Rent Scam

I was looking for apartments for rent not so long ago and came across a scammer who was listing (obviously) fake properties.

I thought I would email him for and see how long it would take him to take to ask for money. His email was ‘manofmyword[email protected]’ after all.

Here is how the conversation panned out:


Hi Potential 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 168 Taranaki St Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

FLAT ADDRESS: 168 Taranaki St Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.
Bathroom: One bathroom and Toilet
Kitchen: Yes
Living room: Yes
Internet: Yes
Amount Rent/week: $100
Amount Rent/month: $400 ( includes utilities)
Furnished: Yes
Min period: 1 week or 1 month
Max period: 2-5 years
Utility Bills: Already Included
Available: Immediately
Parking space: Yes

This studio apartment is located on level 3 of one of Wellington’s newest apartment buildings. These studios offer a wonderful location combined with all the benefits of a new complex. They are fully equipped with everything you need to live a convenient city life. Just bring your toothbrush.

The apartment has modern decor and includes washing machine/dryer, fridge, electric hobs, oven. Furnishings include double bed, table and chairs, TV and speakers, DVD, vacuum cleaner, iron, lamp, clock.

You will enjoy living right in the CBD close to shops, cafes and the spectacular waterfront.

Power,water is included in the rent.

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.



Hi Patrick,

Yes I am very keen to rend the apartment. Can I have a viewing of it?




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 Wellington 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.


Hi Patrick,

Yes I am a clean and tidy tenant and will take good care of the place. What do we do next?





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 $400 and the security deposit $400 has been confirmed, which will be $800 altogether .The key is deposited at the DHL office in Wellington 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:
Contact Number:
Move In Date:
Move out Date:

I shall be waiting for the above information soonest.

Best Regards .


And there you have it. Three emails and he is asking for $800.