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N_joyn_life, Renter in Honolulu, HI

Prior to lease agreement/sending George Mooney three mths adv rent, please provide your confirmation this isn't a scam and he's the owner.

Asked by N_joyn_life, Honolulu, HI Wed Feb 29, 2012

Address: 255 Beach Walk, Oahu HI

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I wrote to the ad and got the same response. $1350 for a $2500 apartment. Scammer is writing as
markjohnson_0138@yahoo.com

AKA George Mooney
AKA Mark Johnson.

I asked Trulia to remove it. Their response:
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Thank you for notifying Trulia regarding the property listed at 255 Beach Walk, Honolulu HI 96815, http://www.trulia.com/rental/3073250095. The listing has been removed and the user account has been blocked. We are actively working to filter out fraudulent listings from our site and appreciate your patience as we continually refine our process. If you continue to find similar properties or have additional questions, please contact http://www.trulia.com/help/ask/.

If you would like to pursue this matter further, we encourage you to report this issue to the FBI using their online form (link below):

http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
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I am going to file a complaint later today.
Frank
Web Reference: http://www.hawaiihome.biz/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 1, 2012
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This definitely looks suspicious. I did look up owners in that building. Many are owned by Outrigger Hotels
but I did not see Mr. Mooney's name among owners. There is a slight chance that he would be an owner if the purchase was recent.. Public records are not super up to date. I would be very careful about sending
monies prior to signing the lease.

Aloha, Joni Shiraishi (R), CRS, GRI, e-PRO
MOKULANI Properties, inc
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
Here is the original ad:
http://hotpads.com/rentals/255-Beach-Walk-Honolulu-HI-96815-…

The wording was taken from a legitimate ad
http://www.hawaiihome.biz/idx/?idx-q-PropertyTypes=&idx-…

Looks like a scam.The owner is not George Mooney. No apartment number is in the ad, and the rent looks too low. 1 BRs in this building for $200/night or around $2500/month.
http://honolulu.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=28&subArea…

See my previous post:
http://www.trulia.com/voices/Property_QandA/is_this_price_fo…

The latest gimmick is that the scammers are looking up property owners then making email addresses that are similar.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
I would be extremely cautious in regards to this lease. Please tell me you did not find this rental on Craig's list and the owner is out of town. This has been one of the most active scams sweeping the nation and has made the local paper. When renting you can charge first and last month's rent or rent and a security deposit up to one month's rent.

As Kimo mentioned you can go to http://www.honolulupropertytax.com/Main/Home.aspx but if property was recently purchased it will not show up and if it is in the name of a trust or LLC you will not be able to locate unless you know the name of trust or LLC. You can contact the Association of the complex and see if they can help.

Aloha nui loa

Bill Parecke, RS, ABR, E-Pro, RDCPro, SFR, CFA
808-345-8818 HawaiianIslandHomes@gmail.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
Hi N_joyn,

Please send a link to the original ad and the property address if you have it.

Aloha,
Frank
Web Reference: http://www.hawaiihome.biz/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 29, 2012
I also inquired about this property. Several emails later to and fro to Mr Mooney, once I declined to commit unless I physically saw the apartment, all communication stopped.

It so hard to know which ones are legitimate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 24, 2012
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