How to spot a rental scam

THIS O-Week, Meld Magazine and the Tenants Union of Victoria highlight some dodgy rental schemes – and how to avoid them.

At the start of the new university year, many international students are on the look out for a place to live. But the Tenants Union of Victoria has issued a warning to students to beware online scammers and dodgy landlords.

“Most students don’t have any experience living independently and navigating the private rental market. They need to be aware there are unscrupulous operators around at this time of year will try to rip them off,” Toby Archer, the tenants union’s policy worker tells Meld.

TIP #1 : Avoid paying a deposit on a place you’ve never seen!

Mr Archer says students have been duped into paying large sums of money as “bond payments”  via online or international transfer services to landlords they haven’t met and properties they have never seen.

“Needless to say these students rarely see their money again,” he says.

TIP #2: Be wary of landlords with “complicated” stories

Scammers can be a creative bunch, and Meld’s own reporters have had first-hand experience with “landlords” who have crafted elaborate stories to try and make a quick buck.

The housing ads normally start with something innocuous, like “Fully furnished apartment in CBD for rent, contact XXX for more details”.

Alarm bells should immediately go off however, if you get asked for an immediate deposit, using an excuse like this one:

“I will understand if you doubt me about sending the money  to me because we never meet, it would be better if you have a friend or relative here in  england that you can send the money to or you send the money in your friend name as the receiver of the money and use my address in  england and you will email me his/her name and the MTCN  number that will be giving to you in the Western union office for me to track it online so if i confirm that the money is available for pick up i will fly over and after we go see the flat together and after its yours for real you will instruct him or her to release the money to me remember the deposit fee is 500 and its refundable after your stay in the flat if nothing is damaged,i guess this is a good idea it will secure your money and guide you from been scammed,and will make us meet together for real..will you like me to come along with the agreement form or will like me to email it to you?”

We received an almost identical response for a different ad under a different name on another accommodation website .

TIP #3:  Watch out for duplicate stories

When you’ve been house hunting long enough, you’ll realise that schemers don’t just advertise on one accommodation website. If a potential landlord’s dodgy story sounds familiar to you, chances are, you’ve heard it before.

For example, spot the differences between these two emails, received from posters of two different ads under different names:

Email 1

“Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you.I am Rev E*** i owner the house you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the London and presently my house is still available for rent for 620per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.

More so Now, i went for a Crusade in West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in London for more discussion, as she is with the keys and the document to the house.Pls i want you to note know that we’re kind and honest family and also spent alot on our property that we want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i came for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

Email my wife D*** on ( ****** ) and she will attends to you better,send email to both address.”

Email 2

“Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.My name is Rev J**** the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in united states and presently my house is still available for rent including the utilities like hydro/heat dry washer and security and bills,Everything in the flat is well fully furnised. Moreso Now,I went for a crusade in West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in united states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the flat.Pls i want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i came for a check up.i do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word. Send my wife Helen an Immediate message, on ( ******* ) and she will attends to you better on how to proceed.”

TIP #4: Never give out personal details to someone you’ve never met in exchange for more information about a property

You wouldn’t give out your personal details to a stranger, so why give them to a landlord you’ve never met – even if they claim (again) that they are Christian missionaries.

“But now I am on a christain mission in west african and thats the main reason for which we are looking forward to give out this apartment for rent for $120 per week to a family who can take good care of our house as his own I will like to solicit for your absoulute maintenance. and also please fill in the rent details and get back if you are really interested in having our apartment so that i can know all about you before giving you the address as soon as you fill the form i will get back to you with the address of the house.

RENT APPLICATION FORM
1)Your Full Name:
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number:
3)How old are you?:
4)Are you married?:
5)How many people will be living in the house?
6)Do you have a pet?:
7)Do you have a car?:
8)Your Occupation?:
9)How many months will you like to leave there?: “

 TIP #5: Practice caution when engaging specialist student accommodation providers

Mr Archer from the Tenants Union of Victoria says students who are struggling to secure properties in the mainstream rental market often turn to specialist student accommodation providers, some who claim exemption from the Residential Tenancies Act.

But the sector is replete with landlords who do not respect the consumer protection framework, and many provide substandard rooming house style accommodation, he says.

So do be wary.

TIP #6:  Be aware of your rights and get advice from the proper channels.

If you have any queries during your house hunt  Mr Archer advises students to to seek help from the Tenants Union of Victoria or Consumer Affairs Victoria.

“It is…vital that (students) understand the law and where to get help,” he said.

Students who are in crisis should also approach the International Student Care Service  Study Melbourne Student Centre for help. The service provides a single point of contact for students in the event of an emergency, including access to counselling, crisis accommodation and food aid.

Ever had a dodgy experience while house hunting? Share your stories with us below.

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  1. Unbelievable – another scammer for the list from my most recent apartment-hunting efforts:

    “Thanks so much for the mail, i will be willing to rent out my apartment to you if only you can promise that you will help me take good care of my apartment in my absence.

    For you to get the place reserved we will both sign a rental agreement contract which will be prepared by my lawyer, after your deposit payment which is your first month rent and the security deposit has been confirmed.The key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so if you make the payment, i will send the tracking number to you so that you can pick it up at the DHL office in Melbourne. The key can also be deliver to the address you will provide through DHL in case you don’t feel comfortable going to Melbourne International Airport.

    Do get back to me with the below information so that we can proceed further:

    Your full name:
    Your full address:
    Nationality:
    Passport id:
    Phone number:
    Date of birth:
    Move in date and out:

    I shall be waiting for the above information soonest. “

    • This scammer seems to be using multiple fake accounts. The email you received is worded too similarly to the one that i received in order for it to be a convenience. Here it is:

      Hi,

      Thanks so much for the mail,……. I’ll be willing to rent out my apartment to you if only you can promise that you will help me take good care of my apartment in my absence.

      For you to get the place reserved we will both sign a rental agreement contract which will be prepared by my lawyer, after your deposit payment which is your first Month rent $800 and the security deposit $800 (Refundable When You Move Out) has been confirmed, which will be $1600 altogether .The key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so if you make the payment, i will send the tracking number to you so that the key can be delivered to your address and you will be able to move in asap .

      Do get back to me with the below information so that we can proceed further:

      Full Name:
      Present Address:
      Sex:
      Age:
      Occupation:
      Contact Number:
      Move In Date:
      Move out Date:

      I shall be waiting for the above information soonest.

      Best Regards .

    • Wow I had pretty much exactly the same from someone called miles ana Marie

      Hello

      Thanks so much for your prompt response,……………The rent is $200 per week and $800 per month with a refundable bond of $800……. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

      Wireless internet facilities,
      Phone,
      Microwave,
      Dish washer,
      washing machine,
      Dryer, Refrigerator,
      Bathroom,
      Toilet,
      Bedroom,
      kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

      I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

      I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

      • It’s a 4/140 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia this apartment. ,,?

      • I had the exact same thing over the past few days! A “Miles Ana Maria” emailing through iamalive798@gmail.com trying to get me to sign an agreement for 4/140 flinders st and send $1600 through a money gram to the USA.
        Be really cautious when things seem to be too good to be true. I almost sent the money but decided to do a street view Google and this web page came up. Stay safe! 🙂

        • Thanks Georgia. I think we get in trouble with same person. I just about to send the money over but I don’t feel secured so I google search this address.

          • I have had the exact same emails in NZ. After I was allowed to view the flat changing to pay the money first I immediately googled the guy. Sure enough I found this website and cut ties immediately

  2. I inquired about apartment in St Kilda and received:

    Hello Potential Tenant ,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 44/92 Grey Street St Kilda VIC 3182 . The apartment is spacious.

    FLAT ADDRESS: 44/92 Grey Street St Kilda VIC 3182.
    Rooms: SELF CONTAIN ( INCLUDES KITCHEN, BATHROOM & TOILET BEDROOM AND LIVING ROOM ALTOGETHER )
    Bathroom: One bathroom and Toilet
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 100 AUD
    Amount Rent/month: 400 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 month
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    Tidy fully furnished room available now in friendly house. Has its own bathroom and TV. Located near the City, Here’s your chance to live right in the heart of cosmopolitan St Kilda, within walking distance to Fitzroy Street, Acland Street, trams, shops & cafes! Located on the 3 rdfloor at the rear of the block, the option is yours to rent as a quiet, light-filled apartment. Comfortably furnished throughout it comprises: secure intercom entry with 24 hour video surveillance, lift &/or stair access, spacious area with double bed, living and dining, well equipped kitchen with bar fridge, electric oven / cooktop, large bathroom with shower over the bath. Features include carpet & slimline venetians, TV/DVD/Stereo, built-in-robes, reverse cycle heating / cooling, communal laundry next door, remote secure off-street car park with lift access, huge communal rooftop terrace. It’s ready & waiting for you

    Attached are some pictures of how my apartment looks like. Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

    Regards.

    richardwinston9@gmail.com

    • I inquired about a room on flatmates.com.au and got the exact same reply. Only now this guy is using a different email address. Please go and report this ad now too so he can be stopped!
      Here’s what my email looks like :

      Hello Tenant To Be,

      Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

      FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
      Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
      Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
      Kitchen: Yes
      Living room: Yes
      Internet: Yes
      Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
      Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
      Furnished: Yes
      Min period: 1 week
      Max period: 2 years
      Utility Bills: Already Included
      Available: Immediately
      Parking space: Yes

      FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

      Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

      Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

      Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

      Features of the apartment includes

      – Public transport is just at the door steps .
      – Combined living & dining
      – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
      – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
      – Air conditioning, high ceilings
      -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

      Attached are the pictures of the amazing apartment . Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

      Regards.

      Here’s the link to the ad :https://flatmates.com.au/357433?utm_source=alerts_places_realtime&utm_medium=email

      • sorry his email is now savemegod9@gmail.com

        that email address alone should be a red flag!

        • I received the same exact message. I felt it was fishy and SO glad I did my homework and research as usual. Thank you for sharing!

          • Hi

            I’ve received the exact same email as Caitlin yesterday about the same property too, 4/140 Flinders Street, although he is now going by the name Miles Ana-Maria with the same email address Caitlin mentioned.

            I thought something wasn’t right when the first response to my email wasn’t addressed to me directly but was the one above. I kept asking if I could view the property first and he kept ducking the request. However, I did reply to the follow up with my name, age and moving in date etc and he emailed me a copy of the tenancy agreement which I read through.

            It was then out of interest I decided to google the address and found this site at the top followed by numerous other listings for the property, both past and present, at various prices. I’m so glad I did and thankfully never sent him any bank details. I thought it had to be too good to be true.

            Does anything actually come of these posts as it seems from the comments I’ve read here this guys been at it for a long time now.

  3. Hi Ted, did you send money to the guy in the end and if so did you ever see the appartment, get the keys or get the money back? Cheers, Andy

  4. Got the exact same answer when I wrote for this add. The guys is definitly a scammer (richardwinston9@gmail.com)

  5. Extact email I got from him as well.
    Started backking out and asked for my money back but he insisted that I pay him more to send the keys and documents to me.

  6. i got this at the end

    Hello

    Your courteous and careful attitude towards this issue is something I understand, and I want to tell you that if I were you too, I’ll be more than careful in dealing with this situation, but one thing I’ll assure you of is that be rest assured that there won’t be any problem. Please I don’t know any other means in which I can offer we handle this but I can assure you the apartment is the best you can get for that price . I can even send you my international passport for proof this is real .

    To be rest assured your money is safe you can pay a part payment of $400 and after you receive the keys you will then balance the rest….. What do you think ??………Get back to me soon as i have other disturbing me about the apartment but your response about taking care of the apartment is really lovely .

  7. This guy (richardwinston9@gmail.com) is still currently trying to scam people – he has a listing on flatmates.com.au (which incorporates studentflatmates.com.au) – his current scam is listed at http://flatmates.com.au/property.html?id=136429 Pleae if you have time, report it to the administrators, go to the bottom of the listing, and click on “Report this ad for potential abuse” and detail your experiences about richardwinston9@gmail.com trying to scam you. We need to shut this guy down! It’s the same ad – too good to be true – very desirable area of Melbourne for backpackers and super cheap rent – he’s trying to reel them in… What a low life scumbag.

    • Thank you so much guys !

      I am going to start my working holiday soon and had the same e-mails with that Richard Winston guy. Some australian friend found your comments on this page and warned me to move on sending money to this guy.

      I´ll try to report this story to the administrators on flatmates.com.

  8. Hello,

    I received the same response as above from him. So he’s still trying to cheat people.

    In fact I received a similar response from a person for a house in CBD. He has put a valid address at Lonsdale. The moment I asked him for his contact details, he didn’t get back.

    Fred.

  9. Hey
    Can someone tell me how you got your money back if you made the payment.

    I was too late in seeing this and I didn’t realise it was a scam now I don’t know what to do.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks

  10. Hi i have copied and pasted a scammers story it is a very good example to look out for. ///////////////////////////////////////-///////////////////////////////////////

    My name is M******* ***** I’m a Dutch Citizen, female, single and i am 29 years old not married, am a Business lady/event manager.I supply Local/international fabrics and Handcrafts exclusively to stores in Australia and other Countries.
         I am not in Melbourne,Australia at the moment because,I lost my father and as the head of the family i have to go back home to make necessary Funeral arrangements and also plans for the management of the family business which will take me few weeks before i get back to Australia.
          So for now,am in london UK  for an auditioning which will be lasting for a while before my arrival back to the AU and the keys/documents of the house are with me here.I don’t want my apartment to be used anyhow in my absence that’s why I took them along with me here because,i lost so many things the last time i dropped my keys for anyone that wants to view my apartment for rent and am not ready to loose anything again.
           My apartment is located in the city center,closer to trams,public transport,supermarkets,Shopping malls,Eateries,Cinema e.t.c….Car Park is also available!!!
         I hope you will take very good care of the apartment as I am not around. My apartment bedroom rent is 600AUD with all utilities included and 600AUD for the security deposit (REFUNDABLE).You can also share with a friend at the same price and have a pet in the apartment if they are trained and clean.If you are comfortable with the price (600 monthly with security deposit of 600) and willing to proceed,You can kindly  get back to me so we can make an arrangement on how to get the keys across to you for your viewable interest and move in as well.
          However you can move in while am still away, because i deposited the Spare Keys to the apartment with the DHL Office over there in Melbourne, so if you really want to move in I will send you the Reference Number (code number) that you will present at the DHL Office so as to get the spare keys that I deposited with them or better still I can send the Keys, directly  to your present address.
    Kindly add me to your messenger list for a chat on(********* *****@yahoo.com) or get back to me on my international line  on +4470240*****or +4470240*****
    Hoping to read from you.
    Best Regards.

  11. There are so many SCAMMERS out there it’s not funny I have had constant people from overseas wanting money transfers I warn all not to trust anyone even if they have set you a copy of there so called passport it still does NOT prove who it is sending it… I have been told now by 3 people that in order to move in I need to send at least the bond which normally consist of at least $600AUD before I can pick up the keys from DHL which Is a logistics company at melbourne TULLAMARINE airport it is a load of crap the keys or property never excisted in the first place not to mention a fully furnished two bedroom appartment in melbourne CBD on little collins street that with very much polished floor boards in the photo that is pet friendly now how can you beleive that The are all out to make a quick buck no matter how desperate you may be here are a couple of name to watch out for. MONICA ADAMS…………..CHERIE BEDFORD and RICHARD WINSTON they are all scammers………good luck all with your searches and don’t fall into the trap of a scammer 🙂

  12. richardwinston9@gmail.com is a scammer, I agree.

    I had the same responses as above.

    John

  13. Hi guys, also look out for this one!
    Hello,

    Thanks for your interest to be my tenant. My name is Jessica Nerli, I have 39 years old and I am looking for a responsible and clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment. I work as doctor (Surgeon) and I do travel a lot. Presently I’ve moved to United Kingdom for a project and I 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 apartment for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).
    The apartment is located in 250 Elizabeth St Melbourne VIC 3000.
    It is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, I can order for the furniture be moved to storage.In the price is included the utilities below:
    -High Speed Internet
    -In-Suite Laundry
    -Large in-suite storage
    -Cable
    It’s a spacious and lovely furnished apartment, utilities are included and pets are allowed. The unit is equipped: kitchen completely equipped, kettle, toaster, dishwasher, freezer, microwave, oven, dryer, central air and heat, water, washing machine and electric.
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest person and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own. I would like you to keep it tidy all the time and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The rent for whole the apartment for 1 month is $840.00 including all utilities and the bond is $840.00. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in Australia that could show you the condo. As I am in United Kingdom with my work, we will use a company who will handles the delivery of the package to your address in Australia and the other aspects of the transaction.

    I will wait your reply as soon as possible.
    Thank you

    And then came the instructions…

    Thanks for your reply,

    Before going further with anything I must tell you how this service works and what we need to do.
    1 – To start this transaction I will need your info(name,address,phone number and email address).
    2 – I will go to the DHL Office with the keys, all the property documents and complete all the necessary documents for you as a future tenant.
    3 – After all the legal documents will be verified and the rent contract will be made, DHL will send you a delivery notification(to let you know that they have the keys and the documents in their custody) and the payment instructions (you’ll be instructed to send the money for the first month of rent+the security deposit to a DHL agent from England through a Bank Transfer because is a quickly method and you will receive the keys in short time )
    4 – After you’ll make the transfer you’ll have to send the info about the money deposit to DHL and after they will receive your payment will start the delivery of the keys and the contract at your address.
    5 – After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, you’ll have 10 days to decide if you keep the property or not(you can live there 10 days for free so you can decide if you’ll take it–if so you’ll have to sign the contract, if not you’ll have to return the contract unsigned to the DHL office. If the contract is returned signed by you DHL will relase the money to me, if the contract is unsigned they will return the money to you-BUT I’M SURE THAT YOU WILL LOVE THE PROPERTY and because of this I will pay DHL fees (about 200 pounds) and you’ll pay fees-for the Bank Transfer(about 50$). So if you have $1,680 cash (the rent for 1 month-$840 and the bond-$840) and if you’re ready for this transaction send me your info (full name, your shipping address, your phone #, e-mail) and the full name of the person(s) that will live with you.
    As soon as I receive your info I’ll start the official procedure, and DHL will notify you about this matter. You’ll also receive important guidelines plus instructions from them in order to complete the deal in a safe way for both (please go through them exactly).

    PS: I will make the transaction only in this way and if you want to proceed please email with all the requested info.
    Waiting to hear from you soon

    Thank you

  14. I have had the same email from Richard Winston as well as another address George Hayes
    They sent me the same copy and pasted message as you all have above
    Beware!
    Bloody pigs

  15. Oh my goodness! I just today had this. I processes the payment on western union and everything. I thought the English in the emails was pretty poor and started getting worried but am desperate! I recieved the tenant agreement too and signed and returned it! :/

    Luckilly my bank called and said – hmm there’s something fishy! I stopped the transaction within 5 minutes of it going thru!

    Oh my god I can’t believe this guy has been around this long!!! 🙁

  16. Aghhhhh i almost fell for the same scam today until i read that she wanted me to send money first… Alarm bells rang loudly so i google rental scams and found this forum… So many mongrel people around nowadays 🙁 the persons name who emailed me was Jessica Denning!!

  17. Richard Winston richardwinston9@gmail.com is a scammer

    Thank you to the prior posters – we were able to dodge the scam as a google search on his name/email returned this article. To those who named and shamed, thanks for saving us $800.

    This occured today 1 July 2013. Email from ‘Richard Winston’ below – very similar to all those quoted in the article and in comments.

    “Hello

    Thanks so much for getting back to me..The rent is $400 per month and $400 a refundable security bond …Am happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I am presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

    A google search shows the same ‘guy’ runs an au-pair scam as well as rental scams.

    Hope this post helps protect someone from the scam in future.

  18. The following is what i believe to be a scam! look out for crap like this when you are searching for a property. when things are too good to be true, they most probably are!


    Thanks for your reply,

    Before going further with anything I must tell you how this service works and what we need to do.
    1 – To start this transaction I will need your info(name,address,phone number and email address).
    2 – I will go to the DHL Office with the keys, all the property documents and complete all the necessary documents for you as a future tenant.
    3 – After all the legal documents will be verified and the rent contract will be made, DHL will send you a delivery notification(to let you know that they have the keys and the documents in their custody) and the payment instructions (you’ll be instructed to send the money for the first month of rent+the security deposit to a DHL agent from England through a Bank Transfer because is a quickly method and you will receive the keys in short time )
    4 – After you’ll make the transfer you’ll have to send the info about the money deposit to DHL and after they will receive your payment will start the delivery of the keys and the contract at your address.
    5 – After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, you’ll have 10 days to decide if you keep the property or not(you can live there 10 days for free so you can decide if you’ll take it–if so you’ll have to sign the contract, if not you’ll have to return the contract unsigned to the DHL office. If the contract is returned signed by you DHL will relase the money to me, if the contract is unsigned they will return the money to you-BUT I’M SURE THAT YOU WILL LOVE THE PROPERTY and because of this I will pay DHL fees (about 200 pounds) and you’ll pay fees-for the Bank Transfer(about 50$). So if you have $1,600 cash (the rent for 1 month-$800 and the bond-$800) and if you’re ready for this transaction send me your info (full name, your shipping address, your phone #, e-mail) and the full name of the person(s) that will live with you.
    As soon as I receive your info I’ll start the official procedure, and DHL will notify you about this matter. You’ll also receive important guidelines plus instructions from them in order to complete the deal in a safe way for both (please go through them exactly).

    PS: I will make the transaction only in this way and if you want to proceed please email with all the requested info.
    Waiting to hear from you soon

    Thank you

  19. My partner and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has commented on this article previously about richard winston!
    We were ready to transfer the money to him when i had a bad gut feeling and looked the address up on google, which led me to this article.
    We are both so very grateful for your comments and feel awful for those who have been caught by him in the past.

    29th July 2013

  20. Hello ,

    Mary and Paul Kenneth:

    I really understand all you said, You can send the money via western union and you would not not be giving the MTCN tracking number until you get the keys, without the MTCN he can not receive any money. You would just let me know the sender’s name to confirm if the payment is sent. Let me know if this is OK and fine by you. Please we are doing this based on TRUST, do not let us down as soon as you have the keys and document with you. You can go ahead and send the money and get back to me ASAP. Please let me know if this is okay by you, and let me know if I can send you the information on how to send the payment to my husband, so we can confirm the payment as soon as possible.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  21. Hi, everyone

    Thank u for all the comments and my friend almost decide to transfer money to this guy too!

    Luckily, I have found this article. This help us a lot! anyway we wanna warn everyone about ”
    bad guy name Richard Winston who try to cheating people on flatmate.com.au ,and he said the same as above ( he is currently in usa and want us to wire money to someone name “Cynthia” )
    The address is : 44/92 grey street st.kilda

    Be careful !

    Cheers

  22. Hi Everyone. This guy Ruchard Winston is still out there scamming people. I almost fell for his trap too! But he even send me a picture of his international passport to prove that he is real. Here are the copies of emails we exchanged.
    Even after the whole thing and I wrote to him that I think its a scam this is what he replies:

    Richard Winston
    Oct 18 (1 day ago)

    to me
    Hello

    This is no scam . I want you to know that i I would have loved to show you around but am currently in USA, so i will really appreciate if you are ok with that ??.. DHL will deliver the keys to your address you provided after the funds must have been received via Western Union .

    Your courteous and careful attitude towards this issue is something I understand, and I want to tell you that if I were you too, I’ll be more than careful in dealing with this situation, but one thing I’ll assure you of is that be rest assured that there won’t be any problem. Please I don’t know any other means in which I can offer we handle this but I can assure you the apartment is the best you can get for that price . I can send you my international passport for proof .

    To be rest assured your money is safe you can pay a part payment of $400 and after you receive the keys you will then balance the rest….. What do you think ??………Get back to me soon as i have other disturbing me about the apartment but your response about taking care of the apartment is really lovely .

    SO I WROTE HIM THIS:

    Ok, do you have a number in america where i can call you to speak to you? Where in USA are you?

    And are you the legal owner of that property?

    Yes if you send me image of your international passport showing your name and I can verify that you are the owner of that apartment it would be a little easier for me to feel comfortable.

    HE DOES NOT GIVE ME A NUMBER BUT DOES SEND HIS PASSPORT
    Which I can tell he altered, he added the name and the city with a different font, and even the picture that he put of himself on the large image on the left is not the same as the small image that is not so visible on the right side. So this guy is not stopping!

  23. Seems he has changed his name to ADAM MARK.. exactly the same add etc.. but new address also.

  24. He also goes by many other names such as Richard Wooler. Hope he burns in hell.

  25. This is going on in Canada too. The guy is going by James Hudson, on missionary work in ukrane. Too good to be true. Didn’t send the money,checked the property records at city hall and they didn’t match so flat out told him when he called via a magic jack number that he’s full of crap

  26. Richard is now Venessa Taylor. Avoid Craig’s list!! There is another scamer by the name or Mark.

  27. Do you heard something about Albion Woods? He rent apartments in the same way that I read here via DHL property.

  28. Hi Jorge

    Albion Woods is trying to rent me an apartment in Guaynabo Puerto Rico via DHL Property from London. Did he tell you the same thing?

    • Hi IMZ

      I am having a similar situation, apartment for rent in San Juan PR via DHL Property from London. Was yours a scam?

  29. I’m not sure what to think about this… Alarm bells and red flags are going off, but the apartment is so great and affordable that I don’t want to think this is a scam!

    I emailed him saying I want the apartment and would like to meet up today to see it, and here was his response:

    Thanks so much for the prompt response, Internet, water. Wireless (internet connection) and electricity is all available in my apartment just for $200 per week. I will like you to know a little about me, Am Lancelot Cerci. A Researcher with Miles Morgan Australia Pty Ltd. Am presently in USA. I have a job to finish up here with my company and that’s why I have moved with my family to Texas I have a 2 years contract with my company and there is a very possibility chance of extending my stay here in USA. presently the keys to the apartment is deposited at the Dhl Office in Melbourne International Airport for any interested tenant to get it picked up there or get it delivered to his or her address once payment is confirmed, i will like to know if you are willing to get the keys picked up or you want it delivered to your address as I will be able to deliver the keys to your temporary home address as soon as you fill in the Lease application form, the keys will only takes 24hrs to deliver to your address without any extra charges if that’s what you want. am sure you will thinking why my rent out payment is too low, i want you to know that i purposely reduce the price because am not concern about money all that concerned me is a good person that will take good care of my lovely properties in my absent and i know you are capable of doing that, if you can do that you won’t have any problem in moving to my apartment as far as you follow the instructions.

    Note: Concerning the inspection of my apartment, i want you to know that you won’t be able to check inside due to my trip that won’t be possible, so i want you to just may drive by or go ahead and view the apartment from outside with the address i gave to you in previous mail. am so sorry for not been able to show you how the inside look like.

    Am willing to rent out the apartment for Short and Long term lease its all depend on how you are willing to stay in my apartment and you will need to sign a contract. Before we proceed further with the contract i will like to make this clear to you that , you really have luck in contact me first about this beautiful apartment. because there is alot of facilities in my apartment that you will really enjoy.

    Do write back to me ASAP if you okay with the settings so that we can move on and get you the required documents so as not to delay you in moving in soonest.

    Sincere Regards…
    Lancelot

    So I replied telling him I won’t pay him a dime until I see the inside of the apartment and sign a lease. I guess we’ll see how it goes.

  30. NEW SCAMMER DYLLIN FILDIE!!! WATCH OUT PEOPLE. Below is the email she send o me….

    I am in receipt of your mail regarding your keen interest in my apartment.Myname is Dyllin Elizabeth Foldie, I’m an American Citizen, female, single and I am 30 years old. I have stayed in Australia for years and I am a cool person you can share apartment with and I know you will really enjoy your stay together with me in the apartment.I work with Jeppens Boeing company. www.jeppesen.com/index.jsp  where we provide simulation, decision support, and scheduling systems for the global transportation industries in the Air,on land and water).

    We are currently working on a project to deliver our HTML-based Flight Information Display System (WebFIDS) together with our Flight Information Management module here in New Zealand.

    I am not in Melbourne at the moment due to my work schedule as a field specialist/supervisor.I will be back as soon as we through with the project here.Myapartment is a 3 bedroom apartment where am occupying 1 of the rooms  and the other 2 rooms available for rent are ensuite, which is not to be shared.

    However you can move in while am away, because I deposited the Spare Keys to the apartment with a DHL Office over there in Melbourne.So, if you really want to move in I will send you the reference Number (code number) that you will present at the DHL Office to get the spare keys or better still, I can send the Keys, directly  to your present address.

    I will like to ask you few questions before I proceed with your interest in my apartment.And they are as follow:

    1.Are you married?

    2.Do you have kids?

    3.What do you do for a living?

    4.Do you smoke?

    5.How old are you?

    6.How long will you like to stay in my apartment?

    7.Do you live in Australia or you are coming to Australia from another country?

    8.Do you have a pet?

    9.Phone number?

    I am interested in the answers to the above questions because,I have to abide with the laws and regulations biding the apartment.All utility bills(Electricity,internet,gas,water etc) are included in the rent of $1000 and security deposit of $1000(REFUNDABLE)

    Kindly get back to me if you are willing to proceed or make a reservation for the bedroom.

    Best Regards mate.

    Dyllin Foldie

  31. email 1 :

    Hello ,
    It’s my great pleasure that you are interested in our lovely house for rent and i m sorry for late response been so busy with the work of God ..i am owner of my house and we resided in this home before and presently we have packed out due to my transfer as a matter of my profession,where I work as a volunteer with Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA)here is the site for more detail about why i am here in USA California (www.wycliffe.org ) and my husband who is a missionary’s dealing with Bible Translation and literacy worldwide.
    As soon as we settle down here we had thought of selling the house so I had to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my husband advised against that,I reasoned with him and accepted his advise,So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents,Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have given the same agent this job also but the truth is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later and we want the tenant to take absolute care of the property.my house is furnished and also can be rented Unfurnished but it has a big storage to put things away okay?and its available to move in and i also accept Dss,so fill out my form below and we can go from there, since i am not residing there for now,The house is fully Furnished and has a big storage.The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, my computer connected with Internet access.I have the keys and document with me here in the USA to be precise and the house is ready for you to move in if you are really interested in my house.I am here on a missionary work with my family and will be here for 3years but on Due cases i will be visiting to check on you and my house cause absolute maintenance of my house is what i am after cause its newly renovated,Very spacious and Clean,So after Normal process is taking i shall be sending you the keys and document for you to move in, Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, hope you are okay with the price of (250Pounds) for deposit which is what i require before you move in and at the end of your first month in the house then you can make your first month rent payment (500Pounds) Per Month including all bills like heat laundry facilities and Council Tax as i take care of the bills myself,but your absolute maintenance of my house is most important to me, if you are really interested renting this house fill the application below and get back to me with the answers,Now that we on Retreat program over here please I want you to note that all we will want is a very honest and neat person,so i will solicit for your absolute understanding and maintenance of this home and want you to treat it as your own,i am with the keys and documents here with me which will be sent to any responsible and interested tenant through DHL further more you have to undergo some processes before i could be willing and convince to let my home to any tenant,The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy always. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i have always stand on my word,Moreover as a woman of God i intend to do my things with soft kindred heart.

    LOCATION………..Shirley Road Acocks Green, Acock’s Green, Birmingham B27 7Nb United Kingdom
    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    ********PRIVATE & \CONFIDENTIAL*********
    Please answer these questions below:
    Full Name…………………………
    Age………………………………….
    Current Address…………….
    Landline(Phone)……………
    Mobile(Phone)
    Reasons for Leaving……….
    Are you married…………….
    How many people will be living in the house…………..
    Do you have a pet……………………………………………………
    Do you have a car…………………………………………………..
    Occupation…………………………………………………………..
    How soon Do you want to Move In………………………
    How Long Do you want To stay……………………………
    Deposit Amount………………………………………………
    Pictures Of Occupants………………………………………….
    I personally will come visiting sometime during the year as our new tenant,Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file as my new tenant and we can go on with the process.Awaiting your reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you
    Thanks And God Bless.

    email 2:

    APPLICATION APPROVED

    Hello ,
    thanks for your response and i want you to know its a lovely and peaceful house fully furnished and can also be rented out unfurnished,i can also see your wiliness to rent my house,hope everything is fine with you so we can proceed ,I will give you full description in the package which i will be sending to you via Dhl which will contain entrance keys and the documents of the house but you need to make a deposit which is 250Pounds first to secure the house and it’s refundable at the end of your tenancy,then after package will be delivered to you the next day after deposit is confirmed.You can’t view the inside as i told you earlier because the keys and documents are here with me.So if you are comfortable with that you can get back to me, as it wasn’t my fault, we were suppose to lock up the house at the very time we were leaving for missionary trip and we never had an intention of renting it out,It was just my husband who said it will be wise to rent it out since he was worried about the maintenance of the inside,So the tenant can always keep it clean .The rent payment which is agreed as stated in the first mail 500Pounds monthly…I would be sending the following documents to you via DHL COURIER next day Delivery to your present residential address which you provided to me in your application form and the tracking number will be sent to you so that when you are ready to occupy the place it will be convenient for you and your tenancy starts counting immediately you move in, all you need to do now is make the deposit and when you have receive the keys and move into the house then you can make your first month rent .Once again, we are giving you this on trust and honesty so do not disappoint us and I promise you that you will love it.So i have the keys and the receipt for payment will also be made available, which will be packaged together with the package,So let me know if i should email you my Details for the deposit so the keys and documents will be sent to you immediately,Here are the contents of the package…….(You have a beautiful family )….

    1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)The house documentary file.
    3)Payment Receipt.
    4)Original signed copy of lease contract agreement

    ATTACH PIC IS ME AND MY FAMILY .

  32. Another one: RAFAEL CASILLAS. He’s pretending to be a pastor out of LA, USA renting a $2,2M apartment in Sydney. What a scumbag. Same stories. Fedex at the airport, 200 a week, bond, moneygram transfer, photos from the real estate agency, poor english, everything. His emails: leesakh60@gmail.com and kennawo93@gmail.com.

    • I’ve been emailing him for the past hour and had my suspicions from the first second. He outlined all that you’ve just said. I am so happy I googled his name just for curiosity’s sake. Can’t believe the nerve of some people!!

  33. Omg I’ve been emailing him too but it all just seemed so shady so I googled RAFAEL CASILLAS and came accros this article and the latest comments.

    After I enquired this is what he wrote back

    Thanks for the prompt response,..The rent is $800 per month and a refundable bond of $800 too. I’m glad for your interest on my apartment, Its well furnished and decorated with facilities like:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills are already included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’d travelled to California in UNITED STATES today for Pastors convention.I will be there for some time meanwhile i have the apartment keys deposited at the Fedex office in Melbourne Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there after completing the rental process. Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man also as a Pastor i try helping others in need too and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so i will really appreciate absolute maintenance of this
    apartment like it belongs to you. Money is nothing to the apartment
    but care and good maintenance.I will be glad to see it neat when i’m back.
    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment. So let me know if your ready to proceed with the rental process so i can have your info to send you the Lease agreement and get the rent completed so you can pick up the keys and move in.

    Regards,
    Pastor Rafael Casillas
    Owner.

  34. Really Informative post .. If anyone looking for room-share or flat-share in Australia please through rentaroom.com.au its really helpful for you.

  35. Tenant To Be,

                                            

                Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .  

     

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .

    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM

    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET

    Kitchen: Yes

    Living room: Yes

    Internet: Yes

    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)

    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)

    Furnished: Yes

    Min period: 1 week

    Max period: 2 years

    Utility Bills: Already Included

    Available: Immediately

    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues. 

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer. 

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space. 

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .

    –  Combined living & dining 

    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge 

    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)

    – Air conditioning, high ceilings

    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

              Attached are the pictures of the amazing apartment . Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

     

      
    BSB 306065

    Account number: 0628985

    Account name: Kedar Deshpande

    Bank Address: Bankwest Curtin store Curtin university Hayman road Bentley 6102 WA

    BKWAAU6P

  36. I pay already I feel like a dick head

  37. Now he is working under the name Reginald Vicens, agent in UK is Martin Alex Stammers. reginaldvicensvicens@aol.com
    If someone is in London, you can check this address

    This are my info :
    Reginald Vicens
    13 Upper Wimpole Street

    London W1G 6LP
    United Kingdom
    # 020 7935 7715

  38. Rafael Casillas became a reverend, because he sent me an email on NZ flatmates as Rev. Raefael Casillas, saying he was on mission in the UK. This flat is in Auckland, NZ. The place is pretty awesome, kind of a bummer lol.

  39. If in Melbourne watch out for this Property

    1 bedroom apartment
    1 bathroom
    Prefer non-smokers
    Internet access available
    Parking space available
    The Room
    Any gender
    1 room available
    Ensuite bathroom
    Furnished with bed
    The Details
    Please only contact via : savemegod89@gmail.com so you can get a quick response!!…. Contact Only via Email savemegod89@gmail.com . My name is Adam Stuckey

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    Public transport is just at the door steps . Combined living & dining Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer) Air conditioning, high ceilings -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby .

    Please only contact via : savemegod89@gmail.com so you can get a quick response!!ing fire this advert.

    The Property
    1 bedroom apartment
    1 bathroom
    Prefer non-smokers
    Internet access available
    Parking space available
    The Room
    Any gender
    1 room available
    Ensuite bathroom
    Furnished with bed
    The Details
    Please only contact via : savemegod89@gmail.com so you can get a quick response!!…. Contact Only via Email savemegod89@gmail.com . My name is Adam Stuckey

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    Public transport is just at the door steps . Combined living & dining Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer) Air conditioning, high ceilings -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby .

    Please only contact via : savemegod89@gmail.com so you can get a quick response!!

  40. The Property
    1 bedroom apartment
    1 bathroom
    Prefer non-smokers
    Internet access available
    Parking space available
    The Room
    Any gender
    1 room available
    Ensuite bathroom
    Furnished with bed
    The Details
    Please only contact via : savemegod89@gmail.com so you can get a quick response!!…. Contact Only via Email savemegod89@gmail.com . My name is Adam Stuckey

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    Public transport is just at the door steps . Combined living & dining Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer) Air conditioning, high ceilings -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby .

    Please only contact via : savemegod89@gmail.com so you can get a quick response!!

  41. Hi guys,
    another one under the name of Adam Stuckey, email address iamalive798@gmail.com

    This is the email a friend of mine received:

    Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,..The rent is $150 per week and $600 per month with a refundable bond of $600…. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Sydney international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

  42. Stuckey Adam Mark is still at it, with a property in Melbourne on Flatmates.com.au for:

    4/140 Flinders Street.

    We emailed him as the offer seemed so good and the process was going far too easy so we looked it up and found the emails we received to be almost identical to the ones in this post. The only details we handed over were our phone number and the address of our hostel so nothing too alarming.

    Thanks for this post, saved us handing over a lot of money.

  43. ADAM STUCKEY MARK IN MELBOURNE DO NOT TRUST!!

    NEW SCAMMER EMAIL::

    godisable880@gmail.com

    This property:
    4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    This site:
    flatmates.com.au

    CUT THE SCAMMING BULLSHIT!!
    Things are too good to be true I straight away Googled the address and found this site along with a lot of other connected scams
    This asshole can go fuck himself!!

  44. Hello. Saw the threads on Richard Winston. Ive been renting from same named fellow on Gold Coast & wondering if a short, chubby, bald, 40 year old is this man? He has been my Landlord but never goes by the book. I’m vacating soon but I’m dubious of him but have a diff email than the one you have written. Hopefully my Landlord is not the boogeyman I fear.

  45. Back with more scam – Miles Ana-Maria

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.”

    Kiss my chocolate little butt.

    • Hello I also contacted with this email and I’m really disappointed with that I have scammed can you get your money back?? Is there any other solutions to get the money back please help me

  46. Melbournians he’s still trying to scam people

    property: 140 Flinders st
    on craigslist Melbourne (well you should take most things on craigslist with a grain of salt)

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    Public transport is just at the door steps . Combined living & dining Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer) Air conditioning, high ceilings -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby .

    I saw the pics and thought too good to be true and a srach brought me here

  47. Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,……………The rent is $200 per week and $800 per month with a refundable bond of $800….. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

  48. SCAMMMMM !!!

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Miles Ana-Maria
    Subject: WONDERFUL & BEAUTIFUL ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT IN MELBOURNE

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Attached are the pictures of the amazing apartment . Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

    Regards.

  49. SCAMMMMM !!!! Continue from Miles Ana-Maria Ask for payment Money Gram Information Of My Personal Assistant which you will be sending the funds to:

    NAME…………………………………………………. Carey Augustine
    ADDRESS……………………………………………… 10 Main Str.

    Hello,

    Thanks for the quick response . Please kindly check the attached document and read carefully and kindly get back to me asap, so we can move on .

    You are to SCAN, sign and email me the lease agreement back,…….You will send the security deposit which is $800 ( Refunded When You Move Out ) and the First Month rent $800 making a total of ($1600) to hold the house for you and be rest assured the house is yours because I have numerous people who needs the house but your response has been quite encouraging, that’s why I want you to hurry up in making the payment and getting the keys…..So you can have the keys and document by today or tomorrow or next, that’s if you can send the funds today/ tomorrow?…

    Below is the Money Gram Information Of My Personal Assistant which you will be sending the funds to:

    NAME…………………………………………………. Carey Augustine
    ADDRESS……………………………………………… 10 Main Str.
    CITY………………………………………………….. Frisco
    STATE……………………………………………….. Texas
    ZIP CODE…………………………………………….. 75035

    Get back to me with the following after you have sent the payment…

    1. The REFERENCE NUMBER # on the Money Gram receipt.
    2. Sender ‘s Name and Address Used In Sending The Money
    3. Actual Amount Sent.

    NOTE: ALL PAYMENT RECEIVED ARE REFUNDABLE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE APARTMENT BUT I AM GIVING YOU A BENEFIT OF DOUBT THAT YOU WILL LOVE THE APARTMENT…..

    Get back to me as soon as you can…

    Regards..

  50. IT’S A BIG SCAM!!!!

    Hello,

    Thanks for the quick response . Please kindly check the attached document and read carefully and kindly get back to me asap, so we can move on .

    You are to SCAN, sign and email me the lease agreement back,…….You will send the security deposit which is $600 ( Refunded When You Move Out ) and the First Month rent $600 making a total of ($1200) to hold the house for you and be rest assured the house is yours because I have numerous people who needs the house but your response has been quite encouraging, that’s why I want you to hurry up in making the payment and getting the keys…..So you can have the keys and document by today or tomorrow or next, that’s if you can send the funds today/ tomorrow?…

    Below is the Western Union Information Of My Personal Assistant which you will be sending the funds to:

    NAME…………………………………………………. Mitchell Cody
    ADDRESS……………………………………………… 10 Main Str.
    CITY………………………………………………….. Fayetteville
    STATE……………………………………………….. Tennessee
    ZIP CODE…………………………………………….. 37334

    Get back to me with the following after you have sent the payment…

    1. The MTCN # on the western union receipt.
    2. Sender ‘s Name and Address Used In Sending The Money
    3. Actual Amount Sent.

    NOTE: ALL PAYMENT RECEIVED ARE REFUNDABLE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE APARTMENT BUT I AM GIVING YOU A BENEFIT OF DOUBT THAT YOU WILL LOVE THE APARTMENT…..

    Get back to me as soon as you can…

    Regards..

  51. Just started dialogue with this Miles Ana-Maria character.
    Thanks to everyone who has commented here sharing so more people don’t get scammed.

    Here is the one email I’ve received so far, and thanks to this post I won’t be handing over any money.

    Hello Tenant To Be,
    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent. Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Attached are the pictures of the amazing apartment . Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

    Regards.

    Struck me as too good to be true and a quick google search has confirmed.

  52. Hello I just know I have scammed with Miles Ana Maria I got same emails and also I wanted to make it more reliable I asked her Identification she send me international passport please people help me how can I get my money back is there any solutions? I paid 1200$ yesterday and she aked me to pay more 2-3 months rent so I replied her I wanted to follow the lease agreement but she haven’t replied me yet 🙁 so what should I do??

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment……The apartment is located at 207/2 Barney Street Southport QLD 4215 . The apartment is spacious.

    FLAT ADDRESS: 207/2 Barney Street Southport QLD 4215.
    Rooms: STUDIO APARTMENT ( INCLUDES KITCHEN, BATHROOM & TOILET BEDROOM AND LIVING ROOM ALTOGETHER )
    Bathroom: One bathroom and Toilet
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 150 AUD
    Amount Rent/month: 600 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 month
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    Grab this one quick-not often they come up at this price with these views!…… Fully furnished, studio unit with lovely Broadwater views….. Fully equipped kitchenette has cutlery and crockery, toaster, kettle and frying pan. Bathroom has shower, vanity and toilet.

    Just bring your clothes, food and sheets and you are ready to live it up for less$$$ .

    Major shopping centre and Imagine Education Centre are just five minutes walk away. Tavern and popular fast food outlets are ten minutes walk. Southport CBD (Australia Fair, Gold Coast TAFE, Brown’s English Language School, Shafton International College, Inforum Education, AICOL, CQ University, Gold Coast Language Schools, Gold Coast Hospital, and Griffith University Centre for Medical and Oral Health) is two minutes walk then ten minutes bus ride. Bus to Surfers Paradise (Embassy English Language School, Langports, English in Paradise, and Pacific English, beach, nightclubs and tourist hub) is about eight minute walk then twelve minute ride. These are all an easy bike ride or you can walk if you are so inclined. Plenty of on street parking if you have a car.

    Attached are some pictures of how my apartment looks like. Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

    Regards.

    • You just saved my life thank you so much.
      wait till i hear back from her now…….

  53. Hi everyone.

    I stumbled across this forum too late after transferring money to this person ($1600). I would just like to warn people that this is still a scam. The place that I was looking at was in Perth and the email address that I emailed was godisgreat836@gmail.com

    The email that I received was as followed:
    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent. Here are some important information about the apartment , The apartment is located at 61/131 Adelaide Terrace East Perth WA 6004. The apartment is spacious.

    FLAT ADDRESS:61/131 Adelaide Terrace East Perth WA 6004
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 month
    Max period: 2 years
    Available: Immediately
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Parking Space: Yes

    Fully Furnished and Self Contained: This spacious 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 car bay apartment on the 6th floor of the stylish Infinity Apartments offers a great opportunity to have a city base and enjoy the in-house resort style facilities available. Ideally suited for relocating professionals/corporate staff to Perth and students. The apartment has been finished and equipped to a high standard. The facilities include a 20 metre lap pool, heated outdoor spa, sun lounges, gas barbeques, gym, sauna as well as a games room & bar area.

    Features of the property include the following:

    *Reverse cycle air conditioner.
    *All white goods included: washing machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and dryer.
    *Granite bench-tops in the kitchen and both bathrooms
    *Balcony with superb views over Perth
    *Under-cover secured car-bay
    *Foxtel, broadband, and telephone are all wired up.

    Please kindly check the attached for the pictures of the apartment. Kindly let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go ahead with lease agreement.

    Regards.

    Hope this helps anyone in the future to stay away from this horrid scam.

    • omgggggg that sucks so badd!!! he was emailing me too but i was lucky to copy the email into google and it came up with scam rental straight away. im so sorry.

  54. Oh my god so glad I googled the address and this sight popped up. The same person is on http://www.flatmates.com again as miles ana-Marie and email address savemegod9@gmail.com

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Attached are the pictures of the amazing apartment . Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

    Regards.

    He almost got me, but thought it was a bit suss when he said he is in America and I would have to pick up key from DHL at airport. Feel so bad for all that have sent this jerk money, and it’s been going on for so long.

  55. I just reported this to flatmates.com and it has been removed

  56. Ana-Marie Miles add is still up! I stared a dialogue with this person last night and felt a bit uneasy about a “hurry up with payment” comment… So glad I did a search first as the deal is to good to be true! Utter scum! Savemegod9@gmail.com . Whilst I did give some personal deets (name, age, address etc). I doubt there is much than can result of this? I’ll be reporting this now – a HUGE thank you to everyone for posting!

  57. I gave my personal details with my number and address and I’m really scared they’ll find me or some shit arghhhhhhh anyone else given out details ?????

  58. Hi everyone- I found a new scammer last night. They are using a brand new email and name. Not sure if it is connected to the previous ones but the story is almost identical.

    Shortly after I emailed they took down the listing from realestate.au

    gord1y4phoebeh7k@yandex.com (emailed from this address)

    rentalenquiry44@gmail.com (email on wesbsite)

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my apartment.

    My name is Phoebe Gordon, I’m 43 years old and I’m the owner of the apartment located at: 62/540 Queen Street Brisbane City Qld 4000.I lived in this beautiful apartment for over 2 years and loved every day of it, until last month when I received a promotion and needed to move to Athens, Greece.

    The apartment is in the best conditions, it is newly furnished and equipped with all the dependencies, central air and heat, the apartment come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want to use your own furniture),there is also a linen closet, washer and drier.The rent of the apartment is $250 p/w including all utilities(water,electricity, Internet,cable, parking,air conditioning, garbage).Also the apartment is near the public transportation and other facilities.There are no problems if you have pets, as long as you clean up after them.

    My contract here, in Athens, expires in September 2019, so I can rent you the apartment for max. 4 years and minimum 3 months.

    Because I had to move to Athens so soon, I didn’t had the time to find a trustworthy agent,so I had to take the apartment keys with me. I had a really bad experience with the renting agents from the area, with my previous home. I can’t come to show you the apartment and I don’t have any friends in the area to send the keys. I found an alternate solution in order to close the transaction safe for the both of us, it is an shipping company called Courier Express (I will arrange for a 3 days delivery),they will provide assistance in handling the payment and delivery of the Keys and Lease Agreement.With this procedure you will be able to check the apartment before I receive the payment.

    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.

    If you are interested in renting my apartment please reply back and i will send you all the details about how Courier Express works, step by step.

    Looking forward to your reply,

    Best wishes,

    Phoebe

  59. Guys be VERY CAUTIOUS !!!!
    N a m e:
    -Purnanand Singh-

    The below happened to me just yesterday and today!!!
    I send the money but I was extremely lucky when I realised the scam, I just called WesternUnion and cancelled the transaction !!! After an hour or so he was so impudent as to send me a rude email wanted to know why I refunded the amount!!!

    ” I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.”

    ” You are to SCAN, sign and email me the lease agreement back,…….You will send the security deposit which is $800 ( Refunded When You Move Out ) and the First Month rent $800 making a total of ($1600) to hold the house for you and be rest assured the house is yours because I have numerous people who needs the house but your response has been quite encouraging, that’s why I want you to hurry up in making the payment and getting the keys…..So you can have the keys and document by today or tomorrow or next, that’s if you can send the funds today/ tomorrow?…

    Below is the Western Union Information Of My Personal Assistant which you will be sending the funds to:

    NAME…………………………………………………. Purnanand Singh
    ADDRESS……………………………………………… 10 Main Str.
    CITY………………………………………………….. Queens
    STATE……………………………………………….. New York
    ZIP CODE…………………………………………….. 11419

    Get back to me with the following after you have sent the payment…”

    • Hi I am actually a victim of this transaction and I have actually sent my money over to Purnanand Singh.

      I made my payment on 01 Aug and a day later Maria Miles emailed me ,asking me to pay more, saying that her lawyer states that 1600 is not enough to secure the location.

      Help guys! What should I do to get my money back?

  60. @hr, I just got a reply from rentalenquiry44@gmail.com with exatly the same story but for a different property in Melbourne. 9 Sutherland st Melbourne to be exact.

    The ad looks like the link below:

    8 Sutherland Street, Melbourne
    http://www.domain.com.au/9922855

    Coming from the Domain site, I thought it’d be safe, but after reading the email with the story of ‘moving to Athens for a job, looking for a trustworthy tenant, sending the key…’ sounded fishy. So I called the number on the website, which was a Sydney number(02) 8091 3738, more suspicious as I’m looking for a place in Melbourne and the call didn’t go through. After googling the email address, I find that the person is a scammer. I’ll also copy the email content.
    Phew!

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my apartment.

    My name is Phoebe Gordon, I’m 43 years old and I’m the owner of the apartment located at: 1704/8 Sutherland Street Melbourne Vic 3000.I lived in this beautiful apartment for over 2 years and loved every day of it, until last month when I received a promotion and needed to move to Athens, Greece.

    The apartment is in the best conditions, it is newly furnished and equipped with all the dependencies, central air and heat, the apartment come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want to use your own furniture),there is also a linen closet, washer and drier.The rent of the apartment is $300 p/w including all utilities(water,electricity, Internet,cable, parking,air conditioning, garbage).Also the apartment is near the public transportation and other facilities.There are no problems if you have pets, as long as you clean up after them.

    My contract here, in Athens, expires in September 2019, so I can rent you the apartment for max. 4 years and minimum 3 months.

    Because I had to move to Athens so soon, I didn’t had the time to find a trustworthy agent,so I had to take the apartment keys with me. I had a really bad experience with the renting agents from the area, with my previous home. I can’t come to show you the apartment and I don’t have any friends in the area to send the keys. I found an alternate solution in order to close the transaction safe for the both of us, it is an shipping company called Courier Express (I will arrange for a 3 days delivery),they will provide assistance in handling the payment and delivery of the Keys and Lease Agreement.With this procedure you will be able to check the apartment before I receive the payment.

    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.

    If you are interested in renting my apartment please reply back and i will send you all the details about how Courier Express works, step by step.

    Looking forward to your reply,

    Best wishes,

    Phoebe

    • Wow, glad I could help!

      Amazing that they are using the same story/email for different properties. I hope they can stop these people.

  61. All emails from Miles Ana-Maria are fraudulent!

  62. phoebe gordon is another scam

  63. I saw an apartment on Flatmates.com.au obviously too good to be true. The address was ‘4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000’ and instructed to email through Name, Age, F/M, Occupation and contact phone number.

    I did this and emailed the email address gives which was ‘savemegod9@gmail.com’

    Silly me. Anyway straight away I received a response saying

    “ello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Regards. ”

    I responded again asking whether that this Miles person could call me to organise a viewing of the apartment and again gave my mobile number.

    Soon after I sent this email I googled the address, as expected I stumbled across this website. I then blocked the email from contacting me however they still have my phone number.

    Have I already been scammed or am I safe because I havn’t sent money.?? I also looked up the value of the property which is $440 per week rent.

    I knew you couldn’t get an apartment in Melbourne for $200 per week that bunk bed prices… Damn

  64. Thank you all so much for alerting me to this guy’s scams. We hadn’t been asked for money yet but the email he sent us was exactly the same as those that everyone had commented.

    The email he provided on flatmates.com.au was savemegod9@gmail.com and his name was Miles Ana-Maria. This is what he said to us:

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Regards.

  65. Miles Ana-Maria is still around.Almost got pinged myself just today. Beware!

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Regards.

  66. OMG! i’m really thankful for these posts..
    i almost got scammed by “Miles Anna-Maria” yesterday, so close to paying the deposit.
    the person use “savemegod9@gmail.com” on flatmates

  67. Thanks you guys!
    I got the same message from a lady from greece!

    >>>>>>>>>
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my apartment.

    My name is Amber Walker, I’m 43 years old and I’m the owner of the apartment located at: 702/132 Alice Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000.I lived in this beautiful apartment for over 1 year and loved every day of it, until last month when I received a promotion and needed to move to Athens, Greece.

    The apartment is in the best conditions, it is newly furnished and equipped with all the dependencies, central air and heat, the apartment come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want to use your own furniture),there is also a linen closet, washer and drier.The rent of the apartment is $250 p/w including all utilities(water,electricity, Internet,cable, parking,air conditioning, garbage).Also the apartment is near the public transportation and other facilities.There are no problems if you have pets, as long as you clean up after them.

    My contract here, in Athens, expires in December 2019, so I can rent you the apartment for max. 4 years and minimum 3 months.

    Because I had to move to Athens so soon, I didn’t had the time to find a trustworthy agent,so I had to take the apartment keys with me. I had a really bad experience with the renting agents from the area, with my previous home. I can’t come to show you the apartment and I don’t have any friends in the area to send the keys. I found an alternate solution in order to close the transaction safe for the both of us, it is an shipping company called Vitran Express (I will arrange for a 3 days delivery),they will provide assistance in handling the payment and delivery of the Keys and Lease Agreement.With this procedure you will be able to check the apartment before I receive the payment.

    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.

    If you are interested in renting my apartment please reply back and i will send you all the details about how Vitran Express works, step by step.

    Looking forward to your reply,

    Best wishes,

    Amber

    》》》》 be aware

  68. Miles Ana-Maria is still posting on flatmates.com.au with the email address savemegod9@gmail.com though the address is making me a bot alert but the place is too good made me so get into it. And I asked for international passport he said he felt offended but it made me alert and search it and fortunately I didn’t send any money to him and people must be alerted!!!

    ——Email from him——
    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

    Regards.

    ——2nd email——–
    Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,……………The rent is $200 per week and $800 per month with a refundable bond of $800….. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

    ——-3rd email——–
    Hi,

    Thanks so much for the mail,……. I’ll be willing to rent out my apartment to you if only you can promise that you will help me take good care of my apartment in my absence.

    For you to get the place reserved we will both sign a rental agreement contract which will be prepared by my lawyer, after your deposit payment which is your first Month rent $800 and the security deposit $800 (Refundable When You Move Out) has been confirmed, which will be $1600 altogether .The key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so if you make the payment, i will send the tracking number to you so that the key can be delivered to your address and you will be able to move in asap .

    Do get back to me with the below information so that we can proceed further:

    Full Name:

    Present Address:

    Sex:

    Age:

    Occupation:

    Contact Number:

    Move In Date:

    Move out Date:

    I shall be waiting for the above information soonest.

    Best Regards .

    ———-4th email————
    Hello

    Thanks for getting back to me . I want you to know that i I would have loved to show you around but am currently in USA, so i will really appreciate if you are ok with that ??.. DHL will deliver the keys to your address you provided after the funds must have been received via Western Union .I am the landlord and owner of the apartment .

    Your courteous and careful attitude towards this issue is something I understand, and I want to tell you that if I were you too, I’ll be more than careful in dealing with this situation, but one thing I’ll assure you of is that be rest assured that there won’t be any problem. Please I don’t know any other means in which I can offer we handle this but I can assure you the apartment is the best you can get for that price . I can send you my international passport for proof to assured .

    To be rest assured your money is safe you can pay a part payment of $800 and after you receive the keys you will then balance the rest….. What do you think ??………Get back to me soon as i have other disturbing me about the apartment but your response about taking care of the apartment is really lovely .

    After this email I asked for passport and he just reject

  69. Hi! This is another scam , Miles Ana Maria is writing from email greatfemale99@gmail.com. careful with this thief!!!

    Email 1.

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment……The apartment is located at 207/2 Barney Street Southport QLD 4215 . The apartment is spacious.

    FLAT ADDRESS: 207/2 Barney Street Southport QLD 4215.
    Rooms: STUDIO APARTMENT ( INCLUDES KITCHEN, BATHROOM & TOILET BEDROOM AND LIVING ROOM ALTOGETHER )
    Bathroom: One bathroom and Toilet
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 150 AUD
    Amount Rent/month: 600 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 month
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    Grab this one quick-not often they come up at this price with these views!…… Fully furnished, studio unit with lovely Broadwater views….. Fully equipped kitchenette has cutlery and crockery, toaster, kettle and frying pan. Bathroom has shower, vanity and toilet.

    Just bring your clothes, food and sheets and you are ready to live it up for less$$$ .

    Major shopping centre and Imagine Education Centre are just five minutes walk away. Tavern and popular fast food outlets are ten minutes walk. Southport CBD (Australia Fair, Gold Coast TAFE, Brown’s English Language School, Shafton International College, Inforum Education, AICOL, CQ University, Gold Coast Language Schools, Gold Coast Hospital, and Griffith University Centre for Medical and Oral Health) is two minutes walk then ten minutes bus ride. Bus to Surfers Paradise (Embassy English Language School, Langports, English in Paradise, and Pacific English, beach, nightclubs and tourist hub) is about eight minute walk then twelve minute ride. These are all an easy bike ride or you can walk if you are so inclined. Plenty of on street parking if you have a car.

    Attached are some pictures of how my apartment looks like. Please let me know if you are interested in renting my apartment so we can go further.

    Regards.

    Email 2.

    Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,….The rent is $150 per week and $600 per month and a refundable bond of $600…I’m happy that you are in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I am presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Brisbane international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

    Email 3.

    Hi,
    Thanks so much for the mail…… I will be willing to rent out my apartment to you if only you can promise that you will help me take good care of my apartment in my absence.

    For you to get the place reserved we will both sign a rental agreement contract which will be prepared by my lawyer, after your deposit payment which is your first month rent $600 and the security deposit $600 has been confirmed, which will be $1200 altogether .The key is deposited at the DHL office in Brisbane international Airport, so if you make the payment, i will send the tracking number to you so that the key can be delivered to your address and you will be able to move in asap .

    Do get back to me with the below information so that we can proceed further:

    Full Name:
    Present Address:
    Sex:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Contact Number:
    Move In Date:
    Move out Date:

    I shall be waiting for the above information soonest.

    Email 4.

    Hello,

    Thanks for the quick response . Please kindly check the attached document and read carefully and kindly get back to me asap, so we can move on .

    You are to SCAN, sign and email me the lease agreement back,…….You will send the security deposit which is $600 ( Refunded When You Move Out ) and the First Month rent $600 making a total of ($1200) to hold the house for you and be rest assured the house is yours because I have numerous people who needs the house but your response has been quite encouraging, that’s why I want you to hurry up in making the payment and getting the keys…..So you can have the keys and document by today or tomorrow or next, that’s if you can send the funds today/ tomorrow?…

    Below is the Western Union Information Of My Personal Assistant which you will be sending the funds to:

    NAME…………………………………………………. Peggy Hill
    ADDRESS……………………………………………… 10 Main Str.
    CITY………………………………………………….. Suffolk
    STATE……………………………………………….. Virginia
    ZIP CODE…………………………………………….. 23438

    Get back to me with the following after you have sent the payment…

    1. The MTCN # on the western union receipt.
    2. Sender ‘s Name and Address Used In Sending The Money
    3. Actual Amount Sent.

    NOTE: ALL PAYMENT RECEIVED ARE REFUNDABLE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE APARTMENT BUT I AM GIVING YOU A BENEFIT OF DOUBT THAT YOU WILL LOVE THE APARTMENT…..

    Get back to me as soon as you can…

    Regards.

  70. Hi guys, can’t believe I met with this same scammer name ADAM STUCKEY ( godisgreat836@gmail.com ) from FLATMATES while sourcing for a new apartment. Good thing I tried looking up for his name when I felt something is wrong when he was alright with not meeting his tenant before lease. No landlord would be so trustworthy as to send the keys to you without house viewing or a meet up. Be aware people.

    Below are two of his email replies:
    —————————
    Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,….The rent is $200 per week and it’s $800 per month and the bond is $800 refundable….. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Perth international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.
    ————-
    Thanks so much for the mail,……… I will be willing to rent out my apartment to you if only you can promise that you will help me take good care of my apartment in my absence.

    For you to get the place reserved we will both sign a rental agreement contract which will be prepared by my lawyer, after your deposit payment which is your first month rent $800 and the security deposit $800 (Refundable) has been confirmed, which will be $1600 altogether .The key is deposited at the DHL office in Perth international Airport, so if you make the payment, i will send the tracking number to you so that the key can be delivered to your address and you will be able to move in asap .

    Do get back to me with the below information so that we can proceed further:

    Full Name:
    Present Address:
    Sex:
    Age:
    Occupation:
    Contact Number:
    Move In Date:
    Move out Date:

    I shall be waiting for the above information soonest.

    Best Regards .

  71. savemegod9@gamil.com totally is scammer ! Same address for 4/140 flinders street Melbourne Vic 3000

  72. advertisement posted at flatmates.com.au

    Using the name of Adam Stuckey
    Miles Ana Maria
    godisgreat836@gmail.com

    Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,….The rent is $200 per week and it’s $800 per month and the bond is $800 refundable….. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Perth international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

  73. I have been emailing Ana Maria Miles today looking at a Gold Coast Property .. It all sounded too good to be true .. I was told to look up Fraud Activities.. Then I just typed in her name and this site came up with exactly the same story.. Posted in flat mates.com
    Wow I’m just very lucky.. Thanks for this website..

  74. This guy Marie-Ann(pretending to be a woman who is in USA) tried to scam me today. Fliders Street apartment. Be aware guys. Never pay anything until you have seen and talked to someone in person

  75. http://www.rent.com.au/property-apartment-melbourne-3000-1650809 This one is also a scam from a guy Philip A Mizero . Be careful!

    Hello,

    How are you doing over there in your country? The main reason to why we are leasing the stated apartment is because we are traveling out of the country tonight for china, I, my wife and daughter, because, I have recently been contracted for work at a Chino-Australian Construction LLC.. My contract ends in 26 months, no one will be around throughout the time we will be away that is the reason we are leasing out the property. It is an 100% furnished apartment with built in wardrobe, a queen size bed , it’s all for you and however you wish to reside. The money is not the actual reason for the rent, but the need for someone to occupy the flat so as to maintain the facilities in the apartment, we need a clean and tidy tenant who will be hygienic and in best place to make the apartment always maintained.The apartment has its personal laundry with a washing and drying machine. Inspections ended yesterday.

    The apartment appears as shown in the pictures attached within. We are a very clean family and I hope you can also please do your best to make it clean and tidy at all times. The kitchen is well garnered and set to every modern standard. Please we will need your assurance that the apartment will be kept clean as always.

    Really the point I will like to lay my emphasis is your ability to take good care of the apartment for us because we would feel very bad if the house is used roughly. The keys and utility bills will be forwarded to you through DHL courier once we reach an agreement.

    Minimum lease time is three months(3 months) and maximity depends on how longer you would like to stay.

    Rental fee of $370/weekly includes Water, Cables tv, Internet wi-fi and Electricity bills with a washing and drying machine,fridge, kitchen set, full set electronics and heater is also in the apartment.

    Monthly: $ 1480
    Bond: $ 1480 (Refunded after expiration of contract)
    First time payment is 1 months rent and Bond as upfront. Further paid monthly thereafter.
    Location:1205/339 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

    Kindly fill out the rent application form if ready to proceed.

    *********RENT APPLICATION FORM********
    (Private and Confidential)

    Also, Please let me get answer to the application below :-
    1)Your Full Name ?
    2)Your Full Address Where You Reside Right Now ?
    3)Reachable Mobile Phone Number ?
    4)Age ?
    5) Sex ?
    6)Are You Married ?
    7)How many people will be living in the apartment?
    8)Do You have a Pet ?
    9)Do You have a Car ?
    10)Occupation ?
    11) Citizen Of Which Country ?
    12)How Long Do You Want To Stay ?
    13)What Is Your Moving In Date ?

    Thanks and God bless you more as you do this.

    I look forward to hearing from you ASAP.

    Regards.
    Engineer Philip.

    • Hi, From which website did you see his ads from? I seen similar ones and was about to rent his property…OMG

  76. Please read… I’m shocked what happened to me i was about to PAY THIS PERSON NOT KNOWING. THIS WAS ADVERTISED ON FLATMATES.COM.AU…..

    Hello Tenant To Be,

    Thank you very much for your email regarding my apartment, my apartment is still available for rent.Here are some important information about the apartment ,…… The apartment is located at 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000

    FLAT ADDRESS: 4/140 Flinders Street Melbourne Vic 3000 .
    Rooms: ONE BEDROOM
    Bathroom: ONE BATHROOM AND TOILET
    Kitchen: Yes
    Living room: Yes
    Internet: Yes
    Amount Rent/week: 200 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Amount Rent/month: 800 AUD ( includes utilities)
    Furnished: Yes
    Min period: 1 week
    Max period: 2 years
    Utility Bills: Already Included
    Available: Immediately
    Parking space: Yes

    FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom, Loft style apartment with security door to Oliver Lane. Tram stop just outside your door and only a short walk to Vibrant Federation Square, Flinders Street Station and sporting venues.

    Funky modern dcor is complimented by open plan living area with high ceilings and timber floors. Modern kitchen, with gas hot plate, electric oven, range hood, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and Euro laundry with washer and dryer.

    Upstairs bedroom includes built in robes, heating and study area. Bathroom includes large shower and loads of storage space.

    Fall in Love with Melbourne from this unique loft style apartment.

    Features of the apartment includes

    – Public transport is just at the door steps .
    – Combined living & dining
    – Sleek kitchen with electric cooking & concealed fridge
    – Quality bathroom, internal laundry (includes washer/dryer)
    – Air conditioning, high ceilings
    -Train stations & bus routes are all nearby

  77. the email continues……

    Miles Ana-Maria

    Hello

    Thanks so much for your prompt response,……………The rent is $200 per week and $800 per month with a refundable bond of $800…. I’m happy that you are interested in renting out my apartment,My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:

    Wireless internet facilities,
    Phone,
    Microwave,
    Dish washer,
    washing machine,
    Dryer, Refrigerator,
    Bathroom,
    Toilet,
    Bedroom,
    kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount and also you will be using all this facility alone without sharing with any body .

    I’m presently in UNITED STATES now to complete my work with my company and am here with my family and my key is deposited at the DHL office in Melbourne international Airport, so that any interested tenant can pickup the key there.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a checkup.I do that once in a while.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.

    • i managed to get “ana maria” to send me a picture of the international passport. i sent it to the authorities. ana on the passport is spelled ANNA

  78. i had the same email threads from ana-maria only today. I realised it was a scam after i went to the REAL apartment on 4/140 Flinders and spoke to the real estate agent. luckily i didnt send anything.

  79. Guys

    Thanks so much for this post.

    I googled the address and this information came up.

    The ad is up on flat mates again!

  80. We have just been scammed and have lost $1600… we were foolish and didn’t do our homework. We sent the money and never received the keys to the house. PLEASE DO NOT FALL FOR HIS TRICKS.
    savemegod9@gmail.com is the email address
    all the emails are the same as listed below

  81. This rental scammer goes under the name of:

    “Miles Ana-Maria”

    on http://www.flatmates.com.au.

    This scammer will want you to pay money via moneygram, without seeing the property, and pick up the keys at the airport at the DHL office (which is not even possible).

    – the passport they will show you is fake- the name on this is Anna-Maria Miles (spelt with 2 Ns)
    – they will say that they don’t have an Australian bank account because they ‘closed it’ before going to the U.S.

    Typical: they’ll tell you an elaborate unbelievable story, poor command of English, and make unreasonable requests (pay first, get key later).

    So funny! Scary for the real Anna-Maria Miles though…

  82. As a continuation from the above: they go under the email address of “savemegod9@gmail.com”.

  83. They’ve now changed their email to: godisable880@gmail.com.

    Relentless!

  84. They now go under godisgreat936@gmail.com
    Don’t get taken in!!
    If anyone asks you to pick keys up from DHS office, it is impossible!

  85. Dear All
    Thanks for posting all of this info – we were sorely tempted to send money to our friend Ana-Maria Miles mentioned by several of you below. The apartment is 140 Flinders St. It sounded too good to be true (which I now know that it is). We were also concerned about the idea of the keys being at the airport. We even visited the site and were excited.

    Beware of these schemes.

  86. Some years ago I registered with a site called Share Accommodation. The number of scams on this site was almost unbelieveable. Most of these quickly became very obvious to me; so much so that I decided to create a new email address so I could play along for something to do…

    Tips on scams.

    1. If the person claims they are overseas – forget it.

    2. If they mention picking up keys from DHL – ”

    3. If they mention sending money through Western Union – ”

    4. If you’ve advertised for a place in the suburbs and they offer you an apartment in the city – ”

    5. If the spelling in the ad is odd looking, be careful. Also if they send you a copy of a rental agreement and any part is misspelled – ”

    Fortunately you can now usually check the place on the satellite view, so if it’s located at the rear of an office block or somewhere similar and there is no fence….

  87. Anna-Maria Miles is still “renting” the same apartment and asking for $200 rent per week while she is in the USA.
    Yes, she still says the key is at DHL
    Realistically, how in their right mind would rent a fully furnished modern apartment to a total stranger for $200 per week?
    The old saying applies-If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t true.
    My daughter was very upset when I found out this was a scam. But better to be upset and disappointed now, before parting with $1600, rather than after losing $1600.
    PS Anna-Maria Miles sent me a copy of her passport, can’t something be done to stop her?

  88. So basically I was nearly scammed by 2 people Mr and Mrs Darcy from France and Mr Clement Brad Lyndon Mr and Mrs wanted to send money through Western Union in my name then send a scan copy of the receipt also ask to send my I’d the story was so obvious. Mr Clement told me he work in a America and I can pick up the keys via DHL please becarful

  89. Hi everyone

    WARNING Adam Stuckey is scamming in NZ with adverts for Canterbury University Students wanting $1600 NZ up front without viewing etc, All emails stated above were sent to me, modified to fit a person from NZ. Currently using email stuckeyadam964@gmail.com

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