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Pol
Silver Spring, MD, United States
2014-04-28 12:57:44
Rental Scam
+3 Smart rentals is now Smart vacation INCEmail Attached
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Victor Sovejan
Email Address:
   smartvacationinc@gmail.com
I looked for an apartment to rent in NY in Home Away and received and email form Smart Vacation about a great apartment too good to be true, but I looked for info and did not find anything, good or bad. Until I came to this page and found a lot of mails from smart rentals and that they are exactly the same, based in UK and you have to pay 100% to a bank in England. Here is the mail

Thank you for your inquiry.

New York Vacation (Web address: http://smartvacationinc.com/new-york-property-hyt099-63.html) is currently available for your dates May 5, 2014 –May 9, 2014 (4 nights)

We have a special offer. The breakdown would be as follows:

$1100.00 (4 nights).
$ 0.00 (Departure Cleaning Fee).
------------
$1100.00 +
-20% (Discount for special offer only)
------------
$880.00 (TOTAL/Tax included)

Cancellation 100% refundable 15 Days prior to arrival.

Rate is inclusive of:

Airport transfers, round trip.
Daily housekeeping.
Wireless internet access.
Free Laundry service.

For this special offer payment of $880.00 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.

Kind regards
Rony Davis
Property Manager
www.smartvacationinc.com
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-05-08 15:38:49
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sarah Boule
Email Address:
   paradisevacationteam@gmail.com
Upon trying to book a property on vrbo this company replied with a too good to be true offer as follows (for a property for which they would not provide a street address"
Thank you for your inquiry.
Palm Spring Vacation (Web address: http://www.paradisevacationinc.com/palm-spring-property-dr8139-119.html) is currently available for your dates May 23, 2014 –May 26, 2014 (3 nights)
We have a special offer. The breakdown would be as follows:
$2800.00 (3 nights ). $ 0.00 (Departure Cleaning Fee). ------------ $2800.00 + -20% (Discount for special offer only) ------------ $2240.00 (TOTAL/Tax included)
Cancellation 100% refundable 15 Days prior to arrival.
Rate is inclusive of:
Airport transfers, round trip. Daily housekeeping. Wireless internet access. Free Laundry service.
For this special offer payment of $2240.00 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.
Kind regards Sarah Boule www.paradisevacationinc.com

Helen   (Sandown Park, Victoria, Australia) Added the following extra information on :2014-05-07 12:52:09
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Rony Davis
Email Address:
   smartvacationinc@gmail.com
I was looking for accommodation in NYC and received an offer from this man claiming to be Rony Davis from smart vacation inc for a rate that was FAR too good to be true in a location that was prime. Upon further e-mail back and forth and investigation, this has SCAM written all over the place! DO NOT BOOK WITH THESE SCAM ARTISTS! RED FLAGS: * On their website, there is NO contact number and on their about page you can view the descriptions of staff. Rony Davis is listed as a director and in description he is referred to as SHE, what kind of professional website would overlook this?! Furthermore, a director of a company would NOT be sending emails of rates, it is the property managers job to do this! * When sending them emails, they reply with bad spelling errors, no mention of from who and doesn't address email to your name.. just a 'hi,..' *They want FULL 100% payment by BANK TRANSFER ONLY… to London! * When asked about contact phone number, they always reply with only email assistance… no way to trace them! * what kind of big firm would have a gmail account!!? For a director's position as well, only using the gmail account!
DO NOT TRUST THIS SMART VACATION INC!!!!!

Scam Email
Thank you for your inquiry. We have a special offer. The breakdown would be as follows: $4300.00 (35 nights). $ 0.00 (Departure Cleaning Fee). ------------ $4300.00 + -20% (Discount for special offer only) ------------ $3440.00 (TOTAL/Tax included) Cancellation 100% refundable 15 Days prior to arrival. Rate is inclusive of: Airport transfers, round trip. Daily housekeeping. Wireless internet access. Free Laundry service. For this special offer payment of $3900.00 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. Kind regards Rony Davis Property Manager www.smartvacationinc.com

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2014-05-01 10:32:37
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Rony Davis
Email Address:
   smartvacationinc@gmail.com
After emailing VRBO for some rentals in Paris, I received this response with no referral of which property I had inquired about:

Scam Email
Subject: Paris Vacation
From: Smart Vacation delivered-to: myemail@gmail.com
received: by 10.52.162.39 with HTTP; Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:37:56 -0700 (PDT)
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date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:37:56 -0600
message-id:
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Thank you for your inquiry. Paris Vacation (Web address: http://smartvacationinc.com/paris-property-pau007-58.html ) is currently available for your dates Jun 20, 2014 - Jun 26, 2014 (6 nights) We have a special offer. The breakdown would be as follows: $1800.00 (6 nights). $ 0.00 (Departure Cleaning Fee). ------------ $1800.00 + -30% (Discount for special offer only) ------------ $1260.00 (TOTAL/Tax included) Cancellation 100% refundable 15 Days prior to arrival. Rate is inclusive of: Airport transfers, round trip. Daily housekeeping. Wireless internet access. Free Laundry service. For this special offer payment of $1260.00 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. Kind regards Rony Davis Property Manager www.smartvacationinc.com

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