VRBO**-Inquiry Interception
Complaint 75075 Details

  • Date Occurred: 02/09/2014
  • Reported Damages: $1,080.00
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The complaint is against an online dating profile

The complaint is a listing fraud posted on public forums or sites against an anonymous entity

The complaint is mobile text spam or smishing related against an anonymous entity

The company or person contact no longer exists

International boundaries

I put an inquiry into VRBO-Vacation Rental By Owners, a credible site that has been used successfully by many friends and family. I put various inquiries in over the course of two weeks to find a house for president's weekend. I received various replies,most houses were booked, but this one had vacancy and was an email response from the email address [email protected] The reply had my inquiry at the bottom in the VRBO image format, so they definitely somehow had access to my first inquiry. The process went on with us negotiating a price and etc.. Then they told me wire transfers is how they accepted payment, I agreed got the information and went to the bank to send it from my checking account. As I was filling out the wire transfer form I noticed the bank was in the UK, i found that strange but figure since VRBO is an international company that the owners could very well live abroad OR bank abroad. Roughly ten minutes after completing the wire transfer I decided to call the rental owner that was listed on the contract (not the wire transfer info), but the name and phone number mentioned on the contract and vrbo website, XXXXXX. I called him to give him the receipt information of the wire transfer and ask him about the UK bank information that seemed a bit different. XXXXXX called me back and had no idea what I was talking about, said the house was already booked. I then decided to email the fraudulent address myself. I warned him of the investigation and a lawsuit, stating we already knew exactly what he had done. This worked initially as he sent me the first half of the amount back through a western union transaction, he said he would send the second half back once I dropped the investigation, but now he has fallen off the map.

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  • Mikko
  • Mikko SBID #78ef729658
  • Posted 02/24/2014
  • What is the situation with the investication right now? Was the account holder Ravi A Nagare and account number GB87LOYD30944256230368? The bank was Lloyds. If this is the same account do you happen to know if they verify the person who opens an account there? This same thing happened to me and now i'm trying to found out how to get my money back.
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  • Complaints Filed: 7
  • Reported Damages: $22,065.00
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