They say on craigslist to beware of people wanting you to wire $$$ and there’s a reason for it! I posted an ad on Seoul’s craigslist looking for a sublet, and this dicklick replied saying that he had a big place available for $1000, but he wanted me to pay $500 upfront as a deposit. Oh yeah, and he’s currently in London.
Since I’m not in Korea yet I thought ok, I’ll send him the money after doing some homework. Yeah, he’s a fucking scammer. He pulled some pics off a website, claimed it was his, and asked for money via Western Union. Looking back at it now it seems pretty obvious, but I really wanted to rent this place (it’s fucking huge) so it took some digging to know for sure what was going on.
Below is my Skype transcript with my friend Dan who lives pretty close to where this apartment is located. It goes from me still thinking the deal is real to finding out how close I came to getting hosed!
[8:44:43 PM] Michael: so I’ve got a possible submet with a guy who has an apt in 반포
[8:45:02 PM] Dan: i assume you meant sublet
[8:45:02 PM] Michael: he’s in London, and he has an “agent” taking care of renting his place out
[8:45:09 PM] Michael: yeah sublet
[8:45:31 PM] Dan: ok
[8:45:40 PM] Michael: so its $1000 for the month and he wants me to western union him $500 deposit, and before I do that I’m gonna want him to do a contract
[8:45:49 PM] Dan: ok
[8:46:29 PM] Michael: the contract could turn out to be meaningless since I’m not there to sign it, but just to make sure this is legit I might ask you to go look at the place and meet the agent
[8:46:44 PM] Michael: is that ok?
[8:47:01 PM] Michael: 반포 is kind of in your area right?
[8:47:08 PM] Dan: hmmm