Friday, September 2, 2011 SCAM  FAKE FRAUD SCAM

This is a fake shipping and escrow site targeting Australian victims.
The scammers are advertising apartment rentals and asking victims to send money via Western Union to someone in the UK.

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Here is what the scammer was telling their intended victims:
Hello My name is John Branch.. I'm a project mananger in civil engineering.
I just moved in United Kingdom because my company has won an auction for a
big construction project so i will stay here for the next 3 - 5 years or
more.. I own the beautifull apartment with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
located at 3 Seisman Place PORT MELBOURNE 3207..The apartment is in the
best conditions, it is newly furnished and equipped with all the
dependecies. It is near the public transportation, a shipping, a gym and
other facilities. The apartment has a parking space for one car. I have
spent a great amount of money refurnishing the apartment and my request is
that you treat it like it was your own. I am not interested to make a lot
of money from the rent as I am interested to find a tenant that will take
good care of the property until my return..(minimum lease period, 2
months). I will tell you from the beginning that I don't have a problem if
you are a student or if
you would like to keep pets there, as long as you clean up after them. I
hope you understand me. Also please let me know a little something about
you, like how many persons do you intend to live in my apartment, for what
period etc... The apartment is exactly like in the pictures. The rent is
$1000 per month (that means $250 p.w.) including the utilities
(water,electricity,gas,internet,cable,parking). First payment will be for 2
months + security bond of $1000 . I'm 48 years old and as I told you, i'm a
project manager and my job even if is paid very well, requires that I move
a lot and without notice. I bought the apartment while I was working there.
You can move in the apartment in the same day that you will receive the
keys. The only problem is that I'm already in Manchester, UK because we
started the work, but you don't need to worry because i've made all
arrangements to rent the apartment from here. I can guarantee you that this
is a great
apartment so looking forward to a future collaboration and
friendship. Cheers
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Oh! what a tangled web we weave When first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott NEVER use instant payment services like Western Union or MoneyGram to buy items on the internet


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