Rental Scams

Rental scams are a huge problem in today’s world. Not only do the scammers answer ads posted on the internet pretending to be a person interested in renting your home, but they also will post their own ads of beautiful homes in upstanding communities and they will pretend to be renting them out. They will provide you with pictures of the property and any information that you request about it and the surrounding community, but the one thing that they cannot do it show you the property in person. They will tell you that they are in another state or country on business, and that is why they cannot show you the property in person.

When looking for a home to rent, never send any money via Western Union or Money Gram for a deposit or to hold the home. Tour the home in person before making any arrangements with anyone. If they cannot show you the home, or arrange for someone else to show you the property, then it is a scam.

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8 Responses to “Rental Scams”

  1. Jillian Gerard Says:

    Glad to see you spreading the word about this! We’ve seen a lot of these rental scams at ScamWarners recently. Please see our Auctions and Online Selling forum for tons of examples of these types of scams.

  2. margie Says:

    …. the name of Richard Bent who has posted “his” property for rent in Brisbane….. luxury fully appointed, utilities included in Southport for only $130. Problem is he tells me, that he is in London with the keys yet the property is available NOW. “Um” I have told him……………… the key issue poses a problem!!!
    “Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my Apartment.The Apartment is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person to occupy and maintain the Apartment now that we are not around.Myself and wife just traveled to LONDON ENGLAND for a programme called FAMILY LIFE AND HIV EDUCATION AND THE HIV PREVENTION 4 RURAL YOUTH PROGRAM is taking place in major countries in Europe,Africa,South America and Asia.You can rent the apartment for short term and long term.Here are details of the Apartment:1Bedroom,1,Bathroom,1,Laundry,Electric Range,Electric Heat,Garage,Air Conditioning,Patio/Party Deck,Cable TV,Ceiling Fans,24 hours Internet service,Dishwasher,Garbage Disposal,Microwave,security alarm,Pets Allowed,Refrigerator,Washer / Dryer,Fully Furnished.
    Rent:$130 per week or $520 per month including utilities
    Bondt:$680

    I am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the Apartment and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it for more information.You can reach me on +447024079521″richnembento@gmail.com

    He has sent my spectacular photos of his apartment, marble bathroom,cable internet, flat screen TV.

    *********RENT APPLICATION FORM********
    (Private and Confidential)

    Also, Pls let me get answer to the application below :-
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address Where You Reside Right Now ? –
    3)Reachable Mobile Phone Number ?-
    4)Age ?-
    5) Sex ?
    6)Are You Married ?-
    7)How many people will be living in the apartment? –
    8)Do You have a Pet ?-
    9)Do You have a Car ? –
    10)Occupation ?-
    11) Citizen Of Which Country ?-
    12)How Long Did You Want To Stay ?
    13)What Is Your Moving In Date ?
    14) How Many Month Rent Are You Willing To Pay ( First month rent + Bond) or If You Pay ( First 2months rent + Bond And Get 1 Month Free….So which one do you prefer ?-

    Hope to read from you as soon as possible. Thanks and GOD bless you.

    Cheers!
    Richard ”
    “Located opposite the Gardens- lovely outlook over City & River, handy to QUT Gardens Point, close walk to the city centre & easy Southbank pedestrian access.
    Close to buses & trains, shopping, dining & entertainment.
    1705/132 Alice Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000 ”

    But how does one rent this apartment if Rich has the keys in London?

  3. Pam Says:

    Thank you for this information. I saw this application, responded and was told the same thing, except the story is his friend who is checking on me is in China.

  4. Shirley Says:

    Thank you for posting this! I responded to an ad by someone who says his wife is working in the same program. What’s troubling it is seems kind of legit — I drove by and saw the place myself, and called the number on the realty sign. The realtor confirmed the house is owned by a person with that name, who is out of the country and tried to sell the place and is now trying to rent it. City records confirm a person by that name owns the house.

  5. Trevor Do Says:

    I had emailed regarding an apartment in my complex for rent at an unusually cheap rate and the response I got is as follows:

    “Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my Apartment.The Apartment is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person to occupy and maintain the Apartment now that we are not around.We just travelled to west africa for a programme called FAMILY LIFE AND HIV EDUCATION AND THE HIV PREVENTION 4 RURAL YOUTH PROGRAM is taking place in major countries in Europe,Africa,South America and Asia.You can rent the apartment for short term and long term.Here are details of the Apartment 1Bedroom,1,Bathroom,1,guest room,Laundry,Electric Range,Electric Heat,Garage,Air Conditioning,Patio/Party Deck,Cable TV,Ceiling Fans,24 hours Internet service,Dishwasher,Garbage Disposal,Microwave,security alarm,Pets Allowed,Refrigerator,Washer / Dryer,Fully Furnished.
    Rent:$700 per month including utilities

    I am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the Apartment and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it for more information.

    2300 Mansfield Dr
    Courtenay, BC V9N 2M2, Canada

    *********RENT APPLICATION FORM********
    (Private and Confidential)

    Also, Pls let me get answer to the application below :-
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address Where You Reside Right Now ? –
    3)Reachable Mobile Phone Number ?-
    4)Age ?-
    5) Sex ?
    6)Are You Married ?-
    7)How many people will be living in the apartment? –
    8)Do You have a Pet ?-
    9)Do You have a Car ? –
    10)Occupation ?-
    11) Citizen Of Which Country ?-
    12)How Long Did You Want To Stay ?
    13)What Is Your Moving In Date ?
    14) How Many Month Rent Are You Willing To Pay ( First month rent + security deposit) or If You Pay ( First 2months rent + security deposit And Get 1 Month Free….So which one do you prefer ?-

    Hope to read from you as soon as possible. Thanks and GOD bless you

    David”

  6. Traci Foster Says:

    I have been house hunting today this is what I ended up with ,

    Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. Yes the house
    is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible
    person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not
    around. My husband and i just traveled to West Africa for a program called
    FAMILY LIFE AND HIV EDUCATION AND THE HIV PREVENTION FOR RURAL YOUTH
    PROGRAM, the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe,
    Africa, UK . We will be away for 4 to 5 years or more that is why I
    have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will
    take good care of it.
    Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?
    FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom,
    Playground, Car Park.AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck,
    Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Firepit,
    Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly,
    Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer.

    DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE..
    Number of bedrooms:2
    Number of bathrooms:1

    Rental price: $550 per month and security Deposit is $400(Security Deposits Refundable) .

    Address : 855 S Biltmore Ave, Indianapolis IN 46241

    Utilities included in monthly rent
    Pets Welcome

    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM**********

    TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    SEX:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    WHICH
    NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU
    ON__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE YOU MOVE IN? _____________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?
    How MUCH CAN YOU PAY UPFRONT ______?
    Have a wonderful day ahead.

    Get back to me with the application form filled so we could proceed further more..
    Regards

    these creeps email address is Sharon Monson

  7. Shelby Says:

    This just happened to me twice now. The first time It sounded legit except when the person called me and asked for a different name but had sent an email to me with my name. At first they said they were in Virginia and they had the keys with them…then when i pressed them about the issue they said they were out of the country and that i should send the deposit right away in order to get the keys and the documents. I just received an email not too long ago with the same type of information and the organization they claim they are a part of.

  8. Jojo Says:

    Here’s the email I’ve received from a scammer. Apparently others have received identical ones with different addresses. Beware…

    Hello

    Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. Myself and wife just traveled to West Africa for a program called FAMILY LIFE AND HIV EDUCATION AND THE HIV PREVENTION FOR RURAL YOUTH PROGRAM, the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe, Africa, UK . We will be away for 4 to 6 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.

    Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in? FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Car Park.AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Firepit, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer.

    DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE..
    Number of bedrooms:3
    Number of bathrooms:2

    Rental price: $800 per month and security Deposit is $600(Security Deposit is Refundable) Utilities included in monthly rent Pets Welcome.

    Call us for more information : +2348185595886 or 0112348185595886

    Below is the address to the house: 2912 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119‏

    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*********

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    1)Your Full Name______________________________
    2)Your Full Address & Phone Number______________________________
    3)Are you married?_________________________
    4)How many people will be living in the house______________________________
    5)Do you have a pet______________________________
    6)Do you have a car______________________________
    7)Occupation______________________________
    8)When will you like to move in?_____________________________
    9)How long are you willing to stay in the property________________
    10)Picture of the occupant If Available____________________________
    11)When are you ready to Move In?________________
    12)How Many Months are you willing to rent?________________
    13) How Soon Do You Have The Deposit?_____________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Regards,

    Mr Felix Luke


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