Real Estate Agent with DWELL REAL ESTATE BK3105105

There have been alot of responses to Fred's article about the rental scams on Craigs List.  Many people have remarked about the gulible people who respond to them.  One of my listings was hijacked from Trulia and I responded to it to be able to see why I was getting so many phone calls, people looking in the windows and leaving notes in the mailbox.  This is the response I received:

Thanks for your interest and sorry for the late response was due to my wife illness but i thank GOD she is getting better. I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business. However, My name is Michael simpson, I own the house located at (524 Columbia Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236). Due to my job as a missionary worker, we are going to stay in Baltimore MD,USA for an international Christian Followers crusade.that I decided to rent out the house and i will be here for (2-3 years).. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. Which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website, that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need rental agreement with a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take care of it as if it were yours. The rental fee is included in all utilities and Appliances,you would not make any extra charges.... Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc...


Address: 524 Columbia Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236


Pets are Welcome!!!

Rent: $650

Security Deposit: $650

Living Building Square Footage:  1,107

Number Of Bedrooms:        3

Number Of Bathrooms:      2


                     PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

1)Your Full Name:

2)Your Full Address,City,State,Zip Code:

3)Marital Status:

4)How many people will be living in the house:

5)Do you have a pet:

6)Do you have a car:


8)Monthly Income:

9)How long are you willing to stay in the property:

10)When are you ready to Move In:

11)How many months rent can you pay upfront:

12)Earliest possible date of deposit:

13)Phone Number:

14)A picture of occupant:

15)Picture Of Driving License?If Available:


I hope to read from you with more information. Thanks for the time and energy writing me, My regards to your family. For more inquiries, Here is my cell phone number which i roamed so i can receive international calls, call or text me ASAP  (I have removed)



Michael simpson.



Yesterday is history, Tomorrow's a mystery, TODAY'S a GIFT, that's why it's called the present!



The religious tone of the the email and the illness thrown on top of it probably swayed many of the respondents and made them believe they were working with the actual owner fo the home.  It is not that they are gullible, it is just that they have no reason based in experience to doubt that the ad is real.  It makes me so angry to know that innocent people have been abused by these scammers but all I could do was educate each one of them who contacted me and explain to them why they should never fall victim to one of these ads.

Trulia finally took it down after about 10 days of back and forth emails and notifications with them.  I will be so happy to get this house sold and hope to do so before the next scammer seizes it. 

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Marnie Matarese |Broker Associate | GRI|RSPS|SRES | DWELL Real Estate 


DIRECT:  941-809-8099 



1947 Ringling Boulevard

Sarasota, Florida 34236











Comments (5)

Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I can't believe people still fall for this stuff. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Feb 02, 2015 11:03 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Marnie - Wow, unbelievable that people continue to get scammed by these things. It is upsetting that this stuff is getting on sites like Trulia, Craigslist, etc.

Feb 02, 2015 12:30 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That is one thing that you find on Realtor.com or any of the Professional Real Estate companies. 

Feb 02, 2015 01:01 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The more personal detail, the more my crap detector goes off.  None of that is relevant.

Feb 03, 2015 02:11 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow , it's really getting to be quite scary out there dealing with crooks like this !

Oct 21, 2016 03:30 AM