Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rental House Scam

BEWARE of this scam on Craigs List!

Some of the red flags for me were:
- they did not use the insurance company's email - if it was work related, they would have emailed from work, not from two different personal email accounts.
- they did not reference any local addresses - like their new office address and the local decorator they would be working with, when I asked them.
- no response when I let them know I needed the money as a cashiers check in the exact amount of rent and security deposit, that we would have to meet them in person before renting to them and that we were having a friend in London check them out.
A Huge Thank You to D and her sister T !!

If you are contacted - please let the insurance company in the UK know.
Yoko Burns
NLI International Plc
20 Little Britain
London EC1A 7DH
Direct Tel: +44(0)20 7507 6013
Fax: +44(0)20 7726 0190

From: G COLE

-- i am interested in your rent,pls let me know if its available



With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about it, I am currently in the Uk and am Relocating down to the USA to see the best place to setup a new branch for my company ( Nippon Life Insurance London 20 Little Britain London EC1A 7DH, U.K. ), as we are about to open a branch office in the state, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to provide me the following details,

# I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available for the place.
# Monthly rentals/security deposits.
# If utilities is added to monthly rent.
# When the property would be available.
# Mail me how much is due at lease signing.

I await your response soon.



Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead and reserve the property for me.

So I will be needing the following information's so that the check payment for $5100 can be processed and posted to you soon.

Phone number(cell and land):............

I want the 12 month lease to start on the 5th December 2009, I also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an interior decorator (Agent) who will be handling the purchase of furniture's, entertainment system and other appliances that will be needed in the property, they will as well be in charge of moving down my luggage's down to the states. So the check for $7,500 will be sent over to you which is a relocation grant by my employer.All you need do is to deduct the deposit of $5100 and forward the difference to my Decorators so I can have the place prepared before my arrival. All applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.

Also for familiarization I Am Gideon Cole, I am 55 yrs of age, a British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with a daughter (Family staying over in the UK), I work with ( Nippon Life Insurance London 20 Little Britain London EC1A 7DH, U.K. E), as a loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker also i don't keep pets.
I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as a tenant with you.
I await the details.

you can reach my at this number 01144702 409 9779 01144702 405 6620 01144 70457 29267
Below is my present landlords information for reference :

Dr.Joseph Williams.
4 Dorville Crescent. London W6 0HJ



Anonymous said...

I was scammed by the same sender. Giddoen Cole used the exact language to answer an ad that I placed in Craigs List.

Thank you for posting this info. I will also call the contact at Nippon to let them know.

Anonymous said...

we got the same message word for word...just the dollar amount was different...

Shelly Katzung said...

When we listed our apt on Craigs List we were getting all kinds of these scams. Initially, the first one we received, I believed. She said her stepfather was here in the states and would be taking card of everything for her till she got here. And said she wanted to pay additional rent, through for 6 months. I was forewarned, that this was a scam. Then after replying to her, it turned out she wouldn't call by phone. We added in our ad that we would only consider phone calls, and even mentioned in our ad that it's because of some out there trying to scam landlords. We didn't get anymore replies that appeared to be scams after that.

Anonymous said...

I got the same scam, too.

Anonymous said...

still going strong. I had a gut feeling about the "I am interested in your rent..." email and searched the address; found your blog post which confirmed my gut. Thanks for posting :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for alerting us Landlords about this Scam. I knew posting on Craigs List is like taking a risk; however, we were disperate for tenants. I also had Red Flags due to the fact that this "prospective tenant" is a foreigner and wanted to rent the place without looking for it.


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