Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Update on West Africa House for Rent Scam

Wow! Since I wrote the original post about the house for rent scam that seems to originate in West Africa and proliferate on Craigslist, I've gotten a huge response from people.

So many people are getting similar emails about great sounding houses. And so many people are being smart! They're Googling the email and have hit this site before shelling out any money. That's great.

The update on this house renting scam is that it's still going strong. And going smart, too. Apparently the scammers are clever enough to search real estate websites, grab some pictures and descriptions and use that information with the address. That way if you drive by the home, it looks authentic and probably has a real estate sign outside of it. In fact, I discovered after the fact that "my" original scammer had set up an email address using the name of the listing realtor so it would match the name on the sign!

So, I reiterate: RENTER BEWARE. If it sounds too good to be true, you're asked to wire a deposit and/or provide a whole lot of info via email, trust your instincts.

Just the other day, I responded to another listing on Craigslist for a house in my area and got this email back:
hello dear
It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my house.Thanks for
your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am debbie
i am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I
resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only
daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (West Africa Nigeria) and presently my house s still available for rent $1200 including the utilities like hydro,washerand security,it is furnised.Moreso Now, i went for a Crusade in the West Africa .Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money 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 IF YOU ARE REALY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENTAPPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW
RENT APPLICATION FORM
Also,Pls let me get this answer.
1)Your Full Name
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number
3)How old are you?
4)Are you married?
5)How many people will be living in the house?
6)Do you have a pet?
7)Do you have a car?
8)Occupation?

Looking forward to hear from yo u 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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on
trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.you call my cell phone number +234-808-811-5817 oR 234-011-808-811-5817.
Thanks and you are welcome

159 comments:

butternugget said...

I love it!!! This is the one I found and almost fell for too... :

Hi,


I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we have a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out because of maintainance, we would have give 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 me later if I let him or her know that I'm letting it out because of maintainance. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintainance. 


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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is manudatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.


Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining the house, kindly provide the information below for record purpose


Full Name
Current Address
Contact Number
Profession Retaurant Manager
Address of place of work friendlys, n main st randolph ma
How many people will be living in the house? 2
How many car do you have? 0
Do you have pet? 2 cats
Why are you relocating? relocated to the area for work
How soon will you be able to move in? ASAP


Please try and visit the house to see yourself, here in the address 1943 West 14th Ave, vancouver, British Columbia

For more enquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below


Best Regards
Philip Alonge
Jimz Oil
0112347057532012 or
+2347057532012

Dustin D from Salt Lake City, Utah said...

I got this scam twice!! I have been searching for a decent property to rent here in Salt Lake and I got one with the West Africa scheme on a building I knew not to even be finished (I live 1 block away from this building, the photo was of the only completed model). This is the latest one I got:

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. My Father asked me to come over to United Kingdom to take over his business so I have no option to come over with my wife and my children. I and my wife both built 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, after getting one, we have a deal but later my wife advised against that based on some reasons, I reasoned alonged with her and have a change of mind. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out because of maintainance, we would have give 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 me later if I let him or her know that I'm letting it out because of maintainance. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintainance.

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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is manudatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining the house, kindly provide the information below for record purpose

Full Name
Current Address
Contact Number
Profession
Address of place of work
How many people will be living in the house?
How many car do you have?
Do you have pet?
Why are you relocating?
How soon will you be able to move in?

Please try and visit the house to see yourself, here in the address 1332 Sherman Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84105

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below


Best Regards
Philip Alonge
+44 702 405 1984

♥Princess Sharay♥ said...

Wow same thing happened to me see
i asked if it was still availble i needed a place to stay because i was going to skool so i send him a email i cursed his ass out people are so messed up thank you for posting this....


Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.. I am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my work and now in Warsaw , Poland . Presently my house is still available for rent for $700 USD (rent already includes utilities, security and pet deposit) Moreso Now, i'm currently in West Africa , NIGERIA for an international christian follower's crusade.

Pls i want you to note that, i am a kind, honest and trustworthy man and also 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,is that taken? 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 do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. This is the address of the House (
567 73rd street Brooklyn, New York 11209)..

BRAND NEW HOUSE FOR RENT IN A COMFORTABLE AREA Features large two bedroom/2 bath apartments with central A/Cs, dishwashers, washers &dryers, disposals, large windows, walk-in closets and private balconies. Additional amenities include unique stone-tiled floors, and private parking.


Included: Heat, Water
Bedrooms: 3
Baths:
1
Sq. feet: 1000


SO IF YOU ARE REALY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

1)Your Full Name?
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number?
3)How old are you?
4)Are you married?
5)How many people will be living in the house?
6)Do you have a pet?
7)Do you have a car?
8)Occupation?
9)Move in Date?

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 $700 (which happens to be the first months rent) is required before moving in...Feel free to get back to me for more informations and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you...The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying
there.. Feel free to contact me at +2348088115817 or 0112348088115817.

Thanks and God bless.

Anonymous said...

I almost fell for it too. Got the following response today 07/31/2008

Hello Dear,

Thanks for your love and concern over this House and the House will only be given out to the right person that will take very good care of the place and the facilities. Well I must let you know that the House has allot facilities like hydro and heat laundry facilities, air condition,gimming facilities, internet and telephone access and a spacious car park and other necessary facilities.I have really decided to give out the House as a result of my transfer to west africa http://www.gowestafrica.org/go/index.php#handsonafrica, Nigeria in my Missionary Work. I will be giving out the House for $1,300 so let me know as soon as possible if you are still interested, so that we can discuss further details.i will want you to get back to me.

Address:98 Dubost Ct
Danville, CA

and i will want you to fill the application form so that you can qualify to be my tenant
Answer these Application Form to Get the House:

RENT APPLICATION FORM
Also,Pls let me get this answer.
1)Your Full Name
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number
3)How old are you?
4)Are you married?
5)How many people will be living in the house?
6)Do you have a pet?
7)Do you have a car?
8)Occupation?
9)When will you like to move in?
10)How long will you like to rent the property?

Looking forward to hear 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 key 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 do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.Our house number is +234-808-136-9691 OR 011-234-808-136-9691.

Regards.

Mrs Erika

Paul Dorn said...

Here is one I found, for a house in a great part of Pasadena Ca. I knew something was wrong because they listed the 3 bdrm house for $1,000. per mo. I think the utilities for this house might be more than that.I considered it might be a typo, and responded to the ad.Here is their response.

"Hello Dear
Sorry for the late reply,
It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my house.Thanks for your email and it is my gladness unto hearing from you.I am Marc Meyer,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of actually me and my family had relocated due to my transfer from my working place for eight months and now situated in the West Africa and presently our house is still available for rent.I want it to come to your notice that our former tenant just moved out of the house Earlier this year and the keys is here with me.available for rent for $1000 per month including the utilities..Please i want you to note that i am a kind and honest man and also that we spent a lot on our property that we want to give 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 that is why it is cheap but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we will be glad to see it neat when we 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.She can move in with any kind of pet just make sure they are homed trained
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU
TO GIVE ME ANSWERS TO THE INFORMATIONS BELOW:
1)How soon do you want to move in?
2)How long do you intend staying?
3)How many people will be occupying the house?"



There was also this " Rental Application"




"RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

FULL NAME
CURRENT ADDRESS
HOME PHONE #
EMPLOYMENT
TITLE
WORK PHONE #
HOW LONG THERE?
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR
GROSS SALARY
CAN WE CONTACT FOR EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION? YES OR NO

RESIDENCE HISTORY
PRESENT ADDRESS
MONTHLY RENT
HOW LONG AT THIS ADDRESS
PRESENT LANDLORD
LANDLORD╩╝S PHONE #

CAN WE CONTACT LANDLORD TO VERIFY RESIDENCY? YES OR NO

LANDLORD IS AUTHORIZED TO VERIFY ABOVE INFORMATION BY RENTAL
HISTORY REPORTS, CRIMINAL REPORTS, AND OTHER MEANS. LANDLORD
RESERVES THE RIGHT TO VOID THE RENTAL AGREEMENT IF THE
INFORMATION IS NOT SUFFICIENT.


APPLICANT_____________________________ DATE___________________

Pls fill out this form and have it mail back to me.

so go check the location of the house .............................1025 Nithsdale Rd Pasadena, CA . .As soon as i get the your response i will be20sending all the neccssary information regarded regarding this home.

Awaits your reply to enable us further our conversation and forward your contact information to the Fedex couirer.

Thanks and you are welcome...
Regards

Marc Meyer"

So , obviously they still are at it.I plan to write them back and see if they will rent it to me , but in my Cats name, as I am a celebrity and want to hide from the Paparazzi

Anonymous said...

I also received this email this morning after inquiring about a bungalow in Los Angeles. This was the title of the Craigslist ad I responded to "$650 / 1br - Newly Renovated One Bedroom Apartment for Rent":

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 for a Crusade that makes me and my wife to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible 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 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 3 years in our new house and also with the keys of the apartment 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 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 on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of $650 per month with CENTRAL AIR UNITS, TERRAZZO AND CERAMIC FLOORS, READY TO MOVE IN, LIVE IN THE ENTIRE HOUSE.

House Address: 2213 Cabrillo Ave Torrance, CA 90501

SO IF YOU ARE REALY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATIONS FORM BELOW.

=========== RENT APPLICATION =============

Also,Pls answer these questions below:
1)Your Full Name _____________________________

2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number _____________________________

3)How old are you _____________________________

4)Are you married ___________________________________

5)How many people will be living in the apartment ___________________________

6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

7)Do you have a car _____________________________

8)Occupation _____________________________

9)What is your religion _____________________________

10)How long are you willing to stay _____________________________

11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed _____________________________

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can
have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your name and
contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,I am putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.

Regards.

Anonymous said...

Hi, We also were almost scammed on a house in Tiverton Rhode Island,from a person claiming to be a Susan Reid who had a job transfer from her home to Warsaw poland eventually ending up in Lego's Nigeria. It too professed to include all utilites for $1200 a month, They asked for same information for a application then they wanted a $1,000 deposit sent via Western Union to them. This also appeared on Craig's List. We even had a man professing to be her husband who had us call two numbers (23480692555596 or 0112348069255596)Professed owner Susan Reid 11 Bukola Street, Lago's
Nigeria, Zip 23401 Test Question, Who is the greatest? Answer; God. Beware of this scam from SusanReid@yahoo.com it is a scam. take this from a retired Law enforcement officer, all that glitters is not gold.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, for your post. Naively, I filled out the application and only when they asked for all the money before seeing the apartment did I start to wonder...

Here's they're response to me. The phone number to call looks exactly the same as others:

Dear Heather, Thanks you very much for your reply, I can see your willingnessin this flat. I want you to know that i'm satisfied with your profileand also believe l can trust in you because l will not like toexperience what l experieced from my last tenant again.I will like toknow the exact date you will like to move into the flat,l showed yourprofile to my husband and daughter in africa, they said they are okwith it.l want you to know that we can let you stay in my flat tillthe period of time you wish to.The Apartment is good and clean as yousee it in the pictures and yes,there is a secure parking in thebuilding. I want you to know that the rent fee is among the flat utilitiesall included, so you can use them anytime but make you take propercare of my properties.We will come and pay you a visit after you havemoved into my home to see how you are maintaining it,I will bereceiving first month rent plus security depositpayment from you via MoneyGram because l think it reliable,securedand fast,l wish you best of luck in your work, from your profile l cansee that you are responsible and a hard working person may thealmighty Lord lead you in what ever you wish to do.l see no reason whyl should collect damages deposit since you have promise that you willtake proper care of my home l think we're ok. How many Months Deposit are you willing to pay upfront?$650/monthSecurity deposit fee is $400 Amenities..........................................# Bedroom : 1# Bathroom : 1# Extra Toilet : 1# Extra Guest Room: 1# Sofa Bed : 1# Bed LinenAccommodation Features...................................................Wood Floor :Heater :Central Heating :Equiped Kitchen :Tv: Cable/Satellite TV:Video/Stereo:Internet :Air Conditioning:• Full Kitchen• Refrigerator:• Garage/Car park• pets allowed. Kitchen Features...................... ...........Washing machine:Juice Machine :Iron :Toaster:Oven :Dishwasher :Coffee Maker :Microwave :Refrigerator:Stove: As soon as the first month rent plus security deposit payment has beenconfirmed by me via MoneyGram,l will go ahead and commence on how theapartement keys/documents will be delivered to you via DHL courierservice on next day delivery and it will be delivered to the addressyou provided in your application form.If you're okay with this,i willsend the Tenancy Agreement form for you to read & sign,you will sendit back to me then we proceed by sending the keys/documents to youasap.Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that l can goarrange for the delivery of the keys/Documents.Once again l'm giving you this apartment on trust and do notdissapoint me because l dont want our house to be destroyed again, ifyou wish to move in with your own properties,we still have one extraroom that is empty so you can easily put our own things that you thinkyou dont need in there. Here are the contents that will be delivered to you via DHL courier service.1) Entrance and the rooms Keys2)Paper/Permanent Flat form(Containing your reference details)3)The Flat documented file.4)Payment Receipts.5)Full address and description of the flat. My husband will like to talk to you,you can call him as soon as youget this mail his number is +2348035452016Get back to me via email if you will need me to send you theinformation which you will use to make the deposit payment viaMoneyGram to my husband in west africa.Thanks and God bless you... Judith Hall

Anonymous said...

I responded to an ad in Wyoming's craigslist asking for the address and sirens went off in my head when I read their response to my email the next day. Key points that alarmed me
1) Almost always there is a local contact for any rental you want to consider.
2) NIGERIA? ("transfer from my work and now in Warsaw , Poland ... i'm currently in West Africa , NIGERIA for an international christian follower's crusade") You can't be in two places at the same time.
3)poor grammar & verbal skills unlike an American's lol ("it is my gladness to hearing from you") to hearing? lol
4) Replies don't usually gloat on their attributes three times over (i am a kind, honest and trustworthy man)
5)I'm not a lawyer, but if you are going to scam, facts should be consistent (Beautifully Updated 4 Bedroom Home - ad said 5 bedrooms).
6)My forte is square feet, the house advertised can't fit into the sf in reply (1600 (Approx.) Area) and we say 1600 sf or square feet not area.
7)The application questions stepped over acceptable boundaries of marital status and age. By default of my responding they got my full name and phone numbers, which they claimed they couldn't get through to my phones and would I call them - yeah right an international phone call bill is just what I need!
8)and my favorite blooper is in all that mumbo jumbo they failed to explain where w. county road 16 is in my state. It doesn't exist!

I googled "international christian follower's crusade" to get here - thanks for helping me confirm my instincts.

Signed: Old & Wise

P.S. I was told to flag such ads on craigslist, so my next surfing location is back there to flag it before someone falls into that trap.

Jessie said...

I am glad I found this post, I just ran into the same scam!!
Luckily like you said, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!!!
Even thought "my" scammer changed the name, but the rest of the information are almost 100% the same!!!
What an a**!

see his email below and wish everyone will spot these scammers!!

Thanks for your email and it is my william to hearing from you.I am Rev William,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the West Africa Nigeria working as a Volunteer with The Go West Africa organisation(http://www.gowestafrica.org/go/index.php#handsonafrica ) And presently my house is still available for rent including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished More so Now, i went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with me for more discussion as i am with the keys and the document to the house.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money 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 came for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.


Looking forward to hear from you so we can get the RENT APPLICATION FORM to you, for you to fill it out and get back us 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 base on trust and one more thing you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this. You can reach me on 0112347023219565 or 0112347031074003

Regards.
Rev william
Await your reply now

Anonymous said...

Damn!!! I thought it was too good to be true! I was really excited for me and my new husband to finally move out of out crime infested area...heres the response i got. I'm REALLY glad i googled this before i payed money i couldn't afford!

Hello Dear,
Thanks for the email and it is my gladness hearing from you.i am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (West Africa Nigeria) and presently my house is still available for rent ..including the utilities like hydro,washerand security,it is furnised but if u which to move in with your furnishes no problem.. i went for a Crusade in the West Africa .

Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,i will want you to take absolute maintenance of my house and want you to treat it as your own,i,it is not the money 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.

SO IF YOU ARE REALY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAPPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW
RENT APPLICATION FORM

Also,Pls let me get this answer.

FIRST NAME:__________________
MIDDLE NAME: _________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
HOME PHONE (____) __________
(CELL)PHONE (____) __________
(WORK)PHONE (____) __________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIPCODE: ____________
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
DO YOU HAVE A PET: _____________
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
DO YOU SMOKE? ______________
DO YOU DRINK? ______________

Looking forward to hear 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 key to you,Note that the keys and documents of my house is with me here in west africa.please we are giving you the house base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do notl et us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this

HOUSE INFORMATION

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
Located at Stonepine neighborhood in Kent(WA), beautiful 2500 sqft, 4 bedrooms, office/den, 2.5 bath, 2 car gar, fireplace, high vaulted ceiling, large backyard with play area and deck. Walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, elementary school, tennis courts, park, and other amenities. Easy access to SR 167, minutes to transit and train Kent station. This house is equipped with security system, data network, microwave, oven, dishwasher, new furnace, and triple pane windows. Master bedroom is spacious with double entry doors, and walk-in closet. Master bath includes 2 sinks, soaking tub by a large window over looking the backyard, and standing shower is in separate room.

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms:2
Rent per month: $900
Deposit Req'd:500
Application Fee: $0
Parking: Reserved.
Available: Now

ADDRESS :21208 103rd Ave SE ..kent, WA 98031

Pet policy: Ok

Smoking inside policy: no smoking

Lease terms: AS LONG AS YOU WHICH

YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +234-803-855-9566 Or 011-234-803-855-9566..
Thanks And God Bless You..

Kitty81 said...

I saw an ad nearly identical, but from the poor grammar and the fact that they stated that they had been transferred to Nigeria, the red flags immediately popped up. There is no way that I'm sending my personal information and money to someone that I don't get to meet face to face on something that fishy. So they get my money and my personal info to sell to their buddies and/or use for identity theft?! I think not! And it was also incredibly obvious that the pics that were sent in the e-mail were pics of a home staged for sale, not for rent.

Hello,

It is a great pleasure that you are interested in my house and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Rev Anderson Moore the owner of the house you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family before, and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my church and i am on a missionary to west africa nigiria and presently my house is still available for rent for$800 USD including the utilities like hydro,washer and security.Pls i want you to note that i am a kind and honest man 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 house and want you to treat it as your own,i want you to keep it tidy all the time .I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.i do not have anybody in the state rigth now that is why i am with the keys and papers of the house with me hear in West africa,so please i want you to send me your pictures so that i can see the tenant that want to maintain my house for me.. you can call me at +2348089940493 or 0112348089940493
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM RENT
APPLICATION FORM.

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
When are you moving in__________________

House Address
3826 SE Lambert St
Portland, OR 97202

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case 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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.hear is the pics of the house insinde

Thanks and you are welcome
Rev Anderson Moore

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Anonymous said...

I found one here in Scottsdale.


I also received this email from a man named "mr. Jeffery" here is as follows....


Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Mr, Jeffrey, the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work, .Moreso Now, i'm currently in Western Rigion of Africa, for an international christian follower's crusade.
Presently my 3bedroom house is still available for rent for $800 and $400 for the security deposit (rent already includes utilities) I hope you are ok with the price, Pls i want you to note that, i am a kind, honest and trustworthy Man and also 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.This is the address of the House ..
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
Full Name: ________________________

Previous Address: __________

How Long? __________

Phone Number:__________

Married:__________

Do you have Children? __________ How Many? __________ Ages_________

When Do You Intend Moving In_____________________

Pets? __________ What Kind? __________
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, you know that we have not seen yet and I am only putting everything into Gods hands, This the address to the house (16861 N 106th Way, Scottsdale, AZ)
God Bless,
Mr, Jeffrey.

C J said...

Thank you! I found this before sending my reply...

Still going... this was for a house in San Diego, and now the 'christian crusade' is in alaska:

_______________
from Eric Smith -
eric.smith1900@yahoo.com
date Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 2:21 AM


Attn:Applicant,
Thanks for your email and your interest in renting my house.I am Eric Smith,the owner of the house you are making enquiry.Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer to Alaska and my daughter is in Lancaster California.Presently my house is still available for rent for $1300.00(rent already includes all utilities) and a compulsory security deposit of $1350.00.More so Now, i'm currently in Anchorage Alaska for an international Christian follower's crusade and also christian project which we the christians are handling for about 3 years.I will be away for about 3 years.You are free to go and inspect the exterior of my home,because the keys are with me here in Alaska.I can be reach with this phone number 952-232-0429

This is the address of the House ( 4661 56th Street San Diego CA 92115)

Please kindly show your interest my filling out the rental application form below.

RENT APPLICATION FORM.
FIRST NAME:__________
MIDDLE NAME:__________
LAST NAME:__________
PROFESSION:__________
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE:__________
(WORK)PHONE:__________
(HOME)PHONE:__________
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:______________
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE:______________
DO YOU DRINK:______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT:____
Do YOU PARTIES:_____________


The house will be available for rent for a period of 3 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...Please i would want you to give me your words that you would take good care of my property.My home is not a forclosure and i do accept pets.

Regards,
Eric

__End Quote__

Thanks again everyone!

Anonymous said...

I keep gettin' these replies from my craigslist searches, it seems that these scams have taken over the honolulu rental section on craigslist.

Thanks for your email and it is my william to hearing from you.I am Rev thomas,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family located at,(604 Halela St, Kailua, HI 96734) such as my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the West Africa Nigeria working as a Volunteer with The Go West Africa organisation And presently my house is still available for rent including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished More so Now, i went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with me for more discussion as i am with the keys and the document to the house.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money 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 came for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

Looking forward to hear from you so we can get the RENT APPLICATION FORM to you, for you to fill it out and get back us 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 base on trust and one more thing you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this. You can reach me on 0112347089140100 or 0112347031074003

Regards.
Rev Thomas
Await your reply now

They've even gone far enough to start stealing the names of real estate agents in the area.

Does anyone know of a site that reports these scams and try to stop them?

Tricia said...

Here the one I got today, I knew it was too good to be true:

Thank for your interest,I MR JOHN AND WIFE ALICIA GIBSON OWN THE
house.This house is still available for
rent but we will only be interested in renting it out to a very caring
and God fearing person that will take very good care of the house,we
have just move down to west africa due to our present condition
which is personal and for some other reason that is important to our
family. So i now decided to rent out my house to caring family that
will keep the house clean for though am not coming back but i will be
coming on a visit to see how they keep the house clean for us. Am a
married woman with a 2 year old boy and my husband is in west africa
here with me because he is a member of the medical team that was sent
to the
African Region on HIV/AIDS awareness campaign which is being sponsored
by the saving grace international a Non-Governmental Organization and
he had to relocate down to africa here as soon as he is through with the
campaign.
Well am presently working down here in afirca to take good care of my
mother coffee farm who is late now and the house is locked up and the
keys and documents are all with me, the 4 bedroom house which is
okay and i have everything you need to keep you and the environment
clean
house rent: $1200
security deposit: $150
Hope you are okay with the price of US $1500 with
hydro,heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on. I am looking
forward to hear from you soon, please call us on how to get the house
for rent, 011 then 234-8081144817 or + 234-808-1-144-817.
RENT APPLICATION FORM
1)Your Full Name..............
2)Your Full Address...........
3)Phone Number..................
4)Are you married?............
5)Sex......................... ........
6)How many people will be living in the house?...........
7)How many months or years do you intend to stay.............
8)Do you have a pet?....................
9)Do you have a car?................
10)Occupation?................ ..
12)Purpose of relocating.................... .
13)Reference.................
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can
have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting
you. Your full information will be used to process all documents that
will be coming together with the keys leading to the house and this
will come to you through DHL courier service.
Hope to read from you soon.
You can reach my husband on the +2348081144817 7Regards
THANKS AND GOD BLESS
MR JOHN AND MRS ALICIA GIBSON

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.whh said...

Replied to post in Boston.

the names were James and Charity Colleen. He is on Crusade in west africa, she is deaf and in a wheelchair and living in NJ.

.whh

Bamboowind said...

Nearly got caught in this one too. Similar application wording to some others. I found the house for rent on rentals.com for a much higher price so I assumed he was desperate. It was when he mentioned he'd need money western union'ed to Nigeria that I finally got suspicious enough to dig deeper. He even sent a psuedo formal rental agreement. I called the realty number on rentals.com version of the ad (the higher priced one), go the name and number of the true owner, talked to him for a while and found out that the higher price was the real one and he was willing to meet to show the house. Here's the funny part, in his instructions to send western union money, the password was "GOD BLESS AMERICA". I'm guessing that's what he says everytime someone falls for this.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't believe I almost fell for this exact scam. I am an intelligent, educated woman, yet, if you want to believe something badly enough... Well, thankfully I discussed with a friend because it sounded to good to be true, and now I feel really silly, hehe. Here's mine:


Thank for your interest in my house.This house is still available for rent but I will only be interested in renting it out to a very caring and God fearing person that will take very good care of the house,I am a lecturer in the state and my field of lecturing is psycology.But i have just been posted out of the state to Bristish International School in Nigeria somewhere in the region of Nigeria for a 2 years course lectured of which their is no one arround me to take charge of the house, am single and my family are all in Paris since my father is one of the state chiropractor and he had to relocate down to paris with my younger one's when he was appointed as the chiropractor of the Redeemed Church in Utah, am the eldest out of 4 children.Well am presently working down here in Nigeria and the House is locked up and the key and document are all with me, the bed room flat house which is 100% okay and i have everything you need to keep you and the enviroment tidy.
You can reach me via this number # +234-709-205-1775.House Location
4026 Jacinth Way City: Baltimore
State: MD Zip Code: 21236

3Bedroom 2.5Bathroom
Approximate Sq ft :2000

Sublet Information
Date Available: Available for move in now
Rent: $1200/month
Is a Security Deposit Required? Yes
Security Deposit Amount: $1200
Basement: Full Basement
Car Garage 2
Water: City
Sewer: City

Air Conditioning: Central Gas A/C
Lease Information
Lease Term: Flexible
Minimum Lease Stay: 1-4 Year Minimum
Option to Renew Lease:Renewable

Sublet Specifics
Are Smokers Allowed? Not Smoking Allowed
Are Pets Allowed? Allowed PROPERTY FEATURES
Central A/C Central heat High/Vaulted ceiling
Walk-in closet Hardwood floor Tile floor
Dishwasher Refrigerator Stove/Oven
Microwave Granite countertop Stainless steel appliances
Basement Washer Dryer

Get back to me soon, so that i will know your mind.

Regards

Dana Kuan

Sophia said...

yeah, thanks for having the email posted or I would have fallen for it. Got one off the craigslist oahu.

Anonymous said...

The only reason I didn't fall for this is the price is way too low and he could never answer me on the Condo Assoc. Fees. Thanks so much for the post here too - it validated my concern. However I did reply with my information : ) so just a little embarrassed about falling for it that far!

Here is the response I recieved:

Thanks for the email. I MR DAN AND WIFE LUCY own the
bedroom's /Apatment and also want you to know that it was due to my
transfer that makes me and my wife to leave the house and also want to
give it out for rent and looking for a responsible 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, our new house and also with the keys of the house, we try to
look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but
could not see and we are as well as don't want our house to be used
any how in our present 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 to take very good care of the house. So get back to me
on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have
in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $750 with
hydro,heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on. I am looking
forward to hear from you soon, please call us on how to get the house
for rent, 011 then 234-808-1-144-817 or + 234-808-1-144-817

RENT APPLICATION FORM
1)Your Full Name :
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number :
3)How old are you?
4)Are you married?
5)How many people will be living in the house?
6)Do you have a pet?
7)Do you have a car?
8)Occupation?
9)Reference?

Looking forward to hear 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 key to you, we do not see yet and only
putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this
our property and God bless you more as you do this.The full address of
this beautiful house cannot be disclose for security reason, the
condois locked and i have the keys.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS
MR DAN AND WIFE LUCY

Anonymous said...

Terrible. I hate people that do this. Felt dodgy the whole time. Looks like it was.

Reynaldo said...

I am so glad I googled the email. I knew it from the email itself that it was a kind of scam. There were too much unusual explanations and hard to believe story: HERE IT IS...

Hi,

I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

House Address
40156 Albany Ct, Temecula, CA 92591

For more enquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below

Best Regards
Rick Garcia
+234-802-976-9680
011-234-802-976-9680

Mack said...

This guys is all over the place. Even though my better instinct was aginst it I replied to the ad on Craigs List. Here it is.

Thank for your interest,I MR TONY AND WIFE LUCY BRUNSONOWN THE house.This house is still available for
rent but we will only be interested in renting it out to a very caring
and God fearing person that will take very good care of the house,we
have just move down to west africa due to our present condition
which is personal and for some other reason that is important to our
family. So i now decided to rent out my house to caring family that
will keep the house clean for though am not coming back but i will be
coming on a visit to see how they keep the house clean for us. Am a
married woman with a 2 year old boy and my husband is in west africa here with me because he is a member of the medical team that was sent to the
African Region on HIV/AIDS awareness campaign which is being sponsored
by the saving grace international a Non-Governmental Organization and
he had to relocate down to africa here as soon as he is through with the
campaign.
Well am presently working down here in afirca to take good care of my
mother coffee farm who is late now and the house is locked up and the
keys and documents are all with me, the bedroom house which is
okay and i have everything you need to keep you and the environment
cleanhouse rent: $800
Hope you are okay with the price of US $900 with
hydro,heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on. I am looking
forward to hear from you soon, please call us on how to get the house
for rent, 011 then 234-8081144817 or + 234-808-1-144-817.

RENT APPLICATION FORM

1)Your Full Name..............
2)Your Full Address...........
3)Phone Number..................
4)Are you married?............
5)Sex..................................
6)How many people will be living in the house?...........
7)How many months or years do you intend to stay.............
8)Do you have a pet?....................
9)Do you have a car?................
10)Occupation?..................
12)Purpose of relocating.....................
13)Reference.................

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can
have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting
you. Your full information will be used to process all documents that
will be coming together with the keys leading to the house and this
will come to you through DHL or FEDEX courier service.
Hope to read from you soon.
You can reach me on my cell +2348081144817 or +2348034398865 Regards.
MR TONY AND WIFE LUCY BRUNSON

Anonymous said...

It's made its way to Australia on gumtree.com.au

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.My name is Rev Donald Langrick the owner of the house you are making enquiry of....Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in united states and presently my house is still available for rent including the utilities like hydro/heat drywasher and security and bills,Everything in the flat is well fully furnised.
Moreso Now,I went for a crusade in West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in united states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the flat.Pls i want you to note that,I am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money 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 came 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.

Send my wife Maggie an Immediate message, on ( maggrick07@yahoo.com ) and she will attends to you better on how to proceed

Thanks and you are welcome

Regards

Rev Donald Langrick

Mack said...

This is the second time that these people have tried to get me!

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

House Address
802 Baylor Ct
Newport News, VA 23602

For more enquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below

Best Regards
John Crane
+234-802-976-9680
011-234-802-976-9680

Anonymous said...

I got the same response, see below.
Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

House Address
5701 W Berenice Ave
Chicago, IL 60634

For more enquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below

Best Regards
Nicolas Mijuskovic
+234-802-976-9680
011-234-802-976-9680

IT'S A SCAM. I am pretty careful and actually thought this was legit. No money has been exchanged but it sucks because this is all a waste of my time. Thanks for keeping the public aware of these scammers.

Anonymous said...

I got this scam too. Lucky i didn't send money but i sent him the details he requested and not any more. This property was in the US.

Samuel & Dalila said...

Yeah, I was searching for a new place, and the minute I saw the pictures and address, I knew it was a few blocks away. Of course, when I saw Nigeria, and the African phone number, I knew right away it was a scam. I e-mail Mr Patrick Lilly, and asked him who the agent was that had the keys, and told him I would gladly speak with him, and after seeing he was legit, give him my deposit. No response. BTW, this was in New Orleans Lakeview for any New Orleans readers that come across this. It was 6895 Weurple.

Anonymous said...

I cant believe I actually gave him my pet's names!!!

Paul Dorn said...

Recently looking again for my Daughters boyfriend, I came across a listing in the area I was wanting,Great photos and in the low end of my price range, but no phone number or E-mail address to respond to.(First red flag* only the Craigslist listing number)
I responded to the ad, and automatically got a response back (second red flag*)

" Thank you for contacting us about the property. The property is still available as of now. We are trying to find a tenant for this property ASAP, first-come-first-serve basis. Move-in date is negotiable.

We are a group of real estate investors. We have many rental properties available with great lease term. In order to handle large amount of inquiries as quickly as possible, we ask you to follow our process.

We only deal with possible tenants who can provide us with their own credit report. We have learned over the years that by doing some pre-screening up front we save great deal of time. This is how we can offer you lower than market rent and still be able to profit. We think this is a win-win for all parties involved. You will not be disqualified as long as you don't have any major real estate related problem on your credit report.

If you already have a recent report we may be able accept that, as long as it contains the information that we are looking for. It has to be taken within the last 30 days (no exception there) from a reputable company. Otherwise please go to our investor tools page at http://www.dsproperties.info/4694.html and follow the credit report link there. We prefer their report and it will process fastest with us. They have free trial.

Contact us back only after you obtained the actual report. Be sure to include the ID below in your follow-ups. Then we'll have the investor in charge of this property contact you. You are to bring the credit report and the rental application (which is also on the investor tools page) directly to the investor at the time of showing. Do not email or mail sensitive information for privacy/security reason.

Thanks again.

ID: 3W261 "


So this "investors group" wants me to provide all my financial information UP FRONT before I have even looked at the supposed apartment for rent,or met a manager/owner. Seems like the game has changed,or this might be a new one!

Anonymous said...

I just got this email when looking for a place in Iowa City. I was pumped because it sounded so great! Then I got this email and it sounded fishy.. so I googled the phone number and found this site. They are tricky.. They use the name Michael Widen which is the name of a real person working at the University of Iowa. Here is the email I got..

Hi,


I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the

bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other

to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will

discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the

kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.


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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________



House Address
54 Coll Court Iowa City, IA 52246

Best Regards
Michael D Widen
+234-802-976-9680
011-234-802-976-9680

summer said...

WOW! I got the same exact one! pertroleum club my a$$! Gosh this irritates me so badly!

Anonymous said...

They ALMOST got me..what a weazel!

Hello,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am George Bradley,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther 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 $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i'm currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade.

Pls 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.

This is the address of the House (8909 47th St W University Place, WA 98467)..

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

NOTE:You will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $800 USD,which is the security deposit. Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

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?______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET:_____________?
KIND OF PETS:_____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND SENDING THE DEPOSIT TO ME____?

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...I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you want to...Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to your address...my number is (+234-806-962-5315 OR 011-234-806-962-5315 ).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there..

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR RENT ONLY STARTS COUNTING AFTER YOU HAVE FINALLY MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, SO YOU NEED NOT TO WORRY ABOUT MAKING THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT NOW AND NOT MOVING IN IMMEDIATELY,ALL YOU'RE DOING IS SECURING THE HOUSE IN YOUR FAVOR IN ORDER NOT TO LOOSE IT TO OTHER INTERESTED APPLICANTS..

Best Regards,
George Bradley.

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Brie said...

My boyfriend and I recently responded to a Craiglist posting in Portland, OR. It looked pretty legit but the price seemed too good to be true, and it was!

The response came from wood.mark49@yahoo.com. Mr. Wood said that he and his "husband" were missionaries in West Africa who wanted to stay for a few more years to continue their work (how charitable). Unlike the original ad, his response was full of grammatical errors. I'm surprised he didn't ask me to wire my "deposit" in his first reply.

If you get baited or scammed, help prevent others from falling victim:

• Flag or report the fraudulent ad.
• If possible, contact the real owners and let them know what is happening.
• It's embarrassing to admit you were tricked, but if you tell your friends, family, co-workers, etc. they can try to avoid being tricked themselves.

And if you want to hear about how some people are fighting back, Google scambaiting.

Anonymous said...

Beware!!!


Who ever these scammers are they are getting very good. I found a listing on craigs list in NH for a home for my mother. It was the perfect location and price. When I got the original email I was very skeptical of the message (it was the exact same message as many below). However because my mother loved this house so much I did some research on the actual owner and amazingly everything these people claimed, from their profession down to when they build the house and everything else was correct. They have started to use public records to make their scams as accurate as possible. I am assuming they got the pictures and most of the information off of a real estate listing. It was only when I reversed the phone number and found this web site with the exact same emails that I found out the truth. Thank you!! Also when I sent a second email I had asked three specific questions and none of them were answered, leading me to believe that this was a generic email sent to everyone. Again thanks for the info and everyone else beware!!!

madamblueberry said...

Wow, I live in las vegas and got the same response to an email I sent, to a house on craigslist as well. It is very sad that someone would do this because you want to believe them. This is such a shame......
I flag it on craigslist as i hope other do and are smart enough to research the email.


Hello,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am MARTIR ROWENA S ,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 $800 USED (rent already includes utilities)..More so Now, I'm currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade.P ls 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.
This is the address of the House (9080 Sosa Creek Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89149).

.Upgraded home, almost new, 3BRs + loft, close to both the 95 and 215 freeways(Durango Exit). All appliances included, stainless steel for all the kitchen appliances, and all white washer and dryer. Family room, living room and master's bedroom all with ceiling fans.


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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 in case 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 (+234-706-518-6023 OR 011-234-706-518-6023).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there....

God Bless,

MARTIR ROWENA S

Anonymous said...

Wow I just got the same email. It is sad that people will do this with using the Lord. I mean give me a break!!

Attn Applicant,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Jack Conner, the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I did reside in the house with my family, my Wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my official job transfer or posting, whatever you may call it, which has now found me in Warsaw, Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $700 USD per month (which includes utilities), though i intended selling it off but on a later thought changed my mind and have decided putting it on rent. More so now, I’m currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade taking place at the Nigerian national stadium, by one Pastor Chris of the Christ Embassy Ministry.

I want you to understand that I spent a lot on my property that you have requested to rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and would want you to treat it as your own because cleanliness they say is next to Godliness. It is not all about the money to be paid on rent or spent; it is all about a good maintenance culture which I want you to adopt on the property. I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I would be full of smiles whenever I come and above all, a good, strong and tight relationship between us when I come for a check up. Please one more thing, I wouldn’t like to have any benefit of trust in you because I want to stand in your words that the property would be well taken care of all the time.

Here is the address of the House again: 1027 South Emerson Street, Denver CO 80209 as to really 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.

It has extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)...I believe it’s absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas etc.

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:__________
PROFESSION:__________
PHONE: _______________
(CELL)PHONE__________
(WORK)PHONE__________
(HOME)PHONE__________
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 ______________
IF YOU HAVE A PET: _________
NAME OF 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 present it to my family, pray over it (because I consult the Almighty God before making any decision) and if accepted, and then have them stored in my file in case 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 are very far apart now and only putting everything into God's hands and hope that you will not let us down.

The house will be available for rent for a period of five to six years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there. Here is my number +234-806-093-2055 or +234-011-806-093-2055, I will be expecting to hear from you. Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements.


God Bless,
Jack.

The second email:
Thanks for getting back to me with the completed Rental Application Form. Well, I just want to let you know that we have decided that you rent our house, as we have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable. So we would want you to go through this email and get back to us on what you feel so we could proceed in renting the house to you...

We will be sending the following documents to you via UPS to the contact address you sent to us and also with the tracking number with which the DHL service will operate, as to enable you pick up the House Keys / Documents from their office over there in order to have a full access into the house. Please once again, i want to trust you and i hope you do not disappoint us and I promise you that, you will love the house and not only that,you will also enjoy a good relationship between us.

The following documents are here with us as I couldn't find anyone whom i could trust to drop them with for this purpose. But never mind, the UPS service will do for that.

In doing this, you will need to make a security deposit payment which is refundable (should incase you don't like the house) to enable the shipment of the Keys and document to your current address that i have here in the rental form, after which you could move in at your convenience. The rent starts counting after 24 hours of moving in, you will be required to make the first month rental fees.

Here are the contents of the Parcel that Will be sent.

1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2) Paper/Permanent house form
3) The house documentary file.
4) Full Description of the house
5) Payment Receipt

I will be receiving the security deposit of $600 from you via Western Union because l think it reliable, secured and fast, and moreover, my Christian team and I, got into Nigeria just few weeks back and we have been trying to settle down for our purpose. This has made it difficult for me to set up a bank account here for transaction like this. But never mind, I will be setting up one (Joint Account, for us) by April/may for future rental payments.

As soon as the security deposit is confirmed by me, l will go ahead and commence on how the House Keys / Documents will be delivered to you and i will ensure that i book for the 24 hours UPS delivery service as to enable you receive it on time and as scheduled. Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that l can arrange for the delivery. Once again, here is my number +234-806-093-2055 or +234-011-806-093-2055 and I will be expecting to hear from you.

Thanks and Remain Blessed
Regards.
Jack

jackconnor42@yahoo.com

Bending Willow said...

I have also been drawn in by these adds (though, thankfully, I never gave any vital information or cash). One of the insidious techniques they use, though it is also a huge tip off, in this scam is that the "landlord" will not allow the apartment/home to be viewed. I was told that I was welcome to go by the home and look inside the windows, but I could not see the interior until I had paid the deposit.

In addition to the West Africa scam, I have also received an e-mail from someone who said they were in the UK. So, I don't think that the scam is limited only to people who report being in West Africa.

The old saying it true, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."

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Sarah said...

I got a suggestions to report this scam to spam@uce.gov by forwarding all of your emails with their headings to them. It is email set up for the Federal Trade Commission to report scams and spams. I went ahead and sent my emails to them, we will see if they respond.

Anonymous said...

Looks like this one is still going on. I inquired on a house on craigslist, and received this email back. I googled "gimming facilities" and found these other scams.

Here's the email I received from:michealjones10@sify.com

Hello,

Thanks for your interest you shown,the House will be given to the right person that can take very good care of the place, i want you to know that the House has alot facilities like hydro and heat laundry facilities,air condition,gimming facilities, internet and telephone access and a spacious car park and other.Pets are allowed!!! I have really decided to rent out the House as a result of my travelling to West Africa Nigeria, on a Missionary work here called World Mission Centre....the rent month is $1000 and the deposit is $500, so let me know if you are still interested or not, so that we can move further. So kindly get back to me as soon as possible.

and here is the address of my lovely house.......403 Hopi Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA

What I want to know is if there is some way I can catch this guy.

Anonymous said...

From Arkansas..

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the
bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next
time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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.
If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who
knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to
let you rent the house.

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

House Address
58 Hunters Green Circle Little Rock, AR 72211

Best Regards
James Marks
+234-802-976-9680
011-234-802-976-9680

Anonymous said...

I am SO thankful this was out here. I got an email after inquiring about a house on craigslist. I was nervous and googled some things, and found letters almost identical to mine on here. Here's my letter:

Hello,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Bober Christopher ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my daughter 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 $700 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i'm currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade.

I want you to take absolute care of this house and also treat it as your own, I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer Washer,Dryer,Gas,e.t.c

This is the address of the House (6216 William St Omaha, NE 68106)..

You will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $700 USD,which is the security deposit. Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

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:__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________?
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND SENDING THE DEPOSIT TO ME____?

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...I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you want to...Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to your address...my number is (+234-802-399-8887 OR 011-234-802-399-8887).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there..

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR RENT ONLY STARTS COUNTING AFTER YOU HAVE FINALLY MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, SO YOU NEED NOT TO WORRY ABOUT MAKING THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT NOW AND NOT MOVING IN IMMEDIATELY,ALL YOU'RE DOING IS SECURING THE HOUSE IN YOUR FAVOR IN ORDER NOT TO LOOSE IT TO OTHER INTERESTED APPLICANTS..

Best Regards,
Bober Christopher.


It really sounds like this person is serious and I don't get drawn into scams easily and can usually spot them first thing, but this one... I was really tempted before I found this site. THANK YOU for doing this. I wish that we could find a way to expose this person.

Anonymous said...

wow thank you for posting this, i am in iraq right now on my way home and found this amazing house on craigslist for only $1000. what a find. started recieving emails from the guy and looked him up online. found out that this guy realy does live in oceanside so it must be legit right? wrong. i started digging deeper, just out of habit and i ran acrost this web site. i am going to keep the email tag going for a while just to waste some of his time, i might even send the guy a a few cents with the money order and get the wrong security question on there, im hoping to strech this little game out for at least a week.


again i thank you for this posting


Marine on his way home from iraq

Anonymous said...

03/31/2009 - And it still is going strong!!!

Here's a response I received from a craigslist posting for a home in Tampa. If only those other emails from West Africa about monies a family member has left me were real too!

ADDRESS :ADDRESS :(12510 Bay Branch Ct, Tampa, FL 33635)
Parking: Reserved.
Available: Now
Price: $700.00/Month
Lease Term: as Long as you which
Deposit: $350.00.refundable.
Application Fee: $0.00

Hello Dear,
ADDRESS :(12510 Bay Branch Ct, Tampa, FL 33635)
It is a great pleasure that you are interested in my house...


Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you.I am Mr,Kevin Towers the owner of the family home you are making enquiry of. i and my Wife .and also with our 13 years old son are presently in West Africa working in an AIDS orphange with missionaries from our church.so i hope you will solicit to take very good care of the house and maintain it,so we can be rest assured that we finally found a caring one to take good care of our house.do it like just your own. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house. perhaps, to examine the experience you have in renting homes. Hope you are okay with the price of $700(per month) with hydro,heat laundry facilities,washer,heat air condition,Dryer and so on.

KINDLY COMFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW.TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME: __________________

LAST NAME: __________________

PROFESSION: ________________

PHONE (____) __________

(CELL)PHONE (____) __________

(WORK)PHONE (____) __________

(HOME) KIDS _____

(YES/NO) HOW MANY ________

PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________

CITY: _______________

STATE______________

ZIPCODE: ____________

HOW LONG? ___________

IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?____________

IF THIS APARTMENT IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?

WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________

IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________

KIND OF PETS: _____________

HABITS. DO YOU SMOKE? ______________

DO YOU DRINK? ______________

DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____

Hope to hear 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 reply as soon as possible so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stand by your words,you know that,we have not seen yet. I hope in God with your interest on our house .So please do not let us down with our properties.May God bless you more as you do all this.You free to call us on cell phone.011234-709-300-5305
.. so we can talk on phone.Regards.Await your reply.

Thanks and God bless you.

Mr.Kevin Towers,

Paul Dorn said...

Wow! Mr Towers want's to know the name of your Cat! And If you drink!
I guess if your a Cat-loving-Smoker/drinker-late-working House renter you might be careful!


Good Luck,Dear

TIFFANY said...

I almost fell for this. The house was supposedly in Laguna Niguel, 4b/b for 1250. I got the email below.. Unbelievable!!

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 :By 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. I will mail the keys to you for your move in.And also we would like to send the following document to you via the DHL 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. Just Like I told you earlier the home was formally for sale but my wife and I decided not to sell any more,since we realized that we will not be spending more than five years here in nigeria

To secure the home you would make out the move in cost of $1750.

I still have to stress the fact the money is not the problem but rather the problem is that you need to adequately take care of my property...for Gods word admonishes us in Mathew 16:26 "for what shall it benefit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul? or what will a man give in exchange for his soul. content of the package to be sent are as follows:
Here are the contents of the Package
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details)
3)The house documentary file.
4) Payment Receipt.

THIS WAS JUST AFTER EMIALING HIM 1 TIME!

Anonymous said...

This is great! I emailed with 'owner' and was actually given this cell phone number - which is how I found your site - 011234-709-300-5305 - I emailed with them asking for an address - I was told to send the money through Western Union - after a series of emails which became profane - I reported the listing on Craigs list - Posting 1109146728 - I would ask that if anyone knows where I can have the following translated I would love to know what it says - I am still laughing at thier response!
- here's the response:
BABA E ATA EYA SE OYA WERE NI ABI KI LON SE GON ANI KI OFUMWA LOWON O DE LONFUNBU PAPA IYA KI O KO SHILO JEEE
- Sorry if this is profane ,,,I have no idea what it says but again, we're still laughing at them!

Anonymous said...

omg the same thing just happened to my roommate and I today and it was the EXACT same one as another one posted on here. It seemed really odd from the get go.....


Hi,


I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the

bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next

time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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.

If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who

knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to

let you rent the house.


Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose




House Address
9300 Bradley Court Manassas Park, VA 20111


Best Regards
Robert K Debuse
+234-802-976-9680
011-234-802-976-9680

Anonymous said...

OMG thank you so much for posting this site. about 3 hours ago i was just about to go to western union and deposit this guy that money for this home that seemed like an amazing deal.

Hello,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Vanian Arthur & Maro,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family, my husband and my only daughter 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 $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, I'm currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade.

Pls 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.This is the address of the House ( 6330 Cleon Ave North Hollywood, CA 91606 )..

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor.. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 ( +234-805-316-3760 OR 011-234-805-316-3760 ).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...

God Bless,
Vanian Family.


All their emails are that same. it sounds so good yet if you read carefully that mess up a lot, and thanks to that they give it away...

SHEENA said...

UNFORTUNATLY I FELL FOR THIS SCAM I WAS SO IN A HURRY TO MOVE TO GET OUT OF AN ABUSEIVE HOUSEHOLD I RUSHED INTO IT AND AFTER IT HAPPEND I SEEN ALL THIS SCAM STUFF AND WAS LIKE O MY GOD AND NOW IM STUCK AND DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO AT ALL

Spencer said...

Hi everybody...I wish that I could say that we found this site sooner as opposed to later. Unfortunately, we have already sent off $900 and we are out our money. Has anybody else out there been scammed and have had any recourse? I will post a copy of his initial email below:


Thank you for showing interest in our house.
I MRs MICHELLE R MCALISTER own the 4 bedroom's /House.It was due
to our transfer that made me and my husband to leave the house and we
decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible
person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the
money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with
the keys of the house in Jacksonville.We tried looking for an agent that we
would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why
we took it along with us.
I and my wife came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope
you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me
on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have
in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $900 with
hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on.
RENT APPLICATION FORM
Your Full Name :
Your Full Address & Phone Number :
Age:
Marital status:
How many people will be living in the house:
Do you have a pet:
Do you have a car:
Occupation:
Religion (if necessary):
References:
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I
can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and
contacting you.
Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the
document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting
everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking
care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.
You can reach my husband on this number in case you have any questions 011
then 234-808-114-4817 or +234808-114-4817.
The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready,
we look forward to hearing from you soon.Here is the location of the
house(Jacksonville,Florida 32258)
Kind Regards
MICHELLE R MCALISTER

Spencer said...

I have also personally created a blog about this issue, in hopes others will find it sooner as opposed to later. the link is below:

http://blog.theprovectus.com/?p=26

Anonymous said...

Just like everyone else I had this same thing happen to me. I figured I should google West Africa Petroleum land to see what it was all about, because it sounded kinda shady. As it turns out, this site popped up first. Thank you for putting this together, I may have been the too trusting person who fell for this scam.

Anonymous said...

Same here in New Hampshire (Bedford)

Thanks for the email and i pray that the good Lord will stay with you and guide you
i want you to know that there is no problem in that you can go ahead and view the
house and as soon as you have view the house you can get back to me fill out this
application below as soon as you are back from viewing...

RENT APPLICATION FORM
Pls let me get this answer:
1)Your Full Name.......................... ....................
2)Your Full Address & Phone Number........................
3)How old are you?.......................... ....................
4)Are you married?..............
5)How many people will be living in the house?.........
6)Do you have children?............Ages..... ......
7)Do you have a car?.......................... ................
8)Occupation?................. .............................. ...
9)Monthly income........................ ....................
10)When will you like to move in?...........................
11)How long will you like to rent the property?..........
12)Reason for relocating.................... .....................

Looking forward to hear 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 key to you,please we
are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your
words,you know that we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so
please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do
this.

and here is my cell phone number +2347036692138 or 0112347036692138

barbie mafia said...

Wow this also happened to me in Georgia. Like are you kidding me?? Africa? Yea Im going to rent a home from you when you like in africa and no agent is helping you...wow fuck off!! heres the email..


Dear Megan,

Thank you for showing interest in our house.
I MRS EILEEN C AND MR MICHAEL TAYLOR own the 4 bedroom's
/House.It was due
to our transfer that made us to leave the house and we
decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible
person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the
money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with
the keys of the house in Alpharetta.We tried looking for an agent that we
would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why
we took it along with us.
I and my husband came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope
you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me
on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have
in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $1400 with
hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on.

RENT APPLICATION FORM
Your Full Name :

Your Full Address & Phone Number :

Age:

Marital status:

How many people will be living in the house:

Do you have a pet:

Do you have a car:

Occupation:

Religion (if necessary):

References:

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I
can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and
contacting you.
Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the
document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting
everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking
care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.
You can reach my husband michael on this number in case you have any questions 011
then 234-808-114-4817 or +234808-114-4817.
The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready,
we look forward to hearing from you soon.Here is the location of the
house(Colonial Lane, Alpharetta, GA)

barbie mafia said...

Wow this also happened to me in Georgia. Like are you kidding me?? Africa? Yea Im going to rent a home from you when you like in africa and no agent is helping you...wow fuck off!! heres the email..


Dear Megan,

Thank you for showing interest in our house.
I MRS EILEEN C AND MR MICHAEL TAYLOR own the 4 bedroom's
/House.It was due
to our transfer that made us to leave the house and we
decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible
person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the
money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with
the keys of the house in Alpharetta.We tried looking for an agent that we
would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why
we took it along with us.
I and my husband came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope
you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me
on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have
in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $1400 with
hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on.

RENT APPLICATION FORM
Your Full Name :

Your Full Address & Phone Number :

Age:

Marital status:

How many people will be living in the house:

Do you have a pet:

Do you have a car:

Occupation:

Religion (if necessary):

References:

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I
can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and
contacting you.
Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the
document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting
everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking
care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.
You can reach my husband michael on this number in case you have any questions 011
then 234-808-114-4817 or +234808-114-4817.
The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready,
we look forward to hearing from you soon.Here is the location of the
house(Colonial Lane, Alpharetta, GA)

this came from eileenctay@gmail.com
DONT NOT talk to this person. oh and I love hoe they use GOD and missonary work as their cover...pathetic!

rachaelmcmorris said...

so crazy...here is the response i received. (from barbarabryan84@yahoo.com)

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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.. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.

House Address: 6116 Bowfin Dr ,Fort Worth, TX 76179

First Month Rent:700
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$500

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $500 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is: +234-704-168-2899)



Best Regards ,

Sara said...

I just recently got one yesterday, thought it was a good deal, but then I read over the email a few times and it sounded to be pretty sketchy. Then i googled the number and WOW.

Attn Applicant,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of...Actually I resided in the house with my family, my Wife and my only daugther 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 $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i'm currently in Lagos , Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade..


Designer kitchens with built-in microwave oven, self cleaning oven, dishwashers, pantries and custom cabinets with wine racks and white on white appliances,Nine-Foot Ceilings,New 18 x 18 Porcelain Tile in Foyers, Kitchen and Baths ,Frise Carpet in bedrooms,Hardwood linoleum in living room,Dual Sink Vanities in Master Bath Garden Tub in Master Bath Raised Height Vanities with Cultured Marble Tops,Chrome Vanity and Sink Faucets,New Light Fixtures,New Brushed Nickel Door Hardware,Electronic Alarm System.Walk-In Closets,Fireplace,Screened Patio and Balcony,Crown Moulding in Living Area,Chair Rails in Dining Area,Full Size Washer and Dryer,Ceiling Fans in Living Room & Patio,Vertical and Mini Blinds.Individual Storage Closet.Designer interior paint,Exterior Features...

Here is the address of the House(10000 Gate Parkway North, Jacksonville, FL, 32246)....

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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 in case 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 (+234-706-518-6023 OR 011-234-706-518-6023 ).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...

God Bless You

Anonymous said...

(I just recieved this about a rental unit that looked particularly promising. They even had the market value for the area correct. I'm a little bummed because it's a cute house, but I'm glad I saved my money.) Thanks so much for the email am so excited to read from you. infact after we get to know that you have filled out the application form in the email. i was touched in the spirit that i have the right person for my house. we will be very happy to have you as our tenant and also we will like to thank you again for the informative reply as your personal data has been documented for further rental paperworks and reference purposes.

The Security Deposit is $500 and now that you have state that you will be staying for as long as possible is okay by us because you seem to be more eligible among our applicants that is why we are considering your interest and forth coming hope you are definately going to take good care of the house like yours which is our main concern .

Me and my wife have decided in accepting the payment of the security deposit so as we will be able to send you the keys an document for your movein. Directly send the security deposit payment to the house owner via money transfer facility, I will like to know if you are ready for the payment of the refundable Security Deposit ?, This is important because the Security Deposit will be used for the payment of a postal delievery service to your location through a Postal Delivery Company, as the home delievery details will be forwarded to you in advance, Please once again we are giving you this on trust and do solicit not to dissapoint us ok.

The postal package will contain HARD COPIES of documents and items;
1) House Entrance keys and the rooms Keys
2) House Rental form(Containing your reference details)
3) The house documetary file
4) Deposit Receipt .
5) Full address and description of the house.
6) Rent Agreement Form.
7) Payment Receipt

The house vital infomative papers and keys will be home delivered at your present address: (deleted for privacy)under a receiver's name: (deleted for privacy)


Re-confirm the above postal delivery information and make any correction if needed. Therefore, I took the house documents and keys along with me when l was coming to,West Africa, mostly because l want to personaly find a clean and trust worthy person as a tenant. Once you take the rent and move in, And I am very happy that it is comfortable for you. The house vital infomative papers and keys will be home delivered at your current address and under your name as
the receiver.

I shall be coming in by the year ending to check on you so that i can know how you are taking care of the house, and if it is okay by me then we can talk about extending the rental terms. Please, once again I am making this rental agreement with you based on trust and hopefuly do not disapoint us as you will surely love the house, this is a promise.Please get back to me today with a reply, so that l will inform you on how to transfer the Security Deposit directly to me. Please get back to me today with a reply,


Regard and God bless you,
Mr. and Mrs. Diane Bland and Family
Phone: 011-234-809-422-6070

Anonymous said...

I got the SAME e-mail at butternugget!!! ha

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house
is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of
petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the
bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up
because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 4 years.. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised
against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in
other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I
reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you
will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price,
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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put
the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is
mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle
it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

Rent Fee:$900
Security Deposit:$1200
Available Date:August 1
Pet:Allowed
Lease:6 Month,1 Year

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

Regard
Daniel
+234-806-093-7087

Anonymous said...

Ugh...before I even suspected a scam, I sent SOME personal information: my full name, where I work and my work position, and my work phone number and my cell phone number. Can they do any damage with just that information? Any mailing list anywhere would have that stuff. Thank God I didn't answer my pet's name, my address, the hours I work. Geesh, is there any law ernforcement agency to report this to? I plan on calling the real estate agent that the home is REALLY listed with, first thing in the morning. How disappointing, but I knew it was too good to be true. The girl's name at the top of this one, Tanya Patxot, even has a Facebook account and a local photography business. Unbelievable. Oh well. Thank you so much for being here...I googled all kinds of things from that ad and was coming up with nothing!

Rachaelsophia said...

Thanks forthis!
I saw a great place last night, and almost ent info but googled first!

Thanks again!

Sara said...

The same scam happened to me and my husband. but we found this website a day too late and had already send the money. we did our research and found that the house we were supposed to rent was listed in the name that we were getting e-mails from but i guess he had stolen someones idenity and used it against us. heres the first email we got.

Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted . The property is still available but presently I'm not around..
I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the Home when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the Home so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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.

If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of property down should know that maintaining it is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the place and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent my home.

THe monthly rent is 800USD and The Security deposit is 500USD
The address To the house : 2424 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS BLVD LAKELAND FL 33803

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?
Cell Number?
Date of Birth?
Other Phone?
Current Address?
Reasons for Leaving?
Are you married?
How many people will be living in the house?
How many people will be living in the house?
Do you have a pet?
Do you have a car?
Occupation?
Move In Date?
Monthly Income?

Best Regards
Cell: +234-7086688681

Anonymous said...

I saw this too-good-to-be-true ad today on Craigslist and got following response from the supposed homeowner:


Hi,


I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.


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____________________________
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.


House Address
3102 Corte Caleta Newport Beach, CA 92660


Best Regards
Steven E Tartaglini
+234-802-953-1391
011-234-802-953-1391

I googled his name and up popped info on a CEO in the Newport Beach area who, by the way, was quoted several times. The actual Steven Tartaglini can speak VERY well. Nothing at all like this scammer who is obviously pretending to be him. We totally almost fell for this...good thing we did our research before giving out any of our info!

tlf4 said...

I almost fell for this scam for a house for rent in Dublin, Ohio- but I knew it was too good to be true and did research on the house and found the real owners and the real listing for rent/sale and called them out on it! The email was smithsherri36@yahoo.com and it stated:
Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and
fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both
owned the house when we got married. As soon as we settled down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised
against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I
contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out because of maintanance, we would have give 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 me later if I let him or her know that I'm letting it out because of
maintanance.. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintainance.. 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. But I
just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and
handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining 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____________________________
Your Exact move in date____________________________
How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________

House Address
9055 Picardy Ct.
Dublin, OH 43017

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below
( +234-805-575-0364 or 011-234-805-575-0364 )

Best Regards

The house has now been removed from Craigslist and I am well aware of the scam now!

Anonymous said...

They strike again! This time in Milwaukee, WI. We had a bit of communication and almost fell for it, but we contacted the real estate agent who told us it was a scam! Should of googled the phone number first!

Here's what we got:



I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both owned the house when we got married. As soon as we settled down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out because of maintanance, we would have give 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 me later if I let him or her know that I'm letting it out because of maintanance.. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintainance.. 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining 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____________________________
Your Exact move in date____________________________
How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________

House Address
8800 W Spokane St,
Milwaukee WI 53224

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below
( +234-805-575-0364 or 011-234-805-575-0364 )

Best Regards

Anonymous said...

I found this post when Googling the phone number provided.

I received this (craigslist) response today for a home in Spokane, WA. I would have loved to rent for the money asked.

reply from: dragos.amanda@yahoo.com (Amanda Dragos)

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both owned the house when we got married. As soon as we settled down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out because of maintanance, we would have give 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 me later if I let him or her know that I'm letting it out because of maintanance.. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the maintainance.. 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can assist us in maintaining 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____________________________
Your Exact move in date____________________________
How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________

House Address
2833 S Garfield St
Spokane, WA 99203

For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below
( +234-805-575-0364 or 011-234-805-575-0364 )

Best Regards

HayleyD said...

Same happened to us today in Bellingham, WA .. too bad . sounded sweet! of course... too good to be true.

Thanks you very much for your reply, i can see your willingness in this House. I want you to know that i'm satisfied with your profile and also believe l can trust in you because l will not like to experience what l experienced from my last tenant again, l showed your profile to my wife and daughter , they said they are ok with it.

l want you to know that we can let you stay in my House till the period of time you wish to. I want you to know that the rent fee is among the House utilities all included, so you can use them anytime but make sure you take proper care of my properties.We will come and pay you a visit after you have moved into my House to see how you are maintaining it,I will be receiving the security deposit from you via Western Union because l think it reliable,secured and fast, and moreover, my Christain team and I, got into Nigeria just few weeks back and we have been trying to settle down for our purpose.

This has made it difficult for me to set up a bank account here for transaction like this. But nevermind, I will be setting up one (Joint Account, for my wife and I) before the end of this year.l wish you best of luck in your work, from your profile l can see that you are responsible and a hard working person may the almighty Lord lead you in what ever you wish to do. you can drive by the house today.Please once again, i want to trust you and i hope you do not dissapoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house and not only, a good relationship bewtween us.

The following documents are here with us as i couldnt find anyone whom i could trust to drop them with for this purpose. But nevermind, the DHL service will do for that.In doing this, you will need to make a security deposit payment which is refundable (should incase you dont like the house) to enable the shipment of the Keys and document to your current address that i have here in the rental form, afterwhich you could move in at your convenience.The rent starts counting when you move in and after 24 hours of moving in, you will be required to make the first month rental fees.Here are the contents of the document that needs to be sent.

1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2) Paper/Permanent House form(Containing your reference details)
3) The House documented file.
4) Payment Receipt.
5) Full address and description of the house.

As soon as the security deposit is been confirmed by me, l will go ahead and commence on how the House Keys / Documents will be delivered to you and i will ensure that i book for the 24 hours DHL delivery service as to enable you receive it on time and as scheduled. Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that i can arrange for the delivery.

Get back to me via email or call me on +2348089940493 or 0112348089940493 if you will need me to send you the information which you will use to make the deposit payment via western union to me in west africa,
Thanks and Remain Blessed

bigfig said...

I just got this scam this morning. I knew it sounded too good to be true. I wonderr if people actually sent them money.


Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.

House Address:285 Hakalau Place, Honolulu, HI.

First Month Rent:$1100
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$1100

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $1100 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is:(+234-802-942-1142 OR 011-234-802-942-1142)

Best Regards
Monica Kamaka..

Donni said...

Oh my gosh! I just got the same e-mail that everyone else posted for a rental posting on Craigs list in Ellicott City, MD. As soon as I received it the warning bells went off because it seemed clear that the person sending it was not a native english speaker. Okay, and also the fact that they were relocated to Poland but made a stop in Nigeria was a big red flag. I actually looked the house up on zillow and then did a whitepages search and found that the name the person used in the e-mail is the name of the person who did reside there. I called that person -- but I got an answering machine so I left a very convoluted message about the ad on Craig's list. Oh, and yes, it was too good to be true. Too bad you have to really check everyone out including those "rental" folks that want you to provide a credit report prior to even showing you or telling you where exactly the property they are trying to rent is located. It is a shame that today we find ourselves having to question everything! Beware!!!

Kayleigh said...

*It looks like they are getting more into detail as this e-mail I received even had my city's address on it. I looked at the realitors website that this person was using and found it weird that the house was not on their own website. When I googled teh # I found this site. Thanks everyone!**

Hello Dear,

Sorry for the late response!!!!It is a great pleasure that you are interested in my house...Thanks for your email and it is my gladness hearing from you.i am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of.I am looking for responsible tenants that he/she is going to take care of the house as if it were your own and he/she will be willing to make the Property clean as we left it.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (West Africa Nigeria)and won't be coming to the House until Five years now and that means we are renting the Property for long term and short term lease is also acceptable. and presently my house is still available for rent for $550 which the deposit is $500 dollars including the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c .,it is furnished or if u wish to move in with your furnitures no problem..Moreso Now, i went for a Crusade in West Africa .Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken, it is not the money 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.you can call me on +2348089940493 or 0112348089940493.

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW
RENT APPLICATION FORM
FIRST NAME:__________________
MIDDLE NAME: _________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________
(CELL)PHONE (____) __________
(WORK)PHONE (____) __________
(HOME)
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIPCODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? IF THIS APARTMENT IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE? ______________
DO YOU DRINK? ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME: _________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE: ______________

Looking forward to hear 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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.This extraordinary Bedrooms: 2 Baths:2

PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
Bedrooms:2 Bedrooms

Bathrooms:2 Bathrooms

Address:178 Crestland Dr, Columbia, SC, 29210

A month rent:$550

Deposit:$500

Application fee:$0

Pet policy:ok

Smoking inside:Not allowed

Thanks and Remain Bless

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this site. I googled 'international christian follower's crusade' to find this site. They are getting smarter and now they're international. I saw a similar listing in SINGAPORE's craigslist website for a 2 bdrm apartment in Orchard Road area (prime area in Singapore) for only $1000 a month. The pictures of the apartment looked amazing! That was just too good to be true. There was nothing about Africa this time otherwise I would have suspected the minute I got the email. There wasn't a phone number either coz I think they figured that the numbers could be traced to this website. I'm ashamed to say that I did fall for it in the beginning and provided my information but as soon as I got the second email asking for a deposit, I realized it was a scam. I hope no harm can be done with the information I provided. Anyways, here's the first email I got right after I enquire about the listing:

Hello,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Gabriel
Moses ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of...Actually I
resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther
before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work
now in Padova,Italy. Presently my house is still available for rent
for SGD1000 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i'm
currently in Padova,Italy for an international Christian follower's
crusade. Pls 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.

Address: 1 Saint Martin's Drive Singapore

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Area: More than 850 square meters.
Monthly rent:SGD 1000 included Utilities
Deposit: SGD600
Rent min: 1 month +
Maximum Rent: 4 years +

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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 in case 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 600SGD (which happens to be the security deposit) is
required before moving in....The house will be available for rent for
a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you
intend staying there...

God Bless,


Gabriel Moses

Anonymous said...

This one was my scam, also on craigslist. I live in California in the same city the house is listed for rent 1/2 the amount the Rental agency is asking.

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
When do you intended sending me the deposit___________________________
When do you intended receiving the keys and document of the house___________________________
Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $700, which is the security deposit. Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

House Address :630 Hartzell Ave Redlands, CA 92374

Monthly Fee ; $700
Security Deposit: $700
Pets: Allowed
Availability : Now

So please get back to me today.
I await your reply ASAP.
Regard and God bless you!!!
Stewart Rebecca Lynn
+234-802-399-8887
011-234-802-399-8887
stewartrebeccalynn@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hello. I almost fell for one as well on Rentals.com. The info for this individual is here: BUCCHIGNANO ERIN & KEVIN bradshaw850@gmail; for this address: 3709 N. Wakefield St, Arlington, VA 22207. This home is actually for sale. This is the message he wrote to me originally: Hello,

sorry for my late response it was due to the time difference,the property is still very much available and i would like inform you that due to my new job here in west africa was the reason why am leasing out my property and i seek a dependable tenant to take good care of my property and kindly get back to me if you are interested and if you are that tenant that i seek.

Its a rental with a minimum of 1 years lease and a maximum of 3 years lease term,the total requirement for move-in 1 month upfront of $1500 and a security deposit of $1500, kindly let me know when you would like to start a lease... Please feel free to drive by the property through this address: 3709 N. Wakefield St. Arlington, VA 22207. and let me know your thought,so the rentals application can be forward to you for you to fill and sign.

Hope to read from you soon.
Thanks and God Bless.
Daniel D Klaussen

Anonymous said...

Saw this great looking house on Sacramento.Craigslist.org and decided to send an email to the person who "Owned" the house and got this in response. Turns out that the name comes back to a person with a facebook page and then I found your site.

Sent: Thu 9/10/2009 12:29 AM
From: Baginski Rhoda
[baginski.rhoda@yahoo.com]
Subject: Re: $1000 / 4br - 4BR/2BA Single Family House (Sacramento, CA)
Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.
House Address:4515 54th St., Sacramento, CA.
First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$1000
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose

(section removed due to space restrictions)

You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..
Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $1000 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..
I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.
My cell phone number is:(+234-802-942-1142 OR 011-234-802-942-1142)
Best Regards
Baginski Rhoda..

Idelis said...

Just found this on craigslist. Sounds like these same people are doing it all over the world. This time in Orange County. I am going to the house to knock on the door and tell anyone who might be there that their house is part of this scam!! thanks for creating this blog, it saved me.

Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africaand fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to
let you rent the house.

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
How soon can you have the deposit payment sent to me_________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys________________________________________
Move In Date____________________________

House Address
51 FINCA SAN CLEMENTE CA

Description
Spacious 4 Bedroom Home In Rancho San ClementeWith Attached 2-Car Garage. Washer & Dryer Included.. Private Yard. Backs To Association Greenbelt/Slope. Long-Term Lease. May Consider A Small Pet
RENTAL FEATURES
Features
Air conditioning Living room Refrigerator
Stove/Oven Washer Dryer
Yard Cable-ready

COMMUNITY FEATURES

Garage parking





No Smoking

Rent:$1500 Deposit:$800

Best Regards
GUREGIAN ANI

YOU CAN REACH ME ON THE NUMBERS BELOW
+234-806-077-8261 OR 011-234-806-077-8261

Anonymous said...

Wow - I received the same exact e-mail today. Thank god I googled this to see if it was legit. You have to love the internet!!

Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africaand fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to
let you rent the house.

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Martha said...

This is the one I almost fell for...the house was super sweet...thank God I checked this site!
The name he used for an e-mail address was the name of a local OBGYN...so when we replied to the site, we thought it was legit.
BUMMER!

"
Hi,


I did take your response concerning the advert, I posted on Craigslist. The house is still available, but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa, and fortunately I won the bidding, so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to bid again for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep 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. If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. However, I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you believe you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours, then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.


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

Reasons for Leaving
Rent $__________Phone ( )
Are you married

How many people will be living in the house

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.


House Address
4809 Equestrian
Bakersfield, CA 93312


Best Regards
Jason Helliwell
+234-802-953-1391
011-234-802-953-1391"

Anonymous said...

I found this one yesterday on craiglist a one family house 2 bedrooms all utilities included in Springfield,Ma all for 700 dollars does it sound good or what?? lol!! They be having some good scams on craigslist please becareful..So I wrote them a message telling them I was interested and this is what I got back today....

Thank you for showing interest in our house.

I Mr. Jonathan and my wife Mrs Jennifer Vancini own the 2 bedroom's /House.It was due to our transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house and we decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with the keys of the house in Springfield. We tried looking for an agent that we would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why we took it along with us.

I and my wife came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $700 which includes all utilities.


RENT APPLICATION FORM

Your Full Name :

Your Full Address & Phone Number :

Age:

Marital status:

How many people will be living in the house:

Do you have a pet:

Do you have a car:

Occupation:

Religion (if necessary):

References:

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.

Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.

You can reach me on this number in case you have any questions 011 then 234-803-372-2592 or +234-803-372-2592.

The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready, we look forward to hearing from you soon. Here is the location of the house ( Parker St Springfield, MA 01129 )

Kind Regards
Mr. Jonathan and wife Mrs Jennifer Vancini

John said...

I got one of these... Unfortunately, I gave him my phone number and address. Can they do anything with this? I hope not. Here's the letter:

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
When do you intended sending me the deposit___________________________
When do you intended receiving the keys and document of the house___________________________


Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $500, which is the security deposit. Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

House Address :305 Natchez Ct Jupiter, FL 33477
Monthly Fee ; $700
Security Deposit: $500
Pets: Allowed
Availability : Now

So please get back to me today.
I await your reply ASAP.
Regard and God bless you!!!
Beck William F
+234-802-444-6958
011-234-802-444-6958

Mackel said...

Got it too, although they say they have moved to the UK. This was in Laguna Beach, Ca. BEWARE!

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my Apartment..I am Mrs Jennifer Milton,the owner of the Apartment you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the Apartment with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in United Kingdom Presently my Apartment is still available for rent for $850Per Month (rent already includes utilities).

Moreso Now, i’m currently in United Kingdom for an international Christian follower’s crusade....Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind, honest and trustworthy Woman and also 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 Apartment 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.

This is the address of the Apartment: (270 Cliff Dr Laguna Beach, CA 92651)..It has a Lovely home in a nice Laguna Beach neighbourhood. is known for excellent schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN RENTING THE APARTMENT I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE

RENT APPLICATION FORM.

************RENT APPLICATION FORM*************

1)Your Full Name:
2)Your Full Address:
3)Phone Number:
4) Sex ?
5)How old are you?:
6)Are you married?:
7)How many people will be living in the Apartment?:
8)Do you have a pet?:
9)Do you have a car?:
10)Occupation?:
11)When do you intend moving in : Date ?
12)When do you intend to moving out : Date ?
13)How many months or year contract?:
14)Deposit : One or Two month Deposit are required
15)Picture of the Occupant?

TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY APARTMENT FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN RENTING THE APARTMENT GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED SO THAT I CAN MAKE OUT ARRANGEMENT TO SHIP OUT THE KEYS & DOCUMENT TO YOU AS SOON AS YOU ARE READY. I WOULD HAVE REALLY LOVE TO SHIP THE KEYS TO SOMEONE IN THE STATE BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY THERE RIGHT NOW AND I DON'T WANT TO MAKE USE OF ANY THIRD PARTY THAT IS WHY AM HANDLING MY PROPERTY MYSELF.

Apartment Address:
270 Cliff Dr
Laguna Beach, CA 92651.
Monthly Rent: $850
Pets Allowed: Yes
Available : Available Now for move in.
So pls get back to me today.
I await your reply ASAP.

Regards and God bless you!!!
Mrs Jennifer Milton.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info. We knew it was a scam right away and searched the internet for info and found your site first. Verbage very similar or identical in part to your first scam posting. Posted in Seattle WA Craigslist for house at 12112 149th St E, Puyallup.

Letty said...

Talk about following your instincts...We too were ALMOST scammed by this fake disgusting man "JACOB SALAS"...Too good to be true...YEP!! We googled his name, and the address noticing the house was for sale!! This is in Whittier, California so please beware and Trust Your Instincts!!!!

Anonymous said...

If it is too good to be true... then it is and i feel like an idiot.I didnt send any money but i did give him my info and such. I have been helping my best friend in the US Navy look for a 4brm house to rent and when i saw 600 bucks! i was like BS but i still needed to check. I figured it was like a special and such as i have seen those but since i am looking at the places for her i requested to see the place and they could not accomodate and that was my wake up call. I guess we all wish for the things that are unreal right! lol Plz dont fall for this scam.

Cathryn said...

I knew my instincts were fooling with me. All I want to do is find a decent house to live in!! I got this one:

Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted . The property is still available but presently I'm not around..
I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the Home when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the Home so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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.

If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of property down should know that maintaining it is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the place and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent my home.

The monthly rent is 600USD and security deposit is 500USD.
The home address is 1207 CHIMNEY SWIFT DR ,FAYETTEVILLE NC 28306

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?
Cell Number?
Date of Birth?
Other Phone?
Current Address?
Reasons for Leaving?
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?
Monthly Income?

Best Regards.
Cell: +234-7086688681 or 0112347086688681

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this website! I thought this was too good to be true in Scotia, NY. Email is as follows:


Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am MOCNY J PEGGY,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther 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 700 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls 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.
This is the address of the House ( 349 MOHAWK AVE, SCHENECTADY NY 12302.. )
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc...
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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 in case 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 $500 (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 (+23470-4012-2800 011-234-70-4012-2800).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

God Bless,
MOCNY J PEGGY

Anonymous said...

(Fairbanks, Alaska)

Here's the same response that I received:

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the ADD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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... But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.

House Address:4800 Drake St, Fairbanks AK 99709.

First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$900

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you...and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $900 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home....

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is:(+2347063833831 OR 0112347063833831) OR ( +2347026261768 or 0112347026261768)

Best Regards

CASTRO JEREMIAH

Anonymous said...

I've got one to: Lafayette, IN

Hello
Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 1120 S 23rd St,Lafayette, IN 47905 . But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals 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 responsible 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 don't 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 house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don't contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc which security deposit is $400. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,Our house number is 011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent.. It is a long term lease...

Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:
TENANT RENT APPLICATION
FIRST NAME: __________________
MIDDLE NAME: __________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
MARITAL STATUS: _________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
HOME ADDRESS: ___________________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIPCODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
CURRENT RENT: _______
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
____________________
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case 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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

Regards

BT said...

I saw one for a property in Clearwater, Florida exactly the same as the one above this post:

Hello

Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 29837 69th St N Clearwater, FL 33761. But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals 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 responsible 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 don't 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 house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don't contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 and the refundable security deposit of $1000. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..

Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

TENANT RENT APPLICATION
FIRST NAME: Briley
MIDDLE NAME: D.
LAST NAME: Tomlinson
PROFESSION: Sales
PHONE (727) 692-4619 (CELL)
PHONE (____)__________ (WORK)
PHONE (____)__________ (HOME)
MARITAL STATUS: Single
KIDS NO (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
Home ADDRESS: 10506 98th Street North
CITY: Largo
STATE: Florida
ZIP CODE: 33040
HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? Living at parent’s house.. Just transferred back to Tampa Bay area with job. Looking to rent for myself.
CURRENT RENT:_______
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? At least 1 year
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? December
WHEN DO YOU INTEND SENDING ME THE DEPOSIT ASAP
WHEN DO YOU INTEND RECEIVING THE KEYS AND DOCUMENT OF THE HOUSE December

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case 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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

You can contact me on +234-802-444-6958 or 011-234-802-444-6958..

Regards.

Anthony said...

Thanks Kiddo... You have confirmied what I suspected. Thank you for your post!

Anonymous said...

Wow. I guess I was born yesterday. I was so close to sending money. It saddens me that I am so gullible. It was the perfect house! and so affordable. Look out for Jonathan and Jennifer Vancini, missionaries in West Africa. They use an email address of @gazeta.pl. The site is Polish, their last name sounds Italian?, and they're in West Africa.

Grace said...

I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH HIM...LOL...GOOD THING I FOUND OUT THAT HE WAS A SCAM BEFORE I MADE ANY TRANSACTIONS. LOL...ANYWAYS NOW IM JUST MESSING WITH HIS MIND. HAHAHAHA I LOVE IT!! HE HAS NO IDEA I KNOW ABOUT HIS LITTLE SCHEMES. I FEEL REALLY SORRY FOR THOSE WHO ACTUALLY LOST MONEY FROM "SCAMMERS" HERES WHAT HE WROTE:

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house...I am Sarah Jacobus,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther 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 600 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls 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.

This is the address of the House (2630 North Baltimore Street, Tacoma, WA 98407..)

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc...
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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 in case 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 $500 (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(+23470-4145-2152 011-23470-4145-2152 ).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

God bless
Sarah Jacobus

Anonymous said...

i was on craigslist.com San Diego, looking for a rental. I e-mailed 6 different AD's for different properties in San Diego. Some were too good to be true, and some reasonable. Within 24 hrs, I received 6 different e-mail responses with 6 different bullshit West Africa scam stories. While reading the first, it had crossed me that it could be a scam, but i thought it was legit, because of the stories complexity and it had a telephone number. i received ridiculous stories from, a rich oil tycoon that owns African Land, to some head Doctor at a hospital in Nigeria. PROPS TO WHOEVER PUT THIS SITE UP, to get the word out. all the people that fell for it, deserve it. i mean, if you don't do 5 minutes of research prior to taking action on such situations, especially when it has to do with financial situations and you hard earned money, then you deserve it.

Anonymous said...

I am sooo amazed that people would do such thing i almost fell for it. i recently receive this email as of

January 21, 2009

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 $900 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade. 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.This is is the address of the House.
(7681 Lehigh Pl Westminster, CA 92683)

excellent Huntington Beach school district, quarter mile from elementary school, 7 miles from beaches, convenient access to Little Saigon, Bella Tora, Westminster Mallcity,petok, Air Conditioning, Den/Office, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Garage, Handicap Accessible, Outside Smoking OK, Rent to Own,Washer & Dryer,utilities included etc.

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? ______________?
ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS______________?
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 $500(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 (011-234-8085786946 or +234-8085786946).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...

Regards and remain Blessed
Mai Truyet




PEOPLE PLEASE BE AWARE OF THIS FORTUNATELY FOR ME I DECIDED TO GOOGLE THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CRUSADE AND FOUND THIS POST. SO THANK YOU SOOO MUCH

Aaron said...

Just like most others, I too received a strange email response...Here is mine.

From:Loi X.Vuong

loixvungx@yahoo.com

Dear Aaron..
Thanks for the E-mail...Am sorry for the late response. Calvary greetings to you,also to your house hold..I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist..i am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daugther belinda before.. presently we had packed due to my {MISSIONARY WORK} transfer To (West Africa Nigeria) to preach the GOSPELand presently my house is still available for rent ..including the utilities,it is NOT furnished because i have already move down my furnitures to the STore.. if u wish to move in with your furnitures no problem..
Please i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,i will want you to take absolute maintenance of my house and want you to treat it as your own,i,it is not the money 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.

SO IF YOU ARE REALY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAPPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
Please if you are interested to occupy my house kindly provide the information below for record purpose :-

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Full Name___________________________________
Current Address_______________Apt#________ City_____________ State______ Zip Code________
Home Phone ( ) ___________________
Mobile Phone ( ) ____________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________
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___________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE RENT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________

Looking forward to hear 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 key to you,Note that the keys and documents of my house is with me here in west africa..i was formally using a realtor property management but i decide to rent it out my self so please we are giving you the house base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this..You will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $150 USD,which is the security deposit and $1000 for the rent. Please note that the deposit and rent made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR RENT ONLY STARTS COUNTING AFTER YOU HAVE FINALLY MOVED INTO THE HOUSE, SO YOU NEED NOT TO WORRY ABOUT MAKING THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT NOW AND NOT MOVING IN IMMEDIATELY,ALL YOU'RE DOING IS SECURING THE HOUSE IN YOUR FAVOR IN ORDER NOT TO LOOSE IT TO OTHER INTERESTED APPLICANTS..

RENT IS $1000..

YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +234-808-114-4817 Or 011-234-808-114-4817
Thanks And God Bless You .... (AMEN)..
Regards
PASTOR LOI X AND WIFE KAREN VUONG

Anonymous said...

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hello

I did get your response concerning the Advert I published on craigslist. The house is still available. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 4 to 5 years. I came over here with my Wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my Wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 the idea. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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 before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space.. But I just have a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

Rent/Month:900
Deposit Payment:$8000

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
Rent/Month: $900___________________________
Deposit Payment: $800___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed ASAP.

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you...and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment, which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior, but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home...

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is : (+234-813-644-7390 OR 011-234-813-644-7390)

Best Regards
Hamiton

Anonymous said...

same thing happened to me i am glad i did my research ...people please tell family and friends

Hello

Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 12941 Terrace Springs Dr,Tampa, FL 33637, 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 don't 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 house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don't contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $800 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc which security deposit is $700. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,Our house number is 011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681 , below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent.. It is a long term lease...

Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:
TENANT RENT APPLICATION
FIRST NAME: __________________
MIDDLE NAME: __________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
MARITAL STATUS: _________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
HOME ADDRESS: ___________________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIPCODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
CURRENT RENT: _______
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
____________________
Looking forward to hear 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 key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet
and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

Regards...

aleksandra said...

here's what I got.


Hi,

I did get your response concerning the ADD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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... But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.


First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$900

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you...and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $900 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home....

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is:(+2347063833831 OR 0112347063833831) OR ( +2347026261768 or 0112347026261768)

Best Regards

PETERSEN VELYN

Anonymous said...

Well unfortunately here's my entry, this is the first emai. The follow up email i received was even more suspicious, i did make the call to him and told him his scam was up and all over the internet.

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Frank Mark.the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my wife and i 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 $565 USD...Deposit is $565 USD(rent already includes utilities).Moreso Now, i’m currently in (West Africa) Benin , Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

Pls i want you to note that,we are a kind, honest and trustworthy family and also 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.It has a Lovely home in a nice neighbourhood,is known for excellent schools.. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

Address: 409 S. Connecticut City: Salina State: KS

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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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…I can be reach on this number's +234-709-230-5387 OR +011-813-723-0362.

Frank Mark.

Kathryn said...

Looking for a home to rent in South, FL and received this email back. Unbelievable what people are up to these days. It is also unfortunate that people fall for it. I am so disappointed and hope people will be diligent in the rental searches...

HERE IS A COPY OF THE EMAIL I RECEIVED BACK FROM A CRAIGSLIST ADD FOR A SOUTH, FL HOME TO RENT!!!
_________________________________________________

Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 4 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 12442 57th Street,Coral Springs, FL 33076 , 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 don't 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 house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don't contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $1000 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc which security deposit is $500. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,Our house number is 011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681 , below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent.. It is a long term lease...

Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:
TENANT RENT APPLICATION
FIRST NAME: __________________
MIDDLE NAME: __________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
MARITAL STATUS: _________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
HOME ADDRESS: ___________________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIPCODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
CURRENT RENT: _______
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
____________________
Looking forward to hear 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 key to you, please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet
and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

Regards...
REV ONUR ALI

Anonymous said...

same scam here in Oregon...I was suspicious just based on the price alone: $700/mo is about half of what the pictured house was worth. After reading his email to me, I knew the jig was up. Thanks for the site and the info!

Good Day,

Please excuse my late reply but I couldn't respond earlier. I'm using 5 years in West Africa,so I'm not giving it out for month alone but for years.I and my wife had an accident when we were in state,and i lost her during the accident,And also i almost lost my hearing along the inccident so please if you know you are going to rent my house kindly take good care of it. My name is Kevin W Parsons.

The House has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms. The rent is $700 /month and it includes the utilities. I am the owner of the House, Now I live in West africa( Nigeria ) right now and I came to West Africa under (WHO) World Health Organisation(WHO).. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on globalhealth matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.Visit our website for more information if you also want to make an impact to the world. http://www.who.int/about/en/. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the House.. The House is very big and nice and it is in a nice area I have received many proposals today for my property.

Hope you are okay with the price of $700 per month and the security Deposit is $400.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view the house anytime.I want you to know that i have decided not to rent my house with the property management and also you can move in with your pets..

Here is the address bellow:

Address: 31187 Willamette Wilsonville, OR

pets allowed

My contact Number for further discussion............ +234-813-097-5518 or 011-234-813-097-5518

Thanks and remain blessed

Kevin W Parsons

Sara :-) said...

GRRRR!!! I just about fell for this too. I thought it sounded kinda fishy, so i decided to research it a bit and found ur blog. Thanks for posting all of this. I also contacted the realtor of the property & she said is was a scam & that she "flagged" the listing on Craigslist. She'll keep an eye out for it happening again. Too bad cuz this little house was exactly what we wanted. I'm so bummed out now. GRRRR!!!! I told the guy "Thanks for wasting my time you Jerk!" hopefully he wont reply with an obscene email or something. Thanks again for posting so many of these so that it came up on google.

Anonymous said...

Cute Place in Seattle....not


Hello,
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 $700 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade. 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.
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. Appliances included are washer, dryer, oven,dishwasher, new fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas. The address of the house is 7512 18th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115
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:__________?
SEX:__________?
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
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? ______________?
DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS _____________?
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 $400 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in...Feel free to call +2348068321244 me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.....The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...
NOTE:PLS I WILL WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE HOUSE IS FORMLY FOR SALE BUT MY WIFE ADVICED ME TO RENT IT OUT FOR RESPONSIBLE PERSON .
Remain Blessed.

Anonymous said...

I found another one. Thanks for posting this scam. Here's the email I received:

Good Day,

Please excuse my late reply but I couldn't respond earlier. I'm using 5 years in West Africa,so I'm not giving it out for month alone but for years.I and my wife had an accident when we were in state,and we lost our only son during the accident that is why we took the transfer job cos we felt it is the only way we could move on with life,And also My wife almost lost her hearing along the incident so please if you know you are going to rent our house kindly take good care of it. My name is Hugh W Carr.

The House has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms. The rent is $1300 /month and it includes the utilities. I am the owner of the House, Now we live in West africa( Nigeria ) right now and I came to West Africa under (WHO) World Health Organization(WHO).. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.Visit our website for more information if you also want to make an impact to the world. http://www.who.int/about/en/. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the House.. The House is very big and nice and it is in a nice area I have received many proposals today for my property.

Hope you are okay with the price of $1300 per month and the security Deposit is $700.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view the house anytime.I want you to know that i have decided not to sale my house with the property management,right now the house is for rent also you can move in with your pets..

Here is the address bellow:

Address: 233 Gundry Dr Falls Church, VA


pets allowed

My contact Number for further discussion............ +234-813-097-5518 or 011-234-813-097-5518

Thanks and remain blessed

Hugh W Carr

Anonymous said...

I got it too damn it, It sounded awesome but I noticed he wanted me to call a number in Nigeria so I started researching. Hello

I am in receipt of your response concerning the Advert I published on craigslist. The house is still available. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 4 to 5 years. I came over here with my Wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my Wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 the idea. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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 before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space.. But I just have a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

Rent/Month:$700
Deposit Payment:$700

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
Rent/Month: $700___________________________
Deposit Payment: $700___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed ASAP.

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you...and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment, which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior, but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home...

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is : (+234- 813-644-7390 OR 011-234-813-644-7390)

Best Regards

corona14 said...

I had a feeling it was too good to be true. He went as far as saying his son died in an accident. Thank God for Google and people like you making everyone aware of the BULL!!
Good Day,

Please excuse my late reply but I couldn't respond earlier. I'm using 5 years in West Africa,so I'm not giving it out for month alone but for years.I and my wife had an accident when we were in state,and we lost our only son during the accident that is why we took the transfer job cos we felt it is the only way we could move on with life,And also My wife almost lost her hearing along the incident so please if you know you are going to rent our house kindly take good care of it. My name is Ralph A Bertelle.

The House has 3 bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms. The rent is $1100 /month and it includes the utilities. I am the owner of the House, Now we live in West africa( Nigeria ) right now and I came to West Africa under (WHO) World Health Organization(WHO).. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.Visit our website for more information if you also want to make an impact to the world. http://www.who.int/about/en/. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the House.. The House is very big and nice and it is in a nice area I have received many proposals today for my property.

Hope you are okay with the price of $1100 per month and the security Deposit is $700.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view the house anytime.I want you to know that i have decided not to sale my house with the property management,right now the house is for rent also you can move in with your pets..

Here is the address bellow:

Tamara said...

I have just been put through a similar scam. It was listed in South Chicagoland area as $800 a month with utilities included. For the area and the look of the house, that is extremely inexpensive. Most are around 1100 or higher for this per month. I searched the web for the Follower's Crusade and found this blog.
Here is the email I received when expressing interest in the property.

Attn Applicant,

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, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland... Presently my house is still available and monthly rent is $800 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i'm currently in Lagos , Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade..

Pls 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.

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows....nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07).....I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
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?______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF 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 in case 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 (+234-706-966-0114 OR 011-234-706-966-0114).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...

Thanks and Remain Blessed.
'

Thank you for starting this blog so that I could stumble upon it when checking it out.

Tamara

Gwen said...

Well they have moved to the UK now, and they are trying it from a "woman's point of view".

Attn Applicant,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Rev.(Mrs) Moore,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with .My husband and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Sheffield, UK. Presently my house is still available for rent for $790(rent already includes utilities). More so Now, I'm currently in Sheffield for an international Christian follower's crusade. 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.
This is the address of the House XXXXXXX Iowa City, IA
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows,nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet. Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07). I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas.
(application)
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I can have it in my file in case 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 $790 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in. Feel free to mail me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you. The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there.

Regards
Rev.(Mrs) Moore
poshpwincess2010@ovi.com

--- and claiming to be a Reverend?? how evil can you get? Glad I caught this before it went too far.

Anonymous said...

same thing happened to me today. i did report abuse to craig's list. it was posted 3/31 and then other ad posted 4/2 on the same house just a different rent amount.

Hi,


I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.


House Address: 1944 W. Tedmar Ave, Anaheim, CA.


First Month Rent:$800
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$800


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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..


Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $800 USD,which is the security deposit.


Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..


I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.


My cell phone number is:(+234-802-942-1142 OR 011-234-802-942-1142)


Best Regards

Ross said...

Thank you all for your help. Thanks to you guys, I have avoided this mistake! :) Here is the email I got:

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the ADD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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... But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.

HOUSE ADDRESS BELOW: 5091 Spanish Bay Cir Stockton, CA 95219


First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$900

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you...and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $900 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home....

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is:(+2347063833831 OR 0112347063833831) OR ( +2347026261768 or 0112347026261768)

Best Regards

TIMOTHY BRELAND

Anonymous said...

This is the one I got last night...

Thanks for your prompt reply, and also i can see your willingness in renting my apartment,your application form is being accepted for you to rent my apartment.So as i shall be giving you my apartment,please take good care of the my apartment when you move in so that i might be glad when coming to pay you a visit,however as you are ready to rent my apartment that will not be a problem as i have made all arrangement for you to move in and for you to get the keys and document of my apartment.

I will advice you due to the responsible person you are,to make the First month rent so that you can move in as soon as you are ready to do so,i am doing this so that you will be taking good care of my apartment when you move in,also i will like to send you the keys & document Via DHL Courier Service to the address you provided in the application form filled or if you have another address where you want the keys to be delivered to get it back to me as soon as you finish reading this email.Once again,i am giving you this on trust and do not disappoint me,there is a parking spot in the apartment.I am ready to give you my apartment for short or long term which ever you prefer.

Here are the contents of the packages that will be coming to you Via DHL Courier Service
1 ) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent Apartment form (Containing your reference details)
3)The apartment documentary file.
4)Payment Receipt.

So I am with your information here with me and all arrangement is set & ready for you to get the keys & document also for you to move in when you desire.I will like to know if you are ready for the payment of first month,so that i can proceed with the delivery of the KEYS AND DOCUMENT to the address you provided in the Application Form ,So let me know If I can send you my Information which you will be using to make payment VIA WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER to me,So that i can get all the package sent to you ASAP immediately after you make the payment, i don't have a picture of my mission here but i will get one soon and send it to you.....I will get back to you with the Tracking details and the Arrival time of the package if the payment is done asap......Here is my phone number: +2348022694552 you can call me for any other discussion you will like...Can't wait to read from you soon.

Thanks Blessing Of The Lord Be With You
Mrs Elizabeth Armstrong.
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J. Aziz in Cleveland, OH said...

I got this one from a Lisa Fore here in Cleveland, Ohio:

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 tenant 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. There might be a for sale sign in front of the home because i decided to sell the home before i left for West Africa but now i am renting it out to a very good and interested tenant.

So let me know if you are still interested so that i can forward you the Rental Questionnaire to fill out...


House Type: Single Family Home.
Pets are welcome!!!
Rent: $800
Deposit: $500
Location:6908 Orchard Grove Ave, Cleveland OH.

Thanks and God bless you.
Regards.
Lisa.

Just make it a rule to avoid any ads, solicitations or emails that even mentions "WEST AFRICA".

Katie said...

My guy didnt get creative at all! his email was basically word for word from the example in your article!


Hello,
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Rita Ranne,and my husband is Nick.The owners 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 West Africa. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 and security deposit is $500 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade.I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house while i am in state but my wife advised 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.This is the address of the House: 1832 Orchard St, Eugene OR 97403.

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. Appliances included are washer, dryer, oven,dishwasher, new fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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

FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
SEX:__________?
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
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? ______________?
DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS
_____________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

Please only providers of these information I will lease/rent my house, and then forward I will forward a copy of C of O, Lease contract by email and other paper works by parcel delivery for authentic signatory and of the leaser/renter.
Please get back to me if you can comply with these conditions mentioned above.

Remain Blessed.
Rita Ranne
Cell # +234-813-097-5518 or 011-234-813-097-5518

Anonymous said...

Ugh! I am a bit on the grumpy side right now. I got the basically the same version as Dustin D from Salt Lake with the exception of the contact info that I listed below. Good thing I have an amazing friend who is a real estate agent and I thought to google the phone number and found this site. I really wanted this house too! Thanks to all those who reported and saved our family! God bless you!

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years.....

....Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $800 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is:(+234-802-942-1142 OR 011-234-802-942-1142)

Best Regards

ptrk said...

They are trying it in Buffalo too!

Hello,

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 $550(rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade.

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 will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife advised i rent it out to responsible people who could take very good care of it. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.
Property Address:(420 Jersey Street Buffalo NY)

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. Appliances included are washer, dryer, oven,dishwasher, new fridge (7/07)...I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO Y OU 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 $550 (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 (011-234-706-660-0809or +234-706-660-0809).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there...

Regards and Remain Blessed.

Anonymous said...

I've received 2 of these in the last 2 days!!! This is the first response:

Hello,

Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent. The house is much available for now and it is a 3bedroom home...I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 3544 NE 166th St Lake Forest Park, WA 98155... But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals 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 responsible 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 don't 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 house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don't contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 and the refundable security deposit of $700. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..

Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

TENANT RENT APPLICATION
FIRST NAME: __________________
MIDDLE NAME: __________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
MARITAL STATUS: _________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
Home ADDRESS: ___________________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
CURRENT RENT: _______
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND SENDING ME THE DEPOSIT___________________________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND RECEIVING THE KEYS AND DOCUMENT OF THE HOUSE___________________________

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case 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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

You can contact me on +234-802-444-6958 or 011-234-802-444-6958..

Regards.

Anonymous said...

Just read the timeline on these comments and I'm blown away by how long this has been going on. I got one this morning- won't bother posting the text as its essentially the same thing, with the "petroleum land" version. How glamorous, to rent from an oil baron! I wonder if he wears a top hat.
Anyway, thanks for this post. The quest for affordable housing in DC continues.......

Anonymous said...

We got one of these scams going on, only in our case WE ARE THE SELLERS of the house. Just sold it, in fact, and then had someone drive by to look at it for renting, said they say an ad on Craigslist, etc. The ad posting and email address was from someone claiming to be ME! - first name and last. Pretty weird. So I emailed the seller from a fake email address and got the usual response back (below).

Craigslist needs to ban west african IPs from posting on North American boards, IMHO.

------

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 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.Note:There is a for sale sign in the house because before leaving the state i wanted to sell the house but due to my wife advice we decided not to sell the house any more and that is why we are handling the rent process our self.I hope you are okay with the price,the month rent is $800 and the deposit is $600.Here is the house address (address) 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 ( )
Cell Phone ( )
Date of Birth
Current Address
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
A picture of occupant
How soon can you make the payment
How soon do you want to receive the keys and the document

My Contact
[made up first name and our last name!]
+234-808-492-6942
011-234-808-492-6942

Thanks and God bless you.

Anonymous said...

We also got it, and I got found this blog by looking up the phone number. I first knew this seemed strange when I looked up the address on Google streetview and couldn't find the house in the picture.

Hi,

I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
house.

First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$1000

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____________________________
How many people will be living
in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $1000 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home..

I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.

My cell phone number is:(+234-802-942-1142 OR 011-234-802-942-1142)

Best Regards

affleck11 said...

Happened to us in Tampa/ST pete today! Sounded too good to be true..Who is going to rent a house without seeing the inside first? We drove by today and peeked in the windows..low and behold there is furniture and dishes in the sink! we felt awful! We really wanted this one! Thank goodness for google!

I MR EDWARD J IV AND WIFE KATHRYN MESLIN own the 3 bedroom House.It was due to our transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house and we decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with the keys of the house in St Petersburg. We tried looking for an agent that we would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why we took it along with us.

I and my wife came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $1050 which includes all utilities.

Thank you for showing interest in our house.

I MR EDWARD J IV AND WIFE KATHRYN MESLIN own the 3 bedroom House.It was due to our transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house and we decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with the keys of the house in St Petersburg. We tried looking for an agent that we would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why we took it along with us.

I and my wife came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $1050 which includes all utilities.


RENT APPLICATION FORM

Your Full Name :

Your Full Address & Phone Number :

Age:

Marital status:

How many people will be living in the house:

Do you have a pet:

Do you have a car:

Occupation:

Religion (if necessary):

References:
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.

Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.

You can reach me on this number in case you have any questions 011 then 234-808-114-4817 or +234-8081144817.

The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready, we look forward to hearing from you soon. Here is the location of the house (475 31St Ave N St Petersburg, FL 33704)
Kind Regards
MR EDWARD J IV AND WIFE KATHRYN MESLIN

What is wrong with people?!

ThoseDarnPickles said...

So glad I saw this! Here is the response we received from the same scam....
Good Day,

Please excuse my late reply but I couldn't respond earlier. I'm using 5 years in West Africa,so I'm not giving it out for month alone but for years.I and my wife had an accident when we were in state,and i lost her during the accident,And also i almost lost my hearing along the incident so please if you know you are going to rent my house kindly take good care of it. My name is Robert Price.

The House has 3 bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms. The rent is $700 /month and it includes the utilities. I am the owner of the House, Now I live in West africa( Nigeria ) right now and I came to West Africa under (WHO) World Health Organization(WHO).. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.Visit our website for more information if you also want to make an impact to the world. http://www.who.int/about/en/. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the House.. The House is very big and nice and it is in a nice area I have received many proposals today for my property.

Hope you are okay with the price of $700 per month and the security Deposit is $400.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view the house anytime.I want you to know that i have decided not to rent my house with the property management and also you can move in with your pets..

Here is the address bellow:

Address: 1697 E Maddison Cir, Queen Creek AZ

pets allowed

My contact Number for further discussion............ +234-813-097-5518 or 011-234-813-097-5518

Thanks and remain blessed

Robert Price



UGGGGH Back to house hunting!

ThoseDarnPickles said...

So glad I saw this! Here is the response we received from the same scam....
Good Day,

Please excuse my late reply but I couldn't respond earlier. I'm using 5 years in West Africa,so I'm not giving it out for month alone but for years.I and my wife had an accident when we were in state,and i lost her during the accident,And also i almost lost my hearing along the incident so please if you know you are going to rent my house kindly take good care of it. My name is Robert Price.

The House has 3 bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms. The rent is $700 /month and it includes the utilities. I am the owner of the House, Now I live in West africa( Nigeria ) right now and I came to West Africa under (WHO) World Health Organization(WHO).. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.Visit our website for more information if you also want to make an impact to the world. http://www.who.int/about/en/. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the House.. The House is very big and nice and it is in a nice area I have received many proposals today for my property.

Hope you are okay with the price of $700 per month and the security Deposit is $400.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view the house anytime.I want you to know that i have decided not to rent my house with the property management and also you can move in with your pets..

Here is the address bellow:

Address: 1697 E Maddison Cir, Queen Creek AZ

pets allowed

My contact Number for further discussion............ +234-813-097-5518 or 011-234-813-097-5518

Thanks and remain blessed

Robert Price



UGGGGH Back to house hunting!

ids said...

Thought the house on CL looked too good to be true! Here's my email today:

Good Day,

Please excuse my late reply but I couldn't respond earlier. I'm using 5 years in West Africa,so I'm not giving it out for month alone but for years.I and my wife had an accident when we were in state,and i lost her during the accident,And also i almost lost my hearing along the incident so please if you know you are going to rent my house kindly take good care of it. My name is Armando H Roche Jr.

The House has 4 bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms. The rent is $1200 /month and it includes the utilities. I am the owner of the House, Now I live in West africa( Nigeria ) right now and I came to West Africa under (WHO) World Health Organization(WHO).. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.Visit our website for more information if you also want to make an impact to the world. http://www.who.int/about/en/. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the House.. The House is very big and nice and it is in a nice area I have received many proposals today for my property.

Hope you are okay with the price of $1200 per month and the security Deposit is $700.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view the house anytime.I want you to know that i have decided not to rent my house with the property management and also you can move in with your pets..

Here is the address bellow:

Address: 18618 Cape Sable Drive Boca Raton, FL

pets allowed

My contact Number for further discussion............ +234-813-097-5518 or 011-234-813-097-5518

Thanks and remain blessed

Armando H Roche Jr

Nicole said...

I have a room for rent up on craig's list and almost fell for this one, the things that clued me into the scam though were 1)) all the improper spelling and grammar mistakes, 2) the fact that this "Susan Moore" (email address: susan_4u95@yahoo.com asked for my address and personal information. Here's a copy of what was emailed to me:


Thanks...I just want to let you have an idea of whom you are renting to. I am a very dedicated individual who is totally committed to human development, friendly, very trustworthy and value relationship above anything. I love travelling, sporting and enjoy meeting people. I dontsmoke but do not mind people who do being around me. Am so happy for responding to my introductory mail.
Am ok with the total move in cost of the room as i'll not be able tocheck out the place until my arrival,Thanks so much
for the mail.Ilike the place and I'll be so glad if you can reserve
the room for me as i'll love to rent the place. By God's grace i intend to arrive before End of
May , 2010.
Hi! My name is Susan but my friends call me SAN I'm 29 &
times late at night .If you dont mind i will like to accept the offer of the room.As for my items and luggages if you dont have enough space .I can look for a shipper ,When i get one i will ask the shipper to look for ware houseto store the items for me there till i arrive. One more thing would like to know the total amount for the rentage also would like to know if it will be month to month of a thing.Meanwhile , i will to make provisons for the rent. This is important even though i will like to see and inspect where i will call
home in few weeks time personally but i really want to have a place
ready ahead of my arrival due to past experience .I dont want to take anything for granted i hate being stranded moreover i will not be paying my rent personally cos the company that is offering me the new job will be myup keeping,Accommodation and Mobility.Infact they will
be paying formy flight and basic Travel Allowance.I will like to see
that they are serious about this promises so that idont get there and tell you stories about the rent When you have confirmed to me that you have received the rent only then will i get on the flight and come over. I hope you understand what i mean .Icould send you my pics if
you want so that you can have an idea of what i look like. If you
still want to rent the room to me pleasereply me with your address and full name please .The rent will be made available to you inform of a certified moneyorder or cashiers check.However, based on your mail i
will be making a payment to move in. Ihad like to make the payment for the first month

ahead of my arrival,and then i will make subsequent payment thereafter
as i plan to stay

Full Name
Full Address
State
City
Zipcode
Telephone

my clothes in TWO luggages
my and pieces laptop
luggages of my cloths
Hope to hear from you soon
Susan Moore

Anonymous said...

so I was looking on craigslist and I came upon this.
ADDRESS 5917 Blaverly Drive New Albany, OH 43054


4 beds: $800
Full Baths: 2
Half Baths: 1
Square Feet: 1778

All new flooring & fresh paint throughout makes this home like new!

Quiet, non through street, front porch, 2 car garage, 2.5 baths, full basement, 4 bedrooms, great opportunity. Playset for the kids in backyard.


Unit Amenities

* Air conditioning
* Attic
* Balcony, Deck, or Patio
* Basement
* Bonus/Rec room
* Breakfast nook
* Cable-ready
* Central heat
* Dining room
* Dishwasher
* Family room
* High-speed internet
* Laundry area - inside
* Microwave
* Office/Den
* Refrigerator
* Stove/Oven
* Walk-in closet
* Yard



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____________________________
Your Exact move in date____________________________
How soon can you make the deposit and first month payment________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________



House Address 5917 Blaverly Drive New Albany, OH 43054


PLS NOTE Drive by and take a look at the exterior of the house because you cannot see the interior of the house.the keys and document are with me and family here in west africa.get back to me after viewing the exterior of the house with the application form filled out so as to proceed in shipment of the keys and document to you after making the payment to me directly,utilities are also included in the rent fee such as water,light,gas,washer,dryer,trash etc


For more inquiries, please feel free to reach me on any of the numbers below
My Cell Number Is (+234-803-538-6332 OR 011-234-803-538-6332)


Best Regards
Vandenberge John

I replied with the app and even looked at the house. But I thought it was to good to be true. HE also sent me the western union info.

WORLDWIDE to the address you sent to us and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possibly 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. So we are with the below document here with us. you will need to provide to us with your secure payment to proceed forward because this house won't last long, if you don't act fast..


Here are the contents of the document.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form
3)The house documentary file.


You are going to send the payment via western union today, so that you can have the keys and document in your possession,and below is the information to send the payment through Western Union Outlet.


Below is the payment information.


RECEIVER'S NAME: Vandenberge John

ADDRESS : 30 THOMAS ROAD
CITY:IKEJA,
STATE: LAGOS
COUNTRY: NIGERIA
ZIP CODE:23401
TEXT QUESTION : WHAT DAY?
ANSWER : TODAY.


As soon as you send the payment from the Western Union Money Transfer Outlet, you would be given some information. You would have to get back to me with following information:


1. Full Sender's Name And Address Including Zip Code:
2. MTCN #:
3. Amount Sent:


I await your reply ASAP. Regard and God bless you!!!

I was going to send the money until I googled the land in africa and found this so thank you guys!!!
Is there away I can turn this in so this person can be stopped if someone knows please let me know...Thanks

burch.j said...

i also replied to a great townhome ad and the reply put the move to africa on missionary work, i googled the number given to see what part of africa they were in and found your article im so greatful it popped up in my google and im sorry to anyone whos fallen for it

Anonymous said...

Can someone answer this? I am new to craigslist. I fell for this. I did send my personal information but did NOT send money, thank goodness. Can they do anything with my personal information? Crud! Im an intelligent person and never even thought about this until a few hours later. Can you tell me if they can do damage with my info? Thanks.

RDColGa said...

Hello dear,

Thanks for your response,i owned the house you are interested in,i
want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that
can take very good care of the house for me.It was due to my transfer
that makes me to leave the house and also i want to give it out for rent
and i am looking for a responsible person that can take very good care
of it, as we are not after the money for the rent but i 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,am here in (western Africa) and with the keys/documents of
the house which is located at (Address:46 Lee Road 2170,Phenix City,AL)
You can go and view the house there but you wont be allow to
go into the house because the Keys and the Document are with me in
west Africa ,i try to look for an agent that i can give this document
before i left but could not see and we are as well as don't want our
house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along
with us here, and as you know that i am over in West Africa for a
mission of God so as to preach the word of god to the Africans,
and also to bring the Africans into the membership of GOD`S family,
so i hope you will promise me to take very good care of
our house and if you promise to take care of our house,
the GOD of our father of faith abraham will never let you down,
and will also take care of you in all your endeavors.
so let me know your experience.
Hope you are okay with the price of $700 per month & a one time deposit of $250
with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition and so on

I look forward to hearing from you with your rent application form
fill out and discuss on how to get the keys to the house for rent,

============= RENT APPLICATION ===========

Also,Pls answer these questions below:

1)Your Full Name__________________________ ____________

2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone

Number________________________ ___

3)How old are you ______________________________ _________________

4)Are you married ______________________________ ________

5)How many people will be living in the Apartment
______________________________ ___________
6)Do you have a pet ______________________________ ___________

7)Do you have a car ______________________________ ____________

8)Occupation ______________________________ ___________________

9)How long are you willing to stay _____________________________
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can
have it in our file in case of issuing the receipt in your name and
contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how
to get the documents and the keys to you,please we are giving you all
this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words, am
putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let me down in this
property of my and God bless and will always with you day and night.

Anonymous said...

Another e-mail of this scam is warrenpope43@yahoo.com.

Jesscia said...

OMG i just called the man that moved to west africa...TY so much for posting this info..I knew it was to good to be true

Anonymous said...

I almost got scammed by the same thing...I am so sad to see this has been going on for 2 years now. Good thing for google. As I read the email it just didn't seem right. I was on my way to look at the property today.I trid to pull the craiglist ad back up and it was gone...alert number one. Then I pulled up the map quest and the picture of the house was the same as the ad but it had constuction work going on and the price was just to good 750 for 3br 3ba. its hard to find a 3br 1ba in that area for the price...Alert 2....Then i googled petroleum in west africa and this site came up first and i knew I had been a set up for a scam. I lost no money just trust in people...but it opened my eyes. William Burdick was the name used and the number is the same as many others used in the comments. It has reached SC. and It seems to still be going strong. RENTERS PLEASE BEWARE!

Rashaun said...

I am so glad i decided to investigate more about my scam artist aka "ASHLEY HAMILTON" even though it was time wasted during my apartment search I saved myself from heart ache, disappointment and a couple of grand ... So I was contacted after inquiring about a rental on craigslist and after a third correspondence I decided to google this person the organization he claim to be affiliated with. he stated that he he was in west africa on a missionary assignment ...such bull. Well heres what they requested from me
Hello,
> You are welcome,It is good to hear from you . I will not be returning there
> because i am trying in buying another house,Below here are some questions
> that I need you to answer ,so that we can discuss further.I wanted to sell
> the house before but my wife advise me not to do so that i should rent it
> out,so as soon as you move in the for sale sign will be taking off...You can
> go check the neighborhood and get back to me for further discussion.
> * RENT QUESTIONNAIRE*
> 1)Your Full Name?
> 2)Your Full Address & Phone Number?
> 3)Are you married?
> 4)How many people will be living in the house?
> 5)Do you have a pet?
> 6)Do you have a car?
> 7)Occupation?
> 8)how long lease are you looking for?
> 9)How soon do you intend to moving in?
> 10)Reason for relocation?
>
> Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that I can have it
> in my file incase of issuing the receipt and contacting you. Await your
> reply so that we can discuss.
> Hamilton Ashley.

My advise to anyone searching craigslist for a place is Never Deny your self knowledge and always go the extra mile to research your findings ... or it may cost you more than your time...

Thank you Ms Aspiring to Ordinary and everyone who takes the time to share their experiences.

Anonymous said...

They are really getting smart about this. Below is the response I received today regarding a House for rent on Craigslist.The email address is in the name of the ACTUAL owner of the house on county records.
"Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

House Address: 6090 Serene Run Lake Worth, FL 33467

First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$500

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____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE
HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $500 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home.
I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.My cell phone number is:(+234-234-806-431-5450 OR 011-234-806-431-5450)
Best Regards"

Anonymous said...

They are really getting smart about this. Below is the response I received today regarding a House for rent on Craigslist.The email address is in the name of the ACTUAL owner of the house on county records.
"Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

House Address: 6090 Serene Run Lake Worth, FL 33467

First Month Rent:$1000
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$500

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____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE
HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $500 USD,which is the security deposit.

Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home.
I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.My cell phone number is:(+234-234-806-431-5450 OR 011-234-806-431-5450)
Best Regards"

zOnk.oNe said...

Hehehe...wow..I just fell for one of these too. A 'way to good to be true' house in Costa Mesa, CA. Once I got the response though...I recognized the phishing aspect of the wording and out of country BS. Glad to find this post though to solidify my suspicions.

Peace,
zOnk.oNe

Anonymous said...

Thank for the postings. I recieved the same exact email as butternugget. Sad because the house was so cute! haha, of course it couldn't be real!

Anonymous said...

The scam is still going strong, as I received the following response today, to an inquiry I sent yesterday regarding a house for rent. I am very careful; googled the address which took me to a website actually showing the home for rent, but for far more. Received

"Thank you for showing interest in our house.

I MR (names deleted) own the 4 bedroom House.It was due to our transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house and we decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with the keys of the house in (city.) We tried looking for an agent that we would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why we took it along with us and if you drive by the house you will notice a for sale sign in the house because we wanted to sell it before but the selling is taking too long as expected that is why we finally decided to rent it.

I and my wife came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $800 which includes all utilities and $300 refundable security deposit.


RENT APPLICATION FORM

Your Full Name :

Your Full Address & Phone Number :

Age:

Marital status:

How many people will be living in the house:

Do you have a pet:

Do you have a car:

Occupation:

Religion (if necessary):

References:
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that I can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.

Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.

You can reach me on this number in case you have any questions 011 then 234-808-114-4817 or +2348081144817.

The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready, we look forward to hearing from you soon. Here is the location of the house (address deleted)
Kind Regards"

They have done their research, as I did a property search and the name given is actually the owner of the home as per the county in which it is located.

Anonymous said...

Scam still going strong. I received this morning a response to a curious ad I saw on Craigslist yesterday. Some minor difference from what I've read here but more or less the same, with the same phone numbers. They did their research, as I searched the county property records and the name I found was the name given in the email.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I saw the word Nigeria I laughed.....

William Heise
to me

show details 7:07 AM (6 hours ago)

Hello,

I can see you are interested in the ad I have posted, I am currently in Nigeria with my family where we work as a volunteer with the Missionary, here is thesiteWWW.missionary-blogs.com for more details about why we are here in Nigeria.we spent less time in the States so we could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when we knew how long we are going to stay in Nigeria that we decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sell out the house. which we tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell we are telling you this in case you find the house on another website, that is the old advert So we need a tenant to take care of it but since we are out of the state now, we have received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very good area, but we still have to make sure it is rented out to someone who can take good care of it.The keys to the House are right here with me and i could send it to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted by my family,It includes facilities such as water and heat laundry facilities, air condition, internet and telephone access and a car park and other necessary facilities, also comes with trash collection, pets are allowed as well as long as they are not destructive,we also want you to let us have trust in you as we always stand on our word.So if you know you are capable of the task,It is available for a long lease.The monthly rental fee is $500 per month including the utilities and the security deposit is $500 which is refundable back to you at the end of your stay if nothing is damaged from my properties.It is not the money that is the main problem but we want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we will be glad to see it neat when we come for a check up.You will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until we send the keys and documents of the house to you.So we wouldn't want any violation on our property if finally rented by you.

ADDRESS:216 Lake Street Burlington, VT 05401.

RENT QUESTIONNAIRE

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? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?
HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE MOVE IN DEPOSIT REQUIRED ($500):____________?
WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU WISH TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE:_______________?

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt and contacting you. Await your reply so we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you.Please Note that your rent only starts counting after you have finally moved into the house,so you need not to worry about making the deposit payment now and not moving in immediately,all you're doing is securing the house in your favor in order not to loose it to other interested applicants..

Here is my number +234-802-444-6958 or 011-234-802-444-6958, I will be expecting to hear from you soon.

Feel free to call me anytime for more information and arrangements.

Thanks so much.
William Heise.

Anonymous said...

I just got scammed by the people in west africa.. jan 19 2011 someone really needs to stop them!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rabid for it in the next 10 years. 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, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. 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 give 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. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, 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. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose.


********RENT APPLICATIOM FORM*********

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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date____________________________

TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY HOUSE FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME SO THAT I CAN SHIP MY KEYS TO YOU FOR YOU BE ABLE TO GO AND LOOK AT THE INSIDE OR MOVE IN IMMEDIATELY. I WOULD HAVE REALLY LOVE TO SHIP THE KEYS TO SOMEONE IN STATE BUT I DON'T HAVE ANYBODY THERE RIGHT NOW AND I DON'T WANT TO MAKE USE OF ANY THIRD PARTY THAT IS WHY AM HANDLING MY PROPERTY MYSELF..

House Address:
4715 4th Street Loop Northeast, Saint Cloud MN 56304

Monthly Fee ;$700
Security Deposit:$550
Pets Allowed:
Available :Available Now for move in.

So pls get back to me today.
I await your reply ASAP.
Best Regard
Ryan Watland.

--- On Tue, 1/18/11,

Whoever this jerk is He's still out there!!!!!! I called the realestate on the house and the guy told me this house is definitely not for sale or on the market.

Anonymous said...

This just happened to me this morning and it's pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain that it's a scam. If it's too good to be true, it can't be true!!

"Thanks for your interest in our house.

Firstly i will like to introduce myself, I am an Engineer by profession (retired) originally from Florida. I and my wife acquired the house recently and decided to rent out the house but due to our busy schedule,and the fact that we are retired we decided to go on a 3 years voluntary missionary trip in association with Christ embassy to Africa.

We are looking for responsible people that can take good care of the house in our absence. Our house is still available for rent and the rent includes all utilities.The house is not furnished because we have moved our stuff to the storage before we left for the journey.

Please we want you to note that we are kind and honest people,and will want you to take absolute care of our house,we want you to keep it tidy at all time so that we will be glad to see it in good condition whenever we visit.

So if you are really interested in the house, we will want you to fill out the rent application form below.

RENTAL APPLICATION
The undersigned hereby makes an application to rent the following property: 5 Susan Dr Derry, NH 03038.

Anticipated move in date of ___________________at a monthly rent of $1000 and the term of tenancy will be renewed automatically every year or monthly.

TENANT INFORMATION

Applicant (A) Full Name__________________________
_______

Phone (_____) _____________________

Other Phone (_____) ________________________

Age_________________________ _

Marital status___________________

Do you have a pet___________________________________

Do you hae a car______________________________________

Driver's License #________________________________

How many people will be living in the house___________________________

Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so we can file it for record purpose.Awaiting your urgent reply so we can discuss on how to get the house documents and the keys to you. NOTE:The keys and documents of our house are here with us in west Africa, Be informed that we are giving you the house based on trust.You will only be able to drive by the house for now but will not have access into the house until we have sent the keys and documents to you, the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is the rent payment which is refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you my word that you will love everything about this lovely house.


Please note that your rent starts counting from move in date so you need not to worry about making the deposit payment now and not moving in immediately because all you're doing is securing the house in your favor in order not to loose it to other interested applicants.

DESCRIPTION: Very large 2 bedroom/1.5 bathroom house, lots of closets (2 in master bedroom), Large deck, flat yard and even a shed! You will enjoy the additional space in the large walk out basement!Sqft:1,150. Pets OK. The house is available now and the house rent includes all utilities.

You can contact us on 011 then 234-812-651-7164 or +234-812-651-7164.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

Remain blessed
Mr. Vincent and wife Mrs Lorraine Wolfram. "

Anonymous said...

I had heard about this scam and didn't expect to ever experience it myself. My mother in law found this property and we found it was listed twice, once by the realtor and then by the scammer for $1000 less. Too good to be true indeed!
***********************************
Hi,

Thanks for mailing me regarding the house are still available, but now I'm on a business trip to West Africa. I bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and luckily I won, so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my office set up in the oil and gas field. I came over here with my wife and we both bought the house, when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had an idea of selling the house, so I have to look for an agent but eventually my wife advised me on selling the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advice. So I contacted the agency back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to keep the house rented, we would have given the same agent this job, but the fact of the matter is that the agent would need to hold it professionally and the lessee may not be able to cause along with him later and more some 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 the price we are offering is far below normal price and I this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the entire care for the property. I know there is no way we can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we would not be able to meet physically before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the property. The property 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 former company so you don't have to call them because they do not have access to the house anymore and also I can have contact him to verify this story.

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
2701 Bayview Drive, Alameda CA 94501

Mr & Mrs Massey
+234-802-953-1391

Anonymous said...

This scam is still going on, my buddy at work found a house on graigslist and responded. Received an e-mail with the familiar missionairy work. House happens to be 15 minutes from work, so we drove by during lunch and door was wide open, eventhough e-mail claims they have the keys in west Africa. We called the number on the realtor sign and confirmed it was a scam. It seemed to good to be true all along

Anonymous said...

It is indeed still going strong. I've responded to several ads on Craigs List and gotten 3 replies, 2 of which were this scam.

"Hello,

Thanks for your email,well i personally own the house, i want my 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 gas stove so as to avoid fire outbreak,you must not disturb the neighbor.Also formerly i intend selling the house but i change my mind due to my wife advise so that is why i have decided to rent it out due to our transfer to (West Africa) for a missionary work and we will be staying here in West Africa for 4 years....

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 drove by the house anytime to view the exterior part of the house,so let me know if you are still interested so that i can forward you the Rental Application Form..

Pets are welcome!!!
Month rent:$750
Deposit:$750
Street Address: Removed, Pittsburgh PA

Thanks and God bless you...
Donna
Regards."

Anonymous said...

The scam is still circulating, got a email like this today.

Anonymous said...

WOAH! How did i happen upon this page!!! I found the exact same scam! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the forewarning! can i act like im meeting up with this scammer and call the cops on them somehow?

Anonymous said...

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 is year to year rent 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?
13) Reference Contact Name and Address?
14) When do you intend Moving in?
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: 3 Chesterfield Cove, Savannah, GA 31419

All Pets Allow : Dog , Cat , Fish , Horse
Monthly Rent : $850
Deposit : $450
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Total Move in : $1300
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Thanks and you are welcome.

You can give me a call on +234=802=444=5062

Regards.
Melvin Carr

Anonymous said...

HAHA This one almost got me for a second until I decided to check this out. glad you started this thread!

Here was my elaborate scam email:

Thank you for showing interest in our house.

I Mr Roland H And Wife Virginia J Holdorf the 2 bedroom House.It was due to our transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house and we decided to give it out for rent. We are looking for a responsible person that can take good care of our house as we are not after the money for the rent but want our house kept clean at all times 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 in our new house and also with the keys of the house in Appleton,We tried looking for an agent that we would over the documents before we left but could not see which is why we took it along with us and if you drive by the house you might notice a for sale sign in the house because we wanted to sell it before but the selling is taking too long as expected that is why we finally decided to rent it.

I and my wife came over to West Africa for missionary work, so i hope you will promise to take good care of our house. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of US $350 which includes all utilities and $300 refundable security deposit after one month.

****RENT APPLICATION DETAILS****
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 ( & nbsp; ) ________________________
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____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
How soon can you have the deposit and rent payment sent to me_________________________
How soon do you want to receive the keys________________________________________
Move In Date____________________________
Your Family Pictures ____________________________.

HOUSE DESCRIPTION.
you'll love this stunning home! You're closet o Erb Park, downtown Appleton, schools and shopping with this well maintained 2 bedroom charmer. Gorgeous updates include; refinished hardwood floors, carpet, custom blinds/shads, vinyl fencing around the spacious back patio, paint, newer appliances, newer water heater and more


Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Sqft: 1,100
Lot: 6,579 sq ft / 0.15 acres
Type: Single Family




Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that I can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.

Awaiting your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you. We may not see, yet we are only putting everything into Gods hand, kindly do not let us down in your taking care of our property and God bless you more as you do this Amen.

You can reach me on this number in case you have any questions 011 then 234-808-114-4817 or +2348081144817.

The house is available now and you can move in whenever you are ready, we look forward to hearing from you soon. Here is the location of the house (134 E Marquette St Appleton, WI 54911)

Kind Regards
Mr Roland H And Wife Virginia J Holdorf.

Anonymous said...

SCAM STILL ACTIVE ON CRAIGSLIST!


Thank you sooo much for posting this website. almost got me on this scam. was going to send money the following day! I called them and asked them multiple questions reguarding where they were from. I knew the answers that they didnt' called them a scam and told them not to email me. they hung up the phone on me. minute later i got an email telling me further details on how to make the payment. people are just horrible!

Anonymous said...

He is now David Tart and is working with houses in the Wilmington, nc area. I responded like an idiot and wasn't thinking then it was bugging me so I googled it. This has been posted for a week on craigslist. I think im done with craigslist.

Anonymous said...

We got it too. Had a cop do a property backgground check for us and the real owner's name was different.

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