Online Rental Scams! Be Vigilant.

My sister is pregnant! We’re having a baby! Such great great news!

Our house is way off the map so we hurriedly looked for apartments available near the hospital but of course within our budget. “Within our budget” meaning the lowest lowest LOWEST possible cost. 🙂

We were so excited! We found three apartments that are about 20-30% lower in price compared to other apartments around the same neighborhood and they all looked so slick and stylish. Here are photos of 2 of the 3 apartments.

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I emailed all three properties and anxiously waited for any replies. Finally, I received two replies and they were exactly and I mean EXACTLY the same.

It went like this:

Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. The house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house. The house will be available for a period of 1 year or 6 months. My Family and I just traveled to Nevada & Florida for a program called Health Resources and Services

Administration (HRSA), the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe, UK, USA where I and my family are currently located..Right now.

I’m in need of a good and responsible tenant that can move in into my house and take very good care of my house and maintain it in my absence. We will be away for a while that is why we made up our mind to put up our house for rent to whomever that will take good care of it. Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent, so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas and Electricity. The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup. I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word.

 Address: 13080 Pacific Promenade APT 121,Playa Vista, CA 90094
Bedroom: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Rent…$680.00
Security Deposit: $680.00

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW:

 RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME:________________
MIDDLE NAME: ________________
LAST NAME: _________________
PROFESSION: ________________
(CELL)PHONE ()_________
(CELL)PHONE () _____________________
(WORK)PHONE () __________
YOUR EMAIL: ____________________________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY _______
PRESENT ADDRESS: ____________________
CITY: ______________
STATE: _____________
ZIP CODE: _______________HOW LONG? ____________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
IF THIS Home IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?______________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
MONTHLY INCOME:
IF YOU HAVE A PET:
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE? ___________
DO YOU DRINK? ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____
YOUR PICTURE OR FAMILY PICTURE (IF ANY): could be attached with the application

Please feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and i will be looking forward to receive your email as soon as possible. As i am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the house and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it for more information.

In case you see any sign board, they are the Realtor in charge of my house before I decided to take over by my self. I am no more working with them and don’t bother to contact them because formerly i wanted to sell the house before me and my Lovely Family now decided to rent it out instead of selling it out.

Best Regards
Dr McKenzie

I instantly had my doubts about the sender. Why so much questions? Why the need of my photo? I ignored the email and lost hope of getting those two properties. A few days later, I got another email from the third property. Surprise, surprise.

This one went like so:

Hello,

Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my Property. I am the owner of the Property you are making inquiry of. The Property is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the Property. The property will be available for a period of 5 years or more. My Family and I just traveled to Nevada/USA  for a program called Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe, UK, USA where I and my family are currently located..Right now.

I’m in need of a good and responsible tenant that can move in into my property and take very good care and maintain it in my absence. We will be away for a while that is why we made up our mind to put it our for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it. Please i wanta you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this property and want you to treat it as your own.

AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours  Internet service, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer. Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas and Electricity. 

The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up. I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word.

 Address: 436 S Virgil Ave #206 Los Angeles, CA 90020
Bedroom: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Rent: $950
Security Deposit: $950

 SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW:

 RENT APPLICATION FORM.
FIRST NAME:________________
MIDDLE NAME: ________________
LAST NAME: _________________
PROFESSION: ________________
(CELL)PHONE ()_________
(CELL)PHONE () _____________________
(WORK)PHONE () __________
YOUR EMAIL: ____________________________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY _______
PRESENT ADDRESS: ____________________
CITY: ______________
STATE: _____________
ZIP CODE: _______________ HOW LONG? ____________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
IF THIS Home IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?______________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
MONTHLY INCOME:
IF YOU HAVE A PET:
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________

HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE? ___________
DO YOU DRINK? ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____
YOUR VALID I.D (IF ANY):could be attached with the application.

Please feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and i will be looking forward to receive your email as soon as possible. As i am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it for more information.

In case you see any aboard, they are the Realtor in charge of my house before I decided to take over by my self. I am no more working with them and don’t bother to contact them because formerly i wanted to sell the property before me and my Lovely Family now decided to rent it out instead of selling it out.

Thanks for choosing my home and remain bless.

Best Regards
Matthew Castro…..

I am not saying that all renters are scammers but there are lots out there. The properties that I had an incident with scammers were Uloop, Rentfocus, and Craigslist. It makes me sad to know that there are these kind of people among us. Those who’d trick people to get money. I hope you learn from this. A few hundred bucks won’t hurt you. Spend a little more for your safety and piece of mind but don’t go too over the top. 🙂

If you think it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Stay safe!

xoxo,
Abernathy

2 thoughts on “Online Rental Scams! Be Vigilant.

  1. Lizx Deleon says:

    Thank you! I really appreciate you sharing your story. I’m having trouble finding a good place to live for the summer and those listings are giving me a headache at this point. Thank you again!

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