New scam targeting rentals

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  • #53990
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    Hi All,

    Received this by email over the weekend (see below).

    They claim they want to pay up front, just need your bank details. This is a variation of the scam targeting vendors, offering to buy sight unseen, but it’s essentially the same thing.

    Mark

    Hello

    I am Mr Samba Yao and I would like to rent your property for a stay in your country and especially in your city.

    I will come with my wife and two kids to occupy the property.

    I intend to come to your country on 1 june 2008 and I would like to rent your property for the period from 1 june 2008 to 1december 2008.

    If you have availability, please inform me and send me a quote by email indicating the total amount of my rent for 6 months.

    And I have giving you all my information for the preparation of the lease that you are going to send me also:

    SAMBA YAO.
    11 BP 2234 ABIDJAN 11.
    COCODY RIVIERA 2
    Tel: 00225 08 53 15 06.

    Regarding to the payment I would like to do so in advance to confirm the property and also you can assure me well until I arrived to your country.

    I intend to make the payment in advance by bank transfer if you do not see incovenient and therefore you will send me your bank details to pay the full rental payment on your account to confirm the property.

    If you have availability so please send me email with the estimated total amount of the rent over the contract for the rental and your bank account for the payment.

    also send your information for cominication

    Mr Samba.
    CONTACT +225 08531506
    samba_yao01@yahoo.co.in

  • #83083
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    I may be a little slow here but surely all they can do with your bank details is to pay money into your account.

    To get any money out of the account, they would need your digital signature, would they not? Of course you would never give this.

    I agree, the approach seems suspicious but what exactly do you think is the danger?

  • #83084
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    David, if you were to send these details to a person who sent you unsolicited mail, you would soon see how easy it is to be duped.

  • #83087
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    katy
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    I think they send you a “cheque” for more than the amount and then ask for the overpayment to be transfered back (before the cheque has cleared.) Of course, the cheque bounces!

  • #83088
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    Or they make up some other excuse as to why you should send them money first. Sounds ludicrous, but some people fall for it, otherwise they wouldn’t waste their time trying it on.

    Also, never a good thing to hand over your bank details to strangers. Who knows mischief they can get up to.

    But they again, if you have kids, Mr. Samba probably already has your bank details, courtesy of the Inland Revenue.

    Mark

  • #83089
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    Hi
    Why rent when they can go to the social security and get it free.

    Just Frank 8)

  • #83092
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    now, now, Frank don’t hijack the subject.

  • #83093
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    Sooorrry 🙄

    Just Frank 8)

  • #83096
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    Just because its a Bank holiday & its pouring down. Your apology is gracioisly accepted.

  • #83120
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    @mark wrote:

    Or they make up some other excuse as to why you should send them money first. Sounds ludicrous, but some people fall for it, Mark

    These are obviously some of the exceptionally clever people I referred to on another thread 🙄

  • #83145
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    I’m with Frank on this one.

    For example:

    The West Country attracts scores of individuals who have no interest in working and live through poncing and Machiavellian behaviour. I’ve even been sneered at for working by these same individuals., yet my taxes provide them with food and a roof.

    I’m past apologising. 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • #83148
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    What do the last 6 posts have to do with subject of this forum?

    As usual an interesting/important matter has been hi-jacked by individuals trying to be funny/clever & failing!

    Get on track or GET OFF!

  • #83153
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    Sooorry 🙄

    Chris 😀

  • #83161
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    Rob 6578
    Not suprising that you you didnt take it in the manner intended

    Hearsay Harry—WELL SAID! This is your sence of humour is it ?

    Just Frank 8)

  • #83162
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    Hi

    This trick has been going on for a while and applies to items purchased on the net or Daltons etc
    When you get the cheque over payment it will be of a very poor quality and you should be able to see that.
    Of course never give bank details or pay anything upfront without checking
    Look guys and gals I reeaally sorry for trying to be clever or funny and take a thread off track

    Just Frank 8)

  • #83168
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    Just Frank–why not have a serious discussion without purile comments? Difficult I know for some people.

  • #83169
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    What does that mean 😕
    Now why not add to my post to keep the thread on course.

    Just Frank 8)

  • #83184
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    why not have a serious discussion without purile comments? Difficult I know for some people.

    Rob6578

    The generic theme to this thread is the concept of scamming and appropriating worth from others. In view of this all posting are valid.

    Yours, however, make no input at all and may be considered rude and ‘blocking’ with respect to further comments. I also don’t understand why you use the term ‘puerile’?

    If you’re going to have a bash, at least get the spelling right. 🙄

  • #83186
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    maximus:

    My apologies for the spelling mistake.

    This thread is about a possible rental scam in Spain, I really don’t see what benefit claiments in the UK have to do with it.

    Regarding my comment on Hearsay Harry, I agreed with his postings, & still do.

    We do live in democracy after all, where I am entitled to have my own views. If you don’t like those opinions, that’s fine, but I have he right (as you do) to express my opinions.

  • #83189
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    Hi Rob,

    Yes, agree with you.

    No offence meant. 😉

  • #83191
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    Hi maximus:

    None taken

    thanks

  • #83267
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    You will find an excellent analysis of scam rental e-mails here:

    http://www.laymyhat.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=31&sid=140ae1f07efda300a639e555035d91c3

    Disclaimer – other forums may be available….

    TTFN
    Mark

  • #83271
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    We’ve got a couple of things here. Firstly, the (suspected) scammer asking for bank details. As mentioned, this gives them the information to pay money in, not take it out. To be sure, though, give them the details for an account with next to nothing in. If you haven’t got one, it’s easy enough to open a new account and put £1 in it! After all, you don’t want to turn down a genuine 6 month booking!

    Secondly, if the money is sent via cheque, pay it in and see what happens! And don’t give any sort of refund. Generally, scams are so contrived you could drive a coach and horses through them!

  • #83411
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    yes! I agree with drrobert. Give them an account with a euro or £1 in it and see what happens, a couple of years ago someone tried to pull a scam on my daughter and they e-mailed non stop to get bank details, she told them eventually that she had indeed a bank account but it was a student bank account so they knew there was most likley no money in it and she never heard from them again.
    Maybe the person who wants the bank account details to rent the apartment is genuine and as you said it would be a pity to lose out on rental income so open a specific account for that purpose and see what happens!

  • #83418
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    They arrested a gang of Nigerians in málaga last week for running world-wide scams such as this and also the lottery one. Another one is the “an investor wants to buy your house without viewing it”. Why waste time opening a bank account 🙄 Just bin them!

  • #83419
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    If you have time check out this site, the author has created a complete village and residents to respond to the scamers

    http://www.scambuster419.co.uk/

  • #83563
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    Thank you so much for the Scambusters link!! I haven’t laughed so much in ages! Whoever did this is a GENIUS!! 😆 😆

  • #83565
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    jiminspain

    fantastic!, well done for that link

    Hannah

    did you read this one?, great fun……… ‘The Psychosexual Therapist’

  • #83588
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    Yes! jiminspain….iti s brilliant!
    I oftem wonder what goes on in these peoples minds? Do they just devote all their energy to thinking up ways in which to scam people?
    You know what , if they put the energy into something leggal then they probably would earn a good living. I am always delighted when these people get found out.

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