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 Post subject: @ I ALMOST RENTED MY HOUSE TO SOMEONE OVERSEAS
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:54 pm 
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I am very mad and at the same time very happy that I did not cash this CHECK. I am the owner of a 2-flat somewhere in the USA. I placed an advertisemnt on http://www.craigslist.com for my apartment to be rented, thinking that only normal and local people will contact me. The same day that the ad was posted I received the following email :


Hello,
I'll like to find out if the property that you posted
for rent is still available,Please at what price per month as well as
the deposit required.
I just finished my degree course in university
in California and I am relocating on sabatical leave for a year..
Β
Please get back to me with your response soon.
Cheers

I went on emailing this person every other day for the next 3 weeks. A few times I felt that there were several typo error messages for someone that has finished and has an education. He emailed large emails to each other, since he was possing as someone from overseas (London).
PLEASE READ THE DETAILS OF THE EMAIL :

Thanks for the details provided. I will
> really apprreciate you
sending me pictures of the property also I'll
> gladly like to inform
you that my employer in the United Kingdom here
> is on a transfer
program with a company in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
> that will be
sending a cashier's cheque to you for payment.
>
> After much
>
deliberation, with the company in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and they
>
came to conclusion that they agreed to pay the requested amount of{
>
$2600 PAYMENT FOR THE FIRST MONTH RENT PLUS DEPOSIT STARTING FROM
> MY
> MOVE-IN DATE WHICH WILL BE ON THE 31st of July } while , I'll
> be
>
staying for 1 year which will be paid monthly.
>
> It might interest
you
> to know that the cheque will be issued to you in an excess
>
amount,in
> which the excess funds will be sent to me,after you might
have deducted
> your funds (Rent + Security deposit) via western union
money or money
> gram transfer depending on the one that suits you to
do.
>
> The excess
> funds is for my traveling allowance ,food and
other expenses.However
> the information below is required from you so
as to have the payment
> arranged and mailed to your attention asap
from the company in the
> UNITED ARAB EMIRATES......
>
> NAME ON
CHEQUE
> FULL CONTACT ADDRESS
> WITH
> ZIP CODE
> HOME PHONE NUMBER
>
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER
>
> I will be arriving on
> the 31st of July and
moving in on the 1st of Aug. and will be very
> honoured If you could
furnish me with the details required above so
> that payment will
commence. I will be traveling from London Uinted
> Kingdom to the
state in order to start the transfer program mention
> above, all the
necessary documents will be shown when I arrive in the
state and I
will like it if you can furnish me with the detail
> direction from
the nearest airport to the residence am enquiring about
> so that there
will not be any problem when I arrive .
>
> I am 32yrs and a
>
graduate of Electrical Electronics Engineering from the University of
> London, I'm a very friendly person and married, I do not drink nor
>
smoke. I look forward to meeting you soonest . All paper work will be
> treated when I arrive and get to move in.
>
> I await the details.
>
Cheers
> Gerrad.
>
BIG MISTAKE---- I GAVE MY HOME ADDRESS TO THIS PERSON, i believed this person... I HAVE NOW CONTACTED MY LOCAL POLICE BECAUSE I AM SCARED EVERY NIGHT - NOT ONLY THAT - I TOOK PICTURES OF MY PROPERTY AND EMAILED THE PICTURES TO THIS MONKEY...

As the days followed, i tried to ask this person personal questions, how many people will be living there, where would his job be located, i gave him details about public tranportation, hints about traffic, school district, etc
His response was always very general and of course the question always was, did you receive the check yet. Well I received the check after a total of 3 weeks emailing this person, for an excess amount of almost $ 3000. I had asked for a total of $ 2600 and he sent me a check of $ 5500. I know the check is not real because I contacted the bank.
The check is issued from GREENZAP with the correct address for GreenZap (stupid me I thought he works at GreenZap when I opened an envelope sent to me from London with no return address)
The check looks real. I have not deposit it and I am not planning to. On the check it says BANK OF AMERICA, but when I called the Bank I found out that it is suppose to have a 10 digit account number instead of a 9 digit account number that mine has. I feel very greatful that I talked to my neighboor and he told me about this internet scam. I have contacted craigslist, hotmail, yahoo, my local police, local attorney's office, Interpol, US Securities and Exchange Commission everyone out there and their mother, because I feel that these animals should be punished. We work hard for our money here in the States and we have a lot of deductions for Social Security that some of us won't even get to enjoy. It is not fair for us to loose our money , because we trust such a powerful tool like the internet. The internet is great, just be wise of how to use it.

P.S. The same week that I posted the apartment for rent, I posted an other item that I own for sale. I received again another email from a potential buyer telling me that they will add an additional $ 150 to my asking price for my expenses. (They wanted me to go buy my own checks and paper supply and use e-check). At this point I am very sceptical about all my internet usage....

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.... IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THERE IS ALWAYS A CATCH. NO ONE WANTS TO PAY MORE THAN AN ITEM COSTS...[/b]


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 Post subject: I almost got scammed by the same guy from uk
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:43 am 
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I got the same response from a guy in uk about renting my apt. and getting his employer to send a check for funds over the amount I was asking. This made me very suspicious and so I did a search and found your post. Do you have any advise on how I should proceed to report this incident. I've already blocked him from my email, so I shouldn't hear from him again. Thanks, lbk

"After much deliberation, with the company in the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and they came to conclusion that they agreed to pay the requested amount of { $700 PAYMENT FOR THE FIRST MONTH RENT PLUS DEPOSIT STARTING FROM MY MOVE-IN DATE WHICH WILL BE ON THE 15th OF Sept } while , I'll be staying for 1 year which will be paid monthly."

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thnx for sharing :D


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