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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

Phone number reappeared on wgzimmer.ch. Beware!
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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

I contacted some of the adds on Craigslist, and all of the email replies came from Nigeria, South Africa or Egypt. None from the UK or Zurich. The addresses and photo's in Zurich seam to have come from Homegate. I have reported them to Craigslist.
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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

Hi everybody.
I´ve just met someone who has had the same rent scam, same name (Adrian) , address in brighton, english number but nationality german (although he apparently doesn´t speak german) for a flat in Zurich, Switzerland.
Transfer to be made by Western Union, keys to be sent in the post...

Just wondering what did any of you guys do about it? Did you ever find him/get the money back?
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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

That's of course scam.
I guess that's the same person doing this scam in several countries, I already saw the same kind of ads in the netherlands and in Spain....

Definitely, drop it.
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Old 25.07.2011, 12:10
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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

How to spot a scam in three steps.

1. Does it seem like a scam? If yes, it's a scam.

2. Do they use Western Union? If yes, it's a scam.

3. Did the ad ever appear on Craigslist? If yes, it's a scam.
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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

Is it not possible to get someone in the UK who lives nearby to go to the WU branch with a police officer, and arrest him when he goes to pick up the cash?
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Hi everybody.
I´ve just met someone who has had the same rent scam, same name (Adrian) , address in brighton, english number but nationality german (although he apparently doesn´t speak german) for a flat in Zurich, Switzerland.
Transfer to be made by Western Union, keys to be sent in the post...

Just wondering what did any of you guys do about it? Did you ever find him/get the money back?
For a start it's highly unlikely the guy was in England, more like Nigeria or Russia. And get your money back from a Western Union transfer? Not a chance.
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For a start it's highly unlikely the guy was in England, more like Nigeria or Russia. And get your money back from a Western Union transfer? Not a chance.
I went into a WU office in Switzerland to do a transaction ( to a known person) I was impressed that the WU officer asked if I know who I was sending to. In conversation, he then said that the office gets at least 2-3 people per week who are insisting on sending money to unknown recipients, despite the WU person actually warning them not to. The rent scam is well known to them.
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Re: Flat SCAM! (or not?)

Hi there,

A list of things that should arouse suspicion:

a) Apartment cannot be inspected before signing the contract. WALK AWAY. This is not an overseas vacation home rental.
b) Renter cannot be reached in person. At the very least, there should be telephone conversations. Walk away.
c) Abnormally low rental prices. Anything under 25% of market value should make you skeptical.
d) The slightest hint of transactions via Money Order / Wester Union or Pay Pal. WALK AWAY.
e) Errors in the rental contract. You shouldn't have got this far in the first place (unless you were baiting him/her) - WALK AWAY.

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An addition to this funky topic:
One guy wrote me PM to thank for giving this guy info, he had similar offer in Delft in Netherland. I googled his name & phone before, but there was no entry. Good that google is so fast in indexing...
So this guy has probably EU scope, sitting anywhere in the world. Is there any real possibility how we can stop him? By that phone number, which needs to be registered somewhere for example. I am not so good at it, but just for fun and good feeling about it, I would like to stop him. Maybe that will inspire others, maybe not. But I believe it can make this world a little bit better place
So, any ideas?

Apparently this guy has more than an EU scope. I am looking for a room in Israel and he contacted me. Thanks to this forum, I didn't loose my money.
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