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Craigslist Apartment Rental Scams Craigslist's New York apartment classifieds are a con artist favorite, bilking individuals and families out of their hard-earned deposit and rent money.Fraud in New York City's Craigslist classifieds has become so pervasive that Craigslist has considered charging a fee for its ads. Their hope is that by putting a charge in place, they will discourage phony listings. Most of these fraudulent postings are common bait and switch schemes. However, some of the cases reported involved more elaborate schemes run by professional criminals. These scam artists have managed to bilk apartment seekers for thousands of dollars.

Everyone knows how competitive the New York apartment market is, with too many people looking for far too few apartments. Some bold con artists have capitalized on this situation and used it to their advantage.

In one of the worst cases we found a woman who promised a small studio apartment to several dozen different people. She collected enough money from each hopeful tenant in the form of rent and security deposits to make off with over $60,000.

This may not be the most common apartment scam on Craigslist but it's not unique. People sub-renting the same apartment to multiple people and making off with their money are numerous enough that anyone using Craigslist or any other online service should thoroughly check out their landlord before handing over their money.Tips for avoiding Craigslist apartment rental scams

Ask to see the landlord's ID - record all the information you can from it.

Use a browser to search for the person's name who you're dealing with. Be sure to add quotes around their name. You could add the words "fraud" or "scam" at the end of your search terms.

Use reverse directory look up if the person has given you their telephone number. It's important to double check that they are who they say they are.

Visit the local county courthouse to look up property ownership for the apartment in question. Who really owns it? Is it the person you're dealing with? Or someone else?

Scan any provided photographs carefully. Do they match up with what you've seen in person? Do they look like they all came from the same place?

They don't ask for an application or permission to check your credit? That's a red flag!

Considering the current state of our economy and the rise in foreclosures, ask the landlord if they're current on their mortgage payments, and then get their answer in writing.

Consider using another method for obtaining a rental, i.e. real estate agent, going through a rental agency, etc...

Looking for a new apartment or home to rent? Before you do, check out this list from the Consumerist on 5 of the biggest warning signs that a Craigslist rental listing is probably a scam:

1. SOUNDS GOOD. WHERE IS IT AND WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS?
Most of the questionable listings readers have sent to us don’t immediately set off many alarm bells when you’re simply looking at the info on Craigslist.

For example, here is the full text for one recent listing:
$800 / 3br – 3 BR, 2.5 BA Home With Many Amenities
– 3 BR, 2.5 BA
– Brand new hardwood flooring on first floor, carpeting on second floor.
– Big kitchen with equipment and bar
– Wooden lot with a patio for sitting and grilling
– Master bedroom on first floor with high double vanity sinks, bath tub and separate shower
– Walk-in loft
– Washer/Dryer hookup in mudroom
– Formal dining room
– Excellent for roommates, couple, or family
– Great neighbors and superb HOA
– All features covered in rent
– Gigantic pool with swirly slide, kids water play area, work-out facility (all across the street)
– Pets OK
– No smoking in the house

This sounds like a pretty good deal. In many cities, $800/month for three bedrooms and 2.5 baths is a steal. We’ve also seen this same listing going for as low as $350/month in one city.

Regardless, the property has just about everything you’d need. So where are the photos to show off all these features? And where in Tampa is this place?

Of course, just because a listing lacks these photos and an address doesn’t mean it’s a scam, but much like people who refuse to post photos on their online dating profiles, it’s a justifiable cause for concern.

2. WHAT KIND OF A NAME IS “KYDIXOROROAQUEP”?

Since the listing doesn’t give a phone number, the only way to find out more is to contact the poster by e-mail. You can’t necessarily tell by e-mail posted on the listing page, but when the other person writes back and he’s using an e-mail that looks like it’s been through the consonant grinder — “kydixororaqep” is a name that was actually attached to one e-mail we saw — you’re likely dealing with someone using auto-generated e-mail accounts so as to make things harder to trace.

3. SERIOUSLY, YOU ONLY WANT $800/MONTH FOR ALL THAT?
As good as it sounded in the listing, the rental property only sounds better when “kydixororaqep” sends his reply.

We’ve seen the following reply sent to at least half a dozen Consumerist readers who inquired about apartments, all from different parts of the country:Just to give you a little more information about the home, the water, trash
and garbage are paid by us. The security deposit can be paid in 2 installments if money is tight. (I know how that can be).
The house has a fenced in backyard and we do allow pets. The deposit per pet is a one time payment.
The house includes a washer and dryer, and we pay for lawn care so the renter does not have to cut the grass.
There is NO application fee (our company policy and guarantee).

Show me a landlord who is completely cool with paying the security deposit installments — and who also pays for everything, including the lawn maintenance — and I’ll show you someone who is probably trying to trick you out of some money.

Everything about this listing is made to appeal to as many people as possible, in the hopes of victimizing as many people as possible.

4. WHAT’S THIS ABOUT A CREDIT CHECK?
The e-mail from kydixororaqep continues:I will be happy to show the house at an agreed upon time and date but I do require that all applicants and additional renters who will be living in the home complete a free credit report to ensure their eligibility.

I have so many people apply for homes that I have to make sure they are qualified renters before I show the property.
This ensures neither of us will be wasting our time.

It is okay if you have bad credit (trust me). We just check to make sure that you don’t have several evictions on your record. (We won’t rent if you have 3 or more evictions on your record)

Credit checks for rental properties are certainly not unheard of, but again, the e-mails assurance that it’s okay if you have bad credit (and apparently up to two previous evictions) is just dandy… that’s an indicator that this “landlord” is just trying to prey on people with substandard credit in need of a place to live.

5. SO WHERE IS THIS PLACE AGAIN?
You may have noticed that you’re now through a Craigslist posting an e-mail without kydixororaqep ever mentioning the address of this affordable, luxurious home.

He explains that here:I also had to recently stop giving out the exact address of rental properties before I am able to show them because last time I did that the house was vandalized (I will be glad to send you the address right after your reply) I assure you though that this is a very safe neighborhood. I actually lived in this home for 2 years (very cozy).

As soon as you can, please click the link below and go to the secure website to complete the free credit report (takes about 30 seconds)
Once you complete, I’ll call you once I receive the information from the credit company (very quickly usually).

Our mission is to educate renters, property managers, agents and owners on the many different types of rental scams that are on the internet today.

The only way to defeat scammers is by eliminating their economic incentives to continue scamming. We feel, through education, we can accomplish this goal.

There are commonalities with all rental scam emails. Below are some tips when dissecting a rental scam email.

Does the email start out with Sir / Madam?

Are there misspellings in the email?

Are there character mistakes in the email?

i.e Hello,my nameis Susie.Is there excessive capitalization?

Does the email reference God, UK, Cashiers Check, Doctor, Nigeria, Reverend, etc.

Is the email from a free email provider. i.e gmail, yahoo, aol, hotmail.

Does the email refer to another person or agent?

Does the email reference wanting to move in site unseen?

If the email has a majority of these commonalities, then the chances are very good it is a scammer. If you are unsure, it is best to not reply to the email.

One of the strategies of rental scammers is to price the ‘fake’ rental below the average rental rate in a specific market. This allows the scammers to receive as many emails or inquiries as possible.

One way to see if a rental is too good to be true is to look at average rental rates for like properties within that area. rentBits has a rental rates tool that currently offers rental rates for over 4,000 cities in the US.

For example, if you see an ad on Craigslist for a two bedroom home for rent in Phoenix for $400 / mo. You can go to rentBits.com and see that the average rental rates in phoenix are $786. For a 2 bedroom home in Phoenix, the current rental rate is $787 / Mo.

In 2007, total internet fraud was around $240 million in the US.

Over the last year or so, the rental industry has seen a dramatic rise in rental scams and rental scam complaints.

At Rent Marketer and Apartment Marketer, we do everything in our power to ensure rental scams don’t get sent to our clients or renters. It is virtually impossible to stop every single scam email from getting through our system, but for those that do, we hope through education we will be able to hit the scammers where it hurts the most, through economics.

If we can eliminate the economic incentives for scammers, we can eliminate their behavior completely. If we can educate renters, property managers, owners, and agents on the various rental scams, over time, scammers will no longer have an economic incentive to scam.

Both Rent Marketer and Apartment Marketer use a variety of tools to help educate consumers and decrease the chances of a scammer contacting a client or renter.

Here is what we do:Every Phone Number is Masked with a free Toll Free number One thing you don’t want is to have your cell phone or house number out there for all to see. It is very easy to to do a reverse phone lookup and find your name, address, and any other information these scammers can use against you.Known Scammer emails and Phone Numbers are Filtered Being proactive, (stopping scam emails from reaching our clients) and Reactive (Immediately stopping scammer email and phone numbers from reaching any further clients)Using other proprietary filtering technologyEducational Tools Every email has a scammer warning attachedWe recently launched RentalScams.org to help educate and call out scammer email addresses and email contentWho to contact about scam information in accountScreening Ads Some scammers try to post ads and do a “Property Owner Scam“We Screen ads using a variety of techniques

There is more we as an industry can do to help in the destruction of the rental scammer business model. By working together, we can do much more than working alone.

Some thoughts on how we can work together (I will write more about this in another post). Some suggestions may not work but this is meant to start a conversation:Central Rental Scammer Database All rental and classifieds sites could connect to it in real time to post or receive data on known rental scammers.Help from ISPs and Email providers like Yahoo, AOL, Gmail, etc Most free email providers are automatically reading the content of the email in order to serve relevant ads. Gmail for example does this and notifies users of known phishing emails. Why couldn’t Google do this with renter scammers? Most scam emails have very similar content.Government Agency Help The FTC and the BBB has a lot of information on scammers. Could we use this data?Combined Rental and Classified Help
   What about a cookie being placed on known scammer browsers? If that scammer tries to go to another participating rental or classified site they are flagged.

What you some of your ideas?

We received a letter from a reader notifying us of a scammer who said the have a sponsor. This is how the scam works.Scammer contacts home ownerScammer says they will be living in the states for 2 years and that a large company is sponsoring themScammer send Fake Cashiers check for a large sum of money.Scammer asks if home owner can send the remaining money to their sponsor via a wireFake cashiers check is not noticed as fake and the home owner wires remaing funds to scammer

The reader contacted this individual and below is the conversation.

Subject: Re: $1295 / 3br – Adorable Single Family Home (Williamstown) (map)
To: natal85_blige88@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Friday, 19 September, 2008, 2:42 PMhI,HOW ARE YOU. i WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU RENT MY HOME. hOWEVER i WOULD NEED SOME CONFIRMATION FROM THE ELI LILLY COMPANY THAT THIS IS THE ARRANGEMENT. i WOULD NEED TO HAVE A NUMBER TO CONTACT THEM. IN THE NORMAL CONTRACT i REVEIW QUALIFICATIONS OF THE APPLICANT TO PAY BUT THAT WOULD BE QUITE DIFFERENT FOR YOU.IF YOU COULD FURNISH ME A CONTACT THERE TO CONFIRM ALL OF THESE DETAILS I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. PLEASE RESPOND SOON AS I DO HAVE PEOPLE LOOKING AT THIS HOME.THANK YOU————– Original message ————–
From: natal blige <natal85_blige88@yahoo.co.uk>

Good day,
I really appreciate your response and details provided, my sponsors (Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals) have agreed on the monthly fees to be paid for the next two years on my behalf. Therefore, they agreed to pay up front the amount of ($3238 PAYMENT FOR THE FIRST MONTH RENT PLUS DEPOSIT STARTING FROM MY MOVING IN DATE WHICH WILL BE ON THE 4TH OF OCTOBER); also since I will be staying for two years, the company has agreed to pay in a monthly installation. Furthermore, I would like you to know a US Cashier che que will be issued to you in an excess amount by my sponsors for the first month rent, security deposit and my travelling expenses; the excess amount will be sent to me immediately as soon as you receive payment from my sponsors.
However, the information below is required from you by my sponsors to have payment sent to you immediately in order for you to hold down this property until I arrive;




 NAME ON US CASHIER CHEQUE
  FULL CONTACT ADDRESS
  HOME PHONE NUMBER
  MOBILE NUMBER
    Finally, I would like to know how peaceful is the neighbourhood and how close is the property from the bus/train station as I will be leaving on the 3rd and arriving on the 4th of October. My main purpose of relocating is based on my research proposal on Pharmaceutical industries (Financial Analysis); and I was granted a part time sponsorship on my accommodation and travel expense. Also all necessary Paper work will be treated by me when I arrive and set to move into th e property.   I await the details soonest for payment, so I can start my moving in plans ASAP.
  Regards
  Natal Blige 

— On Tue, 16/9/08, wrote:

Subject: Re: $1295 / 3br – Adorable Single Family Home (Williamstown) (map)
To: natal85_blige88@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tuesday, 16 September, 2008, 3:03 PMHi,the rent is 1295.00 per month and the deposit would be 1 1/2 month security.is is a very cute house and nice neighborhood.——- Original message ————–
From: natal blige <natal85_blige88@yahoo.co.uk>Good day Sir/ Madam,My name is Natal Blige; I am 24 years of age and a citizen of the United Kingdom and will be relocating for a short period of two years on a research programme to the United States . As I was reviewing rental adverts, I got particularly interested in your property, I would like you to email me pictures, and I would also like to know the exact fees to be paid monthly and the security deposit in order for me to pass information to my sponsors.Thanks for your assistance.Cheers6

Our good friends at donotcall911.com has given 7 Warning Signs of Possible Fraud.

Unable to perform a credit check on a prospective tenant, i.e., wrong or no social security number.

Emails are overly polite, very poorly written or express excessive eagerness to rent without having inspected the property.

Tenant does not send funds as promised or delays providing requested information.

Email is sent from another country or the tenant claims to live in one country but email is sent from another with inadequate explanation.

Beware of comments such as, “I need to hear from you today”, “I am arriving next week and need to establish residency” or any indication of extreme urgency early in your communications.

Tenant asks you not to cash a rent or security deposit check, or asks you to purchase items or contract services on his behalf.

Finally, never provide your bank account number, bank routing number or other financial or personal information.

Scammers will try to make the victim feel as comfortable as possible. Here is one way they do it.

Scammer posts rental ad on a large free classifieds site and makes rental price extremely low

The victim finds the ad and wants to rent the property

Communication between the scammer and victim begins

Scammer tells victim he is out of the country on business

To ensure the victim has funds. the scammer asks the victim to wire money ($2,000) to any of the victims friends. This is suppose to make the victim feel better because they are wiring it to their own friend

The scammer asks to see the receipt that funds have been transfered to the victims friend through MoneyGram

With Money orders, the recipient can pick up the funds anywhere in the world. With the information on the receipt, the scammer picks up the money.

There are many more houses for rent scams than there are apartment for rent scams.  The major reason for this is most apartments are run by large REITs and property managers. If you are an owner of a rental house and are renting out your property by owner here are some tips to help stop the possibility of having scammers repost your rental property on Craigslist or other sites.

For photos, use a watermark. Water marked photos have a lower probability of being copied.

Don’t share your email address within your ad

Don’t use your personal phone number in ad, use a service that uses a toll free number instead

Periodically check craigslist and other sites to see if your ad has been copied

Finding cheap apartments for rent is a major priority for many renters in these hard economic times. Unfortunately, scammers are preying on these types of searchers.

Some tips to ensure you are not being scammed:

1) Is the price to good to be true? Use Rental Rate tools to help.

2) Are they just communicating with you via email? Red flag if they don’t want to talk to you on the phone.

3) Are they asking for a cashiers check? Don’t pay via cashiers check.

4) Have you seen the place and walked around with the Property Manager or owner.

How Rental Scams WorkScammers know that finding the right apartment or vacation rental can be hard work, and a seemingly good deal is hard to pass up. They’ve been known to game some vacation rental websites and bulletin boards. The take-away: when you’re looking for a rental, it’s caveat renter — renter beware. Hijacked Ads

Some scammers hijack a real rental or real estate listing by changing the email address or other contact information, and placing the modified ad on another site. The altered ad may even use the name of the person who posted the original ad. In other cases, scammers have hijacked the email accounts of property owners on reputable vacation rental websites.Phantom Rentals

Other rip-off artists make up listings for places that aren’t for rent or don’t exist, and try to lure you in with the promise of low rent, or great amenities. Their goal is to get your money before you find out.Signs of a Scam

Being savvy when you’re in search of a rental is well worth the effort. Here are some signs you may be dealing with a scam:They tell you to wire money

This is the surest sign of a scam. There’s never a good reason to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee, first month’s rent, or vacation rental fee. That’s true even if they send you a contract first. Wiring money is the same as sending cash — once you send it, you have no way to get it back.They want a security deposit or first month’s rent before you’ve met or signed a lease

It’s never a good idea to send money to someone you’ve never met in person for an apartment you haven’t seen. If you can’t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it’s for rent, and that it is what was advertised. In addition to setting up a meeting, do a search on the owner and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, that’s a clue it may be a scam.They say they’re out of the country

But they have a plan to get the keys into your hands. It might involve a lawyer or an “agent” working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys. Don’t send money to them overseas. If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment, or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking. What if the rental itself is overseas? Paying with a credit card or through a reputable vacation rental website with its own payment system are your safest bets.How to Report Scams

If you find yourself the target of a rental scam, report it to your local law enforcement agency and to the FTC. Contact the website where the ad was posted, too.

This article was previously available as Rental Listings May be Red Herrings.Tagged with: apartment, money transfer, rent, scam, travel

Rental scams have exploded in recent years, typically preying on vacationers looking for a week or two of R&R — only to get a “ruse” and “ripoff” in paying upfront for unavailable properties that don’t exist, are actually for sale (not rent), or are currently occupied. But there’s a more sinister — and troublesome — result of this shelter skelter: identity theft when apartment hunting online.

It starts with similar bait: Bogus advertisements for desirable rentals at affordable, if not bargain, prices aimed at attracting college students, relocating or downsizing adults, or retiree-aged snowbirds looking for a few months of warm weather.

The gotcha comes when you respond to these online ads — typically posted on Craigslist but sometime in newspaper classifieds, online chat boards or scammer-run websites.

You’re asked to submit an application for a “background check” or other reason that requires personal information such as your Social Security number and/or bank account or credit card accounts — everything an identity thief needs to make fraudulent charges on your dime or open new accounts in your name.

The biggest red flag your “landlord” may be a crook: Such requests come before you see the rental — typically by email but sometimes by telephone.

Another faceless clue to a con: A request to send “deposit” or “first-month” payments upfront, especially by wire transfer or with a prepaid debit card.

Here’s why: Sometimes scammers write convincing text but often simply steal it from legitimate listings — along with photos gleaned from authentic real estate websites. They may even use real names of agencies and real estate agents to give their ruse more legitimacy.How to Protect Yourself

Here are some tips to protect yourself when searching for an apartment (or other rental) online.

Let Google be your guide. Obviously, you want to see prospective shelter in person before providing money or personal information. But if you can’t do that, and don’t know a local who can check out the property on your behalf, do an online search of:

The address to determine if the property really exists (scammers may simply invent of phony address), if it’s for sale (noted by listing at multiple listing websites) and/or if it’s a residential property — and not a business. Clicking the “Maps” tab provides an aerial view, allowing for a close-up view of what is at that location, if it exists.

The owner’s or listing agent’s name and contact information. This search may reveal if similar ads have been placed in other cities, indicating a scam.

It’s also wise to cut-and-paste chunks of descriptive text in the ad to determine if it’s been copied from elsewhere, since fraudsters often copy real ads and just lower the price to dupe prospective renters.

An out-of-town landlord? Run for the hills — or at least, to another rental. Owners who claim they can’t “show” you the rental because they’re traveling on business or whatever are usually scammers who may be overseas. But personal information gleaned from your background check can be nefariously used anywhere.

Deal in person … or at least by phone.  There’s no guarantee that rental ripoff artists aren’t using a “pay-as-you-go” cellphone (often tossed in a month or so), but avoid those who only want to communicate by email — especially when claiming to be realtors who use free Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail accounts versus accounts that note an agency name. At the very least, talking — again, ideally in person — is also better for getting specifics about the property than can be ignored via email.

Authenticate rental contacts. If dealing with people who say they’re the owners, ask for proof of ownership —  and their identities by asking for a copy of a driver’s license that can be cross-checked with the recorder of deeds or assessor’s office where the rental is located. (For most areas, you can do this online.) You can also order detailed reports about landlords and properties at CheckYourLandlord.com.

If you’re dealing with a manager or agent, ask for proof that the person has a right to sign a lease on behalf of the owner, and check the information with the owner. If dealing with a real estate agent, search for the person’s name at the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials or contact the licensing office in the agent’s state. To find that office, type “(name of state) real estate licensing” into a search engine. Keep in mind that scammers may steal the names of legit agents, so make contact by looking up their claimed agency’s phone number yourself, rather than using a number the person provides.

Fraud Awareness Tips for RentersWhile the vast majority of apartment listings on RentBoard.ca are legitimate, you should be aware that certain individuals post rental listings on RentBoard.ca for the sole purpose of scamming potential renters.

When using the Internet, you should always exercise caution and common sense. When using the RentBoard.ca web site, you can help protect yourself by learning more about how the RentBoard.ca service operates and taking the precautions outlined below. If an activity seems suspicious or a transaction seems unbelievably good, you should beware. Deceptive E-Mails and ClaimsRentBoard.ca merely acts as forum in which potential renters can search listings of apartments for rent and contact landlords to discuss the specifics of the apartment, arrange for a showing, and/or possibly enter into an agreement to lease the apartment. All transactions are between renters and landlords. Be aware that RentBoard.ca never participates in transactions between renters and landlords. Specifically, we do not lease apartments or collect payments or deposits for rental properties. Finally, given the nature of our service, you should be aware that we do not and cannot verify the authenticity or legitimacy of any renter, landlord or property advertised for rent. Below are examples of "scam replies" sent to rentersHello,

Thanks for your email and interest in my property,my name is Jhirmaine while my wife's name is Josphine,i work as a Paralegal Assistant for the United States Government.I just moved down to the States with my family for about two months now and we will be staying here in Kentucky while my wife works as a nurse here as well.We love it here and hope to settle down here in the nearest future.we came here to the States with the keys and documents of the property because we never intended to rent out the property,but we thought about our property being unused will cause lots of damage to it,so we decided to rent it out to someone capable of taking care of it while we are away.All we care about is someone to take very good care of it with passion of it being it's own.A colleague of mine introduced me to this internet site of advertisement. I want to be convinced you are capable enough to taking care of our property for us? We don't want it to be used anyhow,i want you to get back to me on how you will be taking care of the place or perhaps the experience you have in your previous places of living or lived.I want you to note that all utilities are included in the rent.I look forward to hearing from you so that i can forward you a rental application form if you are interested in renting our place.

Thanks and hoping to read from you soon.
Hello

Thanks for your email and interest in the property. I personally own the property and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that made me and my wife to leave the property and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in , United State in our new house and also with the keys and documents of the house, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we are as well as don't want our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to United State for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. The rent fee is included all the utilities , no extra fee for parking, and you can rent it unfurnished.. there are sporting equipment..I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application form to fill out and discuss on how to get the property for rent.

Thanks.
Hello Tenant,

Thanks for your email and interest in the property.. I personally own the property and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that made me and my wife to leave the property and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in Pico Rivera, CA, United State in our new house and also with the keys and documents of the house, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we are as well as don't want our property to be used any how in our present that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to United State for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. The rent fee is included all the utilities. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application form to fill out and discuss on how to get the property for rent.

God bless you
Hello,

Thank you reply to the advert placed, I'm happy to inform you that the place is still available for rent and you are the first person to contact me about it. I really need to know how soon you want to move in and number of people. I'm a missionary but I got transferred to Philippines to serve God and humanity. I work with SOS Children's Village here in Philippines. I have no choice than to relocate and this is the reason why I want to rent out the units to someone who is going to take care of the place as if they own it. The apartment is available for short and long time term lease is also accepted.

The rent includes all utilities and close to all amenities. I was advised to rent out the place because there is no one leaving there right now. The place is available for immediate move in.

INCLUDED IN THE RENT: Cable , Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle - Toaster - Dishwasher - Freezer - Microwave - Oven - Dryer - Heat - Water - Washing Machine and Electric.

I want you to provide the following information to fill the rent application form and other documents, such as; rental agreement, rent receipts etc.

RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

Full name:
Profession:
Present Address of the applicants:
Zip code:
Reasons for Leaving:
How long do you intend staying:
Do you drink:
Ph Cell & Home:
Email:
Single Or Married:
Children:
Pet: If any ():
Date of Tenancy:


I ...............................................CERTIFY that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for tenant screening as may be necessary in arriving at a tenant decision. I understand that the landlord may terminate any rental agreement entered into for any misrepresentation made above.

I want you to make sure the present address is not mistaken because that's where the keys and documents will be ship to. The contents of the shipment you will be expecting are:

1. Bunch of keys to the property.

2. Documents containing the lease agreement and property description , including the property address.

3. Rent receipts and damage deposit receipts.

I want you to email me once you fill the rent application form, the shipment of the package containing the keys and other documents will be ship by secure courier service once the deposit payment is paid. Advice for RentersAvoid ads that are "too good to be true." Ads for apartments in big cities such as Edmonton with rents significantly below market value are almost always lures used by scam artists. Check other listings in the general area and see what the going rates for apartments are before responding.

Always see the apartment in person before sending any money or providing personal information such as your social security number, even if it's just to fill out an application. Under no circumstances should you do business with an overseas landlord unless you have personally verified their identity and that they actually own the apartment advertised.

Dealing locally is best. The safest way to deal is in person and face to face. Be wary if the prospective landlord only wants to communicate via e-mail. Be more wary if the landlord is currently out of the country or resides overseas or far from where the apartment is located. Be extremely wary if the landlord flat out refuses to talk on the phone or claims they cannot talk on the phone.

Exercise extreme caution before wiring deposits or rent payments using Western Union or MoneyGram, especially to foreign countries. Sending money in any form overseas will likely result in losing all of it. Western Union and MoneyGram are very popular for Internet scams because the funds are available instantly, untraceably and worldwide.

Scan any attachments from landlords with anti-virus software before opening. One of the latest scams involves a "landlord" e-mailing an unsuspecting renter additional photos of the apartment for lease. However, one or more of the e-mail attachments contains a virus that can fool your Web browser to make it appear as though you're going to a legitimate site but in fact are being sent to a site controlled by the scammer. The best way to protect yourself is by using commercial anti-virus software, keeping it up to date and by scanning all e-mail attachments before opening or double-clicking them. Commercial Web-based e-mail services such as Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail provide virus-scanning services free of charge. Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

Internet Fraud Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov

Contact your local RCMP Detachment or the police service of jurisdiction in your area.

If you suspect that an ad posted on the Rent Board may be part of a scam, please email the details to info@rentboard.ca.
Be sure to include the ad ID in your message.



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