I received a call today on one of our properties for sale. It was a nice young woman asking if the property was really for rent. She had found it on a site named Backpage but it could have been on Craigslist or any other site. She told me she was a journalism major and was learning to check her sources and it was a good thing she did,
Here is part of the email she received.
Thanks very much for your Kind interest in my apartment, I am happy to let you know that my apartment is presently available even for long and short term periods. I am XXX. I bought this apartment for my daughter during her studies in US, but now she's back home (London/United Kingdom) permanently, so I'm renting the place for unlimited time. Before we go any further I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long. The flat is exactly like in the pictures . The district is very well-served with public transportation, shops and the apartment building is surrounded by a host of supermarket where you can easily get things needed. Also, very important, the utilities (cold/hot water, electricity, wireless broadband Internet, digital TV, 1 parking spots, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, etc.) are INCLUDED in the price of $900 per month. The warranty is also $900 and you get it back, when you decide to leave the apartment (you will have to give me at least 30 days notice). As for me, you can rest assured that I will never ask you to leave the apartment. My daughter is building her life here, and i am too old to move to US, so we won't disturb you. So i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own, is that taken, I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be happy to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while. I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words Since I'm here we need a way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are asking for. I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the Keys in less than 2 days which will handle the payment and delivery of the Keys.. But this won't affect you at all. I can make arrangements to rent the apartment from London (on my expense of course).
If you want to know more about how this deal can work please get back to me ASAP and i will send you the details step by step. All the best from London
How do you know it is a scam? There are people doing good business in the state of New York. Those people are licensed by the state as brokers, sales agents or attorneys. Those are the only people that can accept money, either a flat fee or a percentage commission, to assist in the sale or purchase of a home.
On top of the minimum state licensure, there is a designation of Realtor, which means that the person belongs to the National Association of Realtors, ascribes to a code of ethics, and is usually a member of a Multiple Listing Service (MLS). As a realtor I believe that a person who uses a realtor will get the best service, the most honorable deal and the most ethically crafted and executed purchase and sale of real estate. So how does the scammer get this information? Realtors all enter available properties into the Multiple Listing Service to reach the greatest pool of buyers and renters and maximize the exposure for their owners. The commercial websites, Zillow, Realtor, Trulia etc as well as many agent and brokerage sites all have search functions that allow the public to look at the listings in the MLS. Unfortunately unscrupulous criminals can also see this info, they lift the pictures and the information and place ads on other sites as if the information was about a property that belongs to them. It does not.
How can you tell if it is a scam? There are no great apartments with parking for rent in the NYC metro for 900 a month. There are no incredible deals in the NYC Metro area for real estate. This is a hot market. Do not send cash to a foreign address, ever. By the time you figure out you have been scammed it will be too late. If the English is fractured in the ad, the deal probably is too.
Author:Mary Kingsley Phone: 917-292-5378 Dated: August 28th 2013 Views: 6,082 About Mary: I have a long background in public service. I am a Registered Nurse with a BA and an MPS in Health C...
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