Darby Thomas Murphy has been accused by a lot of furious people who presented themselves as landlords while claiming to work at a prominent law firm in Sydney.
A young man claiming to be part of Sydney's high society has allegedly ripped off students of thousands of dollars by renting out houses he doesn't own.
Darby Thomas Murphy has been accused by a lot of furious international students of pretending to be a landlord while pretending to work at a prominent law firm in Sydney.
A dating profile linked to Mr. Murphy describes himself as & # 39; connected & # 39; and & # 39; financially blessed from an early age & # 39 ;.
Brazilian man Daniel Barbosa says Murphy scammed him for $ 3,600 in 2016 for a rent he claimed to own.
He arrived in Sydney and rented an apartment from Mr. Murphy in Chippendale inland.
But soon Mr. Barbosa became suspicious of Murphy when he came in through the back door alone to avoid the caretaker showing the house.
Mr. Barbosa lived in the apartment for only three weeks when he received a cancellation notice from a real estate agent who worked for the real owner.
& # 39; I couldn't believe it – he (Mr. Murphy) told me he was the owner, he was polite and told that he often worked at a law firm … he was so credible, "Barbosa said to the ABC.
Mr. Murphy – whose social media profiles say he is based between New York and Sydney – reportedly refused to return Mr. Barbosa his $ 3,600 bond money.
Mr. Barbosa said that he felt helpless in a foreign country after being deceived, which cost him a lot of money.
But because the case was not criminal, the police told Mr. Barbosa to take civil action against Murphy.
Murphy was instructed to pay him back by the civil and administrative tribunal of NSW, but Mr Barbosa said that he did not receive anything.
However, Mr. Murphy claims that the Brazilian nationality lived with him in a property that he rented, but then their friendship soured.
Darby Murphy claims to be a lawyer at a leading law firm, but the company says he doesn't work for them
Mr. Murphy has his & # 39; tenants & # 39; reportedly taken by possessions that he did not have and left with their bond money
Another case was as recent as May this year, when Mr. Murphy rented a room from Ribat Zaman, who needed a roommate for his Milson's Point unit.
Mr. Zaman said that he and Mr. Murphy mainly spoke by phone and thought he looked like a normal young professional.
After living together for only three weeks, Mr. Zaman claims that Mr. Murphy no longer pays rent.
& # 39; I became suspicious when he stopped responding (to texting & # 39; s), but I googled him and found all these scam warnings from others & said, "Mr. Zaman.
His investigation then led him to Mr. Barbosa, who warned him about Mr. Murphy – who then uncovered even more people who also claimed by the & # 39; attorney & # 39; to have been scammed.
& # 39; I was worried about my safety and I sent a message to Darby telling him to leave and not contact me, & # 39; said Mr Zaman.
Mr. Zaman believes Mr. Murphy has set up his base in his house to scam other people.
To make matters worse, a young man approached Mr. Zaman's hope to move in.
Ribat Zaman (photo) claims that Mr. Murphy rented out a room in his Milson & # 39; s Point house to six separate people without his knowledge
He said he transferred rent to a man who & # 39; Thomas & # 39; and who had already shown him around the building while Mr. Zaman was not at home.
This was reportedly just the first of six strangers who arrived at Mr. Zaman's doorstep in the next two weeks, ready to move.
International student Katika Unjitanusorn, from Thailand, saw an advertisement online for a room in the apartment for rent.
She claims that she transferred Mr. Murphy $ 420 in rent, but when she went in with an unsuspecting Mr. Zamon, nobody was home and Mr. Murphy didn't answer her calls.
The Brazilian man Daniel Barbosa (photo) says that Murphy cheated on him in 2016 for $ 3,600 for a rent he claims to own. Mr Barbosa was later evicted from the house of Sydney by the actual landlord
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