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Samantha Colin
Samantha Colin attempted eBay Rental Fraud for Boston Condo from Camden, Other
14th of Mar, 2011 by User769850
I was looking for an apartment to rent on craiglist. I emailed someone from craiglist. This is the first email from the scammer: Thanks for taking the time to look at my property. My name is Samantha Colin, I'm 38 years old and I own this beautiful condo(1 bedrooms,1 bathrooms,640 square footage). It's located in 54 Montgomery Street,Boston,MA 02118... [DETAILS ABOUT THE CONDO HERE]... The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I'm sure that you'll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract. If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place! This is the 2nd email from the scammer: Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $1200 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 24 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you'll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you'll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract, decide if you keep the condo or not.After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO !In case you'll take it you'll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you'll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money(1200$), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you'll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit. Once again: 1. If you have the money 1200$ and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction , and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you'll have
to send them 1200$ via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you'll need
cash)
4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me
immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking
number in max 24 hours after they receive your deposit.
5. From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I
will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and
if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping
address, your phone# and I'll start the procedure. This is the 3rd email from the scammer: I started the official procedure and eBay will notify you about this matter via email( please check your email address including your bulk/junk folder and let me know if it's there....if you will not receive the email in 2 hours max please email me asap).You'll also receive important guidelines plus instructions from them in 2 hours max(please go through them exactly). Now you must send them the money inthe next 24 hours. I used before eBay and I used Western for the money transfer. I suppose that you'll use the same service. If so, I can tell you two secrets about Western: 1. I filled my phone number on the transfer form and I can tell you that I've been called by them every day for commercial purposes until I had to change my phone number.After that I filled a WRONG phone # on the form and resolved this issue(I changed my last digit of my phone number). 2. It's better to tell to the Western agent that you send the money to a relative so the transfer
will be approved in 15 min and you'll have to pay 90-110$-Western fee(the transfers for friends or
relatives are approved in 15 min, it's cheaper...). If you tell them that you are sending the money to a commercial agent the transfer can take up to 20 hours until will be approved and maybe you'll be unable to complete the transaction in time, they will also charge you with an extra fee of 70-80$( totally about 190$). Thank you! This is an email sent by "[email protected]" eBay Rentals: eBay MOTORS eBay Rentals Transaction ID #USNVUKNP207 54 Montgomery Street,Boston,MA 02118,United States . - Successfully Started! LANDLORD - Member is ID verified First name: Samantha
Last name: Colin
Address: 164 Eversholt Street
City: Camden
State: Camden
Zip Code: NW1 1BL
Country: United Kingdom Transaction Details: Case ID #: USNVUKNP207
Status: Payment Pending Product Description: CASE ID NUMBER: USNVUKNP207 54 Montgomery Street,Boston,MA 02118,United States .
Amount insured: US $1,200.00
Shipping Charge: US $0.00
Total: US $1,200.00
Shipping: Pending eBay reduces the risks associated with Internet transactions by acting as a licensed neutral third party and insure the tenant funds during the transaction. How to make the payment: 1. Find the nearest Western Union office:
2. Send the payment using the Agent's name and address (found below) as Payment Details.
3.Send us the following details from the payment details at this email address: [email protected]
Case ID #USNVUKNP207;
The Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN), the 10-digit number located on your confirmation receipt; The sender exact name and address used for the transfer; The receiver exact name; The amount sent to be received.Also you will have to fax* the Western Union payment receipt to eBay Financing Center Department at: (+1) 267-647-3503 How Rentals Transaction Works : -Both parties agree to terms of the transaction, which includes a description of the apartment, rent price/month.
-After transfer has been made, the landlord will provide in 24 hours the tracking number of the parcel to the tenant.
-When the 14 days inspection period ends, the tenant has the right to decline the contract
and the money will be refunded in 24 hours. The payment will not be released to the landlord until the 14 days inspection period ends and the tenant accepts the apartment. Payment Details: Payment must be submitted via Western Union to the designated Agent in charge of this transaction.When you will send us the payment, be sure you make a regular Person to Person transfer from your name to our assigned Agent's name!
DO NOT send the payment from your name to eBay Company because the payment will not be validated ! Please make the payment in the next 24 hours, only in cash, using the below eBay Agent details. (you must send US $1,200.00 to our Agent- all you have to do is to fill a simple Western Union
Money Transfer “send” form and hand this to the Western Union Agent along with the money). eBay agent's details:
First Name: Kelly
Last Name: Stebbins
Address: 11 Murray Street
City: Camden
State:Camden
Zip: NW1 9RE
Country: United Kingdom * The Western Union Money Transfer will be sent using this name and address.
* As soon as we receive the deposit, we will contact the landlord to begin the delivery procedure. If the landlord does not provide a tracking number for this item in maximum 2 days, the tenant must contact us for the refund. We will provide a full refund in 24 hours after the complaint is filled. If you are not familiarized with Western Union Money Transfer services please visit : www.westernunion.com Payfor the transfer with cash at a local Western Union agent. Western
Union agent locations are independent businesses that provide money transfer service to their customers on behalf of Western Union. Western Union agents are located primarily in banks, post offices, exchange offices or retail locations also grocery stores, mail box centers, drug stores, travel agencies, depots, other retail locations. Independent Western Union agents may impose different limitations on the maximum amount that can be submitted per day. For this reason, in case of a larger amount to be sent, we recommend that you go to more than one agent and submit the total sum in separate transfers. When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. Payment verification process usually takes less than 6 hours. After payment is secured, we will proceed with the shipping. The Tenant will receive a tracking number of the shipment. The Tenant receives the apartment keys and rental contract and has 14 days to inspect it. * If the Tenant rejects the rental contract he will contact eBay Rentals for the refund of the money. eBay Rentals refunds the Tenant after the complaint is analyzed. Complaints are usually resolved in 24 hours. The Landlord will pay the shipping back if the Tenant rejects the apartment. The Landlord will only be paid if, after the inspection period the Tenant agrees with the apartment and sign the rental contract. About eBay | Community | Security Center | eBay Toolbar | Buyer Services | Policies | Government Relations | Site Map |
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Comments
4035 days ago by Oor3xoo
Wow, this is amazing..Thanks for posting this, I almost fell for it. .I got the exact same thing but this time the scammer's name is Deborah Bell... I found a posting on craigslist, and I was right! the email is generic. This is what I got...

first email...

Hello,
Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Deborah Bell, I'm 39 years old and I own this beautiful 1 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms condo(845 square footage).It's located in 35 Mariner Terrace, Toronto, ON M5V 3V9, Canada.The unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want use your furniture), there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and dryer.Pets allowed.I've moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I'm here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for whole the condo for 1 month is $700.00 including all utilities(water, electricity, internet, cable, parking, airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is $700.00 (you'll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in Canada that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I'm sure that you'll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

Here are a few pictures:

http://www.mypicx.com/03022011/toroncon/

Have a nice day

second email:

Thank you for your reply.
Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $1, 400.00 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 24 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you'll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you'll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract, decide if you keep the condo or not).After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO! In case you'll take it you'll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you'll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money($1, 400.00), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you'll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit.
Once again:
1. If you have the money $1, 400.00 and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction, and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you'll have to send them $1, 400.00 via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you'll need cash)
4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking number in max 24 hours after they receive your deposit.
5.From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping address, your phone# and I'll start the procedure.

Thanks

Third email:

I started the official procedure and eBay will notify you about this matter via email( please check your email address including your bulk/junk folder and let me know if it's there...if you will not receive the email in 2 hours max please email me asap).You'll also receive important guidelines plus instructions from them in 2 hours max(please go through them exactly). Now you must send them the money in the next 24 hours. I used before eBay and I used Western for the money transfer. I suppose that you'll use the same service. If so, I can tell you two secrets about Western:
1. I filled my phone number on the transfer form and I can tell you that I've been called by them every day for commercial purposes until I had to change my phone number.After that I filled a WRONG phone # on the form and resolved this issue(I changed my last digit of my phone number).
2. It's better to tell to the Western agent that you send the money to a relative so the transfer will be approved in 15 min and you'll have to pay 90-110$-Western fee(the transfers for friends or
relatives are approved in 15 min, it's cheaper...). If you tell them that you are sending the money to a commercial agent the transfer can take up to 20 hours until will be approved and maybe you'll be unable to complete the transaction in time, they will also charge you with an extra fee of 70-80$( totally about 190$).

email from ebay: (same case ID#)

eBay Rentals Transaction ID #USNVUKNP207?

Landlord's Information:
Member is ID Verified Tenant's Information
First name:Deborah
Last name:Bell
Address:164 Eversholt Street
City:Camden
State:Camden
Zip Code:NW1 1BL
Country:United Kingdom


Agent's info:

eBay agent's details:

First Name:Rene
Last Name:Devedon
Address:11 Murray Street
City:Camden
State:Camden
Zip:NW1 9RE
Country:United Kingdom


When payment is received, it will be verified and secured into a non-interest bearing trust account. Payment verification process usually takes less than 6 hours. After payment is secured, we will proceed with the shipping. The Tenant will receive a tracking number of the shipment. The Tenant receives the apartment keys and rental contract and has 14 days to inspect it.
* If the Tenant rejects the rental contract he will contact eBay Rentals for the refund of the money. eBay Rentals refunds the Tenant after the complaint is analyzed. Complaints are usually resolved in 24 hours. The Landlord will pay the shipping back if the Tenant rejects the apartment. The Landlord will only be paid if, after the inspection period the Tenant agrees with the apartment and sign the rental contract.

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4034 days ago by Laurakate
Thank you ladies!!! That Deborah Bell from Camden almost fooled me. Blessings to you all with the hopes that we all find wonderful homes to support our lives.
3717 days ago by Shanoona
This is so terrible!! (but i'm so glad i felt it was odd, and did more research..) She/He is now out as Emilie Murray--

Hello,
Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Emilie Murray, I'm 38years old, I'm the owner of this condo(1 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 640 square footage).It's located in 58 Montgomery Street, Boston, MA 02118.The unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo comes with one parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don't like it and you want use your furniture), there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I've moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I'm here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for whole the condo for 1 month is $700.00 including all utilities(water, electricity, internet, cable, parking, airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is $700.00 (you'll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I'm sure that you'll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

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