Conman still trying to fleece renters


A fraudster from Africa is still trying to pull a rental scam in Queens­town – even after being exposed by Mountain Scene.

The paper revealed last week (right) how Argentinian cleaner Sofia Fernandez Alonso was almost sucked in to an internet con that involved paying $720 – supposedly a month’s rent upfront – for a Fryer Street flat.

A man posing as the owner and calling himself Jackson Green answered an ad she placed on the Gumtree website for rental digs in the resort with her boyfriend.

Green offered to send the keys for the flat from his base in Lagos, Nigeria, once cash was sent to him by Western Union wire transfer.

But Alonso pulled out when she saw the same apartment advertised for lease by Queenstown letting agents Resort Property Rentals.

This week, cheeky scamster Green was still pretending to have the same flat available – after Mountain Scene emailed him, posing as a prospective tenant.

He offered the two-bedroom unit for the bargain price of $170 per week, promising to courier keys from Africa.
Green even sent photos of the property – ripped off from official Resort Rentals ads.

“The pictures have definitely been copied straight from our website and we rented that flat out several weeks ago,” Resort Rentals boss Doug MacGillivray says. “We’ll review our online security measures and won’t include addresses of our properties as this is a complete scam.”

Website Gumtree warns users to be on guard.

“This is an industry-wide problem which we take very seriously,” a spokesperson says.

Green went to ground after Mountain Scene emailed him again on Tuesday, asking him to explain how he could be offering a flat for rent that was already on the books of a Queenstown agency.

The Nigerian “landlord” has never replied.