Apartment Scam Warning

If you see an apartment listing these images and possibly the video below, it is most certainly a scam.



IP tracing has to lead me to see this particular scammer is located in Benin, West Africa.



Here are some emails the scammer sent me while communicating about this apartment:

Hello Luke, How are you doing?

Thanks for showing interest in my sublet apartment.
Some info about me- I’m a 29 y.o travel Nurse, I have just been
transferred to start my new rotation in Louisiana for 11 months, i
recently came down here to join my colleagues for orientations,
conferences, I’m also trying to have my accomodation situation sorted
asap as well as get myself familiar with the area.

I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have
along term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord
permits me subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment
empty when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay,
I decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would
occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same
time, getting some money for myself

The apartment is exactly like in the pictures posted on craigslist. I
made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to
show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward
you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

I’d like to know if you will be having any pets and if so would like
you to share some information about the pet,I would like to know a
little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live
in the apartment? and for how long? where are you presently,I look
forward to your email and Should you need more information, I am at
your disposal.

Best, James.

These emails were sent to me from the account of “James Dawei” [email protected]

“Landlord’s” phone number: 469-205-5670

Others are reporting the following name, emails, and addresses:

Google Account Picture

A YouTube commenter got as far as preparing to submit a depsot on the apartment and recieved the following bank details from their scammer:
Name: Ariel R. Banks
Account Number: 661670963
Routing Number: 111000614

Supposed address: 400 Boren Avenue North, Seattle WA

This commentor was dealing with a least in Seattle, WA — showing the scammer has a pretty far reach all up and down the west coast. The specific ad text was:

My apartment is fully furnished and spacious with everything, from living room appliances and furniture w/pull-over sofa, to TV/cable DVD player, with access to Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. Bedroom consists wardrobes and drawers and new sheets as well. Also you have access to all house amenities! Essentials; including kitchen(6 burner gas stove, microwave, cooking pots, pans, dishes, glasses, electric kettle, etc) with free parking space on premises.. You can consider moving in with your personal belongings only.
House rules :
*No smoking
*Not suitable for pets
*No parties or events
*Not safe or suitable for children’s (0-12)
My expectations is that you treat this house with respect. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask me anything.
AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Here are the included pictures for this ad (to help people find this page):



Please report the contact details of your scammer below. This will help others find this article!

35 thoughts on “Apartment Scam Warning”

  1. Just attempted the same thing now. Henry Friedman is his name…. but he doesn’t sound like someone from Philly, PA .

  2. I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due
    to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it
    is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit
    and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person
    that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for
    the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will
    rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in
    our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not
    intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term
    lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me
    subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty,
    when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided
    to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy
    and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance
    of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out
    for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want
    our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the
    keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle
    for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good
    care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care
    of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like
    to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 55 Janet Circle, Bridgeport CT 06606

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in June, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 March,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and
    a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed
    application form enclosed and any more information you require if you
    are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more
    about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to
    live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will
    take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby

  3. He just attempted this on me too! He was Gabby Takers this time and the address he used is: 253 Cumberland St, Brooklyn NY 11205

      1. This person and website, “Gabby Takers” is likely not associated with the scam and only a is a name the scammer is using. Thanks for reporting though!

        1. The website itself is also fake. If you look at his “gallery”, all you see are professional photos stolen from the internet, including some Annie Leibowitz works 😛

      2. I got a response from Gabby Takers at [email protected] for 206 Bell St in Seattle. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/sub/6579976684.html
        I found this page by Googling “Gabby Takers”.

        They wrote:

        I’m currently in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, myself and the Red
        Cross Disaster Relief Team came down to Texas to help displaced
        persons with shelter, food and help rebuild affected communities, I have to make sure all this event is filmed for memories as requested by the American Red Cross.

        I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

        I am looking forward to renting out my apartment for 6 to 12 months (from now until the End of May 2019). I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months.

        Centrally located on  206 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121

        Kindly specify the dates you need the place for to be sure to
        accommodate you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the unit for the remaining term in-between afterward.

        I look forward to moving with the next steps.

    1. Exerpt from the ad: “The apartment is well furnished with a nice frangace and includes living room tv cable,WiFi, and DVD player fully stocked kitchen with plates and utensils microwave coffee maker etc. With a king size bed chair nice tables chest and tv please contact for more information , a/c,central air system, microwave, modern bath, new aplliances, new renovated bath, st,parking professionally managed building.”

    1. Be sure to monitor your credit, I’d stop all communication. Maybe tell him you found a different place. Good luck! At least you didn’t send him any money!

  4. Also he just posted in tiburon ..thx forbyour warn8ngs ..i was suspicious that’s why I searched..here thk u

  5. Gabby Takers is Back !
    He’s on Craigslist trying to rent a fully furnished apartment in CT!
    You can read his two emails below.

    “I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty, when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 545 Bedford St, Stamford CT 06901

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in June, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 May,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed application form enclosed and any more information you require if you are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby ”

    We then received a SECOND EMAIL :

    “Your contract has just arrived.

    Attached is the agreement/contract and payment details for the
    total rent of your stay and security deposit which is your move in deposit.

    Here’s the landlord bank account that you will be making the payment of $2000 ($1150 First month rent and $850 Refundable security deposit) via Bank deposit/Instant Bank transfer

    Bank: Bank Of America
    Name: Myles Gilford
    Account Number: 334040212656
    Routing Number: 026009593

    So my presupposition is as follows:-
    – You read and sign the sublease Contract/Agreement
    – You make the payment and send the confirmation slip and signed paperwork
    – I give you instructions and directions on how you get to the apartment
    – You move in on your move-in date, enjoy your stay and take good care of my apartment.

    Get back to me with the payment confirmation as soon as you get
    it done, so i can setup how you will be moving in and everything could be in perfect place.”

  6. AT IT AGAIN. BEWARE.

    I nearly got scammed by “Gabby Takers” ([email protected]) for an apartment listed in Stamford, CT for $1150 fully furnished. The pictures of the apartment have changed, but the wording he uses in emails is identical to that posted above.

    I can no longer find the link to the listing on Craigslist and the pictures he used have changed.

    I was sent the following banking information:

    Bank: Bank Of America
    Name: Myles Gilford
    Account Number: 334040212656
    Routing Number: 026009593

  7. OMG!!! I wish I could have seen this post early!!!! We have transfered 850 to Gabby Taker. I thought I had been cautious enough to only transfer the security money instead of full rent requested by him. We are so stupid

    1. See if you can contact your bank and cancel the transfer (be sure to tell them the receiver was conducting fraud). Sorry about your loss 🙁

  8. Same happened to me in Costa Mesa, CA. “James Dawei” ([email protected]) listed the apt address to be 2332 Elden Ave Costa Mesa, CA. I won’t list the bank account info he sent me, since I am not sure if it hasn’t been stolen from a real person (supposed bank was Woodforest National Bank). The phone # of the supposed landlord (who I actually spoke with) is (469) 205 – 5670 (Grapevine, TX). I reported him to the FBI (internet crime division); I would suggest everyone do the same – http://www.ic3.gov

  9. Just got this for Denver area…be careful folks

    ——

    From: Gabby Takers
    Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 12:46 PM
    To: *******
    Subject: MY SUBLET APARTMENT

    Hi ******, Thank you for your interest in my sublet unit.

    Some intro about me – My name is Gabby and I’m a Professional photographer.

    I’m currently in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, myself and the Red
    Cross Disaster Relief Team came down to Texas to help displaced
    persons with shelter, food and help rebuild affected communities, I
    have to make sure all this event is filmed for memories as requested
    by the American Red Cross.

    I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to
    show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward
    you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    I am looking forward to renting out my apartment for 6 to 12 months
    (from now until the End of May 2019). I am also open to a short
    term sublease between 1 to 2 months.

    Centrally located on 2960 Inca St, Denver, CO 80223

    Kindly specify the dates you need the place for to be sure to
    accommodate you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the
    unit for the remaining term in-between afterward.

    I look forward to moving with the next steps.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby

  10. Hi, my girlfriend sent over $2K to this scam. Her bank is in Mexico and she is in the U.S. now and the bank said she 90 days and must go to the branch to make a petition. What are the chances of her getting her money back, has anyone here been able to reverse the transaction? Is it helpful to call the police/consumer protection agency? These people are terrible, hoping for some help.

  11. You guys saved my life. He’s back and this time its in Davenport Iowa.
    https://quadcities.craigslist.org/sub/d/all-amenities-included-in/6581558239.html
    Here’s the listing. Please watch out my peeps.
    “I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due
    to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it
    is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit
    and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person
    that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for
    the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will
    rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in
    our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not
    intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term
    lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me
    subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty,
    when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided
    to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy
    and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance
    of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out
    for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want
    our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the
    keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle
    for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good
    care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care
    of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like
    to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 2700 E 53rd St, Davenport IA 52807

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in June, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 May,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and
    a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed
    application form enclosed and any more information you require if you
    are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more
    about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to
    live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will
    take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby”

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