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*Mao ni ang gitubag sa usa ka tawo nga ang pangalan Peter Groscheck sa akong amiga nga nangutana bahin sa iyang gi advertise nga apartment kunuhay.

On 06 Apr 2015, at 14:09, Peter Groscheck <> wrote:


I just read your e-mail regarding my apartment located in : ItaliĆ«lei, 203, 2000 Antwerpen‏. It has 2 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 bathroom and 1 kitchen. I bought this apartment for my daughter during her studies in Belgium, but now she's back home permanently, so I'm renting the place for unlimited time.

Before we go any further I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long.The flat is exactly like in the pictures, fully furnished and renovated. Also, very important, the utilities (cold/hot water, electricity, wireless broadband Internet, digital TV, 1 parking spots, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, etc.) are INCLUDED in the price of 500EURO/month. As for me, you can rest assured that I will never ask you to leave the apartment. My daughter is building her life here, and i am too old to move to Belgium, so we won't disturb you.

You can use my furniture, or you can also use your own if you prefer. If you decide to use yours, you will have access to a very large and well ventilated cellar, where you can store my furniture.

Now, a little bit about myself so we can get to know each other better. My name is Peter Groscheck and I'm a 58 years old graphic designer from London /United Kingdom, planning to retire in the next 2 years.

I have a lovely wife,Sarah and a 25 year old daughter, Maria. I am very proud to say that soon I'm going to be a grandfather :). Another member of our family is a 8 year old Labrador which we all love, so, I have no problem if you will keep pets.

The only inconvenience is that my job doesn't allow me to leave London even for one single day. We just hired some new staff and I'm in charge of their training.

But this won't affect you at all. I can make arrangements to rent the apartment from London (on my expense of course).

Looking forward to hear from you soon.

All the best from United Kingdom!

Peter Groscheck
57 Cambridge Gardens
London, W10 6HR
United Kingdom

*Tubag sa akong amiga:
Subject: Appartment
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 22:49:23 +0200

Hello Mr. Groscheck,

Thank you for your immediate reply. Yes, I am interested to rent your apartment including utilities (cold/hot water, electricity, wireless broadband Internet, digital TV, 1 parking spots, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, etc.) in the price of 500EURO/month. Your apartment is what I am looking for. I will be very happy if you consider me to rent it. Regarding the furnitures maybe I'll use some of your furnitures and I'll take good care of it, rest assured and the rest I will put it in the cellar as per instructed. I am going to take good care of your appartment so that you don't worry about it. Two persons will live in the apartment. My question is when is the apartment available? I will live there for a contract of 1 year first then before the end of 1 year contract I'll let you know if I am going to extend my rent, but if there is no problem, I intend to live there for long.

Respectfully yours,
Diny Vileya

*Tubag ni Peter Groscheck

From: Peter Groscheck <>
Date: 7 Apr 2015 11:07:07 CEST
To: "" <>

Subject: RE: Appartment


Thank you for your reply but the matter is that I'm in London already. Like I have inform you before, the price you shall pay for one month of rent will be 500EURO, with no extra taxes to pay. The security deposit is 1000EURO. The money, I want to revive it monthly to my bank account, so I hope it will be no problem for you to wire the money to my bank account. The apartment is ready for you, you will need only to receive the keys and the contract to check it, and see if you like it.

Obviously we need a way to complete this deal, that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are after. In order of that I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the Keys in less than 3 days, if you move fast as well. The solution is provided by a company called UPS which is similar to FedEx, DHL or TNT, which will handle both payment and delivery of the Keys.

I have found a procedure that will allow you to pay for the rent of the apt only after you will receive the keys of it and through this way you will see it and decide if you will stay in the apt or not before I receive my payment.Please click on the link bellow to the UPS website to see how we can complete the deal safely and fast directly from the website of the company where the procedure is explained:

Let me know if you are interested please because I really need to take care of this matter by the end of this week or the beginning of the next one.

Mao na iyang gisulat.  Pirti dyong kuyawa ning iyang gi instruct sa akong amiga maong nanawag dayon akong amiga sa contact number nga gibutang sa website nga gibutangan sa iyang gi advertised nga apartment.  Natahap na hinoon kaayo akong amiga kay nawala naman ang iyang gimantala nga apartment.  Sus pagtubang sa taga opisina kay nahibaloan na lang niya nga sigi na diay ning tawhana og himo og ingon ana  pero ila gi nadelete ang gimantala niini kay mangingilad diay ning tawhana.   Modus ni karon sa mga tawong mga mangingilad og isig kaingon.  Kung mailad ka hastang looya nimo.  Maong magbantay dyog ta aning mga tawhana kay daghan kaayo ni sila diri sa kalibotan.  Kung naa gani mga ingon ana nga mahitabo, gamita imong utok kung dili ba mo matingala o lain ba inyong pangagpas.  Basta kung morag dili katuhungon dili dyog na tinood.  Mao ra na.  Ayaw dyog og pakubit aning mga tawhana kay daghan na nailad ani nila.

Basaha sa ubos ang SCAM Alert haron naa tay kalibotan sa klase klase nga PANGILAD!!!!


Fraudsters Gain Your Trust, and then Steal Your Money.

They use any means to contact victims—telephone, snail mail, email, and the Internet. They gain your trust and when they have you hooked, they ask you for money; then they take it and run. The scenarios they use to lure you in change, constantly. But you can protect yourself and your friends and family by arming yourself with knowledge of the most common types of fraud.

Types of Scams

Advanced fees / prepayment                                                        
Scammers pose as representatives from phony loan companies and use authentic-looking documents, emails, and websites to appear legitimate. They charge “fees” in advance of making loans. Consumers pay, but the loans never come through. Scammers are long gone and they sometimes regularly change the name of their “businesses” to avoid law enforcement. 
This is one variation of a scam called the “advance fee” or “prepayment” scam. Scammers can also lure victims in with promises of investments or inheritance gifts in exchange for a fee. But it all comes down to the same theme: Victims pay money to someone in anticipation of receiving something of greater value and then receive little or nothing in return.
See also, Fake Check Scam

Mystery Shopping                                                                
Mystery shopping scams are popular with criminals who target employment websites. The ploy’s simple: Scammers send victims a check and tell them to use the funds to “evaluate” Western Union’s money transfer service. Victims wire the money only to find out later that the checks bounce and they’re responsible for paying the bank back.
See also, Fake Check Scam and Employment Scam

With overpayment scams, fraudsters play the role of buyer and target consumers selling a service or product. The “buyer” sends the seller a legitimate-looking check, usually drawn on a well-known bank, for an amount higher than the agreed-upon price. They contact an explanation for this overpayment and instruct the seller to deposit the check and wire back the excess funds. Weeks later, the victim learns the check is fake, but is still on the hook to pay the bank back for any money withdrawn.
See also, Internet Purchase Scam and Fake Check Scam

Employment scams generally start with a too-good-to-be-true offer—work from home and earn thousands of dollars a month, no experience needed—and end with consumers out of a ‘job’ and out of money. They generally follow one of three patterns:
1. Scammers pose as a new ‘employer’ and send victims a check to cover up-front expenses, like supplies. Victims deposit the check, buy the necessary supplies and wire any remaining funds back to the scammer. Weeks later, they find out the checks are fake and they’re on the hook for the entire amount.
2. Scammers pose as ‘recruiters’ pitching offers of guaranteed employment or as ‘employers’ extending job offers on the condition that victims pay up front for things like credit checks or application or recruitment fees. Victims pay, but job offers never materialize.
3. Scammers pose as ‘company’ representatives and seek sensitive personal and/or financial information from victims under the guise of doing credit or background checks. They then target victims later on for identity theft.
See also, Mystery Shopping Scam and Fake Check Scam

Lottery / prize                                                                            
Lottery or prize scams follow two similar patterns:
1. A victim gets an unsolicited phone call, email, letter or fax from someone claiming to work for a government agency or representing a well-known organization or celebrity, notifying them that they’ve won a lot of money or a prize. The scammer gains their trust and explains that, in order to collect the winnings, they first have to send a small sum of money to pay for processing fees or taxes. Following these instructions, victims immediately wire the money, but never get their “winnings.” And they’re out the money they paid for “fees and taxes.”
2. Victims get an unsolicited check or money order and directions to deposit the money, and immediately wire a portion of it back to cover processing fees or taxes. Weeks later, victims learn that the checks are counterfeit, but have already wired the money to cover the “taxes” and can’t get it back. And they’re on the hook to pay their banks back for any money they withdrew.
See also, Advance Fee/Prepayment Scam and Fake Check Scam

Rental property                                                                             
Sophisticated scammers use the Internet, and particularly free classified websites, to prey on unsuspecting real estate victims. Rental property scams generally happen in one of two ways:
1. Renters are looking for a house or an apartment to lease and get scammed by an “owner.” Victims come across a place in a great area, at a great price. The advertisement looks legitimate so they start communicating with the “owner,” generally by email. The owner says the place is theirs if they wire money to cover an application fee, security deposit, etc. They wire the money, and then never hear from the “owner” again.
2. Owners are renting out their house or apartment and get scammed by a “renter.” “Renters” contact victims, generally by email, and express interest in renting the house or apartment. Scammers send a check for the deposit but then cancel the deal. Victims wire the money back only to find out the check was a fake.


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