A number of scams have recently been reported to the service. Accommodation providers are warned to be cautious of communications from scammers posing as students overseas.
You can report scams directly to Scam Watch.
Common scam emails that people have recieved:
---------- Forwarded message ----------
I'm interested in your room. My name is Anne Ning Magpuri, 21 years old, female and Chinese Filipino. I'm coming from Philippine to Deakin University on December 30th, 2016. I'm very clean, polite, non smoker, hard working, very pleasant, easy going personality.
I will be happy if you can secure the room for me and also let me know the actual price per week for rent so that i can inform my Parent to get in touch with you about deposit payment arrangement as soon as possible.
Thanks and have a wonderful evening
The scammers then send you another email supposedly from the father asking for your details to send you money. They will then make up an excuse to send you more money than is neccessary and give you a reason to send some of the money back urgently (being before the money they sent you has appeared in your account).
Good Evening! This is Mr Jose Alvarez by name and my daughter Sandra Alvarez has been getting in touch with you regarding to your accommodation for rent. She is a potential tenant, very clean, polite, easy going, hard working and responsible, she is a dream of every family. I'm very proud of her and i can assure you that you will have nothing to lose by holding your accommodation for her.
We have a financier that is based in the States and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of the service payment throughout her stay in Australia. I will instruct him to send a Pay Cheque of her rent deposit for two weeks rent before her arrival so as to secure the room. I will send you her flight details immediately she's through with her assignments in Philippine. So my financier would be needing the following Information below to make out the payment
(I)Your Full Name On Payment:
(II)Your Residence address where it will be delivered to(no P.O.Box please):
(V)Mobile and Home Phone numbers:
(VII)Amount for the rent per week:
NB: She will sign the lease agreement paper when she arrive. I will be waiting to hear from you.
Thanks and have a blissful Sunday evening
Anne Ning Magpuri
Jose Sun Alejandro
Jose Sungha Chan
Naomi Tong Sunghua
Sandra Matha Alvarez
Sandra Eliza Alejandro
Details of people landlords have been asked to make a payment to via Western Union:
NAME: Raul Alvin Suarez
NAME: Gabriel Johnson Silver
If you think you have been contacted by a scammer please contact Scam Watch as noted above and also please notify the Houseme Team via any of the email addresses below.