Room with a view in A'dam

11th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 September 2007, AMSTERDAM – "Here are a few photos of the apartment. You will love it." One of the photos, sent by the landlord of the apartment on the Prinseneiland in Amsterdam, clearly shows the view from the bedroom: a densely forested mountain landscape.

11 September 2007

AMSTERDAM – "Here are a few photos of the apartment. You will love it." One of the photos, sent by the landlord of the apartment on the Prinseneiland in Amsterdam, clearly shows the view from the bedroom: a densely forested mountain landscape.

It seems unimaginable, but there are expats – foreigners working in the Netherlands temporarily – who find a rental property online and whose suspicion is not aroused even when the "landlord" sends a picture of an Alpine landscape, the Volkskrant reports.

Last weekend it happened to a Filipino couple looking for an apartment. Via Expatriates.com the couple stumbled upon someone named Clark Kevin, who was offering his apartment on the Prinseneiland for EUR 350 a month. Kevin himself has had to move to London long term for work, he writes in the email.

Immediately after the couple responded enthusiastically, he emailed the address and photos. The email correspondence ended on Monday morning with the request that they wire one month's rent up front, plus deposit, via Western Union, to a certain Olajide Martins, also in London.

The couple became curious. Google helped out: the street number given by Kevin is the address of BVHaast, the record company owned by Willem Breuker. The Filipinos traced the address from which Kevin had posted his apartment for rent: Nigeria. ‘Clark Kevin' not only has apartments to rent in Amsterdam, but also in Barcelona and Paris. "Probably a Nigerian gang," they suspect.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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