I'm in the market for an apartment on Craigslist, and a person emailed me with a too-good-to-be-true offer for an apartment that I can't visit because he happens to be out of the country. He then told me the following:
I can book my flight ticket down to the country and meet you right inside my flat But of course I need assurance before I do,this is because I don't want to come without assurance and cos someone has wasted my time in the past.
So what you do is,look for a RIA office and transfer the rent and deposit using Ukraine as destination.PLEASE pay attention to this, I do not ask you to transfer it to me.Instead you will make use of any of your friend that you trust as receiver so that you can be sure that your money is still safe and I can't get it until we meet. After the transfer you will send me the scanned receipt as proof. Once I confirm this,then I can book my flight ticket and we meet right inside the flat. So if you are satisfied with everything inside the flat.Then I will give you the keys and we sign the contract on the spot.
After this will go back to RIA office to change receivers name back to my name.But In the case that you don't want to rent it after you saw the apartment,just go back to,cancel the transfer and get your cash back
Obviously I don't plan to engage this guy anymore, he fails the smell test miserably, but I'm kind of curious about how this scam would work. If the money really stays between me and my friend, how does he benefit from this? How can he get my money? (Alternatively, is this legitimate? It is a nice offer...)