There are a lot of people who are active on this site looking to rent out their properties.
I received the following e mail today.
It is a scam.
I received a very similar e mail with a different e mail address about a year ago.
How it works is that they book with you, supposedly pay for the rental, the money appears in your account, and then they say that they have overpaid and ask you to refund the overpayment. Alternatively, they pay additional, and ask you to pay for a translator, buy a motor cycle etc etc.
Just thought that I would post this to warn people out there.
It's also interesting because many people looking to book short term furnished rentals are scared of sending their deposits to total strangers because of being scammed. Here we have a scam aimed at those in the rental industry.
RE: RESERVATION BOOKING
From:Rev. Richard Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Add to ContactsTo:
I want to make a reservation in your facility for Six (6) newly ordained priests from Greece; they will be visiting your country for a seven (7) day religious program in the month of June. 2011.
Arrival Date: 19th June. 2011
Departure Date: 25th june. 2011
Number of guest: 6 Persons
Number of rooms: 3 Rooms
Kindly confirm availability and get back to me with the total cost to pay, so that we can pay the necessary deposit charges for the rooms to be reserved for them. Am waiting for your urgent response as soon as possible.
Send all your answers and email reply to my private email ID: email@example.com
Rev. Richard Bowman