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Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Nick R
US
2013-02-21 18:01:19
Business Venture Scam
+2 BookHomeRentals.com
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Gim Velcu
Email Address:
   inquiries@bookhomerentals.com
Telephone:
   448432892307
This company offers FAKE vacation rentals to condo\'s in various communities.

The one I am aware of, which my wife and I ALMOST fell for, was a condominium in South Beach Miami. The price was \"too good to be true\" and they offered free shuttle to and from the airport to a condominium complex in downtown South Beach. They were going to have us wire-transfer more than a thousand dollars to them in the UK to a man named \"GIM VELCU\" whom we now know as Paul Trestovo, then arrive at the airport, then stand there waiting for hours for a car service that would never arrive.

We wanted to research more beacuse he didn\'t offer PayPal or credit cards so we found where the condominium complex acutally was. According to the concierge they had received many complaints about this particular man trying to scam people and that the photos were completely fraudulent. After we asked him to explain, he gave us a new, false address whom we called and they confirmed they had never heard of this man, his company, or the photos listed on the website.

They don\'t answer emails or phone calls once you have found them out so don\'t waste your time.

Alternate websites: therentalcompany.co.uk, bookhomerentals.com, prorentals.com, smartluxuryrentals.com, bestrentalmanager.com, rentalsvacationholidays.com, ProSmartRentals.com,

Alternate email addresses: bookhomerentals@gmail.com, inquiries@bookhomerentals.com, jana.van.geetova@tiscali.cz, prosmartrentals@hotmail.com, rentalsvacationholidays@hotmail.com

Alternaate names: Otto Velcu, Gim Velcu, Peter Trestovo, Dianne B Kelly, Anne L Warnock, Serena Patterson, Dawn Ferguson, Sarah Dalzell.
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-05-07 01:09:39
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Gim Velcu
Email Address:
   bookhomerentals@gmail.com
When booking accommodation for New York we had the exact same communication with Gim. When we arrived to the airport there was noone to pick us up and that's when we realised it was a scam. Luckily we were able to get our mony back through the bank. When we went to the apartment to check it out and let them know, the doorman had informed us that a number of other groups had also been scammed.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-04-06 10:52:08
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Jonathan Evers
Email Address:
   greatplacebooking@gmail.com
Telephone:
   + 44 (0) 843 289 2307
Would only take a wire transfer as payment. I checked two of the references given from their internet site. Neither party had ever heard of them or used their services.
I became suspicious when the only payment possible was via wire-transfer. Also the payment was to a person, not to a company.

Scam Email
Here are the bank transfer details given to me: Receiver: Jonathan Evers Receiver address: Flat 28, 7 Victoria Street, L2 5QA, Liverpool, United Kingdom Sort Code: 205082 Account #: 93142590 SWIFT/BIC: BARCGB22 IBAN: GB87 BARC 2050 8293 1425 90 Bank Name: Barclays Bank Bank Address: 47 Booker Avenue, L18 4RA , Liverpool, United Kingdom

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