listed on airbnb.com and I have more good reviews.

Let me know if you know about Airbnb and I if you are ready to rent the apartment for the first month. That is my certainty guarantee and the only way I can come to London.

I have sent you a copy of my passport and more details about me.

Hope you understand.

Thank you and I'm waiting for your response.

3rd email:

Here you have the details: 14, Mosslea Road, London, SE20 7BW
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Floor Area : 75 m²
At this stage that you want to rent my flat, I need to know some few details about you. Can you keep my flat clean and tidy? Do you have references and do you have a landline number in which I can reach you? I will appreciate if you can get back to me with all this information.

Kindly reply for further information and I will like to know where you are coming from to stay in my flat

In my next email I will explain you the entire process.

Thank you

4th email :

Hi again,

Thank you for the details.

I have been dealing with Airbnb and their methods for several years and everything is OK. It is the most secured website and I have never had problems with my clients using it. Your transaction will be safely made and implies a standard procedure. So if you are really interested in, this is how we will be doing it.

Here is a short description of the procedure:

- I will send you the link of my airbnb listing and you will rent it through their website
- You must book 2 months(1 month rent+1 month deposit)
- After you have booked it, you will receive an invoice from Airbnb with all detailes of the payment
- You will have to pay for 2 months rent to airbnb in order to secure the funds
- The money you will pay will not be send to me, not untill you see the flat and we agree with everything. They will be held in the airbnb account in the first place.

IMPORTANT: when the payment process is completed I will travel back to London, show you the apartment and complete the renting agreement;

After the payment is confirmed by airbnb I will buy the flight ticket and I will send you the copy of the boarding pass.

If you don’t agree with the process then there is no need to go forward as we do not have other possible ways to insure that both of us are completely eligible to enter into a lease agreement.

I need to know for certain that you are definitely interested in renting before traveling back to London.

Hope you understand.

Thank you.

5th email

If you agree with the process, I will send you the link, there you will need to book for 2 months(1 month rent+1 month deposit is refundable), fill your details and after that Airbnb will send you an invoice with all the details about the payment. Your money will be hold by them until we'll meet and show you the apartment. If you don't like the apartment, they will send you the money back (full amount), but I will assure you that you will love the apartment.

Let me know if you agree.
Thank you,

Needless to say I won't be giving this guy my details or my ££££

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Elijah 8th January, 2017 @ 22:56

Thanks for posting--this saved me a lot of hassel. Looks like Denis Harrison, Daniel Howl, Theresa Barrett, and Mike Winnard are now John Kairis and leasing in Washington DC (and living in "Europe"). This person is really persistent in this shitty scam.

Email #1:

Sorry for the late reply. Most of the time, I work out of the country, in Europe. I bought the property in 2009 for my parents, who recently relocated in Corsica, France. Since I do not want to sell it, I decided put it on the market for long term rental. It is nice, clean, quiet, and you can move in immediately. It has all the necessary amenities such as cable TV, high-speed internet, air conditioning own washer and dryer, private parking. The monthly rent for my apartment is US $1080 and has about 916 sq feet. Well behaved pets are allowed.

How long would you like to rent it for?
Who do you rent for at the moment, a private landlord or estate agency?
Can you provide any references?

I'm looking for an honest tenant who would look after my property, keeping it tidy and in good condition. I had some bad tenants and now I have had the property completely refurbished. As you can see I am not after a high profit, but after good tenants who will treat my property as their own home.
Please kindly let me know as I foresee it might not stay on the market for long.

Kind Regards,
John Kairis

Email #2:

The address is 475 K St NW, Washington, DC.
I will gladly sign the contract with you if we can reach an agreement. As I explained in the previous email, I live in Europe. Unfortunately, I don't have any friends or other person back in United States who could arrange a viewing with you. In order to make the rental process easier for both of us, I would like to use Airbnb.com ( https://airbnb.com/trust) as they are currently managing my property.
They will require the first month’s rent US $1080 + one month holding deposit US $1080, meaning a total of US $2160 has to be deposited with Airbnb.
You will be contacted by Airbnb and will receive their payment details with the warranty for your deposit. After you make the payment deposit to Airbnb, you will be contacted by an Airbnb agent to agree on a suitable date and time to view the property.
Upon viewing the property, if you decide to rent it, the Airbnb agent will provide you with the rental contract which you can sign on the spot. If you decide to sign and move in, Airbnb will release the payment to my account 30 days after your move in date, all this time your money will stay with Airbnb.
If, however you decide not to rent it your one month’s rent payment+ deposit will be fully refunded, they won't charge you a penny.

In this way Airbnb will handle the money and the keys so as to ensure a smooth processing.

Please provide me with the following details for your referencing application so that I can register the transaction with Airbnb and move forward.

First name:
Last name:
Full Address:
Phone number (a valid mobile number where Airbnb can contact you):
Passport or National ID photo:

The Airbnb agent will require you to show the Passport or National ID in original when you move in.
The copy is needed in order to fill in your contract.
Let me know at your earliest convenience if you understand the process and I will contact Airbnb with your details.
Once I send them your name,address..etc they will register you in their database and contact you with the instructions for payment. Upon receipt of your payment, an Airbnb agent will arrange the viewing with you.

Kind Regards,
John Kairis

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Marcel 14th January, 2017 @ 20:37

I came across Rasmund Sorsten on Gumtree and exchanged few emails with the “owner”. I managed to get a postcode so had a look around and found out that there are no such windows on the buildings or white chimneys as depicted on the pictures. Google picture search is a handy feature and I found the same pictures on airbnb offered property in a different city

The first email goes like this:

Hello,

My name is Rasmund, I am from Denmark and the flat is still available for rent. It was redecorated last year is looking very nice and clean. Has a fully furnished kitchen, clean and well tidy sitting rooms, laundry room and fully furnished with home utilities like: shower, Lounge, Vacuum Cleaner, Toaster, Owen and microwave, dryer, iron, washing machine , refrigerator , dishwasher, power shower, heater, cable ready, TV set and DVD player, Internet connection, equipped kitchen and everything a house needs. I'm interested in finding someone clean who can take care of this house more then getting money from renting it if you know what I mean.

The price I want is £600 for entire flat monthly, bills included and I am interested in a long term agreement, minimum 3 months!

If you are decided to view the flat and have the money I could come in next weekend to show you the apartment and maybe sign the tenancy agreement if you like my flat (I am sure you will love it) but first I have to be sure you really do need a place to live because two weeks ago a person told me he is really interested and he asked me to go to Southampton to meet him and sign the tenancy agreement and when I arrived there no one showed up to rent my place and I lost time and money for nothing. Please accept my apologies if I am rude but I hope you will understand me!

I will wait for your e-mail,

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Natalie 16th January, 2017 @ 15:56

Please be aware of any emails coming from office@saeters.com

This is scam! From what I know, they introduce themselves under different names, but the email adress stays the same.

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DJM 17th January, 2017 @ 23:13

The scum bag that uses office@saeters.com is at it again. I have reported him to the police and i would encourage all of you to do likewise, it takes collective action to remove scum like this from screwing with decent people. The email is registered under a Paul Jones - can find all his details and mobile on domainbigdata.com - just google using his email. a very sad scumbag

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Kayleigh 18th January, 2017 @ 00:11

Hi I have had a email recently from office@saeters.com but using a Deborah and Paul Welch. Is this also a scam? Saying £900 a month 2 bed flat around Bromley Kent area including wifi, council tax, water rates. Reading these messages I believe it could be a scam

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DjM 18th January, 2017 @ 00:16

Kayleigh - yes 100% it's a fraud. I've reported it to the police fraud site

(office@saeters.com using a Deborah and Paul Welch - 100% fraud)

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Mark 19th January, 2017 @ 12:44

Kayleigh, Deborah and Paul Welch are alos trying to rent a property in Basildon to my daughter. They state they live in Scotland and even e-mailed copies of flight tickets from easy jet, for when they came soouth to show the flat previously.
They have a different e-mail address, so I would say scam!

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Kayleigh 19th January, 2017 @ 19:10

Thank you Mark

I thought this be the case because on the tickets of easy jet if you look. They put Thursday 9th January. Well the 9th was a Monday so that sort of set alarm bells ringing. Is there anyway of reporting these people? Plus they use trip advisor for there flat to rent. Sounds like the same people.

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Mya 4th February, 2017 @ 17:50

Yeah there is this "gould timoty alan " ...I found a amazing deal at West Park close to St Mary hospital near Paddington zone 1 ... on spare room 2 bedroom apartment for £700,00 monthly bills including its a big fat scam he said he lives in Spain gave me his mobile from Spain I contact him via WhatsApp, he ask name address and copy of id then said someone from airbnb will contact me in his behalf

His "agent" number was 02032905086
His number in Spain +34678236318
Email ghouldtimallan@gmail.com

I called him and he said he couldn't answer the phone because he was working(but was online) I called 1:30th and told him "is saturday and this time is siesta in Spain until 4pm nobody works!!!! Plus you online!!!"

Didn't place any payment luckly

Be safe people

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Soraia 4th February, 2017 @ 21:47

Hi guys,
They also tried to deceive me. Such a gentleman in Denmark. Ghould Timoty Alan or Katy Gould in Spain but they are the same people.

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Soraia Gonçalves 5th February, 2017 @ 21:49

Hello guys. Do you know anything about the following person whether it is fraud or not?

HELLIWELL MATHEW SIMON
helliwell.matthew77@gmail.com

First email:
Thank you for taking the time to look at my property. I am a civil engineer, originally from United Kingdom.I am looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the apartment as his
or her own and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The apartment is fully furnished with all necessary amenities (exactly like in the pics). It has dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. There are two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want to use your furniture). Pets allowed.The monthly rent for the apartment is 600 pounds and also includes tax, so there is nothing else to be paid on top of that. I am looking for someone to rent anywhere from 3 month to 5 years or more.The only problem is that I had to move with my job back to Viena , Austria where I am now. The property is being managed by Airbnb and they will handle the whole rental process.
If you want to know more about the rental process please get back to me and I will send you the step by step procedure.
Regards,
Whatsapp:+4367761987164
Helliwell Matthew Simon
Electronics Field Service Engineer

Seconde email:
This is the address:118-127 Park Lane, London W1K 7LH
I am glad that you are still interested in my apartment and I fully agree to have you as my tenant. As I already told you in my first email
Airbnb will handle the renting process in my behalf. I will have to contact the rental agency and provide them all the necessary information
so they can start the rental process. For that I will need your full name current address, email , phone number and a copy if your ID or
Passport.
You will receive a notification from the rental company containing all the instructions that you need to follow and the invoice as well. To
secure the apartment you will be instructed to deposit the first 2 months rent + 1 month guarantee to the agency and then you start paying rent from the third
month you moved in. The keys and rental agreement will be delivered by their agent at your current address same day the deposit is paid, or you can meet with the agent at the apartment when you arrive. You will be given a 5 days inspection period from the day you receive the keys and lease agreement. If you are satisfied with the apartment all you have to do is to sign the lease agreement and inform the agency. If you don't sign the tenancy agreement you receive a full refund of the deposit payment within the same day you made your decision. After you move in the apartment, the monthly payment will be sent directly to my bank account.
If you wish to proceed please provide the requested details and I will submit your application right away, and of course please make sure that you have the deposit payment ready.
I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for your time and nice cooperation.

P.S.:I`ve attached a copy of my passport

Regards!

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Aitana 8th February, 2017 @ 11:25

Hey Soraia,

I've received exactly the same message from the guy. Don't trust it. I believe it's a scam.

Cheers

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Liz 21st February, 2017 @ 22:24

'Arach Gosgo' sent me the below for a flat in Bristol found on Gumtree. I'm glad I found this site before handing over any cash.

      My name is Arach, I am from Denmark and the flat is still available for rent. It was redecorated last year is looking very nice and clean. Has a fully furnished kitchen, clean and well tidy sitting rooms and fully furnished with home utilities like: shower, Lounge, Vacuum Cleaner, Toaster, Owen and microwave, dryer, iron, washing machine , refrigerator , dishwasher, power shower, heater, cable ready, TV set and DVD player, Internet connection, equipped kitchen and everything a house needs. I'm interested in finding someone clean who can take care of this house more then getting money from renting it if you know what I mean.

     The price I want is £655 for entire flat monthly, bills included and I am interested in a long term agreement, minimum 6 months!

     If you are decided to view the flat and  have the money I could come in next weekend to show you the apartment and maybe sign the tenancy agreement if you like my flat (I am sure you will love it) but first I have to be sure you  really do need a place to live because two weeks ago a person told me he is really interested and he asked me to go to Bristol to meet him and sign the tenancy agreement and when I arrived there no one showed up to rent my place and I lost time and money for nothing. Please accept my apologies if I am rude but I hope you will understand me!

  I will wait for your e-mail

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Lixoxo 6th March, 2017 @ 16:59

Hi Soraia Gonçalves, did you meet him on Spare room?

I got the same exact email too, but mine's at 6 Buckingham Place.

First email:
Thank you for taking the time to look at my property. I am a civil engineer, originally from United Kingdom.I am looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the apartment as his
or her own and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The apartment is fully furnished with all necessary amenities (exactly like in the pics). It has dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. There are two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want to use your furniture). Pets allowed.The monthly rent for the apartment is 545 pounds and also includes tax, so there is nothing else to be paid on top of that. I am looking for someone to rent anywhere from 3 month to 5 years or more.The only problem is that I had to move with my job back to Madrid , Spain where I am now. The property is being managed by Airbnb and they will handle the whole rental process.
If you want to know more about the rental process please get back to me and I will send you the step by step procedure.
Regards,
Whatsapp:+34666237349

Second email:
This is the address:6 Buckingham Place Westminster, London SW1E 6HR
I am glad that you are still interested in my apartment and I fully agree to have you as my tenant. As I already told you in my first email
Airbnb will handle the renting process in my behalf. I will have to contact the rental agency and provide them all the necessary information
so they can start the rental process. For that I will need your full name current address, email , phone number and a copy if your ID or
Passport.
You will receive a notification from the rental company containing all the instructions that you need to follow and the invoice as well. To
secure the apartment you will be instructed to deposit the first 2 months rent + 1 month guarantee to the agency and then you start paying rent from the third
month you moved in. The keys and rental agreement will be delivered by their agent at your current address same day the deposit is paid, or you can meet with the agent at the apartment when you arrive. You will be given a 5 days inspection period from the day you receive the keys and lease agreement. If you are satisfied with the apartment all you have to do is to sign the lease agreement and inform the agency. If you don't sign the tenancy agreement you receive a full refund of the deposit payment within the same day you made your decision. After you move in the apartment, the monthly payment will be sent directly to my bank account.
If you wish to proceed please provide the requested details and I will submit your application right away, and of course please make sure that you have the deposit payment ready.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Thank you for your time and nice cooperation.
P.S:I`ve attached a copy of my passport.

Did you hear anything back from this guy? I've contacted AirBnB about this.

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Soraia Gonçalves 6th March, 2017 @ 20:10

Hello. Yes it was in the spareroom. I received the same emails.

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Bruno 6th March, 2017 @ 21:25

Got this email after i put an advert on gumtree looking for a flat to rent in cardiff

Luckily i got the red flag alert and did my homework. I found the exacly same photos of the flat that she send me in a advert for a flat to rent in london.
We cant be to nice or to careful in those days

Hi,

Thanks for your interest in my spacious 2 bedroom property with
garden. It is still available for rent which is located at Mynachdy
Rd, Cardiff CF14 3DZ . I took the pictures few days ago so they
reflects the most current condition of the house and you can stay in
my house as long as you pay your rent at when due. Here are the
necessary things you need to know about the rent and security
deposit. Rent per month is £640 { water, gas, council tax, TV license
and wireless Internet} also Security deposit of £600 protected by the
Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme and it's refundable after end of
your stay in my house.I formally reside in it,before I was transferred
to Manchester due to my work .

Please, i want you to note that i am a kind and honest person,also i
spent a lot of money on my property that i want to rent out. Am
soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this property and want you to
treat it as your own,I hope you understand that!!.I want you to keep
it clean and tidy always and I will be glad if you are able to fulfill
that at the end of your stay in my property,that is the reason i decided
making the rent affordable..

However, i need to know some details about you.
Can you keep my property clean and tidy?
Where are you currently located and what are your full names?
Your nationality?
Your profession?
How many of you will be living in the house?
How long have you been renting?

The property is new and all the facilities present are all new so i am
looking for a responsible and clean tenant.

I am reliable and open. If anything is wrong in the house, i makes
sure the problem is quickly rectified. The property is furnished but i
can make it unfurnished or part furnished if prefer.

Kindly get back to me asap if you will like to proceed.

Regards

Anastasija

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AMB 10th March, 2017 @ 08:08

The same situation than Adi and Marcel. I found the advertisement in Gumtree in reference a studio flat in North Acton:

"Hello,

My name is Demian, I am from Denmark and the flat is still available for rent. It was redecorated last year is looking very nice and clean. Has a fully furnished kitchen, clean and well tidy room, fully furnished with home utilities like: shower, Lounge, Vacuum Cleaner, Toaster, Oven and microwave, dryer, iron, washing machine , refrigerator , dishwasher, heater, cable ready, TV set and DVD player, Internet connection, equipped kitchen and everything a house needs. I'm interested in finding someone clean who can take care of this house more then getting money from renting it if you know what I mean.

The price I want is £630 for entire flat monthly, bills included and I am interested in a long term agreement, minimum 6 months!

If you are decided to view the flat and have the money I could come in next weekend to show you the flat and maybe sign the tenancy agreement if you like my flat (I am sure you will love it) but first I have to be sure you really do need a place to live because two weeks ago a person told me he is really interested and he asked me to go to London to meet him and sign the tenancy agreement and when I arrived there, no one showed up to rent my place and I lost time and money for nothing. Please accept my apologies if I am rude but I hope you will understand me!"

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Anonymous 14th March, 2017 @ 12:29

Received from someone called Matthew Helliwel(l), he uses two email addresses, and currently has an ad up on sparecroom.co.uk for a room in pimlico costing 150£ a month. Be careful! The ad on Spareroom.co.uk is posted by someone called "Karla Pugh", this is obviously just a name he is using and when I asked him why this name was different to the on e in his email he said it was because his wife had created the ad on spareroom.co.uk In the second email he sent me he attached a copy of a real passport, meaning he must steal people's passport copies which they send him and commit identity theft, them pretend to be them and get money off of people. Disgusting!

This was his email, almost identical to some emails posted here, just changed the place to Madrid, Spain:

Thank you for taking the time to look at my property. I am a civil engineer, originally from United Kingdom.I am looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the apartment as his or her own and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The apartment is fully furnished with all necessary amenities (exactly like in the pics). It has dishwasher, washing machine and clothes dryer. There are two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want to use your furniture). Pets allowed.The monthly rent for the apartment is 600 pounds and also includes tax, so there is nothing else to be paid on top of that. I am looking for someone to rent anywhere from 3 month to 5 years or more.The only problem is that I had to move with my job back to Madrid , Spain where I am now. The property is being managed by Airbnb and they will handle the whole rental process.
If you want to know more about the rental process please get back to me and I will send you the step by step procedure.
Regards,
Whatsapp:+34666237349

The second email i received from him was this, also almost identical to previous emails posted here:

The ad has been posted by my wifel
I am glad that you are still interested in my apartment and I fully agree to have you as my tenant. As I already told you in my first email
Airbnb will handle the renting process in my behalf. I will have to contact the rental agency and provide them all the necessary information
so they can start the rental process. For that I will need your full name current address, email , phone number and a copy if your ID or
Passport.
You will receive a notification from the rental company containing all the instructions that you need to follow and the invoice as well. To
secure the apartment you will be instructed to deposit the first 2 months rent + 1 month guarantee to the agency and then you start paying rent from the third
month you moved in. The keys and rental agreement will be delivered by their agent at your current address same day the deposit is paid, or you can meet with the agent at the apartment when you arrive. You will be given a 5 days inspection period from the day you receive the keys and lease agreement. If you are satisfied with the apartment all you have to do is to sign the lease agreement and inform the agency. If you don't sign the tenancy agreement you receive a full refund of the deposit payment within the same day you made your decision. After you move in the apartment, the monthly payment will be sent directly to my bank account.
If you wish to proceed please provide the requested details and I will submit your application right away, and of course please make sure that you have the deposit payment ready.
I look forward to hearing back from you. Thank you for your time and nice cooperation.

P.S.:I`ve attached a copy of my passport

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Professorparegoric 21st March, 2017 @ 00:36

I've had the exact same email.
This is obviously a large group of scammers as this one is in Glasgow.
If you get a little niggly feeling and it seems to good to be true, it usually is.

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ManuelP 16th May, 2017 @ 12:29

Same thing about a guy in Danemark. He's working under the name of Frank Bjarte.

"Hello,

My name is Frank, I am from Denmark and the flat is still available for rent. It was redecorated last year is looking very nice and clean. Has a fully furnished kitchen, clean and well tidy rooms, fully furnished with home utilities like: shower, Lounge, Vacuum Cleaner, Toaster, Oven and microwave, dryer, iron, washing machine , refrigerator , dishwasher, heater, cable ready, TV set and DVD player, Internet connection, equipped kitchen and everything a house needs. I'm interested in finding someone clean who can take care of this house more then getting money from renting it if you know what I mean.

The price I want is £650 per month for entire flat, bills included and I am interested in a long term agreement, minimum 6 months!

If you are decided to view the flat and have the money I could come in weekend to show you the flat and maybe sign the tenancy agreement if you like my flat (I am sure you will love it) but first I have to be sure you really do need a place to live because two weeks ago a person told me he is really interested and he asked me to go to London to meet him and sign the tenancy agreement and when I arrived there, no one showed up to rent my place and I lost time and money for nothing. Please accept my apologies if I am rude but I hope you will understand me!

I will wait for your e-mail"

2nd email:

"Hello,

I've attached some pictures of the flat and also a model of the rental contract(standard rental agreement)! The flat is located in East Finchley, London, 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 hope you understand me because I`m in Denmark right now! The property comprises a bright and spacious one bedroom, well equipped kitchen and modern bathroom. Parking place is included too!

In the kitchen there is a dishwasher and also a fridge freezer! Regarding the council tax I can tell you that it is included in the price of £650 per month and also internet broadband, gas and electricity are also included in this price! I am interested in a long term agreement and I request one month rent in advance plus the equivalent of one month as a refundable deposit which you will get back at the end of the contract.

I prefer the first payment to be in cash, against signed rental agreement, keys and receipt!

Regarding the plumbings and all that kind of stuff I can tell you that the flat was recently renovated and all electrical part and plumbings are new so that won`t be necessary any repairs anyway I have a person who can manage this starting after I rent it.

We can sign the rental contract starting from weekend but I need to be sure that you have serious intentions in renting the flat that`s why I attached here a model of the rental contract and also we can discuss the terms when we will meet!
If you are decided to view the flat let me know because there is another person interested in reserving it!

Kind regards"

3rd email:

"Hi,

It's better to email me, I do have a mobile number but am unwilling to provide it since there are a lot of interested people, that might call at their convenience not knowing if I can answer, talk or be called.
I will give you a proof of identification when we meet and I will provide you with my ownership papers so you can check.The rental agreement is standard, I sent it in case you are not familiar with one, and will not be filled in without us both being present and in presence of a legal adviser. My legal adviser will be present and you can also bring your own legal adviser or witness, I will also provide ownership documents and ID so you can check them out.
The flat its exactly as you can see it in the pictures I sent you! I can`t come from Denmark just to show you the flat and that`s why I asked you if you will be prepared to sign the tenancy agreement if everything will be in order after you will view the flat and all the ownership documents with a legal adviser.
Due to my work I can come only in weekends on Sunday and I need to know who will live in the flat(full name and occupation).I also need you to confirm if you will have the funds ready(at least one month rent) on Sunday at the time when we will meet for a view because I don`t want to make two trips from Denmark just to show you the flat!

Regards"

So I was about to meet him on Sunday but I fortunately came across this website before. Here's my question: CAN ANYBODY TELL ME HOW THIS SCAM WORKS? I mean he would fly over and let me see his face.. how could I possibly pay him if there's something wrong and what can that be? I really do want to understand.

Hope this helps.

Cheers

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Anev 19th June, 2017 @ 13:13

I am looking for a flat in London. I have found this flat which is inside the same estate I am currently living in.
I have met the landlord, she told me she can't do viewings or meeting in the week because she is busy and she is going on holiday from this friday. I have met the two flatmates there and spoke to them as well.

They seemed nice. The landlord told me she is helping her brother which works in IT and he is the owner. There is no contract (but its not the first time for me, the first time was ok without contract and I have paid in cash then)

I said I would prefer to pay online my rent, then she told me I should pay the rent and half deposit and she gave me her brother bank account details, after she explained me about cleaning rules and the flat (she showed me around in the flat)

She wanted some money to know that I was serious about the flat £50 and she wrote me a receipt (as I was doing for my first house in London years ago)

I have contacted her today as I have sent a small amount to her brother account and if she could check how much to check if the transfer worked, she has not reply

I have wrote to the flatmate and she was nice telling me to meet tomorrow to give me the keys after I would submit the money transfer, but when I have mentioned if the landlord would be ok to meet cause I would prefer to pay in cash and that the landlord was not answering my texts, the flatmate didnt reply to my text anymore.

I am looking urgently for a room, but I am afraid to pay on online banking (even if the flat is few blocks away from my current flat)

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Professorparegoric 19th June, 2017 @ 14:37

Hello Manuelp, the scam works by the link they use to accept payment. Sometimes it's an airB&B link, looks exactly the same but it's not real. They want just the deposit. But if they're doing this to 100s of people a day, they're making a lot of money.
I know how much you want it to be genuine but the property belongs to somebody else. You can usually do a search of the address and you'll find it for sale a few years ago. They're careful about that. Mine was just a bit too confident at the end though. He must have forgotten which photos were which so the photos on the airbnb&B fake link, the bathroom was completely different. Of course I knew it was a scam by then but if I hadn't, I may have overlooked it.

Hello Anev, they are taking the P**s!
Nobody should be taking £50 from you to know that you're serious.
DO NOT pay them anything else.
You should have a contract, a tenancy agreement by law in England.
You shouldn't be paying cash and nor should they be taking cash unless it states it in a tenancy agreement and even then it's shaky ground legally. If you can't prove you're paying rent, you have no rights and tenants have rights.
They're not declaring the income and that's why they want cash. It sounds highly likely that they are subletting. If I was you I would find out who owns the property via the land registry.
I would also recommend that you contact Shelter for advice as you seem unaware of your rights as a tenant.
If you feel unable to contact shelter for help then I'd rather help you myself frankly.
It's pretty easy to find information about a property online. Are you sure that the property isn't owned by the council or a housing association and they aren't just committing fraud?
That's very common in big cities all over England.

It makes me angry that they seem to be taking advantage of you. I don't know how old you are but it seems the younger the better for these people.

Don't pay them anything else until you get advice.

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Elva 26th June, 2017 @ 22:21

Ive come across two men one from "Denmark" other from "Spain" who advertised flats and as soon as I had emailed them the ad was gone, and had really similar emails that they sent.
Eylan Martter
eylan.martter@gmail.com
Hello,

My name is Eylan, I am from Denmark and the flat is still available for rent. It was redecorated last year is looking very nice and clean. Has a fully furnished kitchen, clean and well tidy sitting rooms and fully furnished with home utilities like: shower, Lounge, Vacuum Cleaner, Toaster, Owen and microwave, dryer, iron, washing machine , refrigerator , dishwasher, power shower, heater, cable ready, TV set and DVD player, Internet connection, equipped kitchen and everything a house needs. I'm interested in finding someone clean who can take care of this house more then getting money from renting it if you know what I mean. The price I want is £620 for entire flat monthly, bills included and I am interested in a long term agreement, minimum 6 months!

If you are decided to view the flat and have the money I could come in weekend to show you the apartment and maybe sign the tenancy agreement if you like my flat (I am sure you will love it) but first I have to be sure you really do need a place to live because two weeks ago a person told me he is really interested and he asked me to go to Exeter to meet him and sign the tenancy agreement and when I arrived there no one showed up to rent my place and I lost time and money for nothing. Please accept my apologies if I am rude but I hope you will understand me!
I will wait for your e-mail.

Straight away I googled the pictures of the flat but didn't find anything, and he has a picture on his profile on gmail which I googled and its a man in Portugal with a completely different name.

His second email was:
Hello,

I've attached some pictures of the flat and a model of the rental contract(standard rental agreement)! The flat is located in Wayside Cres, Exeter, EX1 3JZ 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 hope you understand me because I`m in Denmark right now! The property comprises a bright and spacious 1 bed flat, well equipped kitchen and modern bathrooms. Parking place is included too!
In the kitchen there is a dishwasher and also a fridge freezer! Regarding the council tax I can tell you that it is included in the price of £620 per month and also internet broadband, gas and electricity are also included in this price! I am interested in a long term agreement and I request one month rent in advance plus £600 refundable deposit which you will get back at the end of the contract.

I prefer the first payment to be in cash, against signed rental agreement, keys and receipt! Regarding the plumbings and all that kind of stuff I can tell you that the flat was recently renovated and all electrical part and plumbings are new so that won`t be necessary any repairs anyway I have a person who can manage this starting after I rent it.

We can sign the rental contract starting from weekend but I need to be sure that you have serious intentions in renting the flat that`s why I attached here a model of the rental contract and also we can discuss the terms when we will meet!
If you are decided to view the flat let me know because there is another person interested in reserving it!

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nick 11th July, 2017 @ 18:00

i received this email

from Damian and caroline with easyjet tickets and all, showing fake flights, thank God my African Mum quickly spotted the Scam ! read on

Subject: Re: 2 beds flat on Upper Brockley Road, London SE4 - £950 pcm

Our dear Nicholas & Christopher, we are from Thurso, Scotland and we must confess we had 2 flights in the past week and nobody has shown up on the meetings. We are really looking to rent our property to someone responsible; We are looking to lease it for at least 6 months, up to 4-5 years, any period would be suitable. The property is available anytime. You can see the flights attached.

Trust us, it's not very comfortable to fly from Scotland over there every 2 days, especially at 54 and 50 years old.

After our 2nd useless flight, in a moment of personal frustration, we've taken a video tour of the property to avoid any useless trips. You can watch it here: https://streamable.com/o206b

Also we have listed the property on tripadvisor.co.uk so we can manage the viewings and rental process through them. Are you familiar with TripAdvisor ? If not, you can read more about how it works here:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/pages/payment_protection_general.html

Many thanks,
Damien & Caroline Wilson
cid:71476ED1-A671-4A6A-BCC7-9A7C3CF9B9AE

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nick 11th July, 2017 @ 18:07

Don't fall for these scammers ! Please beware ! they will even send you a scanned copy of easy jet tickets to convince you .

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Professorparegoric 15th July, 2017 @ 13:25

To be honest the more scanned documents they send, the more suspicious you should be, definitely if you get a scanned passport.
Landlords just don't have to do that.
They definitely don't chase prospective tenants like that.
It's usually the other way around.
The old saying "if it's too good to be true, it probably is!"
Still stands.

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am28 20th August, 2017 @ 11:18

Dealt with someone from SpareRoom ad who advertises under Aventus Properties in UK(actually still is advertising there), however Aventus Properties (limited) has been dissolved so check the legality and identity of who you are dealing with and never pay anything in cash.
Do not get yourself into financial difficulties and spend those few minutes to do the checks.

You can easily check any company on the Companies House web, an agency must be also registered in a Redress Scheme which you can also easily check.

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