Scam Tip Report #96950 - A response to a Property Rental advert on Gumtree UK

Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Mr Normal
London, England, United Kingdom
2019-09-05 06:31:54
Classified Ads Scam
A response to a Property Rental advert on Gumtree UK 
Lyu Yumeng
Email Address:
I advertised a property to rent and got a text message back from +441502797457;

My Niece will like to know if your room/apartmt is still available? If please respond to her YES on

I initially sent a text reply (not e-mail) and got;
Thanks for the message. Configure your number's SMS URL to change this message. Reply HELP tor help. Reply STOP to unsubscribe. Msg&Data rates mau apply.

Lyu Yumeng
Fri 30/08/2019 16:37
Hello (*my name spelt incorrectly),

My name is Yumeng Lyu, I'm interested in renting your room for the duration of one year or more, I am a non-smoker, i do not have pet and I am clean and tidy and will take care of your apartment as if it's mine. I am from Asian coming to UK on work purpose, I am a chef and i work assiduously at the moment, so i have limited time to surf the internet and also phone calls is also strictly limited due to nature of my work. I am usually at work. I will be willing to pay for the first six month in advance plus security deposit, it comes with my contract with my employer so the company i am working for will reimburse me for the rent.

I will also like you to get back to me with any other further information about the renting that is your full house address. I will also like to know the street address so I can contact my carriers for quotation on how much it is going to cost me to move my properties from here(Norway) to the new apartment.


Lyu Yumeng
Wed 04/09/2019 07:32

<< E55958548
Type: P
Country Code: CHN
Sex: F
Nationality: CHINESE
DOB: 27 Jun 1994
DOI: Dec 2015
DOE: Dec 2025
Place of birth: Guangxi
Place of Issue: Sydney >>>

Hello (*my name)

Thank you for getting back to me, to further stress it, i am an easy going person so I will be a decent, respectable occupant on your property, I will be living alone for the duration of my work in the UK, but occasionally my fiancé could visit me some weekend, he's a really lovely person, i would love to introduce him to you sometimes. I will be arriving on 15th of Sept and I will be glad if my rent starts from the day of my arrival.

I can make payment for the 6 months rent in advance to through PayPal, I will need the name of the owner of the account, your PayPal registered e-mail address or your PayPal payment request. Because I will be presenting the Proof of my Rent Payment to my employer and the immigration department to process my Work Visa(Temporary Stay). I am a citizen of China, I attached with this email, My Passport. I will be signing all the lease contract and document upon my arrival if there's any.

I will like you to remove the room advert from the site, because it has been taken by me already. I will be transferring the rent to you through PayPal. Kindly get back to me with the total cost covering the first six months together with deposit and your PayPal payment request or email address.

I will be waiting to hear back from you as soon as possible.

If you agree to my terms, please send some pictures and provide the information to send payment.

Lyu Yumeng
Thu 05/09/2019 08:48
Hello (*my name),

I will make payment to the Account you provided , I will inform you as soon as the payment as been made. I am going to include in the payment, the transport Service fee for some of my properties that will be brought over to the new house, I will like for the essential things i need to be at the new place before my arrival. I tried to pay online directly to the transport company but they will only receive payment after their service has been booked to avoid delay and work overload by commitment. I do not want to postpone this because it might means I will arrive in without my properties which would be an inconvenience for me.

The properties that will be transported are as follows;

A 62 inch Samsung Flat screen TV
Some Paintings
My customized Work Desk,( I have a little back problem so I had this Work Desk built for me)
A Ducati 899 Panigale Motorbike(I like to ride in summer when I have time)

The transport company will be responsible for unpacking and packing the items into the new house so this won't be a stress for you, i will just be glad if you can meet them to coordinate this when they arrive and take back the keys from them when they finish their packing. I will send information of the transport agents before they arrive.

So I will proceed and make the payment as obligation to avoid you renting to another person.I will pay the total of the rent Cost(6 months in advance with security deposit) to your PayPal account and also the transportation service fee i explained earlier.

Rent fee with security deposit ( £XXX.XX GBP. ) + Transport company fee (£850.00 GBP ) + money gram transfer charges (£80.00 GBP) = Total ( £XXXX.XX GBP)

I will need your permission to proceed with payment.



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