Scammer Information Details of Scam Report
I was not scammed. I had made a reservation for one apartment through HomeAway.com and an enquiry about another. The scammer got my details from HomeAway somehow (arrival date and departure date and NYC location) and sent me the email below.
I was suspicious as this apartment wasn't one I had interest in, the 20% discount offered, the amateurish website www.bestsmartrentals.com and its recommendation to check the company veracity (Methinks the lady doth protest too much) at Companies House - where a legitimate company presumably unaware of this scam was addressed.
Scammers email received:
Thank you for your inquiry.
New York Vacation (Web address: http://bestsmartrentals.com/property-h71099-in-new-york-63.html ) is currently available for your dates Jun 30, 2013 - Jul 5, 2013 (5 nights).
We have a special offer. The breakdown would be as follows:
$1600.00 ( 5 nights ).
$ 0.00 (Departure Cleaning Fee).
-20% (Discount for special offer only)
$1280.00 (TOTAL/Tax included)
Cancellation 100% refundable 15 Days prior to arrival.
Rate is inclusive of:
Airport transfers, round trip.
Wireless internet access.
Free Laundry service.
For this special offer payment of $1280.00 must be completed within 10 days (to secure this booking).
If you would like to proceed I will just need your name, phone number and home address for the contract and I will forward as e-mail
attachment. Please let me know if you have any questions and how I can further assist you.
We look forward to being of service to you.
Rental Manager Team
Via HomeAway.com sent to me through gmail.
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