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  1. Flat rental possible scam?

    I have been requesting flats for a time now and got an email from someone offering me a flat, we have been discussing for a bit now and the person told me her daughter moved out so now she rents the apartment. However, she states that she is in Greece and can only come over if I show I have the money to be able to afford the apartment. She sent me this in one of her emails which for me it seems super odd and pretty much like a scam, what do you think?   Dear Juan David,If you're really interested and decided, you can secure the apartment from now on, and I will keep it available for you until we meet.It is unfortunate that my past bitter experience of inviting people to come and view my apartment without any form of confirmation of their financial ability and not keeping up to time as at when scheduled, has brought about great loss to me.I'm sure you are honest person so please don't understand me wrong but some tenants are not really decided or do not have the money to pay the rent and yet they disturb me to arrange a viewing with their friends.My husband and I have decided to carry out a simple test on seriousness and financial ability before coming for viewing.I want to be sure that when we'll meet in Munich, it might be a chance that we'll do the renting papers, sign the renting contract, give you the keys and return to my home if you really like the flat conditions. I will not ask for money in advance before moving in, I don't need any deposit from you or pay me any money at all.  But as a warranty that you really can afford to rent my apartment, I require that you arrange a money transfer, on your name!Because I used this system with my daughter when she lived in Munich, here is what I propose:A family member must find the nearest Western Union office, and send you a money transfer with the cost of the security deposit + first month's rent ( 1000 € + 570 € = 1570 € ) sent to you, and on your name.This transfer will be a warranty, so I can be sure that you will wait for me in Munich when I will arrive.Example of transfer:sender’s name :  family member's namereceiver’s name :    Juan Davidreceiver’s address : Munich, GermanyAfter the transfer is done, you will receive a receipt. You have to take a picture of it and send it to me attached trough e-mail, as evidence. This proof will be enough for me to see that your interest in renting my apartment is real. At my turn, I will book the flight ticket immediately and send you a copy of it. Then, we will set up a place and a time when we should meet in Munich. After we meet, you will inspect the apartment and if you want to keep it, we will go to a notary office and do all the needed paperwork. Then, we’ll go together to a bank branch that has a Western Union office and you will collect your money, and make a bank deposit in my personal account where I want to receive the rent payment monthly.Please note that I will pay for the notary fees when signing the rental contract.Thanks for your time and understanding,Flora