Would You?

She is looking for accommodation and sees an advert for a flat locally at a good price.

The story is that it is an Indian professional who has had to move away with work and now is not a good time to sell so he is renting it out fully furnished.

After contacting the ‘landlord’ she got the following email today:

Thank you very much for your reply l can see your willingness in this apartment I want you to know that i am satisfied with your profile and l also believe l can have trust in you.l showed your profile to my wife and Son they said they are ok with it.l want you to know that l can let you stay in my apartment till the period of time you wish to.
I want you to know that the rent fee is among the utilities so you can use them anytime but make sure you take proper care of my properties.We will come and pay you a visit after you have moved into our home to see how you are maintaining it,You will be paying to the rent fee via Western Union because l think it reliable,secured and fast,l wish you best of luck in your work, from your profile l can see that you are responsible and a hard working person may the almighty Lord lead you in what ever you wish to do.
# 1Bedroom
# 1Bathroom
# Extra Toilet
# Extra Guest Room
# Sofa Bed
# Bed Linen
Accommodation Features
…………………………. …………………
Wood Floor
Central Heating
Equipped Kitchen
TV: Cable/Satellite TV
Air Conditioning
Full Kitchen
Garage/Car park
pets allowed

Kitchen Features
…………………… ………..
Washing machine
Juice Machine
Coffee Maker
As soon as the 1st month deposit payment has been confirmed by me i will go ahead and commence on how the apartment keys/Documents will be delivered to you via a courier service on next day delivery and it will be delivered to the address you provided. Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that l can go arrange for the delivery of the keys/Documents.Once again I’m giving you this apartment on trust and do not disappoint me because l don’t want my house to be destroyed,no problem if you wish to move in with your own properties.l still have one extra room that is empty so you can easily put my own things that you think you don’t need in there.
Here are the contents of the document.
1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details)
3)The house documentary file.
4)Payment Receipt.
5) Full address and description of the house.
Let me know if i can forward you the information on where to send the payment to me via Western Union local agent store around you. Once payment is being confirmed i will send you the tracking number on how to pick the keys/document up.

Why did I think it a scam? Who would ask for payment before you are shown round and without handing over the keys at the same time? I wouldn’t fall for that.

Another reason my alarm bells rang was that “Air Conditioning” was included. The person who was trying the scam this time is obviously ignorant of how cool the climate is in York.

Then I copied a bit of the text, shoved it into Google and see that it is a Nigerian scam going back years.

3 thoughts on “Would You?

  1. “Then I copied a bit of the text, shoved it into Google and see that it is a Nigerian scam going back years.”

    If only everyone would do the same. Today I got an e-mail from a friend sent to dozens of other people too telling me about a girl who has been missing three days. The amazing thing is, if you search in Google you’ll find out it’s not the first time she’s gone missing. She went missing back in 2008, and looking at the dates of the articles I was seeing, has gone missing about five times since then!

  2. It is helpful that we can sue a search engine to check on these things, and sites like 419eater are great. It is only a few years ago that it was much more difficult to check up.

    I suggested her reply could now be that in addition to the payment for the flat she would also like to transfer an large amount of money to him as her husband died recently in Africa and was a wealthy government official … and could she have his bank account details.

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