Tristan – Feb 07, 2020
Victim Location 07047
Type of a scam Rental
HE USED A WEBSITE FOR FINDING APARTMENTS CALLED: APARTMENTS.COM I RESPONDED AND HE TOLD THAT THE PERSON WHO WAS GOING TO RENT FAILED THEIR "PROMISE TO RENT" AND HE OWED AND I WOULD HAVE TO FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS. SEE BELOW COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN US. HE SENT ME A COPY OF HIS "PASSPORT". (SEE BELOW). THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE BUILDING CONFIRMED THE APT WAS CURRENTLY RENTED AND THAT NO ONE OWNED PROPERTY IN BUILDING BY THE NAME HILLER.
MR HILLER WANTED CASH ONLY SENT FIRST BEFORE THE RENTAL KEYS OR APT COULD BE VIEWED. REQUESTED MONEY BE SENT TO THRU A COMPANY NAMED WIMDU (SEE BELOW) TO TWO INDIVIDUALS RAYMOND GARBER & JONATHAN CEDILLO EACH TO RECEIVE EACH $1,000
From: Wimdu Inc.
Date: Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:07 AM
Subject: TRANSACTION NUMBER – 033MO16US2 / OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS ATTACHED
Safe & Secure
Dear (REMOVED BY VICTIM),
The package is now in our custody and it is ready to be sent to your address. We have checked the package, Mr. Michael John Hillier, has sent you 2 keys from the outside door of the building, 3 keys from the apartment door, 1 key from storage unit, key-card access for parking, copies from the apartment documents and the rental contract. We checked all the apartment papers and rental contract with our Real Estate Professional Department. After the payment is confirmed to our company the transaction starts and you will receive the package in 2-3 days. After the inspection period you must give us the final answer. If you don’t want to rent the apartment you will receive a full refund and the package is sent back to the sender.
Transaction for: Apartment keys and rental contract verified signed by the Sender.
Owner of the apartment located in: *** *** St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, United States.
Transaction Amount: 2000.00$ USD;
We had attached the INVOICE, RENTAL AGREEMENT & INVOICE, please download and read them carefully, you will find there, all information regarding this transaction.
You must pay to our company the amount of: 2000.00$ USD (TWO EQUAL DEPOSITS OF $1000USD) using MoneyGram to our payments representatives:
FIRST NAME: RAYMOND
LAST NAME: GARBER
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
FIRST NAME: JONATHAN
LAST NAME: CEDILLO
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
THE DEPOSIT OF $2000 CANNOT BE SENT IN ONE DEPOSIT, IT NEEDS TO BE SPLIT IN TWO EQUAL DEPOSITS OF $1000USD.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MONEYGRAM WILL HAVE A FEE FOR THEIR SERVICES BUT THE FEE IS INCLUDED IN THE DEPOSITS YOU NEED TO MAKE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE FEE WILL BE $60/TRANSFER, YOU WILL MAKE 2 DEPOSITS OF $940USD + $60USD (FEE) = $1000USD.
IMPORTANT MONEYGRAM TIPS:
1. The deposit needs to be made at a MoneyGram office, with CASH (this is the single payment method accepted).
2. You will need to have your ID with you when sending the deposit.
3. The money, USD will automatically be converted to British Pounds, don’t worry, this is normal for all transactions.
4. You will need to select PICK UP BY LOCATION option, in order to make the deposit to our agent name.
*** In order to make the deposit to our agent you need to visit a MoneyGram office (you can find them in any WalMart or CVS), or you can just use their website to find a location near your address. Please note that you cannot use their website to make the deposit, you need to visit an actual office/machine.
The next step of the transaction is to make the deposit to our company’s payments representative agents.
After the payment is sent please email us a copies of the MoneyGram receipts so that we can process everything and ship the rental package.
FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE REPLY TO THE EMAIL BELOW
CONTACT EMAIL: [email protected]
Wimdu Inc.| 36-37 Furnival Street, London, England, EC4A 1JQ, United Kingdom
© 2020 Wimdu Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions, features, support, pricing, and service options subject to change without notice.
From: Michael H
Date: Sun, Feb 2, 2020, 12:13 PM
Subject: Re: $1000 Modern Studio in Downtown
Thank you for your interest in my apartment, it is still available. I
will try to give you as many details as I can regarding the apartment
in the following email.
The full address of the apartment is *** *** St, Jersey City,
NJ 07302. Everything is just like in the pictures, fully equipped with
all the appliances you need, very clean and well kept. The apartment
can be rented furnished or if you want you can use your furniture and
deposit mine in the storage unit. I work as an civil engineer and the
company I work for has developed projects all around the world. Now, I
have received an very good offer from them to move to the United
Kingdom department, offer that I have accepted.
The apartment is vacant so you can move-in anytime you want, also my
contract in UK is for the next 6 years, so for this period, I will not
The rent of 1000$/month is for the whole apartment and includes all
the utilities: heat, water, electricity, parking, laundry in-suite,
washer and dryer also included, cable and internet. You will have full
access to all building amenities. Just in case repairs are needed
there, I will cover the costs, so no worries. The price I’m asking is
below the market because I want to find a responsible tenant to take
good care of the place.
I’m the owner of the apartment, it’s already paid in full and there is
no mortgage on it. You have everything you need near-by (public
transportation, schools, groceries etc.). Also I love pets, so if you
have any pets, I won’t have any problem, pets are allowed. Honestly
from point of view I’m sure that You’ll love it for sure and rent it
I would like to know how many people will live in the apartment and
also how long do you intend to rent the apartment for?
Please let me know if you are really interested in the place so we can
Thank you and look forward hearing from you!
PS: I attached you all the pictures that I have with the apartment (as
you can see everything is in absolutely perfect condition).
From: Michael H
Date: Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 9:36 AM
Like I said in my previous email, I will do my best to be as transparent as possible during the whole transaction, so to build up confidence and gain peace of mind, I have attached a copy of my PASSPORT to this email. Also please know that you will receive official documents from Wimdu also, before making the deposit to them.
Regarding the process, you will have to deposit the first month rent + last month rent, a total of 2000$ (1000+1000) to Wimdu, so they can proceed with the shipping, and you can receive the rental package (keys and documents). Once you will receive the keys, you can go and inspect the apartment. Please know that I will pay for all the fees that Wimdu will take. (transaction and shipping fees).
Below I will explain step by step how the transaction with the Wimdu works, to avoid any misunderstanding please READ CAREFULLY THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
1 – To start the process all I need is your contact information: full name, mailing address (street, number, city and postal code), cell phone number, move-in date and lease agreement preferred (e.g. 6 months or 1 year rental contract with option of renewal). The lease agreement will be a standard one from the government.
2 – Once I will have your contact information and your approval, I will go to the Wimdu office (UK) to start the transaction and I will give them the apartment keys and necessary documents.
3 – Wimdu will check everything, including the ownership documents, and if everything is in order they will proceed with the transaction. They will also confirm that I’m the legal owner of the apartment I’m renting to you.
4 – Wimdu will send you a notification (via email) where they will inform you that the keys and the documents are in their custody. Also they will send you all the steps, how to proceed and all the transaction details.
5 – At this point you need to send the amount of 2000$(1st month rent + last month rent) to the the Wimdu payments representative (lawyer escrow account) provided to you in the notification. THE PAYMENT NEEDS TO BE SENT WITHIN 24 BUSINESS HOURS AFTER YOU WILL RECEIVE THE TRANSACTION DETAILS OR ELSE THEY WILL CHARGE ME AN ADDITIONAL FEE.
6 – As soon as the payment is completed you need to send the payment details to Wimdu . (a copy of the receipt proving that you sent them the deposit).
7 – Wimdu will verify the payment and if everything is in order they will start shipping procedures using UPS Next Day Shipping Service.
8 – You will receive the package (keys and documents) and you will have 5 business days (inspection time) to check the place and decide if you want to rent it.
9 – If you decide to rent the apartment you just need to sign the lease agreement that Wimdu sends, email it to them and they will release the funds to me. If after the 5 days inspection you will decide not to rent the apartment, Wimdu will refund the whole deposit.
Your deposit is INSURED by Wimdu, this means that if you will not sign the lease agreement for any reason, Wimdu will refund you the whole deposit, so you are 100% protected.
They CANNOT release the funds without your approval, they can do it ONLY after you will send them the lease agreement with your signature. (after the 5 days inspection period).
Wimdu will send you official documents (invoice, rental agreement and insurance document) BEFORE making the deposit to them.
From my point of view everything is safe and the reward for going forward with this process is big. Also, because it’s a SELF-SHOWING process, I find it normal (common sense) that you need to make the deposit first, as a guarantee. I hope you share my opinion because I cannot modify the terms of the transaction in any way, so, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE TRANSACTION STEPS.
Let me know if you have the funds available (2000$) so we can move forward. If you do have the funds available and agree with the transaction steps, please email me your full information (full name and address and cell number) so we can get the transaction started.
If you have any further questions regarding the transaction please let me know.
Waiting for your reply!