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Andre, Renter in Jersey City, NJ

I contacted someone about an apartment and it sounds promising but they are asking that I "need to send us scan copy of your id or reference before we

Asked by Andre, Jersey City, NJ Thu Mar 28, 2013

The insured cost of shipping is also about £105 pounds. More so, after viewing the apartment, if you do not like it, you will also be responsible for sending us back our keys and documents" Is this a scam?

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John Chang, MBA, Broker’s answer
Pretty fishy there...I'd think twice before jumping in. No agent, broker, etc. would ask you to pay upfront for showing an apartment.

If you need help in searching an apartment, you can check out my website and I will be glad to help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 29, 2013
If it sounds like a scam, it probably is. Work with an expert agent like myself to help show you the ropes. Feel free to browse our live listings at .


David Del Rio
646-229-9045 - call or text
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 8, 2013
Definitely a scam! Steer clear! Instead, let me help you find the perfect home for you. I won't disappoint!
Cell: (646) 691-6795
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Hello Andre,

How are you? I hope you're doing well. The NYS Attorney General advises renter never to provide brokers with your identification prior to meeting in person. Here's a link to an article from last week about rental scams… Hope this is helpful to you.

Looking forward,

Christine Gordon
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Cell: 917.881.2924
Fax: 347.328.9352
Apartment updates available at
"Home is where the heart is."
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Hi Andre. I'm not sure I get this. The post says you're in Jersey and asking about rentals in NY. You make a reference in British pounds, which means nothing here. You also didn't finish your sentence so..."need to send...before we"....what?

Bottom line, NEVER pay up front. I was going to say this smells like a scam but now it just stinks! Tread carefully and contact a broker in the area you are looking to move into. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 28, 2013
Never give anything upfront without having viewed any apartments. However, you do need to have paperwork and deposits ready for when you decide which apartment best suits you after viewing units. Not before.
You can call me to further discuss your real estate needs and help you find a home. You can also check out our website.

Sandy Navas
Licensed Real Estate Associate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 28, 2013
It sounds like a scam. I would be happy to show you apartments. My name is Tanuja and I can be reached at 347-882-0353. Thank you and good luck.
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Such a scam!! Anyone asking for money before you even see an apartment is trying to pull a fast one!

If your looking for a place in manhattan I suggest using a realator, we have the access to REAL properties, and will work FOR you to find the best out there!

Check out our website and see how a real agency works
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Thanks so much.
Flag Thu Mar 28, 2013

* let me guess - the rent sounds too good to be true (really low)?

* they can't meet you to show you the apartment?

* they are out of the area, out of state, out of the country??

* they will send you the keys once you wire money?

All the above are warning signs this is a scam!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 28, 2013
NO NO NO ................don't do it!

YES< it is a scam! Run in th opposite direction!
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Scam! Run real fast in the other direction from this one! I show lots of rental apts and never ask for any documents or money to be sent to me prior to showing apt.

If I can be of any help with your search, please let me know.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 28, 2013
Hello Andre,

Yes this is most likely a scam. If you like, we can discuss your search criteria and I can assist you in your search, while avoiding situations like this.

Yul Park
Senior Vice President
Cell: 917-647-2717

RES Sales and Marketing Corp.
320 West 37th Street, #301
New York, NY 10018
Office: 212-206-9082
Fax: 646-537-2626
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