Ugh, this is so frustrating. Just found out that friends who are planning to visit New York next week became victims of this apartment rental scam courtesy of… you guessed it… the callous minds of Nigerian scammers. Or at least that’s what someone figured out who was almost scammed last week as well.

The scam has been going on for years, but the contact person, apartment address and contact phone numbers keep changing.

The scam involves an offer of an apartment for short-term vacation rental in NYC (or Washington D.C., as I just read about) via a website like Craig’s List or even more official vacation rental websites. All the paper work offered looks very legitimate – you can even call the person and talk to them.

Then you’re asked to send a deposit via MoneyGram, in itself a regular company (which actually warns against sending money to strangers) to ensure that a key will be left for you with the doorman. Once you send the money, you never hear from the person again.

There’s a blog post with very extensive commentaries and lists of all the different identities and numbers used here: https://luciwest.com/2007/09/new-york-scam-serious-warning-for-all.html

It’s too bad that the number and name that were used to scam my friends wasn’t listed until the day they lost their money, because when they googled the details they’d been given, they didn’t find any links to a scam.

So in case that name, number, address, reference are still being used by the scammer, I’m listing the email with all details below in hope anyone else about to fall for this intricate scam will realize in time that it’s fraud.

> Danny Baldwin
>
>
>
> Floor Area:
> * 900 sq ft
> Address:
> * 245 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
> Theme:
> * family
> * luxury/Vacation
> * business/shopping
> General:
> * towels provided
> * air-conditioning
> * central heating
> * telephone
> * linens provided
> * Washing Machine and Dryer
>
> Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO
> ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF
> THE FLAT…
>
> The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when u arrive to the
> Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash
> when leaving the apartment..
> Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book.. So I can send you the
> Booking Agreement form, and make the Payment to secure this
> Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does…
>
>
> More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past
> Tenants from UK, USA and FRANCE….
>
> 1) DR. Bill Palmer and parents
> St. James, Westminster.
> billpalmer45@gmail.com
> +447024080616
>
> 2) MR and MRS Tom Edward and kids
> Paris, France
> tomed48@gmail.com
>
> 3) Mr Hagman Buckle and friends stayed 2weeks
> Houston, TX
> hagmanbuck45@gmail.com
> +1 7137807265
>
>
> DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..
>
> DANNY. C. BALDWIN
> +1 206-3504484
> 1918 Bronxdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10462

And if you have fallen victim of such a scam, you may enjoy listening to the segment “Hanging in Chad” of This American Life’s episode “Enforcers, which tells the story of several scam baiters exercising their revenge on scammers by conning them. Those conning the con artists have a forum HERE if you want to follow their exploits further.

   

  

  

170 Replies to “Warning for Travelers: Apartment Scam”

  1. Thank you for the warning. I received the exact same email today! I even explained in my inquiry that we were looking for a place to stay while my mother, a cancer patient, was having heart surgery. What rotten people!!

  2. Thank you so much for posting the phone number for this scam which I googled and located in your post. I replied to a vacation rental ad on Craiglist listed as 138 W 65th St. in New York. I soon received a reply from Robert Hoffman [rhoffman48[at]gmail.com] with similar verbiage and the same phone number you listed, this time as a as a referral of satisfied customer Jeff D. Holms. Also “Miss Britney Martins” could be reached for verification at cutey_brity22[at]yahoo.com. I am sure I will here from Ms. Martins in the coming days. I hope this additional info may help someone else. I do plan to report this to Craigslist. Thanks again.

  3. Thankyou! I received this exact same letter too. We had just sent off the ‘rental form’ that Mr Danny C Baldwin sent but before I sent any money, I checked google and found your blog. I can’t imagine arriving from Australia with our 5 year old in tow to find we had no accommodation…

  4. I got this email scam sent to me after my ad for housing in craigslist for manhattan. The pics looked far too good to be true, and when I googled their phone number, I found this website. Here is the information I was sent and I hope it helps out others…. For me, the real kicker in finding this suspicious was they described only one bathroom in their pics, but they screwed up and sent pics of a unit with 2. Also, they said it was on the tenth floor of a building with an elevator, but the pics showed a townhouse with a front door that opened onto the street. Furthermore, all the contact emails for references were all at …[at]gmail.com Seeing how all the people lived in different countries, I found this suspicious and so I googled one of the phone numbers just to see what came up, and this website came up…

    Thanks for your Interest, Apartment is Available for your dates, 30/07/09 to 09/08/09, 10-nights = $900 ($100 a night). To Book down the Apartment for your dates, 50% of the Rental fee ($500) + $600 Refundable Security deposit. All you need to pay to have the Apartment reserve for your dates = $1100..

    Floor Area:
    * 900 sq ft
    Address:
    * 245 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    Theme:
    * family
    * luxury/Vacation
    * business/shopping
    General:
    * towels provided
    * air-conditioning
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * 4 ring stove
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * hob
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. etc.
    Living Room:
    * sofa bed
    * comfy seating for 5 people
    Dining:
    * dining area
    * seating for 6 people
    Bathrooms:
    * 1 bathroom(s)
    * Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower
    Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system
    Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access
    * wireless broadband
    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * wheelchair inaccessible
    * suitable for elderly or infirm
    * pets not allowed

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when u arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..
    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book.. So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does…

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, USA and FRANCE….

    1) DR. Bill Palmer and parents
    St. James, Westminster.
    billpalmer45[at]gmail.com
    +447024080616

    2) MR and MRS Tom Edward and kids
    Paris, France
    tomed48[at]gmail.com

    3) Mr Hagman Buckle and friends stayed 2weeks
    Houston, TX
    hagmanbuck45[at]gmail.com
    +1 7137807265

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    DANNY. C. BALDWIN
    +1 206-3504484

  5. Thanks so much for this post! I almost fell for the too good to be true place. This is the email I got today 3/12/09 from a Vince J. Wharton.

    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 and luckily it`ll be available for your dates 01/04/2009 to 09/04/2009, 8nights and the rent for your stay is $1600 (@$200 per night). You`ll need to Book down the Apartment for your dates cos someone else is asking for a Close date.. To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required ($800) plus a refundable security deposit of $700, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your dates is $1500.

    I’d also like to know where exactly you’ll be coming from? and for how soon you`ll like to Book down the Apartment?. I have also attached more pictures of the place with this message, hope you like them.
    Apartment is approximately 1200sq. ft. and Bedding arrangements are : 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – 1 King, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon… Large California King in Master Bedroom. Comfy queen in the guest room as well as large L-shaped sofa in living area that can accommodate two more! Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more…Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available, including a Telephone (free local, 800 calls), TVs w/ multi-channel premium Cable TV and VCR/DVD. Main Kitchen (w/new appliances)microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove Oven, Blender, Dishwasher and more. The apartment sleeps 1-6 people.

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there’s a 24 hours doorman and there’s a reserved parking space for a car, if you are driving.. Apartment is located in good locality, that’s a walking distance to the White House, the Metro,Convention Center, Smithsonian Museums,The Washington Monument, Dupont Circle, fine and casual dining, theaters, and the World Bank and other memorials as well as a 24hr CVS and Whole Food Grocery, Shops and Restaurants.

    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement form and advise you on to make a Secure Payment so as to be able to get the place secured on time, and Complimentary airport pick up and drop off in Lexus LS 460L. That is if you aren’t coming with you car…..

    Looking forward to reading back from you asap…

    Vince. J. Wharton
    + 1 206-984-4076

    NOTICE..: I have past tenants from all over the world, I`ll allow you to contact some of them if you`d love to……

    Mrs Mandy Groove and children from UK..
    mgroove40@googlemail.com
    +447024080616

    Dr. Jason Lewis from Eugene, Oregon.
    jclewis48[at]gmail.com

  6. Thank you so much! I got this response today but with a different name:

    Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates, 25/04/09 to 03/05/09, 8-nights = $800 ($100 a night). If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….

    50% of the Rental fee ($400) is required + a Refundable damage deposit $600, so all you need to pay to have the Apartment Confirm and reserve for your dates = $1000..

    Floor Area:
    * 950 sq ft

    Address:
    * 245 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA

    Theme:
    * family
    * luxury/Vacation
    * business/shopping

    General:
    * towels provided
    * air-conditioning
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer

    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * 4 ring stove
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * hob
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen.
    Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    Living Room:
    * sofa bed
    * comfy seating for 5 people
    Three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    Dining:
    * dining area
    * seating for 4 people

    Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom)
    * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    En Suite Bathroom:
    *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system

    Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access
    * wireless broadband

    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * wheelchair inaccessible
    * suitable for elderly or infirm
    * pets not allowed

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..
    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book.. So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and make the Payment to secure the Apartment for your dates before someone else does…

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from USA and FRANCE….

    * Mr Hagman Buckle and friends stayed 2weeks
    Houston, TX
    hagmanbuck45[at]gmail.com
    +1 7137807265

    * MR and MRS Tom Edward and kids
    Paris, France
    tomed48[at]gmail.com

    * DR. Bill Palmer and parents
    St. James, Westminster.
    billpalmer45[at]gmail.com
    +447024080616

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME.

    K. Mellencamp
    +1 206-3504484

  7. Does anyone have days and date this was picked up. The Giyis from Brooklyn Far rockaway. My money was done and I am efin pissed and i will hunt it down. This will not happen an more MAke Sure Mr Vince Wahrton or whom ever you are is put away !

  8. Thanks for your reports. This issue was made apparent to the Google team this morning and subsequent action was taken on accounts reported. If you have any further accounts to investigate with this scam, please reply to this message thread.

    Thanks to the reporter this morning who alerted us of this issue. For future reference, please mark these messages as ‘report spam’ in your inbox, as the Google team does look in to those reports.

    Thank you again for reporting this issue.

  9. Exactly the same phone number and scam, only this time it was “Kurt Mellencamp mellencampk45[at]gmail.com” for “245 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA”. Also via Craigslist.

    Thanks for posting the warning. Have flagged the ad on craigslist. 🙂

  10. Today I have received this email, new name:

    Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates,5-nights = $500 ($100 a night). If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….

    50% of the Rental fee ($250) is required + a Refundable damage deposit $600, so all you need to pay to have the Apartment Confirm and reserve for your dates = $850..

    Floor Area:
    * 950 sq ft

    Address:
    * 245 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA

    Theme:
    * family
    * luxury/Vacation
    * business/shopping

    General:
    * towels provided
    * air-conditioning
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer

    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * 4 ring stove
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * hob
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen.
    Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    Living Room:
    * sofa bed
    * comfy seating for 5 people
    Three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    Dining:
    * dining area
    * seating for 4 people

    Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom)
    * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    En Suite Bathroom:
    *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system

    Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access
    * wireless broadband

    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * wheelchair inaccessible
    * suitable for elderly or infirm
    * pets not allowed

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..
    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book.. So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and make the Payment to secure the Apartment for your dates asap..

    More Photos attached, make a decision asap before someone else does..

    K. Mellencamp
    +1 206-3504484

    One hour later I got a replay for another nice apartment:

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment… Good, the Unit will be free for your dates 21/05/2009 to 26/05/2009, 5-nights is $750 (@$150 a night). To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ($375) + $700 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $1075..

    The address of the apartment is 410 8th Ave, New York City NY 10001.
    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the Building and downstairs you`ll see Blarney Stone?, Computer Professional Learning?, Premier Courier Services?, United locksmith? and opposite building you will find Dinersity Restaurants, NY Pizza Supreme and many wonderful places nearby….. @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk/ 2min drive from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines. Just Block away from lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished.

    Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.
    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra). Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46″ HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort..
    Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen…

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of $700 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and How to make the Payment. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn’t need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Phil Douglas from UK, stayed 2weeks in my Apartment with his Family.
    phildoug@englandmail.com

    Ms Mary Hoffman from Rome, Italy, stayed 9nights…
    hoffmanmary48@ymail.com

    Many Thanks..


    Niles. S. Bonthron
    +1 206-426-1524

    Looks the same, we are warned now!

  11. Well, I would have been another victim, had I not checked your blog. When I saw he offered to even pick us up in his 2007 Lexus SUV, then I knew it was a scam!!!!
    Details below with phone number and fake name it seems. The FBI needs to get his IP and bring him down!! DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH ANYONE AND SEND A MONEYGRAM. IT WILL BE A SCAM!!!!

    Here is the email sent to me on 3/31/09, so its still going on of course:

    From: “Niles. S. Bonthron” bonthronns45@ymail.com
    Subject: BOOKING FORM/PAYMENT
    Date: Mar 31, 2009 12:24 AM
    Attachments: MAHATTAN VACATION RENTAL BOOKING FORM..doc
    Thanks for your Interest Sharyn…

    I have attached the Booking form/payment process with this message, fill it and send it back to me with a scanned copy of the funds transfer confirmation and also send me your contact address, all these details will be with the doorman for proper recognition when you get to the apartment, i will hand over to you the keys and receipt of payment for the apartment.

    MODE OF PAYMENT VIA MONEYGRAM® MONEY TRANSFER TO:

    RECEIVER`S NAME: Niles. S. Bonthron
    RECEIVER`S ADDRESS: 8305 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

    You can visit moneygram.com to located the outlet close to your location.. When you get to the MoneyGram Agent Outlet nearby, You`ll need just my Name and Address to make the Transfer and you`ll deduct the transfer charges from the Payment as it’s already been added to the rent.. It`s Easy. Fastest and Reliable and you`ll have to Locate the MoneyGram Agent outlet to do it in Person….

    However, like I said there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you and your party members from the airport with my 2007 Lexus GX470 SUV, so I`ll need your flight details, Its a Free services is for new comers to NYC.

    Note: Is only when payment has been made before i can secure your dates.
    After payment has been made please do send me a receipt of the Payment via Attachment to my Email or send via Fax# 206 426-0298

    Welcome to NYC and Happy Stay in My Apartment.

    Niles. S. Bonthron
    +1 206-426-1524

  12. BY THE WAY, JUST TO HELP HUNT THIS CRIMINAL DOWN, The Fax # is 206 426-0298, in Seattle, WA.

    Niles. S. Bonthron (FAKE)
    +1 206-426-1524
    8305 Broadway
    Queens, NY 11373 (NOT A REAL ADDRESS). DOES NOT REGISTER WITH UNITED POSTAL SERVICE.

    ITS ACTUALLY>> Sloshspot is the place on the web to search for nightlife spots, bars, pubs and clubs in Mountain View. Search our directory for nightlife and entertainment …

    ALSO- LISTED RENTAL ADDRESS of:
    410 8th Ave, New York City NY 10001

    is ironically:

    Blarney, Stone
    410 Eighth Ave
    New York, NY 10001-1832
    (212) 465-1790

    NOW WOULDN'T BLARNEY STONE BE THE MOST APPROPRIATE NAME FOR THIS SCAM!!!!

  13. All I will say; got to love Google and people sharing information. I was going to reserve the place on 8th avenue from Niles. S. Bonthron until the instructions for payment were e-mailed to me today along with complimentary airport pick up in the Lexus SUV… I knew something was off.I have renetd apartments on Craig’s list before and all payments were made by paypal or by cash in person. I also did a check on his address and it is a fake.
    Hope no onle else gets scamed by these people.

  14. Hi, it happened to me the same with Niles Bonthron but when I asked with is there were any other way to pay instead of MoneyGram (becuase the fee to send the money was $75) he said:
    “You dont have any Problem with that and you need no worry cos I told you earlier that the Transfer was added to the Rental rate before and its not affecting your Reservation..

    Make the Payment asap and get back to me…

    THANKS…”

    Isn’t it a little weird when they are in charge of so many things? Airport transportation, money transfer fees, 4 hours of cleanning service (as said in the contract)… That was when I start supecting…
    THANKS A LOT FOR HELPING ME OUT IDENTIFY THIS SCAM!!! I WOULD HAVE LOOSEN $1,300.

  15. The same scammer tried to hit me up as well. a $600 deposit “damage deposit” plus half the rental up front??? for a $500 room??? it screamed scam, so I searched and found this place…
    He wrote from kurtmellencamphomes[at]gmail.com

  16. This is the one I got today! Now I am totally messing with Him! 🙂

    Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates, 15/01/10 to 25/01/10, 10-nights = $1000 ($100 a night). If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….

    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($500) + $600 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1100..

    Floor Area:
    * 950 sq ft

    Address:
    * 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA

    Theme:
    * family
    * luxury/Vacation
    * business/shopping

    General:
    * towels provided
    * air-conditioning
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer

    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * 4 ring stove
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * hob
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen.
    Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    Living Room:
    * sofa bed
    * comfy seating for 5 people
    Three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    Dining:
    * dining area
    * seating for 4 people

    Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom)
    * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    En Suite Bathroom:
    *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system

    Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access
    * wireless broadband

    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * wheelchair inaccessible
    * suitable for elderly or infirm
    * pets not allowed

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    More Photos attached.. You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…

    Peter & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    petercarey35[at]gmail.com

    Mandy Groove and her Parent.. 2weeks stay in my Apartment
    mgroove40[at]yahoo.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME.

    MILES ANDREW. B
    +1 206-4260298

  17. Yes a “Kurt Mellencamp” with this same phone number at the bottom of the reply email: +1 206-3504484 also tried to scam us a few weeks back.

    We got the same run down of the apartment (in Manhattan, NY, from Craigslist which seemed too good to be true for the price). They seemed eager for us to book and pay a high price for reservation. Warning bells started and so I googled the number which led us to this website.

    Thanks for the warning guys!!

    P.S How dodgy are these scammers use of names? Not very original…

  18. The following is a scam.
    Notice the hoffmanmary48@ymail.com
    reference.

    > Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in
    > Knightsbridge, 16 Trevor Pl, London SW 71, UK and its definitely available
    > for your desired dates 20/06/2009 to 02/07/2009. 12nights and the rent for
    > your stay is £1200 (@ £100 per night).. To make a reservation, 50% of the
    > rental fee will be required (£600) plus a fixed refundable damage deposit of
    > £400, so all you need pay to secure the Apartment is £1000..
    >
    > On your departure date, your Security deposit of £400 will be fully refunded
    > to you personally by me and the remainder 50% of your fee will be paid on
    > your arrival…. I'd also like to know where exactly you'll be coming from?
    > and how soon will you like to book down the Apartment? I have also attached
    > more pictures of the apartment with this message, let me know about your
    > interest on time.
    >
    > Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with
    > own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower,
    > toilet, tub, Bidet) also a Guest Cloakroom.. Bedding arrangements are : 2
    > bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – a King size bed,
    > Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size bed, Bedrooms are quiet and away from street noise,
    > with good reading lamps, Plasma TV`s and telephones. Amenities are also as
    > follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR,
    > DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access,
    > wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock,
    > hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder
    > alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.
    >
    > Apartment is fully furnished with full bath and kitchen , the closest tube
    > is Knightsbridge (0.27mi, 0.43km), Railway: Victoria (1.00mi, 1.61km) and
    > airport is London City Airport (9.30mi, 14.96km) or Heathrow at 22 Km to
    > the apartment, easy access to restaurants, Live Theater, museums, theme
    > parks and grocery stores, Sightseeing, cinemas and more. It also features a
    > 24 hours doorman and there's also an elevator to help you up as the
    > apartment is located on the 3rd floor. It's also close to what ever the city
    > has got to offer, like National Gallery, British Museum, Plaza, Hyde Park,
    > Royal National Theater, Regents Park and lots of attractions for tourists
    > and visitors in general..
    >
    > Let me know about your interest so I can send you a booking/payment form so
    > you can fill and send it back to me in order to book down the Apartment..
    >
    > I hope to hear back from you again…
    >
    > 2 References…
    >
    > Mr Brian Warren from CA, stayed 2weeks in my Apartment with his Family.
    > bwarren48@googlemail.com
    > 216-6661746
    >
    > Ms Mary Hoffman from Rome, Italy, stayed 9nights…
    > hoffmanmary48@ymail.com
    >
    >
    > Many Thanks.
    > S.C. BOWERS
    >
    > PHONE: +44 7024080616
    >
    >

  19. Just about made the same mistake myself…with 16 Trevor Place, Knightsbridge. The woman handling the money gram for me really challenged me about whether it was legit. It took me 45 minutes of browsing on the web before I finally found this site…just before sending the transaction number to “Stuart C. Bowers.” Stopped the transaction immediately and reported it with Western Union. Just got my cash back in person. THANKS for sharing this information!

  20. Almost got me too, but they were using the name Thomass Blaquelourde (funny spelling???) Also, rental agreement that was e-mailed was a standard agreement that would be used for a house or other long term rental. Something just was off.

  21. Thank you thank you thank you!. I was literally at the Moneygram phone in CVS with my money in hand and believe it or not ,this wonderful moneygram assistant on the phone, basically scared me and warned me not to send the money to someone I didn’t know. I told her everything about the drivers license from Niles S. Bonthron, etc and she heard it all before. She even suggested I google him which I did and got your blog and comments. I knew it was too good to be true! Trust your gut… mine did tell me not to do this and I have been putting this off for days.. and pow I got socked with reality but fortunately safely.

  22. yes, watch out. we got this same scan from a “Niles S. Bonthron” for apt at 410 8th Ave, NYC 10001. They wanted us to send the moneygram to 8305 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373. someone should go arrest them. And now they have my drivers license- (copy of). Hope they don’t use my name to scam someone else. Luckily MoneyGram wouldn’t let me send the money. and they gave me this website to check it out. thanks.

  23. I think this is a scam too…

    Daniel Deguzman.
    Nigerian IP address.

    308 W 31st , New York, NY 10001

    (A parking lot according to Google Street view)

    …snip…

    However, there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you from the airport with my 2008 Nissan Armada SE, V8 SUV, so I`ll need your flight details, It is free for my Customers.

    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, so you can fill the Agreement form and make the Payment to be able to get the apartment secured on time, and I’d advise you make booking on time before someone else does..

    Many Thanks,
    Daniel Deguzman

    NOTE.: A reference from UK….
    Mr Paul Foltz and his Family stayed 2weeks in my Apartment
    paulfoltz[at]live.co.uk
    +44 7024026766

  24. We were looking for an apartment at Easter and very nearly sent $1400 to a man calling himself Franklin Copland in reply to this email
    “Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Center of Manhattan area, New York City’s most populous and wealthiest borough, 308 W 31st , New York, NY 10001 and is available for your desired dates, APRIL 07 – 15, 8nights and the rent for your stay is $1600 (@200/night), You`ll need to Quickly Book down the Apartment for your dates cos someone else is begging for a Similar date…. To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required ($800) plus a fixed refundable security deposit of $600, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your Lovely dates is $1400
    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Center of Manhattan area, New York City’s most populous and wealthiest borough, 308 W 31st , New York, NY 10001 and is available for your desired dates, APRIL 07 – 15, 8nights and the rent for your stay is $1600 (@200/night), You`ll need to Quickly Book down the Apartment for your dates cos someone else is begging for a Similar date…. To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required ($800) plus a fixed refundable security deposit of $600, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your Lovely dates is $1400…

    I`d love to know where exactly you`ll be coming from?
    Are you coming with Pets?
    I have attached more pictures of the place with this message, hope you like them? Apartment is approximately 2000 sq. ft and 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people…. Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 king size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, sleeps 4 persons, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, sleeps 2 persons.. First bedroom is decorated with a king sized bed Sealy posturepedic bed. Beautiful linens, silks and cotton bedding. Bedroom size 10X12. Lots of light. Second Bedroom has a day bed private from the first bedding with the same decors as the bedroom #1. Bedroom size is 6X10…
    Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46″ HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washing Machine and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available…

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there’s a 24 hours doorman and there’s an elevator to help you up as the apartment is on the 4th floor of the building… There`s a reserved Parking space for 1car.. Apartment is located in good locality, that’s a walking distance away from the Shops and Restaurants. Noting much to write about, Its Located in the Midtown of the Manhattan, New York most wealthies Borough, situated on West 31th Street, New York, NY 10001; between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Apartment is @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines..

    However, like I said there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you and your party members from the airport with my 2008 Nissan Armada SE, V8 SUV, so I`ll need your flight details, Its a Free for my Customers.

    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, so you call fill the Agreement form and make the Payment to be able to get the place secured on time, and I’d advise you make booking on time before someone else does..

    NOTE.: A reference from UK and USA ….

    Mr Charlie Brown and his Family stayed 2weeks in my Apartment
    brownch48[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024054942

    Miss Britney Martins and friends from Hawaii.. Stayed 4nights
    cutey_brity22[at]yahoo.com

    Many Thanks,

    Franklin D. Copland
    + 1 206 984 4076”

    I found out about the scam by Googling his phone number on the day i was going to the moneygram office.I hit another website( 800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-206-984-4076)
    I think his phone is in Washington state somewhere but I suppose it could be routed through to Nigeria.
    We finished up renting through VRBO. it was very expensive ($3000 for 8 nights in Brooklyn. the 3rd bedroom was an alcove off bedroom 2 and the house had a bathroom and kitchen like my student house 40 years ago. It was however in a great area and was at least there! When you look at the property advertisements and see that 3 bed houses in Brooklyn are over a million dollars, then you realise that these 200 dollar a night places are just scams. Unfortunately we didn’t know that when we started looking.
    The Rough Guide says that accomodation will be your biggest expense visiting New York. they are right.
    Remember: If its too good to be true, it probably is!

  25. I was nearly scammed. The reply email and forms were as published above.

    The address of the so called apartment is
    246 East 47th St NY 10017.

    The fraudster is Andrew B Miles

    The email he uses is andrewbmiles48[at]gmail.com

    Now I just hope not to get spam mail from him and his partners in crime.

    Thank heavens for Google Maps because I checked up Andrew B Miles who lives at 716 Burke Ave, Bronx, NY 10467 and the streetview shows a dry cleaning store. Very unconvincing.

  26. Wow, I was on my way to the bank and had a funny feeling…got the exact same e-mail but from “Clive L. Hart.”. Wow, what a bastard. I googled the apartment address (410 8th Avenue, NY, NY) and “scam” and low and behold…thanks so much for posting all of this, I almost just lost my (and my 3 friends) NYC long weekend money. Eeeek. Has anyone contacted Craigslist??

  27. Hi everyone, I spoke to this ‘Clive Hart’ and as Alana said, I got this ad from Craigslist and here’s what is sent to me. Thought it was too good to be true and search Philip Doug on the net to find warning scams threads. Be careful!

    1st email:
    Sure, your chosen dates will be Available..

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment… 05/09/2009 to 15/09/2009, 10-nights is $1500 (@$150 a night). To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ($750) + $700 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $1450.

    The address of the apartment is 410 8th Ave, New York City NY 10001.
    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the Building and downstairs you`ll see Blarney Stone?, Computer Professional Learning?, Premier Courier Services?, United locksmith? and opposite building you will find Dinersity Restaurants, NY Pizza Supreme and many wonderful places nearby….. @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk/ 2min drive from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines. Just Block away from lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished.

    Apartment is approximately 1700 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.
    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra). Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46″ HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort..
    Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen…

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of $700 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and Payment via Wire Transfer. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: If you`d love to contact My past Tenants… In case of References.

    Mr Phillip Douglas from London, UK stayed for 2weeks with his Family.
    phildoug@englandmail.com

    AND

    Ms Mary Hoffman and Colleagues from Rome, Italy, stayed 9nights…
    hoffmanmary48@ymail.com

    MANY THANKS

    CLIVE L HART.
    +1 206-2034823

    2nd email:
    Thanks for your Interest,

    Okay, I`ll let you have the Apartment for $1500 for your Requested period…. Sept 1-15th..
    I have attached the Booking form/payment process with this message, fill in the Booking form and send it back to me with a scanned copy of the funds transfer confirmation receipt and also send me your ID(if you have any), all these details will be with the doorman for proper recognition when you get to the Airport of the Pick up..And He`ll hand over to you the keys and receipt for your Full Payment for the Apartment.

    MODE OF PAYMENT VIA BANK WIRE TRANSFER TO:

    Name of Bank : Citi Bank
    Bank address : 1398 Fulton St., Brooklyn NY 11216
    Account holder: Seneca D. Hart
    Account Holders address: 75 Macdonough St. #6, Brooklyn, NY 11216
    Routing #: 021000089
    Account#: 9933433220
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    However, like I said there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you and your party members from the airport with my 2008 Lexus GX470 SUV, so I`ll need your flight details, if you are interested… This Service attract NO EXTRA COST…

    It`s only when payment has been made before I can secure your dates… After payment has been made please do send me the Completed Booking form via Attachment to my Email.

    Welcome to NYC and Happy Stay in My Apartment.

    NOTE: In case you are concerned, the account holder is My Son and He takes care of the property rental payments as well as the Receipt for your Reservation…

    MANY THANKS

    CLIVE L HART.
    +1 206-2034823

  28. Got the exact same email from Clive Hart. Sent a report and flagged on Craigslist, hopefully no one falls for this.

    I discovered it by looking at google maps, you can now get views as if you are a person on the street looking at buildings (it’s amazing) and studied the photos sent to me by this Clive fellow and they were not the windows on this building… So if you ever think you’re being scammed this could also work to your advantage (thank heavens for technology..!)

    Also, craigslist advises against wiring money, so as long as no one asks for money to be wired, you’re safe.

    Hopefully no one else falls for this…

  29. I (from Australia) too nearly got sucked into this scam but for a NYC friend who googled the details and came across this blog. That was for the 410 8th ave address and it was posted on craig’s list in the same terms as referred to above. I was following up a similar ad on craig’s list for a 2 bedroom apartment at 455 West 34th st NYC and received initial reply by email as follows:-

    “Thanks for contacting me about the NYC property,s .I have attached the
    pictures of the apartment to this message the place is centrally
    located at 455 West 34th Street, New York NY 10001 USA close to
    subway stations and easy access to restaurants, Live Theater, museums,
    theme parks and grocery stores, Sightseeing, cinemas and
    more.Apartment features 2 bedrooms with full individual baths, washer
    and dryer in unit, kitchen is fully equipped .Artist/Designer built
    full 2 Bedroom luxury living loft in the heart of Manhattan, with
    separate large living room, kitchen, bar, . High ceilings natural wood
    floor, (with dishwasher, disposal, compactor, double door fridge and
    ice maker, etc.). Double paned new windows surround living loft on 3
    sides. Artist handmade and tiled archways and wall panels. internet
    wireless Solid exotic hardwood floors. Super and freight elevator
    available by arrangement.living room with separate custom-built with
    dishwasher. full bathroom adjacent. Custom-built oak staircase down to
    spacious second level. Tile floor,recessed lights, King Bed(enclosed
    by heavy curtain, for privacy), and separate 2 bedroom. Fully-equipped
    laundry facility.

    The Apartment will be available for the dates ,the price for the
    dates is $700,to book the place down for the date the full
    rent will be required which is ($700) plus a refundable security
    deposit of $500, so all you need pay to Book the place down to await
    your arrival is $1200

    Do get back to me concerning your interest so i can send you my
    booking form/payment so you can fill and send it back to me, I’ll
    advise you book for your dates on time before someone else takes
    them…

    Do have a great day and i hope to hear back from you soon..
    Paul Samuel ”

    I then requested he forward me the booking form which he did by way of an email as follows:-

    “Thanks for getting back to me, I have attached the booking/payment form to this message,please fill it and return with payment. Kindly mail me if you do not understand or want to ask any question.Note: download the form as attachment or click on preview to see a copy of the rental agreement form,After filling scan and attach the filled form along with your receipt of payment issued by Bank Or confirmation ..

    MY ACCOUNTANT BANK DETAILS :

    Bank Name: Bank of America
    Owners Name: Quitiza Holmes
    Account No: 004624904274
    Routine No: 011000138
    Wire Transfer NO: 026009593
    Swift Number : bofaus3n
    Account Holders address:157 LaGrange Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613
    Bank address:456 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK ,NY 10001 USA

    looking forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to fill in your contact address correctly,because it will be used to send your receipt of reservation through FEDEX courier(you will need present this receipt and your valid proof of identification on your arrival ,so that we can be sure you are the one that book the apartment),and any slight mistake might be a mishap..

    Looking forward to hearing from you again.
    Paul”

    I emailed my NYC friend about this and she emailed:-
    “I looked up 455 West 34th Street, New York NY 10001 in the NYC government website, it is a 17 story building, 124 units, with a private ownership. The Managing agent and head officer is Chaim Badad with officer Bernat Steinmetz under the corporation of west 34th street apartments. There is a history of no heat in the building though you would not have to worry about that now, but there are lots of building violations, I am sure it is a very old building.

    sounds bad”
    I checked the address given as the owner of the bank account 157 La Grange Aveenue Rochester NY on google street viw and found it to ne a graffiti clad besser block building in what apears to be a remote backblock area.
    Does Craig’s list take notice of these happenings?

  30. Hello All,

    Unfortunately, I was suckered into reserving an apartment with Daniel Deguzman, aka Clive L Hart, before I found this site this past week. Daniel Deguzman also tried to get me to send money by Moneygram. I replied that I was uncomfortable doing so as when I picked up the Moneygram phone at CVS, the automated message said that if I’m sending money to someone I don’t know, I may be a victim of a scam or fraud. He replied to send money to his son’s bank account as follows:

    Name of Bank: Citi Bank
    Bank Address: 1398 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11216
    Account holder: Seneca D. Hart
    Account Holders address: 75 Macdonough St. #6, Brooklyn, NY 11216
    Routing #: 021000089
    Account #: 9933433220
    Swift Code: CITIUS33

    So, I walked into a Citibank branch, made the deposit by check at the teller. After trying to get confirmation from Daniel and receiving no response for several days, I became suspicious and looked up Seneca D. Hart on the web and found this site. I couldn’t find anything under Daniel Deguzman. So, when I found this site, I walked straight back to the same Citibank branch and notified them of this incident. Citibank notified their fraud department as well who will be conducting an investigation. I just found out that Citibank tried to reach Seneca D. Hart and was unable to so they blocked the account and notified the local branch. We’ll see how this all unfolds, but as far as I’m concerned, someone will not be able to get money out of this account. The funny thing is that the teller at Citibank said that this is a fully working account with multiple transactions. As soon as I heard that, I knew that others were being scammed at the same time, but that this person must not be very smart if they are trying to pay their bills out of the same account! We’ll see who gets the last laugh! On a last note, after I came back from Citibank, I received an email from Daniel Deguzman asking that I recall my money and send money by Moneygram once again as his son is traveling in Australia and will not be able to confirm payment. I replied that I already made the deposit into that account and the check has cleared and that I changed my mind and want to cancel the booking and to please refund my money and that he’s welcome to use Moneygram! I don’t expect him to contact me again, but I’ll bet that he’ll be scratching his head when he can’t pull his money out of the account!

  31. Same case here and for the same address in NYC, found it on Craigslist, you can have a look at the ad I put to denounce the scam, under vacation rentals in NYC, way to find my post is to search for 2 beds, $150 in midtown, it says beware of this scam..

    here is the copy of the mail I got from the scammer:

    Sure, you chosen dates will be Available ,

    The address of the apartment is 410 8th Ave, New York City NY 10001.
    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the Building and downstairs you`ll see Blarney Stone?, Computer Professional Learning?, Premier Courier Services?, United locksmith? and opposite building you will find Dinersity Restaurants, NY Pizza Supreme and many wonderful places nearby….. @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk/ 2min drive from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines. Just Block away from lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished.

    Your Dates, JUNE 03 – 06, 3-nights is $450 (@$150 a night). To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ($225) + $700 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $925..

    Apartment is a private unit and not shared.. Approximately 1700 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.
    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra). Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46″ HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort..
    Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen…

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of $700 will be refunded to you on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and Payment procedure.

    Lastly, I added 2 of my past tenants, if you`d need references…

    Mr Jerry Scott and family from London.. Stayed 9nights…
    jerryscott48@ymail.com
    +447024080616

    Ms Clara Favello and friend, from Rome.. Used the Apartment for 14nights
    clara.favello35[at]gmail.com

    DECIDE ASAP.

    Howard D. Stonewall
    +1 347-756-4255

  32. Yep – well we got scammed ages ago – hence our original blog posting. The lessons I’ve learnt are that you never EVER pay anyone via MoneyGram, Western Union or the like because you’ll just lose your cash. Money transfer companies will ignore your pleas and refuse to follow up, or provide any details, on the scammers – it’s almost as if they’re in on the game.

    The best way to beat them is to keep posting their details on the net and making people aware. Go via a reputable agent or get someone in the city itself to check out the building and the people involved. Or stay in a hotel – easy as pie.

    I know when we eventually visit the USA we won’t be staying in an apartment.

  33. We also sent money to Kurt Mellencamp and has learned an expensive lesson. His ad is now replaced and slightly changed and his name is now Homer Paulson. newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/1180443614.html

  34. We received the same email today for the apartment at 410 8th avenue NYC 10001 from Daniel Deguzman. Thank God we looked up the phone number and found all of these posts. The phone number given for him is in NY State and gave us the references from London and Italy. All the same stuff, but we didn't get the free offer for the complimentary ride from the airport, guess we didn't rate…..

  35. I join the list of those who found out too late. An expensive lesson–and an unnecessary one, if I'd done my research.

    The other phone number these scammers use comes up as a landline in Seattle, Washington. Seems like there's enough information here and in these posts to catch these folks, if they actually are in the US. My guess is that the money is rewired to a new location once it shows up at Moneygram.

  36. this is wat i got today…

    email: ericg.wood55@googlemail.com

    Thanks for your Interest Maureen….

    This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates, JUNE 27 – JULY 01, 4-nights = $400 ($100 a night). If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….

    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($200) + $700 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $900..

    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people
    -Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    En Suite Bathroom: *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    -Entertainment:
    * stereo system * radio * satellite or cable * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom) * CD * single home theater system
    -Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access * wireless broadband
    -Suitability:
    * children welcome * wheelchair inaccessible * suitable for elderly or infirm * pets not allowed
    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    More Photos attached.. You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…

    Mandy Groove and her Parent.. 2weeks stay in my Apartment
    mgroove40[at]yahoo.com

    Peter & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    petercarey35[at]gmail.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    WOOD ERIC. G
    +1 206-4571950

  37. I also recieved the email above from Eric G.Wood
    wooderic.g[at]gmail.com

    Here's one I got yesterday

    Thanks for contacting me about the NYC property's. I have attached the
    pictures of the apartment to this message the place is centrally
    located at 50 W 34th St. New York. NY. 10036 USA close to subway
    stations and easy access to restaurants, Live Theater, museums,theme parks and grocery stores, Sightseeing, cinemas and more. Apartment features 2 bedrooms with full individual baths, washer and dryer in
    unit, kitchen is fully equipped .Artist/Designer built full 2 Bedroom
    luxury living loft in the heart of Manhattan, with separate large
    living room,kitchen, bar,. High ceilings natural wood floor, (with
    dishwasher, disposal, compactor, double door fridge and ice maker,
    etc.). Double paned new windows surround living loft on 3 sides.
    Artist handmade and tiled archways and wall panels. internet wireless
    Solid exotic hardwood floors. Super and freight elevator available by arrangement. Living room with separate custom-built with dishwasher. full bathroom adjacent. Custom-built oak staircase down to spacious
    second level. Tile floor,recessed lights, King Bed (enclosed by heavy
    curtain, for privacy),and separate 2 bedroom. Fully-equipped laundry facility. The Apartment will be available for the dates you have chosen,the price for the dates is $900 ,to book the place down for the date 50% of the full rent will be required which is($450)plus a refundable security deposit of $500,so all you need pay to Book the place down to await your arrival is $950
    Do get back to me concerning your interest so i can send you my
    booking form/payment so you can fill and send it back to me, I'll
    advise you book for your dates on time before someone else takes
    them…
    Do have a great day and i hope to hear back from you soon..
    Fernandez Charles

    I replied asking if damage deposit could be paid once I arrived just to see what he would say since I already new this was a scam

    he replied:

    Thanks for getting back to me. your refundable security deposit will be fully refunded back to you on the day of your departure,. as soon as i confirm your payment and the booking form ill send you the
    receipt of reservation that you will bring along with you to the
    apartment Via courier service to your home address. I have
    attached the Booking/Payment form to this message, DIRECTION ON HOW
    TO MAKE PAYMENT: go to do a Western Union Transfer, all you need do is to write out my full name(Fernandez Charles)and my home address,(79 Webster Ave., Brooklyn NY 11230)and take it any Western Union outlet near you, you can look up for the outlet close to you via Western Union, by the time you get there,you should tell them you want to send money to New York and you will be given a form to fill,you should filled in my details where its supposed to be and give them the money….you are to deduct the money gram transfer fee from the rentals funds and not from your own pocket.
    Please be sure to fill in your contact address correctly, because it will be used to send your receipt of reservation through FEDEX courier(you will need present this receipt and your valid proof of identification on your arrival,so that we can be sure you are the one that book the apartment),and any slight mistake might be a mishap..

    By the time payment is been made you should scan and
    (charles2bedroom[at]gmail.com)email me the receipt of payment that will
    be given to you by Western Union me the following details:

    SENDERS NAME:
    RECEIVERS NAME:Fernandez Charles
    MTCN Western Union
    SENDERS ADDRESS:
    AMOUNT:
    RECEIVER HOME ADDRESS :79 Webster Ave., Brooklyn NY 11230

    Fernandez

    I mean common the total of my deposit and damage deposit equaled to more than what I was going to pay for my whole stay.

    So just be very careful and remember to do your research because they will also try to scam you though buying a pet or anything online.

  38. Thanks so much for the post. You ALWAYS should worry when you find a too-good-to-be true deal. For anyone googling this info I hope they land here before any money is exchanged.
    My emailed reply from rentsny3[at]gmail.com:

    "Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Center of Manhattan area, New York City's most populous and wealthiest borough, 308 W 31st , New York, NY 10001 and is available for your desired dates, rent is $240/night, You`ll need to Quickly Book down the Apartment for your dates because someone else is begging for a Similar date…. To secure the Apartment 50% of the total rental fee will be required plus a fixed refundable damage deposit of $600.

    I`d love to know where exactly you`ll be coming from?
    Are you coming with Pets?

    I have attached more pictures of the place with this message, hope you like them? Apartment is approximately 2000 sq. ft and 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people…. Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 king size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, sleeps 4 persons, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, sleeps 2 persons.. First bedroom is decorated with a king sized bed Sealy posturepedic bed. Beautiful linens, silks and cotton bedding. Bedroom size 10X12. Lots of light. Second Bedroom has a day bed private from the first bedding with the same decors as the bedroom #1. Bedroom size is 6X10.

    Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washing Machine and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there's a 24 hours doorman and there's an elevator to help you up as the apartment is on the 4th floor of the building… There`s a reserved Parking space for 1car.. Apartment is located in good locality, that's a walking distance away from the Shops and Restaurants. Noting much to write about, Its Located in the Midtown of the Manhattan, New York most wealthies Borough, situated on West 31th Street, New York, NY 10001; between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Apartment is @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines.

    However, there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you from the airport with my 2008 Nissan Armada SE, V8 SUV, so I`ll need your flight details, It is free for my Customers.

    Get back to me if you are satisfied with the apartment, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, you will fill the Agreement form and make the Payment to get the apartment secured, and I'd advise you make booking on time before someone else does.

    Many Thanks,
    Joe Neyer"

  39. Again, thanks for your advice!

    "Thanks for your Interest…

    This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates, AUG 01-21, 20-nights = $2000 ($100 a night). If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….

    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($1000) + $700 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1700..

    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people
    -Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    En Suite Bathroom: *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    -Entertainment:
    * stereo system * radio * satellite or cable * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom) * CD * single home theater system
    -Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access * wireless broadband
    -Suitability:
    * children welcome * wheelchair inaccessible * suitable for elderly or infirm * pets not allowed
    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    More Photos attached.. You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…

    Mandy Groove and her Parent.. 2weeks stay in my Apartment
    mgroove40[at]yahoo.com

    Peter & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    petercarey35[at]gmail.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    WOOD ERIC. G
    +1 206-4571950"

  40. Unbelievable. My friends and I got exactly the same email today. We wanted to send the money today…so, thanks guys. We got the email from a Donette Mathieson, as you can see:

    Good to read from you Stephanie,

    My Vacation Apartment will be Available for your Chosen dates, SEPT 02-10, 8-nights = $800 ($100 a night). If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….

    And to make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($400) + $700 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1100..

    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people
    -Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    En Suite Bathroom: *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    -Entertainment:
    * stereo system * radio * satellite or cable * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom) * CD * single home theater system
    -Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access * wireless broadband
    -Suitability:
    * children welcome * wheelchair inaccessible * suitable for elderly or infirm * pets not allowed
    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    You can contact one my Past Tenant from France if you need any Reference..

    Peter & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    petercarey35[at]gmail.com

    Looking forward to reading back from you….

    DONNETTE MATHIESON
    +1 206-2034823

    Really, really unbelievable!!

  41. Thank goodness for this site me and my aussie bf almost got scammed, I was seriously headed out the door to a moneygram.
    It was in the same format as the others posted, but this time it was from a Donnette Mathieson.
    308 W 31st, New York, NY 1001
    Reference: John Williams(uk) – johnwilliam59@ymail.com
    +44 7031980772
    I couldnt reach him, so she gave me a second reference.
    Kevin Bruce(spain)
    (for kicks after i knew it was a spam i sent him an email in spanish, and he had noo idea what i was talking about).
    *i check craiglist now in hopes to catch there listings before another person get scammed.

  42. I WAS SCAMMED!
    I just found out a few hours ago that the $900 I wired to the "owner" of the apartment is now probably somewhere in a foreign country. I am totally sick about this.
    I feel foolish that this happened. I have rented vacation apartments on craigslist in the past and have had nothing but great luck. This is really disappointing.
    I wanted to let others know about this so they don't make the same mistake.
    Thanks for listening.

  43. I was scammed too! from the same ass who called herself (or himself) donnette mathieson! i googled the name up before but didn't find anything on her scams, since all the scams were under diff names then. my friend and i were suspicious when she asked us to pay the deposit via moneygram. we even asked her to accept paypal but she said she does not have it. but we trusted her cos she even had a booking form and all! PLS PPLE, BE MORE CAREFUL!

  44. Exactly the same happened to me. We lost 500$. Please be more careful.
    Her mail adress dmatihenson[at]yahoo.com differs from her name!

  45. What're you doing in such a case? I want to go to the police…the money is gone anyway, but it is so unbelievable that I don't want to leave it like this.

  46. I almost got taken in by the luxury Knightsbridge apt offered on Craigslist by Stuart C. Bowers when a little voice told me it sounded too good to be true! Thanks so much for this post.

  47. Here's the reply I got:

    Thanks very much for contacting me Deborah,

    My apartment is situated in Knightsbridge, 16 Trevor Pl, London SW 71, UK and its definitely available for your desired dates, OCT 01-05, 4nights and the rental fee for your stay is £400 (@ £100 per night)..
    To make a reservation, 50% of the rental fee will be required (£200) plus a fixed refundable damage deposit of £400, so all you need pay to secure the Apartment is £600.

    On your departure date, your Security deposit of £400 will be fully refunded to you personally by me and the remainder 50% of your fee will be paid on your arrival…. I'd also like to know where exactly you'll be coming from? and how soon will you like to book down the Apartment? I have also attached more pictures of the apartment with this message, let me know about your interest on time.

    Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet) also a Guest Cloakroom.. Bedding arrangements are : 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – a King size bed, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size bed, Bedrooms are quiet and away from street noise, with good reading lamps, Plasma TV`s and telephones. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access (wireless broadband), wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.

    Apartment is fully furnished with full bath and kitchen , the closest tube is Knightsbridge (0.27mi, 0.43km), Railway: Victoria (1.00mi, 1.61km) and airport is London City Airport (9.30mi, 14.96km) or Heathrow at 22 Km to the apartment, easy access to restaurants, Live Theater, museums, theme parks and grocery stores, Sightseeing, cinemas and more. It also features a 24 hours doorman and there's also an elevator to help you up as the apartment is located on the 3rd floor. It's also close to what ever the city has got to offer, like National Gallery, British Museum, Plaza, Hyde Park, Royal National Theater, Regents Park and lots of attractions for tourists and visitors in general..

    Let me know about your interest so I can send you a booking/payment form so you can fill and send it back to me in order to book down the Apartment..

    I hope to hear back from you again…

    2 References…

    Peter & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    petercarey35[at]gmail.com

    Ms Mary Hoffman from Rome, Italy, stayed 9nights..
    hoffmanmary48@ymail.com

    Many Thanks.
    S.C. BOWERS

    PHONE: +44 7024080616

  48. I too just got scammed from a Donnette Mathieson. She asked for $195 which was 50% rental fee plus a refundable $500 to be sent via Western Union. Then once she picked it up she emailed me again asking for the remainder due to her sick son's surgery….it wasn't until then that I checked it out to find that it was a scam and my $$ is gone

  49. Hi, I almost got scammed and got extremely suspicious when the guy, a Stuart C. Bowers, asked for transfer via Western Union. It was for an apartment in London, Villier Street. Only 50£ a night. Posted on CraigsList. Thanks for posting all these details. Beware of scam. Details :

    Thanks for getting back to me, i have attached the Booking rental agreement form with this message, you should fill and send it back to me via E-mail, you should send the funds via Western Union Money Transfer deducting the transfer charges from the rental fee as it's already been added to the rent.. All you need is just my Full name and Address and search for any Western Union Office nearby and make the Transfer in Person.. You should also scan and send to me the copy of receipt given to you by Western Union as proof of payment, you can WesternUnion.com to located the outlet close to your location. After you have sent the funds you should send me the following transfer details:

    RECEIVERS NAME: STUART. C. BOWERS
    RECEIVER'S ADDRESS: 73 Derby Lane, Liverpool, L13 6QE
    SENDERS NAME:
    SENDER`S ADDRESS:
    CONTROL NUMBER :
    EXACT AMOUNT SENT :

    You Refundable Security Deposit of £350 will be fully given back to you on the date of your Departure, Also you should also send me your names so i can forward them to the doorman at the apartment building for proper recognition when you arrive at the apartment building , because he'll be handing over to you the keys to the apartment as soon as he confirms your identity and receipt of payment which I'm going to send to you as soon as payment has been received.

    Again, If you are Interested let me have your Flight details for the Airport pick-up…

    NOTE: I attached a copy of my Driver`s License to this Message, this will give you more assurance you`ll dealing with a Legitimate Apartment Owner….

    Thanks and i wish you a good stay at the apartment,

    THANKS A LOT.

    STUART. C. BOWERS
    +44 702 409 1794

  50. Thanks very much for this blogpost! I contacted a few people advertising apartments in NYC, and I probably WOULD have gotten scammed. Except that I googled random bits from the replies, and found this blog. Two of the replies were almost word for word identical to the scams people mentioned here.

  51. Stay away from these scammers:

    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated New York and it is available on
    desired dates. You`ll need to Quickly Book
    down the Apartment for your dates because someone else is begging for
    a Similar date…. To secure the Apartment 25% of the rental fee will
    be required plus a fixed refundable damage deposit, so
    all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your dates is ____.

    I`d love to know where exactly you`ll be coming from?
    Are you coming with Pets?

    I have attached more pictures of the place with this message, hope you
    like them? Apartment is approximately 750 sq. ft., 2 Bedroom, Sleeps
    4, 1 Bathroom. Amenities for this apartment includes
    telephone,air-conditioning,central heating,linens
    provided,Alarm-Clock,Hair-Dryer,Local-Activities-Guide,Local-Maps,Paper-Towels,Restaurant-Dining-Guide,Soaps-Basic,Toilet-Paper,towels
    provided, coffee
    maker,toaster,iron&board,Blender,Spices,Stove-Top-Burners,refrigerator,
    freezer, oven,microwave,cooking utensils,sofabed,dining area,seating
    for 4 people,1 Bathroom, Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination
    Tub/Shower,Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa
    /Futon,DVD,Books,Books-Adult,tv,satellite or cable,radio,cd,internet
    access,wireless broadband,terrace,Deck-Wood,pets allowed,non smoking
    only,children welcome,wheelchair
    inaccessible,ATM/Bank,Autumn-Foliage,Botanical-Garden,Churches,Cinemas,Fitness-Center,Groceries,Hospital,Laundromat,Library,Museums,Playground,Pond,Bird-Watching,Ice-Skating,Live-Theater,Sight-Seeing,Coin-Laundry,Restaurants,Synagogues,Zoo,Nearby
    Services: Massage-Therapist,Medical-Services

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there's a 24 hours
    doorman. Apartment is located in good locality, that's a walking
    distance away from the Shops and Restaurants.
    However, there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you from the
    airport with my 2008 Honda Iv-tec, so I`ll need your flight details,
    It's free for my Customers.

    Get back to me if you are satisfied with the apartment, so I can send
    you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, you will fill the
    Agreement form and make Payment to get the apartment secured, and I'd
    advise you make booking on time before someone else does.

    Reference-

    Chris Carlton
    email- ccarlton[at]live.com
    Stay: February 2009
    I recently stayed here and found the space to be perfect for my
    four-day business excursion. The apartment was arranged beautifully
    with enough space to entertain guests, a great patio area, nice
    bedroom and even a moderately stocked fridge (a bonus). The roomer
    were immaculate and the owners were wonderful-pleasant and
    accommodating. A fan of the Brooklyn area, this rental goes to the top
    of my list of places to stay when traveling to NY. Highly recommended.

    Many Thanks,
    Nickelson
    206-337-9780

  52. The scammer goes by the name "Nickelson Jones". Will try to get you to wire money to him via Moneygram. Works with Seattle phone numbers, code 206, and UK phone numbers +44 70—-. His e-mail is nickjojo68[at]gmail.com

  53. Same thing almost just happened to me. Posted on Craiglist NY on Aug 24…. I got this response yesterday.

    Thanks so much for this post to avoid me from losing my money!

    SCAM!!

    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Center of Manhattan area, New York City's most populous and wealthiest borough, 308 W 31st , New York, NY 10001 and is available for your desired dates,Sept 12-Sept 15, 3nights and the rent for your stay is $600(@200/night), You`ll need to Quickly Book down the Apartment for your dates cos someone else is begging for a Similar date…. To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required ($300) plus a fixed refundable security deposit of $600, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your Lovely dates is $900…

    I`d love to know where exactly you`ll be coming from?
    Are you coming with Pets?
    I have attached more pictures of the place with this message, hope you like them? Apartment is approximately 2000 sq. ft and 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people…. Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 king size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, sleeps 4 persons, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, sleeps 2 persons.. First bedroom is decorated with a king sized bed Sealy posturepedic bed. Beautiful linens, silks and cotton bedding. Bedroom size 10X12. Lots of light. Second Bedroom has a day bed private from the first bedding with the same decors as the bedroom #1. Bedroom size is 6X10…
    Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washing Machine and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available…

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there's a 24 hours doorman and there's an elevator to help you up as the apartment is on the 4th floor of the building… There`s a reserved Parking space for 1car.. Apartment is located in good locality, that's a walking distance away from the Shops and Restaurants. Noting much to write about, Its Located in the Midtown of the Manhattan, New York most wealthies Borough, situated on West 31th Street, New York, NY 10001; between 8th and 9th Avenues. The Apartment is @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines..

    However, like I said there`s an Airport Complimentary Pick up for you and your party members from the airport with my Cherokee Jeep, so I`ll need your flight details, Its a Free for my Customers.

    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, so you call fill the Agreement form and make the Payment to be able to get the place secured on time, and I'd advise you make booking on time before someone else does..

    Many Thanks,

    NILES. S. BONTHRON

    NOTE.: A reference from UK….

    Mr stephen marrons and his Family stayed 2weeks in my Apartment
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

  54. my sister-in-law and her husband fell into this trap. is there no way to approach the bank and demand their money back?

  55. Another scammer, I almost fell for it, beware:

    Hello,
    The apartment is available for your desire dates, ________ to ________ and the rental fee is $____(@100 a night).. If interested you will need to make a fixed damage deposit of $__ and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates…..

    50% of the rental fee = $ ____ Damage security deposit = $ ____(Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay = $ ____ To hold your dates…
    ——–
    The address of the apartment is 67 Stanton Street,New York,NY 10002.. 2500 sq.. ft….. There are lots of security around easy access to transportation,Luxury apartment just located in a very wonderful Environment. Spectacular views!24hrs doorman also available and very close to many amenties.Restaurants.Bar.Groceries,Shops,East river Park,New Meseum of contemporary art,Tompkins Spuare Park,Alphabet City.Its also close to many subway stations and bus routes. Its a 2 great bedrooms, sleeps 6….
    1) 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 8 people
    Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 sofa chair
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen
    Family Room – 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, queen sofa bed in family room.
    2) 2 bathroom(s) ,
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub

    Bathrooms are all renovated with a jacuzzi tub.
    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef.. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 6 people.
    Remaining 50% of the rental fee will be paid when you arrive and also the $500 damage deposit is save with me and will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment…Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does…
    Please let me know your interest ASAP.. More Photos attached and if you`d love to contact my past tenant before you make any reservation… I have references from the UK and US..
    Mr Christopher Baer stayed with his Family for 14nights..
    cstudiosbaer1[at]hotmail.com
    +44-7023034697
    Miss Stefano Zavaglia and friends from Hawaii… Stayed 4nights
    stefanozavaglia@rocketmail.com
    Thanks a lot.

    Dr Anthony Jefferson
    206 203-0434

  56. Robert, sorry to hear your relatives fell for the scam.

    Did they wired money via Moneygram or Western Union? If so, there is nothing to be done, their money is lost.

    If they sent it to a bank account, they should contact the police and give all the information, email addresses and the details provided by the scammers.

    In any case, it would be a good deed to post copies of the e-mails from the scammers (without the data that could identify your brother or sister-in-law) in this page. That would help other people not to fail for these scams.

  57. "SC Bowers" is now advertising a flat in Soho and I got a similar response from him/her and an IP address tracing back to Nigeria.

    london.craigslist.co.uk/apa/1339212268.html

    The description had shoddy English and the price was too good to be true. In the response "Bowers" is listing the same UK phone number as he has apparently given out as a "reference" for other people.

    If someone knows of the best way to report this and take down this SOB, let us all know.

  58. Beware of the posts by "Paulson Homes" or homer.paulson these are all scams:

    $100 / 1br – Paulson Homes Vacational Rentals (Midtown East)

    Date: 2009-08-18, 8:00PM EDT
    Reply to: homer.paulson[at]yahoo.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Charming Vacation Apartment. Sleeps 1-4..

    3nights @ Minimum stay… This is a Wonderful 1Bedroom Apartment Located on 231 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017, this post war luxury building has a marble lobby, 24 hour doorman, 2 elevator banks, double glazing, central air conditioning and a basement laundry room. Our studio apartment is located on the 3rd floor with windows facing east 47th street (north). The apartment is 900 sq ft and has an en suite marble bathroom with combination tub / shower, working kitchen with full size cooker and refrigerator, recessed lighting and ample closet space. Furnishing includes wall to wall wooden floor, a queen size (double bed), a twin (single) size 2 seat sofa bed, a single rollaway bed, bed side table and lamp, dining table with 5 chairs, coffee table, window blinds, cooking & eating utensils, towels and bedclothes. Equipment includes a dish washer, microwave oven, electric coffee maker, toaster, cable TV, CD stereo, alarm clock, blow dryer and telephone. All apartments have high speed wireless internet connection. Public garage next door if interested.

    $100 a night for the whole flat and I bet it you`ll never find a Lower Price with a Wonderful Amenities and features like this, a great Opportunity to enjoy life in Midtown, Manhattan.

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment for your next Trip to NYC….

    Scammers

  59. Beware of the scammers working with the name Hari Sedwin or harisedwin, their posts in Craiglist are frauds:

    $200 / 3br – Enamoring Vacation Apartment in the Heart of Manhattan (Midtown) (map)

    Date: 2009-08-26, 7:44AM EDT
    Reply to: harisedwin@ymail.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Contact Owner Direct… Available 3 Bedrooms – 3 full Bathrooms – Sleeps 1 up to 8 people. Brand new furniture – ideally located in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of Mid-Manhattan. – Within walking distance to Time Square ( around the block ), Hudson River, Penn Station, central park, tones of restaurants and many more. – Easily accessible by subway (only one street away), bus, and taxi, on West 45st between Ave of Americas and 5th Ave. The neighborhood offers endless options for shopping, entertainment, bars, restaurants, and galleries. Furnishing per bedroom includes: A king size bed and other with 2 queen-size bed, 600 thread count linens ( Ralph Laurent) , and comforters, bedside table, alarm clock, a desk and chair; flat screen TV in each room; air-conditioner,The kitchen is equipped with a stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker and utensils. Washer and dryer. Bathroom is completed with towels, – Amenities include free high speed wireless Internet (computer not provided, but only on Order). All Taxes and Cleaning Fee included

    $200 a night and Free complimentary Airport Pick up is available if you are interested…
    This is an amazing apartment for a better deal, Reserve now…

    Beware, scammers.

  60. Beware of these scammers:

    $150 / 2br – Lovely apartment Near Times Square 2 Bed (Midtown)

    Date: 2009-08-25, 8:52AM EDT
    Reply to: hous-z4rmf-1341115714@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    It's 2bedroom apartment Sleep Up to 6 people and it's very clean.
    Great Locations near Time square a lot of attractions
    Tax, cleaning fee included
    It's Locate in 51th St & 8Ave ONLY 5 mins walk from Times square!!!

    This large one bedroom luxury apartment conveniently located at the heart of midtown Manhattan! . Manhattan's most exciting neighborhood for shopping, dining, entertainment and culture, this apartment offers the ultimate City living experience. Enjoy the rich culture of New York City with nearby(walking distance) attractions such as Time Square, theatre District on Broadway and Central Park, Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle,Galleries, Museums, Fine Restaurants, Nightlife, and High End Shopping on Fifth Avenue Your 990 square feet living area includes a full-size kitchen, large living room and bedroom, bathroom and 3 large closets. Beautifully appointed with huge windows, gleaming hardwood floors, and gourmet kitchen. Additional amenities include flat screen TV,computer with High-Speed Internet access, coffee machine, pots and pans, kitchen utensils.

    Payment can anly be make via western union or money gram……

    Hurry and book your reservations now …

    owners email address:mrclinton022@aol.com

    Beware, scammers

  61. Beware of scammers operating under the name "Frank Moss" or "Moss Frank":

    mossfrank65[at]yahoo.com
    m_frank51[at]yahoo.com
    fmoss72[at]yahoo.com

    "Frank Moss" uses all these emails to post ads in Craiglist offering 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Do not fall in their trap!

  62. "Donnette Mathieson" is still at work in scamming folks at Craiglist. I've tried to flag it for removal, but the superior minds of Craiglist have made it apparently impossible. Beware then of these scammers:

    dmathieson42[at]yahoo.com

    SCAM, BEWARWE:

    $80 / 3br – HUGE 3000 sq ft Loft in Murray Hill (Murray Hill)

    Date: 2009-08-27, 9:32AM EDT
    Reply to: dmathieson42[at]yahoo.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Details for Apt 4 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 3 Bathrooms

    If you want space, then this is your unit! It is neatly designed to maximize all of the 3000 sq ft of space you will have. This unit has been renovated and revamped to accommodate up to 12 people. 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms are also included within the apartment. Each bedroom has its own bathroom for privacy if you are three couples. All of the bedrooms are quite spacious and the the master bedroom has a HUGE walk in closet, and is attached to a master bath with a jacuzzi. The living room alone is in excess of 1000 sq ft (the size of a 2 bedroom luxury condo by itself) will surely make your jaws drop (if you know Manhattan real estate). The high ceilings and the huge/spacious apartment will engulf you. You can literally Rollerblade across one side of the apartment to the other. It's really that large. Located in the heart of Murray Hill, the neighbourhood is known for its plethora of shops, restaurants, lounges, and bars, and the Subway is only 2 blocks away!

    Nearest Airport: JFK at 25 Kilometres

    Nearest Beach: beach at 25669.0 Metres

    Car: necessary

    Murray Hill is one of the most desired locations amongst real New Yorkers due to its lively nightlife, abundance of restaurants and central location. You will be within walking distance of Gramercy Park, Empire State Building, Union Square, and Grand Central. The subway which is just a couple of block away can get you anywhere within 10-15 minutes.

    cats are OK – purrr
    dogs are OK – wooof
    it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

    newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/1344794076.html

  63. So glad I found these posts when I googled "Stewart C. Bowers". I'd done some checking up on an offer of a flat in London and it wasn't adding up: address on door visable in streetview was not the same as in the listing; windows from the outside (streetview again) did not match shape/layout of the windows pictured in the ad from inside; Stewart C. Bowers gave a Liverpool address to send the money to; streetview of that address showed only a retail storefront; I was suspicious but my wife was eager to book as this flat seemed perfect. I googled "Stewart Bowers" and just came up with a lot of potential matches but noting really confirmative. Then I called the tel # provided: +44 702 409 1794 and spoke to "Stewart C. Bowers". I could barely understand him through thick Caribean(or african)accent. He said he would e-mail me some proof he owned the apartment.
    Very suspicious I googled "Stewart C. Bowers". Found these posts prooving it was not perfect, but too good to be true!
    I've heard nothing more from Stewart C. Bowers and have save myself from loosing about $1800!
    This was for the same 45 Villiers St. flat mentioned in a prior post, and the corresondence from the scammer was very much like the other examples given above

  64. i have almost got scammed by

    Donnette Mathieson.

    email:

    donnettemathieson60@rocketmail.com

    this is what she tried to rent to me:

    $50 / 1br – 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, Sleeps 2 (Brooklyn NY)

    so be careful.

    if it´s too good to be true it is probably a scam.

    plus

    craigslist says: if they want you to use moneygram or western union it´s a scam.

  65. I almost got scammed if I didn't see your entry. Thanks so much for posting this!

    here is the URL where I found the ad:
    newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/1349853594.html

  66. Beware of scammers operating under the following addresses:

    j.hueyjohn[at]gmail.com
    krstbls2[at]gmail.com
    mathiesond@rocketmail.com

    The apartments they offer, one and two bedrooms, do not exist. Do not fall for their scams.

    Also, a number of new ads have been posted at Craiglist offering properties clearly non existent for rent in New York. The following is an example:

    Beware, scam:

    $170 / 3br – Spend Your Vacation At Our Newly Renovated Condo..(10 Sleeps) (Midtown,NYC)

    Date: 2009-08-31, 2:35PM EDT
    Reply to: hous-d4t9e-1351057515@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    From the 4 story glass entry to the elaborate kitchen this contemporary home has been custom designed to satisfy the most discriminating of tastes. The uniqueness of the grounds from the private driveway curving through the woods to the sounds and sites of the Manhattan makes this home a perfect retreat.

    Lot Features
    Sewer Utilities (Septic), Water Utilities (Well Drilled), Waterfront

    Building Features
    Basement (Full), Heating System (Baseboard, Hot Water, Oil), Roof (Asphalt), Cable TV

    Appliances
    Dishwasher, Disposal, Microwave, Range/Oven, Washer/Dryer

    Exterior Features
    Exterior Color (White), Exterior Construction (Cedar), Exterior Features (Patio, Outbuilding), Garage (3 Stall Attached)

    Beware, scam!

  67. Thanks alot for this post! Saved me alot of cash, googled the reference email i got and it was the same as in this post.

    My hustler calles himself Stuart C Bowers and is renting out apartments in London, UK.

  68. Scammer uses these emails as refernce, (hope u google it before you pay) sandradouglass1980[at]yahoo.com
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

  69. Thank you all for posting these messages. I almost fell for it myself, but curious as I am, I checked the guy's name on Facebook, and did a few google searches to see if he was legit.

    Got the same details as most of you, but he works under a new name, and I'll post all of it for you to make sure it can be searched for in Google.
    This person needs to be stopped!

    Good luck everyone!

    Thanks for your Interest, luckily for you the Apartment is Available for your dates, 20/9/09 to 27/9/09, 7 nights = $700 ($100 a night). To Book down the Apartment for your dates, 50% of the Rental fee ($350 + $400 Refundable Security deposit. All you need to pay to have the Apartment reserve for your dates = $750..

    Floor Area:
    * 900 sq ft

    Address:
    * 231 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.

    (….)

    My method of payment is via Money Gram, Western Union and Liberty Reserve..

    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book.. So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and how to make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does…

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, and Italy….

    1)Mr Steven Garry from U.K stayed for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7011148460

    2)Mrs Esterban Liliano from Italy, stayed for 2weeks
    esterbanl[at]yahoo.it

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    Regards
    Homer Paulson

  70. Thanks so much for this post. I was looking for an apt to rent in London and came across one on Craigslist – 45 Villiers St… perfect-looking flat & location. Like another commenter noted, "too good to be true." The poster's name & #: S. C. BOWERS
    +44 702 409 1794.

  71. Hi all,

    i got just today this email.thanks to my friend Lisa ,I had checked this comments and thanks God ,saved my money !
    you will find exactly same words same texts and even same address and phone numbers. now only the name is different.
    hope this person will have his turn in some day !

    here is the email:

    Thanks for your Interest,

    Your preferred dates is free, SEPT 20 – OCT 01, 11-nights = $1100 ($100 a night). If you are truly interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates.. And to make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($550) + $700 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1250..

    The Apartment is located on 246 East 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA… The rate is $100/night all inclusive..

    Apartment is approximately 950sq. ft and has 1 great Bedrooms with own TV`s and 2 superb modern bathrooms (1 en suite and a guest cloakroom, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.. A large Open Modern Kitchen with Dinner area entrance… Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, 24/7 internet access, wireless broadband, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm, dryer and washer and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.. THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE 10th FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    More photos added and you can contact my Past Tenant from France and UK if you need any References..

    Mr and Mrs Thomas Mellon from France. Stayed 12nights
    mellonatom50[at]gmail.com

    AND

    Dr. Francis Clooney from UK,
    fclooney48[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024054942

    To book, I`ll send you a Booking Agreement Form which you`ll fill in and send back to me via Fax or an Attachment to my email.. Payment via Money Transfer.

    DECIDE ASAP AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    WANDA BURTS
    + 1 206-9844076

  72. I was just scammed, I lost $900. I was planning a trip to NYC and my dad suggested renting a condo/apartment because hotels are so expensive, so I went on craigs list and found tons of listings. I got responses from a lot of people and either they were all scammers or I picked the wrong one. Carter McDonald contacted me after I emailed him about a listing called "$200 / 3br – 3bedroom apartment Alternative for hotel (Upper West Side)"
    He sent the following email:
    Thanks for your interest on my apartment, The 3 bedroom apartment will be available for the dates you have chosen.the price for the dates is $600 ,To secure the place down for the dates the full rent will be required $600 plus a refundable security deposit of $500 making = $1100 .the apartment is located at 223 W 59th St, New York, NY 10021 , Brand new furniture – ideally located in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of Manhattan, – Within walking distance to the Empire State Building, 5 min, Time Square ( around the block ), Hudson River, Penn Station, central park, tones of restaurants and many more. – Easily accessible by subway (only one street away), bus, and taxi. The neighborhood offers endless options for shopping, entertainment, bars, restaurants, and galleries. Furnishing per room includes: one (1) queen-size bed, 600 thread count linens ( Ralph Laurent) , and comforters;; bedside table, alarm clock, a desk and chair;flat
    screen TV in each room; air-conditioner,The kitchen is equipped with a stove/oven, microwave, coffee makerand utensils.. Washer and dryer. Bathroom is completed with towels, – Amenities include free high speed wireless Internet (computer not provided).All Taxes and Cleaning Fee included
    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there's a 24 hours doorman and there's an elevator to help you up as the apartment is on the 3th floor of the building… Apartment is located in Midtown Manhattan where you can easily get what you want, you also get easy access to restaurants,shopping, theaters, cinema, grocery, sightseeing and many more.
    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a booking form so as to be able to get the place secured on time, and I'd advise you make booking on time before someone else
    takes the place.
    Do have a great day and i look forward to receiving your response.
    Carter McDonald
    He attached awesome pictures, just as all of you are saying "too good to be true"

  73. Here is the second part of my post:
    So then I emailed him saying I wanted the apartment and he said:
    Thanks for getting back to me,your refundable security deposit $500 will be refunded back to you cash on the day of your departure ,yes there is a parking space ,. I have attached the booking/payment form to this message,please fill it and return with payment. Kindly mail me if you do not understand or want to ask any question.Note: download the form as attachment or click on preview to see a copy of the rental agreement form,After filling scan and attach the filled form along with your receipt of payment issued by Bank Or confirmation ..
    MY ACCOUNTANT BANK DETAILS :
    BANK OF AMERICA
    Account Name : Elizabeth Donecker
    Routing #: 111000025
    Account #: 488021007811
    Swift code: BOFAUS3N
    Bank address:456 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK ,NY 10001 USA
    Account Holders address:157 LaGrange Avenue, Rochester, NY 14613
    looking forward to hearing from you. Please be sure to fill in your contact address correctly,because it will be used to send your receipt of reservation through FEDEX courier(you will need present this receipt and your valid proof of identification on your arrival ,so that we can be sure you are the one that book the apartment),and any slight mistake might be a mishap..
    Looking forward to hearing from you again
    Carter
    So then I realized he was charging for 3 nights so I said:
    Carter,
    You advertised the apartment as $200 a night. So shouldn't the total be $400 for 2 nights? Please let me know if you need to revise the attached booking form. Thanks.
    Carter's response:
    Thanks for getting back to me sorry it a typo yes the total price for the 2nights stay is $400 plus a refundable security deposit of $500 making $900..do get back to me with the booking form and the payment updates..
    Carter
    So at this point my mom called her Chase banker and he wired the money to Bank of America.
    So a week before my trip I email Carter to see how we get the keys, and I notice that it says a fed ex courier will be sent to you which we never receive. I put my parents address on the booking form and they are really bad with organizing mail so I figured the fedex courier was lost. I thought if I showed the emails and my ID, everything would be fine. So Carter didn't email me back so I started to feel a little bit apprehensive. We got to New York and I was at work meetings while my friend went to find the apartment. The address did not exist. It's on west 59th street aka Central Park West and there are no odd addresses on that side because it's CENTRAL PARK! like trees and grass!!So we're emailing Carter and of course he doesn't respond and I don't have a phone number.
    My mom called the Rochester police because that's the address for the accountholder at bank of america, the police said they can't do anything and to contact federal authorities.
    The Chase banker was contacting Bank of America but all wire transfers go through the federal government so they said it will take a few days to track…
    The morning after I came back from new york, the front page of the chicago tribune featured an article about nigerian scams.
    Also, Carter finally responded to one of my mom's emails where she said she called the police and he said:
    Hello i dont understand your message make it clear to me on time..
    So all of a sudden now he communicates like he hardly knows English?

  74. Thank you very much for your comments. I was thinking that this was a scam, that's why I seached on google and I was right once I found this blog.
    Thank you again!!

  75. We were alerted to this possible scam re a NYC apartment short term rental on w 65th street….the language, phone #'s and references were the same as several mentioned in other posts…..this is what we were sent in response to our inquiry:

    Thanks for your Interest..

    The apartment is available for your desire dates, DEC 27 – JAN 02 and the rental fee for 6nights is $1200 (@200 a night).. If interested you will need to make a fixed damage deposit of $700 + 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    50% of the rental fee = $600
    Damage security deposit = $700 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay = $1300 To hold your dates…
    ——–

    The address of the apartment is 132 W 65th St, New York, NY, 10023.. 2500 sq. ft. , located on the 9th floor of the Building… There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Panoramic views of Manhattan skyline and Hudson River – Blocks away from Lincoln Center. A block away from Restaurant Associates and shops,bar, hotels and clubs nearby , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished, Its a 3 great bedrooms, sleeps 10.

    1) 3 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 8 people
    Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 sofa chair
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen
    Bedroom 3 – 2 Twin/ Single
    Family Room – 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, queen sofa bed in family room.
    2) 2 bathroom(s) , 1 half bathroom(s)
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 3 – Toilet, sink
    Bathrooms are all renovated with a jacuzzi tub.
    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 10 people.

    Remaining 50% of the rental fee will be paid when you arrive and also the $700 damage deposit is save with me and will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment…Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does…

    Please let me know your interest ASAP.. More Photos attached and if you`d love to contact my past tenant before you make any reservation.. I have references from the UK and US..

    Mr Jeff D Holms stayed with his Family for 14nights..
    dougholms@googlemail.com
    +447024080616

    Miss Britney Martins and friends from Hawaii.. Stayed 4nights
    cutey_brity22[at]yahoo.com

    Thanks a lot.

    Eddie. R. Martinez
    +1 206 203-0434

  76. Got an e-mail from Donnette Mathieson, good thing I decided to Google her and found she was a scammer! Ugh! I feel extremely disappointed in humanity now.

  77. those people are still posting on craigslist:
    newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/1393977260.html
    and the email:
    Thanks for your lovely Interest,

    The rate is $150/night all inclusive. However, I need to know how many people. I also just received another inquiry for the same time so let me know your interest as soon as possible. Taxes and cleaning are included, and you can leave bags with the concierge either before you arrive or after checkout. There is also a lounge and bathroom on the 4th floor that you can use after you check out…
    The only other charge is a $700 security deposit that will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment if there are no damages.

    Definitely, your chosen dates will be Available… DEC 22 – JAN 05, 14-nights is $2100 (@$150 a night)…. To make a Reservation, 50% of the rental fee will be required = ($1050) + $700 a fixed refundable damage deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $1750..

    The address is 365 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011.
    It was completed in 2006 and so the condo is very new. The full kitchen and appliances such as a washer/dryer are all top of the line and new.
    Apartment is a private unit and not shared.. Approximately 1400 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). In the Living room, there`s an integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.
    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra). Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort..

    If you are interest to mak a Reservation, I`ll send you a Booking Agreement Form to fill in.. Payment via Money Transfer.

    Decide asap before someone else does..

    Thanks for the inquiry.

    Wayne C. Miller
    + 1 206-9844076

  78. the guy changed the name to "Greg C Desmond"
    see on craiglist:
    newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/1404396557.html

    Thanks for your Interest,

    Your preferred dates is free, Dec 4 – 12, 8-nights = $800 ($100 a night). If you are truly interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates.. And to make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($400) + $600 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1000..

    The Apartment is located on 246 East 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA… The rate is $100/night all inclusive..

    Apartment is approximately 950sq. ft and has 1 great Bedrooms with own TV`s and 2 superb modern bathrooms (1 en suite and a guest cloakroom, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.. A large Open Modern Kitchen with Dinner area entrance… Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, 24/7 internet access, wireless broadband, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm, dryer and washer and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.. THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE 10th FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and UK if you need any References..

    Mr and Mrs Stephen Marrons from France. Stayed 12nights
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

    AND

    Dr.Tony Neyer from UK.Stay for 5night ,
    tonyneyer@rocketmail.com

    To book, I`ll send you a Booking Agreement Form which you`ll fill in and send back to me via Attachment to my email.. Payment via Money Transfer.

    DECIDE ASAP AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    Greg C. Desmond
    + 1 206-9844076

  79. nickelson jones is still doing it – glad i found this site to tell me about the scam!
    craigslist posting $170 / 2br – Sunny and Spacious Greenwich Village Apartment (Greenwich Village)

  80. Oh wow! Me and my friend have "booked" a place like this and are supposed to leave for NYC tomorrow. So I guess we won't have a place to stay. We have already paid USD 400.- via Western Union. Where to stay now?

  81. Here more info on another scammer:

    I have attached the Booking Agreement form/payment process with this message, fill it and send it back to me with a scanned copy of the funds transfer confirmation and also send me your contact address, all these details will be with the doorman for proper recognition when you get to the apartment, i will hand over to you the keys and receipt of payment for the apartment.

    MODE OF PAYMENT VIA WESTERN UNION® MONEY TRANSFER TO:

    Here are the information needed to make the payment:

    RECEIVER`S NAME: WILLA HUNADINCH

    RECEIVER`S ADDRESS: 106-110 BELGRAVE ROAD, LONDON, SW1V 2BJ.

    LOCATION: VICTORIA/ PIMLICO/ WESTMINSTER, U.K (HEAD OFFICE)

    You can visit westernunion.comto located the outlet close to your location.. You should send the funds via WesternUnion® Money Transfer deducting the transfer charges from the rent as it's already been added to the rent.. It`s Easy. Fastest and Reliable and you`ll have to Locate the WesternUnion Agent outlet to do it in Person….

    Note: Is only when payment has been made before i can secure your dates.

    After payment has been made please do send me a receipt of the Payment and the booking form to my Email.

    Welcome to NYC and Happy Stay in My Apartment. Flight details needed if you are interested in airport pick-up..

    Regards

    Homer

  82. Thank you sooo much.
    We got a reply from a Michelle Gaskins under hollidayvacation1000[at]gmail.com with nearly the exact same response. This stuff is such an eye opener.

    newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/1444955157.html

    246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

    SCAM!!!

  83. Almost got scammed. Thank you for the warning!

    Email from Diane Vaccariello.

    THANKS FOR CHOOSING OUR APARTMENT: 1 BEDROOM SLEEPS A MAXIMUM OF 4ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10.

    635 West 42nd Street
    Midtown West
    New York,NY 10036

    RATE:
    $100 per night (VAT inclusive)

    AVAILABILITY FOR YOUR DATE: 11/20/09 – 11/23/09
    (3 nights): AVAILABLE

    BOOKING TERMS:
    *A deposit of 50% of total rate be made on demand of the apartment booking
    *Balance to be made at arrival
    *A basic subcharge deposit of $400, to be refunded at departure hence no major damage is done.

    General Amenities
    * 24 Hour Concierge / Doorman
    * Garage
    * Laundry Room.
    * Doorman
    * Concierge
    * Elevator
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * Washer/Dryer
    * Central A/C
    * Wifi
    * Cable t.v
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………
    YOUR BOOKING:

    @$100 per night, for 3 nights: $300

    Actual rate: $300
    50% Deposit: $150
    Subcharge deposit: $400

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT FOR YOUR BOOKING: = $550

    Only when payment has been made before i can secure your dates.My
    method of payment is via Money Gram, Western Union.

    Please note that your date is very close as such all reservation needs to be made latest tomorrow.The balance is to be made at point of apartment arrival.

    I will like to give you two references of my past tenants who visited my apartment.

    Mr Steven Garry from U.K stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7011148460

    Mrs Esterban Liliano from Italy, stayed 2weeks
    esterbanl[at]yahoo.it

    Attached are some more photos

    Regards
    Diane Vacariello

  84. I got a Mail from Gene Dunlap with same payment advices. Here is the mail:

    350 West 42nd Street, Midtown, New York,

    Last Mail with payment information:

    Thanks for your Interest… I have attached the Booking Agreement form/payment process with this message, fill it and send it back to me with a scanned copy of the funds transfer confirmation and also send me your contact address, all these details will be with the doorman for proper recognition when you get to the apartment, i will hand over to you the keys and receipt of payment for the apartment.

    MODE OF PAYMENT VIA WESTERN UNION® MONEY TRANSFER TO:

    Here are the information needed to make the payment:

    RECEIVER`S NAME: WILLA HUNADINCH ( Company Accountant )
    RECEIVER`S ADDRESS: : 110 WALPOLE ROAD, SLOUGH BERKSHIRE, SL1.
    LOCATION: LONDON, U.K (HEAD OFFICE)

    You can visit westernunion.com to locate the outlet close to your location.. You should send the funds via WesternUnion® Money Transfer deducting the transfer charges from the rent as it's already been added to the rent.. It`s Easy. Fastest and Reliable and you`ll have to Locate the WesternUnion Agent outlet to do it in Person….

    Note: Is only when payment has been made before i can secure your dates.

    After payment has been made please do send me a receipt of the payment and the signed booking agreement form to my Email or send via fax # 206-600-4405 for my records.

    Welcome to NYC and Happy Stay in My Apartment. Flight details needed if you are interested in airport pick-up..

    I will wait to hear from you.

    Do hava a nice weekend.

    Regards
    Gene

  85. THIS IS A SCAM!! A THIEF! Don't send "her" anything… Thank god I saw this blog before sending money

    $55 / 1br – 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleep up to 6 (Midtown)
    Date: 2009-12-02, 11:23AM EST
    Reply to: vrental888@ymail.com
    : Free high speed Internet (Bring your computer) Renovated Building with Doorman / Perfect Location for Tourists Located Near Time Square (7 min walking distance) No Share with others / Walking distance to all Musical theater, Central Park Minimum 2 nights for reservation Queen Size Serta bed, sofa bed in living room area (Additional air mattress by your request) Full stocked kitchen Dishes, pots and pans, tons of utensils, and lots of spices Central Air-condition / Flat Screen TV with multichannel
    Nearest Airport: JFK at 10 Miles

  86. Oh no i just saw all your comments

    my family is coming to visit nyc from france and i suggest them to book something from craiglist

    They paid 851$ to Anthony Jefferson.
    Here is the email we received :

    "Hello,
    I have attached the Booking form/payment process with this message, fill it and send it back to me with a scanned copy of the funds transfer confirmation and also send me your contact address, all these details will be with the doorman for proper recognition when you get to the apartment, i will hand over to you the keys and receipt of payment for the apartment.
    MODE OF PAYMENT VIA WESTERNUNION MONEY TRANSFER….

    RECEIVER`S NAME: Anthony Jefferson
    RECEIVER`S ADDRESS: 1563 Lexington Ave , New York , NY

    Go to westernunion.com .. You`ll have to Locate westernunion Agent outlet close to you and you need to send the funds in Person for an Immediate transfer… When you are Done, Get back to me with the Payment receipt asap..
    However If you are Interested, I can offer your a free complimentary Pick-up from the Airport.. My Doorman will do the Pick-up with My 2008 Lexus LX570… Just let me know your Flight arrangement if you are interested,so things will look easy for both of us and this services is for new comers to NY with no extra charges..
    Note: Is only when payment has been made before i can secure your dates.
    After payment has been made please do send me a receipt of the Payment via Attachment to my Email.
    Thanks…
    P.S Your friend cannot be able to view the apartment now because i have a family from italy staying at the moment..
    Dr Anthony Jefferson
    206 203-0434"

    Can you please tell me what we should do ??
    Thanks

  87. Emilie,
    I'm afraid there is not much you can do if your parents already paid the money. Apparently the scam is set-up in Africa – so the police in NYC or France doesn't have any jurisdiction.
    Your parents will have to find a different place to stay. Just don't wire any money to anyone you don't personally know!

  88. Another scam:

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment. Luckily, the apartment is available for your desire dates, 12/27/09 to 01/27/10 is 30 nights and the rental fee is $5400 (@$180 a night).. If interested you will need to make a fixed damage deposit of $400 and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    50% of the rental fee $2700
    Damage security deposit $400 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)

    You are to Pay $3100 To hold your dates…

    The address of the Apartment is located : 227 East 56th St , New York , NY 10022 , U.S.A. .

    1893 sq. ft, there are lots of security around easy access to transportation, This apartment is in Center City Manhattan Few blocks from Hanford Henderson Corporation and Belles Celebrity Tel Ans Services. The #6 subway is 2 1/2 blocks and the #1 bus is 4 block. A block away from Bill Hong's Restaurant and shops,bar, and clubs nearby , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished, Its a 2 great bedrooms, sleeps 6.

    1) 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people
    Master Bedroom 1 – 1 King sized, 1 sofa chair
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen sized murphy bed
    Master bed Room – 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, king size in family room.

    2) 1 bathroom , 1 half bathroom
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathrooms are all renovated with a jacuzzi tub.

    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 6 people.There is fully air-conditioned in all the rooms.

    Other Amenties:
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    * internet access connection
    * central heating
    * towels provided
    * cleaning services
    * washing machine
    * Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available

    Note: THE APARTMENT IS LOCATED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    Remaining 50% of the rental fee will be paid when you arrive and also the $400 damage deposit is save with me and will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment…

    My method of payment of payment is via Money Gram, Western Union and Liberty Reserve..

    Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and How to make the Payment. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does……..

    NOTE: You can visit the apartment only when you have made your reservation and made your deposits payment before you can be allowed into the apartment.

    More Photos attached.

    I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo..co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Mrs Esterban Liliano Italy, stayed 9nights…
    esterbanl[at]yahoo.it

    Many More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    Best Regards
    Brodey George

  89. Hi,
    I just saw all these posts and i already payed!!!
    Do you know what can i do?
    Any suggestion?
    I feel terrible : (

  90. Just received this email back regarding an apt in NY…
    Good thing I decided to research it.

    Email from: Michelle Gaskins

    Sure, you choosen dates will be Available..Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates , ($100 a If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….
    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($300) + $500 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $800
    – Hide quoted text –
    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people
    -Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    En Suite Bathroom: *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    -Entertainment:
    * stereo system * radio * satellite or cable * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom) * CD * single home theater system
    -Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access * wireless broadband
    -Suitability:
    * children welcome * wheelchair inaccessible * suitable for elderly or infirm * pets not allowed
    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…
    – Hide quoted text –
    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, so you call fill the Agreement form and make the Payment to be able to get the place secured on time, and I'd advise you make booking on time before someone else does..

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
    Michelle Gaskins

  91. the email account from which I received the scam email above:
    Michelle Gaskins [goodwomanapt@ymail.com]

  92. Thank you so much for your post, it helped us avoid a scam from a Paul Samuel that is mentioned here who rents out a place on 455 West 34th Street. We found him in Craigslist too, he asked for a Western Union transfer and has a different contact address now (79 Webster Ave., Brooklyn NY 11230), but seems like the same rip-off.

  93. Yesterday I made some inquiries at craiglist and I received a response from Donnette Mathieson this morning [rentalbiz33@rocketmail.com] and the exact same mail from a different person who had a different apartment FRED [froogle009[at]yahoo.com].
    Both of them said that they would pick me up at the airport with their super cars!!!! Yeah! And I still believe in santa claus!!!
    THESE PEOPLE ARE SURELY SCAMMERS!WATCH OUT!!!!

  94. Thanks for posting this! I got the same email reply today for a reservation i was trying to make for new years.

    The guy is now faking being a girl! or maybe is a girl called SHaron. wtf man this makes me mad.
    here is the reply email (still using that italian guy as reference though )

    Thanks for choosing my apartment. Luckily for you the apartment is available for your desire dates, 12/31/10 to 01/01/10 and the rental fee for 1 night is $220 (@220 a night).. If interested you will need to make a security deposit of $500 and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    The exact address of the apartment is 211 West 43rd Street, Midtown, New York, NY 10036.

    2500 sq. ft., The apartment is not shared apartment and is located on the 4rd floor of the Building… There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Panoramic views of Manhattan skyline. A walkable distance away from Times Square . A block away from Restaurant, shops, bar, hotels and clubs nearby , there is a 24hours doorman with a security as well and all rooms are well furnished, Its a 3 great bedrooms, sleeps 8.

    1) 3 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 8 people
    Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 sofa chair
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen
    Bedroom 3 – 2 Twin/ Single
    Family Room – 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, queen sofa bed in family room.
    2) 2 bathroom(s) , 1 half bathroom(s)
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 3 – Toilet, sink

    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 10 people.

    Other Amenities:
    * towels provided
    * internet access connection
    * toilet-Paper
    * Central A/C
    * central heating
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    * linens provided

    Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates. Get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and How to make the Payment… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does….

    And to secure the Apartment down to awaits your dates..

    50% of the rental fee = $110
    Damage security deposit =$500 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay =$610 To hold your dates…
    ——–

    Please let me know your interest ASAP..

    I have a references from ITALY and UK ..

    Mrs Esterban Liliano from Italy, stayed 2weeks
    esterbanl[at]gmail.com

    Mr Steven Garry stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Thanks a lot.

    Regards
    Sharon

  95. Thank you for your warnings! I was going to pay! I have received the same email many of you received from Homer Paulson!
    I asked if a friend of mine could see the apartment and he said obviously that I have to pay before seeing it…..
    I think that almost all the crainglist announcement are not safe but what can we do so to rent a house in N.Y.? In general I trust in the internet tools….but now I will be a little more careful!
    Thanks again!

  96. Thank you for the warning, I got it just in time! This is the e-mail I recived:

    Thanks for your Interest,

    The rate is $75/night. Taxes and cleaning fee is $5/nights… So the Apartment all inclusive for a Night sleep is $80… For One Month the Rate is $1600… No Other Charges required than a $700 security deposit, that will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment if there NO DAMAGES………. Check out is at 11am and Check in at 3pm so this gives the cleaning lady time to fix up the Apartment.. For an Early Check in time, let me know….

    Your preferred dates is free, MAR 09 – APR 06, 1MONTH = $1600. If you are truly interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates.. And to make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($800) + $700 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1500..

    The Apartment is located on 246 East 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA.. The rate is $100/night all inclusive..

    Apartment is approximately 800sq. ft and has 1 great Bedrooms with own TV`s and 2 superb modern bathrooms (1 en suite and a guest cloakroom, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.. A large Open Modern Kitchen with Dinner area entrance… Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V.., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, 24/7 internet access, wireless broadband, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm, dryer and washer and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.. THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE 10th FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    To book, I`ll send you a Booking Agreement Form which you`ll fill in and send back to me via Fax or an Attachment to my email.. Payment via Money Transfer.

    DECIDE ASAP AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    JESSICA L. SAIN
    +1 206-2031465

  97. Hi Guys, thx for this blog! it saved me a lot of money!!!!
    just to keep the people updated with the newest emails and names of this f***ing B*****d i'll post my emails:
    from Mr Gene Dunlap gene_dunlap[at]yahoo.com

    Thanks for your Interest, Luckily for you the Apartment is Available for your dates, 01/30/10 to 02/04/10, 5-nights = $500 ($100 a night). Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does… And to secure the Apartment down to awaits your dates..

    50% of the rental fee = $250
    Damage security deposit = $400 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay = $650 To hold your dates…
    ——–

    The total cost to hold the apartment for your dates is $650 including cleaning fee and taxes.

    Not Shared, Private Full Apartment…

    Floor Area:
    * 713 ft” (66.2M”)
    Exterior Area :
    * 300 ft” (27.9M”)

    Exact Address:
    * 350 West 42nd Street, Midtown, New York, U.S.A.
    Theme:
    * family
    * luxury/Vacation
    * business/shopping
    General:
    * Doorman
    * towels provided
    * toilet-Paper
    * Central A/C
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * 4 ring stove
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * toaster
    * coffee maker
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * hob
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. etc.
    Living Room:
    * sofa bed
    * comfy seating for 5 people
    Dining:
    * dining area
    * seating for 6 people
    Bathrooms:
    * 1 bathroom(s)
    * Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower
    Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON

    REQUEST..
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system
    Internet Access:
    * internet access
    * wireless broadband
    * ISDN access
    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * wheelchair inaccessible
    * suitable for elderly or infirm
    * Ideal for families with kids, couples, students and more.

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR.. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..

    My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve….

    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book… So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does…

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, and Italy….

    Mr Steven Garry from U.K stayed with his Family for 1 week.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Mrs Esterban Liliano from Italy, stayed 2weeks
    esterbanl[at]gmail.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP…

    Regards
    Gene
    917-595-3118

  98. continuing my post from above:
    i wrote an email to Mr. Garry and Mrs. Esterban (in Italian) and got an answer from Mr Garry (of course not from mrs. esterban, hehe):

    Hi David,

    The apartment was wonderfully well funished and equipped, most importantly i enjoyed the city as a whole. The environment was so neat and calm.

    The ad pics of the apartment was exactly as it is when we got there. It was where i stayed with my family during my last vacation in New York. Well located and easy access to transportation.

    I paid my deposits upfront by Western Union and later i received the scanned copy of my receipt and my confirmation number from him via fax. I was glad everything went fine, the airport pick up service was great including the hospitality was really incredible.

    It was really a wonderful experience for us.

    I will recommend Mr Gene Dunlap to you, because he is very reliable and a honest person.

    You can go ahead with the booking because you would love it.

    Take Care and i wish you a Good time Staying in New York.

    Best Regards,
    Steven Garry

  99. Hello,
    I am actually now in dialogue with a Moss Frank, who claims to have an apartment at SW1W 8TR, Eaton Terrace, Belgravia UK for rent £400 pcm (incl bills). It seems he will meet me in person for the deposit and hand over keys and tenancy agreement same day.
    He says he doesn't want me to send monies to him, but moneygram money to any friend or relative of mine, then on the day of viewing, once I am satisfied with this luxury apartment, then he and us (my nominated friend or relative) go to the post office together and collect the monies.
    Anybody interested in his ad, you will find it on gumtree website.

  100. I think the man must be getting sloppy in his scams or downright desperate because he is prepared to expose himself or at least put someone else at risk of arrest, to get money.
    My daughter said to me it was a scam and I am so glad that i googled his name and found your blog.
    You saved me a £1000.
    Thanks a million.

  101. total scam and was close to falling for it. Key is google street view. The person gave me his "Head Office" location and so i looked it up. Its some residential neighbourhood with no businesses in sight. Plus wants me to send to another name. Names Provided were Jean Davis, Derek Smith, Steven Garry and Esterban Liriano.

  102. Got This Today Too… So glad I found this and realized it was a scam.

    here's the info they sent me:
    Thanks for the interest you have in renting our apartment,Our vacation apartment will be available for you to rent for the requested date of February 26th through March 1st 2010,3-Nights= $210 ($70 a Night) .If you are really interested in the apartment,you need to make a down payment to reserve the Apartment for your chosen dates…

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:
    -You pay 100% of the rental fee of $210= ($105)+Cleaning fee ($50)+ A refundable damage deposit Fee ($300).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$455

    ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
    *****The magnificent Luxurious 1 bedroom apartment located in midtown,on East 47th Street (between 2nd & 3rd avenues).
    *****It is a 12 story building .Our studio apartment is located on the 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north).
    -Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft
    -Address: * 212 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    _It a walking distance to Times Square,Theater district, Port Authority, Greyhound station, TKTS, Marriott Marquis,Grand Central Station and NY City public transportation.The beach at 50 Miles.

    UTILITIES, CONVENIENCES, FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES:
    *****-General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Living room:* a 40 inch LCD TV with built in DVD player, 2 contemporary black and white leather couch, which opens into a full bed,
    -Bedrooms: * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting
    -Kitchen: Pots & Pans, Cooking Utinsel, Plate Set, Bowl Set, Coffee Mugs, Large Drinking Glasses, Silverware Set, Knife & Board, The APPLIANCES : Microwave, Toaster, Oven, Gourmet Kitchen, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Freezer.
    Dining: Seats for 5 people…..
    -Bathrooms: *(Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    SERVICES:
    * complimentary in suite high speed internet access
    * complimentary local telephone service
    * daily housekeeping services available
    *TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT

    You can contact one my Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    1)Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regard,
    Mr & Mrs Hagman

  103. Same thing happened to me..
    If anyone has experienced any SCAM involving myself "Kimberly Hall" or
    "Heather Nicole Buffington" or even the lawyer "David L. Coates" please follow this link to my blog.

    kimberlyhallinaustralia.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/monday-june-22nd-2009-identity-theft/

  104. the scam is at the carayglist

    $100 / 2br – CENTRALLY SITUATED MAGNIFICENT APARTMENT IN MANHATTAN, SLEEPS 1.7

    *** i ask about 7 days rental and he send me this email *****

    hanks for choosing my Apartment… 7-nights is $700 (@$100 a night).. To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will

    be required = ($350) + $50 cleaning feel +$500 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book

    down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $900..

    The address of the apartment is 410 8th Ave, New York City NY 10001.
    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the
    Building and downstairs you`ll see Blarney Stone?, Computer Professional Learning?, Premier Courier Services?, United locksmith? and
    opposite building you will find Dinersity Restaurants, NY Pizza Supreme and many wonderful places nearby….. @ a quick walk to Madison
    Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk/ 2min drive from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V,
    and D subway lines. Just Block away from lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well
    furnished. Apartment is approximately 1700 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite,

    two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows

    with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent

    and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing,

    five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights. Bedding arrangements are :

    Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra). Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace,

    elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer,

    cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine

    and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more…. Linen, Towels and

    Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort………Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster,

    coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full

    Kitchen… The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of $500 will be

    refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to

    secure down the

    Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and Payment via Bank Transfer. RESERVE

    ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: If you`d love to contact My past Tenants… In case of References.

    I have references from BAHAMAS AND UK.

    Mr & Mrs lattimer and friends from United Kingdom.. Stayed 4nights
    Margretlattimer[at]yahoo.com

    Mr & Mrs Murray and from Bahamas …. . Used the Apartment for 9nights
    Email: clickbettyonline112[at]yahoo.com

    Respectfully,
    Mr & Mrs Hagman

  105. Thank you to all who post here. I work hard for my money and we are trying to go to DC for family vacation. I like apt Michelle was offering but wanted to check her out. I Googled her and got to this website. A loss of $1050 would have ruined our vacation. Thank you,
    Thank you,
    Thank you,
    Drew Prochazka Grand Rapids, MN

  106. Thanks for your wonderful posts ! I nearly got scammed ! The guy had an other name :

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment… It will be free for your dates

    14-nights is $2800 (@$200 a night)….

    To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ($1400) + $500 a fixed refundable damage security deposit…

    So all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $1900…

    We accept payment via paypal or western union money transfer

    The address of the apartment is 635 West 42nd Street NY
    > Midtown West
    > (11th & 12th Avenue) USA.

    > Not shared, private full apartment. More pictures attached.

    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 5th floor of the Building lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished.

    Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 3 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 3 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.

    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 3 – 1 queen size bed. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 8people with comfort.. Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliances you want in a Modern full Kitchen.. Sleeps 6-8

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of $500 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and How to make the Payment. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Thomas Garfield from Leeds,England stayed a weeks in my Apartment with his Family.

    dodgexisto[at]yahoo.com

    +447035992207

    and Ms jessica from Toronto, Canada

    landman.jessica[at]yahoo.com

    sMany More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    LAZAR.

    +1 917 595 3118

    BE CAREFUL !!!

  107. I received 1 today!! cant believe this …

    Thanks for your Interest, Luckily for you it will work. The Apartment is Available for your dates, 05/##/10 to 05/##/10, 2 weeks is $1300 (@ $650 a week). Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does… And to secure the Apartment down to awaits your dates..

    50% of the rental fee = $650
    Damage security deposit = $400 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay = $1050 To hold your dates…
    ——–

    The total cost to hold the apartment for your dates is $1050 (cleaning fee and taxes inclusive).

    Not Shared, Private Full Apartment.

    Floor Area:
    * 713 ft” (66.2M”)
    Exterior Area :
    * 300 ft” (27.9M”)

    Exact Address:
    * 310 West 52nd Street, Midtown West, New York, U.S.A.
    Theme:
    * family
    * luxury/Vacation
    * business/shopping
    General:
    * Doorman
    * towels provided
    * toilet-Paper
    * Central A/C
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * 4 ring stove
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * toaster
    * coffee maker
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * hob
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. etc.
    Living Room:
    * sofa bed
    * comfy seating for 5 people
    Dining:
    * dining area
    * seating for 6 people
    Bathrooms:
    * 1 bathroom(s)
    * Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower
    Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON

    REQUEST..
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system
    Internet Access:
    * internet access
    * wireless broadband
    * ISDN access
    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * wheelchair inaccessible
    * suitable for elderly or infirm
    * Ideal for families with kids, couples, students and more.

    The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..

    My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve…

    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book… So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does…

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, and Italy….

    Mr Steven Garry from U.K stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Mrs Florentino Albert Italy, stayed 9nights…
    florenalbert[at]gmail.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP…

    Regards
    Finn James Francis

  108. I have stayed in many cities successfully, met great people and found great deals – renting off Craigslist – but this one seemed funny. Thank you again for this blog.
    Looks like a Scam- and I'm calling him on it.
    New name: Lamaitre Wimster, New location: 24 Rue Chevert, 7th Arrondissement, 75007 PARIS. Google Street view looked right, price wasn't out of line. But he offered references without asking.
    And pressed for payment to secure the dates.

    His initial reply:
    From: Lemaitre Wimster [mailto:lwimster[at]yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 12:30 AM
    Subject: Re: EUR70 / 1br – 7th Arrondissement Eiffel Tower Vacation Rental Apartment (Paris)

    Thanks for your Interest, luckily for you the Apartment is Available for your dates, 04/16/10 to 04/23/10, 7 nights = EURO 490 (@ 70 euros a night). To Book down the Apartment for your dates, 50% of the Rental fee ( EURO 245) + EURO 300 Refundable Security deposit. All you need to pay to have the Apartment reserve for your dates = EURO 545 including cleaning fee and taxes..

    The remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and also the security deposit will be refunded in cash when leaving the apartment..

    My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Paypal… Paypall account:
    odex4mile[at]yahoo.com

    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book…. So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and how to make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does….

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, and Italy….

    1)Mr Steven Garry from U.K stayed for 5nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024077802

    2)Mrs Cristian Damian from U.S, stayed for 1week
    dmncrist@aol.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    Regards
    Lemaitre

    ———–
    First reference:
    I paid my deposits upfront via Western Union and later i received the scanned copy of my receipt and my confirmation number from him via fax. I was glad everything went fine, the airport pick up service was great including the hospitality was really incredible.

    I got back my refundable damage deposit on the day of my departure. I will recommend Mr Lemaitre to you, because he is very reliable and a honest person.

    It was really a wonderful experience for me.

    You can go ahead with the booking because you would love it.

    Take Care and i wish you a Good time Staying in Paris.

    Best Regards
    Mrs. Cristian Damian
    —————-
    Second reference:
    Mr Lemaitre's Apartment was great, Good Location, clean and quiet environment, Good Man and Good Stay in Paris.

    The pictures on the advert looks exactly like the apartment when i got there, there was no difference at all. It was where i stayed during my holiday in Paris. Everything went as planned, there was no issues at all.

    I made my payment by Money Gram also my security deposits was returned back to me in cash on checking out.

    You`ll love the place and make a straight deal with him cos he`s genuine and has a Holy heart..

    I had a nice experience in Paris.

    Wishing you a wonderful staying in Paris.

    Regards
    Steven Garry

    I wonder if he reads this blog? Don't you expect that he would?
    It seems right to submit a report to econsumer.gov/english/report/overview.shtm

  109. They are still at it and I received a similar email today: Dear Mary,good to read from you,

    Thanks for the interest you have in renting our apartment,Our vacation apartment will be available for you to rent for the requested date of May 23th through May 29th 2010,6-Nights= $420 ($70 a Night).If you are really interested in the apartment,you need to make a down payment to reserve the Apartment for your chosen dates…

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $420= (210)+Cleaning fee ($50)+ A refundable damage deposit Fee ($500).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$760

    ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
    *****The magnificent Luxurious 1 bedroom apartment located in midtown,on East 47th Street (between 2nd & 3rd avenues).
    *****It is a 31 story building .Our studio apartment is located on the 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north).
    -Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft
    -Address: * 212 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    _It a walking distance to Times Square,Grand Central Station,13 blocks to penn station,BBC Sale building,Theater district, Port Authority, Greyhound station, TKTS, Marriott Marqui and NY City public transportation.The beach at 50 Miles.

    UTILITIES, CONVENIENCES, FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES:
    *****-General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Living room:* a 40 inch LCD TV with built in DVD player, 2 contemporary black and white leather couch, which opens into a full bed,
    -Bedrooms: * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting
    -Kitchen: Pots & Pans, Cooking Utinsel, Plate Set, Bowl Set, Coffee Mugs, Large Drinking Glasses, Silverware Set, Knife & Board, The APPLIANCES : Microwave, Toaster, Oven, Gourmet Kitchen, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Freezer.
    Dining: Seats for 5 people…..
    -Bathrooms: *(Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    SERVICES:
    * complimentary in suite high speed internet access
    * complimentary local telephone service
    * daily housekeeping services available
    *TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT

    You can contact one my Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regard,
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

  110. Here's my experience for a trip I am planning to Sydney. Fortunately I googled the phone number 44 7024062579 and found this blog.

    Thanks for choosing my apartment. Luckily for you the apartment is still available for your dates, 06/07/10 to 06/21/10 and the rental fee for 14 nights is $2800 (@200 a night).. If interested you will need to make a security deposit of $500 and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    The address of the apartment is at 2 Bond Street, Sydney.

    100 sqm, the apartment is not shared apartment and is located on the 4rd floor of the Building… There are lots of security around easy access to transportation. A block away from Restaurant, shops, bar and hotels nearby, there is a 24hours doorman with a security as well and all rooms are well furnished, It's a 3 great bedrooms, sleeps 8.

    1) 3 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 8 people
    Including – 3 Doubles, 1 Single, 2 Sleep Sofas/Futons Combination.
    2) 2 bathroom(s) , 1 half bathroom(s)
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 3 – Toilet, sink

    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 10 people.

    Other Amenities:
    * towels provided
    * internet access connection
    * toilet-Paper
    * Central A/C
    * central heating
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    * linens provided

    Payments are made via Western Union, Money Gram, or Liberty Reserve..

    Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates. Get back to me asap to move further, so i can send you a Booking Agreement Form and How to make the Payment… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does….

    And to secure the Apartment down to awaits your dates..

    50% of the rental fee = $1400
    Damage security deposit =$500 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay =$1900 To hold your dates…
    ——–

    The downpayment to hold the apartment for your dates is $1900 (cleaning fee and tax inclusive).

    Please let me know your interest ASAP..

    I have a references from ITALY and UK ..

    Mrs Florentino Albert Italy, stayed 9nights…
    florenalbert[at]gmail.com

    Mr Steven Garry stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Thanks a lot.

    Regards
    Finn

  111. Thanks for the warning. I guess I am too naive…I didn't send any money, but would have. This is the email I received today:

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment. Luckily, the apartment is still available for your desire dates, 07/11/10 to 07/18/10, is 7 nights and the rental fee is $1050 (@$150 a night).. If interested you will need to make a fixed damage deposit of $500 and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    50% of the rental fee $525
    Damage security deposit $500 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)

    You are to Pay $1025 To hold your dates…

    The total cost to hold the apartment for your dates is $1025 (cleaning fee and taxes inclusive).

    The address of the Apartment is located : 227 East 56th St, Midtown East, New York , NY 10022 , U.S.A. The Cross Streets are 3rd and 2nd Avenue.

    1893 sq. ft, there are lots of security around easy access to transportation, This apartment is in Center City Manhattan Few blocks from Hanford Henderson Corporation and Belles Celebrity Tel Ans Services. The #6 subway is 2 1/2 blocks and the #1 bus is 4 block. A block away from Bill Hong's Restaurant and shops,bar, and clubs nearby , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished, Its a 2 great bedrooms, sleeps 6.

    1) 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people
    Master Bedroom 1 – 1 King sized, 1 sofa chair
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen sized murphy bed
    Master bed Room – 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, king size in family room.

    2) 1 bathroom , 1 half bathroom
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathrooms are all renovated with a jacuzzi tub.

    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 6 people.There is fully air-conditioned in all the rooms.

    Other Amenties:
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    * internet access connection
    * central heating
    * towels provided
    * cleaning services
    * washing machine
    * Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available

    Note: THE APARTMENT IS LOCATED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve…

    Remaining 50% of the rental fee will be paid when you arrive and also the $500 damage deposit is save with me and will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment…

    Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and How to make the Payment. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does……..

    More Photos attached.

    I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Mrs Florentino Albert Italy, stayed 9nights…
    florenalbert[at]gmail.com

    Many More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    Best Regards
    Brodey George

  112. Thank you so much for alerting us to this scam. We found an apartment listing on craigslist for a 2 br Midtown apartment at $100/night.

    The names I received were:

    I have references from BAHAMAS AND UK.

    Mr & Mrs lattimer and friends from United Kingdom.. Stayed 4nights
    Margretlattimer[at]yahoo.com

    Mr & Mrs Murray and from Bahamas …. . Used the Apartment for 9nights
    Email: clickbettyonline112[at]yahoo.com

    Respectfully,
    Mr & Mrs Steven Hagman
    631-739-8872

    *It really did seem too good to be true so I'm glad our family decided to google the name and the apartment address. I did email him back and expressed my hesitancy to give 50% of the rental rate plus the whole security deposit up front which doesn't seem to be the procedure that others follow. I asked him what the process is to put a depost through and he wrote back a one line email "Put the money into my bank acct"! He didn't address my concerns at all, the email was just unprofessional in general.

  113. Wow.

    Hate the fact that a good thing, Craiglist vacation rentals, has been corrupted and turned into a scam. 🙁

    Had been impressed by the quick and detailed response and tempted by the bulk of cash being due on arrival but couldn't understand how the UWS could be so cheap for a massive apartment.

    Look forward to the FBI picking this guy up!

    See below from today – even the response from Britney!!!!!!!!

    Miss B Martins wrote (two minutes after I emailed!)

    Hello Michael…

    It was the first time rented an apartment during a stay in NYC and it was Wonderful, This owner (Louis Santucci.) and his staff are very professional with clear communication and follow through. To be honest, his offer and service sound good to be true but He is an Evangelist, a God fearing man, so he made all this simple for Travelers…

    We met the rep. at the apartment at the time agreed upon and were given a short orientation and exchanged the balance of the rental. Everything was exactly as advertised. The apartment is spacious and full of comfort, the security deposit of 700usd was given back to me Cash and also the Pick up was Superb..

    I Love it and I know you`ll love it too.

    Britney…

    Santucci wrote:

    Thanks for your Interest Michael.,

    The apartment is available for your desire dates, MAY 20-25, 5nights is $1000 (@200 a night).. If interested you will need to make a fixed damage deposit of $700 + 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    50% of the rental fee = $500
    Damage security deposit = $700 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)
    ——–
    You are to Pay = $1200 To make a Reservation….
    ——–

    The address of the apartment is 132 W 65th St, New York, NY, 10023.. 2500 sq. ft. , located on the 6th floor of the Building… There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Panoramic views of Manhattan skyline and Hudson River – Blocks away from Lincoln Center. A block away from Restaurant Associates and shops,bar, hotels and clubs nearby , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished, Its a 3 great bedrooms, sleeps 10.

    1) 3 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 8 people
    Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 sofa chair
    Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen
    Bedroom 3 – 2 Twin/ Single
    Family Room – 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, queen sofa bed in family room.
    2) 2 bathroom(s) , 1 half bathroom(s)
    Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 2 – Toilet, Shower, Jetted Tub
    Bathroom 3 – Toilet, sink
    Bathrooms are all renovated with a jacuzzi tub.
    3) Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area, seating for 10 people.

    Remaining 50% of the rental fee will be paid when you arrive and also the $700 damage deposit is save with me and will be refunded when you are leaving the Apartment…Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does…

    Please let me know your interest ASAP.. More Photos attached and if you`d love to contact my past tenant before you make any reservation..

    Miss Britney Martins and friends from Hawaii.. Stayed 4nights
    cutey_brity22[at]yahoo.com

    Thanks a lot.

    Louis G Santucci
    + 1 206-3331922

  114. Not sure if this helps anyone – but Britney Martins cutey_brity22 yahoo.com just created a Facebook page facebook.com/profile.php?id=599958241 maybe this account is part of the scam?

  115. Same phone number, new name as of march 2010:

    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Knightsbridge, 16 Trevor Pl, London SW 71, UK and its definitely available for your desired dates, March 29 – April 5, 8nights and the rent for your stay is £400 (@ £50 per night).. To make a reservation, 50% of the rental fee will be required (£200) plus a fixedrefundable damage deposit of £300, so all you need pay to secure the Apartment is £500.

    On your departure date, your Security deposit of £300 will be fully refunded to you personally by me and the remainder 50% of your fee will be paid on your arrival…. I'd also like to know where exactly you'll be coming from? and how soon will you like to book down the Apartment? I have also attached more pictures of the apartment with this message, let me know about your interest on time.

    Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet) also a Guest Cloakroom.. Bedding arrangements are : 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – a King size bed, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size bed, Bedrooms are quiet and away from street noise, with good reading lamps, Plasma TV`s and telephones. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access (wireless broadband), wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.

    Apartment is fully furnished with full bath and kitchen , the closest tube is Knightsbridge (0.27mi, 0.43km), Railway: Victoria (1.00mi, 1.61km) and airport is London City Airport (9.30mi, 14.96km) or Heathrow at 22 Km to the apartment, easy access to restaurants, Live Theater, museums, theme parks and grocery stores, Sightseeing, cinemas and more. It also features a 24 hours doorman and there's also an elevator to help you up as the apartment is located on the 3rd floor. It's also close to what ever the city has got to offer, like National Gallery, British Museum, Plaza, Hyde Park, Royal National Theater, Regents Park and lots of attractions for tourists and visitors in general..

    Let me know about your interest so I can send you a booking/payment form so you can fill and send it back to me in order to book down the Apartment..

    I hope to hear back from you again…

    2 References…

    Mr and Mrs Stephen Marrons from France. Stayed 12nights
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

    AND

    Dr.Tony Neyer from Rome, Italy, stayed 9nights..
    tonyneyer@rocketmail.com

    Many Thanks.

    Daniel R. Anderson

    PHONE: +44 702 409 1794

  116. Another try in Paris!
    The same references names like in
    24 Rue Chevert, 7th Arrondissement, 75007 PARIS

    from Wimster Lemaitre

    He offered this apartment: EUR100 / 2br – 2br – 3rd Arrondissement Le Marais Vacation Rental (Paris)
    at craigslist Paris.

    This was his the email I received:
    Thanks for choosing my Apartment… Luckily, the apartment is still available for your dates, 04/01/10 to 04/05/10, 4-nights is EURO 400 (@ 100 euros a night)…. To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ( EURO 200) + EURO 350 a fixed refundable damage security deposit, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = EURO 550 which includes cleaning fee and taxes…

    The apartment is located on 82 Rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris, France, 3rd Arrondissement Pompidou Le Marais.

    Not shared, Private Full Apartment. More pictures attached.

    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the Building lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants and just a block away to metro station. Also all rooms are well furnished.

    Apartment is approximately 750 sq. ft. and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.

    Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra).. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V, digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort.. Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen….

    Payment are made via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve…

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of EURO 350 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and how to make your payment.. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 5nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Mrs Cristian Damian from U.S, stayed 9nights…
    dmncrist@aol.com
    Many More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    Best Regards
    W. Lemaitre

  117. Another scam for the craigslist ad titled "$70 / 1br – Stay In New York And Enjoy A New Life In E 47th St. (Midtown East)"!

    Thank goodness I googled the referal address and got this link! The message was from "Mr & Mrs Sanchez" at micpearce_alive[at]yahoo.com

    Thanks for posting this!

  118. Be carefull about scam from

    Mr. and Ms. Hagman

    I snt 50 % upfront and never get an appartment….

  119. This is really sad. I almost reserved one of these places today…was on money gram…but just before the last step they asked me six questions one of which was could I verify the person I was sending the money too…if I answered no to any of the questions they told me not to send the money. I then did a google search and have found countless sites reporting these folks as a scam artist. They changed their name and address by 2 numbers but its the same folks with the same amenities above. I am so grateful that at the last step I did not send my money.

  120. Thanks for the confirmation! They are still at the scam and still using terrible English.Someone is paying them.

    TOTAL FRAUD!!
    They wrote to me:

    Dear Winnipeg,good to read from you,

    Thanks for the interest you have in renting our apartment,Our vacation apartment will be available for you to rent for the requested date of August 8th through August 14th 2010,6-Nights= $420 ($70 a Night).If you are really interested in the apartment,you need to make a down payment to reserve the Apartment for your chosen dates…

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $420= ($210)+Cleaning fee ($50)+ A refundable damage deposit Fee ($400).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$660

    ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
    *****The magnificent Luxurious 1 bedroom apartment located in midtown,on East 47th Street (between 2nd & 3rd avenues).
    *****It is a 31 story building .It is located on the 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north).
    -Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft
    -Address: * 212 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    _
    You can contact one of our Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regard,
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

  121. OMG…us too! So glad we researched this a little more. Has anyone reported this to craigslist?
    **********************************************
    Hello,

    Glad to read from you,I understand your concern.I have provide you a recent past tenant to contact

    You can contact one of our Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Mrs Debbie wilfred from Germany
    Email:debbie4love101[at]yahoo.com

    Looking forward to read back from you,

    Regards
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

  122. Wow. Was just about to book until my StepMom in Cali sounded some warning bells. What evil, evil people.

  123. Thank you all for headsup… me ALMOST too:
    Advertised at criagslist.com new york

    Dear Tim,good to read from you,

    Thanks for the interest you have in renting our apartment,Our vacation apartment will be available for you to rent for the requested date of May 10th through May 14th 2010,4-Nights= $280 ($70 a Night for the whole apartment)It is not shared,it just you and whoever you want to come along with.If you are really interested in the apartment,you need to make a down payment to reserve the Apartment for your chosen dates…

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $280= ($140)+Cleaning fee ($50)+ A refundable damage deposit Fee ($300).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$490

    YOU NEED TO FILL A BOOKING AGREEMENT FORM

    ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
    *****The magnificent Luxurious 1 bedroom apartment located in midtown,on East 47th Street (between 2nd & 3rd avenues).
    *****It is a 31 story building .It is located on the 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north).
    -Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft
    -Address: * 212 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    _The closest SUB-WAY are Grand Central Station and penn station,It a walking distance to Times Square,BBC Sale building,Theater district, Port Authority, Greyhound station, TKTS, Marriott Marqui and NY City public transportation.The beach at 50 Miles.

    UTILITIES, CONVENIENCES, FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES:
    *****-General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Living room:* a 40 inch LCD TV with built in DVD player, 2 contemporary black and white leather couch, which opens into a full bed,
    -Bedrooms: * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.Fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting
    -Kitchen: Pots & Pans, Cooking Utinsel, Plate Set, Bowl Set, Coffee Mugs, Large Drinking Glasses, Silverware Set, Knife & Board, The APPLIANCES : Microwave, Toaster, Oven, Gourmet Kitchen, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Freezer.
    Dining: Seats for 5 people…..
    -Bathrooms: *(Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    SERVICES:
    * Complimentary high speed internet access.
    * Complimentary local telephone service.
    * Daily housekeeping services available.
    * Parking available at additional cost
    *TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT.

    You can contact one of our Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regard,
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

  124. Thank you for this posting, and all the comments. My parents were going to book a place in DC via Craigslist, but when we did a search for the address provided (672 14th St Nw , Washington , DC 20005), we found this info, thankfully. Email of scammer is "Anthony Bishop" anthonymarkbishop@ymail.com.

  125. Just received this as well from Anthony Mark Bishop for an apartment in London:

    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Knightsbridge, 16 Trevor Pl, London SW 71, UK and its definitely available for your desired dates, September 26 and November 7 . (42nights) and the rent for your stay is £1680 (@ £40 per night).. To make a reservation, 50% of the rental fee will be required (£840) plus a fixed refundable damage deposit of £400, so all you need pay to secure the Apartment is £1240.

    On your departure date, your Security deposit of £400 will be fully refunded to you personally by me and the remainder 50% of your fee will be paid on your arrival…. I'd also like to know where exactly you'll be coming from? and how soon will you like to book down the Apartment?

    Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet) also a Guest Cloakroom.. Bedding arrangements are : 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – a King size bed, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size bed, Bedrooms are quiet and away from street noise, with good reading lamps, Plasma TV`s and telephones. Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access (wireless broadband), wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available.

    Apartment is fully furnished with full bath and kitchen , the closest tube is Knightsbridge (0.27mi, 0.43km), Railway: Victoria (1.00mi, 1.61km) and airport is London City Airport (9.30mi, 14.96km) or Heathrow at 22 Km to the apartment, easy access to restaurants, Live Theater, museums, theme parks and grocery stores, Sightseeing, cinemas and more. It also features a 24 hours doorman and there's also an elevator to help you up as the apartment is located on the 3rd floor. It's also close to what ever the city has got to offer, like National Gallery, British Museum, Plaza, Hyde Park, Royal National Theater, Regents Park and lots of attractions for tourists and visitors in general..

    Let me know about your interest so I can send you a booking/payment form so you can fill and send it back to me in order to book down the Apartment..

    I hope to hear back from you again…

    2 References…

    Mr and Mrs Stephen Marrons from France. Stayed 12nights
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

    AND

    Dr.Tony Neyer from Rome, Italy, stayed 9nights..
    tonyneyer@rocketmail.com

    Many Thanks.

    Mr Anthony Mark Bishop

    PHONE: +44 702 409 1794

  126. and another one:
    e-mail: vacation_212b[at]yahoo.com

    Thanks for the interest you have in renting our apartment,Our vacation apartment will be available for you to rent for the requested date of June 8th through June 14th 2010,6-Nights= $420 ($70 a Night for the whole apartment)it can sleep 1-4,just you and your guest in the apartment.If you are really interested in the apartment,you need to make a down payment to reserve the Apartment for your chosen dates…

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $420= ($210)+Cleaning fee ($50)+ A refundable damage deposit Fee ($400).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$660

    YOU NEED TO FILL A BOOKING AGREEMENT FROM

    ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
    *****The magnificent Luxurious 1 bedroom apartment located in midtown,on East 47th Street (between 2nd & 3rd avenues).
    *****It is a 31 story building .It is located on the 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north).
    -Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft
    -Address: * 212 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    _Closest SUB-WAY are Grand Central Station and penn station,It a walking distance to Times Square,BBC Sale building,Theater district, Port Authority,Central Park, Greyhound station, TKTS, Marriott Marqui and NY City public transportation.The beach at 50 Miles.

    UTILITIES, CONVENIENCES, FURNISHINGS & ACCESSORIES:
    *****-General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Living room:* a 40 inch LCD TV with built in DVD player, 2 contemporary black and white leather couch, which opens into a full bed,
    -Bedrooms: * Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen size, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.Fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting
    -Kitchen: Pots & Pans, Cooking Utinsel, Plate Set, Bowl Set, Coffee Mugs, Large Drinking Glasses, Silverware Set, Knife & Board, The APPLIANCES : Microwave, Toaster, Oven, Gourmet Kitchen, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Freezer.
    Dining: Seats for 5 people…..
    -Bathrooms: *(Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    SERVICES:
    * Complimentary high speed internet access.
    * Complimentary local telephone service.
    * Daily housekeeping services available.
    * Parking available at additional cost
    *TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT.

    You can contact one of our Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regard,
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

  127. Identical advertisement as another posted here on Craigslist as at 11-12 May 2010 for alleged apartment at 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA. I won't name her on the slim chance I'm wrong but certainly won't send her anything thanks to this website:

    On 11/05/10 10:58 PM, "Miss ………." wrote:

    Thanks for your Interest,
    Sure, you choosen dates will be Available..Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates,5 July 2010?14nights = $1400 , ($100 a If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….
    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($700) + $500 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $1200
    – Hide quoted text –
    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * 246 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people
    -Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    En Suite Bathroom: *Front aspect sash window, panelled bath with mixer tap and wall mounted shower over, wash hand basin with mixer tap over and storage cupboard under, WC with concealed cistern, bidet, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Bedrooms:
    * 1 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 4 people.. Front aspect sash window, fitted wardrobes, ceiling lighting.
    * Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.
    * THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.
    -Entertainment:
    * stereo system * radio * satellite or cable * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom) * CD * single home theater system
    -Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access * wireless broadband
    -Suitability:
    * children welcome * wheelchair inaccessible * suitable for elderly or infirm * pets not allowed
    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE TENTH FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…
    – Hide quoted text –
    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form/ Payment method, so you call fill the Agreement form and make the Payment to be able to get the place secured on time, and I'd advise you make booking on time before someone else does..
    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…
    Brian and he's friend .. 2weeks stay in my Apartment
    barianwarren@ymail.com
    Elena & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    ELENAROBERT21@YAHOO.COM
    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    Thanks for the inquiry.

  128. Watch out, the scam is still going on.
    Received this email today……..

    Thanks for your Interest,

    Your preferred dates is free, July 7th- 19th, 12nights = $600 ($50 a night). If you are truly interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates.. And to make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($300) + $600 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $900..

    The Apartment is located on 246 East 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA… The rate is $50/night all inclusive..

    Apartment is approximately 950sq. ft and has 1 great Bedrooms with own TV`s and 2 superb modern bathrooms (1 en suite and a guest cloakroom, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon, SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST.. A large Open Modern Kitchen with Dinner area entrance… Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, 24/7 internet access, wireless broadband, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm, dryer and washer and more… Linen, Towels andToiletries also available.. THIS APARTMENT CAN SLEEP A MAXIMUM OF 4 ADULTS AND 1 CHILD UNDER 10 YEARS OLD.

    Notes: THIS FLAT IS LOCATED ON THE 5th FLOOR. THE BUILDING HAS TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT…

    More photos added and you can contact my Past Tenant from France and UK if you need any References..

    Mr and Mrs Stephen Marrons from France. Stayed 12nights
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

    AND

    Dr.Tony Neyer from UK.Stay for 5night ,
    tonyneyer@rocketmail.com

    To book, I`ll send you a Booking Agreement Form which you`ll fill in and send back to me via Attachment to my email.. Payment via Money Transfer.

    DECIDE ASAP AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

  129. do NOT rent the apartment in the 7th district of paris offered in 19 May posting. this is a scam perpetuated by LAMAITRE WIMSTER only because i felt uneasy about send money western union and fax machine was inoperable and i searched his/her name on Google and many scams has he committed.

  130. Please we want you to bear in mind that this is not a scam or illegal vacation rental.We are fully registered with a licensed apartment owner..I have attached a scan copy of my I.D to this mail,so that you can have a clear picture of me.I will be the one to hand the keys of the apartment to you when you arrive our apartment in NYC.Also we have our lawyers who will provide you some security and safety documentation when you arrive here…Thanks,do have a wonderful weekend ahead.

    Looking forward to read back from you,

    Regards
    Mrs Cherry Fortune

    Glad to read back from you,I spoke with my wife concerning the discount you had requested for and we have agree a discount of $50 a night for the whole apartment due to the fact thet you are renting the room for a month.So therefore your the requested date of July 15th through August 15th 2010,30-Nights= $1500

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $1500= ($750))+ A refundable damage deposit Fee ($400).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$1150

    If you want us to proceed to payment we have to send you a Manhattan booking agreement form as soon as you instruct us to send it.You need to fill the booking agreement form correctly and send it back to me via email along with a scan copy of your I.D for proper recognition and security documentation by our lawyer, when you arrive here at NYC.

    When you are done with the process of the booking agreement form and scan copy of your I.D,then we can proceed to payment.Our method of payment is through Bank account transfer and Western union money transfer. When we confirm your payment we shall have your receipt emailed to you right away for safe keeping till when you arrive here at NYC.The refundable damage fee will be given back to you on your date of departure from the apartment and i will be the one to hand-over the keys to you when you arrive.Thanks

    Looking forward to read back from you

    Regards
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

    ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
    *****The magnificent Luxurious 1 bedroom apartment located in midtown,on East 47th Street (between 2nd & 3rd avenues).
    *****It is a 31 story building .It is located on the 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north).
    -Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft
    -Address: * 212 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
    _It a walking distance to Times Square,Grand Central Station,13 blocks to penn station,BBC Sale building,Theater district, Port Authority, Greyhound station, TKTS, Marriott Marqui and NY City public transportation.The beach at 50 Miles.

    SERVICES:
    * Complimentary high speed internet access.
    * Complimentary local telephone service.
    * Daily housekeeping services available.
    * Parking available at additional cost
    *TWO ELEVATOR BANKS AND ONE OF THE ELEVATORS WILL DROP YOU IN FRONT OF THE FLAT.

    You can contact one of our Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regard,
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

    They are real SCAM!!!!!

  131. Thanks so much for this. I was looking to book a room in NYC and email a person who's email address is sherrif_deputy[at]yahoo.com; I put the address 410 8th Ave, New York City NY 10001 in the google search bar and found several of the blogs warning of this scam…thank you again!

  132. Below is from today. His e-mail is gbrodey[at]gmail.com. It all sounded a little sketch, so I Googled it and came across this. I didn't send any money, just a crude e-mail response. I've removed most of the body of his e-mail as it's all on here 100x+. I was sure to include his name, e-mail address and physical address in hopes someone else finds this through a web search.

    —Thanks for choosing my Apartment. Please discard my previous email.

    Luckily, the apartment is still available for your desire dates, 06/22/10 and 06/24/10 is 3-nights, the rental fee is $450 (@ $150 a night).. If interested you will need to make a fixed damage deposit of $500 and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    50% of the rental fee $225
    Damage security deposit $500 (Fully Refundable in Cash on your Departure day)

    You are to Pay $725 To hold your dates…

    The total cost to hold the apartment for your dates is $725 (cleaning fee and taxes inclusive).

    The address of the Apartment is located : 227 East 56th St , Midtown East, New York , NY 10022 , U.S.A. The Cross Streets are 3rd and 2nd Avenue .

    More Photos attached.

    I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 7nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024062579

    Mrs Florentino Albert Italy, stayed 9nights…
    florenalbert[at]gmail.com

    Many More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    Best Regards
    Brodey George

  133. It's great to read back from you. Sorry I miss your call,my and I went to visit a family friend. I will call you on your number soon. If you want us to proceed to payment we have to send you a BOOKING AGREEMENT FORM for the requested of August 17th through August 24th 2010,7-Nights as soon as you instruct us to send it.You need to fill the booking agreement form correctly and send it back to me via email along with a scan copy of your I.D for proper recognition and security documentation by our lawyer, when you arrive here at NYC.

    When you are done with the process of the booking agreement form and scan copy of your I.D,then we can proceed to payment.Our method of payment is through Western union money transfer. When we confirm your payment we shall have your receipt emailed to you right away for safe keeping till when you arrive here
    at NYC.
    Hello

    It's great to read back from you,I have attached a BOOKING AGREEMENT FORM to this mail, for your requested date of August 17th through August 24th 2010,7-Nights=$490 ($70 a Night for the whole apartment).

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $490= ($245)+Cleaning fee ($50)+A refundable damage deposit Fee($500).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$795

    Your refundable damage fee will be given back to you in cash on your departure date and i will be the one to hand over the keys of the apartment to you when you arrive.

    Please you need to fill it correctly and send it back to me via email,along with a scan copy of your ID.When you are through with the booking form we shall then proceed to payment.Thanks

    Thank you for your interest in reserving our apartment.I receive the booking agreement form and you had filled it correctly.Your I.D will serve as your identification when you arrive the apartment.Below is the payment Details and procedure where you will make payment to,through western union money transfer and You need to get back to me with all necessary payment details…..When we confirm the payment,we shall have your receipt and a copy of our I.D emailed to you for safe keeping till when you arrive here in NYC.

    PAYMENT DEPOSIT VIA WESTERN UNION – MONEY TRANSFER..

    Deduct the Western Union Money transfer Fee from the Payment Deposit as it's already been added to the rental fee.. Visit westernunion.com to locate the outlet close to your location. When you get to the WESTERN UNION OFFICE in person, tell the attendant you want to make a Transfer to the details below, and you`ll be given a Form to Fill and deposit the Money…

    NAME…Monica Sanchez
    ADDRESS…705 North tyler st,
    CITY…midland
    STATE….Texas 79701

    After you made the Transfer, you should send me the following transfer
    details:

    SENDERS NAME:
    SENDERS ADDRESS:
    CONTROL NUMBER (MTCN):
    EXACT AMOUNT:

    Lastly, a Complimentary Airport pick up is Available from any Airport arrival in NYC, Let me have your flight details if you are interested in the Pick up..

    Looking forward to read from you,

    Regards
    Mr & Mrs Fortune

  134. thank god that I found this post too…
    Just got an email and was seriously considering…found the apartment on craigslist
    googled the email address on the recommended reference & found this on FB
    Thanks guys

  135. New name on old CL ad in Washington DC.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Ronald Maxey
    To: XXXXX
    Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    Subject: Re: $150 / 2br – Enamoring and Comfortable Vacation Apartment, Sleeps 1-6 (Downtown DC)

    Thanks very much for contacting me XXXX,

    The apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005. It`ll be available for your dates JULY 04-11, 7nights = $1050 (@$150 per night).
    To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required ($525) plus a refundable security deposit of $600, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your dates is $1125.

    I'd also like to know where exactly you'll be coming from? and for how soon you`ll like to Book down the Apartment?. I have also attached more pictures of the place with this message, hope you like them.
    Apartment is approximately 1200sq. ft. and Bedding arrangements are : 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – 1 King, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon… Large California King in Master Bedroom. Comfy queen in the guest room as well as large L-shaped sofa in living area that can accommodate two more! Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more…Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available, including a Telephone (free local, 800 calls), TVs w/ multi-channel premium Cable TV and VCR/DVD. Main Kitchen (w/new appliances)microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove Oven, Blender, Dishwasher and more. The apartment sleeps 1-6 people.

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there's a 24 hours doorman and theres a reserved parking space for a car, if you are driving.. Apartment is located in good locality, thats a walking distance to the White House, the Metro,Convention Center, Smithsonian Museums,The Washington Monument, Dupont Circle, fine and casual dining, theaters, and the World Bank and other memorials as well as a 24hr CVS and Whole Food Grocery, Shops and Restaurants.

    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement form and advise you on to make a Secure Payment so as to be able to get the place secured on time, and Complimentary airport pick up and drop off in Lexus LS 460L. That is if you aren't coming with you car…..

    NOTICE..: I have past tenants from all over the world, I`ll allow you to contact one of them if you`d love to……

    Dr. Louis Santucci and family from Montreal, Canada..
    l.santucci@ymail.com

    Looking forward to reading back from you asap…

    RONALD MAXEY
    + 1 718-734-1603

  136. Hi. I decided to check out this apartment in Paris when they asked me to find a western union to send the deposit.I live in Norway and Western Union is not that easy to find. It's much easier to transfer with our banking system. I wouldn't have added this here except there seems to be something new. The apartment I was offered is an actual apartment, at that exact spot but it's twice the price and ran by a real vacation rental site, So now they are stealing the web pages and photos of real places. Vrbo works. I'll go back to them.

    Thanks for your Interest, luckily for you the Apartment is still Available for your dates, 08/27/10 to 09/03/10, the rental fee for the 1-week is = EURO 420 (@ 420 euros a week)… Weekly Discount Rate..

    To Book down the Apartment for your dates, 50% of the Rental fee ( EURO 210) + EURO 300 Refundable Security deposit. All you need to pay to have the Apartment reserve for your dates = EURO 510 including cleaning fee and taxes..

    Not Shared, Private Full Apartment.

    Property Type:
    * apartment

    Exact Location:
    * 54 rue Damremont, 18th Arrondissement, Paris.

    Building Level:
    * 6th floor with elevator

    Get back to me asap if you`d love to Book…. So I can send you the Booking Agreement form, and how to make the Payment to secure this Wonderful Apartment for your dates before someone else does….

    More Photos attached and I`m providing you a Contact info of my past Tenants from UK, and Italy….

    1)Mr Steven Garry from U.K stayed for 5nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk
    +44 7024077802

    2)Mrs Cristian Damian from U.S, stayed for 1week
    dmncrist@aol.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    Regards
    Rosario Casse

  137. Every List including Craigs List has this one going.
    Same SCAM – different names – BE WARNED

    Subject: $70 / 1br – Stay In New York And Enjoy Your Vacation In E 47th St (Midtown) (map)
    To: vacation_212[at]yahoo.com
    Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10:54 PM

    Thanks for the interest you have in renting our apartment on 212 E 47th St New York,NY 10017.The building is a 35 story (L'Ecole ) and the apartment is on 10th floor with windows facing east 47th street (north) between 2nd and 3rd Avenue,-Floor Area: * 1000 sq ft.The Turtle Bay location offers easy access to cross-town bus service, as well as close proximity to Grand Central Terminal and penn station to the west and the United Nations complex a couple of blocks to the east,It a walking distance to Times Square,BBC Sale building,Theater district, Port Authority, Greyhound station, TKTS, Marriott Marqui andNY City public transportation..

    Our vacation apartment will be available for you to rent for the requested date of September 19th through September 23rd 2010,4-Nights=$280 ($70 a Night for the whole apartment).It is NOT SHARED just you and your guests alone in the apartment( sleep 1-4 people).If you are really interested in the apartment,you need to make a down payment to reserve the Apartment for your chosen dates.

    TO MAKE THE RESERVATION:A
    -You pay 50% of the rental fee of $280= ($140)Cleaning fee ($50)+A refundable damage deposit Fee($300).
    __________________________Your Total Payment Deposit Fee is =$490

    Generals
    > hot tub
    > security system
    > towels provided
    > fitness room
    > air-conditioning
    > central heating
    > linens provided

    Kitchen:

    > cooking utensils
    > coffee maker
    > toaster
    > ice maker
    > stove top burners
    > iron & board
    > dish washer
    > refrigerator
    > oven
    > microwave
    > washing machine
    > clothes dryer

    Living room :
    > 2 Sleep Sofa /Futon,
    > SINGLE ROLL AWAY BED UPON REQUEST

    Dining Area:

    >>>>>dining area,seating for 4 people.

    Bathrooms:

    > 1 Bathroom
    > Bathroom 1 – Toilet, Combination Tub/Shower

    Bedrooms:

    > 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
    > Bedroom 1 – 1 Queen

    Entertainment:

    > TV
    > satellite or cable
    > VCR
    > DVD

    Internet Access:

    > broadband access
    > internet access
    > wireless broadband

    Outside:

    > parking off street
    > patio stone/concrete
    > garage
    > terrace
    > 10 garden chairs

    Swimming Pools:

    * outdoor pool

    Suitability:

    > non smoking only
    > pets not allowed
    > wheelchair accessible
    > suitable for elderly or infirm
    > children welcome
    > long term renters welcome

    Local Activities:

    > scuba diving or snorkeling
    > swimming
    > tennis
    > walking
    > cycling

    Attractions:

    > ATM/bank
    > babysitting
    > bay/sound
    > botanical garden
    > churches
    > cinemas
    > duty free shops
    > fitness/gym center
    > groceries
    > hospital
    > library
    > museums
    > playground
    > recreation center
    > theme parks
    > water parks

    Leisure Activities:

    > beachcombing
    > bird watching
    > deepsea fishin
    > gambling casinos
    > hiking
    > live theater
    > outlet shopping
    > paddle boating
    > pier fishing
    > sight seeing

    Nearby Attraction / Facility:

    > restaurants
    > scenic drives
    > synagogues
    > zoo

    Nearby Services:

    > babysitting
    > massage therapist
    > medical services

    You can contact one of our Past Tenant from United Kingdom if you need any Reference..

    Mr & Mrs Kelvin Carmen from the United Kingdom
    Email: searootinc102[at]yahoo.com
    Phone: +447024026173

    Looking forward to reading back from you and we hope you find our apartment useful!

    Regards
    Mr & Mrs Fortune-Brawner

  138. Thank you so much for posting this info. I enquired about an apartment in New York 1600 broadway. Was given the details of Mr and Mrs Heath 246 47th Street Ny.
    These bastards need locking up! So glad I asked loads of questions and also requested that i had friends look at the apartment before exchanging money!!
    I shall report this to Craigslist right away.

    Many thanks again.

  139. THIS WAS ALL A SCAM – Sounded to good to be true

    $150 / 2br – LOW-INTERNATIONALIZA PRICED SUPERORDINATE INQUISITION SANITACTORY MAX8 (WASHINGTON.DC DOWNTOWN)
    Date: 2010-08-03, 6:34PM EDT
    Reply to: hous-xgkbe-1879218938@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

    Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cookware, utensils. TV, necessary cookware, dishes, and utensils. Full bath has a combo tub/ shower hair dryer. Furnishing includes: Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra), and Apartment will accommodates 1-8 people conveniently.. 1 love seat sofa fresh linens and towels are provided. Laundromat around the corner. Very safe area. fully furnished DC Vacation Rental that is close (Walking distance) to the White House, the Metro, Convention Center, Smithsonian Museums,The Washington Monument, Dupont Circle, fine and casual dining, theaters, and the World Bank and other memorials as well as a 24hr CVS and Whole Food Groceries. Magnificent 2Bedroom Downtown DC Vacation Apartment Located in the Downtown DC Hotel District. Centrally located in the downtown business and hotel district. 1/4 mile(3 blocks) to the Metro McPherson Square( Blue/Orange line). 1/2 mile(5 blocks) to The DC Convention Ctr. 1/2 mile(5 blocks) to The White House 1 mile (7-8 blocks) to the Smithsonian Museums or take the Metro! 3 Metro buses, #s 52, 53, 54 stop right in front of your door. The Circulator bus stops on 14th St. two block south of the unit and hits most of the other 'tourist' spots. Sleeps 1-8 (Full bed and Full Futon) (Full size air mattress also available). Secure building. Catholic University and the Franciscan Monastery are within walking distance. Brookland is a family friendly neighborhood where families walk their children and pets in the evenings.

    * cats are OK – purrr
    * dogs are OK – wooof
    * Location: WASHINGTON.DC DOWNTOWN
    * it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

    Thanks for getting back to me

    PAYMENT DEPOSIT via WESTERN UNION OR MONEYGRAM- MONEY TRANSFER.
    I have attached the Booking rental agreement form with this message, you
    should fill and send it back to me via e-mail …? Deduct the westernunon
    Money transfer Fee from the Payment Deposit as it's already been added to
    the rental fee..
    Visit WESTERNUNION.COM to locate the outlet close to your location.
    When you get to the WESTERN UNION OFFICE in person tell the
    attendant you want to make a Transfer to NYC, and you`ll be given a Form to
    Fill and deposit the Money on? this information Below..

    RECEIVER`S NAME: Maureen Shepherd
    RECEIVER`S ADDRESS:54 Laight St, New York, NY 10013
    After you made the Transfer, you should send me the following transfer
    details:
    SENDERS NAME:
    SENDERS ADDRESS:
    Control number (10digit)
    REFERENCE NUMBER(8DIGIT)
    EXACT AMOUNT:
    Your Refundable Security Deposit($500 will be given back to you on your
    Departure date and the remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you
    arrive..
    Kindly let me have your names so I can forward them to the doorman at the
    apartment building for proper recognition, because he'll be handing over to
    you the keys to the apartment as soon as he confirms your identity and
    receipt of payment which I'm going to send to you as soon as payment has
    been received. You can me the Completed Booking form and the Payment
    Receipt.
    Lastly, a Complimentary Airport pick up is Available from any Airport
    arrival in DC, Let me have your flight details if you are interested in
    the Pick up.
    I wish you a good stay at the apartment,
    Many thanks

  140. THIS IS A SCAM

    the apartment is situated in
    Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005 and
    luckily it`ll be available for your dates , Oct 12-19?7nights and
    the rent for your stay is $1050 (@$150 per night). You`ll need to Book
    down the Apartment for your dates cos someone else is asking for a
    Close date.. To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required
    ($525 plus a refundable security deposit of $500, so all you need pay
    to book down the Apartment for your dates is $1025

    PAYMENT DEPOSIT via WESTERN UNION OR MONEYGRAM- MONEY TRANSFER.
    I have attached the Booking rental agreement form with this message, you
    should fill and send it back to me via e-mail …? Deduct the westernunon
    Money transfer Fee from the Payment Deposit as it's already been added to
    the rental fee..
    Visit WESTERNUNION.COM to locate the outlet close to your location.
    When you get to the WESTERN UNION OFFICE in person tell the
    attendant you want to make a Transfer to NYC, and you`ll be given a Form to
    Fill and deposit the Money on? this information Below..

    RECEIVER`S NAME: Maureen Shepherd
    RECEIVER`S ADDRESS:54 Laight St, New York, NY 10013
    After you made the Transfer, you should send me the following transfer
    details:
    SENDERS NAME:
    SENDERS ADDRESS:
    Control number (10digit)
    REFERENCE NUMBER(8DIGIT)
    EXACT AMOUNT:
    Your Refundable Security Deposit($500 will be given back to you on your
    Departure date and the remaining 50% of the rent will be paid when you
    arrive..
    Kindly let me have your names so I can forward them to the doorman at the
    apartment building for proper recognition, because he'll be handing over to
    you the keys to the apartment as soon as he confirms your identity and
    receipt of payment which I'm going to send to you as soon as payment has
    been received. You can me the Completed Booking form and the Payment
    Receipt.
    Lastly, a Complimentary Airport pick up is Available from any Airport
    arrival in DC, Let me have your flight details if you are interested in
    the Pick up.
    I wish you a good stay at the apartment,
    Many thanks

  141. from Bagn Bob
    to …..
    date 6 August 2010 15:26
    subject Re: Room from 09-13 Aug
    Signed by yahoo.com

    Thanks for choosing my Apartment… Luckily, the apartment is still available for your dates, 08/09/10 to 08/13/10, and i have accepted your proposal for the $120.

    To secure the Apartment down for your dates 50% of the rental fee will be required = ( $70) + $400 a fixed refundable damage security, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your desire dates is = $470 which includes cleaning fee and taxes…

    The apartment is located on 314 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada.

    Not shared, Private Full Apartment. More pictures attached.

    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment. A short distance to the theater district, shopping at the world-class Yorkdale Shopping Mall, the subway and numerous streetcar lines. Lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants Also all rooms are well furnished.

    Floor Area:
    * 750 sq m²

    General:
    * towels provided
    * air-conditioning
    * central heating
    * telephone
    * linens provided
    * Washing Machine and Dryer
    Kitchen:
    * oven
    * stove top burners
    * dish washer
    * freezer
    * microwave
    * refrigerator
    * washing machine
    * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen.

    Outside:
    * Balcony

    Bathrooms:
    * 2 Bathroom
    * Bathroom 2 – Combination Tub/Shower, Toilet

    Bedrooms:
    * Bedroom 1 – Queen Size
    * Bedroom 2 – Queen size,
    * 1 plus a sofa bed in the living room (Sleeps 2-4)

    Entertainment:
    * stereo system
    * radio
    * satellite or cable
    * Flat screen TV (Both in Living room and Bedroom)
    * CD
    * single home theater system

    Internet Access:
    * 24/7 internet access
    * wireless broadband
    * broadband access

    Suitability:
    * children welcome
    * pets not allowed
    * non smoking only

    Local Activities:
    * Walking

    Nearby Attraction / Facility:
    * restaurants
    * bars

    Other Activities:
    * Shopping/Sightseeing

    My method of payment is via Western Union, Money Gram or Liberty Reserve..

    The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security deposit of $400 will be refunded to you when you are leaving the Apartment on your Departure date…

    Please let me know your interest asap, If you really need to secure down the Apartment, get back to me asap to move further, so I can send you a Booking Agreement Form and how to make your payment.. RESERVE ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: I`d Love to provide you 2 References. My past Tenants, so you wouldn't need to waste your time making a Decision..

    Mr Steven Garry U.K stayed with his Family for 5nights.
    steven.garry66[at]yahoo.co.uk

    Mrs Cristian Damian from U.S, stayed 9nights…
    dmncrist@aol.com

    Many More..

    Waiting to read back from you soonest, if you are still interested in this apartment or not…

    Best Regards
    Bagn Bob

  142. VERY well put-together scam, started on Craigslist. The references even emailed back with positive feedback. My parents almost fell for this one at 672 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005.

    washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/vac/1914449682.html
    CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5
    Date: 2010-08-23, 12:17PM

    Washington Monument, The White House, Union Station and downtown DC.This one bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with extra sleeping area in the living room (pull down sofa), offers luxurious accommodation for one person or family of four. Located in the safest neighborhood of Washington DC, Capitol Hill – Historic District, located within walking distance to the National Mall as well as Eastern Market, local landmark. There are numerous grocery stores, restaurants and high end shopping areas within walking distance.
    Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic district in the District of Columbia. Almost every street is composed of row houses of different stylistic varieties and periods forming a continuous wall broken only by street intersections. Side by side exist early 19th century manor houses, Federal townhouses, small frame dwellings, ornate Italianate bracketed houses and the late 19th century press brick row houses with their often whimsical decorative elements combining Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, and Eastlakian motifs.
    The apartment is 950 sq ft and has an en suite marble bathroom with combination tub / shower, working kitchen with full size cooker and refrigerator, recessed lighting and ample closet space. Furnishing includes wall to wall wooden floor, a queen size (double bed), a twin (single) size 2 seat sofa bed, a single rollaway bed, bed side table and lamp, dining table with 4 chairs, coffee table, window blinds, cooking & eating utensils, towels and bedclothes. Equipment includes a dish washer, microwave oven, electric coffee maker, toaster, cable TV, CD stereo, alarm clock, blow dryer and telephone. All apartments have high speed wireless internet connection. Public garage next door if interested.

    From: MR JEFFREY ONEIL
    To: XXXXXX
    Sent: Mon, August 23, 2010 11:19:11 PM
    Subject: $90 / 1br – CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5 (DC ,DOWNTOWN)

    Sure, you choosen dates will be Available..Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates,Nov 20-30, ?10nights = $810, ($80 a If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….
    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($405) + $300 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $705
    – Hide quoted text –
    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * the apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005

    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…
    Brian and he's friend .. 2weeks stay in my Apartment barianwarren@ymail.com

    Elena & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    ELENAROBERT21@YAHOO.COM
    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
    Many Thanks,

  143. VERY well put-together scam, started on Craigslist. The references even emailed back with positive feedback. My parents almost fell for this one.

    washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/vac/1914449682.html
    CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5
    Date: 2010-08-23, 12:17PM

    Washington Monument, The White House, Union Station and downtown DC.This one bedroom, 1 bathroom condo with extra sleeping area in the living room (pull down sofa), offers luxurious accommodation for one person or family of four. Located in the safest neighborhood of Washington DC, Capitol Hill – Historic District, located within walking distance to the National Mall as well as Eastern Market, local landmark. There are numerous grocery stores, restaurants and high end shopping areas within walking distance.
    Capitol Hill is the largest residential historic district in the District of Columbia. Almost every street is composed of row houses of different stylistic varieties and periods forming a continuous wall broken only by street intersections. Side by side exist early 19th century manor houses, Federal townhouses, small frame dwellings, ornate Italianate bracketed houses and the late 19th century press brick row houses with their often whimsical decorative elements combining Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, and Eastlakian motifs.
    The apartment is 950 sq ft and has an en suite marble bathroom with combination tub / shower, working kitchen with full size cooker and refrigerator, recessed lighting and ample closet space. Furnishing includes wall to wall wooden floor, a queen size (double bed), a twin (single) size 2 seat sofa bed, a single rollaway bed, bed side table and lamp, dining table with 4 chairs, coffee table, window blinds, cooking & eating utensils, towels and bedclothes. Equipment includes a dish washer, microwave oven, electric coffee maker, toaster, cable TV, CD stereo, alarm clock, blow dryer and telephone. All apartments have high speed wireless internet connection. Public garage next door if interested.

    From: MR JEFFREY ONEIL
    To: XXXXXX
    Sent: Mon, August 23, 2010 11:19:11 PM
    Subject: $90 / 1br – CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5 (DC ,DOWNTOWN)

    Sure, you choosen dates will be Available..Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates,Nov 20-30, ?10nights = $810, ($80 a If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….
    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($405) + $300 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $705
    – Hide quoted text –
    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * the apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005

    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…
    Brian and he's friend .. 2weeks stay in my Apartment barianwarren@ymail.com

    Elena & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    ELENAROBERT21@YAHOO.COM
    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
    Many Thanks,

  144. VERY well put-together scam, started on Craigslist. The references even emailed back with positive feedback. My parents almost fell for this one at 672 14th St NW, Washington , DC 20005.

    washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/vac/1914449682.html
    CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5
    Date: 2010-08-23, 12:17PM

    From: MR JEFFREY ONEIL
    To: XXXXXX
    Sent: Mon, August 23, 2010 11:19:11 PM
    Subject: $90 / 1br – CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5 (DC ,DOWNTOWN)

    Sure, you choosen dates will be Available..Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates,Nov 20-30, ?10nights = $810, ($80 a If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….
    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($405) + $300 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $705
    – Hide quoted text –
    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * the apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005

    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer
    -Kitchen: * oven * 4 ring stove * dish washer * freezer * microwave * refrigerator * hob * Utensils and all whats needed in a modern Kitchen. Front aspect sash window, stainless steel sink and drainer unit with chrome mixer tap over, integrated four ring hob with extractor fan over, integrated oven/grill, integrated fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, integrated washing machine, wall mounted and low level storage units, breakfast bar, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.
    -Living Room: * sofa bed * comfy seating for 5 people, three front aspect sash windows, fitted wardrobes, wiring for ceiling lighting
    -Dining: * dining area * seating for 4 people
    -Bathrooms: (Guest Cloakroom) * WC with concealed cistern, wash hand basin with mixer tap over, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights, tiled floor.

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…
    Brian and he's friend .. 2weeks stay in my Apartment barianwarren@ymail.com

    Elena & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    ELENAROBERT21@YAHOO.COM
    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
    Many Thanks,

  145. VERY well put-together scam, started on Craigslist. The references even emailed back with positive feedback. My parents almost fell for this one at 672 14th St NW, Washington , DC 20005

    washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/vac/1914449682.html
    CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5
    Date: 2010-08-23, 12:17PM

    From: MR JEFFREY ONEIL
    To: XXXXXX
    Sent: Mon, August 23, 2010 11:19:11 PM
    Subject: $90 / 1br – CLASSIC CONDO LARGE 1BR.SUPERORDINATE SUPERB RENOVATED DECORATED MAX 5 (DC ,DOWNTOWN)

    Sure, you choosen dates will be Available..Thanks for your Interest…… This Vacation Apartment will be free for your dates,Nov 20-30, ?10nights = $810, ($80 a If you are really interested, you`ll need to quickly make a Down Payment to Book the Apartment for your dates….
    To make the RESERVATION, 50% of the Rental fee ($405) + $300 a Refundable damage deposit is required = $705
    – Hide quoted text –
    -Floor Area: * 950 sq ft
    -Address: * the apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005

    -Theme: * family * luxury/Vacation * business/shopping…
    -General: * towels provided * air-conditioning * central heating * telephone * linens provided * Washing Machine and Dryer

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and California before you Decide…
    Brian and he's friend .. 2weeks stay in my Apartment barianwarren@ymail.com

    Elena & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    ELENAROBERT21@YAHOO.COM
    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
    Many Thanks,

  146. SO grateful for the internet and this website. Here is another listing from Mr. Hagman, which I was considering renting from him BEFORE I saw this website. Here is what he sent back to me today 8/31/2010.

    Thank you for inquiring about our apartment. The dates is available,

    A day cost $100 ,
    2 days cost $200,

    50% of the rental feel is required that is $100+ $50 cleaning feel +$500 refundable security deposit The total is $650. All taxes included.

    Your $500 security deposit which is fully refunded upon checking out once we have done a walk through of the apartment to ensure no damage has been incurred during your stay.

    The address of the apartment is 410 8th Ave , New York City NY 10001 , USA .
    There are lots of security around easy access to transportation, Noting much to write about the Apartment is situated on the 3rd floor of the Building with perfect working elevator and downstairs you`ll see Blarney Stone?, Computer Professional Learning?, Premier Courier Services?, United locksmith? and opposite building you will find Dinersity Restaurants , NY Pizza Supreme and many wonderful places nearby….. @ a quick walk to Madison Square Garden/Penn Station, and a 5 minute walk/ 2min drive from Times Square; and is just between the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, Q, W, F, B, V, and D subway lines. Just Block away from lots of shops, bar, hotels and restaurants , there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished. Apartment is approximately 1600 sq. ft and has 2 great Bedrooms (all with own TV) and 2 superb modern bathrooms (two en suite, two with power shower, toilet, tub, Bidet). A large reception room with a double living room arrangement, Three front aspect sash windows with double glazing, side aspect sash window with double glazing, integrated individually controlled comfort cooling and heating (very silent and does not dry air), integrated audio system and plasma screen TV, gas fireplace, low level storage units, fitted shelving, ornate cornicing, five amp ring main, Lutron lighting, latest Creston system with Imerge, recessed low voltage halogen spotlights.Bedding arrangements are : Bedroom 1 – 1 King, 1 double sofa chair and Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen size, 1 futon, single Bed(extra). Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, 46" HDTV with premium satellite entertainment, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, ph one, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, washing machine and dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, Washer and Dryer, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more… Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available. It can Accommodate 6people with comfort.. Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef and many more Appliance you want in a Modern full Kitchen…More Photos attached……The Remaining 50% Balance will be paid when you arrive to the Apartment and Your Damage security

    deposit of $500 will be refunded to you on your Departure date… Please let me know your interest as soon as possible, You need to secure down the Apartment before your arrival, Let me know so that i can send you a Booking Agreement Form and Payment procedure is Bank payment or Paypal ……My Lawyer is to receive the payment and sign the Booking Agreement Form……He lives in Florida and handle things for me……I will send his information that you will need to make

    payment along with the Booking Agreement Form.

    ASAP, before someone else does…

    NOTE: If you`d love to contact My past Tenants… In case of References.

    I have references from BAHAMAS AND UK.

    Mr & Mrs lattimer and friends from United Kingdom.. Stayed 4nights
    Margretlattimer[at]yahoo.com

    Mr & Mrs Murray and from Bahamas …. . Used the Apartment for 9nights
    Email: clickbettyonline112[at]yahoo.com

    Respectfully,
    Mr & Mrs Hagman

  147. Thanx! This post also saved me from the SCAM…I started suspecting when they asked me many times about the tranfer of the money and I googled the telephone number. I received the Hangman mail, and also I wrote for references and they even answered!!! hahaha

    Thank you again, I was travelling with my baby of one year old to NYC.

  148. Our SCAM has a new name today. Mr and Mrs Berwald! I was about to trust them…. until I saw your blog!
    We were about to go there with our 3 children…… Thank you!

    "—————————
    December 27th till January 1st 2011 is available….5nights will cost $475 + $50 Cleaning fee + $500 Refundable deposit = $1025 It includes taxes. Below are answers to your questions:

    (1)Are linens and towels included? Yes

    (2)I think I lost the link to your Craigslist ad… could you please resend it to me?

    newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/2111943533.html

    To reserve the apartment,you need to instruct us to have a booking agreement form plus payment details emailed to you. When you get them,you are to fill them in correctly and sign on the necessary part and have them emailed back to us or fax to us along with a scan copy of your ID plus proof of payment document. We shall confirm payment and have your receipt emailed or fax to you immediately… You get your $500 refundable deposit back in cash the exact day you take your leave. Our method of payment is bank to bank transfer…

    Regards,
    Mr & Mrs Berwald
    ————————

    We have attached the Booking rental agreement form along with this message, we need you to fill them in and send them back to us via e-mail along with a scan copy of your ID plus proof of Payment document…..

    MODE OF PAYMENT VIA BANK WIRE TRANSFERS TO:

    Holders Account: Dianne L. Berwald
    Holder's Address246 E 47th St,
    New York,
    NY 10017
    USA
    Bank Name: Charter One Bank
    North Royalton,
    Ohio 44133
    United States
    Routing Number: 241070417
    Account Number: 4553288423
    Swift Code: CTZIUS33

    Your Refundable Security Deposit($500) will be given back to you on your Departure date …

    Kindly let me have your names so I can forward them to the doorman at the apartment building for proper recognition, because he'll be handing over to you the keys to the apartment as soon as he confirms your identity and receipt of payment which I'm going to send to you as soon as payment has been received.

    There is parking space with no cost in the building…….

    Respectfully,
    Mr & Mrs Berwald"

  149. Thanks for the initial post. I've never trusted money transfers, so I googled one of the e-mails. They continue with this scam. See below, 2 more e-mails they are using if not listed already:

    Hello,

    We are in receipt of your mail, you are required to make 70% payment to secure your reservation dates and 30% upon arrival.We accept western union money transfer as our method of payment. Do indicate your interest so we could forward you a Contract Agreement Form in order for you to secure your reservation dates.

    Regards.
    Travis & Rene.

    E-mail: Vacinny[at]yahoo.com

    The next one:

    The apartment is available for your desire dates,May 10 – May 15 2011 and the rental fee for 5nights is $500 (@100 a night).. If interested you will need to make a security depositof $300 and 50% of the rental fee to secure your dates….

    The address of the apartment is W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, United States located on the 3nd floor of the Building… A charming spacious two-bedroom apartment in New York’s city centre for up to eight guests. Located on the second floor of the building, the apartment is decorated with warm colors and a mixture of contemporary and stylish – style furniture, making it both a comfortable and pleasant environment for you to enjoy when not out exploring the sights of the big apple.

    This spacious air-conditioned New York lodging covers an area of about 1000 square feet and it is delightfully illuminated with natural sunlight. There are three queen-sized beds distributed in two double bedrooms; both of them equipped with bedside tables, reading lamps and closet. Four more people can be comfortable accommodated on the double pullout sofa beds in the living area.

    The living space is adorned with two comfortable sofa beds, LCD television, coffee table, CD/DVD Player as well as WiFi Internet connection for your entertainment. The fully equipped kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, refrigerator, gas stovetop, microwave, oven, kettle, coffee maker and a complete set of kitchenware. Also available for your use is washing machine, dryer and ironing equipment.

    All bed linen and towels are supplied. The newly fitted bathroom has both a shower and a bathtub. With an unbeatable location next Broadway Avenue and ten minutes walking distance to Central Park you and your travel companions will enjoy the most of your holiday. Get to know New York from inside out! there is a 24hours doorman and all rooms are well furnished

    Newly renovated kitchen includes microwave, full size oven, toaster, coffee maker and cooking utensils to satisfy the most discriminating gourmet chef. Elegant living and dining area appointed with large flat-screen TV and excellent music system, including dining area

    Let me know if you `ll need to use the Apartment for your dates… Book down the Apartment for your dates asap before someone else does… And to secure the Apartment down to awaits your dates, the procedure below…..

    50% of the rental fee = $ 250
    Damage security deposit = $ 300 (Fully Refundable on your Departure day)

    ——–
    You are to Pay = $ 550 To hold your dates…
    ——–

    Please let me know your interest ASAP.. So I can send you a Booking rental agreement form with payment method via Bank Transfer or Money-gram Transfer

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and UK before you Decide…
    Brian and he's friend .. 2weeks stay in my Apartment
    barianwarren@ymail.com

    Elena & Anne Carey from France. Stayed 8nights
    elenarobert21[at]yahoo.com

    DECIDE AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP.
    Many Thanks,

    Note that on the second one they did not leave a name, just said "Many Thanks,".

    E-mail used:
    Michelle Gaskins

  150. Hi there!

    What can I say – I came across Michelle Gaskins, and then fell into the trap of Philip de la Rosa, email nycapt001[at]gmail.com posted a "magnificent apartment on Bleecker (that in and of itself shoud have turned all red lights on!)
    Lost $600 and of course no luck retrieving the money.
    Filed a complaint with the craigslist and the FBI…..
    I don't know if anything happend.

    Thanks for posting these experiences.
    If the judicial system fails, we can try to dry them up.

    Julia

  151. hey,

    I just fell for this scam, mine was for new york and it was excatly the same as written in this post.
    I had googled all the information and nothing came up.

    But the email address and names they were using were as follows name Debbie Franklin and John Franklin Gaskins. email address was

    mr.msgaskinsholidaysuite[at]gmail.com

    feel such a fool.

    Lara

  152. Hey everyone, I just found this:

    olclassifieds.com/-1/Property/Apartments-Houses-for-Rent/Comfortably-neatly-fulled-furnished-IN-New-York-Ave-NW-Dc-659912-3-2.html

    And supposedly the guy is in CHINA!!!! Pshhh…. and just googled the ad and it is GONE!

  153. For several times I visited NYC, I haven't experienced such thing but I heard these issues before.

    My mom always reminds me to bring somebody with me whenever I travel. She thinks it's safer. First thing I arrange for a vacation or business trip is homes for rent. Good thing I have some good friends in Palm Harbor, FL who assist me in finding great places to stay there.

  154. I got this today, got if from CRAIGSLIST

    Thanks very much for contacting me, the apartment is situated in Downtown Washington DC, 672 14th St Nw, Washington, DC 20005.

    It`ll be available for your dates , 4/16 TO 4/19, 3nights and the rent for your stay is $300 (@$100 per night). You`ll need to Book down the Apartment for your dates cos someone else is asking for a Close date.. To secure the Apartment 50% of the rent will be required ($150) plus a refundable security deposit of $600, so all you need pay to book down the Apartment for your dates is $750.

    I'd also like to know where exactly you'll be coming from? and for how soon you`ll like to Book down the Apartment?

    Apartment is approximately 1200sq. ft. and Bedding arrangements are : 2 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 6 people, Bedroom 1 – 1 King, Bedroom 2 – 1 Queen, 1 Sleep Sofa /Futon… Large California King in Master Bedroom. Comfy queen in the guest room as well as large L-shaped sofa in living area that can accommodate two more! Amenities are also as follows : Fireplace, elevator, T.V., digital home cinema, hi-fi system, VCR, DVD player, phone, fax, computer, cable/satellite, internet access, wardrobe, cupboard, Hanging wardrobe, safe deposit box, radio alarm clock, hair dryer, mosquito nets, fully air-conditioned, central heating, intruder alarm, fire alarm and more…Linen, Towels and Toiletries also available, including a Telephone (free local, 800 calls), TVs w/ multi-channel premium Cable TV and VCR/DVD. Main Kitchen (w/new appliances)microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Stove Oven, Blender, Dishwasher and more. The apartment sleeps 1-6 people.

    Everything is Professionally Cleaned and prepared, there's a 24 hours doorman and theres a reserved parking space for a car, if you are driving.. Apartment is located in good locality, thats a walking distance to the White House, the Metro,Convention Center, Smithsonian Museums,The Washington Monument, Dupont Circle, fine and casual dining, theaters, and the World Bank and other memorials as well as a 24hr CVS and Whole Food Grocery, Shops and Restaurants.

    Kindly get back to me if you can meet up with my conditions so I can send you a Booking Agreement form and advise you on to make a Secure Payment so as to be able to get the place secured on time, and Complimentary airport pick up and drop off in Lexus LS 460L. That is if you aren't coming with you car…..

    You can contact my Past Tenant from France and UK if you need any References..

    Mr and Mrs Stephen Marrons from France. Stayed 12nights
    stephenmarrons101[at]yahoo.com

    AND

    Dr.Tony Neyer from UK.Stay for 5night ,
    tonyneyer@rocketmail.com

    To book, I`ll send you a Booking Agreement Form which you`ll fill in and send back to me via Attachment to my email.. Payment via Money Transfer.

    DECIDE ASAP AND GET BACK TO ME ASAP..

    Louis G Santucci
    + 1 206-2024249

  155. 672 14th St NW Washington DC is posted again on Craig's list. They are still following the same format as the others Thanks for your postings to confirm that this was a scam. The contact now is Louis Santucci

  156. One from Frank MOSS posted in New Orleans. Not hard to spot the scam once we got his email response. None of the legit property owners we contacted responded with info regarding payment terms, etc. and the high pressure sales tactics. If the tone and language of the response sounds more like a script than an actual person, best to just move onto something else.

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