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My name is Marco "El Papito". I have been dealing with scammers for a while, trying to get them to send me money and stuff. So far I've got a Xmas card from Nigeria, but I keep trying.

I am moving to Berlin, so I decided to post an ad looking for an apartment. Soon enough, western union requests for deposits flooded by inbox.

This one, however, is stupid enough to actually provide me with real name and bank account details. I am currently in the process of getting his passport. Here is what I have so far...

Milica Nilsen - scammer du jour
El Papito - Our Man in Berlin


Milica Nilsen

[Thus speaks the scammer...]

The pic of the apartment is attached on the file of these message. My Father in-law is the owner of the apartment,he works in the western coast of africa and will only come back to visit the apartment occasionally .The rent will cost you 400 euros/month,we will needing 300 euros from your first month rent it will be paid to my father in-law, he will use to secure the apartment for you so that when come you just move into the apartment without any problem. The balance will be paid at your convinent time,you may be the only one that will stay but if you do not wish to stay alone the other room will be rented out to the next applicant .The apartment has all the necessary amenities you will need (internet service, washing machine and so on ).My father in-law will need 100% of the part payment so that the apartment will be secured as soon as possible for you. You are the first to apply for the apartment and my Father in-law has just instructed me to give the apartment out to you and i will like to tell you that you have to act fast in paying the payment so that the apartment can be secure for you.I may wait for you at the airport if you will be coming through that way or we meet in convinent place so that we come to view the apartment. The apartment is located in KI.Auguststreet very close to the Koppen platz in Mitte area in the centre of town and the payment will made to my father in-law , so that the apartment will be secured for you .I will need your full name ,contact address and phone that we will use in the preparation of the Lease document ,i await you response asap.thanks

M.Nilsen

[Scam-o-note: Stop. Read it out loud. Think! Scamorama's archives are full of 'rental' ads and 'sales' ads from Lads. In the case of rental ads, a scammers copies graphics and other details from a real ad, and happily collects a deposit from a prospective tenant. For a digest of this kind of thing, see DEAR LANDLORD. It can also work in reverse - a prospective 'tenant' scams a landlord: CHECK IT OUT. ]
El Papito
Dear Milica,

My details:

Name: (Fake name)
Address: (Fake address).
Phone number: Not at the moment as I am moving to Germany.

Kindly process the lease document.

Thanks a lot!

El papito.
Milica Nilsen

[Yea! a bite!]

Hi El Papito,
I got your message.i haved attached the tenancy agreement so you will have to read and sign your portion ok, then scan it back to me so that i will forward it to my father in-law.We can now proceed in securing the apartment for you ok
.Thanks

Milica

[MS Word document attached with the name Vincent Smith as the owner of the apartment]

El Papito
Hello Milica,

Please find attached the signature page signed. You can double check my signature with the signature that appears in my passport to verify the signature and the address to be correct. As I mentioned, you will receive copy of my passport in the next week or two weeks.

Kindly provide the document signed and the information to make my deposit payment.

Best wishes,

El Papito.
Milica Nilsen
Hi El Papito,

I got your message , i have forwarded the signed document to my father in-law , he will sign is portion and scan it back to me then i will send to you . In the tenancy contract, we said the payment will be made to him through bank transfer hope you got that.Immedaitely i got the signed document from my father in-law , i will be sending to you with the personal's account det ails for you make the transfer to him in Malaysia ok .Thanks

Milica

[wait ... wasn't he working in the west coast of Africa?]

El Papito
Hello Milica,

That is no problem. Once I receive the document I will immediatly make the bank transfer.

Regards,

El Papito.
Milica Nilsen

[...or shall we say "Kho Kiat Pin"?
Notice that this person could perfectly be the scammer's friend or some innocent relative.]

Hi El Papito,

I got you messasge and i have attached document which show the my father in-law has signed is portion on the document .He has inform me now that you can proceed in payment the 300 euros as required ok . Below is personal assistant bank details where you make the to ok .

BANK INFORMATION:

BANK NAME : AM BANK

ACCOUNT NAME & ADDRESS : KHO KIAT PIN
Usj12 , jalan 4/x no 34 , sunbang jaya
Selangor Malaysia

ACCOUNT NUMBER : 2360010014020

SWIFTCODE : ARBKMYKL

ADDRESS : TAIPAN SUNBANG JAYA SELANGOR,
KUALA LUMPUR , MALAYSIA .

I await your response with the transfer slip immediately the payment is made .
Thanks

Milica

[Scam-o-note: El Papito makes a good observation about the possible cooperation or exploitation of a third party to host a money-laundering account. If someone offers you a job 'cashing checks' , back away from the keyboard. See the JOB SCAM DIGEST. You will at least lose money; at worst, you could wind up in jail.]
El Papito

[El Papito decides to start building some pressure...]

Dear Milica,

I am sorry but there seems to be a problem with the account data that you gave me.

The account name should be "Vincent Smith", which is the name in the contract. However, the name in the account that you gave me is Kho Kiat Pin.

Do I need to change "Kho Kiat Pin" to "Vincent Smith" and send the money?

Please confirm.

El Papito.
El Papito

[El Papito keeps pressuring...]

Dear Milica,

This morning I made the name change to Vincent Smith and sent the money as follows:

AM BANK
ACCOUNT NAME & ADDRESS : Vincent Smith
Usj12 , jalan 4/x no 34 , sunbang jaya
Selangor Malaysia
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 2360010014020
SWIFTCODE : ARBKMYKL
ADDRESS : TAIPAN SUNBANG JAYA SELANGOR,
KUALA LUMPUR , MALAYSIA .

Unfortunately, I went again to the bank just now and they told me that the account does not exist.

Can you review the details and come back to me ASAP?

Kind regards,

El Papito.

[More to come? Every moment of a scammer's time that El Papito wastes is golden.]


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