Craigslist and £45 a night for a flat in Notting Hill Gate ..... oy.
Surprised he got an email cancelling it.
<The night before I left, literally as I was packing my bags, an e-mail came in with some dubious grammar: “I was actually arrested today because the owner of the apartment you paid for refused to pay taxes">
Guess that would save you the embarrassment of turning up on some unknown doorstep, but as they have your money, don`t see why they would care.
I had the same thought as Hugo. The guy seemed oddly considerate for a scammer. They usually just let you find out you've been scammed when you arrive. Maybe it was an attempt to prevent follow-up emails. Also, living in New York he must have heard of apartment rental scams because it's also a big problem there, especially as legal short-term apartment rentals are almost impossible to find there.
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