Miss Young

Pratik Patel says: "landline phone with well equiped new kitchen"

Hello, I am Miss Young. I received this story from a friend. Let me call him Martin.

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Date: Wed 23 Dec 2009 15 57 15 -0500

Dear Miss Young
I tried to "lead this Nigerian on" for a while but he probably smelled a rat and has not come back after he sent me "photos of the interior" but obviously was not in a position to provide photos of the building which I meant to get since I know that area of Zuerich rather well and know that at that particular address is an office building and not an apartment house. Aside from that, you find the usual glorious English and the immediate indications of what the criminal is after: A deposit of one or several months rent. Needless to say that the rental for the apartment is rather reasonable if not downright cheap by Swiss standards. Needless also to mention that Zuerich does not have a "metrol" - (that guy must have previously worked on a Paris fraud with the metro - but only trains and tramways).
Of interest to you may be that this ad was placed CRAIGSLIST. Seems that these gangsters' favorite hunting grounds for victims are EBAY and now also CRAIGLIST.
Below the long and "enthusiastic" reply to my initial inquiry.

Merry Christmas and keep up the good work.


Sent: 12/13/2009 7:37:19 AM
Subject: Re: CHF1300 / 2br - GLOOMING BEDROOMS APARTMENT FOR RENT (zurich)

Thanks for your reply and the interest you derived to rent my apartment, i'm very delighted to rent you my apartment because presently it's vacant and very much available for rent.
It's fully furnished apartment that located in a centre heart of the city and its available now for rent both in short or long terms rent/lease.

The Apartment located at Giesshubelstrasse zurich 16 8045, situated at the second floor of the building,it is in a very nice environs and safe area to live, its just about 200m to its metrol station, restaurant and public transport all around and it's just 10mins to the supermarket, so it's situated in a lovely and lively area and peaceful at night the apartment spacious is about 160sqm and a room is about 30sqm2, each room has it's own private bathroom and toilet.
The apartment spacious living room contain DVD,Cable TV,computer with ADSL internet
connection (broadband),landline phone with well equiped new kitchen with modern facilities such as dish washer,washing machine,refridgerator,microwave and oven and there is parking space for car, you 'll confirm these upon the view of my property .

Therefore, i have attached the pictures of my apartment to this mail, so that you can have an idea of the apartment before we meet...So, a room cost 680chf per calender month while the whole apartment is 1,300chf and the security deposit payment is 1,400chf and it's refundable at the termination of the contract and the bills include all charges such as water, gas,heating, electricity and internet etc and there is no extral charges rate because i don't use agent, i'm the right owner's ok and it's possible to rent it unfurnished, if you prefered, i have store room to keep my own furnitures..

Actually, i' m Pratik Patel, the right owner of apartment address describle above, presently in England for long contract, so i'm earning my living with my families here in UK,I work as software developer in a reputable organisation here in England, i have married with a Kid.
I 'll come over to meet you and view you my property after you have signed the rental agreement form or post you the keys to the apartment before we meet to finalized the contract, so that you can be able to view my apartment before i fly down to finanlized the contract.
Please understand that i 'll come over to meet you or sent you the keys to the apartment after i confirm your fully signed contract document to my lawyer and i have copy of the contract at hands, hope you understand me.
1.Tenant's agreed that the deposit payment replaced any caused damaged of my property.
2.The parties agreed that tenant's has to pay a month rent with security deposit payment to landlord before moving in to the apartment to show good signs of seriousness and committment to rent the apartment
3.Tenant's agreed to take very good care of the apartment.
4.Tenant agreed not to turn premises to public business..
5.Pet allowed.
6. You're allowed to register with my apartment address.
Therefore, if you agree with the above mentioned TERMS and CONDITIONS that guilde the
renting of my apartment.
Kindly get back to me with your decision and details for the contract documents so that i can let you know the next step to proceed with the contract ok.
Here are the details you have t o provided;
Hope to read from you soonest.

. When Martin realized that it was a scam, he stopped all further contact with the scammers.

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