Recent Scam Attempts
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The following individuals identified by email address and alias have sent suspicious and malicious emails in response to a listing on this site, it is best to disregard any emails or requests for information coming from these addresses or others with a similar message.
firstname.lastname@example.org - alias Morris Bower
email@example.com - alias Scott Bower
Morris has sent you a message from UT Off-Campus Housing.
I am interested in the house you have listed on UT Off-Campus Housing titled [Listing Title]...
How are you doing?Hope God is taking care of you and your family? I am Morris by name from Manchester ( UK ) and i am coming for a Research in University Of Texas at Austin By July so i need a place to stay. A little about me. I am 29 years old,i gentle, neat,respectful,i mind my own business, no smoking,no overnight guest,no party,i promise to keep the place neat as you ever wanted,my favorite colours are blue and white. I will love to rent from you and i will love to rent for one year but i may extend the rent later so tell me more about the place and i will also appreciate some pictures to the place.If there is any application that i will need to fill plz have it sent to me via email so i could print and bring it over with me when coming over cos i do not have access to fax machine.I will be happy to rent from you so get back to me as soon as possible.Do tell me the asking price per month and how do i secure it before coming over?Happy new day to you and your family.
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From: Vera Guillermo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Mon, April 8, 2013 6:43:38 PM
Subject: I will be waiting to read back from you asap
Good to read back from you..Am very happy to hear that the place is available.I will be coming anytime the place is available..Also its depends on how long you want to rent the place for..But the issue is that because of the distance i wont be able to come down to see the place...I will want you to send me some pics so that i can forward it to my step dad so that he can see the place..Meanwhile let me tell you a lill about myself..Am Vera am 23years old i lost my dad some years back when i was young so my mom had to remarry so she married to Mr Grant howelt who is my step dad now..He as been the one who has been taking care of me all this while i believe he is a God sent to me cux i have never regretted a moment with him..Things i like are as follows reading,swimming and chatting with people around me and also make them happy..I have always been thinking of how i will affect peoples life positively by making donations to the less privileges cus when i looked at my past when i lost my dad from the story my mom told me..I noticed it is not easy for people that as no parent..Presently i am among the people that donate to Charity homes for the support of the motherless home..Although i donate lill amount, but no amount is too small to help..Well i hope when we meet in person you will know more about me..Meanwhile my step dad will need the followings to make payment to you ASAP..
1.Your name and surname..
2.Address in full with the zip code..
3.Your phone number....
I will wait to have this information's from you so that my step dad can make payment for the rental fee and security deposit in advance..If there is any application you can send it to me so that i can print it out and have it fill then bring it along when am coming to the state soon..I will want you to consider the room/apt/house rented to us in case if they ask for rental availablity...Hope to hear from you pretty soon..In case you have yahoo ID you can add me so that we can chat and know more about me.. Thanks
From: Vera <email@example.com>
Sent: Mon, April 8, 2013 5:22:46 AM
Subject: Vera has sent you a message from UT Off-Campus Housing...
Vera has sent you a message from UT Off-Campus Housing.
I am interested in the condominium you have listed on UT Off-Campus Housing titled [LISTING TITLE]...
It is my pleasure to write you this note,i am Vera by name,from France coming to United state for some research program and studying of international relation,and i will need either a room or apartment to stay when i come,i just wanna know if the room/apartment you advertised is still vacant,if so please get back to as soon as possible so we start talking about the payment,and also update me the full details about the apartment...thanks in anticipation..hope to hear from you soon.
It is my pleasure to write you this note,i am Vera by name,from France coming to United state for some research program and studying of international relation,and i will need either a room or apartment to stay when i come,i just wanna know if the room/apartment you advertised is still vacant,if so please get back to as soon as possible so we start talking about the payment,and also update me the full details about the apartment...thanks in anticipation...hope to hear from you soon.