Whoever said the internet was a wonderful invention was absolutely right.
We own a buy to let property in the UK which has just been vacated.
We were approached by an ostensibly respectable prospective tenant who wanted to rent it immediately. The only problem was that he said that he had been working abroad and therefore the usual checks would be difficult to do, however, he was prepared to pay 6 months rent in advance which was a very tempting offer.
I did a search on Google this morning with the manquote s name, and low and behold, there he was - a convicted drug dealer, burglar, mortgage fraudster and con man who, based on his form, wanted the property to fraudulently obtain a mortgage. His work abroad consisted of a four year prison sentence and he is currently on a suspended sentence. Mrs Falstaff and I may be going into hiding for a little while.
Landlords beware and thank you Tim Berners Lee.