Another day another Scam.

Posted on 10/13/10 in General, 2 Comments

Seems like it’s the season for dodgy dealings at the moment, I received this email from a friend of mine today….


Thought you might be interested in this.  Recently listed my house on Trademe to rent.  Someone uploaded our house details onto another website and posed as the owner.  Below is the response on application.  Apparently people bought into this because of the low weekly rent.

—– Original Message —–



Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 5:30 PM

Subject: Re: Reply to your “Beautiful and affordable house for rent in (Wellington)” Ad on Gumtree

Good day Applicant,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Pastor David Komen the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. Presently, I am in South Africa. I came over here with my wife, we both acquired the property immediately after getting married. On getting here, I had a thought of selling the house of which i did a research for an agent to handle it on our behalf and after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.  I reasoned with her and accepted her advice. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later and I noticed he even inflated money on the rent of the house, Now you can see why I don’t want to use a third party. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the  absolute care for the property.Presently, it is no longer for sale, under minding the for sale sign up there in the building which I put there before leaving but available for rent at $250 per week (which includes utilities) and bond deposit of $500 (2 weeks  bond deposit).  More so now, our purpose of leaving the States down to South Africa is for an International Christian Conference (I.C.C) meeting, that has to do with establishing of more churches around the South Africa and western Africa continent, aimed at propagating the word of God amongst them as to reduce the high rate of criminal activities practiced as the end time is near. We are currently working with the Church of God Mission international, led by Arch-Bishop (Mrs.) Margaret Benson Idahosa.

Please, I want you to understand that I spent a lot on my property that you have requested to rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and would want you to treat it as your own because cleanliness they say is next to Godliness. It is not all about the money to be paid on rent or spent; it is all about a good maintenance culture which I want you to adopt on the property. I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I would be full of smiles whenever I come and above all, a good, strong and tight relationship between us when I come for a checkup. Please one more thing, I wouldn’t like to have any benefit of trust in you because I want to stand in your words that the property would be well taken care of all the time.

I believe you have see how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant. Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but can’t have a look at the interior until I have sent the keys and documents of the house to you. It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet. Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)…I believe it’s absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas etc. Please note that, a deposit payment would be required if accepted to have the property rented.

Weekly Rent including utilities:$250
Two Weeks Bond Deposit Required:500

House  Address: #####################################




Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone (        )________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Cell Phone (       )___________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone (       )____________________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
How soon can you have the deposit payment sent to me_________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys________________________________________
Move In Date____________________________
Attachment of your family pics if any___

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I can present it to my family, pray over it (because I consult the Almighty God before making any decision and if accepted, and have them stored in my file for the purpose of issuing the receipts to you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you, please we are giving you all this based on trust and again I will want you to stick to your words, you know that we are very far apart now and only putting everything into God’s hands and hope that you will not let us down.

The house will be available for rent for a period of five and a half years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there. Here is my number +234-803-879-9066 or dial 011-234-234-803-879-9066 , I will be expecting to hear from you.

Pastor David Komen
For the Family

— On Sun, 10/10/10, Reply to Gumtree Ad (from ) <> wrote:
From: Reply to Gumtree Ad (from ) <>
Subject: Reply to your “Beautiful and affordable house for rent in (Wellington)” Ad on Gumtree
Date: Sunday, October 10, 2010, 10:33 PM

Hello! The following is a reply to your “Beautiful and affordable house for rent in (Wellington)” Ad on Gumtree:

Hi there, we are a family of four and would be very interested in this house. Can we see the property? How much money do you require before we move in? When can we move in? Can you please email back asap. Why is property so cheap?

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  1. Craig Stephenson

    We got a reply from a Pastor San Komen about his property in Auckland via Gumtree. I replied asking for proof of ownership of the property. I am looking forward to his reply as if he sends a fraudulent document it will be a matter for the Police.

    Posted 11-27-2010

  2. Lesly

    Good! I just saw a house on craigslist yesterday and emailed him and got the bogus email. It just sounds so ridiculous so I decided to Google the Church group and the first thing that popped up was SCAM! … People like that are garbage, and I hope you get them Craig, or at least try to!

    Posted 1-10-2011

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