We have also been in correspondence with someone who is scamming people with this e-mail. They wanted to do a wire transfer with us this morning! Definitely a scam. They contacted me about 2 properties.
I have been contacted by this person as well after inquiring about property in Fire Island NY. I did a google search of the email after I becam suspicious about transferring money to England. Fortunately led me to this forum.
It would help if the owners kept their listings up to date as the first thing these scammers do is clear all non-available dates to reap the most rewards.
It is usually done by hacking the owners email address, we now have the UK police involved tracing the UK bank account that we sent money to, however we're not holding out much hope of getting any back!