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 Post subject: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:19 pm 
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Got this reply from roommates.com. I'm afraid i have no idea what to look for pertaining to scams. What do you think?

Hello,I went through your profile on roommates.com and its really Inspired me.Sounds like we could be a perfect match.
I will start by introducing myself briefly; I am Rachel Mowen 29 years old, Am Originally from Madrid, Spain grew up and presently in Ontario, Canada. I am a Pathologist by profession, presently work for Stairway to Health - Registered Organizations under the inspection of W.H.O/UNICEF as a microbiologist/Researcher; I do more of humanitarian work which is out of my real profession. Moreover, I just finished a project here in Ontario,Canada about treatment of water and to educate Communities on intensive health-care.
The project was initiated by UNICEF in conjunction with Stairway to Health - Registered Organizations; I led the troop to actualize the conclusion of the project. My next appointment is in the United States, I will have to move in by 1st Of December . Due to this reason, I had to make the posting to get a room urgently for me to get a place to live on my arrival to the states. I have some personal effect to move in such as my Desktop computer, bedroom furniture.
I get lot of acknowledgement about me been friendly, I love kids, I’m laid back, I don't move about at nights, love reading novels and listening to the news because am very conservative about politics & entertainment.The duration of my stay is for 12 months as my supervisor will come visiting once in awhile to get reports from me, a letter of appointment about my first assignment by my supervisor upon my arrival. Precisely, I might be working in schools, Laboratories and Hospitals. Am writing to confirm if you still have the room available for rent......If YES, Kindly reply the following questions below:1) I will like to have the description of the room, size, and the equipments in there.
2) I will like to have the rent fee per month plus the utilities.
3) I will also be coming with some of my furniture, electronics that is if it is allowed, like bed, book shelf because I read a lot, shoe rank etc
4) I will also like to know if you accept Certified US Banks Check or Money Order so that I can contact our payment department for the payment. The company is responsible for the payment.
5) If the 4 questions are YES, I will like to know the total cost for the initial move as in first month rent plus utilities and if deposit is necessary.
6) I will like to know the major intersection
7) I will like to know as well when the place will be available and how long you wish to rent it out.Hope to hear from you soon.
Rachel Mowen


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:43 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:11 pm 
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Why did you think this was a scam?


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:41 pm 
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They want to know if they can pay by Certified US Banks Check or Money Order

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:23 pm 
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Hi, I just want to put my 2 cents in here..I recently posted for a roommate on Craigslist. Got a very similar email, immediate introduction, great, humantirian person, needed to know all requested of you. She (they) were in SD, by way of Germany.

Kept up a conversation for a month..I fell for the story line, as I have been on the helping professions all my life.

Well, got a check for not too much over the move in cost plus the shippers fee..I wondered why that was not paid up front. but had never had a company move me, so was kinda ignorant on this point.

The check came FED EX, Overnight. Took it directly to bank, end result, they realized immediately, it was a counterfeit check, and wanted to know if she had ask for money back..IE..shipper changed mind and wanted money up front.

Turns out, the Company is real, the check, not. And, no sooner than I was back from bank (15 mins) I had an Urgent email re the shipper needing $2,200.00 or they were going to return her stuff to her vacated apt (she lived in SD..Uncle became ill-went to Berlin..had moved in effect.

Well, I led her to believe the check would have a 5 day hold, and then, might still bounce..and likely so, That Banker ws the one who told me of this site. Well, on the 5th day, got an email, re worry over shipper fee.

Point here...let the check/cashiers Check/money order totally clear you account prior to any refunds. Of Course if it is Counterfeit, you will pay a fee at your bank for depositing a bad check...

Be careful here..will she talk via phone...or always a reason she can't. That was her case. Never in RANGE.

Also, in selling furniture, same thing occurred, wanted the items, had moved here, would not come to the home to view items or meet, wanted name, address and Cell number. Guess what? She told me in her first email, that she could not talk onthe phone due to using TTDY for hearing impaired. So, after never seeing her face, nor speaking to her, I called her on the Scam she was attempting to pull. Bad Cashier's check, pick up furniture, check bounce, and out furniture and financially. These scams are a nightmare..SO BEWARE.. Listen to the Moderators on this site..they are well informed, and also talk to mgr at you bank, it could be you really found a jewel of a roomie.. me, I found a person who, upon reading another post, it was word for word, except, from France. Rest of history, life story . etc. Identical. Ok well I guess this was a lot more than 2 Cents.. but, be careful. HAPPY NEW YEAR..my goal is to help in some way, catch these people, or at least inform everyone I run across in my day to day life. Most are clueless are to how bad it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:24 am 
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porsha5 wrote:
Point here...let the check/cashiers Check/money order totally clear you account prior to any refunds. Of Course if it is Counterfeit, you will pay a fee at your bank for depositing a bad check....


Actually, you have to wait for the check to be honored by the bank of issue.

Here is some more info on banking terms
http://www.scamvictimsunited.com/phpBB2 ... &sk=t&sd=a

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:43 am 
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I have an account on roomate.com. I just recieved a note from "Rachel Mowen". I emailed her a few times today and she emailed me back, asking again and again where to send the check. I can't believe I spent the morning typing to her, now that I have logged onto this scamvictim site. I googled her name and read almost the exact same letter that she wrote to me this morning. Differing only in her age and her move in date. Another name that came up to me a month or so ago was Natasha Brown, who was supposedly living in Paris. Its too bad people have to waste other's time on this. Its frustrating.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:10 pm 
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I RECEIVED THE SAME EXACTLY EMAIL FROM ROOMMATE.COM BUT WITH A DIFFERENT GIRL. SEH TOLD ME SHE GONNA MOVES THE 13TH OF FEB, AND SHE WANTS ALL HER STUFF PRIOR TO HER ARRIVING, AND THE COMPANY IS GONNA PAY BY MONEY ORDER: HERE IS IT
CAN SOMEBODY CONFIRM IT IS A SCAM?
Hello,
Thanks for your response.Its highly appreciated.

Anyway.....I will start by introducing myself briefly; I am Anita Brown 26 years old, Am Originally from Madrid, Spain grew up and presently in Ontario, Canada. I am a Pathologist by profession, presently work for Stairway to Health - Registered Organizations under the inspection of W.H.O/UNICEF as a microbiologist/Researcher; I do more of humanitarian work which is out of my real profession. Moreover, I just finished a project here in Ontario,Canada about treatment of water and to educate Communities on intensive health-care.
The project was initiated by UNICEF in conjunction with Stairway to Health - Registered Organizations; I led the troop to actualize the conclusion of the project. My next appointment is in the United States, I will have to move in by February 2009. Due to this reason, I had to make the posting to get a room urgently for me to get a place to live on my arrival to the states. I have some personal effect to move in such as my Desktop computer, bedroom furniture.
I get lot of acknowledgment about me been friendly, I love kids, I'm laid back, I don't move about at nights, love reading novels and listening to the news because am very conservative about politics & entertainment.The duration of my stay is for 12 months as my supervisor will come visiting o nice in awhile to get reports from me, a letter of appointment about my first assignment by my supervisor upon my arrival. Precisely, I might be working in schools, Laboratories and Hospitals. Am writing to confirm if you still have the room available for rent......If YES, Kindly reply the following questions below:

1) I will like to have the description of the room, size, and the equipments in there.
2) I will like to have the rent fee per month plus the utilities.
3) I will also be coming with some of my furniture, electronics that is if it is allowed, like bed, book shelf because I read a lot, shoe rank etc
4) I will also like to know if you accept Certified US Banks Check or Money Order so that I can contact our payment department for the payment . The company is responsible for the payment.
5) If the 4 questions are YES, I will like to know the total cost for the initial move as in first month rent plus utilities and if deposit is necessary.
6) I will like to know the major intersection
7) I will like to know as well when the place will be available and how long you wish to rent it out.Hope to hear from you soon.
Anita

I'VE BEEN TALKING TO HER FOR ABOUT 3 DAYS, EVEN I CHAT WITH HER IN YAHOO MESSENGER, I'M WONDERING IF IT IS A SCAM TOO. I LOOKS LIKE BECAUSE IS THE SAME LIKE THE ONE I SEE ABOVE. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

I ACTUALLY WHEN TO THE POLICE STATION AND THEY TOLD ME TO AVOID EVERYTHING IF I THINK THIS IS A SCAM AND BLOCK THAT PERSON FROM MY EMAIL, BEFORE I GET SCAM.


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:07 pm 
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Definitely a scam. As soon as I told the person that I wouldn't go any further without a phone call they stopped contacting me. (Rachel Mowen from Canada Worked with UNICEF, and Natasha Brown, from Spain, was a model and couldn't call because she was "on a photo shoot")


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:04 pm 
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can you post the scammer's email address?

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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:15 pm 
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They want you to accept a
check(as their employer is paying for their move and will only write one
check). Lets say its $1000 for 1st month and securtiy deposit...and their
moving costs are $1500. They want to send you a MONEY ORDER for $2500, and
you send them a check(to pay the movers) for $1500. If you are looking to
live with someone I'd recommend at least a phone call, but an "in person"
meeting is best. Its too bad people have to mess with us like that. The only
hits I've had on roomates.com that seemed decent were both scams. Good luck!

-Reggie


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:30 pm 
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THIS IS THE EMAIL

banita76@yahoo.com


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:02 pm 
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All I can say, is this site completely saved me from being scammed! Thanks!

Hello, Thanks for your response......I will start by introducing myself briefly; I am Rachel Mowen 26 years old, Am Originally from Madrid, Spain grew up and presently in Ontario, Canada. I am a Pathologist by profession, presently work for Stairway to Health -Registered Organizations under the inspection of W.H.O/UNICEF as a microbiologist/Researcher; I do more of humanitarian work which is out of my real profession. Moreover, I just finished a project here in Ontario,Canada about treatment of water and to educate Communities on intensive health-care. The project was initiated by UNICEF in conjunc tion with Stairway to Health - Registered Organizations; I led the troop to actualize the conclusion of the project. My next appointment is in the United States, I will have to move in by March 2009. Due to this reason, I had to make the posting to get a room urgently for me to get a place to live on my arrival to the states. I have some personal effect to move in such as my Desktop computer, bedroom furniture. I get lot of acknowledgement about me been friendly, I love kids, I’m laid back, I don't move about at nights, love reading novels and listening to the news because am very conservative about politics & entertainment.The duration of my stay is for 12 months as my supervisor will come visiting o nce in awhile to get reports from me, a letter of appointment about my first assignment by my supervisor upon my arrival. Precisely, I might be working in schools, Laboratories and Hospitals. Am writing to confirm if you still have the room available for rent......If YES, Kindly reply the following questions below 1) I will like to have the description of the room, size, and the equipments in there.
2) I will like to have the rent fee per month plus the utilities.
3) I will also be coming with some of my furniture, electronics that is if it is allowed, like bed, book shelf because I read a lot, shoe rank etc
4) I will also like to know if you accept Certified US Banks Check or Money Order so that I can contact our payment department for the payment . The company is responsible for the payment.
5) If the 4 questions are YES, I will like to know the total cost for the initial move as in first month rent plus utilities and if deposit is necessary.
6) I will like to know the major intersection
7) I will like to know as well when the place will be available and how long you wish to rent it out.Hope to hear from you soon.
Best Regards
Rachel Mowen
Public Health Agency of Canada
130 Colonnade Road
A.L. 6501H
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
Tel: +1-403-604-4814

It is really sad to me how some people in this world are! :(

I hope this posts helps someone!


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:20 pm 
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I got a similar email this week for Roommates.com listing from:

Rachel Mowen [mowena_rac@yahoo.com]

I also got a scam email for my Craig's List ad from:

Sarah Johnson [sarah.johnson.76@hotmail.com]


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 Post subject: Re: Can you help me see if this is a scam or not?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:37 am 
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I also got the craigs list scam attempt from sarah.johnson.76@hotmail.com from Britain. "Sarah" even included a jpg picture of a young asian girl in a health care professional's uniform:

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From: Sarah Johnson [mailto:sarah.johnson.76@hotmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2009 6:21 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Move in date April 1st

Hi,

I am looking for a room to share or townhouse to share with roommates,i am pet-friendly but i don't have any pet and i require a parking space, available April 1st. Ideally no more than $950/month. A 6 - 12 months lease would be perfect. Let me know if you have anything....Thanks!

Sarah Johnson.

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From: Sarah Johnson [mailto:sarah.johnson.76@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2009 12:13 PM
To: xxx@comcast.net
Subject: RE: Move in date April 1st

Hi Dan,How are you?hope you are okay,sorry for the late reply,i have been very busy with sick mother in the hospital and traveling plans down here.Thanks so much for the reply.

I'll be happy if you can rent out the place to me for 6-12 months term lease, as i'll love to get a place before my arrival.

More about me,I am half Brit from dad and half Asian from mum,a science laboratory worker,mostly spend my time in the laboratory experimenting,divorced female of 29yrs,i am educated(undergraduate and post graduate degree), am very active in sport (ski, surf,swimming),a good Christian,very low key and relaxed to live with. I DON'T smoke nor drink and i DON'T mind if flat mates do, I DON'T have a pet also. Presently staying at 10 Marlborough Road, London, E7 8,GB .Tel:+44-702-403-9255

I like honest,responsible,trustworthy and hardworking people while I dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I love pets so much,am quiet and easy going person to live with. I'm 5'7' straight. I always love to go on date but seldom party. I swim for fun and sometimes play tennis. I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all about the place,as i can't see it before my arrival .i will also need to see the pictures...Attached is my picture ,just to give you a clue of who you are renting to.I hope you like it,i am not a picture loving person though.

I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will be coming over with,and little of my furniture,please let me know if there will be room for them?

I don't have a job lined up for me there yet but will look for upon my arrival.My Uncle will be responsible for my rent until i get a good Job,Please understand.

Moreover,Let me also know how i can go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy from next week preparing to come over as i plan to arrive by April 1st,2009/My Arrival date is flexible.

Please,feel free to ask me any more question as i am very happy to join you and more so, i will love to always get email from you on how the event unfold till my arrival.

For references reason,kindly contact below:
Former landlord :Miranda Walton(miranda.walton@hotmail.com)
Roommate:Allan Barclay(allanbarclay@gmail.com)

For easy communication ,you can IM me at (roommatelink@yahoo.com) we can chat anytime.

Thanks,I will appreciate every of your effort to assist me in this traveling plans as i will be very happy to know you more than just roommates when i get there.Am very friendly and generous.

Again,Thanks and best regards
Sarah.

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From: Sarah Johnson [mailto:sarah.johnson.76@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 6:04 AM
To: xxx@comcast.net
Subject: I want to hold the room down with a deposit

Hey
How are you doing?Thanks for the reply and information.I am very interested in renting the room,i will keep you posted with my flight information as events unfold.I will be coming to the states for geography weather condition reason,and i hope i will like it there.

I just got in touch with my uncle and we thought of mailing the payment check mid next week in one of his business trip abroad .Please let me know if this is OK with you.I will need you to email me your information (full name, mailing address,NOT P.O.BOX and a direct phone number to reach you) for the payment so that i can have it forwarded to my Uncle as requested. My Uncle is not in same state with you,he's only on a business trip in the USA.

If there is a rental agreement application,please understand that I will have it filled and signed out upon my arrival. And if there is none,its Ok with me.

Also,let me know if you will be able to help me keep my little stuffs(dresser,art works,painting and my car as they will be shipped before my arrival.

Can you please remove the advert off Internet so that i can be sure you will be holding the room down for me?

Thanks for willing to give me the room,I can't wait to meet you.Please remember my mother in your prayers as she will be going through Surgical operation next week.

Sincerely,
Sarah.


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