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Juli Lee, Renter in Oakland, CA

Mendene Edlyn Romaric and Philip Bates = Scam

Asked by Juli Lee, Oakland, CA Sun Mar 23, 2014

Mr. Philip Bates will ask you to wire money into a Wells Fargo acount under Mendene Edlyn Romaric's name before you see the apt. When I asked him to provide his affiliation with the property whether it be a license number or job title, he provided an invalid license number when plugged into the California Bureau of Real Estate search for licenses. Renters, please be cautious!

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Never advance money via wire for such a scheme, you see, there are plenty of shady people out there figuring out how to take trusting people's money with very little effort.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2014
Thank you Mr. Preza. Lesson learned.
Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014
Thank you Mr. Preza. I will take that as a lesson learned.
Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014
Hi Juli,
Good for you for doing the research. Many people wouldn't know to ask for and look up a BRE (Bureau of Real Estate) license number. As you know, you can look up more than just Real Estate agents. Not only can you check out a Prepaid Rental Listing Service like you did, but also Real Estate Appraisers, Mortgage Lenders, "Payday Lenders", Escrow Agents, Foreign Banks (state or international), Trust Companies, and more.

Here's the link to look up the many different kinds licenses:

In fact, it's the law that agents/brokers have to give you their license number right away. Don't be shy about asking for a license number.

:) Monika

Monika Thomas, Realtor
call or text (415) 572-2670
Better Homes & Gardens Mason-McDuffie
One Daniel Burnham Court 260-C
San Francisco CA 94109-0463
CA DRE 01918034
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2014
Dear Monika,

I appreciate your detailed answer, and helpfulness. I'm new to the rental scene in the Bay Area. I was lucky to have friends who reminded me to ask for the license number. Phew. I will flag this guy for future renters. Thanks again for all your help!

Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014
When you see a listing like this, please Flag it immediately. People are hurt by these scams everyday. Do not EVER send money hoping for keys.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2014
Never send money before seeing an apartment! That is rule number 1 when it comes to avoiding scams in my opinion.

If you decide to search for rentals on Trulia, check out their info on scams before moving forward. Asking a real estate agent is always a good way to ensure that you don't end up in a scam.…

Hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 1, 2014
Hello Juli Lee, yes thank you for pointing out any scams as there are many especially in the rental sections. You should always flag any scams you find and also you should speak with the police authorities with the names you have and maybe they can set them up to bust them...

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2014
Let the Buyer or Renter beware!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2014
This guy Philip Bates has several rental listings on Four Seasons Residence condos at below market rates. He is also going by the name Nelson Carter. Baker Gonzalez is also another fake rental agent. All are listing below market rate condos for rent at the Four Seasons Residences. All of these guys are scams!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 30, 2014
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 24, 2014
I wouldn't even look on trulia for rentals at all, as there have been endless reports of scams. Find a reputable company who handles rentals.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2014
They are scam artists!!!! They tried to do the same thing to me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 23, 2014
Thanks for confirming Myoli! I hope your vigilance will help you find a comfortable safe place to live.
Flag Sun Mar 23, 2014
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