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|Scam Reporter||Scam Tips Received|
Olvan, Barcelona, Spain
| Renting room via idealista.es |
The text was:
'Hi, Do u still have ur unit for rent as listed on vibbo web? If yes, get back to me directly with details to firstname.lastname@example.org Pls I prefer email'. I could not open her phone number using text message she send me over as it automatically came as Sujira.
I emailed a link to the advertisement with photos as requested. I received a strange email in return as follows:
Thanks for getting back to me. I am a simple, cool and non-smoker lady. I am willing to rent the unit as I am at sea at the moment as i am a Coastguard Agency employee in USA but i was Born and brought up in Phang Nga, Thailand. I am coming to study and I will work part-time down there but due to the nature of my work, phone calls making and visiting of website are restricted. I only squeezed out time to check this advert and send you an email regarding this. i am ready to rent it asap so tell me how much is the rent/share per month and how much deposit do i have to pay. Please send me more period you wish to rent this out, I have attached my photo with this email for you to have a view of me.
Looking forward to read back from you soon
I emailed her back with all details, explaining where the house is located, how far is it from the city center and university - depending of course where is she planning to study (never got the answer to this question) and I asked her if she wants full address so she can check it on google maps and decide whether she wants the room or not.
She emailed me back saying straight away that she will pay for the rent and deposit and to give her my paypal account or if I do not have it to create i for free on the website she indicated me. This was very susspicous for me so I started to dig deeper, I even managed to contact US Cost Guard just to check if she really works there, I checked her on all possible websites and looks like the girl doesn't exist at all.
There was also a photo attachment of a young Thai girl.