Beware Home Rental Scams on Craigslist

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty DTC

My colleague Erin, owns a rental property.  Last fall, she advertised it on Craigslist and found a renter.  Just recently, she received three phone calls from good Samaritans alerting her to the fact that someone was using her property information in a scam.  After quickly looking into it…..sure enough, Erin had her very own, real-live Nigerian scammer.denver colorado real estate

It turns out that this con artist had somehow retrieved or saved Erin’s original ad text, along with her pictures, and posted an ad on the site.  It even included the property address.  However, the email address belonged to the scammer.  The good Samaritans who had responded to the ad were immediately sure it was a scam.  All three of them Googled the property address, found Erin’s phone number and alerted her to the problem.

Here is the response they received when in quiring about the rental:

Hello,
Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my apartment for rent.The apartment is much available for now.I want you to know that I am the owner of this building situated at XXX Malaya Way, Centennial Denver .But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hopitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a resposible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own.So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as dont want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here.We are only willing to give the apartment out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the apartment the neatness it deserves please don't contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the apartment,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in rentiong home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $1000 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition and the security deposit is $300.i look forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent,also are you ready to rent it now or when?pet is allow
Thanks,
Await your reply

 
Erin immediately notified Craigslist and had the ad removed.  She then worked with one of the good Samaritans to see what would happen if he continued to show interest.  He emailed back and forth and eventually agreed to rent the home, sight unseen.  The culmination of the scam was a request for him to send the deposit via Western Union to Nigeria and they would ‘mail’ him the keys.  He actually received a name and address in Nigeria.  Here’s the text of the last email:

Thanks again for the mail,well you can move in as soon as possible if you want to but right now the house is available all you need is to make the security deposit so that you can be the lucky person for the house okay,below is the payment info

Do send the payment from any Money Gram or Western Union Store close to you. Make it out in the name of my Personal Assistant and forward the payment info to me. As soon as I get it I will commence with sending the keys to you.the names to make the payment with are-

 
NAME---------------------FELIX  IKECHUKWU
STREET------------------78 ROAD, ST PAUL CHURCH OF THE LORD AVENUE
CITY------------------------LAGOS
COUNTRY----------------NIGERIA
TEXT QUESTION?--------WHO IS LORD
ANSWER-----------------JESUS
 
Thanks and God bless you.


Of course, Erin realized that there was no way to catch them in another country, but was worried that someone might actually be desperate enough to fall for the scam, send the money, and show up at the house as the ‘new renter’.  The only thing she figured she could do was to notify the current renters and file a police report.  Once the ad was removed, the calls stopped and nothing else happened.

We just wanted to share this as a warning to anyone out there looking for a rental.  If something seems fishy, it probably is.  Do some research, use Google, and please do not send money to anyone in Nigeria…..ever!

 

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Anonymous
Amanda

The ad has been reposted on Craigslist.  It is posted for only $800 and I just found that to be an unreal price for the neighborhood and the space.  I emailed him and got the same email as above.  I have reported this to CL's as a scam and hopefully noone has fallen for it. 

 

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/apa/898969800.html

Nov 02, 2008 12:27 PM #34
Anonymous
David Mudd

I posted an ad on craigslist to rent my home and was sent an email from an "employee" of the United Nations who is traveling to Kentucky for work.  On checking the originating IP address at http://www.arin.net/whois/ I found that the email originated in Africa though she states she is currently working in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, there were many other clues that have previously been posted by others, i.e. no references to anything that was in my ad, broken english, and a desire to rent sight unseen. 

Just thought I'd add another version of this scam to the list of things to watch out for and pass on the IP checking website. 

David

Dec 15, 2008 10:36 AM #35
Rainer
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Greg Wilson
1st Cornerstone Realty - Schaumburg, IL

That has scam written all over it.  I hope no one fell for it.

Dec 17, 2008 12:01 AM #36
Anonymous
amost got scammed

thanks people and internet. I almost got scammed. what a relief..

Hi   
  Thanks for the email. I Johnson Ekaterina H owns the house and also it is situated and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my family to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own.
   We have left the US and we are currently in the West Africa for a program called 'World Conference Against Racism Youth Summit, Empowering youth for combating racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which is Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria. It as been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain. If you will be the right tenant to our house, we will get the keys and documents of the hou se sent to you via courier services as soon as all terms are settled.
 
 HOUSE ADDRESSES :5101 River Rd #1211 Bethesda, MD 20816.Huge 1 brm apartment located at River Road and Little Falls Pkwy in Bethesda, MD, 1-2 miles from the DC Line. Bus runs regularly and METRO is just a few minutes away. Shopping and restaurants within walking distance. Hardwood floors redone, large closets including walk-in in master bedroom. It is a fully furnished unit, all furniture is from Ethan Allen, has TV and DVD player, free Internet and cable TV. Wall of glass and balcony in the living room and huge window in bedroom. 1 Garage Space
   All types of pet allowed and Additional monthly charge of $80 for pets.....You can drive down there to take a look at it and also Available now!.     I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 2 month upfront payment which mean the first and second months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet and Garbage). I am asking for $1000 and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. I am accepting $1000 including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.
   I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent over to me so that I can get the keys and papers sent to you via FedEx or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when? Await your reply. I will be willing to send the inside view of the building if you demands for it.
    I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant and you can reach me on +2348024064907.
 
Thanks

Jan 10, 2009 05:13 AM #37
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Hi Wendy; I feel sorry for anyone actually from Nigera wanting to rent an apartment!!  We have these in our area too. Pretty darn scarey. Do hope people are careful and dont' fall for it. Good job warning people about this.

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Jan 19, 2009 01:48 AM #39
Anonymous
Nancy

I am currently looking for house rentals on craig's list and it saddens me to see a good deal and doubt it's true because of the numbers of scams out there. I think most of them are legit, well the ones I have emailed. I make sure to only share my first name and the date I want to move in. So far, the people that have responded have set dates for appointments, so I'm assuming they are legit. Could it still be a scam?

I did receive two that seemed like scams, one was a "minister" doing missionary work. The other refused to give me any answers to my questions and sent an application which I refused to fill out or send. I spamed both users.

However, there is one that I think might be a scam but I'm not 100%. It's a 3 bedroom home for $975/mo which is rediculously cheap which is the first red flag. Then he asked me to do a credit report before the appointment, and said he'd give me the address then because someone egged his house before. I told him I did not feel comfortable doing that, and needed to discuss it with my roommates. I'm just going to leave it alone, unless credit checks before applying are normal. I'm researching and looking for more legit places. Does this sound like a scam? I sent him another e-mail from another account pretending to be another person to see what his response is, but he hasn't replied.

Your help is highly appreciated!

Jun 06, 2009 03:12 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Wendy Bibeau
Keller Williams Realty DTC - Aurora, CO
The Bibeau Group - Realtor - Denver Colorado Real

I would say you are 100% correct in thinking this is a scam. You're also correct that it is not normal to do a credit check just to see the house.  Stay far, far away!  If you come back to read this, let me know what city you're in and I can see if I can direct to someone who may be able to help you find a legitimate rental :-)

Jun 07, 2009 01:46 AM #41
Anonymous
anon

This is STILL going on. What sucks is that Craigslist could care less that half their rental listings are spam/scams. They just want you to flag stuff, not caring that plenty of others will possibly get sucked into the scammer’s deal by the time there are enough flags to bring it down.

The one I got had basically just ripped off ad copy and photos from a realtor’s website. A good way to check properties is to just google the address with ‘owner’ and see if it pops up for sale on a realtor’s site. I reported the rip off to the realtor, but even if they contact freaking Craigslist, do you think it'll make a difference? They'll just keep right on going...Craigslist has got to be the most irresponsible business out there that continues to thrive in spite of stuff like this simply because their flagging system is designed to keep them from caring. They don't give a rip whether somthing is a scam or spam.

This woman had prospective renters showing up night and day. http://auburnjournal.com/detail/113853.html

Jul 09, 2009 06:16 AM #42
Anonymous
Destroyah

i've got another one in md, dc metro area.  Don't get suckered in; 

$900 / 4br -  Lovely master bedroom suite including a huge walk-in closet  (Greenbelt MD)

Hello,

 

Thanks for your email, I personally own the house, we want our property to be well taken good care of, and they are some rules and regulation in which i do give out to my tenant if they are willing to rent my house, so please don't disrespect my order ,but if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way. You must keep my house clean including the surrounding, you must know the way in which you use the stove so as to avoid fire outbreak,you must not disturb the neighbor. We decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (West Africa) on a Missionary Work because, in a church here named World Mission Center, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent.

 

Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that i am,but nevertheless i am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in West Africa... so i will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house but you can drive by the house anytime to take a look, so let me know if you are still interested so that i can forward you the Rental Application Form..

 

Pets are welcome!!!

Month rent: $900

Deposit: $600

Move in cost:$1500

Street Address:107 Julian Ct,Greenbelt,MD

 

Here is my contact  husband cell phone number you can reach me on +2347041306959  or 0112347041306959 for more information on this.

 

Thanks and God bless you..

Regards.

Janet Roger..

Dec 17, 2009 04:25 AM #43
Anonymous
Markter
Same stuff up here in sacramento, ca. 2 story house in gtaed community.. I know I know to good to be true.. I'm tryi to get me an my son out of my parents house as I have lost my job an my women make jus enough to get us by, my dad is on drugs an we have to get out.. These moth$r f@&$!rs really make u feel like they want to help you.. They said they not out for money but jus a nice family to take care of the house.. Local news even might stop by cuz we still talkin to him an crazy thing is they are even willing to call u an talk but I think they jus put on a hard accet so you'll jus email em an send money.. I feel sorry for the people using the money they can barely afford to spend and some fool. ( which I wish I could meet in person) jacks em for it..
Jan 09, 2010 07:45 PM #44
Anonymous
Maricia
Same scams in Little Rock, AR.... Hi, Thanks for emailing me regarding the house is still available, but presently I'm on business trip to West Africa. I bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won, so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house, so I have to look for an agent and getting one we strike a deal but later my wife advised me on selling the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advice. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have given the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later and moresome I do not have anyone in the area I can leave the keys behind with so that is why I posted ad myself. If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price and I this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won't be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. The house is available for as long as you want and if you drive by the house you may see a sign there, you have nothing to worry about it belongs to my previous agent so you have absolutely nothing to worry about and you don't have to call them because they do not have access to the house anymore. Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________ Date of Birth_________________________________ Other Phone ( ) ___________________ Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________ Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________ Are you married____________________________ How many people will be living in the house____________________________ Do you have a pet____________________________ Do you have a car____________________________ Occupation____________________________ Move In Date____________________________ P.S: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW THE INTERIOR PART OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE I HAVE THE KEYS HERE WITH ME BUT I CAN SEND YOU PICTURES. House Address 147 Challain  Little Rock, AR 72223 Sincerely, George T Nassif +234-809-801-3941 011-234-809-801-3941 Hello Dear, Thanks for the email.I own the House and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to (West Africa Nigeria) that makes us to leave the House and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person and God fearing person who can take very good care of the house in our absence..We are not after the money for the rent but we want it to be clean all the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in West Africa and will be staying here for the next 4 years in our new House and also with the keys of the House for rent, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well  do not want our House to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us.I and my Wife came over to West Africa for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us that you will  take very good care of the house. So get back to me if you know you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of $600 per month and the security Deposit is $400.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view. Here is the home address below: 420 Maplewood Dr, Little Rock AR Pets and Cats Okay Thanks and remain Blessed kimberly s vought
Mar 04, 2010 02:08 AM #45
Anonymous
Michael

This is another home rental scam on Craisglist. They offer a 3 bedroom 2 bath home for lease in Murrieta, CA for only $700/month. Their reply is below also beware and never send money or confidential information these scammers. 

 

Hello,

Thanks for your interest regarding our House. The 3 bedroom is still available for rent, we renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat the house as his or her own. Well our house has been for sale before my wife advices me to put it out for rent that’s why we put it out for rent.
 
The main reason why the house is for rent is that I got transfer from my place of work to West Africa to preach the gospel to the unbeliever's and even reaching out good things to the orphanage children, and I will be away for good 5 years or more that is the main reason I had to take my family along with me, and we cant leave the house for 5 good years, that’s why we really want good people that can take very good care of the house so that we will be very happy when we get back home and we will still be good family friends, so if you are interested in taking good care of our house, then my family will be ready in accepting you as our new tenant who be fully in charge of our house.

 If you really impress us by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay.....This 3 bedrooms and 2  baths is very specious and is 1924 sq. ft.


Below is our address of the House:
27531 Sierra Madre Drive City: Murrieta State: CA Zip code 92563
Pets Allowed: Yes (Dog Cat)
Monthly Rent: $700
Security Deposit: $500 (Refundable)

I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATIONS FORM BELOW 

RENTAL / LEASE APPLICATION
    Applicant Co-Applicant
Name:
Cell :    
Vehicle Model / Year  
Additional Occupants:
List everyone, including children, who will live with you:
Full Name Relationship to Applicant
Personal References / Emergency Contacts:
Name Relationship City / State Phone #
RENTAL - LEASE HISTORY / REFERENCES
Current Address:
Dates Lived at Address:_____________ Monthly Rent Amount:_________
Reason for Leaving:_______
Occupation_________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________

So get back to us on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting. Hope you are okay with the price of US$700/month with heat laundry facilities, air condition, Etc... and the security deposit fee is $500... PETS ARE FULLY WELCOME! We are looking forward to hear from you ASAP. Stay Blessed.
 
Regards 

Kenneth Roberta

 

 

Thanks very much for your reply and also i can see your willingness in this rent and how is work? Hope great!!!. my wife and i have decided to give you our house, please again take care of the house so that we might be glad when coming to visits you.You are just an accurate example of the fulfillment of psalm 23..

which God has promised to make you lie down in grassy pastures and he further says y well watered resting places He shall conduct you, verse 6 says surely Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life; And you will dwell in the house of the lord forever and ever.

I have decided to rent this house to you due to your manner of approach and prompt attitude in getting things done. All i demand from you is to treat my home well and with care. Now
 this is where we have to work together due to my absents to come view the house together with you.

  I will mail the keys to you for your move in. Based on your faith and my faith in you, i know things will work out well.Hebrews 11:1 says "Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for and the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld”.And also we
would like to send the following document to you via the FedEx express service to the address you sent to us and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possible
occupy our house, Please once again, we are giving you this on trust and do not disappoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house..


I just read a scripture that i feel you should join me in,the bible book of Psalms 71.I
 Feel you should read this with your family with faith full of Hope and do this along with prayer and i do say that God will bless your family.
I will be very busy with Doing God's Work here and would Like to conclude the rental process soon for your move in.My husband had a car accident and needs my attention also.

To secure the home for your move in, you would make out the security deposit of $500 so the keys and document will get to your door step..
Just give me a call as soon as you are back from the property so we can proceed on how you getting the keys and the document..
Here is my contact number for you to call me..+8191130126...

Jun 17, 2010 08:02 AM #46
Anonymous
Jeff T

Yep, I replied to a rental ad on Craigslist in Ann Arbor, MI and here is what I received:

 

Thanks so much for getting back to me regards to my available home for rent ,and I was looking for an quick responsible tenant that can rent and take very good care of the house and treat as own for me as soon as possible he/she move in .
 
The house rent can be lease for 1 year or more and you can move in if you have any pets with you and make sure you tell me more about you and when you ready to move in because all the bad people have spoil the good people in the world to trust each other , Could you please let build a trust and honest together for now as one family .
 
Attn : The rent are including the Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent,as i am in a governmental programmer that sponsors my utilities on monthly basis etc.
 
Please note that, we are a kind and honest family,that spent a lot on property that is available for rent, so in one accord,we are soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own.

We want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we shall be glad to see it whenever we are around on a visit.
 
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATION FORMS BELOW .
 
RENT APPLICATION FORM AND TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU .

1)      Your Full Name
2A)   Home Phone ?
2B)    Cell Phone Number ?
3)    Your Full Address :  
4)     How old are you? 
5a)   Are you married?
5b)   How many people will be living in the house?
6a)   Do you have a pet?
6b)   What type
7a)   Do you have a car?
7b)   What type?
8)     Occupation?
9)     Do you smoke?
10)    Do you Drink ?
11)    Do you work at Night ?
12)    What is your monthly income? 4600
13)    Reference Contact Name and Address?
14)    When do you intend Moving in? July1
15)    private email :
16 )  When can you pay for your deposit to secure or move in?
 
Notice : Call me immediately you fill out the application 

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it our file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you..
Await your prompt reply so that we can discuss on the rental terms and agreement, please we are renting the house to you base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words.So please do not let us down in maintaining this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

House Address : 3052 Redwood Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108

All Pets Allow : Dog , Cat , Fish , Horse
 
Monthly Rent :  $900 
Deposit :            $900
----------------------------------------
Total Move in : $1,800
---------------------------------------
Thanks and you are welcome.
 
You can give me a call on my International Cell Phone # : 011-234-704-304-0903
Regards , 
John Thayer

May 25, 2011 03:30 AM #47
Anonymous
susan

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in  Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1200 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade taking place at the Nigeria national stadium, by Pastor Chris of the Christ Embassy Ministry. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife adviced i rent it out to responsible people.
 
Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem  but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad  to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.
 
I believe you have see how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant. Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but can’t have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you. Reason because, i couldnt find someone trust worthy to drop the keys and the necessary documents with as my call down here was so sudden. I do hope you understand.
 
THIS is THE ADDRESS OF THE HOUSE:(4747 Ambrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90027)
 
it's the sweetest house in Franklin Square! Immaculately-maintained '30s Traditional 3 BR, 1.75 BA home on a quiet street close to the hub of Los Feliz Village. Lovely original details everywhere. Updated systems; high ceilings; one-level; eat-in kitchen; gleaming surfaces; quality and attention to detail throughout. Double garage with work area; large, grassy garden with room for a pool. Move-in ready!....utilities included, Water, Gas, electricity, Sewer, Garbage, Cable ready,well trained pet is allowed e.t.c Facilities also include: Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer e.t.c
 
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
 
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
 
FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
MARITAL STATUS:__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE MOVE IN DEPOSIT ($800) REQUIRED:______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?
 
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you...Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this...
 
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to...A Deposit of $800(which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in...Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you....my number is (011-234-7043536980 or +234-7043536980. The house will be available for rent for a period of 6 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...
 
Regards and remain Bless
Richard Davidson

here's my reply and then their reply, totally ignoring my questions :

Thanks for your prompt reply, my house is available for rent and is ready for move in...i want to know that i cannot tanish my image just because of money or anything...giv me a call asap to discuss on how to get the keys and the necessary paper works of my house to you.
 
Remain Bless


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Subject: Re: $1200 / 3br - Available For Immediate Occupancy ( Los Angeles CA)
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Your email has me curious because I found a listing for this property but it wasn't listed as a rental, rather it was listed for sale.
How come every time we find what seems like a good rental property it ends up being a scam. 
The mention of Nigeria didn't help
Julie D***k?
Richard Davidson?
Who are you, anyway?
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Jul 15, 2011 01:11 PM #48
Anonymous
Carrie Beach

House for rent in Ballwin MO $500. SCAM. they are contacting me now asking me to send them $500.00 so they can send me keys and house documents. 109 Morewood Drive Ballwing, MO 63011.

They are useing God's name to get victims who are faithful and know that God does provide. My husband and I are completely faithful and I have a sister in Togo West Africa doing Mission work for our Lord. So this wasn't out of the question to me. I have stopped over a couple of times in Nigeria to go see my sister in Togo. Togo is one country over from Nigeria.

These scammers will stand before our Lord some day and be held accountable for this. I wouldn't want to be them. I will be notifing the owners of 109 Morewood Drive Ballwin, MO 63011.

May the Lord be with all who view these adds and may he bring justice to these people for raising false hopes and for those who don't do their homework and actually get scammed. Sad, very sad.

But, this will not detour my faith in my Lord. No one or no thing will come between me and my Father. I would live in a box in the rain for my Lord. I would die for him.

Nov 06, 2011 11:44 PM #49
Anonymous
windy Osborn

I recieved this email after replying to a listing on craigslist. I knew it was to good to be true. I even look up some of the info he gasve me and it didn`t meish right.

 

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $750 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade taking place at the Nigeria national stadium, by Pastor Chris of the Christ Embassy Ministry. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife adviced i rent it out to responsible people.

Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

I believe you have see how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant. Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but can’t have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you. Reason because, i couldnt find someone trust worthy to drop the keys and the necessary documents with as my call down here was so sudden. I do hope you understand.
 
THIS is THE ADDRESS OF THE HOUSE:(15270 Pear Valley Lane, Auburn CA 95603)

Great family memories begin here. First time on the market, Wonderful opportunity to rent this single family ranch home..Located at the end of a quite lane for peaceful living. Tri-level plan with valulted ceilings and open great-room concept. New carpet and paint inside and out. Solid oak hardwood flooring and custom country kitchen cabinetry, and natural wood beadboard wainscot give this home a warm inviting feel....utilities included, Water, Gas, electricity, Sewer, Garbage, Cable ready,well trained pet is allowed e.t.c Facilities also include: Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer e.t.c

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW

RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
MARITAL STATUS:__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE MOVE IN DEPOSIT ($600) REQUIRED:______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you...Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this...

The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to...A Deposit of $600(which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in...Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you....my number is (011-234-7043536980 or +234-7043536980. The house will be available for rent for a period of 6 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...

Regards and remain Bless
Dave Springer

Really What Gives these Jerks the Right to Screw with us . Not HAPPY AT ALL AND THEY SHOULD ALL BE GLAD WE DONT GET HOLD OF THEM.

Nov 29, 2011 10:40 AM #50
Anonymous
Karen Price

This just happened to me.THIS PERSON IS A SCAM AS WELL.

Property Address: 107/126 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Vic 3182.

 

scammer email address: <julianmorgan199@yahoo.com>

They even drafted up a copy of the rental agreement:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Julian Morgan <julianmorgan199@yahoo.com>
Date: 13 August 2012 16:53



It is nice reading back from you. I am sorry for the late response. I really appreciate your interest in my room.. My apartment is well furnished and well decorated with a lot of facility such as:Wireless internet facilities, Phone,TV, Microwave, Dish washer, washing machine, Dryer, Refrigerator, Bathroom, Toilet, Bedroom, kitchen, utility room and the bills is included in the rent amount. I would like you to know little about me,My name is Julian Morgan 50 years old  I am a United state citizen. My father is from USA and my mother an Australian, I lived all my life in Australia. I am a Researcher with Miles Morgan Australia Pty Ltd. So i do research., I just traveled to kentucky in United State for a product research.But due to my trip to United States you will be living in the apartment alone also you will be using all the facility in the apartment alone without sharing with any body unless you moving in with a partner or a friend., my lawyer advised me to deposit my spare key at the DHL office in Melbourne Airport, so that any interested individual can easily get the spare keys.Please I want you to note that,I am a kind and honest woman and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent,so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken?It is not the money that is the main problem, but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. So I hope you can promise me to take very good care of my apartment.
But you will have to book an appointment with my lawyer face to face at his firm in Sydney for the inspection and draft the Tenancy Agreement Lease. I can still work a way out if you think going to my lawyer's firm in Sydney is too expensive and far.
 
 
 
Kindly get back to me. Thank you once again for your interest.
 
I hope to read from you again soon.
 
 
 
Best regards
 
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Julian Morgan <julianmorgan199@yahoo.com>
Date: 14 August 2012 22:43



Hello,
 
             Thanks for the information. Please kindly check the attached document and read carefully and kindly get back to me asap, so we can move on .I totally understand you and I want you to know you can trust me as i am also trusting you with my apartment and i assure you that you will be glad you rented my apartment when you make payment and move in and will like you to please stand by your word and take very good care of my apartment when you move in...I will also like you to know that  Kevin Weston   is my personal assistant and he will be the one to do the running around and receive payment for me as i am new down here in the United States and don't know my way around yet and am also always very busy with work.. So you have nothing to worry about as soon as payment is received i will contact dhl to deliver the keys of the apartment to your address without any delay..
               
             You are to SCAN, sign and email me the lease agreement back,.......you will send the security deposit which is $600 and the First Month rent $600 making a total of ($1200) to hold the house for you and be rest assured the house is yours because I have numerous people who needs the house but your response has been quite encouraging, that's why I want you to hurry up in making the payment and getting the keys.. So you can have the keys and document by tomorrow or next, that's if you can send the funds today/ tomorrow?
 
Below is the Western union Information which you will be sending the funds to:
 
NAME.......................... .............................. .....Kevin Weston  
ADDRESS....................... .............................. ...1125 Patterson Rd.
CITY.......................... .............................. ........ Pea Ridge 
STATE......................... .............................. ....... Arkansas
ZIP CODE.......................... .............................. . 72751
 
Get back to me with the following after you have sent the payment...
 
1. The MTCN # on the Western Union receipt.
2. Sender 's Name and Address Used In Sending The Money
3. Actual Amount Sent.
 
NOTE: ALL PAYMENT RECEIVED ARE REFUNDABLE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE  APARTMENT BUT I AM GIVING YOU A BENEFIT OF DOUBT THAT YOU WILL LIKE THE APARTMENT....
 
Get back to me as soon as you can...
 
Aug 14, 2012 08:19 AM #51
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Seen this post on a re-blog, had seen many scams when trying to rent a place in NYC, need to be very cautious on Craig's List.
Feb 22, 2013 03:23 PM #52
Anonymous
mighty m
On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 5:21 AM, Henry james wrote: Hello, PEACE BE WITH YOU. Thanks for your interest in my apartment,its very much available for rent. I am sure you would be asking yourself why my rent is low, that's because am not too keen about the rent amount but to whom i am renting the apartment out to. My intention is to rent my apartment to someone that is responsible,neat and ready to take great care of the apartment as if it were his or hers. I am very certain that you would love the comfort ability of the apartment, it is available for immediate move-in. I would like you to know that i am giving this home out for rent because i am among the missionaries posted to West Africa to work for God and would spend couple of years before i would be through with my assignment here. So my family and i have decided that we would be moving to our other home in Seattle, Washington when we get back to the states,i would like you to complete the tenant application form below and please be honest with these details to enable us choose the right tenant. LOCATION :( 2000 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94123 ) Rent Per Month: $1700 (Including Utilities) Security Deposit: $700 (Refundable) Beds: 1 Baths: 1 Sqft: 750 Lot: 1,176 sq ft / 0.03 acres Type: Single Family Year built: 1991 Parking: -- Availability: now Lease term: OneYear Cooling: Wall Pets: Yes Utilities included: Water, Sewage, Garbage Furnished: No High-speed internet ready: YES Onsite laundry: YES Disability access: Cooling system: Available High Ceilings Stainless Steel Appliances Large Kitchen, Brand New Cabinets, Electric Cooker, dish washer & Refrigerator Heat and hot water, Washer and Dryer in the apartment also. COMPLETE THE TENANT APPLICATION FORM BELOW: FIRST NAME:_________ MIDDLE NAME:_________________ LAST NAME:__________________ AGE:_____ SEX:________________ PROFESSION:________________ MARITAL STATUS____________ TIME ON YOUR JOB:______ PHONE NUMBERS (CELL)PHONE____ (WORK)PHONE____ (HOME)PHONE_____ KIDS___ (YES/NO), HOW MANY_____ PRESENT ADDRESS:____ WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?_______ WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?________ HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE DEPOSIT?______ IF YOU HAVE A PET?_____- DO YOU SMOKE?______________ DO YOU DRINK?_________ DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHTS____ After i have received these details above,myself and my wife will let you know our terms and how we would conclude the Lease process so you can move into the apartment asap, I hope to hear from you soonest. God Bless you On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM, Henry james wrote: Hello XXXXX, Calvary greetings to you and your lovely family, how are you doing ? hope good , may the blessings of the Lord be with us and our family Amen, i am very happy to hear from you and will also like to thank you for your kind interest in our apartment, i have just received and read your detail information's you provided and will be very glad if we can have someone like you as our potential tenant. I am presently at the church right now and have to get home to discuss it with my wife before making any decision and i am very sure she will be very happy to have someone like you as our tenant, do put your mind to rest for i do believe your search for apartment has come to an end, promise to give you a call or send you a mail as soon as i finish discussing with my wife. Thanks and God bless ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Henry james Date: Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:16 PM Subject: Re: Large 1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom apartment for rent Hello XXXXX, Blessed day to you and your lovely family, how is your day going ? hope good, may the blessings of the Lord be with us and our families,and thanks for your response to my email and i was very impressed by your quick response. This email is to bring to your notice that my wife and i have gone through your wonderful details and are very willing and happy to rent our beautiful home to you, because we see you have a nice job, we also need you to know that we are a very peaceful and God fearing family and we try as much as possible to stay away from troubles so in that case we are only searching for occupant who are willing to work with us in a peaceful manner knowing that we are out of the country and it is a 1 living room and 1 bedroom apartment A little about my self and my family Name: Frank Moss / wife : Faith Moss Present location : V.G.C, Lagos Nigeria Like you know so many people are making inquiry and we have some potential tenants who are ready to pay for the apartment, but my wife was really interested in you and feels you might be in better position to take very good care of the apartment, since you don't smoke or have a pet, i know you promise to come up with the deposit, but will want you to view the apartment first,before making the payment of either the rent or security deposit,and we cant also just stand on your promise alone, when we have lots potential tenant, please is not as if i we don't trust you, but we just have to be sure you are serious about renting our apartment and not just making inquiry. So it will be appreciated if you can make a commitment towards the apartment to show your seriousness and readiness to take the apartment, so that we can stop any contact with other potential tenant and file you as our new tenant,i do like to make some things clear, the money is really not the problem, all we want is someone who can take very good care of the apartment and also meet up with the rent with no stories. please do get back to me if you are still interested, and below is what will be requiring from you. 1) we will want you to give us your word in writing that, if giving the apartment you are going to take very good care of the apartment as if is your own and promise to start making the payment for rent from beginning or middle of January, you can move in asap but rent starts from February 2) i will also be needing from you to send me a picture or any from of identification so we can get to know you 3) we will want you to make the payment of $180 usd which will be used for the delivery of the package (keys and documents) instead of the initial $700 usd deposit, and the $180 will also be deducted when paying up the money for the security deposit. If you can produce all this, we will be sending you the keys and other necessary documents below,so you can go view the apartment immediately 1) Entrance and the rooms Keys 2) Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details) 3) Agreement Form which you would sign and send back to me. 4) The House Documentary file. 5) Payment Receipt. 6) Full address and description of the house 7) Authorization Letter signed by me which you will show at the building giving you all legal access to the apartment in my absence. 8) Lease Agreement i await your positive response so i can send you the payment information you will be needing to make the payment of the $180.and is going to be a 24hrs next day delivery if i can send the package out today, you will be able to receive it by tomorrow and will also be sending you tracking number to allow you track online to know the exact time the package will be getting to your delivery address. I will be waiting to hear from you thanks and God bless
Jan 14, 2014 07:10 AM #53
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