New Nigerian Scam: Rentals on Craigslist


My wife and are looking for a new place in San Diego and of course we head to Craigslist to see what’s available.  Today we found an ad for a place that looks and sounds perfect – maybe too perfect.  It was about 10-20% under the average cost for the area and had great photos.  It seemed like it just maybe was too good to be true, but we emailed for more info anyway.

The response we received was obviously a scam to me.  But, I am sure this is going to catch many people off-guard because it was done decently well.  Everything seemed relatively fine up until we received the following email.  I’ve added emphasis to portions of these emails where I immediately throw up red flags and scream “SCAMMER!” (besides the obviously broken English, which is always a big red flag).

Look, learn, litigate.

Hi,
Thanks for the email. Am the owner the house and I am a construction engineer, also i want you to know that it was due my transfer that made me and my family to leave the house. I want to give it out for rent and I and my Wife is for a responsible,dedicated,committed and trustworthy person that can take very good care of the as we are not after the money for the rent but we want it to be clean at the time it is rented out and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now,we have moved to West Africa into our new house and also with the keys and documents of the apartment is with us, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and keys before we left but we were unable to to get one. That is why we took along with us the documents and keys of the apartment.So I hope you will promise us that you will surely take good care of  take very good care of the apartment once you rent it. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting an apartment. And the apartment is going to be available for rent for the next 2 years. and the apartment has the following features embedded inside. A well presented apartment with bedroom, ample embedded closets and one complete bathrooms. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, a hall-dining room and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave, washing machine, refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. The hall-dining room is totally outer and has ample large windows with to the terrace where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the apartment taking advantage of the light in the apartment. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment. It has a private parking in the same property. Await your swift response as soon as possible.. And if you are really sure that you want the apartment for rent then fill out the rent application form that is attached to this email and get back to me with the filled rent form via email as soon as possible.Then we can arrange on how the keys and documents of the apartment will be sent over to you DHL via express courier service.

RENT APPLICATION FORM
Last Name:
First Name:
Middle Initial:
Date of Birth:
Telephone Number:
Current Address:

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:
Job Title:
Company Name:
Length of Employment:

Employer Address & Contact Information
1) Your Full Name
2) 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) How Much will you Deposit? up one month rent

Reference
Name:
Address:
Telephone Number:
Relationship:

I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and complete, and hereby of the authorize verification over items, including but not limited to the obtaining of a credit report/and or recovery of monetary claims, and agree to furnish additional credit references on request.. i want you to know that i can send you the keys until i have my advance for my apartment, when i have the month paid i will send the keys to you to go and see the apartment if you like good , then if you don’t like it i send back your money and you send me back my Keys. I have attach the pictures of my house.

DATE…….                   APPLICANT   SIGNATURE/NAME……….

I hope to read from you as soon as possible.

tumlinson kimberly.
+2348028109344

And this same day, we received a response back from another scammer with a slightly different email:

Hello,

I am Mrs Maria Sarah, the owner of the house you are interested in. Actually I resided in the house with my family, presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in Nigeria, and presently my house is still available for rent for $900 (per Month) including the utilities like hydro, washer, electricity, Internet Ready and security, it is unfurnised. Moreso Now,I have been Transfered to West Africa , Nigeria and i will like you to get in touch with me for more discussion as 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 maintenance 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.

N.B:Note that i am in West Africa and will not be able to show you the house, below is the address of the House you tcan go and check the exterior part of the house for and the mode of payment will be through WESTERN UNION only.

BELOW IS THE ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT
4260 Palm Ave
San Diego, CA 92154

FEEL FREE TO CALL ANY TIME AT MY CELL             +2348029475189       Or 0112348029475189
So if you are interested in the House you get back to me by filling the Rent Application Form below okay……

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)How many months contract?

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.
Thanks and God Bless You

Renters looking on Craigslist, beware.


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318 Comments on "New Nigerian Scam: Rentals on Craigslist"

  1. Amber says:

    This happened to my friend regarding a very nice address in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. She was so excited that she went to visit the house – and found out it was OCCUPIED by the OWNERS.

    • Jessica says:

      “My family and I are currently in West Africa for a job transfer. Before we left the state, we search for a God fearing and reputable agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn’t get anyone. Then we left with the keys, document and the papers. I’m willing to rent out the home to a God fearing tenant who is able….” I’m not sure if this is a scam. It came in my email. We were almost fooled a couple of weeks ago by one in Nigeria. We truly are looking for a home and we have to move by January 21st 2012. It’s a good thing I asked the librarian who found them out. I reported them to the Federal Trade Commission. I don’t know that it will help though.

    • Kenna says:

      This has happened to me twice in two different states. The second time it happened, I copy and pasted the first email and sent it to him mostly just to have fun with it. ;) The first time they were in Nigeria, this time they were in West Africa.
      Be smart people! If they’re not in the country anymore to show you the house, and they have NO pictures other than the front of the house… Red flag. Anyone could take a street photo.
      Thanks for posting this!

  2. Ren says:

    They should try different kinds of tricks for each email. :/
    BTW, did you go check the house??

  3. nate says:

    Amber, sheesh, that sucks. I guess that’s why they do it though, it earns money from someone.

    Ren, no, I didn’t go check the house. I don’t have time to do that. But yea, you’d think they’d get smarter about what they say and how they do it. I did watch a Dateline special recently that they are not saying “Nigeria” anymore. Many of them are doing their work from Benin, which is the tiny underfunded country to the west of Nigeria. So, be careful with anything coming from Benin too.

  4. Simon says:

    We’re in the middle of dealing with this from the other end- as homeowners we placed an ad on craigslist which was up for a couple days before we found legitimate renters, and then we started hearing strange things about the house being advertised for way under market- upon investigation we found that these scammers had taken our address, text from our ad, and other information and used it to put together phony ads.

    We alerted and got them pulled as quickly as possible; and craigslist has been good about preventing repeats- but apparently the 12 or 24 hours the ad or ads in question were up was long enough to engender a HUGE stream of people coming around the neighborhood, bothering the neighbors, bothering the real tenants, etc.

    I guess people are desperate for a deal, but I would think if someone tells you to go check out a house but they don’t have the keys, can’t show you the inside, and only have their broken English word over the internet that they are legitimate, red flags should go up, particularly since at the top of the page on craigslist there is a big highlighted scam warning about how you should NOT DEAL WITH ANYONE CLAIMING TO BE THE OWNERS WHO ARE OUT OF THE COUNTRY, etc.

    It’s extremely frustrating, particularly because the real tenants now have to deal with this stuff as they’re moving in. MY advice on this is DON’T go “check the house”, anyone making these claims is a scammer who is scammming not just you but the real owners and occupants of these places; if you can’t legitimately verify (i.e. over the phone, with an area code that is in the proper state, as well as country, where you can arrange an in person meeting to look at the place) that you are communicating with the actual owner, you are dealing with a scammer and by showing up at this place you are probably making someone else’s life more difficult. We’ve had two small kids very sick with the flu this week, and in the process of trying to take care of them we’ve also had to constantly put out fires pertaining to this ugly scam.

    It sucks.

  5. nate says:

    Simon,

    Wow, that is one crazy story. I figured it would get bothersome, but you sound outright ticked off (for good reason).

    Great suggestions on how to effectively deal with landlords (and who not to deal with).

    I’m sorry to hear your end of this story as well. These guys affect everyone and until people are educated on the kinds of scams they pull (which will be difficult short of public service announcements denouncing Nigerian and similar business), they will continue to be a problem.

    I highly suggest spreading the word about this kind of thing. Feel free to digg/reddit/stumble or do whatever you can to promote this stuff so people understand what’s going on.

    Thanks for your comment Simon. Good to hear it from your side too.

  6. Jax says:

    My response for a too-good-to-be-true house rental listing in Ottawa, Ontario. Does this sound like the same scam to you?

    Dear ,
    I Appreciate your interest in my Beautiful 3 bd 2 bath located in the City of Ottawa in Canada .Built in 2007 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath. Includes all appliances. Water, lawn care, and HOA are paid for by me. Huge Master bedroom with dual sinks, and large walk in closet. Laundry room upstairs with extra storage. Custom tile and cabinents downstairs. Ceiling fans have been installed in all rooms. Large attached 2 car garage. Professionally landscaped yard

    Actually I resided in the house with my family, my Beautiful wife and my only Daughter before and presently i had to move based on my current contract with the Guaranty Trust Bank,and on the course,i picked up a social activity to work withe the Red Cross Society,which had made it very difficult for me to come home often,the duration of the contract will be for about 5years or more and now situated in the WESTERN COASTAL REGION OF AFRICA,NIGER AREA(NIGERIA).Presently my house is still available for rent $900 per month including the utilities ,and the agreement and security fee of $200 will also be included,which makes it a total of $1100 for move in.
    Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest human being and also i spent a lot on the 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 and clean all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up. Here is the 68 Lebreton Street N, Ottawa, ON, K1R7H4
    Await Your Urgent Reply.
    You can call me on this +234 708 268 6752
    Thanks.
    Linda Peterson.

  7. nate says:

    Simon, what do you think?

  8. MJW says:

    A similar thing happened to me as well, below is the text of the response to my inquiry and then the e-mail notifying me that they wanted to give me the apartment. I paid for and obtained a property report which did not list a Jeremy Hansen as ever residing at that address. Once I told him I knew he wasn’t the owner, I haven’t heard anything since.

    First e-mail:

    Greetings!
    Thanks for your email. The apartment is still available.
    I decided to rent the apartment because we are going to spend more time here in West Africa, about 3 years.. Let me start by introducing myself.

    I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business.. However, My name is Jeremy Hansen. I own the apartment located at 50 King Street – Apt: 5E, New York NY 10012. Due to my job as a missionary I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the apartment.. However, the initial plan was to sale out the apt. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

    As you know that the the rent is reasonable, One Mr. Benjamin sent an email about the apartment and I told him that I cant give him the apartment because he is married with 4 kids ,I do not want his children to get my property damaged because of our future plans on the apartment.

    The rent is $1,300 No extra fees.
    Below is my phone numbers
    0112348034294041 or +2348034294041

    1)Your Full Name:
    2)Your Full Address & Phone Number :
    3)Occupation?
    4)marital status?
    5)Rental Payment plan ( Every 1 month,3 month or 6 months?) most convenient
    6)How long do you intend to rent?

    I know you would want to see the apartment before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable.
    We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you, this will give you the opportunity to view apartment.

    Regards
    Jeremy Hansen.

    Second e-mail:

    Dear Morgan,
    We are very happy to hear from you and how clear you have made it to us that you are going to take good care of the apt. I will not ask any further questions because of my wifes interest to give you the apartment…when I told my wife about you she was very excited that you are going to have somebody like you as our tenant.
    We highly appreciate the high level of serious on the apartment.
    However, utilities are included, dogs and cats are ok..The rent is a long term rent.. We removed the ad from craigslist because we have accepted you as our new tenant!!!

    To Inspect the apartment you will have to go there with the keys and the authorization letter.

    To have the keys and document shipped will cost $200 with insurance From Africa to the STATES via FED EX ( express package, which will take less than 3days to get to you).
    Because we can just keep shipping the keys and documents back and forth, we have decided to ship keys and documentation to you once you agree to pay the shipment cost which is refundable.

    Kindly email back with the reconfirmation of the address where key and documentation will be shipped to.
    As soon as your address is received I will go ahead and send you the payment information to have the shipment cost sent and have the keys and document shipped to you immediately.

    I and my family are in Nigeria right now for our missionary work.

    Regards and God bless
    Jeremy Hansen.

  9. rob says:

    its happening to me right now! i went with my gut and thought way too good to be true, but followed up just to see what would happen…….very very sneaky! BEWARE!!! i was so eager to get a place, that i hoped it could be true, but come on, who in nyc rents their apartment to a total stranger and doesn’t leave a spare set of keys with anyone! watch out!!!

  10. Simon says:

    “We removed the ad from craigslist because we have accepted you as our new tenant!!!” -ha, that’s funny. I’m sure the ad came down from craigslist b/c craigslist is actively trying to shut this stuff down. I have to hand it to them, they’ve done a bang-up job of keeping repeats off the site, at least in our local market. All the fallout we’ve experienced came from the first day or two before anyone figured out what was going on.

    Yeah, it’s all the same style scam, for sure. I feel terrible for anyone who gets duped by one of those. I’m in that age bracket where my folks are getting older, and for sure they are of the generation where, for whatever reason, sometimes they have the tendency to take anything they read on the internet as gospel truth. It’s horrible, especially in these economic times- it’s the most vulnerable people- the elderly, people with bad credit, folks just scraping by- who get victimized the most by this sort of thing.

    I also think that most people who haven’t been living under a rock now understand that, for instance, the Nigerian 419 emails about the relative with the 30 Million fortune are bogus, but this is something new, they make it sound reasonably legit, and lots of people are still just getting a feel for this whole find-rentals-over-the-internet thing… And, as an added bonus, these guys get people to send their personal and credit information, etc… it’s horrible.

    Really, it’s too bad there’s no international body that can hold these folks to account. Maybe Nigeria should get a “time out” on their internet access until they clean up the situation. (To be fair, it’s not ALL from Nigeria, although it’s generally accepted that lots of this activity originates there)

    Bottom line, again, I guess, is that ANYONE who tries to rent you a place they or their agent can’t personally show you around outside and inside– is probably full of it.

  11. screwed by nigerians says:

    they cloned my ads and potential renters called me from the sign and yelled at me for being a scammer when I told them the real rent. There are enough dumb people who actually send thousands of dollars to these scammers

  12. nate says:

    All these stories amaze me. Thanks for letting people know how bad this is getting.

  13. Penny says:

    This has happened to me. I just hope the info I provided wasnt enough to open up any credit cards. His email: From: This sender is DomainKeys verified “Joel Roddick” joelroddick@yahoo.com and craigslist posting: hous-847056665@craigslist.org

    Hello Dear ,

    Thanks for your response,I am Joel Roddick the owner of the house you are making inquiry of.My Mother and i used to stay in the house not until i left for west Africa for a construction job with Total/elf,(I’m a construction engineer) and my mum now too old to stay on her own is presently in a nursing home.i will be in west Africa for five years so presently my house is available for rent for $1200 per month including the utilities,it is furnished and i don’t mind “PETS”.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property,so i will solicit for your absolute maintainance of this house, i’ll have a friend come in every now and then to check things up.hope you understand that it is not the rent that is my problem but i want you to keep it tidy at all times,hope we have an understanding You would have to fill the Rent Application Form below if You Are Ready To Rent The House . FILL THE 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)How Long Are You Willing To Rent My House? Note: The House Can Be Rented To You Furnished Or Unfurnished Price If You Are Renting Furnished: $1200 Per Month Including Utilities Price If You Are Renting Unfurnished: $1000 Per Month Including Utilities
    I am giving out my House for 5 years and also Pets are allowed in my house.you would be making a deposit for the first month which is $1200/$1000 via Western Union Money Transfer.As soon as you the fill the Rent Application Form i will send u details of payment deposit for one month which is $1200 via Western Union Money Transfer and as soon as your payment is confirmed the house keys and Following documents would be sent to you via DHL so I want you to get back to me OK.
    Here are the contents of the document. 1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details)
    3)The house documentary file.
    4)Payment Receipt.

  14. Santiago S says:

    Be carefull!!!
    I was looking for a flat in Bcn and found something really special and for a perfect price…too perfect for be real.

    1st e-mail:

    Hi

    Thanks for the email. Am the owner the house and I also want you to
    know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my family to
    leave the house. I want to give it out for rent and I and my wife is
    Looking for a responsible,dedicated,committed and trustworthy person
    that can take very good care of the as we are not after the money for
    the rent but we want it to be clean at the time it is rented out and
    the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for
    now,we have moved to Miami in USA into our new house and also with the
    keys and documents of the apartment is with us, we try to look for an
    agent that we can give this documents and keys before we left but we
    were unable to to get one. That is why we took along with us the
    documents and keys of the apartment. I want you to know that am
    currently on a trip to West Africa now on a business trip. So I hope
    you will promise us that you will surely take good care of take very
    good care of the apartment once you rent it. So get back to me on how
    you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in
    renting an apartment. And the apartment is going to be available for
    rent for the next 5 years.

    The price of the apartment is 500 euros per month and the apartment
    has the following features embedded inside. A well presented apartment
    with three bedrooms(two double rooms, one with suite and double
    bed,the other with two beds,and a single room), ample embedded closets
    and two complete bathrooms. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet
    service,telephone service, a hall-dining room and a kitchen totally
    equipped with electrical oven, microwave, washing machine,
    refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.

    The hall-dining room is totally outer and has ample large windows with
    to the terrace where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the
    apartment taking advantage of the light in the apartment. Also it has
    a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able
    to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment. It has a private
    parking in the same property.

    LOCATION & AREA

    Close to Plaza Espanya and Montjuic Magic Founts with spectacular show
    of water, light and music. Times in Metro to different sites :
    Las Ramblas : 8 min.
    Passeig de Gracia : 10 min.
    Gothic town : 10 min.
    Sagrada Familia of Gaudi : 15 min.
    Barceloneta beach : 15 min.
    Address: 36 Badal, Barcelona 08014, Spain
    Nearest Metro / Subway: Plaza Espanya – 100 Meters
    Nearest Bus / Tramway: Plaza Espanya – 100 Meters
    Nearest Airport: El Prat – 12 Kilometers

    Await your swift response as soon as possible. And if you are really
    sure that you want the apartment for rent then fill out the rent
    application form that is attached to this email and get back to me
    with the filled rent form via email as soon as possible.Then we can
    arrange on how the keys and documents of the apartment will be sent
    over to you via express courier service.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    Last Name: First Name:
    Middle Initial:
    Date of Birth:
    Telephone Number:
    Current Address:
    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:
    Job Title: Company Name:
    Length of Employment: Supervisor/Mgr. Name:
    Employer Address & Contact Information
    1) Your Full Name
    2) 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?

    Reference
    Name:
    Address:
    Telephone Number:
    Relationship:

    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate
    and complete, and hereby of the authorize verification over items,
    including but not limited to the obtaining of a credit report/and or
    recovery of monetary claims, and agree to furnish additional credit
    references on request.

    DATE………… APPLICANT SIGNATURE/NAME……………..

    You can also give me a call on this phone number +2348036453699. I
    hope to read from you as soon as possible.

    -then I make a fake answer and this came back,

    2nd e-mail,

    Hi Santiago Arturo

    Thanks for the response so far and I have finally decided to give you my apartment for rent but you must promise me once again that you will surely take good care of the apartment as soon as you move in.

    I just came back from the Shipping Company. I want you to know that the keys and documents to the apartment has been sent over to you today and it was sent to your present contact address and you will receive the package on the the 3rd day of october 2008. I want to give you the apartment for rent as soon as possible and you can then move
    into the apartment since you will then have the keys and all the documents of the apartment in a few days time.

    The tracking number of the package EC932373096US and you can track it
    online before it gets to you via the shipping company’s website
    http://www.iship.com

    The package is presently on transit and it will be delivered to you on the 3rd day of October 2008 because I had to pay for an express delivery service. But you have to go ahead now and make a payment of one month and the payment should be made as soon as possible before the package arrived.

    The package will be delivered over to you on that day and you have to possess a valid form of identification such as your driver’s License,International Passport,Identity Card just to identify you that you are the rightful owner of the package and also the shipping agent
    will ask you to sign before collecting the package.

    I hope to read from you as soon as possible and I will also be expecting the payment information as soon as possible and you just go ahead now to the nearest western union office or to the Local Post office Around You and make a payment of two months rent fee. So go ahead now to the nearest western union office around you or the local
    post office and make the payment of one month. I hope to read from you as soon as possible via email.

    I want you to promise me once again that you will surely take good care of the apartment because am only doing this based on the trust I have for you,so do no let me down.

    I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible with the payment details and go ahead now and make the payment. Am waiting and just send me an email after making the payment and also send me the payment details.I will be waiting to receive the payment details as soon as possible.

    Here is the instructions that will be required by you in order for you to make the payment via western union money transfer

    FIRST NAME: DANNY

    LAST NAME: BLUES

    ADDRESS: HILTON HOTEL
    46 EDE ROAD

    CITY : ILE IFE

    STATE: OSUN STATE

    COUNTRY: NIGERIA

    TEST QUESTION: IN GOD

    TEST ANSWER : WE TRUST

    Get back to me with the payment details such as the Sender’s Full Name, Amount sent, the MTCN Number which is a 10 digit number. I hope to read from you as soon as possible. Take good care of yourself and GOD bless you. Have a nice day.

    Cheers!

    Danny

    - I don´t kwon what I´ve to think about this, but I´ll be thankfull if someone have an idea what i have to do.

  15. nate says:

    Santiago, I recommend simply ignoring them. There’s nothing that can be done legally, and short of tracking them down yourself and flying to Nigeria, there’s nothing to be done. Simply spread the word about the scam and eventually it won’t be a profitable enough venture for them to do anymore.

    Spreading the word is the only way to stop these guys. It cuts off the money they make.

  16. Melissa Kramer says:

    Here’s another one on Craig’s List. I knew something was wrong when I read this:

    It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my flat.Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Kingston White,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 dauther 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 for $500 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished .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,is that taken,it is not the money that is the main problem that is why is cheap 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 REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATIONS 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?
    9)Monthly Income (MI) ?

    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 or come and see you in person,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.
    Thanks and you are welcome call me +2348081342851

    I new the broken English and requests for personal information were too much and the deal was too good. Just posting this to help others not get scammed. DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION as they are ruthless thieves!

  17. Thomas says:

    Hi everyone,

    My partner and I are trying to settle in Barcelona (Spain) following my transfer in this city. We used one of the most famous websites (www.loquo.com) to try and find a place suiting our needs. We quickly found something that was perfect, too perfect as others already said. After contacting the “owner” by email we received a quick answer which is an almost exact copy of the one found in the first post. Below is a copy of our brief exchange with the scammer. Just to say that this scam can happen outside of the USA. So be careful folks.

    Cheers,
    Thomas

    On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 6:46 AM, Thomas wrote:

    Hello,

    I found your ad for this flat on loquo.com and was wondering if it is possible to view it. Provided it isn’t gone already of course.

    The rent indicated is 500 euros / month. Could you tell how long the flat can be rented please?

    Thank you,

    Thomas
    ___________

    De : Danny Blues
    À : Thomas
    Envoyé le : Mercredi, 1 Octobre 2008, 17h36mn 46s
    Objet : Re: 500 € – Lovely 3 bedroom flat for rent in Barcelona (Barcelona)

    Hi

    Thanks for the email. Am the owner the house and I also want you to
    know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my family to
    leave the house. I want to give it out for rent and I and my wife is
    Looking for a responsible,dedicated,
    committed and trustworthy person
    that can take very good care of the as we are not after the money for
    the rent but we want it to be clean at the time it is rented out and
    the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for
    now,we have moved to Miami in USA into our new house and also with the
    keys and documents of the apartment is with us, we try to look for an
    agent that we can give this documents and keys before we left but we
    were unable to to get one. That is why we took along with us the
    documents and keys of the apartment. I want you to know that am
    currently on a trip to West Africa now on a business trip. So I hope
    you will promise us that you will surely take good care of take very
    good care of the apartment once you rent it. So get back to me on how
    you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in
    renting an apartment. And the apartment is going to be available for
    rent for the next 5 years.

    The price of the apartment is 500 euros per month and the apartment
    has the following features embedded inside. A well presented apartment
    with three bedrooms(two double rooms, one with suite and double
    bed,the other with two beds,and a single room), ample embedded closets
    and two complete bathrooms. An area of study, with WI-FI Internet
    service,telephone service, a hall-dining room and a kitchen totally
    equipped with electrical oven, microwave, washing machine,
    refrigerator, washing machine and dryer.

    The hall-dining room is totally outer and has ample large windows with
    to the terrace where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the
    apartment taking advantage of the light in the apartment. Also it has
    a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able
    to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment. It has a private
    parking in the same property.

    LOCATION & AREA

    Close to Plaza Espanya and Montjuic Magic Founts with spectacular show
    of water, light and music. Times in Metro to different sites :
    Las Ramblas : 8 min.
    Passeig de Gracia : 10 min.
    Gothic town : 10 min.
    Sagrada Familia of Gaudi : 15 min.
    Barceloneta beach : 15 min.
    Address: 36 Badal, Barcelona 08014, Spain
    Nearest Metro / Subway: Plaza Espanya – 100 Meters
    Nearest Bus / Tramway: Plaza Espanya – 100 Meters
    Nearest Airport: El Prat – 12 Kilometers

    Await your swift response as soon as possible. And if you are really
    sure that you want the apartment for rent then fill out the rent
    application form that is attached to this email and get back to me
    with the filled rent form via email as soon as possible.Then we can
    arrange on how the keys and documents of the apartment will be sent
    over to you via express courier service.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    Last Name: First Name:
    Middle Initial:
    Date of Birth:
    Telephone Number:
    Current Address:
    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:
    Job Title: Company Name:
    Length of Employment: Supervisor/Mgr. Name:
    Employer Address & Contact Information
    1) Your Full Name
    2) 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?

    Reference
    Name:
    Address:
    Telephone Number:
    Relationship:

    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate
    and complete, and hereby of the authorize verification over items,
    including but not limited to the obtaining of a credit report/and or
    recovery of monetary claims, and agree to furnish additional credit
    references on request.

    DATE………… APPLICANT SIGNATURE/NAME……………..

    You can also give me a call on this phone number +2348036453699. I
    hope to read from you as soon as possible

    ________________

    On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 8:56 AM, Thomas wrote:

    Hello,

    This sound like an interesting offer, however before giving any details and committing myself to taking this flat, I need to view it and make sure it actually suits my needs. Could you please tell me if it is possible to view it and if so in which conditions?

    Thank you,
    Thomas
    ________________

    Hi

    Thnaks for the swift response so far and it is possible for you to view the apartment before you move into the apartment. I want you to give me a call on my cell phone and my phone number over here is +2348036453699. I hope to read from you as soon as possible and I will also be expecting your call.

    Thanks and GOD bless you.

    Cheers!

  18. Rachel says:

    Just so you know, here’s another one going on in Singapore. Was majorly tipped off by the Nigerian-scam-sounding English, and the fact that the address of the place cited is nowhere near where the Craigslist ad said it was – http://singapore.craigslist.com.sg/apa/861528018.html – and furthermore, why would a guy with wife and kids own a one bedroom flat in Singapore, and then leave it? The hedged mention of ‘West Africa’ rather than a specific country made me suspicious, and investigating the given phone number’s country code confirmed the big black name of Nigeria. Be warned, Craigslisters!

    ——–

    Hello,
    My name is Mark Hills the owner of the One bedroom apartment and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me my wife and children 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 put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the apartment for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, arefrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue,Hope you are okay with the price of $1200 per Month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition and so on,but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below.

    THE ADDRESS OF THE APARTMENT:2 River Valley Close, Singapore, Singapore 23, Singapore.

    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)When do you want to move in
    10)How long do you want to stay in my apartment
    11) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment
    MORE DETAILS

    The accomodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21’1×5’10), reception room (17’0×16’0), kitchen breakfast room (13×11), bedroom 1 (12’10×10’5), bathroom and separate WC on the first floor.
    FURNISHED
    PERIOD PROPERTY
    SPACIOUS AND LIGHT
    KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
    POPULAR AREA
    GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS

    Landing 22’1″ x 5’10″ ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
    Reception room 17’0″ x 16’0″ ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
    Kitchen 13’0″ x 11’0″ ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
    Bathroom 6’10″ x 5’10″ ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
    Guest WC 5’0″ x 2’10″ ( 1.52m x 0.86m )
    One Mr Jose called me about the apartment,I told him that I can’t give him the apartment because he loves smoking,drinking and dont want him to get drunked and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are. I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as our new tenant.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 keys of the house to you.

    My Number +2348088089918

    I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as my new tenant. 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 keys of the house to you.

    I wait to Read back from you
    Thanks and God Bless you
    Mark Hills

  19. Melanie says:

    Dammit!!! I found a post for a 3-bedroom house in an amazing neighborhood in my town, for only 500 a month and just knew it was too good to be true!! How frustrating!!

    • Penny says:

      exactly,the email I got was from marysstratico@hotmail.com and I called the real esatate lady that I found out that was actually selling the house and it was not for rent.said it was a scam which I already figured out,I also called authorities,it was the same line about the great house blah blah blah with this long phone number to contact which looked suspicios,its 447031870683 this is the craziest number I have ever seen watch out everyone please!

  20. Melanie says:

    My response was from a Kingston White who had be transferred to Nigeria. Lame.

  21. Kim says:

    I recently came across an ad like this on Craigslist and thought it was too good to be true…but i emailed the guy anyway just to see. I asked what were the rental qualifications etc. Sure enough this is the email I got back from him::

    Thanks for Emailing Me Towards in Renting my house,i want to use this opportunity to thank my living God who direct you to me as a Man of God,Actually the house is for rent because we are not in the state and we want someone like you to occupy the House for us while we are in west africa.It is a great pleasure that you are interested in my House.Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Michael Vossen. 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 Chruch as a missionary man of God,and now situated in the (West Africa Nigeria).and presently my house is still available for rent for $800 with security deposit of $700 and the utilities like hydro,washer and security.Moreso Now, i went for a Crusade in the (West Africa).I Want you to go and view the house and get back to me as soon as you Arrive,but the only things is that you will not be able to go in and view the inside of the house because the house is Locked and the keys and the documents are with me here in West Africa ,Please Accept my Apology. Please 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 maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money that really matters to me,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 reach me on this my mobile phone +234-708-103-5146 or 011-234-708-103-5146.

    HERE IS THE ADDRESS OF THE HOUSE: 6301 Vincent Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55423

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL
    APPLICATION FORM 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?

    9)Moving Date?

    10)How Long?

    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 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 my property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Thanks God Bless You.

    –What is the deal with the missionary thing??? Do they think people will trust them more if they are pretending to do “Gods work”. So right then I knew it was bogus but my boyfriend decided to write back and see what the guy would say…So we input some fake info except for our phone number to see if the guy would call. The next day I get a call from his calling card number and he is on the phone with this thick accent and i cant really understand what he is saying so he says he will email me with the info. This is what he writes::

    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 first months deposit payment from you via Western Union because l think it reliable,secured and fast,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.

    As soon as the first month rent payment and deposit payment has been confirmed by my family via Western union at any local store around your home,l will go ahead and commence on how the Houses keys/Documents will be delivered to you via DHL on next day delivery and it will be delivered to the address you have to provide.Let me hear back from you as soon as possible so that l can arrange for the delivery of the keys/Documents.

    Once again l’m giving you this House on trust and do not disappointed me because l don’t want our house to be destroyed again, if you wish to move in with your own properties,we still have one extra room that is empty so you can easily put our own things that you think you dont need in there.Here are the contents that will be delivered to you via DHL courier service.
    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2) Paper/Permanent House form(Containing your reference details)
    3) The House documented file.
    4) Payment Receipt.

    Get back to me via email if you will need me to send you the information which you will use to make the first month rent payment and the security deposit payment to me in west Africa via western union.you can reach me on this my moblie phone +234-708-103-5146 or 011-234-708-103-5146.

    Thanks and God bless you…

    –I wrote back telling him that there was no way I was sending him that money without keys in hand…and I am still waiting to see if he writes or calls back!!! And surely enough right after I had emailed him the first time his ad magically disappeared off of Craigslist… I hope that no one falls victim to these types of things…just use common sense! If they are out of the country and want you to send them money up front STAY AWAY!!! Hopefully this helps someone

  22. Cat says:

    Here’s another one that showed on NYC Craigslist. Fortunately, we did a little research and discovered it was a scam before it went too far:
    Subject: Re: $700 / 1br – Cossy one bedroom apartment for rent (Manhattan)
    Hello,
    Thank you very much for taking your time to mail me. How are you doing today? l must tell you that it is my sincere pleasure to write you back and to let you know that the one bedroom apartment you are making enquiry of is still available, the monthly fee is $700 and a security deposit of $200,which is refundale,available from now. Utilities Included:Dryer,Washer,Heat,Gas,Light,Water and a secured parking space.Well trained pets are also allowed.

    Let me quickly introduce myself to you. My name is Elizabeth and my husband name is Mourice , my husband is the owner of the apartment you are making enquiry of, but right now he’s in west Africa on a missionary work, l was suppose to go with him but some months before he traveled l had a very serious car accident, that affect my back bone and brain, now l am using wheel chair and l find it very difficult to talk but l can communicate through email, that is the reason why l did not traveled with him,l am staying with my mother in Ohio.

    Actually me and my husband both resided in our apartment before he traveled to west Africa on a missionary work, so we both agreed to rent/lease our apartment to somebody that can take proper care of it if we let he/she rent our apartment,. We will not like to experience what we experienced from our last tenant, he destroyed most of our valuable home appliances ,and l know how much my husband spent to repair the things our last tenant destroyed.

    to be very honest with you, a whole lot of people are contacting me regarding our apartment but l am not sure of who to accept due to our past experience, so we’re taking our time to look for a responsible and a very honest tenant that will take proper care of our home since me and my husband are both far from home, although my husband is a very busy man due to the nature of his job, but he said if l find a responsible tenant that can promise to take care of our apartment should rent it out to he/she.

    We don’t ever want to take the risk of putting our apartment in care of an agent again, because our last agent just leased our home to somebody that almost destroyed all that my husband has suffered for, since my husband is a very busy person, he said l should be very careful with the kind of person l rent out our apartment to, but if you can assure me that if l let you rent our apartment, you will take proper care of it, l will be glad to make you our new tenant to be.

    Here is the address of our apartment ( 210 W 13th St.New York, NY 1001 ).As soon as l hear from you l will send you more information about our apartment and if my husband is okay with you, Expect to read from you soon, once again thank you very much for the time you took in mailing me l must tell you that l really appreciate it.

    Yours Sincerely
    Elizabeth Mourice

  23. A Nigerian says:

    This is quite sad, as there are a good amount of legitimate Nigerians. I am Nigerian, own property in Connecticut and moved back home to Nigeria 2 years ago, so it looks like I fit the typical scammer profile..lol. This is actually quite an old scam that has been going in Nigeria for a while, people actually sell property that doesn’t belong to them with doctored documents and while the victim is left battling it out with the real owners in court the scammers are off with the cash. Because we don’t have a proper credit rating system here, most transactions are cash based making it very easy to perpetrate fraud.

    Like most of the comments above mine the obvious red flags are; poor grammar, really lengthy irrelevant stories, and no one who resides locally who can show you the property. I can’t imagine any Nigerian that has property abroad and doesn’t have at least one person (brother, sister, child in University, etc) abroad that looks over it.

    Cheers.

  24. Jade says:

    Hey Guys,

    I had my own scare today where I actually had to change my personal phone number due to harassment. I also notified the police.

    It has been a hard time for me trying to get a nice,honest and resposible person for this lovely apartment before I had a car accident that almost destroy most part of my boby,but I thank God today that im still alive and I can walk again.The accident effect me to the extend that I can speak fine again,but I believe with God I will be okay and speak fine again.The one apartment belong to my husband in the respect of Rev. Peter Davidson,he just been transfered to west africa NIG to complete his missionary work with God which will last me 3 years before he will return.The apartment is a private place,formally occupied by both of us before my husband got posted to his present work location.Right now im living with my grandmother in New York our 2 bedroom apartment.The apartment itself located in a nice,safe and secure area has an up dated living room,a fully quipped kitchen one bathroom and one bedroom.$600 including Electricity, Water, Internet, Satellite TV, Airconditioning, Clothes Dryer, Laundry,Telephone, Washer, Security and heating with free park.

    The apartment address is….( 2909- 17 Ave .S.W. Calgary (Downtown) Alberta ),it’s available now for short and long time rental,all documents and keys are with my husband in west africa,and he can send you the keys and document at any time via DHL courrier service for faster delivery.You can visit the area at your convenient time to view the place if you wish,while you will mind the way you will patrol on the street cos the security around.The one bedroom apartment is already available since last 2 months and will be free for the next 3 years,my husband was not ready to give the place out to any one cos of his last experience,but I believe God will give us the perfect person for this apartment.Im sure he will be glad to rent to you if only you will promise to take good care of the place for us,which is the most important things to us.Internet already connected to the place and I know how much it takes my husband to get all these in good position,we are a neat and clean couple and all we need is someone who is just like us.

    Let me know if this is okay with you and if yes,you can easily tell me the experience you have renting an apartment.I will be offline now and check my mail later to see if you have mail back,so that we can proceed to the next step.

    Thank You and God bless

    Mrs. Jennifer Davidson

  25. Kyle says:

    I found one today as well in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Here is my 2nd response. This one differs a bit from what I have read on here.

    Hi,

    How are you today? Hope all is well with you over there. Good hearing from you that you shall be promising me that my apartmentwill be well taken care of, and i appreciate your expression. All i want you to do is to stick to your words.See below for the review of the form and make sure you fill it and get it back to me.

    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 i am giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words and please do not let me down in this my property.

    The apartmentis located at , I don’t normally give the address to anybody because the last time i did that, the apartmentwas burgled and it cost me alot to get it fixed back, so i will like you to drive by and view the area and surroundings, when you have done that, kindly get back to me so that we can move on from there, i don’t have anybody around now to show you the house, the apartmentis available now as long as you ready to rent it. The monthly rent is $850 and all utilities are included in the price. You can reach me on +2348075938401 for more information. I will not be coming back to reside in the place, you can rent it for as long as you want. You will have to pay for the first month rent before the keys can be sent to you, the keys will be sent to you through DHL courier services. The mode of payment is through western union.

    APPLICATION FOR RENT
    Name ___________________________________
    Birthdate: _____ / ____ / ______
    Present Address _____________________________________________
    City _______________________ State ______ Zip ____________
    Dates Rented _________________
    Present Phone # ( _____) ___________________
    Number of Persons to occupy requested Residence: ____________
    Names of Adults to occupy Rental Head of Household: _____________
    Spouse: _________________________

    Nearest RELATIVE to notify in an Emergency: ___________________
    Relationship: _____________________
    Address City State Zip Phone: ___________________________
    SECURITY DEPOSIT AND RENT DUE UPON APPROVAL OF APPLICATION NO OTHER PERSONS TO RESIDE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT OF PROPERTY OWNER. APPLICANT INITIAL _________________

    I (WE) HEREBY AGREE THAT ALL ADULTS RESIDING IN THE apartmentARE JOINTLY LIABLE FOR ALL RENT AND DAMAGES INCURRED DURING THE TERM OF OCCUPANCY.

    Applicant Vehicle Make: _________________________________________

    Year _________

    Vehicle Color _________________

    Do you have any PETS? (Circle and Initial) YES _________ NO _________
    If yes give description: ______________________

    ARE YOU A CONVICTED FELON? _________________________
    IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY PERSON BECAUSE OF RACE,COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, HANDICAP, FAMILIAL STATUS, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

    Regards.
    Await your reply now

  26. Deanna says:

    Sound familiar? This is an ad from CraigsList.es:

    Hello,
    ..It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my
    flat.Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I
    am Tumlinson Kimberly. 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 of
    my newly secured job and now situated in ( united kingdom and West
    Africa Nigeria) and presently my house is still available for rent
    for 400euros per month including the utilities,it is furnished and
    also “PET IS ALLOWED”. I want you to Promise us In the Name of
    Almighty God That you will Take very Good Care of Our Apartment Very
    Well, Because We Know How Much we Spent On the Apartment Before we
    Left for West Africa Nigeria, More so Now,I just left for a trip in
    the (West Africa Nigeria) last Month .Pls i want you to note that,i
    am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot of money 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,is that
    taken,it is not the money you are paying is deal the main problem is i
    want you to keep my apartment 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 know that giving you the apartment is base on trust
    and the faith i have in my serving GOD please don’t let me down. I
    always stand on my word.You would have to fill the Rent Application
    Form below if You Are Ready To Rent The House. . The apartment is very
    clean and i don’t want the apartment to be used any how, that is why
    i had to take the keys along with me. The rent per month is 400euros
    include all utilities . If you can assure us that you are going to
    take care of the apartment, kindly fill the application form, so that
    i can know you and also try to consider it if it pleases my demand,
    because i have other interested people that needs the apartment.

    ***********RENT APPLICATION FORM**********
    Last Name:_________________________
    ______
    First Name:______________________________
    Middle Initial:__________________________
    Date of Birth:___________________________
    Telephone Number:________________________
    Current Address:_________________________
    EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION:
    Job Title:_______________________________
    Company Name:____________________________
    Length of Employment:____________________
    Employer Address & Contact Information
    1) Your Full Name:_______________________
    2) 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) How Much will you Deposit:____________
    When do you want to move in:_____________
    When do you want to move out:____________
    I expect to read from you soon.
    Regard
    tumlinson kimberly.
    +2348028109344.
    +447031965520.

  27. clare says:

    Hey, I had nearly the exact same email sent to myself. I found a beautiful flat in the centre of Madrid that had been newly renovated and the rent was really cheap… it sounded too good to be true but I emailed anyway. The person replied saying it was their house where they used to live with partner and daughter but that they had had to move because of missionary work. I replied in Spanish explaining when I wanted to flat and the person replied in very broken english disregarding all the things I had said in the email about me not needing the flat until summer 2009. The next email was all about a payment through the Western Union and that they did not want “time wasters”. There was alot of stuff about God and people of good faith… and to top it off the persons name (which I was stupid enough to not notice was strange at the beginning..although i knew it wasnt a spanish name) was Balian Godfrey..all I had to do was to google that and see the responses that it is a made up name!!!

  28. Michele says:

    I, too, fell for this scam at first. Unfortunately, I got a little farther along, filling out the rental application. I was almost told them that some of the information they requested is illegal — as it leads to discrimination — i.e., age, marital status, etc. I was gullable and did fill out the rental application. . .but when I kept asking for the address so that I could go look at it and see if it was suitable, I got the same response each time. The “cute cottage” they advertised IS really cute — and it’s located in the same mobile home park where I live currently. They never gave me a unit number — only the street address — and there are over 200 mobile homes there! They kept telling me to go look at it, that it is unoccupied and ready to move into. Not giving me a space number, just the street address, is what tipped me off that it was a scam and too good to be true. Obviously, they didn’t know the house is a mobile home and that I needed a space number to know which one it was. Of course I drove around the park and found the little cottage — with lawn chairs on the porch and a freshly watered lawn.

    Like a previous blogger, I hope that I didn’t give so much information that they can try to open credit cards. (Because of the current real estate situation, my credit is so terrible they wouldn’t get too far!)

    I’ve contacted the owners of the mobile home park so they are aware of the scam, also Craig’s List. It was also posted on Backpage.com — I saw both ads on Saturday — the ads were gone on Sunday from both sites.

  29. Hello Dear,

    Adress:San Diego, CA – 1427 Hornblend St
    3 Bed, 3.5 Bath (Townhouse)

    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 Mr smith editha ,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 for
    1500 which the deposite is 500 dollas including the utilities like
    hydro,washerand security,it is furnised or if u which to move in with
    your furnishes no problem..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. YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +234-8034183119 Or
    011-234-8034183119 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: ________________
    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 LONGDO 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 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.

    Thanks and you are welcome

  30. Diane Gordon says:

    It’s probably a good idea to not do business with Nigerians. Period. As well, try to make phone contact as soon as possible. Your radar will speak to you.

  31. Anonymous says:

    This was the reply a scammer gave me when i told him that i dont trust him..

    Hello,

    I want you to know that am a man of God and i cannot tarnish my image all bcoz of money…..i want you to know that your money is not the problem is just am looking for the person that will take very good care of my apartment and i promise you in the name of Lord Jesus Christ that we both serve that as soon as you make the payment i will get back to you with the Tracking details asap and i want you to know that i have already register your name as my new tenanat so you can make use of Western union to send the payment so i can proceed on how to send you the Keys and Document asap so let me know

    Thanks and God Bless You

  32. M says:

    I was completely scammed by these people. Well, not completely, I got the fraud part before they could get any money from me. I had seen the add late at night, after a hard day of work and thought, “wow, that is awesome, I should inquire…” When I did, I got back an email asking for personal info, I gave it, the whole thing still sounded ligit as there are missionaries in the world who I am sure do want to rent their homes out for a period of time. As I have never heard of the Nigerian scams, I told them I was very interested. When I spoke with them on the phone in Africa, the man had very broken English and the questions were all about the deposit. After a random hang up, I said to myself “hmmmm…..” I inquired again about questions regarding utilities and they did not answer my question. At that point I knew, and with the “I suggest you send the money today to get everything going” Even though I made it clear I could not move in for a few months.
    After a google of “House Rental Scams” I knew I was suckered. Nigeria popped up all over the place and I felt like a fool. It does sound like a great offer and you think to yourself “There really are great offers out there, you just gotta look!” I do hope I did not give out too much information for them. Be careful what you believe!

    • Susan says:

      Hi, I too ALMOST fell for this scam! A few days ago I found a beautiful house in Wichita Falls, TX for $550.00 per month with $500.00 deposit. I have not rented a home in a very, very long time and was somewhat naive about these scams going on. Fortunately, I had enough sense to listen to my gut feeling before I sent any money. I did too give to much info on myself and am a bit anxious regarding that. I am going to file with the credit bureaus for possible identity theft just to be safe. This is the first email I received.
      Hello
      Thanks for your email, I personally own the house, I want my property to be well taken good care of, and there 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.I decided to rent out the property due to my work because am into building railway stations and i travel to WEST AFRICA , so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on our absent. Don’t be surprise if you find the home with another site and deference price, I have plan to rent it through Real estate before, but they are not serious simply because they have a lot of house to lease out And they added some money to the rent while there commission is not fair.Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that I’m 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 at the area and surrounding, You can also peek through the windows if you don’t mind.For now we are looking for 3 or 4 years lease or rather lets us know how long you wish to stay.

      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 ) picture of you and your family?
      17) When can you pay for your deposit to
      secure or move in?

      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.

      PROPERTY DESCRIPTION………..
      Number of Bedrooms:2
      Number of baths:2
      Square footage:1,213
      Pets are welcome!!!
      Rent:$550
      Refundable security Deposit:$500
      House Address : 1720 Beverly Drive, Wichita Falls TX 76309
      My cell phone number +2348061245605

      Thanks and God bless you.

      Patricia A Pierce

      Then after filling out their application and telling them I was not sure if I would be able to rent the house for sure I got a call from the guy. He was very persistent and acted like he didn’t hear me when I kept telling him I was unsure if I would be renting it. I then received this email.

      Thanks for the email and i really appreciate you .. … Below is also the information you have to send the deposit to via Western Union from any grocery store around you ..

      Information to send deposit

      Recievers Name : Patricia Oladayo
      Receivers Address : 563 Ajoa Street
      Receivers State : Lagos
      Receivers Country : Nigeria
      Zipcode: 23401
      Text Question : Who is great
      Answer: God

      As soon as you send the deposit kindly email me back with the below information so i can confirm the payment and proceed on sending you the keys and document of the home .. Am really happy i have gotten a new tenant in my home and i want you to keep it tidy always ,get back with the information such as

      Full senders name:
      Full senders address:
      Amount:
      Text question and answer
      10 digit MTCN

      Thanks and Waiting to read from you .

      I should have known from the stupid application, but I hadn’t rented since my early 20′s and that was through a friend! I emailed him back telling him I was on to him and never call me again.

  33. Diane Gordon says:

    Folks:
    Don’t do ANY business with Nigerians online. Nigerians are the most talented scheisters in the world. If you do, you’re nuts. As soon as you walk off the plane in Lagos, they are lining up to scam you. Just so NO!!!!!

  34. Julia says:

    Here you go:) “NowToronto” classified!

    Hi,

    Thanks for your email response. The Apartment is still available for
    rent on6 Yonge st.M5E 2A1 , ready for move in at $700monthly. ready
    for move in. I inherited the Apartment from my late father. I lived in
    the Apartment with my younger sistser, i but presently now i am in West
    Africa and i will reside here for some time due to my current
    assignment. I just need someone with an open heart, love and clean to
    occupy the Apartment and put all my worries off concerning the
    maintenance of the Apartment for, since i am not residing there for
    now. I left behind some Facilities and electonics like satellite TV
    which you have to pay for the subcription, and a sony DVD player, air
    conditioning, alarm system..

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a
    refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwas her and
    washing machine. Also the keys to the Apartment are right here with me,
    and the lease document………. Which i can send to you after all
    necessary agreement has be accepted.. Also i will like you to know that
    the rent charges is not really the issue , but your absolute
    maintenance of my Apartment, because that is the only valuable property
    my late father left behind, and it also took him so much time and money
    to put all those facilities in place..

    Bedrooms: 1

    Bathrooms: 1

    Beautiful open floor plan

    Plenty of storage space

    Bedroom has walk-in closet

    In-suite laundry

    Outdoor Balcony, North West facing

    Parking for one vehicle

    Bike storage

    Amenities include:

    Gym, weight room & cardio

    Billiards room

    Meeting room

    Pets are allowed

    smoking allowed

    Terms: Lease Terms: 6 to 12 months and 12 to 4years leases and more
    available Please, call me as soon as possible if you are really
    interested in having my Apartment

    Regard

    Benson adams

  35. Kacie says:

    FYI….just got a similar email. They’re in Phoenix now! Beware!

  36. cj says:

    woot!! mine might be more offensive that all of yours:

    (The real sneaky part is that the e-mail name matches the name of the owner listed on our county auditor’s website)

    Hello,

    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 (——-address removed by me ——-) Rd,Columbus, Ohio,43220.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 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 $1000 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.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.

    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)What is your religion?
    10)Are you born again?
    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.
    Thanks

  37. Valarie says:

    Hey there…I just received this email today in response to my inquiry on the rental price of the home…I guess the saying is right…If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

    Hello,
    Thanks for the email. I Scott Edward owns the house and also it is situated and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my Family to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own…

    We have left the US and we are currently in the West Africa for a program called ‘World Conference Against Racism Youth Summit, Empowering youth for combating racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which is Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria. It as been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain. If you will be the right tenant to our house, we will get the keys and documents of the house sent to you via courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

    HOUSE ADDRESSES 1066 Brightwood Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078…4br, 3 ba and 2863 sqft Single Family Home. Gorgeous 4 Bedroom home in the highly desired Crest View Community in San Elijo Hills! This home is everything your looking for. It’s a beautiful home in a great location with tons of space. As you enter the home, the grand entry way is very welcoming. The home has 4 spacious bedrooms. 3 Bedrooms are upstairs, the 4th bedroom is downstairs as well as 1 full bath. The Master Bedroom has it’s own retreat and the Master Bath has an oversized Champagne Bubble Tub! There is a family room upstairs as well as downstairs. You are within walking distance to the Elementary and Middle School. San Elijo Hills offers great parks and miles of beautiful walking trials… I am flexible regarding the length of the lease. 6 mo., 1 yr., 2.yr, 3yr. etc. are all acceptable. I never increase the rental amount for good tenants..All credit considered, all types of pet allowed and Additional monthly charge of $200 for pet deposit…..You can drive down there to take a look ate it.

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1300 and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. I am accepting $1300 including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

    I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent over to me so that I can get the keys and papers sent to you via FedEx or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when? Await your reply. I will be willing to send the inside view of the building if you demands for it.

    I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant and you can reach me on +2348084598905.

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    Scott…

  38. They did the same to me. they even used the Real Estate agents name that was renting the house. they are good!

    Hello,

    Thanks for the email. I own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to West Africa (Nigeria), that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person 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 Lagos, Nigeria and will be staying here for the next 4 years in our new house and also with the keys of the house for rent, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well do not want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to 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 $600 per month.

    You could give me a call on +234-703-363-7225 OR 011-234-703-363-7225.

    This is the address of the house: 10859 Macouba, San Diego, CA.

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    Pls let me get this answers.
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address
    3)Your Phone Number
    4)How old are you?
    5)Are you married?
    6)How many people will be living in the house?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)When do you intend moving 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 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.

    Thanks and Remain Blessed.
    Regards.

  39. Michael B says:

    Today in Carlsbad, CA….

    Hello,
    Thanks for your interest in my property, the home is still available and ready for move in. My names is Micheal McCann.., the house is located at 2575 Highland, Carlsbad, CA 92008. This fabulous 3 Full, 1 Partial Bathrooms and 2,837 Est. Sq. Ft. One story home is located in CARLSBAD EAST . Subdivision of Olde Carlsbad. Dishwasher, Disposal, Garage Door Opener, Microwave, Range/Oven, Refrigerator, Shed(s). The home is close to everything.

    My wife and I are currently in West Africa for missionary call. Before we left the stateside, we search for a God fearing and reputable agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn’t get anyone then. We left with the key, remote and the papers. I’m willing to rent out the home to a tenant who is able to come up with first months rent and a security deposit of $1200 as a move in deposit and I will like him/her to assure me that the house will be properly managed.. Concerning the lease, duration is minimum of 6months or according to the would-be-tenant need.

    I’m giving out the home with such a reasonable amount because I am only paying God back for his kindness and mercy over me and my family with what I have that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need someone/a family that will take good care of the house as their own property.

    If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property and also you can afford the move in deposit, kindly confirm your interest by getting back to me with the below application details.

    RENT APPLICATION DETAILS

    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?

    I’ll be 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. The Lord Almighty has been good to me, I am paying him back with my missionary call. I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant. I will email you the pictures and rent terms as soon as I receive your reply.

    God Bless You.

    Sincere Regards,

    and….

    Thanks for your response. Every information provided in your previous message shall be use for the rent application. I’ll contact you if any additional information is required. For us to proceed, i’ll like to know your exact move in date and how soon you can come up with the deposit. We’ll be here for 3years or more and i could let you be our tenant till we return back to the stateside. whenever we plan to return, we shall notify you atleast 3months ahead of our arrival date.

    To preview the home, i’ll invite you to take a drive by the home to see it’s exterior and it’s neighborhood. As soon as you do so and if you like the location, get back to me for the interior pictures and every other necessary details to complete the rent.

    Feel free to call me anytime on +234 803 932 4950

    I’ll be looking forward to reading from you ASAP.

    Stay blessed and rejoice in the LORD.

  40. Shannen says:

    I just received a similar email about an apartment in San Diego. Be careful, fellow san diegans!

  41. diahni says:

    as I mentioned before, DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH NIGERIANS. Period.

  42. Nathan says:

    Just got the same thing for a listing in Woodinville, WA.

  43. Malea says:

    I got the following about a townhouse in KC MO. Knew something was fishy when the ad and the response listed two different addresses. Then my mom found this blog… guess I will keep on looking!

    __________________________________________________________________________
    Dear,

    Thanks for interested in my home, The home is located at 7009 NE 113th Terrace Kansas City, MO.This is a home with lots of character. It has wonderful open ceilings in the kitchen/dining room and living room with a loft between. You won’t be disappointed with this marvelous house. It has a nice private back yard.
    I’m a inspector agency in (S G S) inspection, verification, testing & certification service , But presently working with (S . G . S) here in Republic of Benin, Am here to inspect some containers moving out of this country and my duty down here will last for a period of (4year) the house was place on for sale but right now we have decided to rent it out, the House is Presently locked up and i have all keys and necessary document to the house with me down here i would only be interested in given the premises to someone whom will take absolutely good care of the House, Where are you currently located? How soon are you hoping to take up this home? If you are willing to have this premises,then you will be required to make a down deposit of the first month rent which is $700 and a damage security deposit of $400 total amount requested is ($1100) for you to secure this 2bedroom and move in do note that utilities are already included in the monthly fee, This is my first time of doing this but believe and hope we can work out the details in our best interest and find an honest tenant to rent from me, please i only need a very honest and serious contacts Hope to hear from again,do fill out the application form correctly.

    LEASE APPLICATION FORM

    FULL CONTACT NAME?

    OCCUPATION?

    RESIDENTIAL HOME ADDRESS? YOUR CELLPHONE NUMBER?

    YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER? YOUR WORKPLACE NUMBER?

    WHAT TIME IS THE` BEST TIME TO REACH YOU?

    AGE & MARITAL STATUS?

    OWN A PET?

    OWN A CAR?

    HOW MANY PEOPLE SHALL RESIDE IN THE PREMISES?

    ANTICIPATED MOVE IN DATE?

    REFERENCE?
    ============================== =======
    Application Comment
    ============================== =======
    Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications.

    Best Regard.

  44. Aaron says:

    Here is a reply to a posting on Craigslist that we recieved.

    —————————————————————————
    “Good Day,

    Please am sorry that i couldn’t respond quickly. 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 Mark Moore.The rent is $800 /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 $800 per month and the security deposit is $300.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.”
    —————————————————————————

    What’s strange about this one, is that when we showed up to the house, an apparent “home ownwer/neighbor” came from the house behind with the keys and opened the apparent rental home up for us.

  45. Kelly says:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your interest in my property, the home is still available and ready for move in. My names is Max Cheryl, the house is located at 13577 N 73RD AVE PEORIA AZ 85381 . This Great in great location, home with swimming pool plus waterfall with pool service included. Near Loop 101 freeway, Peoria sports complex, ASU West campus, AZ Broadway Theater, shopping. Separate dog run with in wall doggie door.

    My wife and I are currently in West Africa for missionary call. Before we left the stateside, we search for a God fearing and reputable agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn’t get anyone then. We left with the key, remote and the papers. I’m willing to rent out the home to a tenant who is able to come up with first months rent and a security deposit of $800 as a move in deposit and I will like him/her to assure me that the house will be properly managed. Concerning the lease, duration is minimum of 6months or according to the would-be-tenant need.

    I’m giving out the home with such a reasonable amount because I am only paying God back for his kindness and mercy over me and my family with what I have that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need someone/a family that will take good care of the house as their own property.

    If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property and also you can afford the move in deposit, kindly confirm your interest by getting back to me with the below application details.
    RENT APPLICATION DETAILS
    FIRST NAME:_______________
    MIDDLE NAME: ________________
    LAST NAME: ________________
    PROFESSION: ______________
    PHONE ______________
    (CELL)PHONE ______________
    (WORK)PHONE (___) __________
    (HOME)KIDS ______________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _Peoria_
    STATE: __AZ_______
    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? ______________

    I’ll be 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. The Lord Almighty has been good to me, I am paying him back with my missionary call. I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant. I will email you the pictures and rent terms as soon as I receive your reply.

    God Bless You.

    Sincere Regards

    Thanks for your response. Every information provided in your previous message shall be use for the rent application. I’ll contact you if any additional information is required. For us to proceed, i’ll like to know your exact move in date and how soon you can come up with the deposit. We’ll be here for 3years or more and i could let you be our tenant till we return to the stateside. whenever we plan to return, we shall notify you at least 3months ahead of our arrival date.

    To preview the home, i’ll invite you to take a drive by the home to see it’s exterior and it’s neighborhood. As soon as you do so and if you like the location, get back to me for the interior pictures and every other necessary details to complete the rent.

    Feel free to call me anytime on +234 803 322 9333 .

    I’ll be looking forward to reading from you ASAP.

    Stay blessed and rejoice in the LORD.

  46. David says:

    Happened to me too. Didn’t send money, thankfully, but I did fill out the rental application. What can be done now?

  47. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately I fell for this scam. I’m a single mother & was unaware of the scams in this area. All of the contact (e-mails, phone calls) appeared legitimate as well. The home was actually listed with a real estate company but only for sale. The scammer even used the realtor’s contact information to trick me & copied the realty ad including pictures.
    People in the St. Louis area beware of Craigslist. I can’t even report the ad as a scam because the ad was deleted, imagine that. Hopefully this keeps others from falling into the trap I just did.

  48. Derek says:

    Just got the same e-mail back as Kelly and Michael B in the Charlotte area. Glad I found this before we replied back.

  49. Mazzi says:

    Ours was pretty refined. The name on the email and the property address matched the official records on our state’s property search. We found a listing by the property managers and the price was fairly reasonable – $1000 by owner for us to “take good care of the house” vs. $1400 through the prop manager co. It seemed reasonable. But the pics they eventually sent did not match the real pics of the house. I just called the prop manager co, and they say that they still have the house under contract.

    Thankfully there were enough weird things to raise my eyebrows, but I might possibly have fallen for it if my hubby and I were not such skeptics.

  50. Dave Dugdale says:

    I created a rental scam detection tool that you might find interesting. You can try it here:
    http://www.pickrent.com/stuff/scamquiz.cfm

    It would be an honor if you could let your readers know about our tool on your site. Thank you so much for any consideration.

    With much respect,
    Dave Dugdale

  51. Stephanie says:

    This happened to me a few mos ago in Chicago. I ended contact with them before giving them any information because, to be honest, they just seemed off and I was actually thinking it sounded like a sexual predator…

    I realized something was really wrong when they sent me pictures of the property that did not match the pictures on craigslist. They also sent me pictures of themselves to show that they were “good” people. He claimed to be a minister in Africa and his wife was temporarily staying in New Jersey with family and she had the keys. They did mention a rental application but hadn’t sent it to me yet.

  52. slq in AK says:

    I am currently dealing with people looking in my windows and knocking on my door–the Nigerians have posted my house on Craigslist for a to-ggod-to-be-true renatl price. It was flagged and taken off, only to return a month later. The email address used includes the nake of the previous owner (must have been researched at the recorder’s office) and the listing includes photos of the inside of my home! These must have been obtained when my house was on the market less than one year ago. It is freaky seeing your own home for lease on Craigslist. I only hope people are not dumb enough to fall for this and I feel sorry for those that have spent so much time searching to discover it is only fraud!
    Please continue to expose these losers. It is creating havoc all around. Thanks.

  53. Josh says:

    Just had the same thing happen in seattle. Who doesn’t leave a set of keys to view a house. Legit looking posting too. Just keep an eye out. My email back was nearly verbatim.

  54. Ty says:

    I just called one here in Las Vegas. A Jorge Polick. They are letting me rent the house! Now i have to send them the deposit and the rent for one month ($2000.00 total amt.) This is via western union. My wife and i both saw the red flags. You would think these people would at least learn the english language! Broken english is a dead givaway! Funny thing i was approved the same day I submitted the application! But having been thru this before I automatically went to the internet and checked on sscams! Also you would think these nuts would change cities, this West Africa garbage is so old!!! Beautiful home, I’m sure who ever lives there loves it and probably has no plans to move any way soon I wouldn’t!!!

  55. S.T. says:

    This seems to be well documented at this point, but I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring as well. I am relocating my family and my small business to Las Vegas from Seattle this summer. I have been looking at several homes for rent in the area, when I came across a real gem. Rent was below market value, included monthly pool service, and the home was just stunning. What amazes me, is that I asked for dimensions for a few of the rooms so that I could make sure my small home office would be big enough, and the Nigerians were able to provide me with ROOM BY ROOM dimensions for the entire house. What a treat, I thought. (I didn’t yet know what was going on). As the conversation progressed though, the emailer ignored certain questions of mine and gave fairly poor broken-english responses for others. It became quite apparent what was going on, and when I asked for a fax of his driver’s license or passport (he said he was on missionary duty in Africa) he called my office. Luckily we captured his phone number and I was able to tell from the country code he was in Nigeria.

    Here’s the scammers info:

    Email: arlinsch@gmail.com
    Phone: +234-8022281990

    Oddly enough, the amount of information he was using was impressive. He had nearly a dozen good photos of the home, knew the room-by-room dimensions (I spoke to the real home owner who advised me that she had it listed for sale previously, and thats where the scammer got all the details). Crazy to me, though, that he was also using the home owners REAL name. I cross-checked the home address vs. Clark County property records and the names matched, which at first lead me to believe this was quite possibly legit.

    I was able to spot their trickery and avoid catastrophe – but the real victim is the homeowner who is getting notes on her door, and phone calls from people wanting to rent her home. That has GOT to be so annoying, and I pray it stops for them.

    Be on high-alert people… these guys are out to snatch our money one way or the other. Do NOT get caught up.

  56. Staci says:

    I was looking for a place in San Francisco. I received 4 emails with slight variations, but all were “relocated” to West Africa.
    I ask many, many questions first, before I answer anyone else’s questions. They were not willing to answer anything. I asked questions like, “are all appliances still in working order? Is there any yardwork? Is anyone currently living there? If you come back soon will you need the place?” They replied that my questions were too personal. I still think my questions are valid for any private rental.

    I emailed Craigslist of my suspicion, but I never received a reply from them. I like craigslist. I don’t want to see them go under the bus.

  57. Brandon says:

    I just removed myself from a situation that began on craigslist. The ad itself did not deliver any red flags, but the price for a rental was at least $100 less than the area warrented so I thought it was worth looking into. The response I received was from a Leroy Humprhey, who explained to me he was on a mission serving God in West Africa. Coincidentally, and ironically it would now seem, serving God was why he was renting the house so cheap, you know, to help out his fellow man. He asked for similar details that I have seen scammers ask for in previous emails sent to “undisclosed recipients” that I somehow received, but since the information at this stage was attainable through public record, I briefly wrote my name, address, etc. I also included a statement that I would not pay for anything until a viewing of the home and a more formal arrangement. His response was interesting because he wrote back as Humphrey Leroy, not Leroy Humphrey. He also told me that when he left the USA, he could not trust any property management companies, so he kept the keys and papers. He left a phone number for me to call (+234 803 322 9333) if I had more questions. I decided to google the number and this blog popped up and confirmed what I already knew to be true.

    People, if the person cannot even be professional enough to use reasonable grammar or even remember the name they lied to you with, would you really want to rent from them anyway?

    Be careful

  58. Anonymous says:

    this just happened to me!! i yahooed the number that the email gave me and this page came up!!! errrrr.

  59. nate says:

    (1) wow the comments on this post are forever long.. Glad it’s been helpful to people

    (2) I’m also glad Yahoo is bringing up the phone numbers of people who are the scammers. That’s an unintended positive thing I suppose.

    Thanks to everyone who’s commented.

  60. Melissa says:

    Same thing happened to me in Carlsbad, Ca. This, big nice house for rent for $800, yea right! Red flags went up for us when we looked up the house on google maps and the address was a single story home, in the ad it was two stories…. Look out.

  61. jj says:

    Thanks very much for your reply, i can see your willingness in this rent how is work? i will be given you the apartment in good faith.also i want you to know that the apartment is a very good and quite place to stay for you and i want you to take good care of the apartment it is very close to public transportation, grocery store and school. i want you to know that know extra bill because the $850 per month include with all utilities like Gas, Hydro, Electricity, Water, Dryer, Cable, Internet access and a good parking space and it’s fully furnished but you can come with your own furniture if you like as i have a storage in the apartment. I will be here in west africa for 3 years and i will not sleep in the apartment when coming to pay you visit and see how you are taking care of my property. I Have forward all your information to my Personal Assistant (PA) and we both agree and choose you as my new tenant because you have answered to the question in a perfect way. so i congratulate you and i am so happy that i and my wife have found a new Tenant for the Apartment. But i want you to know we spend alot on this property so we want you to keep your Promise and take good care of the apartment when you Move In. the apartment is pleasant neighbourhood. so we want a good Tenant that will be taking Good care of the apartment and tidy it up. Here are the contents of the document i will be sending to your presence address via DHL courier service.

    1) Entrance and the Rooms Keys
    2) Papers/Permanent house form (Containing Your Reference Details)
    3) The House Document File.
    4) Payment Receipt.
    5)Contract Lease agreement to be sign.
    6) Full Address and Description of House.

    So you will need to make the first and last month deposit payment of $1700 to my Secretary information below as soon as possible and i can confirm your payment and issue the receipt so the key of the apartment can be ship out to you as soon as possible today . and your payment will start counting the date you will be moving In. So i want you to know that you will need to look for any Western Union Store around you and send the first and the last month deposit payment to my Secretary here below is the information’s to wire the money.

    Receiver name: Lawrence Sketch

    Receiver’s address: 57 Paul Oguntola Street

    City: Mushin

    State: Lagos

    Zip code: 23401

    Country: Nigeria

    Text Question : Who is our creator

    Answer : God

    Amount Sending: $1700

    So i want you to get back to me with the western union confirmation as soon as you send the payment. i will be waiting to hear from you with the western union information on the receipt below:

    Full Sender’s Name:
    Sender’s address:
    MTCN #:
    Text Question & Text Answer:

    I will be waiting to read from you soonest. i appreciate your promise once again.

    God Speed to you and your family.

    Thomas

  62. jj says:

    My name is Thomas Karne own the 2 bedroom and 2 Bath home and its located @ 46 Waniska Avenue, Toronto M8Y 1P9, Ontario. and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me my wife and Son 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 put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the apartment for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, airfrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Access Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below

    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)When do you want to move in
    10)How long do you want to stay in my apartment
    11)Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment

    One Mr Richard Luis called me about the apartment,I told him that I can’t give him the apartment because he loves smoking,drinking and don’t want him to get drunk and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, Note that the rent is going to be $850 Per month No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are.below is my phone number

    002348062609594 or +2348062609594

    I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as my new tenant.

    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 keys of the house to you. below is some pictures of the apartment and The address of the house is 46 Waniska Avenue, Toronto M8Y 1P9, Ontario , Canada.

    Thanks

    Thomas Karne

  63. anonymous says:

    My fiance and I are looking for a place in tulsa and almost fell for this “too good to be true” scam on craigslist. Thank goodness my mother used to work at a credit union and was aware that many many scams take place out of nigeria. Beware!

    Hi, I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.I am Lawrence.. 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 ha ndle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.You can reach me + 2348030970382 or 0112348030970382 let me know if you are intrested so that i can send you the rent application form so that you can fill them up then we can proceed further. BEDROOMS:3 BEDROOMS RENTAL AMOUNT………..$700 SECURITY DEPOSIT………….$400 ADDRESS OF MY HOUSE……… 8909 E. 3rd Pl, Tulsa
    > STATUS OF MY HOUSE:AVAILABLE FOR MOVE IN. LONG AND SHORT TERMS ARE BOTH ALLOWED. ALL PETS ARE ALLOWED.(

  64. Kendal Richards says:

    I unfortunately didn’t realize this was a scam until I had already sent my application (including my signature!). Am I at risk for identity theft or are these guys only interested in the “deposit” money?

  65. Anonymous says:

    I received the follwoing email/ also obviously a scam…
    —–
    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Thomas Smith,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place,my apartment is Located in 6809 Bellona Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21212-1222,and presently my apartment is still available for rent for $450 per month 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 my wife in the states for
    more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the apartment.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 apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,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 want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Nicole,on (nicole000smith@gmail.com)and she will attend to you better.
    ——

    I’ve flagged it on craigslist for removal.

  66. Tom says:

    Here’s one that I haven’t seen before. A woman claimed she was transferred to London and had to sublet her apt in the Crescent Bldg 951 Fells St Balt
    MD she was using Rent.com but the property wasn’t listed with Rent.com. The syntax and grammar in the email from the “not real Rent.com” was pretty bad. Also she was renting a place that was going for $2359-$3359 according to the leasing dept at the bldg for $725. It’s currently on Craigslist as of today. Beware.

  67. Katers says:

    I’m so thankful you had this posted, This just happened to me today, of course I didn’t send them any money. I SEEMED legit until I contacted him and I could hardly understand a word he was saying, my husband called the realtors #s that were in the window and said it was owned by a bank and it is probably a scam. I did a quick surch online found this and sure enough, it really was to good to be true. Thank you!!

  68. beman says:

    I listed a house for rent on craigslist and was contacted by a ” doctor” who was to transfer to the united States from England. He was having furniture delivered to the home etc. He had jos financier send a check for more than I asked and then asked me to send money to the furniture company. Do not fall for this one!

  69. Graeme says:

    Hi There,

    Me and my girlfried are looking for a flat in Barcelona and came accross lots of these scams, mikehalles007@gmail.com is by far the best one yet;

    Dear Mr Halles,

    My name is Eilidh. I am coming to Barcelona on the 29th June and I will be taking a job as an English Teacher in Barcelona. I am interested in your flat, which is advertised on loquo, could you tell me more precisely where it is so I can see how far away from my work it is?

    Thanks,
    Yours Faithfully,
    Eilidh

    Hi
    Thanks for the email. Am the owner the house and I also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my family to leave the house. I want to give it out for rent and I and my wife is Looking for a responsible,dedicated, committed and trustworthy person that can take very good care of the as we are not after the money for the rent but we want it to be clean at the time it is rented out and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now,we have moved to United Kingdom(London) into our new house and also with the keys and documents of the apartment is with us, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and keys before we left but we were unable to to get one. That is why we took along with us the documents and keys of the apartment. I want you to know that am currently on a trip to West Africa now on a business trip. So I hope you will promise us that you will surely take good care of
    take very good care of the apartment once you rent it. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting an apartment. And the apartment is going to be available for rent for the next 5 years.
    The price of the apartment is 600 Euros per month and the apartment contains an area of study, with WI-FI Internet -service,telephone service, a hall-dining room and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave, washing machine, refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. The hall-dining room is totally outer and has ample large windows with to the terrace where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the apartment taking advantage of the light in the apartment. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment. It has a private parking in the same property. Await your swift response as soon as possible. And if you are really sure that you want the apartment for rent then fill out the rent application form that is attached to this email and get back to me with the filled rent form via email as soon as possible.Then we can arrange on how the keys and documents of the apartment will be sent over to you via express courier service.
    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    ********PRAVITE & CONFIDENTAIL********
    Also,Please answer these questions below:
    1)Your Full Name_________________________ ____________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone ________________________
    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)When do you intend to move in ___
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________
    Reference
    Name:
    Address:
    Telephone Number:
    Relationship:
    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and complete, and hereby of the authorize verification over items, including but not limited to the obtaining of a credit report/and or recovery of monetary claims, and agree to furnish additional credit references on request.
    DATE………… APPLICANT SIGNATURE/NAME…………….

    You can also give me a call on this phone number 0112348036453699 or
    +2348036453699. I hope to read from you as soon as possible. Awaiting
    your swift response now.

    Cheers!
    Mike

    Dear Mike,

    I am interested in taking the flat but I would like to clear up the matter
    of the exchange of keys and money first before we go any further. I have had
    some problems with suspicious people who want me to pay for the flat before
    I see it. I hope you can understand my situation. If there is anyway you can
    arrange for a third party in Barcelona (an aquaintance or an agent) to
    show me the flat on the 29th of June I will be more than happy to go ahead
    with the transaction. Please let me know if you will be able to do this. I
    need to have some guarantee for myself and as I have said I have already had
    problems with people pretending to rent flats from abroad.

    Thanks,
    Eilidh

    Hi

    I want you to give me a call on my cell phone over here as soon as possible. My phone number is +2348036453699 or 0112348036453699. Just dial the number directly and then we can get to talk better and also arrange something.

    I hope to read and I will also be expecting your call as soon as possible.

    Have a great weekend.
    Cheers!
    Mike

    Hi Mike,

    It just so happens that I have won a prize of an all expenses paid trip to
    West Africa courtesy of Mars, I happened to buy a prize winning Twix!!!!

    Great news or what?

    I leave in one week’s time, as you are currently there on business (I assume
    as that it is a business trip you will be there for while) I would be more
    than happy to travel out and meet you face to face to exchange the keys and
    the money

    Just let me know your address and I will be there, if there’s any problems I
    will phone you on the number you provided

    If we can’t meet in West Africa incase you have returned to London then don’t worry, my flight is from Heathrow and I would be more than happy to
    meet you at your home

    Thanks,
    Eilidh

    Hi

    I will out of west Africa then i will be in South Africa. so just give me a call as soon as possible.

    Thanks

    Hi Mike,

    That’s unfortunate that you will be going to South Africa……

    …….OR IS IT?

    For I, Eilidh, as part of my all expenses paid trip to West Africa (courtesy of Mars), will also be getting an excursion to South Africa via
    Wildebeest (black or blue, I’m not sure yet), I will finally achieve a life
    long dream of visiting Johannesburg and enjoying a weekend in South Africa’s
    capital city, where I’m sure we can meet and discuss the flat you have up for rent

    I really couldn’t imagine that my luck would travel so far (pun intended),
    this has to be destiny

    I look forward to meeting you face to face, maybe Mars will even pay for a
    drink for us both!!!

    Take care,
    Eilidh

    The house has already been taken….so am sorry no need for you to rent it anymore.

    Hi Mike,

    “Am” sorry a was not quicker.

    That is unfortunate, you are right. I was so looking forward to moving into
    the flat. I would still like to meet you when I am on my trip to South
    Africa. I feel like we have built up a trust and my spirit is with you. I
    would like to see you as I feel we have a connection. I could rent a flat in
    Africa and stay longer to know you. Do you know anyone who has a flat there
    I can rent? I would be so very grateful if you helped me to do this. I would
    even pay you more for the flat in Barcelona and you can visit me there.

    BFF
    Eilidh

    Pls do not contact me again

    Hi there Mikey boy,

    “Am” deeply saddenned by your e-mail requesting not to contact you again, it’s really put a dampener on my all expenses paid trip to West Africa with an excursion to Johannesburg via wildebeest, courtesy of Mars

    I really felt that we had made a genuine connection and it is most unfortunate that you found someone to give you the money upfront for your flat in Spain, I really would have liked to have taken it and thought that as I would have been in Africa anyway we could have met and exchanged the keys,

    I would still like to meet up anyway for a drink and hopefully you could show me around (maybe be a guide to me and stop the natives robbing me at spear point!!!!)

    I propose to you, Mr Mike Halles, that if you tell your future tenant that the deal is off, I will offer you an extra 100 euros a month in order to get your flat, that sounds like a fantastic deal to me, one that a savvy business man such as yourself would find hard to knock back

    I will be in Africa next week but will have my laptop with me so we can keep in touch and meet up

    BFF
    Eilidh

    We have yet to receive a reply from the esteemed Mr Halles but I intend to keep emailing him, we’ve also had several other emails with similar stories

  70. juneau alaska says:

    I noticed on craiglist, a rental.

    1200/MO. listed as 2bd/ 2ba. etc.. Brand new constuction in a good beighborhood. I thought it was a good deal. too good, but in an event its real i sent an email.

    Requesting a little more info, and things such as pets, deposits, etx.

    In reviewing these response, i looked on
    -remax.com
    -juneau alaska
    -3bd/2ba
    -single fam house

    not far into search i see its for SALE!!

    Not sure but they mention working for mobile producing co, and this and that.

    Dont think i need to repsond any further.

  71. Anonymous says:

    There are two rules to remember concerning such transactions: 1. Don’t do business with Nigerians. 2. Don’t do business with Nigerians. Okay, there are many more rules, but you can figure out what they are!

  72. Purin P. says:

    THEY ALMOST GOT ME!

    —- Here’s the original e-mail:

    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Rev Jeff, 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 resently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the Madrid,Spain,and presently my house is still available for rent including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is urnised.Moreso Now,i went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in State for more discussion as She is 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 do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.Where are you located and where do you see our advert also let us know if you need more pictures.
    Email my wife Elizabeth. on ( elizabeth.cath@gmail.com ) and she will attends to you better.
    God bless you
    Rev Jeff

    —- I was stupid enough to believe it and reply:

    Elizabeth,

    I have been told by Jeff to contact you regarding the house you will
    be renting out in Palo Alto.

    My name is *****t. I’m currently
    living with my friend in San Mateo, not too far from Palo Alto. I
    found Jeff’s posting on Craigslist about the vacancy and would like to
    schedule a viewing any time this upcoming week. I am an extremely
    neat and responsible person (my friends and past landlord can attest
    to that).

    I can be reached at this e-mail (preferred) or mobile *** *** ****.

    Thank you very much! Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    —- Now, her reply:

    Thanks for the email and also Yes, my husband in respect of Rev the house and also it is situated in 924 Webster St, Palo Alto, CA and also want you to know that it was due to my husband 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,Am here in the United Kingdom our new house and also with the keys of the house,we try 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 apartment be used any how in our present that is why we took it along with us here and as you know that,my husband over in the west Africa for a mission of God,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment.So get back to me on how you could take care of our apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting home.Hope you are okay with the price with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition,internet connection and so on. i look forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you the Rental Application Form to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent,also are you ready to rent it now or when
    NOTE:I want you to know that all will are only looking is a good
    person that will take very good care of our apartment,If not don’t email us back if you no that you are not going to take very good care of the apartment for me and my Husband.Thanks
    Regards

    —- I’m still stupid enough to believe this is real:

    Elizabeth,

    Two things:

    1. Because this is such an unusual case for any renters (to be honest,
    it sounds almost like a scam), so I would like to ask you a few silly
    questions before I am committed to renting the house:

    1.1) This might sound weird, but can I take a look at your family
    picture? I’m having a difficulty imagining who you all are. What
    nationality are you?
    1.2) How long were you living in the place? Did you buy it? Was it
    long time ago?
    1.3) Do you know anybody in the neighborhood? Your next-door
    neighbors? People at the church? Can I talk to any of them?
    1.4) Is the house currently being taken care by someone else?
    1.5) Did you consider selling the place knowing that you will be away?
    I’m assuming you expect to move back? If so, when?
    1.6) The aforementioned rent is $820, correct? Does this include utilities?

    2. As I have previously mentioned, I am extremely neat and
    responsible. I am 25 and people say I am much more mature than my
    actual age. You can have my word that I will take a very good care of
    your place as if it was my own.

    I look forward to seeing your answers, and if all goes well, filling
    out an application so that you can actually check my credit. I am
    ready to rent as soon as possible. :)

    —- So now, her reply, getting close:

    Hello,

    Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our flat will be well taken care off,and I really appreciate your expression.So,Like I told you there’s none of my friends or relatives to show you the flat..I want you to stick to your words.Is that okay with you?And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent.

    Hope you have a nice working day,Infact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest,You will not be able to see inside of the flat..We do a long term and short term renting anytime you which to leave the place will be greatful and we are ready to rent a long-term for 4 years lease or more.

    Note that you will are not allowed to enter the flat,because the keys/document is here with me in Florida and i want you to know that the address is correct.

    *******RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    (Private & Confidential)
    Also,Pls let me get this answer.
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Present Full Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
    3)Age
    4)Are you married?
    5)Sex?
    6)How many people will be living in the house?
    7)Do you have a pet?
    8)Do you have a car?
    9)What is your religion?
    10)Occupation?
    11) Citizen of which Country?
    12) When are you ready to Move In ?
    13) When are u planning to leave the flat ?
    14) How many months rent can you deposit ?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval 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 transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you to stick to your words,We are 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.

    N:B : We are doing doing this because of God as a good christian, If you can pay two months, you will get one month free , I had an accident which affected my hearing and my legs , I am currently on a wheel chair right now, I do not use a phone that’s why I am always online, you can reach my husband on +2347084902669.if you are interested, you can fill out the rent application below and get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thanks so much and have a nice day.

    —- Smelling fishy: the number is nigerian. They live in Madrid, UK, and Florida? Searched on google about “criagslist rental scam” and found this post. The following is my reply. I regret…I could be meaner.

    Elizabeth,

    Sorry, you didn’t respond to any of my questions. As much as I’d like
    to help you out, there are reasons that make me believe this is a
    scam. I’m no longer interested.

  73. Whiskers says:

    Just got this response regarding a home in Columbia, SC. I couldn’t help but laugh when they asked for “NAME OF PET”

    Hello Dear,

    Calvary greetings to you,also to your house hold..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 NOT furnised because i have already move down my furnitures to the Store.. if u which to move in with your furnishes no problem..
    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? ______________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMETS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
    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 notlet 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 $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..

    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 FAVOUR IN ORDER NOT TO LOOSE IT TO OTHER INTERESTED APPLICANTS..

    PROPERTY DESCRIPTION:
    This Beautiful Completely renovated historic home in downtown Columbia. Conveniently located near USC, the Vista, downtown Columbia, and the interstates, this home boasts three large bedrooms, a stunning kitchen with top appliances and granite countertops and a large deck and porch to entertain your guests. Hardwood floors are throughout with gas logs and all the moldings you would expect from a large 1920s bungalow.

    Address: 2145 Marion Street Columbia Sc , SC 29201
    DEPOSIT IS 700 DOLLARS AND RENT IS 800 DOLLARS..

    You can reach me on +234-806-431-5450 Or 011-234-806-431-5450.

    Thanks and God bless you .

  74. LS says:

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

    The one I got had basically just ripped off ad copy and photos from a realtor’s website. A good way to check properties is to just google the address with ‘owner’ and see if it pops up for sale on a realtor’s site.

  75. JU says:

    Thank God for this blog, we were on the verge of being scammed of $1700!!! Ya Thomas Karne in West Africa!!! The apartments in the hood were going for $2400 a month, but getting one 2 bed 2 bth for $850, we were xcited! But then the phone number was for Nigeria, so i decided to google for jobs in the area, and bang this blog came up. I googled Thomas Karne but there was nothing correspong then the phone number, thanx guys!!

    I honestly didnt know about this scam, I knew they were selling shares, giving lottery winning but rentals, and the way they use God in their mails is disgusting. Here is one I received today,
    My name is Thomas Karne own the 2 bedroom and 2 Bath home and its located @ 46 Waniska Avenue, Toronto M8Y 1P9, Ontario, Canada. and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me my wife and Son 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 put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the apartment for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, airfrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Access Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below

    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)When do you want to move in
    10)How long do you want to stay in my apartment
    11)Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment

    One Mr Richard Luis called me about the apartment,I told him that I can’t give him the apartment because he loves smoking,drinking and don’t want him to get drunk and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, Note that the rent is going to be $850 Per month No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are.below is my phone number.

    +2348062609594 or 002348062609594

    I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as my new tenant.

    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 keys of the house to you. below is some pictures of the apartment and The address of the house is 46 Waniska Avenue, Toronto M8Y 1P9, Ontario, Canada.

    Thanks
    Thomas Karne

    GUYS PLEASE BE VIGILANT

  76. delaney says:

    Ok, guys. I had a Nigerian boyfriend in college who was an exchange student in the US many moons ago. This is probably how I know that one should never do business with Nigerians. The brilliant scam talents of Nigerians go way back.
    If you fly to Lagos, some official looking people with uniforms will tell you that you need to hand over your passport, pay them a landing fee. It’s all a scam. Whatever. It is an ingrained part of the culture. It’s just the way it is. If you get scammed, it’s because you don’t know. Just say no.

  77. Michele says:

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and has large 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathroom. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sell the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 11716 Smithfield Rd, Manassas VA 20112 Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and it’s month by month.. All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    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? ____

    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 our selfs 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112348029886104

    Best Regards
    0112348029886104(call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $1000 and securtity deposit is $1000
    Total Move In Cost:$2000

  78. Tiffany Edwards says:

    Ok so i am one of those people who got scammed, i’m an emotional bag right now and have been for months. I understand I will not get the money back, but who do I contact to let them know, or is it out of my control?

  79. Jenny says:

    Yep! We just went through this too. I only know it’s a scam for sure because of this blog verifying it! Thanks so much. I mean I for sure had a hunch but all this is exactly what our e-mails said too.

  80. MrsBrandy says:

    I have gotten 3 responses from “God-fearing” missionaries in Nigeria and 2 more from bidders on African oil land. When I notify them that there information, including phone numbers, has been sent to DC’s FBI agents…. well, the ad tends to be removed within the hour. lol Everyone that can’t believe this, should look for decent housing (non-ghetto)near NOVA/DC! At least they tried to change it up with the oil gig, but it was still phrased in that “cookie-cutter” manner. Needless to say, after reading their horrific grammar, the only response they recieved from me was the lovely, you’re busted email. I guess they don’t expect it from a young, sweetly-spoken, housewife.

  81. Filiani says:

    Hello Rachel,
    I’m writing with regards to the apartment (Killiney) that you advertised on Craigslist. I’m wondering if it’s still available. If it is, is it possible for me to make an appointment to view it? Please advise. Look forward to hear from you again soon. Thanks.
    Regards,
    Filiani

    ============================================================================

    From: Rachel Brad
    Subject: Re: Apartment Studio for Rent
    To: “S Filia”
    Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 5:59 AM
    Hello ,

    I will quickly give you a simple description of the apartment so that you can decide if it is ok for your schedule or not. The one bedroom Studio apartment was furnished to the taste of every modern day business minded person. I and my husband wanted to use it personally when he was transferred to work there but he was later transferred to Victoria Garden city, Lagos Nigeria , so we left together with the keys and locked up the place since we still have all our valuable things inside the apartment.

    I am originally from St. Andrews Scotland but I fell in love with an African man so I married him, we have been married for close to 20years now and we have a lovely kids, a boys and a girl, My husband is a music producer and he is an hardworking man and is always on the move so I am left to take care of the issue of getting a good tenant for the apartment. The apartment will be free for the next 1 year and 5 months and we are ok with any long or shot term rental.

    Address Apartment: 160 06-05, LA Cristal, Killiney Road Singapore 239404, Singapore.

    The apartment is loaded with all the utilities like, wireless Internet, electricity, water,
    refrigerator, water heater, Laundry Facilities, Parking Available, Satellite TV, stove and
    Oven. Every thing is included in the rental of SGD1000 (688.072 USD). We made the rent low so that the tenant can help us take good care of the place for the time we will be away.

    The entire floors are made of polished fine woods and it needs cleaning regularly to keep it in form and shining. The fancy lights bring out the beauty at night. The picture on the wall of the bedroom cost us a lot and need care in handling it. The bed is large enough for 2/3 persons to sleep and the floor will need constant cleaning as well.

    When I visited him I was fascinated by the kitchen materials I saw so I equipped my kitchen to the taste of every one that love cooking. But if you don’t want to cook make sure the kitchen is clean and every thing locked up safe for me.

    The bathroom is made of woods all thru and it has every thing you can think of except I don’t know that thing you need there that was not included. There is even a cosmetic shelf in the bathroom and it is for both males and females.

    If you are staying for up to 1 year 1 month rent will be paid in advance, and if you are staying for bellow 5 months 1-month rent will be paid in advance if you are staying for just a month maybe we will talk about that after I get your mail. If every thing suits your taste get back to me and let me know so that I can talk over with my husband and get back to you.

    Have a nice day,
    Rachel Brad

  82. Filiani says:

    This is the posting advertised by Rachel Brad.

    http://singapore.craigslist.com.sg/apa/1242558646.html

  83. Emily says:

    I just got through a back and forth with one of these guys too. He posted a ridiculously good deal on Craigslist: $500 / 1br – Live in the heart of the financial district, at the top of the Optima (Phoenix, Arizona)‏– These are luxury highrise condos. Sounded too good to be true and so after a little research, I found two other listings for this same condo for $1550 (obviously the legitimate owners). I emailed him that I found the other price, suggested perhaps it was a typo, and he responded with his wife convinced him to lower the price so others could afford it. They are “not concerned with money, just someone to take good care of their home.” The guy’s “name” and email was Stockan Michael — stockumltd@yahoo.com
    I looked up the email address and there is another listing on the Albuquerque– so, if he does use this name again- BEWARE!

  84. Lisamarie says:

    Well people just to let you know this scam has now hit glasgow, scotland, check out these emails:

    Thanks for the email and it is my gladness hearing from you. I am the owner of the apartment you are making inquiry of. Actually i resided in the apartment with my family, such as my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place on a Christian missionary work and now situated in the Nigeria, West Africa and presently my apartment is still available for rent.Including the utilities like hydro, washer and security, it is furnished but if you which to move in with your furnishes no problem.

    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, i will want you to take absolute maintenance of my apartment and want you to treat it as your own, money is not the most important thing 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 REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATION FORM BELOW..

    Also, Pls let me get this answer.
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME:_________________
    LAST NAME:__________________
    PROFESSION:________________POSITION:__________
    HOME PHONE (____)__________
    (CELL)PHONE (____)__________
    (WORK)PHONE (____)__________
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
    CITY:_______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIPCODE:____________
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________
    CURRENT RENT PAYMENT:____________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________
    DO YOU HAVE A PET:_____________
    NAME OF PET:_____________
    IS THE RENT FEE AVAILABLE NOW?______________
    REASON FOR MOVING OUT?______________
    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 in case of issuing the receipt to you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you. Note that the keys and documents of my apartment is with me here in West Africa, Nigeria. Please we are giving you the apartment 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.

    APARTMENT INFORMATION
    Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
    Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
    Rent per month: 300Pounds(First Month Rent Fee)
    Deposit Req’d: First month(300Pounds)
    Application Fee: $0.00
    Parking: Reserved.
    Available: Now
    Smoking: Allowed
    Lease terms: As long as you wish

    Here is the address to the apartment below.

    4 Belhaven Terrace,
    Glasgow
    G12 8SL
    Scotland
    United Kingdom

    Awaiting your reply soon.
    Thank you

    **after falling for this cos it does sound legit i emailed him the details back and got this reply**

    Hello Lisamarie,

    Thanks for getting back to me, Am very happy to hear back from you, and also i am sorry for not getting back to you earlier it was because i am a bit busy here, Yes, all the info is okay by me, and you have qualified to be my new tenant definitely. I must give you my house for rent.. More over i can see your willingness in this rent.. I shall be giving you my property for rent and there is an internet broadband connection inside. Pls again take very good care of my house I have read your mail, you are a responsible person that I can trust with all my heart. Reading through your mails I discovered that you would be a trustworthy person. You are the type of tenant that I have been looking for and I want you to sticks on your words as a good responsible and trustworthy person that I can trust with all my hearts, so i promise to give the rent to you because there is allot of inquiry on the rent and i know you will love the interior of the apartment when you move in.I want you to have it in mind that I will like to send the keys and the documents of my house to you before your move in date via Int’l Delivery Company .

    Here are the contents of the packages that will be delivered to you.
    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys.
    2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details).
    3)The house documentary file.
    4)Deposit Payment Receipt.
    5)Full address and description of the House.
    6)Security code to the systematic laptop.

    I will take the key and document to courier service office as soon as you are ready with the deposit payment have been confirmed to book for the delivery of the packages to you, so kindly re-confirm your delivery address carefully, because it is so important.

    I want you to know that I will have my property documents send to you based on trust and I hope you will not disappoint me on this?, Please always make my property neat and tidy, because I worked very hard to get this my property that I want to give you for rent, and I don’t want my property to be use anyhow in presence of my life and I hope you will help me treat my property like your own?. Let me know and make a promise to me. get back to me so that i can forward you the information that you’ll be using to make the first month rent deposit fee so that you can have the keys packages arrives as soon as possible for bonafide occupancy, so that you can make the payment at once

    Hope to read back from you as soon as possible today.

    My Regards,

    **i then reply back and ask how he wants me to send the payments and that i am unsure about sending money plus the fact he sent me the same email from a different address the reply**

    Hi Lisamarie,

    Am sorry for the mistake the rent fee is still 300pounds and also i want you to know that i am a pastor and i can never tarnish my whole life and image just because of money all i am just trying to do is to make sure i give out my apartment to a very responsible family and which i hope you are one, and also regarding the payment i want you to know that you’ll be making the payment of the first month rent deposit fee through Money Gram Money Transfer so as to get the keys and documents shipped out to you in package and also you’ll be paying the first month rent deposit fee through money gram money transfer so that i can get the keys and documents shipped out to you in package, and also i have re-verified your address for the delivery of the package to you and also i want you to know that all the utilities and facilities fee has already been included with the rent fee such as electricity, council tax, TV license,gas bills, water e.t.c. so you will not need to pay them again and they have already been edited to your name, and also you’ll be making the payment of the first month rent deposit fee through money gram money transfer.
    So you will be making the payment to my secretary’s information because i haven’t collect my id card at my office but am assuring you that there will be no problem with that.

    So below is my secretary’s information that you’ll be using to make the payment for the first month deposit through money gram so once the payment is been confirmed the package will be shipped out to your home address the next day.

    So here is the information that you will be using to make the first month rent deposit through Money Gram Transfer.

    Payment Information For The First Month Deposit Payment:

    Receivers Name: Kimberly Tumlinson

    Address: 160 Ring Avenue

    State:Lagos

    City:Ikeja

    Zip Code:23401

    Country:Nigeria

    Amount Sending:300Pounds

    Text Question: Love

    Text Answer:God

    So as soon as you make payment at the money gram local store you would be given some information,You would have to get back to me with the information below.

    Full Senders Name

    Reference #

    Amount Sent:

    Text Question:

    Text Answer:

    And also please do check below for the verification of your delivery information for the delivery of the package to you in order to avoid confusion of the keys and documents to you

    **i email him back saying that i cannt possibly send that amount of money to someone that i dont know here is the next response**

    Hi Lisamarie,

    Thanks for your kind response, i want you to still know that i am a true pastor and i can never tarnish my whole life and image just because of money all i am just trying to do is to make sure i give my apartment out to a very reliable, trustworthy, honest and responsible person and most important a tidy person.But the only way to help about this is for you to make an half payment of the deposit and get back to me with the balance once you have the keys and documents of the flat in package but i want you to promise me in the name of God that you’ll get back to me with the balance once you have the package containing the keys and documents with you.

    So get back to me today so as to proceed on this.

    Thanks and God bless.

    **i replied and told him that i wasnt going to be making a payment maybe he can find a way around this (im curious as to what he will say lol) i havent got a reply yet but will post when i do, i cant believe i nearly fell for this we even went and had a look at where the property was!!!

  85. Whitney says:

    I found a great apartment listed at a great price being as though I am a student. I thought it was too good to be true so I emailed the lister inquiring about the location figuring it was in the worst part of Baltimore since it was so reasonably priced. After receiving the response I immediatetly saw red flags!! I looked up the address and it is an aparment complex and he couldn’t possibly own the unit. this website was one of the results that came up in my attempt to research the property. Thank you so much who knows how far I may have gotten with these scammers. I am tempted to send him “Mr.Smith” a strongly worded e-mail. How can we put a stop to this type of scam?? Be low is his response…apparently he’s on a crusade now!! Lol

    Response to my inquiry—-

    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Jason Smith,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place,my apartment is Located in 6809 Bellona Ave, Baltimore, MD, 21212-1222,and presently my apartment is still available for rent for $450 per month 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 my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.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 apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,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 want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Nicole,on (nicole000smith@gmail.com) and she will attend to you better.

  86. Michelle says:

    I am dealing with the same issue right now as well! I found a really nice house on C/list- def too good to be true. The address did check out, but when i went to see it (on my own) it was in a gated community so I couldn’t get in. The prospective landlord “Cathi Lane” as assured me several times that as soon as she receives my deposit of $400.00 she will fed ex me the keys and the gate code! PLEASE! How can you have a 5br home in Mission veijo for only 1600 a month and no property manager to deal with potential tenants?? Very suspicious indeed! here was her last response to my decline… (RENTERS BEWARE! SO MANY SCAMS OUT THERE!)

    ———-
    Hello Michelle,
    I understand you perfectly and i also understand your concern but I want you to know something and it’s true like the bible said”The truth and only the Truth shall set you free,thus says the lord of host”.I’m telling you the truth now as a dedicated Christian is against my doctrine to rip people off there money which they labored so hard for, i did not leave my home all the way to West Africa to rip people off any one money.

    I know what i have been through in all my trips especially in West Africa, I’m a human being like you and i have feelings like you do,i also believe that God is watching every step we take that is why i made the house so inexpensive because i believe everybody deserves a home both the rich and the poor so you don’t have to be afraid because i know i can trust you that is why I’m giving you my house based on trust.

    In The Bible God did said Never cheat on people because if you do he will get Angry, so i don’t have any Right to cheat on you because i am a Responsible and God fearing Landlord, i am renting my house to you base on the trust i have in you because i always put you in prayer that God to help you out, My living God review to me that you are the right tenant to rent my house that is the most reason why i am doing all my possible Best to make ensure you receive the keys and documents.

    And in this life what goes around comes around which is what will happen to me if i rip off your money, believe me i will not want such thing to happen to me or my family.So i don’t have any reason to lie to you knowing the consequences involved in it.
    So Michelle Hermann, Just try and send out the $400 security deposit today so as to get the keys and documents shipped out to you.

    I Await Your Response.

    Regards

    — On Fri, 7/31/09,

    Hi Cathi,
    I do not feel comfortable sending any money before seeing the house as I mentioned before.
    If there is no one here locally that can show me the property then I will have to pass on this rental.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Michelle

    From: Cathi Lane [mailto:lanecathi@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 5:28 PM
    To: Michelle
    Subject: Re: $1600 / 5br – Panoramic City View Large Canyon Crest 5Br/3Ba Single Family Home (Mission Viejo, CA )

    Hello,

    I am very happy to read an email from you,showing interest in my home.Thanks for your email and I am very glad having receive an email from you regarding my Home, I am Professor Lane Cathi,the chief surgeon for the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and my Wife Denise and we are the very owner of the Panoramic City View Large Canyon Crest 5Br/3Ba Single Family Home you are making inquiry of.

    Previously, we reside in this particular house with the rest of our family, which are our two wonderful children (Michael and Loveth) ,we lived there before and presently we packed due to an emergency transfer to Head the Surgery department of a General Hospital,here in Nigeria and this transfer is temporary but will last for at least 51months (4years+),this house is available for an amount of $1600 per month (All Utilities also Included)and a security deposit of $400. I want you to know that the House is Unfurnished, so you can move into the house with your own Personal furnitures but 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 programme 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
    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?
    6a)Do you have a pet?
    6b)What type
    7a)Do you have a car?
    7b)What type?
    8)Occupation?
    9)What is your monthly income?
    10)Reference Contact Name and Address?
    11)When do you intend Moving in?
    12)When can you check the surroundings?
    13)Any good credit?
    14)Credit Score?
    15)Any Police problem?

    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: 22171 Brookpine ,Mission Viejo, CA 92692
    Thanks and you are welcome.

    You can give me a call on +2347038557051 or 0112347038557051

    Regards.

  87. diddly diddly says:

    This was the add

    http://www.ahlein.net/Lebanon/Beirut/Hamra-Basta-Ras-Beirut/Apartment-Flat/1863.aspx

    And the email response I got :

    Hi ,

    thanks for the message. I attached all the pics i have of the apartment to show that it is fully furnished. I will be renting this 52sqm apartment out for $400 per month, all bills inclusive. The apartment is located about 100 m from AUB on Jean Darc St, Hamra, Beirut , Lebanon.. Excellent Location. Just Move in with your luggage! There is also private parking.

    I am renting this apartment out because i am presently out of Lebanon, but you can reach me on 002348067470507. We can further discuss details on phone. I am a volunteer for Anti-HIV campaign programs. I really hope that you will take good care of the apartment. The utilities in the house are maintained from the rent. It is a private apartment, all for you…it has a TV and internet.

    The apartment was furnished to my taste and that is why i want you to take good care of it as if it were yours. You can be rest assured that the apartment will be available for your desired duration of stay if you make a deposit payment now because i am not in town and will not be there anytime soon. I did not entrust the apartment in the care of any agent or anyone. The keys of the apartment are here with me.

    I will send you the keys and documents of the house once you make an initial deposit.
    Get back to me ASAP. If you are interested in renting the house, i will send you the application form so that i can have and verify your information before renting out the apartment to you.

    Fidelis

    Whats funny is that this name comes up in another add here but this time its in america :

    http://chicago.olx.com/tastefully-furnished-apartment-for-rent-iid-37361878

  88. Barbara says:

    I just inquired about a house for rent on craigslist and sure enough, I have to western union money, 1100.00 and they will send keys and house documents by DHL. It is a small house and the rental price seemed legit, but the email I got back was from some guy, who was in an accident in the States, lost his wife etc. When I asked if I could see the inside of the house he told me I would have to go to the house and look in the windows. I am waiting to hear back from the woman who really owns the house.

  89. Jodie says:

    Me again, My sis and I are looking for a place but landed on relatively priced 2 bed 2 bath place for $1200 in the hood the normal range is $1400 plus $1800! I wrote and got a swift reply only to read the usual gabbage, that due a transfer for Missionary work, we are here in WEST AFRICA! These guys are a waste of time!

    These NIGERIANS ARE __________________ GOD SHOULD SAVE THEIR SOULS!!!
    THEY NEED SALVATION!

  90. Jodie says:

    The guy has had the audacity to write back.

    Check this garbage

    Hello Tenant,

    Thanks for your email and interest in the property.. I personally own the property and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that made me and my wife to leave the property 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 and documents of thehouse, we try to look fo r 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 property 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. kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. The rent fee is included all the utilities . I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application form to fill out and discuss on how to get the property for rent.

    God bless you

    Look at the English and grammar! I don’t know if they know that taking God’s name in vain is sin!!

  91. Jason says:

    I got this from a response to a rental house in Berkley, MI.

    “Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sell the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 2233 Beverly Blvd, Berkley MI 48072 Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and it’s month by month.. All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    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? ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112348029886104

    Best Regards
    0112348029886104(call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $600
    Total Move In Cost:$1300″

    Sent from this email: hogan.family@sify.com

  92. Diane Gordon says:

    Enquiring minds wanna know. On what planet do people not know that Nigerians are the most talented scam artists in the known universe? There is probably some guy in Lagos who sells copies of the fake rental application, along with instructions.

  93. Danni B says:

    DAMMIT, This is for a house listing in Atlanta. We also called them and spoke to them and sent back the rental application. My instinct told me to google the phone number.. 0112348029886104 and it brought me to this website. Thanks for the heads up!!

    …………………..
    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 4 bedrooms and 4 bathroom house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sell the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa. Regarding seeing the inside of our home, we would be able to send you current pictures of our home if you are really interested to rent.

    So as you know where the house is located at 2205 Edison Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30305 Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.
    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and it’s month by month.. All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    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? ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112348029886104

    Best Regards
    0112348029886104(call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $900 and security deposit is $700
    Total Move In Cost:$1600

  94. Richard says:

    I received the same SCAM and I think is good put here to help people avoid this:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and interest in my Apartment so fill out my form below and we can go from there, since i am not residing there for now,I left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent,DVD player,ipod,Airconditioning,alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,refrigerator-freezer,four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, my computer connected with Internet access also the keys and document of the apartment are right here with me in West Africa,Nigeria as i am here on a missionary work and the lease documents. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, hope you are okay with the price of 100Gbp per week including utilities like hydro, heat laundry facilities, aircondition and so on, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important to me, if you are really interested renting this apartment fill the application below and get back to me with the answers,Moreover as a man of God i intend to do my things with soft kindered heart and i will like you to be free with me.
    Bedrooms 1
    Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
    Sq Footage 600
    Parking 1 dedicated
    Pet Policy Pets Allowed
    Location…….17 Pigg Lane, Norwich, NR3 1RS,United Kingdom

    Note…….YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO VIEW INSIDE OF THE APARTMENT,BUT YOU CAN VIEW IT FROM OUTSIDE.

    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    ********PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL*********
    Also,Pls answer these questions below:
    1)Your Full Name_________________________ ____________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone ___________________
    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)When do you intend to move in ___
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ___________________________
    13)Picture of you or Occupants……——————–
    I personally will come visiting you sometime during the
    year as our new tenant. Looking forward to hear from you with all this
    details so that i can have it in my file in case of issueing the
    reciept for you and contacting you. Awaiting your reply so that we can
    discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.
    Thanks And God Bless.
    Rev Martin Noble
    +2348023917216

  95. Anonymous says:

    This happened to me too in Berkeley, CA.

  96. Kelly says:

    This happend to me too in Texas. I have spent hours on the phone with prospective renters who are not able to determine the ad was a scam. Sorry, I’m not the sharpest pencil in the drawer but I had that figured out from just looking at the ad and the rental price.

  97. M. Spare says:

    I had someone try to rent my out house on craigslist. We kept having people come to the house wanted to see it, and someone told us it was on craigslist. We found it and started email as though we were interested. Pretty much the same as others have said here. He claimed to be my husband and a missionary in Nigeria, and wanted 2 months of rent. I reported it to the state police. I just hope there aren’t some people who actually believe and send payment.

  98. Idan says:

    I’ve been getting lots of scammers while trying to find a place in Barcelona.
    Check this one out…he uses the same addree (though different story) as an earlier example.

    <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

    Hi ,

    thanks for the message. I attached all the pics i have of the apartment to show that it is fully furnished. I will be renting this 48sqm apartment out per month, all bills inclusive.

    The house is located on

    Close to Plaza Espanya and Montjuic Magic Founts with spectacular show
    of water, light and music. Times in Metro to different sites :
    Las Ramblas : 8 min.
    Passeig de Gracia : 10 min.
    Gothic town : 10 min.Sagrada
    Familia of Gaudi : 15 min.
    Barceloneta beach : 15 min.

    Address: 36 Badal, Barcelona 08014, Spain

    Nearest Metro / Subway: Given below also
    Plaza Espanya – 100 Meters Nearest Bus / Tramway:
    Plaza Espanya – 100 Meters
    Nearest Airport: El Prat – 12 Kilometers

    I am renting this apartment out because i am presently out of town, but you can reach me on 00234808613186. We can further discuss details on phone. I am a volunteer for Anti-HIV campaign programs.. I really hope that you will take good care of the apartment. The utilities in the house are maintained from the rent. It is a private apartment, all for you…it has a TV and internet.

    The apartment was furnished to my taste and that is why i want you to take good care of it as if it were yours. You can be rest assured that the apartment will be available for your desired duration of stay if you make a deposit payment now because i am not in town and will not be there anytime soon. I did not entrust the apartment in the care of any agent or anyone. The keys of the apartment are here with me.

    I will send you the keys and documents of the house once you make an initial deposit.
    Get back to me ASAP. If you are interested in renting the house, i will send you the application form so that i can have and verify your information before renting out the apartment to you.

    Alan

  99. Louise says:

    While looking on Craigslist for rentals for my daughter, I came across an add for rents in a nice area that was also to good to be true. But not thinking scam I responded thinking the $1000 rent was a typo…the response was very similar to what everyone on this website has stated. While I don’t intend to send any money, I intend to play along with this jerk a bit. These people are something else and more annoying is to use GOD in their verbiage to sell their scams…Sick!!!

  100. Dean says:

    I recently encountered this scam in Canada: all the same elements, great place at an absolute blow out price, strange story about how the apartment can’t be shown right off, actual photos of the real building copied from a legitimate listing. A few new wrinkles to this one though: The person e-mailing me claimed to work for a Canadian high tech firm, Adastra, and even provided a link to the coporate website, which is an actual legitimate firm. This gives it just a little extra touch of credibility. The e-mail even showed up as Adastra Corp in my inbox. Closer inspection revealed it was a yahoo address with a user name Adastra34, which anybody can do. There was also a story explaining why they weren’t going through a rental agent, that they had tried that, but he had stolen all the furniture out of the apartment. My tip off’s were the yahoo e-mail with an attempt to make it look corporate and the country code on the phone number he gave was 234, which is Nigeria (he didn’t mention Nigeria in his e-mail). Besides, who the hell doesn’t go through either an agent or the Condo corp.? But it’s a great scam: You’re suspicous but it’s such a great deal it’s tempting to grab the bait.

  101. DaLeeta says:

    This exact same thing just happened to me!! I am so glad that I found this website! I saw this really nice house on Craigslist and was so excited about how inexpensive it was so I contacted this guy about it. Here is the complete couple of email conversations, you can tell where I get suspicious:

    To: nikolasdd48@yahoo.com
    Date: Sunday, September 6, 2009, 11:40 PM

    Hello,
    We saw your add on Craigs list for the 4 bedroom home for rent. Can we get an address so that we can ride by and see if it is in the local we are looking for and to see if it is large enough for us?

    Thank you so much!

    From: Nickolas Dixon
    Sent: Sun, Sep 6, 2009 11:08 pm
    Subject: Re: Fwd: Rental

    Thanks for the email. I own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to West Africa (Nigeria), that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person 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 Lagos, Nigeria and will be staying here for the next 4 years in our new house and am also with the keys of the house for rent, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well do not want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to 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. Located at 401 Pelican Bay Drive Daytona Beach, FL 32119

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    Pls let me get this answers.
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address
    3)Your Phone Number
    4)How old are you?
    5)Are you married?
    6)How many people will be living in the house?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)When do you intend moving 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 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.

    Thanks and Remain Blessed.
    Regards.

    To: nikolasdd48@yahoo.com
    Date: Monday, September 7, 2009, 3:33 AM

    Thank you for your reply. The house looks very beautiful from the pictures on Craigs List. Let me tell you a bit about us. My husband and I have 3 teenagers that are very well behaved. We are a Christian Family and are selling our home so we have to move. We have lived in our home for over 16 years. Should we rent the home I promise that it will be treated with the best care as I am very picky about my home. Is there someone that can meet us with a key or is there a lock box on the door? I will answer all of your questions below:

    Not publishing the personal answers to the questions he asked:::::

    How much of a deposit are you requiring? The rent is 800.00 per month, correct? Do you allow animals? We have a small dog (Corgi) and a cat both of which are completely house trained.

    Looking very forward to hearing from you again!

    From: Nickolas Dixon
    Sent: Mon, Sep 7, 2009 12:33 am
    Subject: Re: Rental
    Thanks for getting back to me with the Rent Application Form. I am writing with happiness to let you know that we have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable by my family. 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 would like to send the following documents and keys to you via FedEx to your current address and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possibly occupy our house, The package includes:

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

    Please once again, we are giving you this on trust and do not dissapoint. We are with the above document and keys here with us. You will need to make Payment for the security deposit of $600 to enable the shippment of the Keys and document to the address you have to provide to us, so that you can secure the house, afterwhich you could move in at your convenience. Then after you have secured the house with the deposit mentioned, I will now prepare the lease agreement form in which both of us will sign and file for record purpose. Thanks and hope to read from you asap.
    Note: Small dog and cat are welcome.

    To: nikolasdd48@yahoo.com
    Date: Monday, September 7, 2009, 5:12 AM

    We are very excited about this news but have a couple questions that we would like to ask of you since we cannot meet you. We would like to look at the home first before we make an agreement. I am sure that we will love it but in order to make a permanent agreement we would like to see it first as I am sure you can understand. If we do decide to rent the home, how will we get the rent/deposit to you? Are you in Nigeria with a church? May I ask which church? Can you tell me what an average cost of electric and water bill is in this home? Is your name Nickolas Dixon? Is this your home or are you renting it for a family member? Do you have someone local that has a key so that they can meet us over there to look at the home? Maybe your church? I hope you dont mine me asking but I feel we need to get to know each other better (via email) if we are going to be taking care of your home. I am looking so forward to this!
    Looking very forward to hearing back from you!

    I WAS TRYING TO GET CHURCH INFO SO I COULD CALL A CHURCH TO VERIFY IF THIS MAN WAS BEING STRAIGHT UP.. I DID LOOK HIM UP ON THE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR SITE AND THE HOUSE IS OWNED BY DIXONS BUT THE FIRST NAMES WERE DIFFERENT, THUS, MY QUESTIONS ABOUT HIM OWNING THE HOUSE. GUESS THEY DO THEIR HOMEWORK TOO…

    From: Nickolas Dixon
    Sent: Mon, Sep 7, 2009 1:39 am
    Subject: Re: Rental

    Yes thats my name and I own the house, you can drive by tomorrow to the see the outside but there is no one with the keys to let you in and show you the inside of the house. Once the deposit is made, I will be sending the keys and document of the house down to you so that you can see things for yourself inside the house. The utilities are included in the monthly rent. Me and my wife recieved a calling from God that we should go into missionaries and change the world for better, We did not come to Africa with a church.please make sure you take very good care of the house when you have finally move in okay.

    You will be sending the deposit by western union at any of their local agency or grocery stores around you to the information below so that I can instruct my shipping agent to complete the shipment of the package.

    PAYMENT INFORMATION:

    Payment receiver’s name: Nickolas Dixon
    Receiver’s address: 187,Maryland,Ikeja
    City: Lagos ,
    Country: Nigeria
    Zip: 23401
    Payment transfer Test Question: Who is the Greatest
    Payment transfer Test Answer: GOD

    I will want you to get back to me with the Western Union Information given to you

    1.Full senders name :
    2. Senders full address :
    3. MTCN ( 10 digits ) :
    4. Test question and Answer :
    5. Amount sent :

    Thanks and hope to read from you as soon as possible.
    God Bless You.

    HE PLAYED THIS DOWN TO THE LAST SECOND!!! DOES ANYONE KNOW IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS? PROBABLY NOT SINCE THEY ARE NOT IN THE COUNTRY. OH, I DID GO BACK ONTO CRAIGLIST TO REPORT THIS BUT THE HOUSE WAS ALREADY REMOVED FROM THERE.
    BEWARE PEOPLE!!!!!!! I ALMOST GOT LOST HOOK LINE AND SINKER UNTIL I FOUND OUT THAT THE UTILITIES WERE INCLUDED TOO!!!!

  102. Maggie says:

    The ad –

    $700 / 3br – HOUSE FOR RENT (VANCOUVER WA )

    —————————————————————————-Date: 2009-09-07, 4:26PM PDT
    Reply to: bachlejefferys@yahoo.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

    —————————————————————————-

    13802 63RD ST VANCOUVER WA

    this beautiful two story single family home!! Comes with ALL of the following appliances; front loading washer/dryer, stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and a microwave. New carpet and a gas fireplace in the family room. All bedrooms are upstairs with high ceilings and large windows. Master has a walk-in closet.

    Schools include Pioneer, Frontier and Union

    RENTAL FEATURES

    Central heat Fireplace Walk-in closet
    Family room Living room Dishwasher
    Refrigerator Stove/Oven Microwave
    Washer Dryer Laundry area – inside
    Balcony, Deck, or Patio Yard Cable-ready

    COMMUNITY FEATURES

    Garage parking

    cats are OK – purrr
    dogs are OK – wooof
    Location: VANCOUVER WA

    The email –

    Subject: $700 / 3br – HOUSE FOR RENT (VANCOUVER WA )
    To: bachlejefferys@yahoo.com
    Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 12:06 AM

    Is this place seriously 700 a month?

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/apa/1363074385.html

    The Reply –

    Re: $700 / 3br – HOUSE FOR RENT (VANCOUVER WA )‏
    From: NEILS TIFFANY (bachlejefferys@yahoo.com)
    Sent: Tue 9/08/09 7:45 AM

    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____________________________
    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
    13802 63RD ST VANCOUVER WA

    Description
    this beautiful two story single family home!! Comes with ALL of the following appliances; front loading washer/dryer, stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and a microwave. New carpet and a gas fireplace in the family room. All bedrooms are upstairs with high ceilings and large windows. Master has a walk-in closet.
    Schools include Pioneer, Frontier and Union
    RENTAL FEATURES
    Features
    Central heat Fireplace Walk-in closet
    Family room Living room Dishwasher
    Refrigerator Stove/Oven Microwave
    Washer Dryer Laundry area – inside
    Balcony, Deck, or Patio Yard Cable-ready

    COMMUNITY FEATURES

    Garage parking

    No Smoking

    Rent:$700 Deposit:$700

    Best Regards

    NEILS

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

    Um yeah, i don’t think so!

  103. Kristina says:

    I am an owner and am now recieving phone calls from people who have seen my place for substantially less than what I am offering to rent it for. The ads come down quickly once someone asks too many questions. I find this very disturbing and not sure what I can do about it. Anyone have suggestions

  104. Alexander says:

    Hi all,

    The same’s in Paris. An exact copy of “husband in Nigeria” thing. Here’s the e-mail I’ve got in response to my mail about a very cheap studio advertised on Craigslist.


    Hello,

    I will quickly give you a simple description of the apartment so that you can decide if it is ok for your schedule or not. The one bedroom studio apartment was furnished to the taste of every modern day business minded person. I and my husband wanted to use it personally when he was transferred to work there but he was later transferred to Victoria Garden city, Lagos Nigeria, so we left together with the keys and locked up the place since we still have all our valuable things inside the apartment.

    I am originally from St. Andrews Scotland but I fell in love with an African man so I married him, we have been married for close to 20years now and we have a lovely kids, a boys and a girl, My husband is a music producer and he is an hardworking man and is always on themove so I am left to take care of the issue of getting a good tenant for the apartment. The apartment will be free for the next 1 year and 5 months and we are ok with any long or shot term rental.

    Address Apartment: Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France.

    The apartment is loaded with all the utilities like, wireless Internet, electricity, water, refrigerator, water heater, Laundry Facilities, Parking Available, Satellite TV, stove and Oven. Every thing is included in the rental of 500 Euro. We made the rent low so that the tenant can help us take good care of the place for the time we will be away.

    The entire floors are made of polished fine woods and it needs cleaning regularly to keep it in form and shining. The fancy lights bring out the beauty at night. The picture on the wall of the bedroom cost us a lot and need care in handling it. The bed is large enough for 2/3 persons to sleep and the floor will need constant cleaning as well.

    When I visited him I was fascinated by the kitchen materials I saw so I equipped my kitchen to the taste of every one that love cooking. But if you don’t want to cook make sure the kitchen is clean and every thing locked up safe for me.

    The bathroom is made of woods all thru and it has every thing you can think of except I don’t know that thing you need there that was not included. There is even a cosmetic shelf in the bathroom and it is for both males and females.

    If you are staying for up to 1 year 1 month rent will be paid in advance, and if you are staying for bellow 5 months 1-month rent will be paid in advance if you are staying for just a month maybe we will talk about that after I get your mail. If every thing suits your taste get back to me and let me know so that I can talk over with my husband and get back to you.

    Have a nice day,
    Rachel

  105. erina says:

    omg…i responded to an ad on craigslist, too in San Diego just the other day, and got some of the exact parts of some letters that you all posted. I thought it sounded too good to be true. Especially when both my husband and I had emailed 2 different properties, and got the exact letter back. How could the same “home owner” (obviously) have left from 2 different homes? such a red flag. this is the letter that i got:

    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 8377 Katherine Claire Lane San Diego, CA 92127 .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 $1000 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.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: ______________
    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.

    You could contact me asap.
    (+234-802-859-3562 OR 011-234-802-859-3562)

    what a joke. sigh….

  106. nelson says:

    hi people.
    i live in zurich, switzerland.
    and, well… that happened to me too.

    well, didn’t happen, of course, but i was curious enough to pursue it.
    and the guy even called me and all that, from a nigerian number (or so it appeared as my called I.D.).

    i did suspect the tone and all the ‘god bless you’s but… it’s person-to-person, so you do want to believe. however, i contacted another poster whose reply was also similar and ‘blessful’ and from nigeria… hm, the plot… thins. lol

    by the way, and i don’t know if this is another one, but i also contacted a guy who had to move to egypt and said he’d only come to zurich to, er, give me the key (based on his pictures and my wishful thinking, i imagine) AFTER i’d given him a bank deposit. o well.

    god bless me indeed.

    just wanted to share this non-experience with you.
    so, my guys’ names were donald jude and reina williams lol.

    and i found this blog because i was just googling the alleged lawyer’s name. as if. lol

    thank you for starting this thread!

    by
    nelson

  107. nelson says:

    p.s. – and this one is really recent. like, the guy called me an hour ago, so… the legend lives on!

  108. Tina says:

    Hi,

    I just got one from Craiglist. Thanks for saving me the troubles.

    http://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/apa/1387613965.html

    Subject: Re: $900 / 2br – LOVELY APARTMENT FOR RENT IN TORONTO (TORONTO)

    Hi

    Thanks for the email. Am the owner the house and I also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my family to leave the house. I want to give it out for rent and I and my wife is Looking for a responsible,dedicated, committed and trustworthy person that can take very good care of the as we are not after the money for the rent but we want it to be clean at the time it is rented out and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now,we have moved to Berlin (Germany) into our new house and also with the keys and documents of the apartment is with us, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and keys before we left but we were unable to to get one. That is why we took with us the documents and keys of the apartment. I want you to know that am currently on a trip to West Africa now on a business trip. So I hope you will promise us that you will surely take good care of take very good care of the apartment once you rent it. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting an apartment. And the apartment is going to be available for rent for the next 5 years.

    The Location of the apartment is given below:

    140 Cowan Ave, apt # 4
    Toronto, ON, Canada

    The price of the apartment is 900 Dollars per month and the apartment contains an area of study, with WI-FI Internet service,telephone service, a hall-dining room and a kitchen totally equipped with electrical oven, microwave, washing machine, refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. The hall-dining room is totally outer and has ample large windows with to the terrace where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the apartment taking advantage of the light in the apartment. Also it has a system of refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the temperature you wish at any moment. It has a private parking in the same property.
    Await your swift response as soon as possible. And if you are really sure that you want the apartment for rent then fill out the rent
    application form that is attached to this email and get back to me with the filled rent form via email as soon as possible.Then we can arrange on how the keys and documents of the apartment will be sent over to you via express courier service.

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

    ********PRIVATE &CONFIDENTIAL********

    Please answer these questions below if you are Interested

    1)Your Full Name_________________________ ____________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone ________________________ _______
    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)When do you intend to move in ___
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________

    Reference
    Name:
    Address:
    Telephone Number:
    Relationship:

    I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and complete, and hereby of the authorize verification over items, including but not limited to the obtaining of a credit report/and or recovery of monetary claims, and agree to furnish additional credit references on request.

    DATE………… APPLICANT SIGNATURE/NAME…………….

    You can also give me a call on this phone number 0112348036453699 or +2348036453699. I hope to read from you as soon as possible. Awaiting your swift response now.

    Cheers!

    Mike

  109. Brandee says:

    I am so sick to my stomach over this. I am a single mother with 4 boys ages 17-6. I have no place to live and been looking and looking for a apartment or house rental. EVERYTHING is so expensive. Someone I work with suggested craigslist rather than rent.com and every other possible site out there. I FOUND the best house and I question everything so was a little leary then after several emails he contacted me. The guy was in Africa on a PEACE project and said I was “GOD SENT” because of my references and jobs. FINALLY I had a smile on my face, went to look at it…looked great and was for sale as he said and the realtor couldnt sell it. One of my friends sent me a HOME scam email then I found this site and OH MY GOODNESS….THE SAME DAMN WORDS and phone number. I think I want to take a trip to Africa and tell this loser what I think. THANK “god” as he would say that I didnt send him the $1500 he was asking for through Western Union. His so called name was Bob Peterson… this is only ONE of the many emails I had from him…. I am posting thios so NO ONE else has to get hurt!!! My kids had their HOPES up on actually living somewhere besides a campground!!!

    Anyone want to take a flight with me??? ARGH!!!

    Email from Africa – Bob Peterson who is a “peace worker”

    Thanks for the mail,i am glad to read from you and i am really happy that i have finally found a new tenant to my house,Well like i told you in my preevious email that i am with the keys and documents to the house and i will want you to go and look at the sorroundings of the house at your convinence time,You can go ahaed and the security deposit then onec you receive the keys and documents you can send the rest of the money.

    Below is the information you will use in sending the money,the money should be sent Via Western Union Money Transfer .You can do that at any groccery store close to you.

    HERE IS THE PAYMENT INFORMATION
    RECEIVER’S NAME:Bob Peterson
    RECEIVER’S ADDRESS:101 Osolo Road
    CITY:ISOLO
    STATE:LAGOS.
    COUNTRY :NIGERIA
    ZIP 23401
    Get back to me with the following detailS as soon as the payment is made,so that I can proceed in seding the package to you.
    SENDER’S NAME:
    SENDER’S ADDRESS”
    AMOUNT SENT:
    MTCN:
    TEST QUESTION?
    ANSWER:
    ` I will be waiting to hear`from you with the Payment details.
    Remain blessed

  110. I was wondering if anyone has been scammed by a Jerry Miles at the above website a few brokers stated that he was taking advantage of people with bad credit stating to lender that money for a down payment of $800 and asking for personal bank information. He sent me a contract his address is area 7 garki abujin Nigeria

  111. chirag amla says:

    Similar case, here the guy diverts me to his wife… with the below mail…

    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Rev ,the owner of the apartment you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,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 UK and presently my apartment is still available for rent for $120 per week and a bond of $500 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 my wife in the UK for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the apartment.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 apartment 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. Email my wife Victoria on(victoriahouston15@gmail.com ) she will attends to you better. Request for the picture from my wife.

  112. jessmundo says:

    Well the guy is tryng to do it now in NYc!!! He even send me the address and a phone number …. his email:

    Hi there, its really nice to hear back from you. So incase you are willing to proceed with the rental. The building is in a great location situated in the quiet and safe area and offers secure access. Internet, Cable, Laundry in-suite, Storage facilities, heat, water are included in the rent. Attached are the interior pictures for you to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks.So get back to me with your final decision and let me know If you are ready to proceed with the rental so that i can forward the rental application form to you to fill. Also the lease is available for either long or short term it depends on how long you wish to stay in the place.

    NB – I have attached the pictures for you to see because i wont be able to show you the apartment in person anytime soon, and also there is no agent/friends i can trust with the key because the last time i did they messed up the place and that cost me much to set it up again so let me know when you are willing to proceed with the application form so that we can proceed from there. And pets are also welcomed in the apartment, and Its actually a 2 bedroom i am just renting out one of the rooms to you so that you can have access to the apartment and take care of it. Kindly go and check out the exterior and get back to me if it suits you for living. You can reach me on +2348075938401 for more informations, you will have to contact via email or phone incase of any problem and it will be fix immediately.Concerning the key, you will have to pay for the first month rent and security deposit so that i can send the keys to you via courier services. The mode of payment accepted is via western union.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Regards.

    As soon as I read Western Union …I knew it… hope he gets caught!!!

  113. niall says:

    He’s trying it in boston too! I got the same email as JessMundo today!

    I was slightly suspicious and I found this site by googling the phone number he listed in his email – lucky break!

    Niall

  114. Sean says:

    Thats pretty funny I got a similar email in Oxford, UK.

    Hi,
    Thanks for your email response, i am so excited you are interested in my apartment which i am giving out for rent. Actually the apartment is still very much available for rent. I resided in the apartment with my Husband and our 2 years son,Before we relocated here in Nigeria due to my Husband new post as the leading Evangelist here with CHURCH OF GOD THE GOOD SHEPHERD.
    The apartment is available for 500 per Monthly including the utilities, which i think is not too much, i just need someone with an open heart, love and clean to occupy the home and put all my worries off concerning the maintainance of the apartment . Since i am not residing there again. As i told you earlier in the apartment listing.

    The accommodation comprises of 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom. Kitchen,Breakfast room,Bedroom, Bathroom and a separate WC..Facilities Internet connection,Electronics like satellite TV and which you have to pay for the subscription, a sony DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system ETC.

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Also the keys to the flat are right here with me, and the document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accomplished.

    Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue , but your absolute maintenance of the apartment , because that is the only valuable property. So i wouldn’t want an violation of my property if finally rented by you. I will like you to treat the apartment as your own okay.Here is the location””””58 St Thomas’ Street, Oxford, OX1 1JP, UK

    INFORMATION BELOW IS NEEDED TO DELIVER THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS
    APPLICATION FORM.
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address
    3)How old are you?
    4)Are you married?
    5)How many people will be living in the home?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)Contact number
    10)When are you willing to move in?
    11)When are you willing to move out?
    Pets are no problem.

    I will be waiting for your mail so that we can to start to commence on how to the keys and document..
    Best Regards.

  115. Jacqui says:

    THANK GOD I just did a search on the wife’s email address & found this site!! I just received the following reply an hour ago:

    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am Rev ,the owner of the apartment you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,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 UK and presently my apartment is still available for rent for $120 per week and a bond of $500 including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished. More so Now, i went for a Crusade in the? New York and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the UK for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the apartment.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 apartment 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. Email my wife Victoria on(victoriahouston15@gmail.com ) she will attends to you better. Request for the picture from my wife. Here is my number to call anytime..+12016683512

    Look familiar “chirag amla”???

  116. Jacqui says:

    I JUST RECEIVED A REPLY FROM “VICTORIA”:

    Its very Nice to Read from you,My name is Victoria wife of Rev owner of the 1 Bedroom flat for rent on 483 SWANSTON STREET MELBOURNE, VIC wants to be rented out,so we are looking for a responsible person that can take Very Good care of the flat..My husband in respect who owned the flat and I also want you to know that it was due to my husband Missionary Transfer that made us to leave the flat,so we want you to 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 I am now at UK,and more also i am with the keys and documents of the flat,We try to look for an agent or friends that we can give this Keys and document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our flat to be used any how in our Absent that is why i brought the keys along with me here.As you know that,my husband over in West Africa for his Job is also wanting a good tenant,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the flat.

    So pls get back to me on how you could take care of our flat or perhaps experience you have in renting apartments, My husband how ever told me that you spoke like a lovly person to him in the first e-mail you wrote to him,Hope you are okay with the price of $120 aud per week with utilities like :- Stove -Electric ,Refrigerator, Microwave ,Ice Maker ,Full Kitchen ,Coffee maker ,TV /VCR,Stereo ,Phone ,Linens provided ,High Speed Internet ,CD Player ,Cable/Satellite TV,Double/twin zip & link beds and a child’s cot can be provided ,Fittedwardrobe, Kitchen Electric hob/oven,Kitchen utensils ,Microwave ,Washer &dryer ,Refrigerator & freezer ,Toaster ,Electric kettle ,Iron and ironing board ,TV & DVD ,Telephone and Fast internet access ,Pedestal Fan ,Free parking.

    I look forward to hearing from you asap so that I can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the flat for rent,. Looking forward to hear from you soon.and below is the address of the flat, So if you are ok with this pls request for an application form in your next e-mail… am so sorry that i cannot call you because some problems with my ear and cant speak well. Just a little problem God Can take care off, pls bear with me, My husband would be he one to call you once you have filed out the application form..and also you
    could call him…..

    Flat Address :483 SWANSTON STREET MELBOURNE, VIC

    Rent :$120 aud per week/$480 aud per month
    Security Deposit :- $500 aud Refundable once your leaving the Flat

    Thanks

  117. Ruth says:

    Hey,

    Just thought I’d add my experience. I enquired about an apartment in Whistler, BC that was advertised on Craigslist and this is the response I got.

    It immediately struck me as a scam and I decided to google the phone number which brought me here. Sick wife? New Jersey? I don’t think so. Plus $700 rent for a 1 bdrm apartment over the winter olympics, I wish! Twice that would be good value.

    Hello,
    Warm Greetings to you and your family. My name is BRIAN HOUSTON the owner of the 1bedroom apartment you are making enquiring of and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer and also due to my wife’s Sickness that made us to leave the home and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the home that makes me my wife and children 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 the property to be kept clean all the time as it is our hard-earned property. If you are honestly interested and will absolutely maintain my property (Taking care of it like yours) as i hope i can put my trust and confidence in you because I earlier wanted to sale the house but had a second thought to rather put it up for rent.I earlier wanted to sale the house but had a second thought to rather put it up for rent. Presently we are here in New jersey, our new house and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the home for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, arefrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue,Hope you are okay with the price of $700 per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition and so on,but your absolute maintenance of my home is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below.
    Pls note that you will be viewing the apartment from outside and the documents to the apartment are with me here in New jersey and It is located on a cool, quiet and safe neighbourhood.
    =========== RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    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 house ___________________________

    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)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

    13) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my home____________________________

    Landing 22’1″ x 5’10″ ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
    Reception room 17’0″ x 16’0″ ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
    Kitchen 13’0″ x 11’0″ ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
    Bathroom 6’10″ x 5’10″ ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
    Guest WC 5’0″ x 2’10″ ( 1.52m x 0.86m )
    Here is my phone number +12016683512 +12016683512 I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are. I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as our new tenant.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 keys and the documents to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are 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.

    Thanks & God Bless You.
    Brian

  118. Chris says:

    yeah, no shit. i got the same problem from the lottery scammer sending me an IM on yahoo telling me that they shipped the money to me and gave me the tracking number and it’s bullshit.

  119. Michele says:

    This same scam just happened to my husband and I in Manassas, Virginia. The scammers are once again using Nigeria and taking the religious angle. They even listed their name as my husbands and said he was a pastor which of course he’s not. See below.
    ____________________________________________________________________

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 4 bedrooms and 3 bathroom house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sale the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 45381 Leonard St, Manassas VA 20113. Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also… All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ 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? ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112348029886104

    Best Regards

    Pastor XXXXXX XXXXXXX (name removed by poster)
    0112348029886104 (call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $1000 and security deposit is $1000
    Total Move In Cost:$2000

  120. Mel says:

    This is the one i found in perth, australia.

    Hi,
    My name is Gerry Skuta and my wife is Kate Skuta.
    My wife and family have been relocated to Atlanta Georgia While am
    here in Nigeria ,We will not be coming back until five yrs from now.
    My plan was to option the house for sale but my wife refused so i decided to rent it out.
    Realizing now that we cannot afford to let the apartment remain vacant for as long as we are away, we decided to rent it out to someone who is God fearing,trustworthy and who will be able to take good care of the apartment as if its his or hers.
    The money is not the actual reason for the rent, but the need for someone to occupy the flat so as to maintain the facilities in the apartment.
    Like i said, the point i am emphasizing on is your ability to take good care of the apartment for us because that’s the only property we have left in the Australia.
    If you are sure of your ability to take perfect care of the flat, and you are still very much interested in the apartment, kindly answer the questions below.
    The keys to the apartment and other documents are with us here, and will be sent to you as soon as we have a deal.
    looking forward to hear from 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 UPS courier service.
    So kindly confirm your interest by filling out the rental
    application form below.
    ===== RENT APPLICATION FORM =========
    =======PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL ==========
    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 ______________________________ ___________________
    9How long are you willing to stay ______________________________ ___________
    10) when do you intend to move in ______________________________ ___________
    11) How many months advance rent are you willing /able to pay
    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 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,We are 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.

  121. Amanda says:

    I went through the same thing yesterday…I western unioned the money too…but when I thought twice about it afterward, i researched it…I am in school for criminal justice, this just didnt sound right. I am in FL so they are doing it everywhere. Luckily I figured out it was a scam before they picked up the money & I called western union and they reversed the transaction and I got my money back. I talked to the FBI and they said they are investigating but since US doesnt have a treaty with Nigeria, we cannot do anything unless these people step foot on US soil and at that, we wouldnd even know their real names or who they are! Nigeria’s government is corrupt and they condone this scam b/c it is making them money. Here are my emails….

    To: terry.crawford96@yahoo.com
    Sent: Wed, November 18, 2009 4:38:22 PM
    Subject: House for rent : Venice

    Hi, I am interested in your house for rent in Venice, FL. Is it still for rent? My husband and I are trying to sell our house (it’s paid off so we wouldnt be making payments on it while renting) and my husband is going into the military next summer. We are looking to rent a house for a year while selling ours, and while I wait for him to get out of training. Can we come see the house? We live in Bradenton and aren’t real familiar with the Venice area, but would like to move south, due to the rise in crime-rate in our area (We have young children). What are your requirements as far as background checks, credit checks, rental history, etc.?

    Thank-you,
    Amanda

    HIS REPLY:
    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 6:14 AM

    Dear Prospective Tenant ,

    Sorry for the delay in response.I went on a trip.The property is available for move in at the

    moment for $600 for a months rent and $600 for the security deposit. making it a total of

    $1,200 for you to move into the House. But at the moment I do not have a local rep. or

    Realtor due to past experiences that didn’t go down well with me and some potential renters

    at that time.

    So if serious about renting the House then you would be working with me directly and i would

    email the necessary papers for the lease to you, for necessary endorsement. and detailed

    pictures of the interiors of the house. meanwhile here are full details of the property of

    your interest below.

    Location: North Venice, FL 34275
    Street Address: 177 Cipriani Way
    Residence Type: Single Family Home
    Bed & Bath: 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
    Livable Space: Approximately 1,474 Square Feet
    Price / Rate: $600 Per Month
    Lease Term: 12 Month
    Security Deposit: $600

    Features: Air Conditioning, Den/Office, Dishwasher, Garage, Yard
    Available Date: Available Now!
    Contact Me: Terry J Crawford

    Bright and spacious.2bd/2ba Split plan with an additional den. Large Lanai overlooks lush

    preserve. Volume ceilings topped off with crown molding. Inviting eat in kitchen. WCI

    community offers extensive amenities for all. Fitness , Gated Community , Golf Community ,

    Golf Course,Lawn Service Included,Playground

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED AND SERIOUS ABOUT RENTING THE HOUSE WITH THE MOVE – IN COST

    AND ARRANGEMENTS GET BACK TO ME FOR THE RENTAL FORM ASAP:

    Looking forward to hearing from … 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 wish to …A Deposit of $600 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required

    before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get

    the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…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…for further information or questions you can call or email me .

    Regard
    Terry J Crawford
    +234-806-927-0459

    To: Terry Crawford
    Sent: Thu, November 19, 2009 4:01:06 PM
    Subject: Re: House for rent : Venice

    Hi. I’m sorry I’m writing instead of calling, I’m in class at the moment. We truly are interested in renting from you. We would however like to see the house. If you can send pictures, that would be great. We are supposed to be going to North Port this afternoon to see my husband’s mom. If there is anyway to see the house while we are in the area, that would be great. If you’re not able to show it to us, I understand on such short notice. Again, pictures will do, and I can google earth the address to see the neighborhood. We are trying to get out of our house asap so we can get it up for sale and have time to sell it by the summer. So we are looking to move in as soon as possible. We have money to put down deposit, plus 3 months rent upfront. We have no pets, but we do have children. Would we need to bring our own appliances? If so, which ones?

    Thank-you,
    Amanda

    HIS REPLY:
    Hello theresa

    I went on a job transfer i m not in state at the moment,fill the rental form and get back to me asap here is the pictures of the house,if you like it get back to me so that we can proceed from there.

    To: “Terry Crawford”
    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:26 PM

    We are still wanting to rent but we just have a a couple last questions. Alot of golf communities require you to have a yearly membership. Would I have to purchase a golf membership? Are you on city water? Do we need to bring our own washer/dryer, refridgerator, or oven/stove? Are there any other association fees we would be paying per month or year? Or is it just the $600 per month rent?

    Thank-you,
    Amanda

    HIS REPLY:
    Hello Amanda,

    Compliments of the day. After going over the rental form filled by you, I and my wife have decided to accept YOU and with a strong believe that you would take care of the house as if it was your own. We would be coming back to Venice by Febuary because I would be on vacation so we would come around and visit and make our first inspection of the place. In Regards to your Question, The Golf Community has a Yearly Membership fee that is subject to revision every year so you would definetely have to purchase a membership.The House has A washer/Dryer, and a refridgerator but you would have to get an oven/stove for yourself.

    However Before we send you the keys and Entrance papers, You are to pay the security deposit of $600 to enable us send you the Keys so that you both could make necessary minor re-adjustments to the Villa to suit your personal taste. My wife actually preferred that you make the joint payment of the security deposit and first month’s rent before we send the keys but I thought that In order to create a trustworthy relationship between the Landlord and Tenant, we could give you the benefit of doubt to have the keys with paying for just the security deposit.Secondly, Since you are interested in a long lease term, it is necessary to create a conducive environment for you to make you at ease with us. You are to make the wire transfer of the $600 (Security Deposit) through Western Union Money Transfer to my son:

    Richmond Nwoko .C.
    Minister’s Hill, Maitama, Abuja, NIG..
    Test Question: Regards
    Test Answer: Terry.
    Amount : $600
    MTCN Number : Awaiting

    The package containing the keys and documentations will be delivered to you through Registered Express Courier to your present mailing Address as Indicated in your Rental Form. Besides, the $600 Security Deposit, The only other fee you would be making payable is your monthly rental.

    Once again, we are giving you this on Based trust and in a bid to foster co-existence between your family and ours so I would highly appreciate it if you do not disappoint the trust I am bestowing upon you. Once you receive the keys to the house, You would be obliged to send us the first months rent before you move completely into the House. Thanks for your anticipated Co-operation. Please let me know if you have any reservations.

    Terry J .C.
    +234-806-927-0459
    Thank you

    To: Terry Crawford
    Sent: Fri, November 20, 2009 10:04:41 PM
    Subject: Re: Villa for Rent @ Venice

    Hi. i just wanted to let you know that I tranferred the money via Western Union. I put the Test question & answer as you asked. They said you need to bring your ID to pick it up. The MTCN is 589-301-7383. Let me know when you have received it and sent the keys. Thank-you

    Amanda

    HIS LAST REPLY:::
    Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 6:02 AM

    Amanda,

    Got your mail and Im happy for a swift response. I am my son tried retreiving the $600 from the western union outlet but they said there wasn’t any match found in the western union database. We were informed by the agents that due to the abbrevation given to you in the address, You might have sent it to a wrong county so please go back to the western union outlet where you sent the money and Re-confirm the details.

    also make an attachment of the western union receipt and send by e-mail so that I can have proof of the money being sent before I go back to the outlet. Sorry for any inconveniences on your behalf. I have been trying to call your number but your were fast asleep.

    Terrry .C.

    AND HERES WHAT I TOLD HIM LAST…HE HASNT RESPONDED SINCE UGHH….

    I am about to graduate college with my law enforcement degree & become a cop. I have alot of friends with the local police and the FBI. I was informed by the FBI last night that this may be a scam and they showed me alot of proof. After doing some research and investigation of my own, I found the same house you are supposed to be renting to me on a real estate agent’s website renting it out for $1,100. I drove to the neighborhood and the guard let me go to the house. There is a real estate padlock on the door. I looked through the windows and there is already a stove/oven inside. You said there wasn’t. It seems the trust i bestowed upon YOU has come back on me. Therefore, I reversed the money back to myself and got a refund before you picked it up. If this really is your house to rent out, I would like to tour the inside of the house. Maybe you could mail the keys to a friend IN the US who could meet me at the residence and allow me to tour it. I will not send you any money or personal information until I have proof that you are legally renting out this house.

    I did not hear my phone this morning because you are 6 hours ahead of me and it was 4:00am when you were calling.

    Thank-you,
    Amanda

  122. DivaDD says:

    These people need to have some kind of punishment, IF SOUND TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT IS.

    is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my house.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,such as my wife and my only dauther before and presently we had packed due to my missionary work transfer (www.gowestafrica..org) and now situated at (WEST AFRICA,NIGERIA)and presently my house is still available for rent for $1,000 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is well furnished but you can also have it unfurnished if you like.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 my house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money that is the main problem that is why is very cheap 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.All i want you to do is to go ahaed and view the house immediately. here is my number fill free to call me on this number 0112347036741656 or +2347036741656.let me know if you are intrested so that i can send you the rent application form so that you can fill them up then we can proceed further.

    BEDROOMS:4 BEDROOMS

    RENTAL AMOUNT………………$1,000

    SECURITY DEPOSIT………….$400.

    ADDRESS OF MY HOUSE……….. 4261 Justin Way, Oxnard,

    CA

    STATUS OF MY HOUSE:AVAILABLE FOR MOVE IN…

    LONG AND SHORT TERMS LEASE ARE BOTH ALLOWED.

    ALL PETS ARE ALLOWED.

    God bless.

  123. D. Glassman says:

    I have received many scams from Nigeria myself. All you have to do is ask for the address to make the Western Union paymment. The new Western Union process requires a valid address with city and state code. If the scammer wants his money he must provide a Nigerian address. Some have friends in countries such as the UK and maybe France. Nigeria is a british commonwealth so this is possible. In this case: always ask for a contact phone number. They will always give you a European number that startes with “70″. The 70 code is used by marketing groups and scammers. The 70 in the number is a BIG! signal. Tell him to go to hell and move on.

    Also, In many cases their IP adresses will show up in the email headers. Some will use a ISP that will block or hide it. In the header of the email message look for: “received by” and then copy the IP address. If you type in google “IP whois” then go to any site and paste the IP address in the space provided. It will state NIGERIA and the name of the ISP. Now: in many cases it will seem OK but that’s only because the IP was blocked and you will just get a Yahoo or Google domain.

    Just remember: if the person does not live in the city you are seeking to rent then its a scam. I was looking for a place in Italy and I will not deal with a person if they dont speak Italian and can not provide a valid address to send the funds. Valid meaning..an “Italian” address.

    Also, always ask for pics. If the pics are the same size and small they were taken from a site. If they are larger and not sized, thats a good thing. I look for details in photos too. One pic a Nigerian sent me had 110 volt outlets on the wall. Italy does not use them. The windows were square with cheap blinds. Italians do not use them. Knowing little things like this will also give you power. Remember: these Nigerians are not that bright and using your common sense will save you time and alot of anxiety.

  124. Darlene in SoCal says:

    WOW! I got the exact same email. And guess what? The scammer actually called me!!!! I was in the middle of pulling the plug on his scam over the phone when CLICK he hung up on me lol.

  125. Kudos to the original poster for starting this page and kudos for everyone who has taken time to post so much information. I tripped over it while googling a scam phone number and was quite happy to sift through the posts to add pertinent details to our blog at http://www.chicaneryconsscams.blogspot.com where it will also hopefully help people trying to go about the business of finding a decent home.

    Thanks, folks ~ yer awesome!

  126. Kalisa says:

    Wow!! I have received an email that is very very similar to the ones posted above-just yesterday. I was fine until I saw West Africa! LOL thanks for such a great article. Buyers/Renters beware.

  127. Jenny Zavo says:

    Tulsa,oklahoma, usa I too received this response;

    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____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    How soon can you pay the deposit———————————-

    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
    1020 East 36th Street
    Tulsa, OK 74136

    Monthly Fee ; $900
    Security Deposit: $500
    Pets Allowed:
    Available :Available Now for move in.

    So pls get back to me today.
    I await your reply ASAP.
    Paul Joaniee
    contact Number . 011-234-805-803-9541 & +234-702-963-2643

  128. P.Witcher says:

    Unfortunately for me I fell for this scam minutes before he actually got the money, although it was only $250 it was still hurtful to know that this is happening to me and my family. I feel even worse knowing that other people have either fell for it also or almost fell for it. I wish there was a way that we all could tie ends to these scam artist.

  129. Andrew, Brooklyn NY says:

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a 1Br/1Ba Located in the
    historic northern part of Brooklyn Heights. Which was formally
    occupied by me and my family before we left
    for Nigeria for a doctoral duty under a missionary, we left for a
    volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development
    program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa
    physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sale
    the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered
    that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know well that the house is located in 55 Pineapple
    St,Brooklyn,NY,USA Which my family and I have spent so much time and
    money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our
    best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person
    and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says
    cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent
    out our house too. So will like you to give us your words and promise
    us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy
    when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term
    rent and month to month also… All the utilities are included in the
    rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    The House Feautures:
    Located in the historic northern part of Brooklyn Heights, this
    spacious prewar one bedroom apartment is in great condition. Enter
    into a gracious foyer which doubles as a dining area. There are high
    ceilings, arched entryways and beautiful hardwood floors throughout.
    There is a separate renovated windowed kitchen, large,
    well-proportioned living room and generous sized bedroom. This well
    maintained coop has an elevator, live-in super, laundry, bike room and
    a lovely common courtyard for picnicking and barbecuing. The building
    is only one block from the subway and the promenade, and conveniently
    located near shops and restaurants. pets are welcome

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ 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? ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can
    give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112347038557051 or
    +2347038557051

    Best Regards

    Dr. Michelle Kim
    0112347038557051 or +2347038557051 (call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $400
    Total Move In Cost:$1100

  130. Andrew, Brooklyn NY says:

    Hello

    How are you doing today, Hope great. My wife and I sends our heartfelt
    appreciation and warmth greetings to you.

    We went through your application and Most especially your mail, You
    gave us an inner peace of Mind that really got us going. Your
    Re-assuring mail that our home will be taken care of well as if it
    were yours is something that makes me want to rent to you.

    To sustain the Life we do not really require much. It takes only a
    little food,something to wear and a place to” lie down”. The rich
    might have an abundance of this things,and the poor may have to
    struggle to obtain what they need.What difference there is, however,
    is equalized when life comes to its end-everything comes to
    naught.(Eccl.9:5,6).

    Thus Life to have meaning and worth, it cannot and should not simply
    consist of things that one can acquire or possess.Whether we are rich
    or poor,we do not have complete control over how long we may live or
    whether we will even be alive tomorrow.The bible clear shows that Only
    God alone is the source of life and only he can grant faithful ones
    the real life or everlasting life without end in Heaven.

    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.

    The Entrance keys and Documents can be sent down to you Via DHL
    mailing service to the address you gave to me in the Application Form
    and you will receive it Next day after shipment, because DHL deliver
    24 hours, so that you can have a legitimate and thorough access to the
    inside of the house, you will have to make your security deposit and
    first month rent to secure the house, so that we can ship the house
    keys and documents down to you at the confirmation of payment. you
    will be using western union money transfer to pay your rent until we
    are able to come down and open an account for the rent to be paid
    into. If we agree to rent to you, we will provide you with the
    information where you should make out your deposit so we can commence
    the shipment of the house keys and documents.

    We are considering renting to you, due to your manner of approach and
    prompt attitude in getting things done, you can drive by my house
    today, view the exteriors and surroundings, then you get back to us
    Letting us know if you like the house and you are financially ready to
    secure this house now for your move in, so that we can conclude and
    know if we will be renting to you.

    We expect to read from you soonest.

    Remain Blessed
    Mc Kelly Kennel

  131. Fabrizio says:

    Here’s another one in Singapore.

    “Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Rev.kizuji Park,the owner of the Apartment you are making enquiry of.Actually I resided in the Apartment with my family,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 Manchedter England and presently my apartment is still available for rent,the rent including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, i went for a Crusade in England and i will like you to get in touch with my wife asap for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the Apartment.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 apartment 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.Email my wife Suwafu Park on, (suwafupark@gmail.com ) and she will attends to you better.”

    Then the alleged wife:
    Thanks for the email,My name is Suwafu Park am a Good Christian.Yes in respect of my husband Rev.kizuji Park who owned the house and also it is situated at 10 Gopeng Street The Icon building,Singapore and also want you to know that it was due to my husband’s transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent 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,Am here in central London United kingdom(England) in our new house and also with the keys of the house,we try 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 SGD700 per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet and so on.i look forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you rent application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent,also are you ready to rent it now or when ?, You can’t view the house until you get the keys and documents due to the distance between us . View attached file for house pictures.

    MORE DETAILS

    FURNISHED
    PERIOD PROPERTY
    SPACIOUS AND LIGHT
    KITCHEN
    POPULAR AREA
    GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS
    PARKING SPACE

    Await your reply

    They attached nice pics (but obviously fake as I saw others from the same condo).

    Finally the last email

    Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our apartment will be well taken care off,and I really appreciate your expression.So,Like I told you there’s none of my friends or relatives to show you the flat..I want you to stick to your words.Is that okay with you?And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent.You can rent it unfurnished you will move our furniture to the storage room.Hope you have a nice working day,Infact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest,You will not be able to see inside of the flat..We do along term and short term renting anytime you which to leave the place will be greatful and we are ready to rent a long-term for 1 years lease or more than either less than.Yes SGD700 include all utilities also there is washer and dryer available Note that you will are not allowed to enter the flat,because the keys/document is here with me

    *******RENT APPLICATION*******

    (Private & Confidential)

    Also,Pls let me get this answer.

    1)Your Full Name
    2)Present Full Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
    3)Age
    4)Are you married?
    5)Sex?
    6)How many people will be living in the house?
    7)Do you have a pet?
    8)Do you have a car?
    9)What is your religion?
    10)Occupation?
    11) Citizen of which Country?
    12) When are you ready to Move In ?
    13) When are u planning to leave the flat ?
    14) How many months rent can you deposit ?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval 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 transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you to stick to your words,We are 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.

    N:B : We are doing this because of God as a good christian, If you can pay two months rent fee, you will get one month free , I had an accident which affected my hearing and my legs , I am currently on a wheel chair right now, I do not use a phone that’s why I am always online, you can fill out the rent application below and get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thanks so much and have a nice day.
    Love in Christ and Kindness Regards

  132. Stacy says:

    We received this email after sending a Craigslist inquiry on a house which we later learned had already been leased weeks ago. I reported this to Craigslist, as well as contacting the relator and making him aware that his property was involved in a scam. It just makes you crazy that they say they are doing “God’s work”. What a joke.

    It’s my great pleasure that you are interested in our lovely 2br/1bth home for rent. I am Rev. Dwight Jones
    & My wife Wendy , I am the rightfull owner of this home. Actually we resided in this home before my transfer this is due to my profession,We are essentially missionaries dealing with Bible Translation and literacy worldwide and to also take care of the less previllage people,orphans, motherless babies.

    We will be serving for a long term and now our home is locked up now and presently we have found a new home here which we will be staying for a very long term which might last 5 years in (West Africa) and presently our lovely home is still available for rent for ($600)as first month rent including the utilities like washer,dryer and internet access and garage.

    Property Information.
    Bedrooms: 2 Bedroom
    Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
    Square Sq. Footage:800-1000
    Address :25212 Hopkins, Dearborn Heights, MI)

    Air Conditioner BBQ Covered Parking Dog Run Fireplace Disposal Horse Stable Fenced Yard Patio Refrigerator
    Jacuzzi Off-Street Parking Yard Garage Storage
    Location:Well ventilated area

    Terms and Conditions.

    Monthly rental: $600
    Move in Fee (Deposit Fee) : $300
    Minimum rental period: 1 months
    Maximum rentals:5years
    Reference: Required

    Now that we on Retreat programme over here. Please I want you to note that all we will want is a very honest and caring person,so i will solicit for your absolute understanding and maintenance of this home and want you to treat it as your own,I hope that is taken. The money is not the main problem but all I want is for you to keep the home tidy always. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i have always stand on my word.. Please feel free to call me on my cell phone:0112347092398781.

    SO IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED PLEASE GET BACK TO ME WITH THE RENT APPLICATION FORM FILLED.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    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(if any): _____________
    KIND OF PETS: _____________
    DO YOU SMOKE? ______________
    DO YOU DRINK? ______________
    Pets Policy:Pets Allowed

    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 keys to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and sincerity so I won’t like you to disappoint us.

    Thanks and God Bless

    Phone # :0112347092398781.

    Rev. Dwight Jones.

  133. Anonymous says:

    happened to me too, i’m glad i inquired about this. WTF, HEY??

  134. Helis says:

    I have recieved exactly the same email there was just one different thing,that the guy left with his family on Mission as he is reverend and he will be back in 3 years,but everything is absolutely same.And I have send him 400Gbp before I’ve find out :-(( Sorry about my english as I am from czech rep.

  135. ms says:

    some differences from the earlier posts: better english, the listing was copied word for word from a realtor’s website for this house (which is for sale) and so was very accurate. but the telltale signs are there: gone to nigeria, took the keys, rental application that asks for personal info and a general too good to be true deal.

    Email #1

    Hello
    Thanks for the email. Yes the House is still available and will only be given out to
    the right person that will take very good care of the place and the facilities. The house has a lot of facilities like laundry facilities, air condition, internet and telephone access, Dishwasher, Dryer, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove/Gas and other necessary facilities. I have really decided to give out the house as a result of my transfer to West Africa (Nigeria).

    I will be giving out the house for $800 with a security deposit of $800. I need to inform you as well that money is not the major reason why I am renting it out but want someone who can take care of it as if he/she owns it. So let me know as soon as possible if you can take good care of it, so that we can discuss the rent further. Pets are allowed.

    We initially wanted to sale the house through real estate agent before but we changed
    our minds and decided to rent it out because the economy is bad and it has also affected the housing market.

    We might decide to sale in the future but for now we are just renting it out. If you are interested you can go by and view it but you will not be able to go inside cause the keys are here with me in Nigeria. Here is the address of the house,(3935 Waldenwood Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48105).

    I await your reply.
    Rosa
    +2348-0849-59022

    Email #2
    Good to hear from you. We are happy that you love and will take good care of our home. The house will be available for three (3) years by then we will be back in the states. We initially wanted to sale the house but we changed our minds and decided to rent it out for now. We might decide to sell in the future but we just want to rent it out for now.

    We will be giving the house out at $800/month including utilities and a security deposit of $800. The house is available to move in ASAP.

    We would like you to get back to us with the informations attached in this mail so we can go through it then discuss the rent further.

    Rent Application Info

    1) Your Full Name………………………….?
    2) Your Current Address……………?
    3) Your State and Zip code……………?
    4) Phone Number………………….?
    5) How old are you……………………?
    6) How many people will be living in the house…………………………?
    7) Do you have a pet…………………………?
    8) Do you have a car…………………………..?
    9) Occupation…………………………?
    10) Marital Status………………………?
    11) Do you have Kids, and how many…………?
    12) How long do you intend to stay…………?
    13) Will anyone staying in the house smoke………………….?
    14) When do you intend to move in………………………?
    15) Reason for moving………………………?
    16) Your current rent……………………………….?
    17) Your current land lord’s address and phone number………………..?
    18) Your Personal references…………………?

    Rosa
    +234-808495-9022

  136. jonathan says:

    i was scammed by wanda hernandez
    be carefull with this name!!!!

  137. Mike says:

    This what I got a couple days ago…

    Hi,

    Sorry for the late reply. 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
    214 Forestview Rd., Lake Dallas, TX

    Best Regards

    August Matt

  138. Ann says:

    Well… here’s the latest and the greatest from Nigeria… Saw the red flags after I filled out the “rent application form”…I’m a little worried about my info being over there in the hands of criminals.

    Hello ,

    I got your mail in regards to my apartment for rent, so what really happened is that, I’m not given my apartment for rent just because of money reason but due to my transfer of work to west Africa. I’m an X-RAY WELDER UNDER SHIP BUILDING, I have been working with nasco ship building here in the country, but have just been transferred to Niger dock Nigeria PLC, you can view the site at http://WWW.NIGERDOCK.COM. I left country with hope that i will be coming back in a month’s time, but right now the company have asked me to stay for 2yrs under contract with them, that’s why I have made up my mind to put up my apartment for rent, but I will like you to keep the apartment for me well okay just like yours, okay. I want to let you know that the apartment is available for rent anytime, you can easily go there and check it, but the issue is that you will not be able to check inside of the apartment, so through the address you will provide for me i will use to send you the keys and the documents to you through DHL COURIER SERVICE and It will be home delivery. I appreciate your expression and the apartment include cable /internet access, furnished, Central Air Conditioning, Laundry, Garbage Chute, Pets OK, cleaning service, dry cleaning,Heating, Electricity,etc and everything its already been furnished. And here is the application form below that you must answer to qualify for the rent of my apartment and I want you to know that I’m giving this apartment for rent base on trust and due to the way I read reply to my apartment, Hope you have a nice working day In fact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest. Also,Please let me get this answer and you can call me on my cell +2348026748522 OR 0112348026748522

    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)How long Do you intend to stay?

    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 and dog is allowed. 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 base on trust.

    Awaiting to read back from you soonest.
    Thanks and God Bless you

    Regards,
    Ben

  139. Louise says:

    It just nearly happened to me… until i thought i’d search the phone number… and found this site!!

    I’m so gutted, the flat sounded amazing and cheap! and i was really excited to move in..
    I’m just sooo happy i didn’t send him any money!

    Here’s the e-mail:

    Hello,Thanks for your email and interest in my Apartment so fill out my form below and we can go from there, since i am not residing there for now,The apartment is fully Furnished and has a big storage. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,refrigerator-freezer,four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, my computer connected with Internet access.I have the keys and document with me here in West Africa Nigeria to be precise,I and my wife had the intension of selling our property before leaving but after a while we decided to place it for rent and and had few tenants before now so the apartment is very available and ready for you to move in if you are really interested in my apartment.I am here on a missionarry work with my family and will be here for 3yrs but on Due cases i will be visiting to check on you and my apartment cause absolute maintainance of my apartment is what i am after cause its newlyrenovated,Very spacious and Clean,So after Normal process is taking i shall be sending you the keys and document for you to move in, Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, hope you are okay with the price of 100Gbp per Week which is 400Gbp Per Month including all bills like hydro, heat laundry facilities, aircondition and so on, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important to me, if you are really interested renting this apartment fill the application below and get back to me with the answers,Moreover as a man of God i intend to do my things with soft kindered heart.

  140. Michael Bender says:

    Yea, this is going on here in Charleston S.C. as well.

    Hello,
    Thanks for your interest regarding our House. The 3 bedroom is still available for rent, we renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat the house as his or her own. Well our house has been for sale before my wife advices me to put it out for rent that’s why we put it out for rent.

    The main reason why the house is for rent is that I got transfer from my place of work to West Africa Nigeria to preach the gospel to the unbelieve’s and even reaching out good things to the orphanage children, and I will be away for good 3 years or more that is the main reason I had to take my family along with me, and we cant leave the house for 3 good years, that’s why we really want good people that can take very good care of the house so that we will be very happy when we get back home and we will still be good family friends, so if you are interested in taking good care of our house, then my family will be ready in accepting you as our new tenant who be fully in charge of our house. If you really impress us by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay…..This 3 bedrooms and 2 baths is very specious and is 1200-1400 sq. ft.

    Below is our address of the House:
    ADDRESS:1326 Bryjo Place, Charleston, SC 29407
    Pets Allowed: Yes (Dog Cat)
    Monthly Rent: $900
    Security Deposit: $700 (Refundable)

    Rental/Lease Spouse Full Names:
    Rental/Lease Kids Full Names:
    Rental/Lease Relatives or Friends Full Name:
    Rental/Lease Mobile/Cell Number:
    Rental/Lease Telephone Number:
    Rental/Lease Present House Address:
    Rental/Lease Present Work place name and Address:
    Rental/Lease Present work Tel. Number:
    Rental/Lease Numbers of Cars:
    Rental/Lease Pet type:
    Rental/Lease proposed date of Move in:
    Rental/Lease months budget to deposit before move in:
    Rental/Lease Reference contact info:
    Rental/Lease present Landlord Contact Info:

    So get back to us on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting. Hope you are okay with the price of US$900/month with heat laundry facilities, air condition, Etc… and the security deposit fee is $700… PETS ARE FULLY WELCOME! We are looking forward to hear from you ASAP. Stay Blessed

    NAME:RENEE BAXLEY.
    PHONE: +2348063292703
    CELL:+2348063292703

    BE CAFREFUL. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is!

  141. john says:

    got this scammer to respond to 2 different inquiries about houses for rent on craigslist,

    and this was my first reply,

    “this property is still listed as for sale on the internet, I know that you dont want any third party involvement, and that is fine as long as you can prove ownership and that this is not a scam. indeed i would take very good care of the property in which i am living, but at $800 mo.? if it seems to good to be true it probably is. Hoping its for real, J.C.

    HIS NEXT COMMUNICATION
    Hello,
    There is no problem about that,you can go and view the house,but i want you to know that incase you see any sign board place for sale it was due to when i was planning the sale the house due to my transfer and my wife advise me not to sell the house so please do not call the number on the sign board so drive by the house and get back to me Asap. I wish you could know the type of person I am, I can NEVER tarnish my name all because of money,never.I dont have anybody there like i told you earlier am here with my (wife)I wish i could show the house myself or ship the keys before you pay to me,for you to know that am the legitimate owner of this home and send you the keys, but i will need to pay the shipping agent here and some other travelling documents fee,before they can proceed with the keys shippment to you, because i will be the one that will take the keys along to the airport shipping desk by myself,not the money you are sending that am after but someone to trust. You will surely get keys in safe hands.Also I want you to know that the keys will be coming with some other packages(entrance papers,full description and full address with pictures).So once you get the keys to my home i advice you to go inside and move in your belongings and if you like it you send me my balance and if you don’t like it i refund your money back immediately and you send me back my keys. I want you to understand that the money is not a problem to me all i want is a good tenant and someone to keep my home very clean because i spent alot putting that my home.So please get back to me if you are still interested with the remt application form, filled because i will be with my shipping agent when i get to office tommorrow morning.Await your response ASAP.

    NB:So payments will be made via western union money transfer.You are going to send the refundable deposit fee $500 so the keys will get to your doorstep, And I want you to be rest assured as i promised and you dont have anything to worry about.
    Thanks and God bless

    FROM ME,
    To: “Charles Ellis”
    Charles:
    I will disregard any sign at the property, and with your permission will go have a look at it. Also, your add didnt mention if the house was furnished or not. And am I to understand the house is ready for move in? Awaiting your reply. J.C.

    THERE HAS BEEN NO FURTHER RESPONSE!!! But you should read on to find out how it was that I avoided getting myself ripped off!!!!:

    this was my next e-mail to him—

    I hope that you are not offended by my scrutiny in regards to you/your property or intentions thereof. I am not in the position to be able risk any type of monetary transaction without some type of real proof or assurance that I can trust you. I too am married and have three children, two of which are still living at home, the youngest being just seven years old. I am the one that my family puts their trust in to protect them and provide for them. I have to do all that is necessary to satisfy myself in this position. I do not know you or anything about you other than what you have related to me through our emails.
    You have stated that the money isn’t as important to you as finding someone you can trust. I realize that you are going to need a certain,shall we say feeling? when it comes to allowing a complete stranger to occupy and care for an investment as important as their home. But at this point in my life, with the economy the way that it is and all of the fraud going on in American society, my families money, even one dollar, means more to me than the trust of a complete stranger who lives in another country, even though I do need you to trust me at a certain level.
    I apologize for being so long with all this but as I have now had a chance to physically check the property, please bear with me.
    Here are a few more reasons for my cautiousness, other than the most important ones stated previously. 1. I have no way of ever recovering any money from you if you chose not to refund it to me. 2. You do not want any third party involvement in this affair. 3. You stated that the house was ready for immediate occupancy although when I was at the house, there was furniture inside along with items such as food packages and dishes on a dining table just inside the sliding door.
    Now, I talked with a couple neighbors and they said that there are people living in your house. Nobody answered the door when I knocked or rang the bell but as I stood at the front door, someone inside used the water because I heard it start running through the water main right there at the side of the front door. Strange from what I had believed at this point. Sir, I do think that your property would suit us just fine. If the home is supposed to be vacant then you do need a representative on your behalf to deal with unauthorized guests. If you are interested in having me handle this issue for you, I would be happy to fill out your form and set out to deal with those who are occupying your house, in a legal manner of course, and in-so doing possibly earn your trust enough for you to ship the keys and relevant items to me, at which time I will make a money transfer as you instructed previous. And if there comes a time when you feel that I have done something less than honorable, you can always call the local authorities and file a report and they will always do their job in protecting your personal property. A benefit of which I do not have. I can assure you that although I am not a wealthy man I am a man of integrity. The decision is yours Mr. Ellis. I shall be awaiting your response.
    Very Truly, J.C.

    STILL NO REPLY ON THIS ONE….THEN…

    THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST REPLY TO THE SAME SCAMMER(His reply to my property info request was a word-for-word copy)

    To: “Philip Cordova” <j.house42@yahoo.com

    HELLO PHILLIP CORDOVA AKA CHARLES ELLIS AKA ??? AKA ???
    I THINK YOU REALIZE THAT PEOPLE OF YOUR TYPE ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH. BOTTOMFEEDER, SPINELESS, YELLOWBELLIED COWARDS. YOU ARE TOO CHICKENSHIT TO ROB A MAN FACE TO FACE, AS YOU HIDE OUT IN CYBOR-AFRICA AND I AM SURE THAT SENDING THIS EMAIL IS A WASTE OF OUR TIME. BUT JUST IN CASE YOU READ THE REST OF THIS, WHEN YOU DO GET CAUGHT FOR THIS AND ANY OTHER SCAMS YOU ARE RUNNING, YOU BETTER PRAY TO GOD OR ALA OR WHOEVER THAT YOU DONT END UP IN THE CALIFORNIA PRISON SYSTEM. YOU PUNKASS BITCH. THEY SODOMISE PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WISH I COULD HELPED ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY ABOUT THESE SCAMS. I AM TOO POOR TO THROW ANY MONEY AWAY, EVEN IN DESPERATION. I GUESS THATS WHAT MY LUCK IS BASED ON!!!!!

  142. victim of my house! says:

    I am too a victim. apparently these people have been getting better. I have been continuously flagging the adds and sending emails to craigslist, but no one responds. It has been 5 days and I am still stuck with this same crap. Not even a police report and constant updates to the online fraud department seem to help. I am tired of people randomly coming by my house, and god forbid that they do scam someone and come over my place for revenge… Thinking i had something to do with it… what ways are there to stop this when no one is helping?

  143. Matt says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for the email. I Mr Urs Reuteler , own the wonderfully 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom house . And I also want you to know that it was due to my missionary work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house with an intention of giving it out for rent. 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 want the property to be kept clean at all time as it is our hard-earned property. If you are honestly interested and will absolutely maintain my property,(treating it like it belongs to you) as i hope i can put my trust and confidence in you because i will come to check on my property yearly. I earlier wanted to sale the house (this is why there is still a for sale sign infront of the house) but had a second thought to rather put it up for rent, because as a matter of fact l will be coming back home in the next 3yrs,and would need a place to live in. you are wellcome to the house at your convenient but you will only be able to see the prorperty from the outside for now and do get back to us me soon as that is done ok..

    Presently, We are here in west Africa doing the Lord’s duty for humanity, for through our direct service to mankind, the blessings and promises of God will manifest today. The house vital informative documents and the entrance keys to the house are with me, for we try to look for dependable agent to handle the rent but could not find due to the limited time we had before leaving the United States . Mostly we do not want our property to be given to any sort of person to avoid damages and troubles. I and my wife came over to West Africa for a missionary work you can go over or drive by to see the house ok, but you can only view from outside for now hope you understand , 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 the experience and your persent living condition.

    Here is the Property Description
    Available Now!!!
    2 Bed, 1 Bath
    Single Family Home
    1400 sq. ft.
    PETS ARE ALLOWED

    Security Deposit : $500
    Monthly Rent : $600
    Application Fee: $0
    Pets Policy : $0
    Here is the address to the house: 480 Wimbledon Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30324
    Lease Term : As long as you wished
    Contact Me : 011-234-704-148-9458 or +234-704-148-9458
    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOWRENTAL APPLICATION FORM

    RENTAL APPLICATION
    Neatly complete all information below. All applicants over the age of 18 must complete and sign their own application.
    Applicants full name___________________________________Phone

    #___________________DOB___________
    Current Address________________________________City___________________State________Zip_________
    Current Landlords Name__________________________________Landlords

    Phone #______________________
    How long at this address__________Reason for

    leaving__________________________________________
    Previous
    Address________________________________City___________________State_______Zip_________
    Previous Landlords Name__________________________________________Phone #______________________
    How long at this address__________Reason for

    leaving______________________________________________
    Profession: __________________________________
    How long at job_________
    Employers Address_________________________________________City___________________State________
    Number and type of Pets___________________________
    Marital Status: _________
    Kids _____ (YES/NO), How many ________

    Names and relations of all other applicants_________________________________________________________
    HABITS:
    DO YOU SMOKE? ______________DO YOU DRINK? ______________DO YOU WORK

    LATE NIGHT? ____

    IF THIS APARTMENT IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,

    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________ WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________

    HOW SOON DO YOU INTEND MAKING THE PAYMENT ? ______________
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    I CERTIFY that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for tenet screening as may be necessary in arriving at a tenant decision. I understand that the landlord may terminate any rental agreement entered into for any misrepresentation made above.you can bring in your stuffs and items, only inform me about your move in..

    Signature________________Date________________

    Please get back to me today with a reply,

    Regard and God bless you,
    Urs Reuteler and Family
    011-234-704-148-9458 or +234-704-148-9458.

  144. Matt says:

    -THE GUY EVEN HAD THE CORRECT NAME OF THE ACTUALLY HOME OWNER.

  145. Nora says:

    Well, looks like this has made it to the east coast. Here is the email I received yesterday.

    “My Dear thanks for your interest in my house and how are you going on today?
    The House Is a 2 br 2 ba Single-Family Home. Which My wife and I occupied before leaving for Nigeria. We left on a self Mission following God’s Call to Preach the Word and Let people of all Nations Hear About Him. My wife and I thought of ourselves and asked God what we would Give him and He says we should sacrifice our life and give him the best we can,letting humans know about him. The bible account of Luke 12: 29-31, Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. We decided to do the missionary work.

    Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So we will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We would like to work any flexible plan you have on your term of renting, Long or short term or month by month.While we were leaving,we took along with us the keys just to view the Land if it would be favorable for God’s Work,on getting down here we decided to stay and Go On preaching the Good News.The Home was Formally FOR SALE but we have decided not to sell anymore so we would lay our head when we do come back to rest.Prior to our arriving back we shall be giving a 90 days notice to you if we finally decide to rent to you.We shall be staying for upwards of five years here doing God’s Work. So kindly Get back to us with the application form below.
    Note: the Rent is $600
    Security Deposit is $600
    Total Cost to Move in is $1200
    Our cell Number where you can reach us is: 0112348029886104
    Here is the address of the house you can easily drive by: 106 Palmer street, Quincy MA 02169
    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ HOW LONG? ______________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS Home IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? _______________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
    MONTHLY INCOME:
    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 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.Looking forward to hear from you.
    Best Regards,
    Pastor Suzette Sauriol.
    Cell: 0112348029886104 “

  146. Emily says:

    I just got one listed in Framingham, MA. Here is the response,

    My Dear thanks for your interest in my house and how are you going on today?

    The House Is a 3 br 2 ba Single-Family Home. Which My wife and I occupied before leaving for Nigeria. We left on a self Mission following God’s Call to Preach the Word and Let people of all Nations Hear About Him. My wife and I thought of ourselves and asked God what we would Give him and He says we should sacrifice our life and give him the best we can,letting humans know about him. The bible account of Luke 12: 29-31, Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. We decided to do the missionary work.

    Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So we will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We would like to work any flexible plan you have on your term of renting, Long or short term or month by month.While we were leaving,we took along with us the keys just to view the Land if it would be favorable for God’s Work,on getting down here we decided to stay and Go On preaching the Good News.The Home was Formally FOR SALE but we have decided not to sell anymore so we would lay our head when we do come back to rest.Prior to our arriving back we shall be giving a 90 days notice to you if we finally decide to rent to you.We shall be staying for upwards of five years here doing God’s Work. So kindly Get back to us with the application form below.

    Note: the Rent is $750
    Security Deposit is $750
    Total Cost to Move in is $1500
    Our cell Number where you can reach us is: 0112347041013190
    Here is the address of the house you can easily drive by: 32 A St, Framingham MA 01701

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ HOW LONG? ______________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS Home IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? _______________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
    MONTHLY INCOME:
    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 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.Looking forward to hear from you.

    Best Regards,

    Pastor Jai Singh.
    Cell: 0112347041013190

    The email came from, bensonfrd98@gmail.com, which shows up from “John Williams” in my email. That was the first flag for me, why 3 names? If you reverse look-up the house, this guy, along with three other adults with the same last name show up and one name with a different last name. Also, the house is listed for sale on zillow with the same pictures as the craigslist posting. Very sneaky.

  147. Lucy says:

    Ok so i was totally scammed, apart from my money, i found a perfect flat in a good location in newcastle. replied saying i think you have the price wrong they send me loads of emails back heres how it goes…
    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and interest in my Apartment so fill out my form below and we can go from there, since i am not residing there for now,The apartment is fully Furnished and has a big storage. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,refrigerator-freezer,four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, my computer connected with Internet access.I have the keys and document with me here in West Africa Nigeria to be precise,I and my wife had the intension of selling our property before leaving but after a while we decided to place it for rent and and had few tenants before now so the apartment is very available and ready for you to move in if you are really interested in my apartment.I am here on a missionarry work with my family and will be here for 3yrs but on Due cases i will be visiting to check on you and my apartment cause absolute maintainance of my apartment is what i am after cause its newly renovated,Very spacious and Clean,So after Normal process is taking i shall be sending you the keys and document for you to move in, Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, hope you are okay with the price of 100Gbp per Week which is 400Gbp Per Month including all bills like hydro, heat laundry facilities, aircondition and so on, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important to me, if you are really interested renting this apartment fill the application below and get back to me with the answers,Moreover as a man of God i intend to do my things with soft kindered heart.
    Bedrooms 2
    Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
    Sq Footage 900
    Parking 1 dedicated
    Pet Policy Pets Allowed
    Property Location…………………. 14 Osborne Road, Newcastle, NE2 2AA

    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    ********PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL*********
    Also,Pls answer these questions below:
    1)Your Full Name_____________________________________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone__________________
    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)When do you intend to move in ___
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed___________________________
    13)Picture of you or Occupants……——————–
    Description
    Beautiful 2 bedroom flat (£100 pw)This is a beautiful light and spacious flat in a safe environment. I rebuilt this 2 years ago from a derelict property, and so it benefits from current standards in acoustic & thermal insulation, and is in excellent condition,This beautiful Two bedroom apartment!! Comes with ALL of the following appliances; front loading washer/dryer, stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and a microwave. New carpet and a gas fireplace in the room. the bedroom are upstairs with high ceilings and large windows.
    RENTAL FEATURES
    Central heat Fireplace Walk-in closet
    Family room Living room Dishwasher
    Refrigerator Stove/Oven Microwave
    Washer Dryer Laundry area – inside
    Balcony, Deck, or Patio Yard Cable-ready
    I personally will come visiting you sometime during the year as our new tenant,Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file as my new tenant and we can go on with the process.Awaiting your reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.
    Thanks And God Bless.
    Rev Derrick Fitzgerald
    +2348023917216
    then….

    Hello,
    Thanks a lot for your response,My apartment is fully furnished, located in a good and quite neighbourhood.I can also see your williness to rent my apartment,Hope everything is fine with you,so we can proceed,I will give you full description in the package which i will be sending to you via Dhl which will contain entrance keys and the documents of the apartment but you need to make the deposit first to secure the apartment and i am doing this cause i have been taking avantage of before and i am not willing to fall a victim again.You can’t view the inside as i told you earlier because the keys and documents are here with me.You can view the location.So if you are comfortable with that, you can get back to me.I know how you feel at this point in time, As it wasn’t my fault, as we were suppose to lock up the apartment at the very time we where leaving for missionary trip down to West Africa (Nigeria),and we never had an intension of renting it out. It was just my wife who said it will be wise to rent it out, since she was worried about the maintenance of the inside,So the tenant can always keep it clean ,The rent payment which as agreed as stated in the first mail 100Gbp per weeks which is 400Gbp monthly,But you need to make a deposit of 400Gbp to secure the apartment which is refundable immediately you move in…I would be sending the following documents to you via DHL to your present residential address which you provided to me in your application form and the tracking number will be sent to you so that when you are ready to occupy the place it will be convenient for you.Once again, we are giving you this on trust and honesty and do not dissapoint us and I promise you that you will love it.So i have the keys and the receipt for payment will also be made available, which will be packaged together with the package,But do i email you the lease agreement contract form as attachment for you to go through it sign it and email it back to me after which i will email you my details to make payment Via western union money transfer,Here are the contents of the package.

    1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)The house documetary file.
    3)Payment Reciept.
    4)Original signed copy of lease contract agreement

    So let me know about your final decision,so that we can proceed on the next step to send the keys of the Apartment to you through DHL as soon as i confirm your first month deposit payment which is refundable after the first month you move in.I will be getting back to you with the tracking number as i have said and the arrival time of the package.Do get back to me with your address where you want the package to be sent to..So fill in your Delivering Information below:

    1)Reciever”s Name:
    2)Reciever”s Address:
    3)Reciever”s Phone #:

    Thanks and God Bless you as i look forward to hear from you.
    Thanks And Remain Blessed.
    Rev Derrick Fitzgerald
    +2348023917216
    then.. i started to get suspicious
    Hello,
    Thanks for your reply and i want you to know that this is legit,i want you to know i have to be carefully this days,You sound skeptic from your last email, and thats very wrong, if you are thinking that I just wanted to take your money for nothing. When I know how people work and earn their money, I will never think of taking some advantages over you and your money, please take that out off your mind, that is really awful thing on the earth that I will never think about doing. Please understand me better, I was not trying to lure you into this, everything about me and my home is 100% real ok, i can never tarnish my name and image all because of money and i wouldn’t do such a thing when i have blood running through my vain,So as I shall be giving you My home With your Age I know you would be able to take good care of it well for me,( that is the reason why i said you should make a first month Deposit which is refundable immediately you move in and the rent per month include all bills plus utilities and i will get the keys and documents Ship down to you,I dont dissapoint people cause i know how hurting it could be and as someone who has the fear of God in me i live up to the word of God okay???I came here with my wife and 2kids so i want you to put your mind at rest that as soon as i confirm the first month deposit from you the package will be shiped to you immdiately and the tenancy agreement that will also be included in the package will carry my signature on it and remember that the deposit is refundable immediately you move in and your tenancy will start immediately you move in okay????I am waiting to hear from you.

    Rev Derrick Fitzgerald
    +2348023917216

    i cant believe i fell for it! i even sent a photo of myself, they took all my details but luckily i didnt send any money. hopefully they cant do anything with my details they are all on facebook anyways. i feel such a fool. i found them on gumtree (an english site) and i have used it for years, never come across anything like this! im soo glad i checked it out!

  148. SCG says:

    What’s with the recurring West Nigeria theme? I encountered the same thing, this time it seemed really legitimate and was from a Reverend,
    “The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,refrigerator-freezer,four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, my computer connected with Internet access.I have the keys and document with me here in West Africa Nigeria to be precise,I and my wife had the intension of selling our property before leaving but after a while we decided to place it for rent and and had few tenants before now so the apartment is very available and ready for you to move in if you are really interested in my apartment.I am here on a missionarry work with my family and will be here for 3yrs but on Due cases i will be visiting to check on you and my apartment cause absolute maintainance of my apartment is what i am after cause its newly renovated,”

    “,I will give you full description in the package which i will be sending to you via Dhl which will contain entrance keys and the documents of the apartment but you need to make the deposit first to secure the apartment and i am doing this cause i have been taking avantage of before and i am not willing to fall a victim again.You can’t view the inside as i told you earlier because the keys and documents are here with me.You can view the location.So if you are comfortable with that, you can get back to me.I know how you feel at this point in time, As it wasn’t my fault, as we were suppose to lock up the apartment at the very time we where leaving for missionary trip down to West Africa (Nigeria),and we never had an intension of renting it out. It was just my wife who said it will be wise to rent it out, since she was worried about the maintenance of the inside,So the tenant can always keep it clean ,The rent payment which as agreed as stated in the first mail 100Gbp per weeks which is 400Gbp monthly,But you need to make a deposit of 400Gbp to secure the apartment which is refundable immediately you move in…”

    Almost fell for it until he used the word Missionary too many times, like he was trying too hard..

    NB…….I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I DO ALL THE BILLS MYSELF AND THE COUNCIL TAX IS INCLUDED IN THE RENT,I DECIDED TO BRING DOWN THE PRICE SO THAT AVERAGE LIVING PEOPLE CAN ALSO AFFORD A GOOD HOME DUE TO MY WORK AS A MISSIONARRY..ANYWAY AS YOU KNOW THAT I AM A MISSIONARRY PROVIDING FOR THE OPHANAGE HOME AND THE LESS PRIVILAGE HERE,

    Thanks and God Bless you as i look forward to hear from you.
    Thanks And Remain Blessed.
    Rev Derrick Fitzgerald
    +2348023917216

    I traced the E-mail back to Redmond, Washington, Which has nothing to do with Nigeria or the United Kingdom.

  149. Kirsty says:

    Me & My Fiance were almost conned by one of these men who uses the number +2348023917216 and he claimed to be ‘Reverend Derrick Fitzgerald’. I can’t believe i let myself be fooled into believing that this could be real and i feel so silly now. So i am just posting my e-mail that we recieved from him to warn others about him if they recieve an e-mail from anyone claiming to be a reverend with that number.

    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and interest in my Apartment so fill out my form below and we can go from there, since i am not residing there for now,The apartment is fully Furnished and has a big storage. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,refrigerator-freezer,four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, my computer connected with Internet access.I have the keys and document with me here in West Africa Nigeria to be precise,I and my wife had the intension of selling our property before leaving but after a while we decided to place it for rent and and had few tenants before now so the apartment is very available and ready for you to move in if you are really interested in my apartment.I am here on a missionarry work with my family and will be here for 3yrs but on Due cases i will be visiting to check on you and my apartment cause absolute maintainance of my apartment is what i am after cause its newly renovated,Very spacious and Clean,So after Normal process is taking i shall be sending you the keys and document for you to move in, Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue, hope you are okay with the price of 100Gbp per Week which is 400Gbp Per Month including all bills like hydro, heat laundry facilities, aircondition and so on, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important to me, if you are really interested renting this apartment fill the application below and get back to me with the answers,Moreover as a man of God i intend to do my things with soft kindered heart.
    Bedrooms 2
    Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
    Sq Footage 900
    Parking 1 dedicated
    Pet Policy Pets Allowed
    Property Location…………………. 14 Osborne Road, Newcastle, NE2 2AA

    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    ********PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL*********
    Also,Pls answer these questions below:
    1)Your Full Name_________________________ ____________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone __________________
    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)When do you intend to move in ___
    12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ___________________________
    13)Picture of you or Occupants……——————–
    Description
    Beautiful 2 bedroom flat (£100 pw)This is a beautiful light and spacious flat in a safe environment. I rebuilt this 2 years ago from a derelict property, and so it benefits from current standards in acoustic & thermal insulation, and is in excellent condition,This beautiful Two bedroom apartment!! Comes with ALL of the following appliances; front loading washer/dryer, stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and a microwave. New carpet and a gas fireplace in the room. the bedroom are upstairs with high ceilings and large windows.
    RENTAL FEATURES
    Central heat Fireplace Walk-in closet
    Family room Living room Dishwasher
    Refrigerator Stove/Oven Microwave
    Washer Dryer Laundry area – inside
    Balcony, Deck, or Patio Yard Cable-ready
    I personally will come visiting you sometime during the year as our new tenant,Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file as my new tenant and we can go on with the process.Awaiting your reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you.
    Thanks And God Bless.
    Rev Derrick Fitzgerald
    +2348023917216

    Second E-mail:

    Hello,
    Thanks a lot for your response,My apartment is fully furnished, located in a good and quite neighbourhood.I can also see your williness to rent my apartment,Hope everything is fine with you,so we can proceed,I will give you full description in the package which i will be sending to you via Dhl which will contain entrance keys and the documents of the apartment but you need to make the deposit first to secure the apartment and i am doing this cause i have been taking avantage of before and i am not willing to fall a victim again.You can’t view the inside as i told you earlier because the keys and documents are here with me.You can view the location.So if you are comfortable with that, you can get back to me.I know how you feel at this point in time, As it wasn’t my fault, as we were suppose to lock up the apartment at the very time we where leaving for missionary trip down to West Africa (Nigeria),and we never had an intension of renting it out. It was just my wife who said it will be wise to rent it out, since she was worried about the maintenance of the inside,So the tenant can always keep it clean ,The rent payment which as agreed as stated in the first mail 100Gbp per weeks which is 400Gbp monthly,But you need to make a deposit of 400Gbp to secure the apartment which is refundable immediately you move in…I would be sending the following documents to you via DHL to your present residential address which you provided to me in your application form and the tracking number will be sent to you so that when you are ready to occupy the place it will be convenient for you.Once again, we are giving you this on trust and honesty and do not dissapoint us and I promise you that you will love it.So i have the keys and the receipt for payment will also be made available, which will be packaged together with the package,But do i email you the lease agreement contract form as attachment for you to go through it sign it and email it back to me after which i will email you my details to make payment Via western union money transfer,Here are the contents of the package.

    1)Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)The house documetary file.
    3)Payment Reciept.
    4)Original signed copy of lease contract agreement

    NB………..THE 400POUNDS IS FOR BOTH PEOPLE

    So let me know about your final decision,so that we can proceed on the next step to send the keys of the Apartment to you through DHL as soon as i confirm your first month deposit payment which is refundable after the first month you move in.I will be getting back to you with the tracking number as i have said and the arrival time of the package.Do get back to me with your address where you want the package to be sent to..So fill in your Delivering Information below:

    1)Reciever”s Name:
    2)Reciever”s Address:
    3)Reciever”s Phone #:

    Thanks and God Bless you as i look forward to hear from you.
    Thanks And Remain Blessed.
    Rev Derrick Fitzgerald
    +2348023917216

    I just wish there was something we could do to stop these people, it’s just sick what they are doing.

  150. Jennifer says:

    Here’s the reply I got… shameless.

    “My Dear thanks for your interest in my house and how are you going on today?

    The House Is a 3 br 1 ba Single-Family Home. Which My wife and I occupied before leaving for Nigeria. We left on a self Mission following God’s Call to Preach the Word and Let people of all Nations Hear About Him. My wife and I thought of ourselves and asked God what we would Give him and He says we should sacrifice our life and give him the best we can,letting humans know about him. The bible account of Luke 12: 29-31, Don’t seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God’s Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. We decided to do the missionary work.

    Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So we will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We would like to work any flexible plan you have on your term of renting, Long or short term or month by month.While we were leaving,we took along with us the keys just to view the Land if it would be favorable for God’s Work,on getting down here we decided to stay and Go On preaching the Good News.The Home was Formally FOR SALE but we have decided not to sell anymore so we would lay our head when we do come back to rest.Prior to our arriving back we shall be giving a 90 days notice to you if we finally decide to rent to you.We shall be staying for upwards of five years here doing God’s Work. So kindly Get back to us with the application form below.

    Note: the Rent is $750
    Security Deposit is $750
    Total Cost to Move in is $1500
    Our cell Number where you can reach us is: 0112347041013190
    Here is the address of the house you can easily drive by: 90 Deanna Rd, Brockton MA 02302

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ HOW LONG? ______________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS Home IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? _______________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
    MONTHLY INCOME:
    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 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. Looking forward to hear from you.

    Best Regards,

    Pastor Anthony Newman.
    Cell: 0112347041013190

  151. erica says:

    The last 5 and only emails I got back from individuals renting in Barcelona on Loquo were all scams. The emails very similar to the ones you have all explained. They all had rent forms attached, the rent was cheaper than normal, and more importantly they were all doing missionary work and not in town. It’s very upsetting because now I have no idea where to look for an apartment in Barcelona. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  152. Tamara says:

    Hi Nate…interesting forum. I’m veiwing your site from Ottawa, Canada and have come across something like this about 8 months ago. Now my partner and I have just begun a new home search again, and oddly enough we received this type of scam from 5 different postings on Kijiji in the same day, just yesterday. Kijiji is basically the same deal as craigslist. Both of which are known reliable online websites here. Although, only one of the five responses claimed to be from Africa. The other two claimed to be in London, UK and Washington DC. After reading a bit of your forum (it’s quite large), and doing a little more research myself, I simply wanted to post that these scammers aren’t only claiming to be from Nigeria or Africa. And the scammers are using reasons like: “Empowering Youth to Fight Racism”, “Fight Poverty”, “Fight HIV/Aids”, they are also using reason’s like “hospital transfers” and “company transfers”. They are using religious twists, no word of a lie, I came across one that claimed to be on a Holy Crusade for the Holy Grail!! And to be honest, I was most intrigued by that one! It was the very first scam I’ve came across and even contemplated renting the home for a small period of time! Went to the house, checked it out, it was empty and even had a sign on the lawn “for rent”. I inquired with the neighbor of the house in question and he told me that the owners just up and left! This could have easily fooled somebody! I came very close on that one and that was about 8 months ago! Now, these type of postings seem to be congesting the websites. They also seem to be targeting the low income / uneducated / less fortunate citizens. And just for a quick note or heads up… just a couple weeks ago here in ottawa, a man was arrested and charged for something along these lines….He actually ended up receiving over $25,000 in rent deposits for one month in a low income housing unit and he was also right here in the city. I believe this is much much much more closer than we all think!!!!!

  153. Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for emailing me regarding the house is still available, but presently I’m on business trip to West Africa. I bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won, so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house, so I have to look for an agent and getting one we strike a deal but later my wife advised me on selling the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advice. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have given the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later and moresome I do not have anyone in the area I can leave the keys behind with so that is why I posted ad myself. If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price and I this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. The house is available for as long as you want and if you drive by the house you may see a sign there, you have nothing to worry about it belongs to my previous agent so you have absolutely nothing to worry about and you don’t have to call them because they do not have access to the house anymore.

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( )________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( )___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________

    P.S: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW THE INTERIOR PART OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE I HAVE THE KEYS HERE WITH ME BUT I CAN SEND YOU PICTURES.

    House Address
    312 Hampton Ct, Lake Charles, LA 70605-6577

    Sincerely,
    Mr/Mrs Reed
    +234-704-019-0217

  154. 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 9350 NW 32nd St Sunrise, FL 33351… 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..

  155. Missy says:

    I too just received this letter from a rental I found on Craigs list.

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathroom house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sale the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 117 Fairview Ave, Brockton MA 02301 Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also… All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ 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? ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112347041013190

    Best Regards

    Pastor Anthony Newman.
    0112347041013190 (call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $700
    Total Move In Cost:$1400

    Thankfully, I googled Pastor Anthony Newman and found this site.

  156. KMD says:

    Looks like your Pastor Anthony Newman and my Pastor Tony Lane have the same phone number!

    I read the post for a 4 bedroom house on craigslist for rent for $850 – around here that’s unheard of, so I used my “junk email” to respond to it. Here’s what I got back:

    Re: House in Westerly‏
    From: Chosen Worship (worshipsongx@gmail.com)
    Sent: Fri 5/07/10 7:50 AM
    To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 4 bedrooms and 2 bathroom house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sale the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 24 Gardner Dr, Westerly RI 02891 Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also… All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________ 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? ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112347041013190

    Best Regards

    Pastor Tony Lane
    0112347041013190 (call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $850 and security deposit is $850
    Total Move In Cost:$1700

    Thankfully I went with my gut feeling! I also looked up the address on a realty site and the house is for sale – most likely they took that information and made it their own.

    They will get what’s coming to them in the end – sorry to all of you who actually got scammed :(

  157. That is great, im happy for the people that found out in time. We almost lost our money, After sending it through Western Union, I contacted customer service and was able to get our refund. The scammers called like crazy for about one hour, then we never got any more responses from them.
    They are still out there, I hope other people find this site so that they can be informed…..

  158. LOL @ these ass clowns says:

    i got a very simillar email response today. The Dum dums need to change their west african missionary story, its too old now.

  159. Sox Lover says:

    I had a bad feeling in the back of my mind but was hoping so hard that this deal would be legit. Thank God I trusted my instinct and I did some Googling and found this website. The other emails posted here match up practically word for word to what I was receiving! Sneaky bastards… I knew it must have been too good to be true…

    This is the second email I received from the scammers:

    “We have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable by my family. so we would want you to go through with you moving into my house and get back to us on what you feel. Our house number is +234-802-444-6958 or 011-234-802-444-6958.

    We would like to send the following document to you via FEDEX COURIER SERVICE 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 half Deposit payment of $250 today , so that you can have the keys and document in your possession via FedEx,and below is the information to send the payment through Western Union Outlet.

    Below is the payment information.

    Receiver’s Name: DEJONG THOMAS
    Address : 92 ST VICTORIA ISLAND RD,
    CITY: LAGOS ,
    COUNTRY: NIGERIA
    ZIP CODE:23401
    TEXT QUESTION : WHO MADE YOU?
    ANSWER : GOD.

    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!!!”

    First E-mail:

    quoting dejongthomas@aol.com:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house
    forrent. The house is much available for now and it is a 2bedroom
    home…Iwant you to know that i am the owner of this building
    situated at 434 EKensington Ave Salt Lake City, UT 84115… But i am
    now presently inWest Africa for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade
    with my wife and wehave the keys right here with us. I will like to
    inform you that it wasdue to my transfer that makes us to leave the
    house and also want togive it out for rent and looking for a
    responsible person that can takevery good care of it as we are not
    after the money for the rent butwant it to be clean at the time and
    the person that will rent it totake it as if it were its own..So for
    now,We are here in WestAfrica,NIGERIA our new house and also with
    the keys of the house,we aretrying to look for an agent that we can
    give this document before weleft but could not see and we are as
    well as don’t want our house to beused any how in our absent that is
    why we took it along with ushere..We are only willing to give the
    house out to a lovely and caringfamily only, so if you know you
    cannot give the house the neatness itdeserves please don’t contact
    me.But if you promise to always take goodcare of the house,get back
    to me on how you could take care of ourhouse or perhaps experience
    you have in renting a home.Hope you areokay with the monthly price
    of $500 and the refundable security depositof $500. I am looking
    forward to hear from you ASAP, below is theapplication form for you
    to fill and discuss on how to get the housefor 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
    canhave it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you
    andcontacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on
    how toget the document and the key to you,please we are giving you
    all thisbase on trust and again i will want you to stick to your
    words,you knowthat,we do not see yet and only putting everything
    into Gods hand,soplease do not let us down in this our property and
    God bless you moreas you do this.

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

    Regards.

  160. susyq says:

    How about this one…I was searching for an apartment in Colorado, and like I learned…its too good to be true. Enjoy this story…

    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: 419 Fox St Longmont, CO 80501

    First Month Rent:$650
    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.

  161. josh holbeck says:

    Re: 3 bedroom home for rent‏
    From: Catherine Proctor (catherineproctor22@yahoo.com)
    Sent: Thu 6/03/10 12:19 PM
    To:
    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 3 bedrooms and 3.2 bathroom house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sale the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 6 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 31 Downing Avenue,Downingtown, PA 19335
    . Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your word and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future… We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also…. All the utilities are included in the rent… Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    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________________________

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 011-234-812-489-4948
    Best Regards

    Pastor :Catherine D Proctor

    (011- 234-812-489-4948)OR( +234-812-489-4948(+234-812-489-4948) (call anytime)

    Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $500J

    Catherine D Proctor

  162. Kendra says:

    I inquired about a home from craigslist and received this email back. I replied back like a dummy, THEN my wheels started turning. I went to the house cause it’s only 10 minutes away from me. It is for rent with a realty company for $1900…not $1200. The email stated that the home was ready to be moved in to. The house is occupied right now, but for rent. I sent them some information about me…what they asked at the end of the email. hope it’s not enough to open any accounts or such. They couldn’t anyway………I have no credit. BEWARE OF SHAWN D BRYAR!

    Hello,

    God bless you for your interest about our House. This 5BR/3B is still available for rent.
    I am renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat my house as his or her own.

    Presently Myself and my wife have moved out of the house due to my work transfer to Western Region in Africa and we will be away for good 5 years or more and this is reason why we are actually renting it out so if you are interested in taking good care of our house, then my family will be ready in accepting you as our new tenant who be fully incharge of our house.

    If you really impress us by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay…..This 5BR/3BT And the SQ is 2,600 5bedroom house 3 bath. Ready to move in…

    Below is our address of the House:

    (14 Wild Rose DriveFredericksburg, VA 22406)

    So get back to us on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting . Hope you are okay with the price of US$1200/month with heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on andthe deposit fee is $700… PETS ARE FULLY WELCOME! We are looking forward to hear from you ASAP.

    So that will can forward you an Application to fill out and discuss on how to get the House for rent and also the Entrances keys and the document of our house,also are you ready to rent it now or when? Await your urgent reply. Thanks for your understanding.

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

    THE RENTAL 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____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car___________________________ _
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date__________________________

    Thanks very much for your understanding.
    Shawn D Bryar
    You can contact us at +2348191475243 or 0112348191475243

  163. TotalBS says:

    Do oes “Daniel Dunham” in Nigeria really think we are this dumb?!?!?!

    from Daniel Dunham
    date Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    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 own 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 Four 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 $1000 which the deposit is $1000 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.I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTRESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW

    Pls let me get this answer.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

    FULL NAME__________________________________________________ HOME PHONE ( ) ________________________
    CELL 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 PETS____________________________
    DO YOU HAVE CARS____________________________
    OCCUPATION____________________________
    IF THE HOUSE IS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU,HOW LONG WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY______________________________
    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..

    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:4 Bath:3

    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 FAVOUR IN ORDER NOT TO LOOSE IT TO OTHER INTERESTED APPLICANTS.

    PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
    Owners have maintained the sparkle in this property with its extensive bamboo flooring, newer carpet in bedrooms and newer interior paint. This open floor plan offers formal living and dining rooms, kitchen opens to great room and includes maple cabinets, granite counters, double ovens, 5-burner gas cooktop, built in microwave, WELCOME HOME! .Call Today! .Don’t miss this home ! !!Call today this home will not last!pets are welcome. You’ll love living here! Great location.

    Bedrooms:4Bedrooms
    Bathrooms: 3Bathrooms
    Approximately 2,100 Square Feet
    Parking 2 dedicated
    A month rent:$1000
    Deposit:$1000
    Application fee:$0
    Pet policy:ok
    Smoking inside:Not allowed

    YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +2348025305449 Or 0112348025305449

    Thanks and remain blessed

  164. Das Antigas says:

    Another one… If there’s a God, these people are sure going to hell!

    This was for Dallas, Kessler Park, Oak Cliff.

    What’s the deal with “DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT”?

    from xxxxx
    to xxxxx
    date Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 6:16 AM
    subject 3br – Picture perfect 3BR w/ spindle columns and multiple archways.. (Dallas TX)
    mailed-by yahoo.com
    signed-by yahoo.com

    hide details 6:16 AM (11 hours ago)

    Good day Applicant,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Jenifer Benedict the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. Presently, I am in Nigeria. I came over here with my husband, we both acquired the property immediately after getting married. On getting here, I had a thought of selling the house of which i did a research for an agent to handle it on our behalf and after getting one, we got a deal but later my husband advised against that. Presently, it is no longer for sale, under minding the for sale sign up there in the building which I put there before leaving but available for rent at 900 per month (which includes utilities) and a security deposit of $900. More so now, our purpose of leaving the States down to Nigeria is for an International Christian Conference (I.C.C) meeting, that has to do with establishing of more churches around the West African continent, aimed at propagating the word of God amongst them as to reduce the high rate of criminal activities practiced as the end time is near. We are currently working with the Church of God Mission international, led by Arch-Bishop (Mrs.) Margaret Benson Idahosa.

    Please, 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 checkup. 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.

    I believe you have seen how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant. Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but can’t have a look at the interior until I have sent the keys and documents of the house to you.Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows.. New fridge (7/07)…I believe it’s absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas etc.

    Please note that, a deposit payment would be required if accepted to have the property rented.

    MOVE IN DEPOSIT:
    First Month Rent $900
    Security Deposit: $900

    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: __________
    ARE YOU MARRIED: __________
    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: _____________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE MOVE IN DEPOSITS REQUIRED: ____________
    WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU WISH TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE: _______________

    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 have them stored in my file for the purpose of issuing the receipts to 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 and a half years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there. Here is my number 0112348122766253 or +2348122766253, I will be expecting to hear from you.

    Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements.

    God Bless,
    Jenifer.

  165. Brent says:

    This happened to me today. My house was for sell on Craigslist and many other places and they just used all of our pics to try to rent the house. Now I am concerned someone is going to believe this scam and think my house is sitting empty with the owners in Africa.

  166. Anonymous says:

    Dearest ,
           Thanks for your swift response and your willingness to see our
    property as your own property. I spoke with my husband and he believes
    that you’re the right answer to our prayer. Because all we do pray for
    is that God should provide to us a good tenant that we see the
    property as their own property. Thanks God we find you. Although, we
    have some other parties that are interested in the rent, but we decide
    to give it to you. We are promising to always remember you in our
    daily prayers. We care to see your picture, just to have an ideal of
    whom our tenant is. Our family pictures and some of our missionary
    pictures will be included in the package that will be sent to you,
    which will contain the keys, the papers and necessary details for your
    move in.

         Kindly find the attached file to see the lease agreement paper.
    Go through it carefully and subsequently append your signature if you
    adhere with terms. Return it back to me via email ASAP for us to
    proceed. Every necessary information and instruction on how to get the
    deposit payment sort will be forward to you as soon as i receive your
    signed agreement paper. I await your soonest reply.

     So kindly get back to me with the signed lease agreement paper so
    that we can proceed and also i have make some arrangement in getting
    the keys and the document to you and also i was told that the shipping
    company send you an email

    Below here is the information for you to sort the deposit via western
    union,or money gram

    Receiver’s Name: Deana Sherrill

    Receiver’s Address: 90 God Own Street, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria. 23401
    Test question: Who is the Saviour?
    Test Answer: Jesus.

    As soon as you sent the deposit, get back to me with the sender’s name
    and the MTCN with the total amount sent via text. I’ll proceed with
    the package as soon as i can and mail it to you. As soon as the
    shipping is completed, i’ll provide you with the shipping details such
    as the departure time, tracking number, package content e.t.c

    I’ll advice you sort the payment as early as you can so as to get the
    package send to you sameday because of time difference,

    I’ll be looking forward to receive the payment confirmation as soon as
    you get it sent.

    Thanks for your time and understanding.

    Feel free to call me on or text me anytime + 2348033229333

    My Husband sends his regards to you

    Stay blessed.

    Deana Sherrill .

    On 7/3/10,
    Thanks and let me know if there’s anything else that you need from us.

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Jul 3, 2010, at 12:11 AM, Deana Sherrill wrote:

    Hello
        Thanks for the mail,Kindly get back to me with your references so
    that we can proceed

    Thanks

    On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM,
    wrote:
    Hi Mrs. Sherrill,  I know you or your husband tried to reach us several
    times this morning. Our reception isn’t very good at times. Is it alright
    if we can communicate through email for now? We are still very interest in
    leasing your property. Hope all is well for you & your husband! Have a blessed day!

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Jun 28, 2010, at 3:36 AM, Deana Sherrill wrote:

    Hello,
      Thanks for your interest in my property, the home is still available
    and ready for move in. My names is Deana Sherrill the house is located at
    10390 Bart Way Santee, CA 92071.Single story air-conditioned patio home
    in “Country Side” community with vaulted ceilings, neutral carpet and
    vinyl flooring, spacious kitchen & dining area with white tile counters,
    all appliances include electric stove/oven, new refrigerator, and
    dishwasher. Washer/Dryer hook-ups. Access to large fenced & gated patio
    from kitchen/dining and from large living room, brick gas fireplace in
    living room, third bedroom near entry has closet, double door entry and
    can be used as spacious office. Hall bath has tub shower combo. There are
    ceiling fans throughout, master bedroom suite is divided into 4 areas
    including a sitting area with access to 2nd private fenced patio and
    garage, a vanity area, walk in closet and shower room. 2 car attached
    garage, walk to grocery and other shopping, close to major shopping
    centers and easy freeway access. Max 2 small pets.. ….

       My husband and I are currently in West Africa for missionary call.
    Before we left the stateside, we search for a God fearing and reputable
    agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn’t get anyone
    then. We left with the key, remote and the papers.  I ‘ m willing to rent
    out the home to a tenant who is able to come up with first months rent
    and a security deposit of $1200 as a move in deposit and I will like
    him/her to assure me that the house will be properly managed.  Concerning
    the lease, duration is minimum of 6months or according to the
    would-be-tenant need.

     I ‘ m giving out the home with such a reasonable amount because I am
    only paying God back for his kindness and mercy over me and my family
    with what I have that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s
    also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need
    someone/a family that will take good care of the house as
    their own property.

     If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property and
    also you can afford the move in deposit, kindly confirm your interest by
    getting back to me with the below application details.

    RENT APPLICATION DETAILS
    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?
    YOUR REFERENCES ?
    WHEN WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT?

               I ‘ ll be 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. The Lord Almighty has been good to me, I am
    paying him back with my missionary call. I could let you remain in the
    house till I come back if you are a good tenant. I will email you
    the pictures and rent terms as soon as I receive your reply.

    God Bless You.

    Sincere Regards,

    On 6/28/ wrote:
    Is this home still available?
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/apa/1812916680.html

    Sent from my iPad

    Does anyone know how or where to report these criminals?

  167. Anonymous says:

    Dearest,
           Thanks for your swift response and your willingness to see our
    property as your own property. I spoke with my husband and he believes
    that you’re the right answer to our prayer. Because all we do pray for
    is that God should provide to us a good tenant that we see the
    property as their own property. Thanks God we find you. Although, we
    have some other parties that are interested in the rent, but we decide
    to give it to you. We are promising to always remember you in our
    daily prayers. We care to see your picture, just to have an ideal of
    whom our tenant is. Our family pictures and some of our missionary
    pictures will be included in the package that will be sent to you,
    which will contain the keys, the papers and necessary details for your
    move in.

         Kindly find the attached file to see the lease agreement paper.
    Go through it carefully and subsequently append your signature if you
    adhere with terms. Return it back to me via email ASAP for us to
    proceed. Every necessary information and instruction on how to get the
    deposit payment sort will be forward to you as soon as i receive your
    signed agreement paper. I await your soonest reply.

     So kindly get back to me with the signed lease agreement paper so
    that we can proceed and also i have make some arrangement in getting
    the keys and the document to you and also i was told that the shipping
    company send you an email

    Below here is the information for you to sort the deposit via western
    union,or money gram

    Receiver’s Name: Deana Sherrill

    Receiver’s Address: 90 God Own Street, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria. 23401
    Test question: Who is the Saviour?
    Test Answer: Jesus.

    As soon as you sent the deposit, get back to me with the sender’s name
    and the MTCN with the total amount sent via text. I’ll proceed with
    the package as soon as i can and mail it to you. As soon as the
    shipping is completed, i’ll provide you with the shipping details such
    as the departure time, tracking number, package content e.t.c

    I’ll advice you sort the payment as early as you can so as to get the
    package send to you sameday because of time difference,

    I’ll be looking forward to receive the payment confirmation as soon as
    you get it sent.

    Thanks for your time and understanding.

    Feel free to call me on or text me anytime + 2348033229333

    My Husband sends his regards to you

    Stay blessed.

    Deana Sherrill .

    On 7/2/2010@yahoo.com> wrote:
    Mrs. Sherrill, 
    Thanks and let me know if there’s anything else that you need from us.

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Jul 3, 2010, at 12:11 AM, Deana Sherrill wrote:

    Hello
        Thanks for the mail,Kindly get back to me with your references so
    that we can proceed

    Thanks

    On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM, @yahoo.com>
    wrote:
    Hi Mrs. Sherrill,  I know you or your husband tried to reach us several
    times this morning. Our reception isn’t very good at times. Is it alright
    if we can communicate through email for now? We are still very interest in
    leasing your property.  Hope all is well for you & your husband! Have a blessed day!

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Jun 28, 2010, at 3:36 AM, Deana Sherrill wrote:

    Hello,
      Thanks for your interest in my property, the home is still available
    and ready for move in. My names is Deana Sherrill the house is located at
    10390 Bart Way Santee, CA 92071.Single story air-conditioned patio home
    in “Country Side” community with vaulted ceilings, neutral carpet and
    vinyl flooring, spacious kitchen & dining area with white tile counters,
    all appliances include electric stove/oven, new refrigerator, and
    dishwasher. Washer/Dryer hook-ups. Access to large fenced & gated patio
    from kitchen/dining and from large living room, brick gas fireplace in
    living room, third bedroom near entry has closet, double door entry and
    can be used as spacious office. Hall bath has tub shower combo. There are
    ceiling fans throughout, master bedroom suite is divided into 4 areas
    including a sitting area with access to 2nd private fenced patio and
    garage, a vanity area, walk in closet and shower room. 2 car attached
    garage, walk to grocery and other shopping, close to major shopping
    centers and easy freeway access. Max 2 small pets.. ….

       My husband and I are currently in West Africa for missionary call.
    Before we left the stateside, we search for a God fearing and reputable
    agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn’t get anyone
    then. We left with the key, remote and the papers.  I ‘ m willing to rent
    out the home to a tenant who is able to come up with first months rent
    and a security deposit of $1200 as a move in deposit and I will like
    him/her to assure me that the house will be properly managed.  Concerning
    the lease, duration is minimum of 6months or according to the
    would-be-tenant need.

     I ‘ m giving out the home with such a reasonable amount because I am
    only paying God back for his kindness and mercy over me and my family
    with what I have that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s
    also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need
    someone/a family that will take good care of the house as
    their own property.

     If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property and
    also you can afford the move in deposit, kindly confirm your interest by
    getting back to me with the below application details.

    RENT APPLICATION DETAILS
    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?
    YOUR REFERENCES ?
    WHEN WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT?

               I ‘ ll be 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. The Lord Almighty has been good to me, I am
    paying him back with my missionary call. I could let you remain in the
    house till I come back if you are a good tenant. I will email you
    the pictures and rent terms as soon as I receive your reply.

    God Bless You.

    Sincere Regards,

    On 6/28/10, @yahoo.com> wrote:
    Is this home still available?

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/apa/1812916680.html

    Sent from my iPad

    Does anyone know where or what agency these criminals should be reported to? Thankfully we were not victims.

  168. Ann says:

    Dearest,
           Thanks for your swift response and your willingness to see our
    property as your own property. I spoke with my husband and he believes
    that you’re the right answer to our prayer. Because all we do pray for
    is that God should provide to us a good tenant that we see the
    property as their own property. Thanks God we find you. Although, we
    have some other parties that are interested in the rent, but we decide
    to give it to you. We are promising to always remember you in our
    daily prayers. We care to see your picture, just to have an ideal of
    whom our tenant is. Our family pictures and some of our missionary
    pictures will be included in the package that will be sent to you,
    which will contain the keys, the papers and necessary details for your
    move in.

         Kindly find the attached file to see the lease agreement paper.
    Go through it carefully and subsequently append your signature if you
    adhere with terms. Return it back to me via email ASAP for us to
    proceed. Every necessary information and instruction on how to get the
    deposit payment sort will be forward to you as soon as i receive your
    signed agreement paper. I await your soonest reply.

     So kindly get back to me with the signed lease agreement paper so
    that we can proceed and also i have make some arrangement in getting
    the keys and the document to you and also i was told that the shipping
    company send you an email

    Below here is the information for you to sort the deposit via western
    union,or money gram

    Receiver’s Name: Deana Sherrill

    Receiver’s Address: 90 God Own Street, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria. 23401
    Test question: Who is the Saviour?
    Test Answer: Jesus.

    As soon as you sent the deposit, get back to me with the sender’s name
    and the MTCN with the total amount sent via text. I’ll proceed with
    the package as soon as i can and mail it to you. As soon as the
    shipping is completed, i’ll provide you with the shipping details such
    as the departure time, tracking number, package content e.t.c

    I’ll advice you sort the payment as early as you can so as to get the
    package send to you sameday because of time difference,

    I’ll be looking forward to receive the payment confirmation as soon as
    you get it sent.

    Thanks for your time and understanding.

    Feel free to call me on or text me anytime + 2348033229333

    My Husband sends his regards to you

    Stay blessed.

    Deana Sherrill .

    On 7/2/2010@yahoo.com> wrote:
    Mrs. Sherrill, 
    Thanks and let me know if there’s anything else that you need from us.

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Jul 3, 2010, at 12:11 AM, Deana Sherrill wrote:

    Hello
        Thanks for the mail,Kindly get back to me with your references so
    that we can proceed

    Thanks

    On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 9:10 AM, @yahoo.com>
    wrote:
    Hi Mrs. Sherrill,  I know you or your husband tried to reach us several
    times this morning. Our reception isn’t very good at times. Is it alright
    if we can communicate through email for now? We are still very interest in
    leasing your property.  Hope all is well for you & your husband! Have a blessed day!

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Jun 28, 2010, at 3:36 AM, Deana Sherrill wrote:

    Hello,
      Thanks for your interest in my property, the home is still available
    and ready for move in. My names is Deana Sherrill the house is located at
    10390 Bart Way Santee, CA 92071.Single story air-conditioned patio home
    in “Country Side” community with vaulted ceilings, neutral carpet and
    vinyl flooring, spacious kitchen & dining area with white tile counters,
    all appliances include electric stove/oven, new refrigerator, and
    dishwasher. Washer/Dryer hook-ups. Access to large fenced & gated patio
    from kitchen/dining and from large living room, brick gas fireplace in
    living room, third bedroom near entry has closet, double door entry and
    can be used as spacious office. Hall bath has tub shower combo. There are
    ceiling fans throughout, master bedroom suite is divided into 4 areas
    including a sitting area with access to 2nd private fenced patio and
    garage, a vanity area, walk in closet and shower room. 2 car attached
    garage, walk to grocery and other shopping, close to major shopping
    centers and easy freeway access. Max 2 small pets.. ….

       My husband and I are currently in West Africa for missionary call.
    Before we left the stateside, we search for a God fearing and reputable
    agent who can take good care of the house, but we couldn’t get anyone
    then. We left with the key, remote and the papers.  I ‘ m willing to rent
    out the home to a tenant who is able to come up with first months rent
    and a security deposit of $1200 as a move in deposit and I will like
    him/her to assure me that the house will be properly managed.  Concerning
    the lease, duration is minimum of 6months or according to the
    would-be-tenant need.

     I ‘ m giving out the home with such a reasonable amount because I am
    only paying God back for his kindness and mercy over me and my family
    with what I have that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s
    also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need
    someone/a family that will take good care of the house as
    their own property.

     If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property and
    also you can afford the move in deposit, kindly confirm your interest by
    getting back to me with the below application details.

    RENT APPLICATION DETAILS
    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?
    YOUR REFERENCES ?
    WHEN WILL YOU BE ABLE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT?

               I ‘ ll be 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. The Lord Almighty has been good to me, I am
    paying him back with my missionary call. I could let you remain in the
    house till I come back if you are a good tenant. I will email you
    the pictures and rent terms as soon as I receive your reply.

    God Bless You.

    Sincere Regards,

    On 6/28/10, @yahoo.com> wrote:
    Is this home still available?

    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/apa/1812916680.html

    Sent from my iPad

  169. Ann says:

    Where do I report this criminal to? Thank God we were not victims to these people.

  170. J. Barba says:

    Here is another one in the Greenville, SC area…. http://greenville.craigslist.org/apa/1821652184.html

    The email address is listed under the actual name of the owner, per the Greenville County website… a fake email account? Going to drive by to see if there are actually people still living there. Thankful I saw this site…got a reply that was word-for-word as one of the above. Run, people!

  171. Michelle says:

    This is also happening to me right now! My fiance and I are in desperate need of finding a place and we are always on Craigslist. We found (what we thought) was the perfect home for us to rent, it was gorgeous. We did feel that the house was a little under priced but we definitely wanted more information on it. We would never send money out of the country to begin with but the ad did in fact sound legit. That is….up until I received an email response from the “landlord”……..

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is charming 2 bedroom home for rent in Greenville SC,USA.Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a doctoral duty under a missionary, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sell the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.

    So as you know well that the house is located in 107 Bankside Lane, Greenville SC 29609. Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your words and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also… All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

    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____________________________
    When do you intended sending me the deposit___________________________
    When do you intended receiving the keys and document of the house___________________________
    When do you intend drive by the Property___________________________
    Any Good Credit___________________________
    Credit Score___________________________
    Any Police Problem___________________________

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112348126299567

    Best Regards

    Dr.FARRANT JANET
    +234-812-629-9567 or 011-234-812-629-9567 (call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $500 and security deposit is $1000
    Total Move In Cost:$1500

    ****I emailed him back with a little information just to see what they would say and this was the next email….

    Hello,

    Thanks for getting back to me.I just wanted to let you know that we have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable by my family..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 would like to send the following documents to you via FedEx next day delivery 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 based on trust so please do not disappoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house. We are with the under listed documents here with us and you will need to make Payment for the security deposit ($1000 USD) to enable shipment of the Keys and documents to the address you have provided to us, after which you could move in at your convenience. The rent only starts counting when you move in, so you could go ahead with the payment straight away to make things faster.

    Here are the contents of the document that needs to 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

    The house is available for rent for up to 4 years,so you are free to decide on how long you intend occupying it…Rent already includes utilities…I’m ready to accept either monthly or upfront mode of payment..depending on the one you’re most comfortable with..Utilities include: gas, water,sewer and trash.. Your monthly rent already covers utilities so you do not have to pay extra charges for that..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.

    All you need to do at this point is send a deposit of ($1000 USD) which is the Security Deposit as soon as possible to the under listed information through Western Union in order for me to be able to send the keys and other documents of the house to you via FedEx Immediately.

    RECEIVER’S NAME: FARRANT JANET.
    ADDRESS: 23 LUCKY STREET,
    STATE: LAGOS,
    COUNTRY: NIGERIA
    ZIP CODE: 23401
    TEST QUESTION: FAVORITE COLOR?
    ANSWER: WHITE.

    Get back to me with the 10 digits MTCN (money transfer control number) that will be given to you at Western Union after you have made the payment in order for me to be able to pick up the money sent, so that i can immediately arrange for the delivery of keys and documents to you through FedEx next day delivery…

    I will instruct you on how to make the monthly rent payments to me after you have moved in, and concerning the utilities,that will be taken care of by me every month so you need not to worry about that because the rent paid already covers that..Have a very wonderful day and your prompt response is awaited..

    Thanks and Remain Blessed.
    FARRANT JANET.

    ****After I emailed him back once again and informed him that we were not comfortable with sending money out of the country and the fact that we would not be meeting anyone to receive the keys to the place, this was the next email…..

    Hello,

    Thanks for getting back to me.i read your email and was not happy but i talked my lawyer who is here in west Africa and i have to send you an email with the RESIDENTIAL LEASE,i will want you to read and proceed with the payment today.As soon as i get the payment of $500 today you will be getting the keys and other document tomorrow morning.please have faith because God is with you.

    God bless you and your family.

    ****There was an attachment file with a 4 page “residential lease” for us to sign.

    Use common sense and caution when using Craigslist… although, things like this make me want to use it less and less everyday.

  172. Cassie says:

    I got almost an identical email about a house in Greenfield, WI. It was for sale but they decided to keep it and rent it out. There is even a for sale sign in the front yard of the house and there were pictures posted of the inside. They wanted me to Western Union a $500 security deposit. At first they were going to send the keys and then let me send the $ but when they wanted the money first I decided to do a little investigating. I knew it was too good to be true!

  173. Andrea says:

    If it’s too good to be true, it usually is (especially if it has to do with Africa, broken English, or the fact that you can not see the interior of the house because they are in another country and brought the keys with them).

    That said, here are some more Nigerian Craig’s list scams (from Cleveland, OH Craig’s List housing section – Luckily I never replied back since they were so obviously fake and I queried the addresses and found the actual listing):

    *********************************
    Ad #1
    *********************************
    $800 / 3br – Kamm’s Corners Special! Charming Bungalow with nice living space (Cleveland, OH 44135)

    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____________________________
    How soon can you pay the deposit_____________________

    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
    17817 Valleyview Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44135-1127

    Monthly Fee ; $800
    Security Deposit:$800
    Pets Allowed:
    Available :Available Now for move in.

    So pls get back to me today.
    I await your reply ASAP.
    Marcel D Albota
    +234-709-018-5103
    011-234-709-018-5103

    *************************************
    Ad #2
    *************************************
    $900 / 4br – Wonderful Charming 4 bed, 2.5 bath Townhouse For Rent In Edgecliff Dr (Parma, OH)

    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.

    Best Regards
    morgan
    234-8023-4348-79

    ***************************
    Ad #3
    ***************************
    $800 / 3br – 6808 Hidden Lake Trl Unit: # (Brecksville, OH 44141)

    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?___________________________

    Do you have a pet?____________________________

    Do you have a car?____________________________

    Occupation?____________________________

    Move In Date?____________________________

    Phone…+234-803-461-0113

    011-234-803-461-0113

    N.B:YOU CAN NOT VIEW THE INTERIOR PART OF THE HOUSE, BECAUSE I’M WITH

    THE KEYS HERE BUT YOU CAN REQUEST FOR PHOTOS.

  174. kulina says:

    today is 7/11/10 and i just got the exact same damn e-mail as ”kendra”..i live in hawaii and the fake ad was for a 3brd 2bth for $800 a mth and $600 deposit..of course i’m in a desperate situation and felt like i finally been blessed. after reading the responses a few times it started to look and sound like a big fat scam. i wish just for afew minutes they could be right in front of me…ooohhhhh weeeee the damage i would do

  175. These Nigerian pricks are all over!!I was searching for flats in Barcelona on loquo.com and this is the email I got..same old story..

    “It is a great pleasure to know that you are interested in my apartment, I am the owner of The Apartment. Actually I lived in the apartment with my family, my wife and My 2 kids Before and now i have moved, because of my missionary work and now located in London(United Kingdom), and now my apartment is still Available for rent. Let me know how long you will be staying in the apartment. the Monthly rent is 650Euros because it is Furnished, all utilities are included. you will have to pay 2 months fee in advance, that will also serve as deposit. Now that I am here in London For missionary work, please i want you to note that, I am an honest man, and also God fearing, i spent a lot on my Property I want to give you to rent, so if Actually you want to rent the apartment, i want absolute maintenance and i implore you to take very good care of the apartment, My main concern is not with the Monthly rent, but I want you to keep the apartment orderly all time, so that you will be pretty happy to see me when Coming for a check because I will be coming to check the apartment once in a while .I also want you to have confidence in yourself and I Always stand by my word, The only problem we had is that, We have just stayed in the apartment Five months after living all our lives in London and thus we could not find Someone trustworthy to rely on in handing over the keys and other documents of the apartment, the interior furniture are Still intact. The house is well furnished and so if you are Satisfied with the place all you need It is filling the Application Form for rent. As you pack in to the apartment, you will see God’s blessings and favors and you will enjoy life being in the apartment. The rent includes all utilities..Below is the Application form you need to fill:

    Application form of rent
    1) Your Name?
    2) Your full address and 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) Date of movement?
    10) How long will you stay in an apartment?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this Information so that I can take my file In case of the issuance of the receipt for you and Contact with you about how to get the keys and Other documents, please, I am giving all these base on my confidence in you You know i have not meet you in person but am putting everything in God’s control.So please do not let me down. May God bless you.”

  176. Murissa says:

    Holy snap crackle and POP! I GOT THE SAME THING! thank god i followed my gut and researched the man before i made any payments or anything. this was for a beautiful apartment in New York City and i knew it was too good to be true.

    Check it out below:
    > Thanks for you response,I am the owner of the property you interested
    > on,a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the
    > United Methodist Church International, I am
    > presently serving as Camp Director with the United Methodist Church in
    > West Africa,Nigeria .I am responsible for changing the lives of
    > countless children, youth, adults and families with disabilities and
    > serious illnesses in Nigeria and all related works with other mission
    > personnel.I am married to a wife named Faith and we are blessed with a
    > 3yr old daughter Melinda, our current home is in the vineyard of the
    > Lord in West Africa,Nigeria. If interested fill out this questions
    > below:
    >
    > 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)Credit Score….
    > 10)Reason for relocating…
    > 11)How soon are you will to move in.
    > 12)How long do you want to stay..
    >
    > The exterior view of the property is possible by you driving by the
    > property,moreso I want
    > to carefully accept tenancy with matured and responsible personality,
    > which why I took along with me the property documents and keys when
    > leaving for Africa and on a second thought of coming back home after
    > the end of my service after 3yrs, then considered a placement for
    > rent/lease. Therefore, If you are sincerely interested to take the
    > rent, get back to me as soon as possible for further rental procedures
    > and possible move in date and i will forward to you the Rental
    > Application Form to fill and return a copy, but If you are not ready
    > to live peacefully and damage-free during the rental duration (which
    > means I can not put trust and confidence in you) Please and kindly do
    > not reply this email.
    >
    > Regards
    > Call me as soon as possible for more details for move in @ cell phone
    > #: +234-708-616-9614

  177. Catherine Rankin says:

    This is the email I received after inquiring on a “too good to be true” home. Much of which is word for word from your example! These people have too much time on their hands! I thought this was fishy so I thought maybe id google the contact number they gave me, and look what I found…imagine that!

    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 2bedroom home…I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 1128 54th St Washougal, WA 98671… 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 $600 and the refundable security deposit of $600. 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.

    Kinda funny!

  178. kaleena says:

    it would seem that suwafu park has now started in south africa.. i got the following email.. needless to say it was too good to be true for the amount of money required.

    Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our apartment will be well taken care off,and I really appreciate your expression.So,Like I told you there’s none of my friends or relatives to show you the flat..I want you to stick to your words.Is that okay with you?And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent.You can rent it unfurnished you will move our furniture to the storage room.Hope you have a nice working day,Infact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest,You will not be able to see inside of the flat..We do along term and short term renting anytime you which to leave the place will be greatful and we are ready to rent a long-term for 1 years lease or more than either less than.Yes R2,500 per month include all utilities also there is washer and dryer available Note that you are not allowed to enter the flat,because the keys/document is here with me

    *******RENT APPLICATION*******

    (Private & Confidential)

    Also,Pls let me get this answer.

    1)Your Full Name
    2)Present Full Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
    3)Age
    4)Are you married?
    5)Sex?
    6)How many people will be living in the house?
    7)Do you have a pet?
    8)Do you have a car?
    9)What is your religion?
    10)Occupation?
    11) Citizen of which Country?
    12) When are you ready to Move In ?
    13) When are u planning to leave the flat ?
    14) How many months rent can you deposit ?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval 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 transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you to stick to your words,We are 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.

    N:B : We are doing this because of God as a good christian, If you can pay two months rent fee, you will get one month free , I had an accident which affected my hearing and my legs , I am currently on a wheel chair right now, I do not use a phone that’s why I am always online, you can fill out the rent application below and get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thanks so much and have a nice day.
    Love in Christ and Kindness Regards

  179. Tis says:

    New listing popping up on various site like craigslist, loquo, etc
    Posted on various dates in April, May, June and July 2010, apartment in Avinguda de Gaudí, Barcelona.

    Pricing way below average (400-500 euro all-in monthly rental)

    kirstinhylton@yahoo.com
    Kirstin Hylton

    ID might be fake copied, who knows…
    Hope someone who Google the so-called owner will find this entry first :))

  180. mitard says:

    Received two responses today, both scammy in nature. Adding here so Google can pick it up and index for the betterment of everyone’s existence:

    Application Form Information Regarding the apartment Issue:::::::::::::::::

    Hello,

    Thanks for the response concerning the apartment and the apartment is still available for rent and you will have to fill the apartment application form so that can be prove that you have interest in the apartment and the apartment is very clean,neat and wanted a very nice ,honest trustful person to move in to the apartment and you will have to know that you will have to fill the apartment form and you will have to agree with the term and condition of the apartment and you will have to fill the form below

    Full Name:::::::::::
    Physical Address:::::
    Contact Phone Number::::::
    What do you do for a Living :::::::: ?
    How old are you ::::::::::::::::::::::::: ?
    Have you Marry::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::?
    How Many Children do you have:::: ?
    How many are you coming in to the apartment:::::?
    Do you have pet::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::?
    Do you have Car ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::?
    Do you Drink:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::?
    Do you Smoke::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::?
    How many month Or Years are you Staying:::::::::::::?
    Long Term Or Short Term::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    ::::::::::::?

    You will have to fill the form for the apartment application and i want you to know that am not in the country for now am in West Africa doing business with my family that is why we are giving the apartment to a good and honest tenant because when we are living the country their is no one we can put in charge of the apartment even the lawyers is out of the state that is why we decided that we should lease the apartment for rent ourself and the keys for the apartment is with us here and the apartment as been locked and you will have to drive pass the apartment and i want you to email me as soon as you drive pass the apartment and details regarding the apartment .

    ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES

    Three levels. Ground floor: Large entrance hall with large living room (120 m2) and fireplace. Two ample sitting areas with plush sofas (4 in total). Indoor dinning table that seats 6. When the sliding glass doors are open the terrace, (9m x 4m), and living room combine to create a very big space with a magnificent view of the sea. There is a superb wine bodega. Seperate dining room with 18th century dining table that confortably seats 6. Modern kitchen with central island fully equipped with grill and oven, large refrigerator with dishwasher, microwave and glass door opening onto the gardens. There are five bedrooms: 2 doubles and 3 twins. Master bedroom 1 (queen size 1.60m x 2.00m) with incredible sea views. It has a TV, private interior garden and en suite bathroom with marble murals, big double Jacuzzi bath and separate walk-in cupboard. Master bedroom 2 (queen size 1.60m x 1.90m) with sea views, en suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and hand-held shower, and access to the gardens. Twin bedroom 1 (0.90m x 1.90m) with sea view and glass door. Twin bedroom 2 (0.90m x 1.90m) with glass door onto the gardens and walk-in cupboard. These two rooms share a bathroom. Twin bedroom 3 (0.90m x 1.90m) seperated from the rest, with sea views, en suite shower room with shower, walk-in cupboard and glass doors onto the gardens, ideal for staff or teenagers. Lower Level: Work out area with heated (heated in winter) and shower room with glass doors and sea views. First Floor: Study that opens onto a very big terrace with stunning views visible through sliding glass doors.

    Facilities include: Telephone, Fax, Satellite TV, DVD, CD Player, Heating, Air Conditioning (heater & cooler) Units in all rooms except living room, Jacuzzi Baths, ADSL Internet Connection, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Dryer, Microwave, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Heated Swimming Pool and Garden Furniture.

    the apartment monthly fees is ::::::::::::::: 1200 dollars
    Deposit Fees ::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 1200 dollars

    apartment Location ::::::::::::::::::::: 218 Queens Quay W Toronto, ON M5J, Canada

    I want you to know that the method of payment is via Western Union Money Transfer Or Money Gram Transfer because that is the easy and faster way that the payment can be save and you don’t have any problem okay and i want you to email me back so that we can move forward and as soon as you drive pass the apartment and you can contact me at +2348034316163.

    Thanks

    Mario

    ————–
    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my apartment. .I am Paul Johnson 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 London – United Kingdom. Presently my apartment is still available for rent for $1000 (rent already includes utilities). 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 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 want you to know that you will not be able to physically see the inside of the apartment because i could not find a good agent that can help me handle the rent due to a matter of urgency so i moved down here with my apartment keys and documents and i also do not want to hand over the keys to just any friend because i don’t want my place misused by anybody. So kindly bear with me for not been able to see the inside of the apartment, but i promise you that you will not be disappointed with the interior because it is well decorated and spacious. I can also email you more of the interior pictures for you to view and have an idea of how lovely it looks.

    I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. The apartment is a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment and the address of the apartment is 2121 Bathurst St, Toronto, Ontario M5N 2P3 .It has a Lovely home in a nice neighborhood. is known for excellent schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. 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 Blind. So if you are really interested in renting my apartment i will like you to fill the rent application form below.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    (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__________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?

    DO YOU HAVE PET
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?

    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    REFERENCE
    NAME_____________?
    ADDRESS_____________?

    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 apartment is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to… The first and last month rent is required before moving in…Feel free to Email me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…

    Thanks And God Bless You.

    Paul Johnson ….

  181. mitard says:

    Well, it looks like that is not all. My third one today. I think I learnt my lesson as far as hunting for cheap attractive apartments goes:
    ———————————————–
    Thanks for your interest in my apartment. The apartment is available for long term and short term rent. The building is in a great location situated in the quiet and safe neighborhood and offers secure access. internet, cable, laundry in-suite, storage facilities, heat, water, electric and parking are included in the rent.I have move to Portland, OR for my Master Degree in Divinity programme (M.Div) at the Western Seminary, Portland, OR.

    I am looking for a responsible tenant that is going to be taking good care of my apt and trusting you that you are going to be taking good care of of my apt as i left it. Here is the address of the apartment 18 Harbour St, Toronto, ON M5J 2Z6. The rent is $1050 per month,Damage Deposit $400 which include the utilities such as Water/Sewer, heat, hydro, gas,internet access e.t.c

    The Apartment is furnished. I will like you to tell me your experience with renting. I was wondering maybe i can send you the application form for you to fill out and the interior pictures for you to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks.Also i ll like to know when you want to take possession of the apartment so that we can discuss how to get the keys and neccessary documents to you.
    I look forward to hearing from you

    Regards,
    Anita
    WESTERN SEMINARY
    5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd.,
    Portland, OR 97215

  182. Lee says:

    I responded to the Craigslist ad and received the email too.

    However, I am going to have fun with these people.

    I talked to them over the phone, I researched and will do my OWN investigation through my friend who lives in Nigeria.

    Thanks for posting this !

    Here is MINE: Gilbert AZ area

    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 3725 E Megan Street,Gilbert, AZ 8529.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.The security deposit is $700 and hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.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: ______________
    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? ______________
    When do you intended sending me the deposit___________________________
    When do you intended 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 +2348067785822.or +2348026925504.
    Regards.

  183. ashley says:

    i cant believe this ALMOST happeded to me a young single mother!

    Hello

    Thanks for considering our 2bedroom suite worthy of renting and I am happy to let you know that the suite is still available. Please read the application form below carefully and fill it up. I am looking to rent this suite to a responsible and neat person or family and wish to treat my suite as his or her own. Presently I am in West Africa working for USAID. USAID efforts to foster world-wide economic growth and increased trade, and tackling cross-border issues such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and human trafficking in some of the developing and 3rd world countries and also to save the lives of peoples from primitive death, that claims the souls of younger ages as a result of casual sex gave me transfer to West Africa and i will be away for 6years or more and that is the reason i am actually renting out the suite, so if you are interested and will take good care of the suite then i will be ready to accept you as our future tenant and family friend. If you really impress me by taking good care of our suite then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish. You could check the USAID website to read more to better your knowledge more : http://www.usaid.gov/

    We (I and my wife) took the keys and documents along with us, we tried to look for an agent that we can give the documents and the keys before we left but could not find, so we took the documents along with the keys to avoid what happened to us in the past when we traveled to Australia and have to spend two years, the agent we contacted did not rent the suite out but made use of the suite which led to damaging some of the properties. Secondly when we traveled to USA, the second agent we contacted listed the suite so high that we could not have the suite rented for the period of time we were away. Since then we decided not to give out our keys to any agent to avoid another disappointment.

    Here is the address of the house: 7945 19th Ave East Burnaby, Burnaby, BC V3N 1E9.You can easily drive by the house to view the exterior of the house. The interior is the same as posted on Craig list. Note that pets are allowed and welcome. Fill the application form below and get back to me so that we can proceed to the next step in getting you moved in into your new home.

    Note that rent is $550 per month

    Security Deposit is $275

    Total cost of moving in = $825

    Rent includes all utilities.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM:

    FIRST NAME: __________________

    MIDDLE NAME: _________________

    LAST NAME: __________________

    PROFESSION: ________________

    (CELL)PHONE () __________

    (WORK)PHONE () __________

    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________

    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________

    CITY: _______________

    POSTAL CODE: _______________ HOW LONG? ______________IF RENTING

    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?

    IF THIS Home IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,

    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? _______________

    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________

    DO YOU HAVE PET?

    NAME OF PET: _____________

    KIND OF PETS: _____________

    HABITS:

    DO YOU SMOKE? ___________

    DO YOU DRINK? ______________

    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____

    WHEN DO YOU INTEND TO PAY FOR THE RENT AND DEPOSIT? __________________

    Note that we are not really interested in the money but interested in getting a tenant who will take care of the suite very well. 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. I await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys to you.

    Regards

    Marek Dziubek

    +2348094840286

    the second email was

    Hello Ashley

    Thanks again for considering our 2bedroom suite. I am promising you that you will be happy when you finally moved into your new home. I am happy to inform you that your application has been considered and accepted. I have forwarded your information to my office lawyer here in Africa to prepare the lease agreement papers that will be mailed via FedEx or UPS to you along with other documents and keys for the house.

    Reconfirm the information below to avoid mistake or error when sending the keys and documents to you via courier service:

    See below for the contents of the package that will be mailed to you via courier service:

    1: Keys to all the doors.

    2: Lease agreement papers.

    3: Receipt of payment made by you.

    4: Document containing all information about the house and how to go for the repairs if there is any damage.

    From your application I understand that you would like to move in ASAP. That is OK with us. From the discussion we had earlier with our lawyer, he advised that you will be required to pay a down payment to enable us secure the house on your behalf, send the keys and documents to you via courier service and also to insure the package against loss or damages when getting to you. Please confirm back to me the actual amount you will be willing to pay down to enable us secure the house on your behalf, send the keys and documents to you via courier service.

    Attention: My wife and I have decided to give you a grace of 2weeks; this means that your rent will start counting 2weeks after you have finally moved into your new home. This is to enable you enough time to unpack and arrange the home to your comfort.

    Looking forward to concluding this transaction to everyone’s satisfaction!

    Marek Dziubek

  184. Stacy says:

    This just happened to me and I live in Nebraska. You just don’t hear of this stuff happening here. I googled the address and the property is for sale and the pictures and description they used are from the listing. Unfortunately, I sent another email with my contact information but thankfully, I looked up rental scams before going any further.

  185. Lisa says:

    Same thing just happened to us here, almost verbatim. I started getting concerned today when the bastard CALLED my cell phone (can’t wait for the bill) and then I got an email stating that the move in day was the 16th!
    UGH.
    We called the realtor who is actually listing the house for sale, and also the owners and left messages to tell them what is happening.
    The crazy thing is, it was so believable because the email address was the name of the one owner of the house. When the “wife” mentioned she had been relocated to West Africa, it was believable too, because in the photos of the house, there was a lot of african art.
    I feel really stupid right now for having given any contact info, and believing that this was legit.

  186. Tanya says:

    I found an ad on craigslist yesterday and it was the same thing..Thought it was to good to be true…so I googled the number and it lead me to this page. Michael Emery [michaelemery56@yahoo.com] this is the email address they used and the craigslist http://charlotte.craigslist.org/apa/1903118683.html

    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 own the house you are making inquiry 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 daughter 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 Four 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 $1200 which the deposit is $1200 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 furniture no problem..More so Now, i went for a Crusade in West Africa.

    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,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 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.I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW

    Please let me get this answer.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

    FULL NAME__________________________________________________ HOME PHONE ( )________________________
    CELL 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 PETS____________________________
    DO YOU HAVE CARS____________________________
    OCCUPATION____________________________
    IF THE HOUSE IS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU,HOW LONG WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY______________________________
    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..

    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.This extraordinary Bedrooms:4 Bath:2.5

    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..I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE HOUSE WAS FORMALLY FOR SALE BUT DUE TO THE ADVICE OF MY WIFE AND MY CHILDREN,I DECIDED TO PUT IT OUT FOR RENT.THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT THE FOR SALE SIGN.IT WILL BE REMOVED AS SOON AS YOU HAVE MOVE IN TO THE HOUSE.

    PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

    WELCOME HOME! .Call Today! .Don’t miss this home ! !!Call today this home will not last!pets are welcome. You’ll love living here! Great location.

    Bedrooms:4 Bedrooms

    Bathrooms: 2.5 Bathrooms

    Approximately 2,707 Square Feet

    Parking 3 dedicated

    A month rent:$1200

    Deposit:$1200

    Application fee:$0

    Pet policy:OK

    Smoking inside:Not allowed

    YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +2348025305449 OR 0112348025305449

    Thanks and remain blessed

  187. new guy says:

    Same here boys and girls… Just happened last week, posted sept. 3rd, 2010.. knew of this from friend looking for rentals in Ft. Lauderdale. Horrible people posting these listings. Spread the word.

    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 own the house you are making inquiry 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.But i am now presently in (West Africa Nigeria) for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade with my wife,daughter 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 won’t be coming to the House until Four 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 $1000 which the deposit is $1000 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 furniture no problem..More so Now, i went for a Crusade in West Africa.

    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,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,and money is not 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.I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $1000 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:

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

    FULL NAME__________________________________________________ HOME PHONE ( )________________________
    CELL 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 PETS____________________________
    DO YOU HAVE CARS____________________________
    OCCUPATION____________________________
    IF THE HOUSE IS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU,HOW LONG WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAY______________________________
    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..

    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.This extraordinary Bedrooms:4 Bath:3

    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..I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE HOUSE WAS FORMALLY FOR SALE BUT DUE TO THE ADVICE OF MY WIFE AND MY CHILDREN,I DECIDED TO PUT IT OUT FOR RENT.THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT THE FOR SALE SIGN.IT WILL BE REMOVED AS SOON AS YOU HAVE MOVE IN TO THE HOUSE.

    PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

    WELCOME HOME! .Call Today! .Don’t miss this home ! !!Call today this home will not last!pets are welcome. You’ll love living here! Great location.

    Bedrooms:4 Bedrooms

    Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

    Approximately 2169 Square Feet

    Parking 3 dedicated

    A month rent:$1000

    Deposit:$1000

    Application fee:$0

    Pet policy:OK

    Smoking inside:Not allowed

    YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +2348025305449 OR 0112348025305449

    Thanks and remain blessed

  188. Tanya says:

    I just went thru the exact scenario in Connecticut and I intend on getting the word out to everyone I know…Unfortunatly I became a VICTIM of FRAUD due to extreme need to move quickly out of my current home; not only are these people scamming for money, they are stealing our pride, violating us, and most of all insulting our intelligience for those of us like myself who saw the “too good to be true” rental and turned it into a sign from god that my life was taking a turn for the better and how could someone be so nice? Yet, I was totally stupid, and almost knew it, we had a bad feeling from the get go, I researched the individual to see if he owned the property etc. it all came back positive, so I continued with deal…you know the rest….no keys:
    Here is the e-mail I recieved similar to Nate’s:
    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.

  189. T Wascher says:

    It’s in Seattle now. The email name is the same as the contact name, and this is an actual house across from my children’s school.

    I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business..However, My name is Martinez Victorm ,I own the house located at (32520 13th Ave. SW, Federal Way, WA 98023).Due to my job as a missionary I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are
    going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house and i will be here for (3-4 years).. However,the initial plan was to sale out the apt.which I tried, but some times the agents
    inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website,that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take of it as if it were yours The rent is $700 and $400 for Security Deposit For this 4BR/2BAth/2400 sq. ft. Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc…
    Below is my phone numbers
    +2347041507174
    RENTAL APPLICATION FORM
    FULL CONTACT NAME?
    OCCUPATION?
    RESIDENTIAL HOME ADDRESS?
    YOUR CELLPHONE NUMBER?
    YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER?
    YOUR WORKPLACE NUMBER?
    WHAT TIME IS THE` BEST TIME TO REACH YOU?
    AGE & MARITAL STATUS?
    OWN A PET?
    OWN A CAR?
    HOW MANY PEOPLE SHALL RESIDE IN THE PREMISES?
    ANTICIPATED MOVE IN DATE?
    REFERENCE?
    ============================== =======
    Application Comment
    ============================== =======Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the
    more to accept your applications.I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable.We can make arrangement for the
    keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you,this will give you the opportunity to view house.
    Regards
    Martinez Victorm

  190. Madalyn says:

    This just happened to me. I was looking at this great place in Jamestown Rhode Island and it has all the signs. I accually went the extra step and contacted realitor and told her and looking into the property ownership with the town hall. All scam!

  191. Janine says:

    Here is my little head-to-head with what sounded like a scam.

    Dear Janine,

    YES, this is real, so I’m very happy to hearing back from you today as my new choosen tenants, but I must still tell you again that, I’m only interested in serious,neat,clean,responsible and trustworthy tenants, who will help me take good proper care of my property in my absence, so I want you to assure me again that, I have found you as the right person to take good care of the place for me in my absence, because I will go ahead and send you the place keys today, upon your rent deposit payment confirmation soon, so that you can have my place keys in hands before your move-in date and then to start move in with the place keys as soon as you can once your move-in date is very flexible…

    If you would like to view the actual apartment, that’s not a problem, here’s the address and location of the apartment, you are free to pass or driveby the apartment today and see the apartment from outside and also check out the area, so that you can have an ideal of where you are moving to, and I have also attached you inside pictures of the apartment in this email for you also to view as well…

    Apartment Address: 400 E 84th St, New York, NY 10028.

    Location: It’s located on the Upper East Side, and is the very essence of Manhattan luxury apartment rentals – with breathtaking New York City and river views and a full-service luxury lifestyle that is simply incomparable…

    Furthermore, I want you to know that, I will not required first and last months rent payment from you upfront as a rent security deposit or a full year rent payment in advance, because I would like to continue building a TRUST relationship with you in this renting processing, and also, I will like doing all this with you IN COMPROMISE, so I will just required a month rent ($650) + the rent security deposit ($350) payment from you upfront, so you would just pay one month + rent security deposit payment to me ($1000) in advance, so that I can be able to hold and secure the place for you only till your move in date, and also for me to use the rent security deposit payment ($350) to ship out the place keys to you today, as you can see that, I’m already here in London, UK with the keys of the place, and no-one over there that have access to my place, because I don’t want my property to be use anyhow in presence of my life, that’s why I took the place keys along together with me overhere in England where I’m presently in, but remember that, I will send the keys to you so that you can have the place keys in hands before your move in date, and when you receive the keys, then you can just start to move in into the property as soon as possible, and always remember that, when your deposit payment have been confirmed today, I will make sure I issue out a month rent deposit payment receipt to you in your names, and I will include the rent payment receipt in the keys package which will be deliver to you via the DHL company, and which means you have pay a first month rent in advance, so you would not be require to pay a month rent payment anymore in the day of your move-in, because this deposit payment stands as your first month rent and this will start counting in the day of your moving into the place, and also have in mind that, your rent security deposit payment ($350) will still be refundable back to you on your moving out date, so please take notice and hope all this sound to you like a good COMPROMISE ?…

    Once again, I will go ahead and ship the place keys to you today via DHL Worldwide Express (Next Day Delivery) and the shipment tracking number of the keys package will be sent to you immediately as soon as I have the keys IN TRANSITION to your address, so that you can use it to track the keys package status online and to know when the keys will gets to you at your doors steps, but remember that, I’m doing all this for you based on TRUST,and I hope you won’t disappoint me on this ?, please do not disappoint me, and do not let me down in anyway, because I need a responsible tenant, who will help me make my place neat and tidy, and also that will help me treat my place like if it’s their owned in my absence, so I want you to have the place keys in hands before your move in date, so that you can be able to have access to the place before your move in date, as I will send the place keys to you from here in England, so please always sticks on your words, and hope I can TRUST you as I am giving you my place for renting based on trust ?….

    Please make sure you get back to me with the requested details below soonest in your next email, because it will help to ship the place keys to your destination today… This info will be needed to get the keys package in transition to your address today.

    KEYS PACKAGE FULL RECEIVER NAMES:__________________
    CURRENT ADDRESS:______________________
    PHONE: Cell & Home:________________
    REFERENCE(S):________________________

    Looking forward to hear from you soon, if you know you are also a serious and responsible tenants who’s capable and financially strong to rent the place for real soon, as I don’t want you to fool me in anyway as my proposed tenants…

    Please let me know how do you want to proceed, so that i will know the next step to take concerning how you are going to get the place keys soonest, and also for me to instruct you on how you are going to get the rent payment ($1000) to me overhere in the UK through Western Union,so that you can receive the place keys soonest tomorrow, and also for you to come along together with the place keys in the day of your move in as soon as possible, because I want you to receive the place keys overthere, so that you can just come with the place keys in the day of your move in date…

    Get back to me soonest, so that we can proceed to the next steps…

    I still await your urgent response today…

    Best luck,

    Megan.

    Nw mind you Megan is not female but a male with a heavy African accent. He also instructed me to wire him $1300.00 in order to get the keys.

    He sent me a photo of a certificate of ownership which had only his and another gentleman’s first names.

    I did a little research and saw that this apartment at 400 East 84th Street was a bit too hi-end for even the likes of me. A bell went off and the choir sang Scamlulia. When he called me he blocked out his number. He became very angry with me when I asked too many questions. He began telling me that God would punish me because I wasn’t serious and that he was a God fearing religious man (yeah whatever).

    I informed him that a real child of God wouldn’t advertise such a horrendous lie in order to gain what little money I had when I was in serious need of an affordable apartment. I was one step from homelessness.
    He persisted until I cussed him out like a sailor on shore leave and told him to shove it.

    Lucky for me my building’s owner and I made a deal and I am still in my apartment. People you have to realize the old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it is.”

    Peace,
    Janine

  192. Nathan says:

    same in Laguna Beach CA

  193. Joe says:

    I had the same thing happen to me today. I know something was up as soon as I received this email

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.
    The house is very much available and it is 3 Bedroom Single-Family Home- Grand Blanc, MI , USA.Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a doctoral duty under a missionary, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sell the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.So as you know well that the house is located in (2091 Larkspur Ln, Grand Blanc, MI 48439),USA. Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.So we are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. So will like you to give us your words and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also… All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.
    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__________________________ __
    When do you intended sending me the deposit_______________________ ____
    When do you intended receiving the keys and document of the house_________________________ __
    When do you intend to drive by the Property______________________ _____
    Any Good Credit________________________ ___
    Credit Score_________________________ __
    Any Police Problem_______________________ ____

    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 our self’s 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. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell phone number: 0112347086688681 or +2347086688681

    Best Regards
    Catherine A Lesinski
    011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681 (call anytime)
    Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $600

    looks legit but as pointed out.. some broken english and in Nigeria.. oh well

  194. Anne-Laure says:

    the same happened to me this week, a family who had to moved to Nigeria and was looking for someone to rent a wonderful apartment on Quay St, Auckland, NZL…

    bah English, same phone number, and wanted me to pay via Western Union…

  195. Amanda says:

    This has just happened to me! Thankfully I thought into this “to good to be true” ad and stopped it before I actually sent him to much information. After reading almost ALL of these posts I was receiving very similar information to get the application started. My friend actually lives in the apartments in Buffalo NY that this guy was listed so I was chatting with her about it and she kinda questioned it which made me question it. I then called the leasing office of the place that he was “renting” to meand the girl pulled up the ad on c list! She said this isnt their apartments and that no tenants are owners that they are all leased!!! The guy who emailed me was known as Robert Cassidy and he asked me all of the same app questions and even sent me a picture of “him and his wife” funny thing is that even if I didnt catch it before he called me, he called me from Nigeria yet he said he was currently in South Carolina. Clearly u dont call someone from Nigeria phone if your in South Carolina. I didnt send him anything except for the application questions….any one have input on if this is something that can be used against me and my boyfriend? ( name, address, where we work, cell phone and then pointless question? ) I didnt send any money….phewwww!

  196. Thuy says:

    I just got scammed on craigslist.com since I was in a hurry to loiok for a place to rent. And they claimed to be a priest. At first I did not pay attention so stupid me I did fill out the application form (since I was so desperate to look for a place to live). After I sent them the form, I realized I had made a mistake. So what should I do next to stop them?I guess they already have my info (whatever questions they listed on the form). Please advise me…Many thx.

  197. Cam says:

    Here’s another one I just received for a place in Elko, NV:

    Thanks for your Keen and obvious interest in our beautiful home,Before now its been an issue putting out our home for rent due to the bond we have developed with the house,Listening to advises from friends and since there are no family member around to take care of the house we decided to do this.

    Firstly i will like to share with you about my little family, I am a civil Engineer working with a construction firm and partially with my own private practice,and my wife has a private practice as an attorney originally i am from Tallahassee FL. I and my wife acquired our house few years ago and have lived happily’

    As we are approaching retirement,we have decided as JEHOVAH WITNESSES to spend the rest of our lives in voluntary services.To spread with gospel of Jehovah and reach out to the less privilege.This has given us so much joy and fulfillment.Presently we have been assigned to West Africa (Nigeria) to help build the Church of God and assist in spreading the living word.

    As it has been a tough decision for us,we require a very nice,experienced and genuine family to help keep the bond that we have with our home.Our house is intact with all amenities intact and working in perfect conditions,I would like to emphasize that you will find your new home enjoyable and you will definitely feel at home.Also the neighborhood is quite at peace and welcoming.

    We have a cordial relationship with the neighborhood as it is a neighborhood where,everyone keep to themselves go about their business without interference from anybody and we expect that as you move in.Please keep to yourselves as this Our (home) that will become yours will provide all the warmth and joy that you require

    Endeavor as much as you can to keep the home tidy,the amenities in perfect working conditions and treat this home just like you would treat your own house.

    we will appreciate if you could take your time to fill out the Rent/Lease application form below as we would like to keep proper documentation.

    RENTAL APPLICATION

    The undersigned hereby makes an application to rent the following property:1340 Oak St Elko, NV 89801

    Anticipated move in date of ___________________at a monthly rent of $500 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 have a car___________________________ ___________
    How many people will be living in the house_________________________ __

    PREVIOUS RESIDENCE INFORMATION

    1) Previous Address ______________________________ ________________________
    City: ____________________________ State :______________ Zip:________________
    Length of occupancy _____________________
    Landlord’s Name: ______________________________ ________
    Phone (_____) _______________________
    Reason for leaving ______________________________ _________________________
    Rent Payment $_______________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it in our file for record purposes. We are waiting your urgent reply so that 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, please we are giving you the house based on trust.

    You will only be able to drive by the house for now but you will not have access into the house until we have sent the keys and documents of the house to you

    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.

    YOU CAN CONTACT US ON +234-7089985522 or 011 2347089985522

    Thanks And God Bless You

    Remain blessed

    Mr Aaron J and Mrs Amanda R Spurlock

  198. yourbigdeal says:

    To my response to this CL ad: $1200 Spanish style North Park home Located 1 mile south of University Ave (North Park)-

    Thanks for the email and interest in renting our apartment. I Dr. Glen Taylor own the 3bedroom house and I want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my wife to leave the house. We want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean & Tidy at all 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 in our new home and also with the keys of the house and documents. we try looking for a trust worthy agent that we can leave the property in his care and give the keys/documents before we left but could not see and we don’t want our house to be misused in our Absent that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to West Africa for a missionary work, so we hope to find someone responsible who could promise us to take very good care of our 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$1300(First, Last & Damage Deposit) with hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get our house for rent.

    Thanks and God Bless.

    Glen C Taylor & Dr. Debbie Taylor.

  199. amy says:

    Hello ,

    Thanks alot for your kind interest in my apartment, really
    appreciate it, i would like you to know that the apartment is still
    available for rent and its indeed lovely.
    Here are the details of the apartment :

    Address:2543 Bronxwood Ave,Bronx, NY 10469

    2 bedrooms
    1 bathroom

    Price:$800
    Size: 750 sq ft

    Outdoor Space: Yes
    closets hardwood floors
    Kitchen utilities available
    Gas Cooker, Stove
    A/C
    closet, Fireplace

    Monthly Rents : $800( Including utilities )
    Security deposit : $700 ( Refundable if paid and wishing to move out
    / 20% would be used as delivery charges of keys and lease contract
    agreement documentation.Note I will only refund 80% )

    I am looking for a new tenant to move into the apartment, i would like
    you to know that i wont be moving back into the apartment, so you can
    stay for as long as you wish to. my reason for letting the apartment
    out is the fact that i am presently on a missionary work to Abuja,Nigeria and
    its going to keep me here for 3 years, so i would be needing you to
    take very good care of the unit, keep it clean and pay the monthly
    rents at the apropriate time. cause i am a free and open minded person
    and promise not to give you problems and i also need your corporation.
    To move in, the Security deposit would be required, this is a Security
    bond for both parties and 20% of it, would be used to pay for the
    delivery charges of the KEYS, LEASE CONTRACT AGREEMENT AND RECEIPT FOR
    SECURITY DEPOSIT, so that you can go to the apartment, sign
    Documentations and Immediate move in.

    Here is my personal details, so you can contact me :

    Name : Rev. Martins O’Brien
    Address : Mill Hill Missionaries Heritage Centre(First Baptist Church)
    Opposite NNPC Staff Quarters,
    Area 11,Garki,
    Abuja Nigeria

    Direct Telephone Number: +2348028163825 or 0092348028163825

    Do send me your required information :

    Name :
    Address for delivery :
    TIME ON YOUR JOB:
    PHONE NUMBERS:
    (CELL)PHONE :
    (WORK)PHONE :
    (HOME)PHONE:
    KIDS ___ (YES/NO), HOW MANY
    Age :
    Occupation :
    PRESENT ADDRESS: ____
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET?
    DO YOU SMOKE?
    DO YOU DRINK?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?

    I would be hoping to hear from you soonest and becoming your Landlord.

    Thanks
    Rev.Martins O’Brien
    +2348028163825 or 0092348028163825

  200. Disgusted says:

    Just happened to me in Spokane, WA…here is this one:

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am MORRIS, WALL J ,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 for rent for 850 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am 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 (Removed)

    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 $850 (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 (011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681).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,
    MORRIS, WALL J

  201. Branden says:

    Yep! Just ran into it today. The deal was just too good to be true and the email I got in return to the inquiry was really bizarre.

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am WIDJAJA HERMAN ,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 for rent for 700 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am 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 (3738 257th Ave SE# 2-4, Issaquah, WA 98029)

    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 $700 (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 (011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681).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,
    WIDJAJA HERMAN

  202. dmh says:

    from siskiyou county california:
    Hi,
    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on backpage. The house is still available, but presently I’m not around. I went to Glasgow 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 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
    5634 North Old Stage Road, Mount Shasta CA 96067
    Monthly Fee ;$750
    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
    Smith. I
    +447024065193

    the signature did not match the name on the email address either

  203. Marina says:

    Hi, this is unbelievable, I’ve discovered that this guy is a scammer, this is an email and is using this nick name (FRANK CANNON )related to a TV character from the 70s and the 007 ending is pretty obvious that likes to play with detectives and secret agents…

    From: frank cannon
    > Subject: Re: New Private Message: Re: Listing enquiry (listing ID 66309)
    > >Received: Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 5:32 AM
    >
    >
    > Hi
    >
    > I work for Pacificchannel a Biomedical Venture Development and Corporate
    > Company ( http://www.pacificchannel.com). We specialize in we have branches in
    > Ostrava,Sofia,Frankfurt, Germany,USA,Africa and our headquarter is Located
    > in Toronto. I was recently transferred to the company’s new branch in West
    > Africa so am here in (Africa) with my family.Am settled here with my family
    > and work has being so good over here and we are Looking for a responsible
    > person to rent our House while will stay in West Africa.
    >
    > We are with the keys and the necessary documentation of our house here in
    > Africa because the last agent we registered with almost sold all our
    > property in our House so please note that you wont be able to view the
    > inside of our House until we send the keys and documents to you but you can
    > go and view the outside or drive by. I want you to fill out the application
    > form below:
    >
    > The price of the apartment is 150 Dollars per week and 600 Dollars per
    > month.The apartment contains an area of study, with WI-FI Internet
    > service,telephone service, a hall-dining room and a kitchen totally equipped
    > with electrical oven, microwave, washing machine,
    > refrigerator, washing machine and dryer. Also it has a system of
    > refrigeration and heating in all the apartment being able to enjoy the
    > temperature you wish at any moment. It has a private parking in the same
    > property.
    >
    > Address: 148 Quay St Auckland 1010, New Zealand.
    >
    >
    >
    > ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    >
    > ********PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL********
    >
    > Please answer these questions below if you are Interested:
    >
    > 1)Your Full Name_________________________
    > 2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone _______________________
    > 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)When do you intend to move in __
    > 12)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ____________
    >
    > Reference
    > Name:
    > Address:
    > Telephone Number:
    > Relationship:
    >
    > I hereby represent that all of the above information is true, accurate and
    > complete, and hereby of the authorize verification over items,
    > including but not limited to the obtaining of a credit report/and or
    > recovery of monetary claims, and agree to furnish additional credit
    > references on request.
    >
    > DATE………… APPLICANT SIGNATURE/NAME………
    >
    > You can also give me a call on this phone number +2348036453699 or
    > 012348036453699. I hope to read from you as soon as possible.
    >
    > Awaiting your swift response now.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    >
    > Frank
    >

  204. Karin says:

    These scammers are good, but they sure don’t switch up their talk. I really wish I had googled this before we started the process. I just found out about an hour ago that the rental we were working on was exactly like the others posted here. Fortunately, the red flag pushed through my overly zealous desire to find the perfect affordable home we’ve been seeking. My husband was leaving the house for Western Union when I realized we were being scammed! Whew…money still in hand, but no home yet.

    Hello,
    I did get your response in regards to the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available. I did bid for a portion of Gas(popularly known to be the oil and gas sector) in west africa and fortunately for me I won the bidding,so I had to move quickly down to west africa to set up my own company because I will have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife. While I was in the state;I use to have this agent who had wanted to help me in selling the house,but my wife didn’t support the idea of selling…she gave reasons that we will be in search of a new home when coming back to the state and getting a nice home might not be as easy to get.I gave it a second thought and decided is best I have someone take very good care of the house while I’m away… So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents(you will get to see in the front yard, the ”for sale sign” which will be no problem handling cause I will take it off as soon as I can find the right person to occupy the house).Later we decided to have the house leased out,I personally would have given the same agent this task to carry out,but the extra charges these agents get for carrying out thier chores,we believe might scare those seeking to rent our home:Some people are not aware that you get to pay more in rent when an agent is involve,and get to pay less when renting from the owner directly…so we aren’t renting out the house through an agent. If you have taken notice you will discover that the price we are offering is far below the market price;it’s for a fact that we are not after the money but the very upkeep and proper care that our new tenant can offer. The house is completely empty now(the refrigerator,washer,dryer,stove and some more that are just what we have left in the house)so, you can get to move into the house with your furnitures cause the rooms are big enough for them.I will be providing my new tenant with a local account where the monthly rent can be paid into.I will be providing my address over here where my new tenant can get to write. I will have to go through the information that I had requested to help me with having the right person occupy the house, and also would like to discuss things over on phone( my cell phone number is right below) so that I can be pretty sure of a true screening before giving out any form of approval…The keys and paper works will be forwarded to the current address via DHL or FEDEX upon approval.I will be coming back from time to time to check on the house and to see in what condition it has been kept.The lease term will be for a maximum of four years.
    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____________________________
    House Address:
    2603 Roslyn Pl.Bellingham, WA 98226

    P.S.;YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW THE INTERIOR PART OF THE PROPERTY,BECAUSE I HAVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS HERE WITH WITH ME.

    Regard’s Mr.Neal
    Phone…+234-8022631052
    011-234-8022631052

  205. EP says:

    NOT FALLING FOR IT!! I received this email and went as far as to speak with the person who explained that the keys were with them in Nigeria and he would send them to me after I provided a “refundable” deposit. He clearly had a Nigerian accent, though he said he was not from there.

    From: “Morgan p Reed”
    Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 8:49 am

    Hello,

    I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business. However, My name is Morgan P Reed, I own the house located at (231 Glen Summer Road, Pasadena CA 91105). Due to my job as a Communications Engineering and i work for Communications Engineering Company (CEC) in state,I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in West Africa Nigeria that I decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer time to sell the house i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website, that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it and i am not your after money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if
    it were yours.

    Monthly Rent:$2,000
    Security Deposit:$1,000
    Total Amount:$3,000
    Bed & Bath:3 Bedroom,2 full, 1 partial Bathrooms
    Square feets: 10,802 sqft

    LEASE APPLICATION FORM

    FULL CONTACT NAME?

    OCCUPATION?

    RESIDENTIAL HOME ADDRESS? YOUR CELLPHONE NUMBER?

    YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER? YOUR WORKPLACE NUMBER?

    WHAT TIME IS THE BEST TIME TO REACH YOU?

    AGE & MARITAL STATUS?

    OWN A PET?

    OWN A CAR?

    HOW MANY PEOPLE SHALL RESIDE IN THE PREMISES?

    ANTICIPATED MOVE IN DATE?

    REFERENCE?

  206. Anna says:

    Yup, exact same thing just happened to me. It is incredible the things people will do.

  207. Anna says:

    This was the first in a series of emails with this scammer.

    Hello,

    It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my Home, Thanks for your email and I am very glad having receive an email from you regarding my Home. I am Jones and I am the very owner of the House you are making inquiry of. Actually we resided in this particular House with the entire family, such as my Lovely Wife and our Three children, before and presently we packed due to an emergency transfer from my working place to make due to the increase in the production of attires / fabric productions and this transfer is a temporary but will last for at least 53months (4years+), right now we situated in the (West Africa Region) and presently our House is still available for rent.I want you to know that the House is in very good condition,and the Utilities are intact such as Water, Sewer, Garbage, Cable ready etc. Facilities also include: Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Vinyl floors, Kitchen pantry, Washer etc. This House is also in a Conducive Area and has good Neighborhood. All kind of Pets are Allowed with no extra Deposit and 2garage parking space available.

    RENTAL FEATURES:
    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2
    Type: Single Family House
    Rent: $800
    Security Deposit : $500

    House Address…(1301 Amole Vista St SW,Albuquerque, NM 87121)

    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 ( )____________________________
    Which of the Above Phone # can u be reach at anytime: ( )__________________
    Best Time to Call You: ___________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    monthly income? ____________________________
    How Long You Want the Lease? ____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    When do you intend receive the keys & document of the house________________
    Do you Agree to Pay the Security Deposit Fee before move in?_________
    When do you intended sending the deposit___________________________
    Have You Gone to See The House Yet? ________________

    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 have not seen each other yet, so i am only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down in any way, this our property and God bless you more as you do this. Please note than you are free to go by the house and see the exterior and surroundings of it at this time, but you will have access to look at the interior once i have sent the keys & essential documents of the house to you. I will like you to know that the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house to you is a full refundable fee of $500 USD, which serve as 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…I can be reach on 0112348166277636 or +2348166277636….

    Thanks and you are welcome.

    GOD BLESS YOU

  208. nikki says:

    unbelievable!!!. i just went through the same attempted scam. i saw a beautiful house, great price, etc. on craigslist. i emailed the yahoo address that was listed. sure enough i did recieve an email back promptly from PATRIC.STEVE@YAHOO.COM.. take note of this email as it is a scammer. the instant i recieved the email, i knew it was a scam. the horrendous use of the english language, the misuse of words, the contracdictions like calling it a house then in the next paragraph calling it an apartment. I called the numbers they gave me out of sheer curiousity. sure enough constant busy signals. then i asked this patric steve to send me additional photos and give me a fax number to send my app to, well after 5 or so back and forth emails, he got very nasty, said “well then give me your number, or look for another apt”. i did email him my last email. in it i stated” you are busted i know you are scammer from overseas trying to steal americans hard earned money. you are disgusting as so is your translation program that you are using to translate these emails”. with that i told him to have a lovely day. i so wish someone could get rid of them. while I and most others recognize the scam, there are many out there that dont. especially the elderly and desperate. and they are losing thier hard earned american dollars.

  209. Asa says:

    OMG!!! This just happened to me today!!! The person writing said her name was Barbara Fox but the email address came from a Larry Fox but when you click to view the actual address it was kimurray@hotmail.com. Wow, they tried to get me!!! This is the letter:

    Thanks for your interest. First of all, I must thank the Lord that I found an intending tenant for my apartment ,My name is Barbara A Fox,I own the apartment you are interested in and I lived there with my husband and my only daugther before we relocated to West Africa.

    My Job here in Nigeria involves going to interior villages to give food and clothes to the less priviledged ones in the Niger delta region and I also use this opportunity to preach the word of God bringing them to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ,We work with the a charity organization. You can learn more from: [url redacted]

    I came here with my family and It was due to my transfer that’s we left the apartment and also want to give it out for rent. We are 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.My Husband is also a pastor with Christ embassy church here in Nigeria as well.

    This 1 bedroom apartment at Apartment For Rent In 354 W LUTGE Ave, Burbank, CA 91506,which goes for $600, security.It has the following features Air conditioning,Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room,Breakfast nook,Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck, or Patio, Cable-ready,High-speed internet ,Garage parking garage and wheel chair accessibility.

    This apartment is not furnished and We want to give it for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of the apt. for us.So for now,We are here in Lagos,and our house and the keys/documents of the house are with us here,we tried 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 absence that is why we took it along with us here.

    I hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. If you are comfortable with the price and really need this apartment, Contact me immediately with the following details.

    APPLICANT’S PROFILE
    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 Apartment?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)How long are you renting for?

    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 also call my husband: +2348125343895 for more details . The pictures are attached and you can also go see the building, though you cant view the inside because we have the keys here.. Thanks and you are welcome

    Regards
    Barbara

  210. Vesna says:

    I have also run into some ads which appear to be scams. First, they advertised incredibly large, beautiful houses for tiny amounts of rent (like a 4 bdr 2700 sq ft house for $1000 month). The pics did draw me in so I replied to their email. The response was (very poorly) written in broken English and claimed that the landlords were not interested in money, only for the new tenants to “keep the house clean.”
    I am so bloody sick of the Nigerians.

  211. JenAnnNov says:

    What can we do about this?? My daughter received this letter today. She is in the process of moving to a different part of the country. We discussed this response in detail. and I told her, especially since Barbara A. Fox included her phone number, that I thought it was legitimate. They even provided a website link to the orphanage where they are working! So, these people now have all of my daughter’s personal information. Do you have any suggestions?

  212. JenAnnNov says:

    Not sure if this has already been referenced, and don’t have time to read through all the many comments on here, but upon further research tonight I am intrigued to find that the orphanages referenced in these letters, which the property owners are supposedly working with, do not exist, yet have websites with pages where those concerned can make donations. All I had to do was google a phrase from one of the websites to find that several others have the same verbiage, including “the passing away of little Amina of few weeks of age.” I am saddened that many people, when stumbling upon these websites for non-existent orphanages, will be compelled to give donations.

  213. Jeremy says:

    I received the following con emails from tedatedasarah@live.com and jamestadeola02@gmail.com. The offer was to good to be true so I just quit responding to them.

    Hello,
    Thanks for your response, I am james Tedaola the owner of the apartment
    you are making inquiry of. I lived with my wife in the apartment until i left
    for a construction job with Total in West Africa
    (I’m an expatriate in construction engineering) and I am Happily married
    and we have been together for years now my wife’s name is sarah.
    I will be here for while that is why we want to rent our place out
    so presently my apartment is very much available for rent with all utilities
    included, it is furnished and i don’t mind “PETS”. Please i want you to
    note that I am a God fearing,kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my
    property so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this
    apartment hope you understand that, I want you to keep it tidy at all times
    the apartment is a 5mins walk from the nearest train station.
    We only want someone that can be serious about renting.
    I want a tenant I can trust.We will be Staying here now that is why we have made
    up my mind to lease our place to whom ever that will
    take good care of it.
    Apartment Address :6176 Agee Street #104, San Diego CA 92122
    RENT FEE: $830 per month, Security Deposit $500 (refundable)
    Amenities:
    Hydro,Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Freezer/Deep Freeze, Fridge,
    Microwave, Washer, Washer/Dryer Hookups, Water/Sewer,Gas
    Recessed lighting
    Automatic Garage
    Security Alarm/Door
    Secured parking garage
    Interior:
    Wireless Internet
    Cable
    Fireplace (wood burning)
    Hardwood
    Storage Area/Room
    Walk-In Closets
    Furniture
    Living room,Bedroom and Kitchen appliances all in perfect condition
    TERMS AND CONDITION:
    ~The lease is month to month , from 1 to 5 month or 1year and can be renewed
    ~It can be only be rented furnished
    ~ You will have to take good care of my home
    ~Utilities and taxes are included in the rent fee
    ~Pets Allowed
    If you are very much OK with all this then i want you to please contact my wife sarah on (tedatedasarah@live.com) so you can proceed with the rental I am busy most times but she can respond to you immediately she will be the one to decide who we rent the place to.
    Thanks
    James tadeola
    Hello,
    Thanks for the quick response we can do that but kindly email my wife at her email tedatedasarah@live.com. she will attend to you.
    Thanks for the email,hope you are doing fine as my husband told you we are after the good care of the House,we are willing to rent the House to you for as long as you want provided you take perfect care of the House it is fully furnished and it comes with all the amenities you will need you dont have to pay any extra for the furniture or anything else it also has washer and dryer in it . I want you to know that my husband will be sending you the keys and documents for the place so you can move in as long as you try as much as you can to take good care of our place because we are both not currently around,the rent fee includes all bills and taxes,I do not use a phone that’s why I am always online you can reach my husband on this number 011-2347040650267
    I want you to provide answers to the application below:
    ******* RENT APPLICATION FORM *******
    ( Private and Confidential )
    1) Full name of Tenant:
    2) Home Phone/ Mobile:
    3) Occupation:
    4) How old are you:
    5) Marital Status:
    6) Do you have a pet:
    7) Do you have a car:
    8) Present Address:
    9) How long at this address:
    10) How many people will be living in the home:
    11) How long are you willing to stay:
    12) Move in Date:
    13) Security deposit & First month rent needed for move in(specify if ok):
    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that
    we have little details of you and can be able to contact you .
    Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how
    you can secure the place and move in when you want,please we are giving you all
    this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are
    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 thi
    Thanks and God Bless
    Regards
    Sarah.
    Hello,
    Thanks for the response,yes the garage is big enough to contain two cars and it is also underground so it is actually what you are looking for.Me and my husband are currently not in state so kindly fill the form and we proceed.
    Thanks and God Bless
    Sarah.

  214. Kim says:

    I had exactly the same email as above when I try to apply for the apartment that it was posted.

    From: kimurray@hotmail.com
    Subject: Apartment For Rent In 1048 9TH St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
    Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 02:24:38 -0700

    Thanks for your interest. First of all, I must thank the Lord that I found an intending tenant for my apartment ,My name is Barbara A Fox,I own the apartment you are interested in and I lived there with my husband and my only daugther before we relocated to West Africa.

    My Job here in Nigeria involves going to interior villages to give food and clothes to the less priviledged ones in the Niger delta region and I also use this opportunity to preach the word of God bringing them to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ,We work with the a charity organization. You can learn more from: http://www.orphanage.org/africa/nigeria/childrenofmary/index.html

    I came here with my family and It was due to my transfer that’s we left the apartment and also want to give it out for rent. We are 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.My Husband is also a pastor with Christ embassy church here in Nigeria as well.

    This 1 bedroom apartment at Apartment For Rent In 1048 9TH St, Santa Monica, CA 90403,which goes for $600, security.It has the following features Air conditioning,Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room,Breakfast nook,Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck, or Patio, Cable-ready,High-speed internet ,Garage parking garage and wheel chair accessibility.

    This apartment is not furnished and We want to give it for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of the apt. for us.So for now,We are here in Lagos,and our house and the keys/documents of the house are with us here,we tried 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 absence that is why we took it along with us here.

    I hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. If you are comfortable with the price and really need this apartment, Contact me immediately with the following details.

    APPLICANT’S PROFILE
    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 Apartment?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)How long are you renting for?

    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 also call my husband: +2348125343895 for more details . The pictures are attached and you can also go see the building, though you cant view the inside because we have the keys here.. Thanks and you are welcome

    Regards
    Barbara

  215. Kim says:

    I appreciate your expression,so i want you to stick to your words and handle our house as if its your personal property.? And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent of my flat? You can move in with your pets if necessary. The rent include utilities and also if we approve your application, we shall send you the keys and rental documents via FED EX courier

    My husband will be visiting in 9 months time to inspect the apartment and to know how clean you are keeping the Flat. We do a long term and short term renting anytime you which to leave the flat will be grateful cos we will be here till 2015.note that you will not be able to enter in the house,because keys and documents are with me here in Lagos West Africa. Fell free to go and take a look at the apartment,You can only view the building but the pictures already should convince you the flat is a great and convinient one. Fill out the application below and return asap.

    Thanks

    Rental Application
    Neatly complete all information below. All applicants over the age of 18 must complete and sign their own application.
    1. Applicants full name:
    Phone #:
    DOB;

    2. Current Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip:

    3.Current Landlords Name:
    Landlords Phone #:
    How long at this address:
    Reason for leaving:

    4. Previous Address:
    City:
    State:
    Zip:
    Previous Landlords Name;
    Phone #:
    How long at this address:
    Reason for leaving:

    5. Job Info:
    Present Employer:
    Phone #

    Position:
    Mo. Income:
    How long at job:
    Other income/source:
    Employers Address:
    City:
    State:

    6. Personal References
    Name:
    Years. Known;
    Relationship:
    Phone #:

    I CERTIFYanswers given here in that are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for tenant screening as may be necessary in arriving at a tenant decision, I also agree to pay $500 monthly for the apartment and I am ready to pay upfront of (——–) months in advance before moving into the apartment.

    I understand that the landlord may terminate any rental agreement entered into for any misrepresentations made above.

    Date

    Thanks
    —————————— —————————— ——— (Your Full names)

  216. KP says:

    NJ too – if by chance you didn’t pick up that it was a scam in the first paragraph… the “Name of Pet” blank on the application should be a clue! LOL

    From: Katarzy k Mitros [mailto:mkatarzyk@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 7:24 PM
    Subject: Re: $900 / 4br – 4 Bedroom Home For Rent (Rumson, NJ )

    Greetings!

    Thanks for your email.. The house is still available. I decided to
    rent the house because we are going to spend more time here in Abuja, about 3 years.. Let me start by introducing myself.
    I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business..
    However, My name is Katarzy K Mitros. I and my husband own the house, Due to his job as a Medical Doctor, He works for American Red Cross Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, and now he have been transfer to Abuja to work in a branch in Abuja. 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 Abuja that We decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which we tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell. The utilities are included in the rent, because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

    Information about the house below:
    The rent is: $900 Security Deposit: $600
    4 Bedroom 0 Bathroom
    Address: 42 Black Point Horseshoe
    City: Rumson
    State: NJ
    Zip code: 07760
    Sq. footage: 1011
    Pet are also Welcome.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________ ?
    MIDDLE NAME:_________________ ?
    LAST NAME:__________________ ?
    PROFESSION:________________ ?
    (CELL) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    (WORK) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    (HOME) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________ ?
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________ ?
    CITY:_______________ ?
    STATE:______________ ?
    ZIP CODE:____________ ?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________ ?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:_____________ ?
    KIND OF PETS:_____________ ?
    …………………………………………………
    Comment
    …………………………………………………
    TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE, BUT IF DRIVE BY THE HOME YOU MAY SEE A SIGN THERE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT BELONGS TO OUR PREVIOUS AGENT SO YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AND DON’T HAVE TO CALL THEM BECAUSE THEY TO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE HOME ANYMORE! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME @ +2347043576111 or +0112347043576111.

    Sincerely,
    Katarzy K Mitros

  217. Karely says:

    i Got three scams from 3 different people and i noticed that all of the scams says (we moved to west africa) in this scam the say if i don’t mind peeking through the windows. i didn’t fill out anything. it was to good to be true… :(

    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, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent. Don’t be surprise if you find the home with another site and different price, I have plan to rent it through Real estate before, but they are not serious simply because they have a lot of house to lease out, And they added some money to the rent while there commission is not fair.

    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 at the area and surrounding, you can also peek through the windows if you don’t mind.

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

    Number of Bedrooms: 4.
    Number of bath: 3.
    Pets are welcome!!!
    Rent: $1,200.
    Deposit: $800
    Address: 349 Bridgecreek Way Hayward, CA.

    Thanks and God bless you.
    Regards.
    Rolf.

  218. Karely says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for your response, I am Tony Adeola the owner of the house
    you are making inquiry of. I lived with my wife in the house until i left
    for a construction job with Total in West Africa
    (I’m an expatriate in construction engineering) and I am Happily married
    and we have been together for years now my wife’s name is mary.
    I will be here for while that is why we want to rent our place out
    so presently my house is very much available for rent with all utilities
    included, it is furnished and i don’t mind “PETS”. Please i want you to
    note that I am a God fearing,kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my
    property so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this
    house hope you understand that, I want you to keep it tidy at all times
    the house is a 5mins walk from the nearest train station.
    We only want someone that can be serious about renting.
    I want a tenant I can trust.We will be Staying here now that is why we have made
    up my mind to lease our place to whom ever that will
    take good care of it.

    House Address : 319 Ocie Way, Hayward CA 94541
    RENT FEE: $1000 per month, Security Deposit $500 (refundable)

    Amenities:
    Hydro,Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Freezer/Deep Freeze, Fridge,
    Microwave, Washer, Washer/Dryer Hookups, Water/Sewer,Gas
    Recessed lighting
    Automatic Garage
    Security Alarm/Door
    Secured parking garage
    Interior:
    Wireless Internet
    Cable
    Fireplace (wood burning)
    Hardwood
    Storage Area/Room
    Walk-In Closets
    Furniture
    Living room,Bedroom and Kitchen appliances all in perfect condition

    TERMS AND CONDITION:
    ~The lease is month to month , from 1 to 5 month or 1year and can be renewed
    ~It can be only be rented furnished
    ~ You will have to take good care of my home
    ~Utilities and taxes are included in the rent fee
    ~Pets Allowed

    If you are very much OK with all this then i want you to please contact my wife mary on (maryadeola@hotmail.com) so you can proceed with the rental I am busy most times but she can respond to you immediately she will be the one to decide who we rent the place to.Thanks

    Regards
    Tony Adeola.

  219. Karely says:

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Yulito T Nacpil And Rosette P Nacpil,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 for rent for $900 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West African)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 (19567 Barclay Road, Castro Valley CA 94546)

    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.
    Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
    Phone # : __________?
    E-mail : __________?
    Best time to call : __________?
    How many proposed occupants : __________?
    List all in addition to yourself including approx age : __________?
    Present Address : __________?
    City/State : __________?
    Will you have pets : __________?
    Please describe Breed, size : __________?
    Personality of pet : __________?
    Preferred move in date : __________?
    Intended length of lease: __________?
    Earliest possible date of deposit payment: __________?
    Length of previous tenancy : __________?
    Present occupation : __________?
    Are you a section 8 applicant : __________?
    Do you run a business from home : __________?
    If so what kind of business : __________?
    Do you work late night : __________?
    Do you smoke : __________?
    Do you drink : __________?

    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 $900 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call my number is ( +234-802-859-3562 OR 011-234-802-859-3562 ).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…

    God Bless.
    Yulito T Nacpil And Rosette P Nacpil.

  220. Roger Stephen Roth says:

    I just received a Nigerian scam on my e-mail via through contact from myspace. Anyone who sees a similar message let me know because it sounds very much like a Nigerian scam. I have seen a few contact me. Please report to interpol and police as these people are dangerous. The e-mail for this imposter is katelookingforhonestman@yahoo.com
    Beware of these scammers as they try to tell you to send money to Nigeria or that someone they know was killed in Nigeria.

    i live in BROOKLYN USA but at this moment….i am out of the state right now and i want you to know that my father is Brooklyn USA. my mother is from Nigeria and my mother traveling to USA to get married too my father and i was automatically born in Brooklyn NEW YORK city. me and my parent was in the car and some niggard across the car and shot my father and my moth to death,on the 1 of January 2011 i lost my parent though gun shot here and my parent was buried on 22 of April 2011 since i lost my parent here my granny don’t want to be thinking about what happening to my father and my mom,so my granny called me on phone and asking come down to Nigeria and i have to accepted with her here and since then i was automatically in Nigeria and you don’t have any problem about meeting each other and i want you know that i have my passport and document with me and you don’t have to worried about anythings here and distance have nothing to do with each other and if you and i have believing in each other and i believe things will work out here.
    do you have father and mom?
    do you live with your parent or you live alone yourself?
    i Hope to hearing from you as soon as possible

  221. Curtis in Ontario, Canada says:

    Same deal in Canada….I just looked for a place in Kitchener/Waterloo…..Africa, Nigeria, all the same info requested, the broken english and Western Union-payments….a co-worker flagged it or me. People are nuts – but worse! People fall for this stuff!

  222. melissa says:

    ya i just received one of these too and was a legitimate address and little bit cheaper rent thanks for the heads up i googled the phone # and this is what i got they said they are in west africa and have the keys and documents with them also so anyways thanks for the heads up

  223. Edward says:

    Here is one I got this morning in response to a nice listing in the San Luis Obispo craigslist. Searched the surveyors website and there are two properties listed to this person in SLO but not the address they claim.

    Thanks for your Keen and obvious interest in our beautiful home,Before now its been an issue putting out our home for rent due to the bond we have developed with the house,Listening to advises from friends and since there are no family member around to take care of the house we decided to do this.

    Firstly i will like to share with you about my little family, I am a civil Engineer working with a construction firm and partially with my own private practice,and my wife has a private practice as an attorney originally i am from Tallahassee FL. I and my wife acquired our house few years ago and have lived happily’

    As we are approaching retirement,we have decided as JEHOVAH WITNESSES to spend the rest of our lives in voluntary services.To spread with gospel of Jehovah and reach out to the less privilege.This has given us so much joy and fulfillment.Presently we have been assigned to West Africa (Nigeria) to help build the Church of God and assist in spreading the living word.

    As it has been a tough decision for us,we require a very nice,experienced and genuine family to help keep the bond that we have with our home.Our house is intact with all amenities intact and working in perfect conditions,I would like to emphasize that you will find your new home enjoyable and you will definitely feel at home.Also the neighborhood is quite at peace and welcoming.

    We have a cordial relationship with the neighborhood as it is a neighborhood where,everyone keep to themselves go about their business without interference from anybody and we expect that as you move in.Please keep to yourselves as this Our (home) that will become yours will provide all the warmth and joy that you require

    Endeavor as much as you can to keep the home tidy,the amenities in perfect working conditions and treat this home just like you would treat your own house.

    we will appreciate if you could take your time to fill out the Rent/Lease application form below as we would like to keep proper documentation.

    RENTAL APPLICATION

    The undersigned hereby makes an application to rent the following property:1329 Richard St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

    Anticipated move in date of ___________________at a monthly rent of $1100 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 have a car___________________________ ___________
    How many people will be living in the house_________________________ __

    PREVIOUS RESIDENCE INFORMATION

    1) Previous Address ______________________________ ________________________
    City: ____________________________ State :______________ Zip:________________
    Length of occupancy _____________________
    Landlord’s Name: ______________________________ ________
    Phone (_____) _______________________
    Reason for leaving ______________________________ _________________________
    Rent Payment $_______________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it in our file for record purposes. We are waiting your urgent reply so that 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, please we are giving you the house based on trust.

    You will only be able to drive by the house for now but you will not have access into the house until we have sent the keys and documents of the house to you

    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.

    YOU CAN CONTACT US ON +234-7089985522 or 011 2347089985522

    Thanks And God Bless You

    Remain blessed

    Mr Patrick and Mrs Dorothy J Graves

  224. Leah says:

    Ugh we almost fell for one in Bay Area Craigslist :( it definitely sounded too good to be true (especially for us college students in expensive Berkeley). 2bed/2bath for $879 per month, same deal about transfer due to job. This one mentioned moving between West Africa, UK and India. We actually emailed back with the filled “rental application” (no financial personal info) and a picture of ourselves (LOL) before I googled his phone number’s area code and found out it’s Nigeria -_- “My name is David Letterman…” … really now?? Thank goodness I found this post though! I feel bad for the people who actually live there though. I’m sure they must be getting bothered by students eager to rent.

  225. smylez says:

    He is in Lloydminster, AB on KIjiji

    I have a little story…one and half years ago I “sold” a palm trio cell phone on kijiji for my son…I was soooooooooooo stupid. I mailed it to somewhere in Nigeria and was to collect my money from some on-line check place…well I sent the phone and obviously never received the money…lesson learned. Today my daughter and I are looking for a place to live in Lloydminster, Ab and the too good to be true house is for rent. There was a realtors stamp at the bottom of the photo as the kijiji add could only be contacted via email…I suggested my daughter call the realtor because a deal this sweet would not be around long. The person my daughter spoke with seemed to be the owner and she indicated that the house had never been for rent. We were sad but moved on…my daughter called me this morning very excited about an email she had received…sound familiar? She forwarded me the email and my warning bells and there were so many went off instantly…interesting the last name was the same as the palm trio disaster and the same poor grammar. My daughter called and spoke to the owner again, who was caught completely unaware and she is contacting the police…we await for an answer from this shyster also…my question is can the authorities ever catch these criminals?

    —–Original Message—–
    From: harrisonm73@yahoo.com>
    Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 15:39:02
    To:
    Subject: Re: Reply to your “Fantastic air-conditioned family home with 3
    bedrooms, 3 bathroo” Ad on Kijiji

    Hello Dear,

    Thanks for your email response. my home is still available for rent $1,275 Monthly which include utilities like hydro,heat,laundry facilities, WC.facilities Internet connection, air conditioning, alarm system etc..the kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, and i also want you to know that it was due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the home with an intention of giving it out for rent. 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 want the property to be kept clean all the time as it is our hard-earned property. If you are honestly interested and will absolutely maintain our property (Taking care of it like yours) as i hope i can put my trust and confidence in you presently,I earlier wanted to sale the home but had a second thought to rather put it up for rent, we are here in Africa doing the Lord’s duty for humanity, for through our direct service to mankind, the blessings and promises of God will manifest today. The home vital informative documents and the entrance keys to my home is with us, we try to look for dependable agent to handle the rent but could not find one due to the limited time we had before leaving the country. Mostly we do not want our property to be given to any sort of person to avoid damages and troubles. I and my wife came over to Africa for a missionary work, so we hope you will be a good tenant which we’ve been praying to get.you can go ahead and view it exteriors at your earliest convenient time.

    Home Address: 6104 22 Street , Lloydminster, AB, T9V3J8

    FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATION FORM BELOW:

    FIRST NAME: ________________
    MIDDLE NAME: ______________
    LAST NAME: _________________
    PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
    PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
    PROFESSION: _____________
    MARITAL STATUS: _________
    KIDS _____(YES/NO),HOW MANY_____
    HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE LIVING___
    DO YOU HAVE A CAR_______
    DO YOU HAVE A PET:________
    DO YOU SMOKE:____________
    DO YOU DRINK:_____________
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT:____
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _______________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: ___________
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? ____________
    YOUR CURRENT RENT: ______________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? _____
    IF THIS HOME IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING______

    Landing 22’1 “x 5’10″ (6 .. 73m x 1.78m)
    Reception room 17’0 “x 16’0″ (5.18m x 4.88m)
    Kitchen 13’0 “x 11’0″ (3.96M x 3.35 m)
    Bedroom 12’10 “x 10’5″ (3 .. 91M x 3.18M)
    Bathroom 6’10 “x 5’10″ (2.08m x 1.78m)
    WC 5’0 “x 2’10″ (1,52 m x 0,86 m).

    Kindly get back to me as soon

  226. Kim says:

    This jerk is still at it. Revieved an email today re: a house near Boulder, CO:

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am  Ingwelde Benecken, 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 for rent for $1000 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West African)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 (2210 Eagles Nest Drive, Lafayette CO 80026)
     
    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.
    Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
    Phone # : __________?
    E-mail : __________?
    Best time to call : __________?
    How many proposed occupants : __________?
    List all in addition to yourself including approx age : __________?
    Present Address : __________?
    City/State : __________?
    Will you have pets : __________?
    Please describe Breed, size : __________?
    Personality of pet : __________?
    Preferred move in date : __________?
    Intended length of lease: __________?
    Earliest possible date of deposit payment: __________?
    Length of previous tenancy : __________?
    Present occupation : __________?
    Are you a section 8 applicant : __________?
    Do you run a business from home : __________?
    If so what kind of business : __________?
    Do you work late night : __________?
    Do you smoke : __________?
    Do you drink : __________?
     
     
    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 $1000 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call my number is ( +234-802-859-3562 OR 011-234-802-859-3562 ) 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…
     
    God Bless.
    Ingwelde Benecken.

  227. Anonymous says:

    I feel a little like a moron, i saw the same ad and emailed away for the info, and well i got the response, didn pay money or give out too personal info…and well i saw anothe rposting by with the same structure but different name and address…..i looked into this figuring it is possible to have multiple church members go over seas…and upon response from both emails they had the same app, the same #, and well the same attitude…..i backed off due to concerns of a cult…lol

  228. Nick says:

    Hi,

    I wast just looking at properties in NYC to rent short term (a few days)
    And got this..

    Hi,

    Thanks for your interest in my property. It is a private property, you have nothing to share with anybody. the property is very much available, clean with no damages, It has air-conditioning, laundry, free parking, cable TV, wireless internet connection and Wi Fi Hi Speed internet, linen, towels are also provided. The property is in a safe and quiet neighborhood and close to all attractions in the neighborhood

    The property is available for your date: June 14-21

    Price per night: $140
    Total Night: 7
    Total Cost: $980

    You will need to secure reservation for now if you really need it, because i do my business first come first serve and if you book it now i can reserve it for you alone.

    NOTE: Keep the property clean because when you check in you will see that it’s very clean and please no damage.

    Thanks

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vac/2413735412.html

    AND——

    This,

    Hello Nice

    The apartment cost $150 per night. You are required to make a Refundable Deposit of $200 as security fee to hold the apartment for
    you. The fee will be given back to you on the day you will be checking out of the apartment. The security fee is for possible damages Check
    the below quotes for the cost of nights you intend to stay in the apartment.

    7 NIGHTS = $300 %50 DEPOSIT= $ 525 SECURITY FEE = $200

    Check In Time Start 10:00 AM / Check Out Time 12:00 PM

    Our method of payment is 100% Secure via a Direct Bank Transfer

    As soon as you have the %50 of the rent fee paid plus the$ 200 Refundable Security fee, the apartment will be booked for you for the
    chosen dates and your receipt of payment will be issued. As soon as I read from you to know you are interested in the apartment, I will send
    you the Booking and Agreement form to complete with necessary information and you will have to return it to complete your
    reservation.

    Regards,

    Ellen.

    IT JUST SUCKS, that this is happening a lot and all over the internet… makes me so mad

  229. misty says:

    Hi Nate, Thanks for your article about the rent scams on Craigslist.

    After requesting the specifics of two apartments, I’ve received two weird emails of the similar content as the ones mentioned above.

    There are many red flags about the Ads and the emails.
    a.) The rent is significantly lower (by $500-$700) than the current going rate in my area – Stanford University of Palo Alto.
    b.) They never really answered my questions about APTs.
    c.) They are talking about the virtual apartments that you can’t visit.

    Here is one of the emails;
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thanks for been interested in my apartment..My Name is Anderson Petrelli,the owner of the apartment you want for rent,actually I resided in the apartment with my wife and my only daughter before we had to go for a christian missionary work in United Kingdom which we will be staying in united kingdom for long,our apartment is available for rent at $1050 Per Month also i will like you to know that our apartment is available for short and long term,all the utilities and appliances are included in the rent of the apartment per month (The apartment is Fully Furnished & Can Be Made Unfurnished).

    I’m currently in United Kingdom on a missionary work of God……Pls i want you to note that,i am a good christian man and do not like any thing against the will of God..I spent a lot on my property so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment if you are to rent my apartment and also i want you to know that the rent fee is not my problem because i will want you to keep the apartment tidy when you move in so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come pay you a visit after you move in.

    My apartment is located at: (314 College Ave,Palo Alto, CA 94306) and close to schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation.

    Take Note:You can only drive by and see the apartment from the outside and if you are really interested in renting my apartment get back to me with the application form filled so that i can make out all arrangement for you to rent my apartment and also send you full pictures of the inside of the apartment for you to have a proper view of the inside.I would have really love to send the keys and document to someone in the STATES but i don’t have anybody there right now due to we are missionaries and we have not stay long in the city before we had to move to United Kingdom for our final missionary work which we will staying for long before we come back to the apartment.

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN RENTING MY APARTMENT I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL OUT THE RENT APPLICATION DETAILS.

    ************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?

    My Apartment Location Again:
    314 College Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94306.

    Monthly Rent: $1050.

    So pls get back to me at your convenience so that we can get all arrangement along with the you renting my apartment as soon as you are ready to move in.

    Regards and God bless you!!!
    Anderson Petrelli.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  230. Ann says:

    Weehawken, NJ. I definitely knew something was up when this “David Gehrke” said that I could only “drive by and see the place from the outside” and that if there was a sign there, it belonged to a “previous agent.” I’d run across this kind of scam too, with an apartment in Edgewater, NJ. Do you think anything will happen if I emailed him back with the address of my apartment building now? I didn’t give the apartment number… But he does have my phone number too. Dammit.

    Greetings!

    Thanks for your email.. The house is still available. I decided to rent the house because we are going to spend more time here in Abuja, about 3 years.. Let me start by introducing myself. I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business..However, My name is David Gehrke. I own the house, Due to my job as a Medical Doctor, I works for American Red Cross Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, and now i have been transfer to Abuja to work in a branch in Abuja. 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 Abuja that We decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which we tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell. The utilities are included in the rent, because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

    Information about the house below:
    The rent is: $1200 Security Deposit: $900
    2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
    Address: 85 Maple St
    City: Weehawken,
    State: NJ
    Zip code: 07086
    Sq. footage: 1202
    Pet are also Welcome.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________ ?
    MIDDLE NAME:_________________ ?
    LAST NAME:__________________ ?
    PROFESSION:________________ ?
    (CELL) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    (WORK) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    (HOME) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________ ?
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________ ?
    CITY:_______________ ?
    STATE:______________ ?
    ZIP CODE:____________ ?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________ ?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:_____________ ?
    KIND OF PETS:_____________ ?
    …………………………………………………
    Comment
    …………………………………………………
    TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE, BUT IF DRIVE BY THE HOME YOU MAY SEE A SIGN THERE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT BELONGS TO OUR PREVIOUS AGENT SO YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AND DON’T HAVE TO CALL THEM BECAUSE THEY TO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE HOME ANYMORE! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME @ +2347043576111 or 0092347043576111

    David Gehrke.

  231. Freshiie says:

    Take it in how on the second letter of the poMst is says that her name is Mrs Maria Sarah and on the 3rd sentence she says “Pls i want you to note that, i am a kind and honest man”. Who noticed the MAN part when her name is MRS MARIA SARAH

  232. ryan says:

    hi i just found a rent (very good price and all furnished) for my mom and the owner says he is in Nigeria for volunteer wokr and he wants my mom to send the deposit first. Then he will send the keys. He only accpets western union or money gram….and he says we we cannot visit the house yet. and he goes like saying all holy bible things “god has chosen you for me” stuff….

    do you think this is a scam?

  233. Andrea says:

    I live in a small farming community in Washington state where the housing market.. well there is no housing market. LOL. My co-worker who is a bit nieve, was looking for an apartment or house for rent. He was emailing these “people”, if thats what you wanna call them I prefer waste of perfectly good air, back and forth and the day before he was going to send the money, he showed me how great of a deal he was getting. I immediately told him no.. that this was a scam. We started talking about it with the rest of our co-workers and told him to contact the christian missionary group the were apparently touring with. Well to no ones surprise there was no such person associated with that group. We decided to play with them a little bit. Know that we could only report this ad to certain scamming companies, we still decided to give these guys a phone call. The number they give is ligit but boy oh boy how great it feels to rattle their cage. I gave them the run around like they so do to us.. (funny how they had a Nigerian accent but were American born, hummm. Umm hello.. REDFLAG!) Anyhow.. after pulling the tail for awhile.. right at the end of the conversation.. they asked what else I wanted.. I then proceeded to respond by saying “well i need you to talk for about 30 more seconds” they asked what and why. I then said, “Talk for about 30 more seconds.. cause this conversation were having about your fake ass scam is being recorded”. HAHAHAA.. BASTARDS! I know there is nothing we can do about this being that were overseas and the laws are completely different.. but sometimes it just feels good to know that you have shaken them a lil. I honestly believe that you ALWAYS get caught, its just a matter of timing.. and we ALL have to answer to God. So let them be stupid and make their own path.. they have to answer to someone, someday..

    For anyone else who sadly falls victim to this scam..
    EVERYTHING that has been written in the above letters is EXACTLY the same as my co-workers except name, place and amount of money.. as far as the general idea, its the same.
    My family has a ton of rental properties and the one thing we can tell you, is that we dont get personal (i.e. talking about personal beliefs), we call everyone you pretty much know for reference and contact your place of employment, we also meet with you several times before giving you, YOUR place that you want to rent. NEVER do we just hand over a place that we consider to be an investment to some random person without meeting them. First impressions are everything and thats how we get the feel for a good renter.

    I hope this helps. Good luck to all!!

    Andrea

  234. Hope says:

    I unfortuanly got scammed. They made it sound so good.

    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 Husband, 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 Husband advised against that.
    He 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 and it’s going to be available for upto 5 years.. I reasoned with him and accepted his 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,maintenance i mean is by taking very good care of the house and i will be responsible for the repairs myself, 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 the up keeping of the house… 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 up keeping of 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.The rent is $1150 and the deposit payment is $1150

    1478 Rosetree Court Clearwater, FL 33764
    5 beds: $1150
    Full Baths: 3
    Square Feet: 3800
    5 bedroom or 4 w/office, 3500 SQ FT! huge pool and lanai area w/plenty of room. Prime and excellent area. 2 rooms are master suites w/hardwood floors…. Large kitchen, living room has a fireplace and hardwood.
    Additional room is a game room w/wet bar right next to the pool perfect for entertaining. Home also has brick barbaque pit, with deck. Sit and relax on the balcony or deck.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________
    Home Phone ______________________ Date of Birth__Other Phone ( )___________________ Current Address_______________________________Apt#________
    City__________________ State______ Zip________ Reasons for Leaving____bank is not working with us, it has been over two years.________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )____________________________ Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet___cat and dog_________________________ Do you have a car_yes___________________________
    Occupation__work at a life insurance company, __________________________ 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 as soon as you can give them to us.

    House Address 1478 Rosetree Court Clearwater, FL 33764

    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 (+234-802-360-8638 OR 011-234-802-360-8638) Best Regards Spiridakos Maria

  235. Alex says:

    Hi,
    I accidentally responded to an email like this in an apartment in New York and now I am sort of freaking out. I filled out my name, current address, and phone number. What could they do with this information???

  236. Same thing is happening in Pleasanton!
    This ad was posted today, Aug 1, 2011. Sounded too good to be true. I then went back onto craigslist a few hours later to check to make sure I was reading it correctly, but the ad was gone. But I had already sent my inquiry to them.

    They listed their email address on craigslist as: hous-rc6db-2523559924@craigslist.org

    This was the response I received when I inquired about: 4252 Garibaldi Place in Pleasanton, CA.

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

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

    Below Is The Address Of My House

    Pets are welcome!!!

    Month rent:$1000

    Deposit: $500

    Totals Cost To Move In: $1,500

    Street Address: 4252 Garibaldi Pl Pleasanton, CA 94566

    we will be staying in west Africa for 5years.,And The Utilities are all included,All New Stainless Steel Appliances:
    Double doors Refrigerator, Dishwasher,
    Gas Range,
    Microwave/Convection Oven Combo,
    Full Size Convection Oven
    Garbage Compactor
    Large oversized Master Bedroom with Walk-in cl Open-style Dining, Living room with cozy wood burning Fireplace
    New interior Paint and Carpet
    Indoor Laundry room with Washer and Dryer

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

    Are you okay with the rent and deposit ?

    You can go take a look at the house and get back to me with the rental application form so that we can proceed further.

    Thanks And God Bless.

  237. Jennifer says:

    OMG!!! i can not believe this. The same thing happened to me. What should i do about this? I did NOT fall for it…because duh, obviously something was fishy if i couldnt see the home before i made the deposit. Here is the email i received.

    Hello,

    Thanks for your interest in the rent, i am very happy that you contact me, regarding my Family home.

    Currently i and my family are both in West Africa, it was due to my transfer that made me and my family to leave the house, Am on missionary mission for God,By the state Christ church, and we try to get an agent that we can give this documents before we left but couldn’t find any trust and responsible agent and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used anyhow in our absent that is why we the keys along with us.

    All we want is to give out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all time and the tenant t hat will rent it to take it as if it were its own. Now my house is still available for rent including public services such Hall bath with tub/shower combo. Includes stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer connections etc.

    So if you are still interested i want you to get back to me with the information below.

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

    Residence Type: Single Family Home
    Price / Rate: $750 Per Month
    Refundable Security Deposit: $500

    House Address:
    # 13217 Meadowview Dr
    # Alexander, AR .

    Date Available:For Rent Now
    Lot Size: acres
    Utilities include in Monthly rent.
    Fireplace: Yes
    Washer Dryer: Yes
    Garage: Yes
    Parking Type: Car garage
    Pet Policy: Yes Pets

    Reverend Gregory Dugan..
    +234-704-315-7230 .

  238. Jennifer says:

    Here are the information to take with you to Western Union.

    This is how i knew it was a scam….This was the info he sent trying to get me to pay the deposit before looking at the house. THis si CRAZY i would think they would stop doing this.

    Receivers Name:Gregory Dugan
    Receivers Address:48 Oluwaliemu
    State:Lagos
    Country:Nigeria
    Zip Code:23401
    Text Questions:God bless
    Text Answer:America

    Mail me back as you are through with the payment with all senders information you will have from Western Union outlet.

    Emily Anderson..

  239. Anonymous says:

    Hello ….

    Thanks for the mail….Am happy that you are interested in my
    apartment…It is a well furnished apartment located at Schmidgasse 4
    8001 Zürich….i attach the apartment pictures so you know how its
    looks like….

    Let me introduce my self to you….Am Pedro Rodriguez…. Actually I
    resided in the Apartment with my family before and presently we had
    packed due to my transfer from my work, and presently been transfer to
    U.K, i left the country with hope that i will be returning in a month
    time, but right now the company have asked me to stay for 6 years
    under contract with them in the U.K and presently my apartment is
    still available for rent for 1000CHF per month including the
    utilities,we try to look for an agent that we can give this keys
    before we left but could not find and the one will find we could not
    reach an agreement with them,and we as well do not want our apartment
    to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with
    us.So right now all the apartment keys and all Documents are with Our
    Lawyer here in U.K we got a Lawyer here in Uk, because we are new to
    this State,so we really need to get a Lawyer for Back-up,because we
    will be staying in right here for 1-2 Yrs.The price is 1000CHF per
    month,Security Deposit is 1500CHF . am just looking for responsible
    person to take care of my property…I want you to note that we are
    kind and honest people and also we spent a lot on our property that i
    want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute
    maintenance of this Apartment and want you to treat it as if it is
    your own…The apartment is also available with the following..The
    Apartment provides the following accommodation:

    Living: , bed, armchairs, set of shelves, LCD TV, DVD player, Hi-Fi,
    wardrobe.Table and spacious fully equipped kitchen with
    refrigerator/freezer, cooker with cooker hood, microwave/stove and
    washing machine. All electrical appliances (coffee machine,
    toaster,kettle), crockery and other kitchen utensils are
    provided.Bathroom
    with washbasin, shower and toilet.TV – Internet high speed WiFi – Phone:

    There are also terms and conditions for my apartment…

    So below are the terms and conditions

    PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND DIGEST IT PROPERLY: TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    1.Tenant agreed to take very good care of the apartment.

    2.Tenant agreed not to turn premises to public business.

    3.Pet allowed but with permission from the land lord.

    4.You’re allowed to register in with the apartments address.

    5.Tenant agreed to make deposit payment and confirm the receipt to me

    or my lawyer to show his/her seriousness towards the contract before moving in.

    6.tenant agreed not to make unnecessary noise that could disturb

    neighborhood.

    Therefore, if you agree with these conditions, please reply me
    immediately with your details details such as :

    FULL NAME:

    CURRENT ADDRESS:

    DATE OF BIRTH:

    GENDER:

    TELEPHONE:

    DATE MOVE IN AND OUT:

    PICTURES OF YOURS

    ……So that i can forward it to my lawyer to prepare your contract
    documents which will be signed by both of us and my lawyer also will
    sign and seal the contract as a witness, also for proper legal
    documentation.Hope to read from you soonest.

    Regards
    Pedro….

  240. Jeraldine says:

    Wow, I responded to an add Friday for a place in Long Beach, CA. Something told me too that this was not right. I was even thinking about going around to the neighbors to ask if this person really lived there and is no longer here. But my gut told me that I needed to some more research. How does an owner not have anyone in the country to look after there house? Just didn’t seem right again……thanks for this blog! I didn’t know about “rental” scams with Nigeria until now. I’m glad people are willing to share their stories so we can all look out for one another…..thanks again….here is what I got to my email request:
    ———————————————————————
    3335 Lewis Ave. Signal Hill, CA
    Thanks for your keen interest in occupying my house,You should count yourself lucky to meet with this offer.Please note there’s compulsory security deposit to move in and i need someone that is ready to take good care of my house, the rent includes utilities(Water and sewer including electricity, cable tv) and all amenities inside(Refrigerator, laundry,washer and dryer, ready for internet connection)..You can get back to me if you are truly interested.Just want to let you know that i will be here for 3years and i have an intention of buying another home when i return but that should be in the nearest future. I intended selling the house but had to rethink that is the reason i looking for a good tenant my self so i will not regret renting it. There is nobody there to walk you through the property that is reason i sent you the physical address in my first email so you will go see the house from the outside and let me know if you truly love it so we will discuss further. It is in a nice and secured neighborhood.
    Rent $1000
    Security Deposit: $800
    MONTH TO MONTH OR YEARLY IS ACCEPTABLE.
    Below are the specifications: How ready are you to secure the house now? you know some others are interested but if you are ready to secure it then the screening will count. The house is available for you to move in, so you need fill out this application for quick rental arrangement. As soon as i accept you as my tenant then we will discuss on the 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________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___________________________
    CITY:_______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIPCODE:____________
    HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?______________________________
    _________________________________________
    CURRENT RENT:_______
    PREVIOUS ADDRESS:___________________________
    CITY:________________
    STATE:_______________
    ZIPCODE:_____________
    HOW LONG?____________ IF RENTING,HOUSE.
    WHY DID YOU LEAVE?
    _______________________________________________________________________
    PREVIOUS RENT:_______
    IF THIS house IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________
    PERSONAL REFERENCES
    (LIST 3 PERSONS, OTHER THAN YOUR RELATIVES, THAT WE CAN CONTACT TO
    VERIFY YOUR CHARACTER.)
    FIRST PERSON
    FIRST NAME:_______________
    MIDDLE NAME:______________
    LAST NAME:________________
    RELATIONSHIP______________
    PHONE (___)________________
    SECOND PERSON
    FIRST NAME:_______________
    MIDDLE NAME:______________
    LAST NAME:________________
    RELATIONSHIP______________
    PHONE (___)________________
    THIRD PERSON
    FIRST NAME:_______________
    MIDDLE NAME:______________
    LAST NAME:________________
    RELATIONSHIP______________
    PHONE (___)________________
    EMERGENCY
    (IN AN EMERGENCY, LIST 2 PERSONS THAT CAN BE CONTACTED STARTING WITH
    NEAREST RELATIVES)
    Looking forward to hear from 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 / FEDEX courier service.

    CONTACT ME ON
    +234-819-185-9308
    011-+234-819-185-9308
    Get back to me asap
    Thanks

  241. mel says:

    i’ve just found a really good deal in North Carolina, 5005 old hillsborough rd durham nc

    BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!

  242. TINA says:

    SCAM!!

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.My Name is Jacob Rohr owner of the apartment you want for rent i resided in the apartment with my wife and Kid before i had to move for a missionary work in West Africa and my wife went ahead to United Kingdom on her own Mission.My apartment is Located at [address] and presently the apartment is still very available for rent at $1480 Per Month including utilities and appliances and it’s available for short and long term (The apartment is Fully Furnished & Can Be Made Unfurnished)..More so Now, I am on a missionary work in West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the United Kingdom for more discussion as She is with the keys and documents of the apartment,she’s in the UK due to am not around and she had to go for a christian mission with our only daughter, you get in touch with her she will let you know all things about the apartment.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,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of my apartment,is that taken?.I want to have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Elizabeth,on ( elizabethrohr101@gmail.com ) and she will attend to you better.

  243. Marina says:

    I have received a few e-mails from various people pulling this scam on Seattle’s Craigslist for rental homes here are a few:
    - FINE KEVIN A craighome18@yahoo.com, “More so Now, i am currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade” (011234-708-668-8681 or +234-708-668-8681)

    - Adams Hamlin hamlinadams@yahoo.com “I have really decided to give out the house as a result of our work transfer to AL”

    -Kevin Desouza kdesouza62@yahoo.com “Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and son before we were transferred to Africa on Christian Missionary Work” (+234-818-783-2924 OR 011-234-818-783-2924)

    -Nannie b Petitt “The house is been placed for rent due to our missionary work transfer (me & my family are missionaries)”

    Most all of them talk about how the money is not important, that they want someone to take care of their house, they use poor English and are either missionaries or have had a job transfer. They talk about the keys and documents being in their possession, and being able to send the keys to you, they want a deposit to hold the house. I mean please if you were a real homeowner and deeply involved in a church you could trust a friend, family member, or even fellow church member to show/rent out the house for you.

    I am frustrated since 4 of the 8 ads I have e-mailed about on Craigslist turned out to be these scams.

  244. Gabby says:

    People should do their due diligence. Search the county assessors office to find out who actually owns the property, then you will know if you are dealing with the actual owners or not. Scammers are clever, but not that clever if you think about it. They obviously dont understand how rentals work and speak poorly. Never ever ever give out that kind of information over the internet, you have no idea who you are actually sending it to. Thats how identity theft gets propetuated.

  245. Karla says:

    So i have recently been looking for a small apartment with my fiance and contacted a few people regarding two very interesting apartments i found at an incredibly low price. One apartment was “owned” by Patricia Johnson and the other by Paul Foster who both happened to have been transferred to work in Nigeria. My dad warned me of these scams but being so excited to get my our own place i ignored it and went to put the deposit in through western union. As i was giving the money to the cashier he asked me how i knew this “Paul Foster” so i told him about the ad and my new home. He immediately cancelled the money from being sent and told me how so many people were getting scammed. So i came home and did the research for the construction company they work for (JULIUS BERGER CONSTRUCTION CO) and turns out thats a scam too. So now here i am making sure no one falls for this again!!!!
    Here is what i recieved:

    Hello,
    It is a great pleasure you are interested in my apartment .Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.I am the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the Apartment with my family,such as my husband and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my work transfer now situated in (West Africa)and presently my Apartment is still available for rent for $600 per month including the utilities like,Electricity,Gas,Water,Newer construction, 9 ft ceilings, recessed lighting, bamboo floors, living room w/balcony. Gorgeous kitchen w/granite counters & stainless steel appliances. Travertine tile in baths. Nice size master, laundry in unit with stackable washer and dryer. 2 side by side parking spaces under building.You can have it furnished and unfurnished.

    Please i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest Person 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 my Apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money that is the main problem that is why is very cheap 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.You can’t see the inside of the apartment at this time. here is my husband’s number feel free to call him on this number +234 8036464993.the pictures are attached for you to see.
    BEDROOMS: 1 Bedroom
    BATHROOMS: 1 Bath
    RENTAL AMOUNT. ……….$600
    TOTAL MOVE IN COST ….$1200
    APARTMENT ADDRESS …….. 626 E Orange Grove Ave Unit # 304 Burbank, CA 91501
    Contact me immediately with the following details.
    APPLICANT’S PROFILE
    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 Apartment?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)How long are you renting for?
    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.
    LONG AND SHORT TERMS ARE BOTH ALLOWED…ALL PETS ARE ALLOWED.(WELL BEHAVED)
    Thanks and God bless
    Patricia
    +2348036464993

    AND…..

    Greetings!
    Thanks for your email.. The house is still available. I decided to
    rent the house because we are going to spend more time here in West
    Africa , about 5 years.. Let me start by introducing myself.
    I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business..
    However, My name is Paul D Foster . I and my wife own the house located at (127 N Primrose Ave Monrovia, CA 91016).Due to my job as a civil engineer, I works for a German company called JULIUS BERGER CONSTRUCTION CO., and now i have been transfer to West Africa to work in a branch in West Africa.I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house. However,the initial plan was to sale out the House. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell.The house include 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. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

    The rent is: $700
    Security Deposit: $500
    For this 2 BR/1 .BA.
    Pet are also Welcome.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    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: ______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    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? ____
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    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.

    Paul D Foster

    The nerve of these people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  246. Christina says:

    I found this just in time thank you!!!! I found Breanna Johnson, claiming to be a pastors wife. When I facebook found her, she didn’t look anything like the picture I was sent.

    I was dumb enough to send an application form- do you think I am safe? I gave out my name and phone number and some previous addresses.

  247. - says:

    this is another one for you:

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: Seth d Kirshenberg

    Greetings ,
    I must confess that I am new in this landlord business. However, My name is Dr Seth D Kirshenberg ,I want you to take note that I own the house located at (78 Reunion, Irvine CA 92603 ). Due to my job as a missionary I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sale out the House.which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website, that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money,but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.
    Monthly Rent:$700
    Security Deposit:$700
    Total Amount:$1400
    Bed & Bath: 2Bedroom, Bathrooms:2.5
    Approximately Lot: Size:1, 056 sqft/ 0.17 acre

    LEASE APPLICATION FORM

    FULL CONTACT NAME?

    OCCUPATION?

    RESIDENTIAL HOME ADDRESS? YOUR CELLPHONE NUMBER?

    YOUR HOME PHONE NUMBER? YOUR WORKPLACE NUMBER?

    WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU

    WHAT TIME IS THE` BEST TIME TO REACH YOU?

    AGE & MARITAL STATUS?

    OWN A PET?

    OWN A CAR?

    HOW MANY PEOPLE SHALL RESIDE IN THE PREMISES?

    ANTICIPATED MOVE IN DATE?

    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS?

    IF YOU HAVE A PET:_____________?

    KIND OF PETS:_____________?

    DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?

    DO YOU DRINK______________?

    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

    REFERENCE?
    =====================================
    Application Comment
    =====================================
    Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications.I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable..We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you, this will give you the opportunity to view house.

    Thanks and God bless you and your household .

    Dr Seth D Kirshenberg .

  248. Karla says:

    I am sure you are fine (Christina). These people are just trying to get quick money, they won’t go all the way as into stealing identification or anything because it’s a serious crime and they have been really lucky not to be caught already. I sent an application form as well and its been weeks since the incident. I made sure to email them, letting them know i had figured out their scam and i haven’t heard from them since. Like i said, Im sure you’ll be fine.

  249. god makes a way says:

    this is a email someone sent me i knew it was fake because how are we going to go about giving them the rent if they live in africa and i did my research on the organization it seem real but they just might not have anything to do with it

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my 2 bedroom apartment. My name is Smith Sesan of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa ‘Nigeria’ where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching programmed called (HBP) ‘Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it’s your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

    The 2 bedrooms apartment which is $650 monthly rent include utilities and it features: Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck,or Patio, Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking. Washer/Dryer and the apartment is not furnished. We are presently in Lagos city in West Africa Nigeria with the keys and documents to the apartment because we could not locate an agent to take charge due to a short time of notice of our programmed and also we do not want any abuse of our home for any illegalities or to be destroyed at our absence. If the price and location of the apartment is okay by you then reply back with the details below,

    TENANT’S DETAILS

    1) Your Names

    2) Your Address and Phone?
    3) Age?

    4) Marital Status?

    5) Number of occupants?

    6) Have any pet or a car?

    8) Occupation?

    9) Renting period and move in date?

    10) Sex?

    The apartment pictures are attached for your visibility, you can drive by or pass through to see the building, even though you can’t view the inside because we have the keys here with us. For more details. Get back ASAP.

    Thanks and God bless,

    Best Regards.

  250. Stacy says:

    Well, I responded to an ad as well and got nearly the same email. Here’s the funny part – the property address they gave me is literally across the street from where I’m living now. I walk my dogs by the house almost every day. I can see it from my bedroom. I drove by and someone is definitely living there, but I’m going to keep an eye out and see if I ever see anyone come out. I may end up saying something to them if I happen to bump into them at the mailbox.

  251. Ambrr says:

    So glad I read this article! I have somebody sending me emails about a house for rent almost identical to these! Wow, crazy what people will do for quick money! Thanks so much for posting.

  252. David says:

    SAME THING HAPPEND TO ME AND MY FRIEND! NAME WAS MELISSA JENKINS FROM WINCHESTER, VA WHO MOVED TO NIGERIA FOR A CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT! NAME AND ID MATCH, SHE/HE WAS A REAL PERSON OR THEY JUST HAVE VERY GOOD FAKE IDS. WATCH FOR STRONG GRAMMER ERRORS IN MESSAGES, THAT IS WHAT GIVES MOST OF THESE SCAMMERS FROM NIGERIA AWAY. WESTERN UNION WAS USED AS METHOD OF PAYMENT.

  253. Wayne says:

    I had this happen just now too and i thought it sounded fishy with a 2br house for 600 a month in La Jolla CA. Still i applied and then got the response that they want 1200 dollars sent via Western Union to Nigeria, lol Yeah right. Here’s the info

    RECEIVER’S NAME: ERIK STALDER.
    ADDRESS : 30 THOMAS ROAD,
    CITY: IKEJA,
    STATE: LAGOS
    COUNTRY: NIGERIA
    ZIP CODE: 23401
    TEXT QUESTION : GOD BLESS?
    ANSWER : AMERICAN.

    That house would probably easily rent for 3000 or more a month and it seemed too good to be true even from the beginning but i still didnt suspect anything until i saw that they want money Western Unioned to Africa which i’ll never do. I’m sure the house is occupied but i haven’t even bothered to drive there now.

    If these people were smarter they’d be a lot more dangerous. If it had been 1500 a month and they had asked for it to be sent to Florida or something I might have been scammed as well.

  254. ARMYWIFE says:

    Here’s another one, I knew this was TOO Good to be true but of course i had to ask. They sent this and I KNEW IT WAS A SCAM… Anyone with common sense and anyone that cared about where their money went should know its a scam. But this email is similar to everyone elses. Except this man claimed to be a REVERAND and his wife worked for a missionary in Nigeria.

    Hello,

    It’s my great pleasure that you are interested in our lovely 2BR, 2Full bath home for rent. I am Rev Fredrick Wale the owner of this home, Actually we resided in this home before and presently we have packed out due to my transfer as a matter of my profession,where I work as a volunteer with Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA),here is the site for more detail about why I am here in West Africa,Nigeria. (www.wycliffe.org) And my wife who is a missionary’s dealing with Bible Translation and literacy worldwide.

    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. 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.

    We will be serving for a long term and now our home is locked up now and presently we have found a new home here which we will be staying for a very long term which might last 5 years in (West Africa,Nigeria) and presently our lovely home is still available for rent for ($650)0as first month rent and ($650)for deposit which includes the utilities More so,Now that we on Retreat program over here.Please I want you to note that all we will want is a very honest and neat person,so i will solicit for your absolute understanding and maintenance of this home and want you to treat it as your own,i am with the keys and documents here with me which will be sent to any responsible and interested tenant through FedEx further more you have to undergo some processes before i could be willing and convince to let my home to any tenant. The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy always. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i have always stand on my word.

    ****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____________________________

    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 keys to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and sincerity so I won’t like you to disappoint us.It is available for a long term lease as we will be here for 5 years and also intend buying a new home on getting back to the states.

    Address:
    42 FOX XING Clarksville, TN 37042

    Rent:650
    Security Deposit:650
    Bedrooms: 2
    Bathrooms: 2
    Pet Allowed
    Utilities included in the rent
    Lease Terms :
    A Year and More

    Best Regards
    Rev Fredrick Wale and Family

    YOU CAN REACH ME ON THE NUMBERS BELOW
    +234-813-296-6030 or 011-234-813-296-6030

  255. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your interest in my house. I am a professional piano/music theory teacher, I’m easy going and friendly. I like Music and have deep interests in traveling. I respect every religion and love to hang around with people and i am definitely not a trouble maker and very helpful in nature. I am currently living in London – UK due to my transfer and I will be here for as long as 7 years that is why am renting out my house that’s the reason why we are renting it out at a very affordable price. The house is located at: 1311 Ridge Ave, Ephrata , PA 17522.This 3bedroom and 1bathrooms Home is fully fenced. Kitchen is bright and cherry with all wood cabinets and plenty of counter space.

    All bedrooms are nice sizes. Master bedroom offers two separate closets which allows for plenty of clothes! Garage can be used as extra space, workshop or as, of course, a garage. There is plenty of space for a vegetable garden and a separate fenced area for pets. Some landscaping with perennials and mature bushes and trees. Fresh paint throughout.The rent is $700 monthly including utilities and $700 for security deposit.

    The house is available for long term and short term lease is acceptable.The building is in a great location situated in the quiet and safe area and offers secure access. internet, cable, laundry in-suite, storage facilities, heat, water, electric and parking is included in the rent and pet are allowed.

    I had a Realtor company help me look for good tenant but they were handling things too professionally and were extortion the tenants so i took the job of there hands and tried doing this my self but couldn’t find any as a matter of urgency. And I don’t want my home misused in my absence that is why I took the keys and documents along with me. So I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the house always.

    Bellow are the interior pictures for you to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks, I will like you to get back to me with your final decision after viewing the interior pictures and exteriors and let me know if you are interested in proceeding with the rental so that I can forward the application form to you.

    +44702 409 323 Call any time.
    Waiting to hear from you soon,
    Regards,
    Chima W Ansel

  256. chilena bonita says:

    Hi, well I wanted to share my story with everyone regarding these scams. I was recently scammed by someone in nigeria I just can’t believe I put all my trust in these so called “missionaries” using the holy name of the lord to scam innocent souls like me and others. Lucky me my best friend told me about these people, I was ready to send them $700.00 via western union and move into a home that doesn’t even exists, I drove by the address they gave me and turns out that the beautiful home I saw on craigslist never existed. All my hopes and dreams of moving into a home I could afford were shuttered, I cried so much that day. Please be careful out there don’t trust anybody.

  257. chilena bonita says:

    Hi.. I was just scammed!! I can’t believe it..

  258. Mitchell says:

    The same thing happened to me but the scammer is actually using my name
    and saying that he is me . Called police and AG and nothing came out of it.
    The guy responds to phone calls from a foreign country as me isn’t that interesting.

  259. Sinthia says:

    Too good to be true and thought it might be a scam. Glad I did some research before going any further.

    This is the response I received after replying to the craigslist posting. None of the information I requested such as square footage or additional pictures or the actual house address was ever sent.

    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 142 Summerfield Circle Grovetown, GA 30813.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 $600 and a security deposit payment of $600 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.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)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? ____?
    HOW SOON CAN YOU COME UP WITH THE DEPOSIT ?______________________

    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.You can also call me asap: Our house number is +2348086640531 or 0112348086640531 for more details.
    Thanks and you are welcome.
    Regards

    After sending the requested info above I received this e-mail that we were accepted and to call for instructions about payment.

    We have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very satisfactory and acceptable by my family. so we would want you to go through the acceptance form and get back to us on what you feel. I will be giving you a call later . We would like to send the following document to you via FEDEX 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 make Payment for Rent deposit and shipment of the Keys and document to the address you will have to provide to us .

    Here are the contents of the document.

    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2)Paper/Permanent house form
    3)The house documentary file.

    So please do get back to me today so that I will let know the next step to take concerning the payment. I await your reply ASAP. Regard and God bless you!!! You can call us on how to make payment for the shipment of the Keys and Document to the House. Our house number is +2348086640531 or 0112348086640531.you can indicate if you want me to instruct you on how to make the payment. Get back to me asap.

    I have reported this as a scam to craigslist. Hopefully it will be removed before someone gets “taken” by this jerk. There is some relief in knowing that one day they will stand in judgement before God Almighty and have to answer for this. Good luck and keep and eye out for these crooks.

  260. Jess R. says:

    Thank goodness for this site or else I would have been a victim too. This just happend to me this morning. I’m looking for a house to rent in Petaluma, CA and I find a 4 bd/2ba for $1300 a month. (Yea Right!) I email back and forth to Emma M Luna” who is supposedly a missionary in West Africa. I’m so glad I got suspicious and started googling. Thank God I didn’t fill out the rental questionare or else they would have all my personal information. I guess the holidays brings out the crooks in people. Shame.

  261. Sinthia says:

    After I contacted Craigslist and the FTC I looked for the property by address on google. As it turns out the property was for rent as a listing through Century 21. I called the realtor and informed him about the scam. Since then the post has been removed from craigslist. Fortunately we have been working with the realtor and are looking to legitimately rent a house soon. Be careful and good luck.

  262. Amanda says:

    I was scammed! I received this email on a 4br/2.5 bath on a home in NC. Too good to be true. Here is what they sent – so freaking irritated by how I fell into the trap. Hard damn earned money! Disguised himself as a Reverend… so wrong.

    Hello,

    It’s my great pleasure that you are interested in our lovely 4BR, 2.50 Full bath home for rent. I am Rev Wale Nelson the owner of this home, Actually we resided in this home before and presently we have packed out due to my transfer as a matter of my profession,where I work as a volunteer with Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA),here is the site for more detail about why I am here in West Africa,Nigeria. (www.wycliffe.org) And my wife who is a missionary’s dealing with Bible Translation and literacy worldwide.

    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. 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.

    We will be serving for a long term and now our home is locked up now and presently we have found a new home here which we will be staying for a very long term which might last 5 years in (West Africa,Nigeria) and presently our lovely home is still available for rent for ($1000)0as first month rent and ($1000)for deposit which includes the utilities More so,Now that we on Retreat program over here.Please I want you to note that all we will want is a very honest and neat person,so i will solicit for your absolute understanding and maintenance of this home and want you to treat it as your own,i am with the keys and documents here with me which will be sent to any responsible and interested tenant through FedEx further more you have to undergo some processes before i could be willing and convince to let my home to any tenant. The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy always. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i have always stand on my word.

    ****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____________________________

    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 keys to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and sincerity so I won’t like you to disappoint us.It is available for a long term lease as we will be here for 5 years and also intend buying a new home on getting back to the states.
    Address:

    5100 TALTON CIR Raleigh, NC 27612

    Rent:1000
    Security Deposit:1000
    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 2.50
    Pet Allowed
    Utilities included in the rent
    Lease Terms :
    A Year and More

    Best Regards
    Rev Wale Nelson and Family

    YOU CAN REACH ME ON THE NUMBERS BELOW
    +234-813-296-6030 or 011-234-813-296-6030

  263. grace says:

    Same thing happened to me:( Only I went to the house and asked the neighbors regarding the home owners and the house was in foreclosure.
    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.

    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

    House Address: 5161 Bellvale Avenue, San Diego CA 92117

    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:(+234-802-914-5184 OR 011-234-802-914-5184)

    Best Regards

    CARLOS CAMPUZANO

  264. Stacey says:

    I was also scammed by these Nigerian people my message was pretty much the same but they did not get me to wire money. I went to the house to see it and someone was living inside! God bless these sick people. Here is my email I received:

    Good day Applicant,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Stephanie Rials the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. Presently, I am in Nigeria. I came over here with my husband; we both acquired the property immediately after getting married. On getting here, I had a thought of selling the house of which I did a research for an agent to handle it on our behalf and after getting one, we got a deal but later my husband advised against that. Presently, it is no longer for sale, under minding the for sale sign up there in the building which I put there before leaving but available for rent at $700 per month (which includes some utilities) and a security deposit of $700. More so now, our purpose of leaving the States down to Nigeria is for an International Christian Conference (I.C.C) meeting, that has to do with establishing of more churches around the West African continent, aimed at propagating the word of God amongst them as to reduce the high rate of criminal activities practiced as the end time is near. We are currently working with the Church of God Mission international, led by Arch-Bishop (Mrs.) Margaret Benson Idahosa.

    Please, 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 checkup. 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.

    I believe you have see how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as an occupant. Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but can’t have a look at the interior until I have sent the keys and documents of the house to you. 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 it’s absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas etc. Please note that, a deposit payment would be required if accepted to have the property rented.

    MOVE IN DEPOSIT REQUIRED ONLY:
    Security Deposit: $700
    First month rent: $700

    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: __________
    ARE YOU MARRIED: __________
    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: _____________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE MOVE IN DEPOSITS REQUIRED ($1,400): ____________
    ANNUAL INCOME_____________
    REFERENCE_____________
    WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU WISH TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE: _______________

    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 have them stored in my file for the purpose of issuing the receipts to 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 and a half years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there. Here is my number +234-812-460-7771 or 011-234-812-460-7771, I will be expecting to hear from you.

    Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements.
    God Bless,
    Stephanie.

    From: Stacey Mouton
    To: “stephanierials@yahoo.com”
    Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 6:09 AM
    Subject: 3br – ($700/Beautifully) (Shreveport)
    Need more info on house
    http://shreveport.craigslist.org/apa/2808762737.html

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Lisa says:

      I believe this person tried to scam me and my husband over the past week. Different name but exact same rental application. Do your homework before getting stuck.

  265. Heidi says:

    I found a house in Randolph, Ma for rent and emailed the person about it. He emailed me back. I’m enclosing his email.

    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, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent. Don’t be surprise if you find the home with another site and different price, I have plan to rent it through Real estate before, but they are not serious simply because they have a lot of house to lease out, And they added some money to the rent while there commission is not fair.

    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 at the area and surrounding, you can also peek through the windows if you don’t mind.

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

    Number of Bedrooms: 3
    Number of Bath: 2
    Pets are welcome!!!
    Rent: $900
    Deposit: $700
    Address: 177 Grove Street Randolph,MA .

    Thanks and God bless you.
    Regards
    Mark Peter

    When someone says they are a missionary for God, I actually trust them LESS. I decided to play along with this guy so I can see what he says and then I’m going to forward his response to the attorney general here in Massachusetts. I hope he gets in big time trouble. What really ticks me off is they think we are stupid enough to send money after we “peek in the windows.” Uh huh, right. I got contacted before and told the man I wouldn’t give him a cent till the keys were in my hands. All of a sudden, he had to go. Right.

    I’m going to yank his chain a bit and then turn him in.

    Heidi

  266. Diane says:

    Pretty sure ive got another one here. i e-mail about a condo and this is what i got…
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/apa/3013903994.html

    Hello

    Thanks for your email response. My name is Jamie Schumacher and also The home is still available for rent. It is a 2 Bedroom home with rent include utilities like hydro, heat, laundry facilities, Air condition, Internet and phone line. And I also want you to know that it was due to my work transfer that made me and my Wife to leave the home with an intention of giving it out for rent. 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 want the property to be kept clean all the time as it is our hard-earned property. If you are honestly interested and will absolutely maintain my property (Taking care of it like yours) as i hope i can put my trust and confidence in you. I earlier wanted to sale the house but had a second thought to rather put it up for rent, because as a matter of fact l will be coming back home in the next 3years and would need a place to live in. Presently, We are here in West Africa doing the Lord’s duty for humanity, for through our direct service to mankind, the blessings and promises of God will manifest today.

    To Learn More about Our Program Visit: http://www.gowestafrica.org/

    The house vital informative documents and the entrance keys to the house are with us, we try to look for dependable agent to handle the rent but could not find one due to the limited time we had before leaving the country. Mostly we do not want our property to be given to any sort of person to avoid damages and troubles. I and my Wife came over to West Africa for a missionary work, So I hope you will be a good tenant which we’ve been praying to get. you can go ahead and view at your earliest convenient time.

    Here’s the location to my Home 11106 Northeast 125th Lane, Kirkland WA 98034

    Rent: $600.00

    Deposit: $600.00

    Pets are no problem.

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED, FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.

    INFORMATION BELOW IS NEEDED TO DELIVER THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS
    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 hear from you so that we can start commence on how to get the keys and document sent to you.

    Thanks And God Bless you can call my cell phone +2348134854670

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/est/apa/3013903994.html

  267. Kirstin says:

    I got two similar stories.. and only responded to one, knew it was a scam but wanted to see what he would say. I asked for more pictures of the inside of the home, and was questioned “How do i know you would rent it?” Ummm hello idiot! You honestly expect someone to rent a place based upon one outside picture and a drive by of the place?! HAHAAA! These people are unbelievable! Makes me sick how they are using these “goodwill” missions and God to TRY and get people to trust them… Saying hes a pastor

    **Hello Tenant,

    I can see you are interested in renting the house I have pasted, I am
    currently in West Africa where I work as a volunteer with the GOODNESS
    AND MERCY MISSION, So I need a tenant to take care of it but since I am
    out of the state now, I have received some proposals regarding the rent
    because it is located in a very good area.

    I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any
    Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long
    we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house.
    However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which I tried, but
    sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i
    am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website. I
    left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent, and
    a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully
    equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer,
    four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My
    Computer Connected with Internet Access Also the keys to the House are
    right here with me, and the house documents. Which I can send to you
    after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also I will like you to
    know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute
    maintenance of my House is most important thing so will want you to get
    back to me with the Application form below.

    Here Is My House Address: [525 South Water Street, Providence RI 02906 ].

    RENTAL APPLICATION

    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)Do you have a pet_____
    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____________________ ___
    13)How many months rent can you pay upfront? Minimum ( 1month +
    SECURITY DEPOSIT ) or ( 2 months + SECURITY DEPOSIT ), so which option
    do you prefer ??? ________________

    So If you are still interested Note that the rent is going to be $500
    Security deposit is going to be $350 extra fees. 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
    keys of the house to you.

    Thanks
    pastor TAYO ADEYEMI
    Please call Me : +2348108871919
    Stay Blessed.

    ** 2nd one**
    Hello Dear,

    God bless you for your interest about my house and i am sorry for the late response due to our work, yes is still available for rent. I am renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat my house as his or her own because formally we wanted to sale the house but we did not see anyone that is willing to buy so we were advice by our lawyer to rent it.

    Presently I work for USAID.works in agriculture, democracy & governance, economic growth, the environment, education, health, global partnerships, and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to provide a better future for all.USAID still faces an uncertain future.. In many developing countries,HIV/AIDS and health issues are having a dramatic impact on social cohesiveness and economic strength, blocking the very development goals we seek. Virtually all the new democracies in the world today are fragile; others are democracies more in name than substance.

    Nearly a quarter of the people living in developing countries, or about one billion people, live in absolute poverty. There are a host of other threats – ranging from terrorism to infectious disease and violent conflict – that challenge us and the developing nations we seek to help.Here USAID Web address:http://www.usaid.gov/

    USAID efforts to foster world-wide economic growth and increased trade,and tackling cross-border issues such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and trafficking in persons.To safe the live of peoples from primitive death that claims the souls of younger ages as a result of casual sex gave me transfer to West Africa and i will be away for 6 years or more and this is why i am actually renting out the house,so if you are interested and will take good care of our house then i will be ready to accept you as our future tenant and family friend.

    If you really impress me by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay. Below is the address of the house. You can drive by and check the neighborhood and get back to me for further discussion, any sign post will be removed once i get any responsible tenant so you ignore the sign post cause i have stop dealing and contacting the Realtor for too much fees i pay. It is available for a long term lease as we will be here for 6years and also intend buying a new home on getting back to the states.

    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.

    Note: The Rent is $450
    Refundable Security Deposit is $400
    House Address: 19 Bianco Court, Providence RI 02909.
    Pet: Acceptable
    Property type: Single Family Home
    Utilities are included in the rent.
    There is also high speed wireless internet access.
    Minimum rental: 1 month
    Maximum rental: 6 years or more.

    Get back to me ASAP if you are interested because i need a tenant urgently then i will e-mail you the rental application form.

    contact me @ 0112347045242525

    Best Regard.
    Allison B McLean

  268. Sally says:

    I just got caught up in one, that claimed he was doing a missionary in Spain. I fell for it and did send him my basic info do you think they can pull some identity theft or they just wanted the money?

  269. SCAM-BUSTER says:

    UNFORTUNATELY THE PEOPLE DOING THIS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE UP AGAINST. I CANT GET INTO SPECIFICS BUT AS OF TODAY (JUNE 201) THEY ARE STILL USING THE SAME OBVIOUS BROKEN ENGLISH..THE EXACT SAME TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE SCENARIO AFTER SCENARIO..USING FAKE PROFILES OF ADS THAT DO NOT EXSIST. HOWEVER AS MOST PEOPLE KNOW EMAILS HAVE SERVERS..THESE EMAILS HAVE BEEN SENT FROM PCS AND CELL PHONES THAT HAVE SPECIFIC TRACABLE IP ADDRESSES WHICH ONCE A SCAM IS REPORTED A FEW DOZEN OR SO TIMES BEGIN TO BE TRACED THROUGH A SPECIFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATION POSING AS POTENTIAL CANDIDATES INTERESTED IN RENTING FROM THE SCAMMERS. THIS IS A FEDERAL MATTER WHICH MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO BUILD AND FORM THESE CASES TO THEN CHARGE AND PROSECUTE THESE SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS WITH THESE MALICIOUS CRIMES FULLY..BUT ITS MAKING UNBELIEVABLY RAPID PROGRESS. THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES PERSONAL INFORMATION AS WELL AS YOUR MONEY FROM GETTING INTO THE HANDS OF THESE SCAMMMING CRIMINALS USING THE INTERNET AS A WAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF INNOCENT..TRUSTING PEOPLE IS TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK..PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING SIGNS & REPORT THE AD AS A SCAM..OVER AND OVER AGAIN..AND NEVER..EVER SEND YOUR HARD EARNED $ TO ANYONE WHO DOESNT HAVE THE ABILITY TO SHOW YOU WHAT YOUR PAYING FOR..DOESNT HAVE THE MEANS TO PROVIDE CREDENTIALS..AND CANT MEET YOU FACE TO FACE.. SAYS LOUD AND CLEAR…****SCAM**** THIS SPECIFIC INVESTIGATION IS QUITE CLOSER THAN MOST WOULD THINK TO FINALLY PUTTING THESE LEACHES BEHIND BARS WHERE THEY WILL NO LONGER ARE ABLE TO HURT ANOTHER TRUSTING..INNOCENT..BYSTANDER ANYMORE.. I SAY GOOD..GOOD RIDDENS! PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES..AND KNOW THIS IS NOT GOING UNNOTICED. ITS ABOUT TO MAKE A BOOM! REAL SOON. THANK GOODNESS!

  270. Ron says:

    Watch out for these guys: davidestates1@yahoo.com

    I got the same e-mail as Nick, above:
    ————————————————————————————
    “Hi,

    Thanks for your interest in my property. It is a private property, you have nothing to share with anybody. the property is very much available, clean with no damages, It has air-conditioning, washer/dryer, free parking, cable TV, wireless internet connection and Wi Fi Hi Speed internet, linen, towels are also provided. The property is in a safe and quiet neighborhood and close to all attractions in the neighborhood.

    The property is available for your date: July 4 thru July 10

    Price per night: $140
    Total night: 7
    Total Cost: $980

    You will need to secure reservation for now if you really need it, because i do my business first come first serve and if you book it now i can reserve it for you alone.

    NOTE: Keep the property clean because when you check in you will see that it’s very clean and please no damage.

    Thanks”

    ————————————-
    red flags for me were that the price seemed too low for starters, he didn’t answer any of my questions directly, and then the unsettling turn of phrase, “clean with no damages.” Not to mention “close to all attractions in the neighborhood” is hopelessly vague, and kinda redundant. I mean, if there are attractions IN the neighborhood, doesn’t that imply that those curiously unnamed attractions are close?

    A quick scan shows the same davidestates1 e-mail all over Craigslist running the same phishing scam in almost every city. Flag them if you see them!

  271. NANA G says:

    WOW SAME STORY OVER & OVER AGAIN…THIS IS SO CRAY!!!

    I ALREADY REPORTED TO THE AUTHORITIES & I TRULY WISH THEY ALL PAY FOR WHAT THEY’RE ALL ARE DOING TO INNOCENT HARD WORKING PEOPLE…THIS IS THE EMAIL I GOT:

    I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business..However, My name is Barry J Boyer,I own the house located at (315 Hillcrest Ave Bethlehem, PA 18020).Due to my job as a missionary I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house and i will be here for (4-5 years).. How ever,the initial plan was to sale out the apt.which I tried, but some times the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website,that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take of it as if it were yours The rent is $950and $600 for Security Deposit For this 3BRs/2BAths/1,344- sq.ft. Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc…Below is my phone numbers+234-704-566-7522

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________
    Home Phone ( )________________________
    Cell Phone ( ) ___________________
    Date of Birth_________________________
    Current Address_______________________
    City____________State______ Zip______
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $________
    Are you married_______________________
    How many people will be living in the house___________
    Do you smoke____________
    Do you have a pet___________________________
    Do you have a car___________________________
    Occupation____________________ ________
    Move In Date__________________________ __
    How soon can you make the payment_____________
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and the document______
    Application Comment
    ============================== =======
    Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications.I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable.We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you,this will give you the opportunity to view house.
    Regards
    Barry J Boyer
    +234-704-566-7522

  272. Kelly Murray says:

    I was almost scammed by davidestates1@yahoo.com. after responding to his add for a vacation rental. Wow it was available on a holiday for such a cheap price. Until he asked me to Western Union the money. The email coming from David Gamez and asking me to send my deposit to his financial secretary of David Dupuis in Florida when I am in california. He will personaly be there to hand me the keys. Thats odd, no contract. When I googled the email address I was amazed at what I saw and realized I was trying to be scammed. This website is the ONLY place where I saw comments to WATCH OUT for these people. Thank goodness its here. Oh and if you Google search davidestates.com It is a property management company out of Cyprus. Almost Scammed!

  273. Linda AC says:

    same scam on C/List, today, for an apartment in La Mesa, CA.

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house,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 . Presently my house is still available for rent for $700 (rent already includes utilities). More so Now, i am 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.we decided to rent if out because of love for humanity and so we can assist people,that is why i made the house so inexpensive because i believe everybody deserves a home both the rich and the poor.we are renting the Property for long term and short term lease is also acceptable and presently my house is still available for rent including the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, cable, ,Refrigerator, deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c ., there is a storage room in the house.

    This is the address of the House (7705 El Cajon Blvd,La Mesa, CA 91942)

    etc etc etc

  274. lolo says:

    Same thing happens to me . A Seminole Florida home same exact type of emails.. Craigslist should verify that postings are not fraud. It’s very easy to spot check. I figured it out instantly. June 2012

    • Marcita says:

      Hello,
      Do any of you know about an apt rental company called Lord Chosen Reservation? The apartments look very nice, the prices are reasonable and they have a website that looks totally legitimate. They don’t mention Nigeria but something seems fishy.
      Thanks,
      Marcita

  275. Jamie says:

    We had a similar experience. This is the reply received:

    “I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business..However, My name is Dr,Susan R Matthews,I own the house located at (3651 Flagstone Circle Middleton, WI 53562). Due to my job as the chief surgeon for the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and i am the owner of the house,Previously,i reside in this particular house with my family before been transfered, we packed due to an emergency transfer to Head the Surgery department of a General Hospital in west Africa and this transfer is temporary but will last for (5year). Regarding my Home,I want you to know that the House is furnished,but you can also move into the house with your own Personal furniture but the Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer,Electric Stove,Fridge,Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent, Please note that,we are a kind and honest family,that spent a lot on this property that is available for rent,so in one accord,we are soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this house and want someone who can treat it as his or her own,We want someone who can keep it tidy all the time so that we shall be glad to see it whenever we are around on a visit.The rent is $845 and $600 for Security Deposit For this 3BR/2BAth/1912sqft. Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc…Below is my phone numbers +234-704-566-7522 or +234-818-973-9471

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME: _________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    (CELL)PHONE () __________
    (CELL)PHONE () _____________________
    (WORK)PHONE () __________
    MARITAL STATUS?__________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIP CODE: _______________
    HOW LONG? ______________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CURRENT HOME?_______________
    IF THIS PROPERTY IS BEEN GIVEN TO YOU,HOW WILL YOU PROVE TO ME,YOU CAN TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT?_______________
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? _______________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
    DO YOU HAVE YOUR DEPOSIT ?______________
    ARE YOU READY TO SECURE THE HOME ?______________
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________
    KIND OF PETS: _____________
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE? ___________
    DO YOU DRINK? ______________
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____
    ANY OTHER INFO YOU WISH TO TELL US ABOUT?______________
    Application Comment
    ============================== =======
    Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications.I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable.We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you,this will give you the opportunity to view house.
    Regards
    Susan R Matthews
    +234-704-566-7522
    +234-818-973-9471″

    Crazy the lengths that these scammers will go through. Thanks everyone for your posts on this matter!

  276. Allie says:

    Same thing happened to me. Too good to be true. Posed as a Pastor on a missions trip in Africa. I figured it out when HE told me to send money to NIGERIA. After I thought I’d been working with a girl a year younger than me who went to school in Central PA. I thought maybe working in Africa on missions trip made her type like she would be talking to the locals there. It was a great house, definitely just what we needed. I sent the generic app and got a response right away. Now these people have my general info. Sure I’ll get right on the transfer of funds FOOL. Ugh…. scams are so lame!

  277. Heidi says:

    Oh, there’s a new scam out there. This prayer group I belong to got an email from someone asking for help going to college. He’s from Nigeria. I asked him if they took checks. He told me that they didn’t do dat. (His spelling, not mine) He said that the skul had a system where he paid the money. I told him that he needed to learn to spell.

  278. misty says:

    Thanks for your blog.

    I don’t understand what these people can get out of their full of holed fraud schemes. I was on craigslist.shopping for an apartment. The ad says $500 for the apartment. I kind knew it was most likely to be unreal because the going rate in the area is around $1700 or up per month), but I just want to see if “he is working in Africa” like other scam replies. Here is the poorly written reply.

    “Hello,

    Thanks for your email . I’m John Edward the owner of the Apartment you are in renting.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family for some months and we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $500 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.Right now I’m in West Africa for a crusade and i would like you to get in touch with my wife in the United states for more discussion as she is with the keys and the documents to the apartment.Please I want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and I want you to treat it as your own.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 want to have trust in you as I always stand by my words.Let us know how soon you are willing to move in. Email my wife …. and she will attend to you better.”

    There was a real address attached too!

    Who would be in the right mind to complicate things for renting out an apartment if he or she the real owner of the property? The scheme is too dumb to be taken seriously.

  279. Nadine says:

    ALL PLEASE BEWARE of this email address DAVIDESTATES1@YAHOO.COM. He just swindled me out of 600.00. Posted a ad on craigslist for a weekend rental and i fell for it. When i went to confirm that he would be there on my day or arrival to hand over the keys, he said that i owed him more money. Thought something was fishy so i looked up the property and turns out the house is on the market FOR SALE!!! Spoke with the realty agency this morning and they said they have never heard of the man and that he is not the owner of the property. Also goes by the name of DAVID GAMEZ, DAVID DUPUIS AND DAVID ESTATES. Please watch out! I would hate for what happened to me to happen to anyone else.

  280. alexandra says:

    watch out for this email elizabethruch581@yahoo.com NAMED ELIZABETH RUSH she says she is in west africa with a nice 2 bedroom for $600 in Sacramento Ca on craigslist i looked up the number she gave me and it showed this page

  281. kristina says:

    heres another one in olathe kansas

    So sorry about the late response, I personally own the house and I’d want my property to be well taken care of meanwhile there are some rules and regulation I want my tenant to abide by so please don’t disrespect my rules. Here are my rules!!! You must keep my house clean including the surrounding, you must know how to use the gas cooker to avoid fire outbreak and you must not disturb the neighbors.

    I was transfer to (West Africa) for Missionary Work World Mission Intl. This is why I decided to rent out this property. I formally listed the house for sale but my wife advised me not to sell and now l want to rent the house out to someone who can move in asap and also take good care of the property and look after it like their very own.

    Don’t be surprised if you find the home on another site with different price. I had planned on renting it out through a Realtor but he’s too expensive and he’s got lots of houses to lease out plus his commission was not flexible which is why I decided to rent it out myself.

    I’m a very simple person and I do believe money is not everything in life which is why I decided to give the house out this low. You’re free to drive by the house anytime and check out the vicinity/Surroundings. more so lets know how long you wish to lease also let us know if you’re still interested so I can forward you the Rental Agreement Form for you to fill out.

    PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

    Number of Bedrooms: 4
    Number of baths: 4.0
    Square footage: 3,000
    Pets are welcome!!!
    Rent: $ 850
    Refundable security Deposit; $ 900

  282. Tim Nixon says:

    Yep, I have spent the last hour emailing back and forth with someone who claimed he was a missionary to China and he was renting his house for $600 a month all utilities included. He said it was not for sale, but I was looking at it on a current realtor website, and even watched a video on youtube of it. Then I got to thinking that this guy was speaking too much like a Nigerian scammer and not a US citizen. So I googled it, saw the exact same application that I was just sent, plus he sent me the exact same pictures that are posted of the realtor’s page. Whew, I have not fallen for the scam…

  283. Tim Nixon says:

    Here’s my conversation with the Scammer:
    From him to me:

    Hello,
    Thank you reply to the advert placed, I’m happy to inform you that the place is still available for rent and you are the first person to contact me about it. I really need to know how soon you want to move in and number of people. I’m a missionary but I got transferred to China to serve God and humanity. I work with SOS Children’s Village here in China. I have no choice than to relocate and this is the reason why I want to rent out the units to someone who is going to take care of the place as if they own it. The apartment is available for short and long time term lease is also accepted.it open for sales as well,You can drive by but sorry i wouldn;t be available to show you around the house

    The rent includes all utilities and close to all amenities. I was advised to rent out the place because there is no one leaving there right now. The place is available for immediate move in. Buying is option as well

    INCLUDED IN THE RENT: Cable , Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and
    Electric.

    Location is 6 Towerbridge Court,Pueblo, CO 81001,you can drive by

    I still have my mobile phone working here in china if you will like to text,Not sure if you will like to buy or Rent,…Here is my Number text me any time ok 224-800-1291

    2nd Response:

    Glad you a Good Christain i will surely stop responding to other emails,once you rent it,it will be off market and i hope you will be able to rent to buy with prayers,check on the house and let see if you interested and i will email you forms to fill,God bless You

    3rd Response:

    Utilities is always automatically remove from my account so i take care of that,just make sure you take Good care of the house

    4th Response:

    Thanks you,But sorry i don;t have a realtor and most reason why i’m selling the house or renting it is to support the work of God here in china,once you drive by the house and you interested you will be making the payment to my late father lawyer in FL,then i will ship the keys and lease agreement to you with the reciept i have attact the forms to fill for you,God Bless You

    Rental Application:

    ****RENT APPLICATION DETAILS****

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    Full Name___________ ___________

    Home Phone ______ __________

    Date of Birth___________ _________

    Other Phone ______ __________

    Current Address___ ____________

    City______ _________ __ __

    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________ __________

    How soon do you want to receive the keys______________ ________________

    When can you have the deposit and how many month rent can you deposit upfront

    Move In Date________ ________

    I ………………………………………..CERTIFY that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I authorize investigation of all statements contained in this application for tenant screening as may be necessary in arriving at a tenant decision. I understand that the landlord may terminate any rental agreement entered into for any misrepresentation made above.

    I want you to make sure the present address is not mistaken because that’s where the keys and documents will be ship to. The contents of the shipment you will be expecting are:

    1. Bunch of keys to the property.

    2. Documents containing the lease agreement and property description.

    3. Rent receipts and damage deposit receipts.

    THEN I FINALLY CAUGHT ON!

  284. Tim Nixon says:

    Received another reply from another scammer about a different place:

    Thanks for contacting me regarding my home for rent, My name is Miller Jacy, I owned the house you are interested, The home is still available for rent, but I will only be interested to renting it out for a very caring and God fearing person that will take very good care of the house, Am just been posted to Abuja for mission of God, You can go ahead and view the surrounding of the house and neighborhood area, so i hope you will promise me to take very good care of the my home, also i will be come once in 4 months for visit to see how you are taking care of the home, and if any thing need to be repair in the home, and fix it back! You can rent the home for 5 years, Also so let me know your experience, see below for more details about the home.

    Address:1841 Bluegrass Cir
    City:Cheyenne
    State: WY
    Zip Code:82009
    Sqft: 1,066
    County:Laramie

    Type Single Family
    Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1.5
    Pets Allowed: Cats, Small Dogs, Large Dogs
    Deposit: one months rent $600 plus security deposit of $500
    Features: Den/Office, Dishwasher, Garage, Newer Property, Garbage pickup, Scenic View,Yard, Washer and dryer.

    Interested leaser/renter should kindly write me back with these requested information for proper record and documentation such as :

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    First Name :
    Last Name:
    Spouse Full Names:
    Kids Full Names:
    Relatives or Friends Full Name:
    Mobile/Cell Number:
    Telephone Number:
    Present House Address:
    Present Work place name and Address:
    Present work Tel. Number:
    Numbers of Cars:
    Pet type:
    proposed date of Move in:
    months budget to deposit before move in:
    ==============================
    Rental/Lease comment:
    ==============================
    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 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. God bless you !

  285. David A says:

    I got pretty much the same thing, this is part of what they sent to me:

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your response, and also i really understand how you feel towards this transaction ,I can see your willingness in this flat,also believe l can trust in you because l will not like to experience whatl experienced from my last tenant againbut i want you to know that this is 100%Legitimate and also i want you to know that i am a pastor and i will never tarnish my whole life and image all because of money all i am just trying to do is to make sure i find a trustworthy responsible and most expecially a tidy person to my flat which i believe you will be able to do for me, and also i would have loved to send out the keys to you but am sorry i will not be able to do so due to the last bad experience i had when i sent the keys of my flat to a friend of mine to help me show a tenant the interior part of the flat but you wouldn’t believe that my friend conilled together with the tenant and they both stole lots of my properties worth 1800GBP so since then i’ve decided to be sending the keys without the confirmation of the payment of the first month rent deposit fee so David try as much as possible to understand what is going on here, i really want you as my new tenant and i promise you wont a regret a seconds of meeting me also, so get back to me as soon as possible today so we can proceed further on this.

    Thanks.

    They used the e-mail: joaquinmoore@yahoo.com
    They used the address for sending things to as: 160 Ring Avenue,Lagos,Nigeria 23401

  286. david says:

    This is the version I got today. 2 identical emails from the same person for 2 different rental units. They really should be more creative about this:

    Hello,

    Thanks for your interest. First of all, I must thank the Lord that I found an intending tenant for my apartment ,My name is Pastor Rose Morris, I own the apartment you are interested in and I lived there with my Husband and my only daughter before we relocated to West Africa. My Job here in Nigeria involves going to interior villages to give food and clothes to the less privileged ones in the Niger delta region and I also use this opportunity to preach the word of God bringing them to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ,We work with the a charity organization. You can learn more from:http://www.orphanage.org/africa/nigeria/childrenofmary/index.html .

    I came here with my family and It was due to my transfer thats we left the apartment and also want to give it out for rent. We are 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.My Husband is also a pastor with christ embassy church here in Nigeria as well.

    This 1 bedroom apartment at 151 N Beachwood Drive #B C Burbank, CA 91506 which goes for $600 monthly and $300 for the security deposit.It has the following features: Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room,Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck, or Patio, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking.

    This apartment is not furnished and We want to give it for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of the apt. for us.So for now,We are here in Lagos,and our house and the keys/documents of the apartment are with us here,we tried 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 absence that is why we took it along with us here.

    I hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. If you are comfortable with the price and really need this apartment, Contact me immediately with the following details.

    APPLICANT’S PROFILE

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

    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 also call my Husband asap:+2348082967070 or 0112348082967070 for more details

    The pictures are attached and you can also go see the building, though you cant view the inside because we have the keys here.

    Thanks and you are welcome

    Regards

    Mrs Rose Morris

  287. jessica says:

    I found a similar thing for an apartment in DC. ridiculous, I was so excited, shouldve known it was too good to be true

    “Hello,

    Thank you for your reply to my ad in the inquiry of my Apartment for rent. The Apartment is available and in great condition. The Unit is located on 4411 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, USA and the offer is $580 monthly. It is a spacious One Bedroom Apartment with One Full Bathroom(with tub). The Living room is Furnished but you could remove them if you are moving-in with your furniture. The kitchen is also fully Packed and there is a store in the unit where unused furniture can be kept. It is up for rent because for the next one year or so, My wife and I are relocating to West Africa to take up a new post.

    About myself: I am in my mid ages and i chose that location because of the serene environment and it is close to Amenities. Pets Considered with a $20 deposit. I am a kind and honest man and i want you to know that the money is not the problem, I just want someone who will take care of my home through the period of the Lease which is between 6months and One Year with option of extension. I am very religious and believe in fair and equal housing opportunities for all.

    Please Email my wife Elizabeth at (angel.lizzy111@gmail.com ) for she is going to attend to you better. She had a nasty Bike Accident; but I thank God for keeping her. So due to her condition, she is always indoors at our new home as we have already moved but She would give you good info. on processing the keys and documents for delivery, the utilities included in the Monthly rent, application form, pictures to the place along with other information on deposits and the One Month free offer.

    Thank you and God Bless you,
    David”

  288. Rhodalyn says:

    Here is mine. I just cut him off today since his emails started being the same sentences and I was juust iffy about sending money for a set of keys and paper for all I know are keys

  289. Rhodalyn says:

    Here is mine/… After reading alll of the previoous scam email.. this is also similar. I cut Mr. Chadbourne off today and told him I’m sorry but I won’t be sending any payment for a set of keys and paper, sorry.

    “Hello

    Thank you for the information you have furnished us with,My family and I sends our heartfelt appreciation and warmth greetings to you.We went through your application and Most especially your mail, You gave us an inner peace of Mind that really got us going. Your Re-assuring me that our home will be taken care of well as if it were yours is something that makes me want to rent to you.To sustain the Life we do not really require much. It takes only a little food,something to wear and a place to” lie down. The Entrance keys and Documents will be sent down to you Via DHL or FedEx mailing service to the address you gave to me in the Application Form and you will receive it Next day after shipment, it will be on 24 hours delivery, so that you can move in,i will like you to go and take a look at the house today and get back to me with what you see if it is what you like ok ,But i want you to know that you can not see the interior part of the house now because i am with the keys of the house down here with me, My Family and i have discussed on the issue and we have talked over it, i have decided to let you have the house but you have to promise us that you will take good care of the home for me, The utilities are included in the month fee so you can use them anytime but make sure you take proper care of my properties.I really appreciate your Interest therefore I want to know if you can provide the full payment immediately upon securing your lease Via (Money Gram Swift money transfer system or Western Union Money Transfer),We are considering renting to you, due to your manner of approach and prompt attitude in getting things done. Let us know if you are financially ready to secure the house now for your move in, so that we can conclude and proceed with the shipping of the keys to your current address, I will like to know some more few things from you which are :

    1) How many month rent can you afford as deposit?
    2) How long do you intend to live in the house?
    3) Are you ready to rent now?
    4) Are you ready to make the payment now?
    5)How do you want to get the keys and the document of my house?

    So i want you to get back to me with the following information so that i can send to you the information to make the payment, and i will be forwarding your information to the Courier service, so i hope to read from you soon,
    Sincerely

    +234-704-566-7522
    011-234-704-566-7522

    From: ME
    To: Hg Ghgd
    Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2012 3:47 AM
    Subject: Re: $700 / 3br – 1536ft² – Mature Neighborhood w/Tree Lined Streets! Nicely Arranged Kitchen/Dini (Fairfield, CA )

    A missionary!! That’s soo cool! I always to experience the missionary work when I was a child, now I have children. But that’s really great.. I’ve attached information you asked for. Please let me know if there is anything else you may need. Thank you again Mr. Chadbourne.

    Rhodalyn

    On Sun, Sep 2, 2012 at 2:38 AM, Hg Ghgd wrote:
    I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business..However, My name is Louis Chadbourne,I own the house located at (1036 Warren St Fairfield, CA 94533).Due to my job as a missionary I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house and i will be here for (4-5 years).. How ever,the initial plan was to sale out the apt.which I tried, but some times the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website,that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person (With good credit) that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take of it as if it were yours The rent is $700 and $600 for Security Deposit For this 3BRs/2BAths. Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc…Below is my phone numbers+234-704-566-7522, +234-818-973-9471

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________
    Home Phone ( )________________________
    Cell Phone ( ) ___________________
    Date of Birth_________________________
    Current Address_______________________
    City____________State______ Zip______
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $________
    Are you married_______________________
    How many people will be living in the house___________
    Do you smoke____________
    Do you have a pet___________________________
    Do you have a car___________________________
    Occupation____________________ ________
    Move In Date__________________________ __
    How soon can you make the payment_____________
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and the document______
    Application Comment
    ============================== =======
    Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications.I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable.We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you,this will give you the opportunity to view house.
    Regards
    Louis Chadbourne
    +234-704-566-7522
    +234-818-973-9471

  290. michelle says:

    i replied to a post and this is what i got back and a phone call asking for 200 dollars to send me the keys. when i did more research i found out its a scam.

    Hello,

    I received your mail..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and son before we were transferred to Nigeria on a Business trip… Presently my house is still available and monthly rent is $600 (rent already includes utilities).

    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 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.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.

    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

    House Address : 5225 Andover Street, Cocoa FL 32927

    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?______________?
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT_______________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE__________________
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:_____________?
    KIND OF PETS:_____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

    I Await your 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,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 Refundable Security Deposit Payment $600 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in….The deposit is refundable if at the end of the day you don’t like the House nor feel comfortable, but i am giving you the benefit of doubt that you would definitely like it.Since we are not around to show the House,you can just drive by to see the the House from the outside.Its a lovely home everybody would like.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 are (+234-802-914-5184 OR 011-234-802-914-5184) . 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.

    KIMBERLY HIGGINBOTHAM

  291. Christopher says:

    Watch out for Fred Edward, or anyone like him:

    Thanks very much for your reply and also I can see your willingness in my apartment . I have decided to let you live in my apartment . The apartment is available now, you have to provide the security deposit and the first month rent to hold the apartment , and also we will send the keys and document of the apartment to you via FEDEX to the address you sent to me and the tracking number will be sent to you. Please once again,i am giving you this on trust and do not disappoint me, and I promise you that you will love the house. So I am with the below document here with me, and I will like to know whether you are ready for the payment today.

    Here the contents of the document.

    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys

    2)Paper/Permanent apartment form(Containing your reference details)

    3)The apartment documentary file.

    4)Payment Receipt.

    5)Full address and description of the apartment

    You are going to send the payment to my accountant in Texas and You can send it to her via western union using this information.

    Name….Angela Wilmore
    Address…..1413 Muse St Fort Worth, Texas, 76112
    United States

    You can also send it to her bank account using this information.

    Bank Name….Wells Fargo Bank
    Account Name…..Angela Wilmore
    Account Number……1890461351
    Routine Number……..111900659

    As soon as she confirms the payment, I will send the necessary document and keys of the apartment to you through FEDEX and get back to you with the Tracking number and the arrival time of the document and the keys.

    Here is the address to the apartment 235 East 40th Street New York, NY, 10016.

    So please get back to me today.
    Regard and God bless you.

    Notice how all scammers say bless you? And note again the broken English…

  292. Antonio Langston says:

    I found a similar one in Cincinnati. need to cancel my current lease tomorrow but something didnt feel right about this one. Think I may have scared thm off with my questions thought because I rent out my condo in Denver, CO and have my tenant deposit directly to a 2nd perosnal LOCAL bank account. that and wondering who manages/fixes the problems with broken apppliances. Found it on craigslist too $700 / 2br – READY TO MOVE IN Condo HOME FOR RENT (Cincinnati OH )‏

    Thanks so much for getting back to me regards to my available home for rent, I am looking for a 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 .

    My family and i are currently out of the state for Navy military work. Before we left the state, We searched for a God fearing person or a reputable agent to handle the property and help us walk interested people through to have a proper viewing of the inside but we couldn’t get anyone then. So we left with the keys, remote and the house documents. I’m willing to rent out our home to a good tenant and we can work things out based on trust and honest as one family. You can ask any question regarding my home.

    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.

    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO RENT OUR HOME, PLEASE KINDLY FILL OUT THE APPLICATION BELOW.

    RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

    HOUSE ADDRESS:2350 Buddleia Court, Cincinnati OH 45239
    RENT: $700
    SECURITY DEPOSIT: $500
    TOTAL MOVE IN: $1200

    1. Tenant’s Name:
    1b. Date of Birth:
    2. Home Number:
    2b. Cell Number:
    3. Home Address:
    Miscellaneous Information:
    4. Do you smoke?
    4b. Occupation?
    5. Do you Drink?
    5b. Do you Work at Night?
    6. What is your Monthly Income?
    6b. When do you Intend Move In?
    7. Private Email?
    7b. When can you pay for your Deposit to Secure or Move in?
    8. How many Month or Year Lease you want to sign?
    8b. How many people will be moving in?

    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 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 our home and God bless you more as you do this.

    You can reach me on 011-234-808=501=0994

    Waiting to hear from you ASAP.

    Best Regards,
    Timothy O Beer man

  293. Debbie says:

    I got the e-mail below. LAME!! Good thing I found this forum!

    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my apartment. My name is Daniel Vaughn, I am the owner of the apartment you are inquiring. I resided in the apartment with my family, my wife Sharon and our only daughter and presently we’ve moved to Nigeria on a new job placement with the W.H.O ( World Health Organization) My Job here in Nigeria involves going to interior villages to give food and clothes to the less privileged ones in the Niger delta region and I also use this opportunity to preach the word of God bringing them to the knowledge of the gospel of Christ,You can learn more from:http://www.orphanage.org/africa/nigeria/childrenofmary/index.html. Presently the unit is available for rent for $600 per month furnished or unfurnished.The rent includes this utilities (Heat, hydro, dryer, electricity and security). With a dedicated parking space. So this is not a sublet nor guestroom.

    A lovely breakfast bar and nook, and a built-in desk! The family den is perfect for movie nights, built-in cabinets, and serene view of the street. Luxurious bath with his/hers vanities, jetted tub, separate shower and glass block windows!

    We are looking for someone responsible that would take care of our apartment like theirs. Short and Long lease are welcome, cos we’ll be here for a long time. I’m sorry you may not be able to see the inside of the unit right now, but attached are the pictures of the interior. You may go by the apartment to have a look of the neighborhood and environment If you’ll like to take things further do get back to me so I can email you the rental application form and then we can proceed further.You can also call my Husband asap:+2348082967070 or 0112348082967070 for more details

    BEDROOM: 1

    BATHROOM: 1

    RENTAL AMOUNT………..$600/per month

    SECURITY DEPOSIT……..$400

    ADDRESS…….. 1254 9th Street #11, Santa Monica CA 90401

    STATUS: AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE MOVE IN.

    PETS ALLOWED. (WELL BEHAVED)

    FIRST MONTH RENT AND SECURITY DEPOSIT TO BE PAID TO MOVE IN.

    Once again thank you for your interest. Hope to hear from you again.

    Regards,

    Daniel and Sharon Vaughn

  294. I’m just now going through this… trying to rent an apartment in Paris and thanks God< i googled Here is email #1

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: Shitansha Park
    Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 6:42 AM
    Subject: Re: EUR600 / 1br – 647ft&sup2; – Amazing onebedroom apartment (Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris France)

    Hello,

    I got a contract job in an engineering company for a construction
    project as part of the structural engineers to build a highrise
    building in West africa,Nigeria. I am a Building tech specialist, so
    my accommodation period in Nigeria will be about 4 years, so that’s
    the reason why i am renting out the unit. I do not intend to make
    profit out of it all i want is to find a good and clean person to take
    good care of the place. I`m the owner of the unit and it is furnished
    but if you want you can make use of your furnitures and help keep mine
    in the storage locker which is situated both in the unit and in the
    building and these does not attracts any funds.
    The monthly rent am requesting for includes all utilities (water,
    electricity, Internet, cable, 1 parking spots, air conditioning,
    dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator, stove, laundry
    in-suite, washer and dryer) the monthly rent you will be paying
    includes all this and they will be taken care of as soon as you pay
    your rent.Everything in this unit is functional and in good working
    conditions. Once you started staying in the unit and there is any case
    of any repairs which is as a result of normal faults like leakages,
    you will get in touch with me and i will get it fixed, i am in
    possession of the keys to the apartment which makes hard for you to
    view the unit. You can move into the unit when you receive the keys
    but the only problem is that am the only person who has the keys but i
    hope that we will be able to reach a compromise on this.

    TERMS AND CONDITION:
    ~The lease is month to month , 6 month or 1yrs and can be renewed ~It
    can be rented furnished or unfurnished ~ You will have to take good
    care of my unit ~Utilities are included in the rent ~Pets Allowed Any
    further questions please contact and get back to me for the pics and
    address of the unit. Thank you for your interest and

    i`m awaiting your response.

    Thanks

  295. Email #2.

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: Rodger Jansen
    Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:11 AM
    Subject: Re: EUR860 / 1br – 580ft&sup2

    Hi [name],

    Pleased to read from you and thanks for your interest. My apartment is still available for both short/long renting, so its available for your proposed duration but what’s your move in date? . A little more about the apartment, its located inside a 17th century residence with trees and calm. I can honestly say that its among the safest and calmest area in Marais. The surface is 580 sq. feet / 55 m2 and much suitable for a maximum of 4 adults. Its on the first french floor of the building, it has an elevator as well. its fully furnished as you can see in the pictures and comes with bed linens, towels but if you wish to bring yours, no problem. Its 860 EUR per month . All Utility bills are inclusive of the rent these include internet, gas, electricity, heating and also there is a washing machine,air conditioner, t.v cable, telephone but for national calls only, dryer, dish washer. I am at present in Aberdeen, United kingdom that is why i want to rent the
    apartment. I used to work for Honeywell in Paris but was transferred to Honeywell international united kingdom two weeks ago so i have decided to rent it.

    Well, to proceed you are to pay a security deposit fee of 860 EUR which is refundable on move out date if the apartment is in order. Also you are to pay the rent of 860 EUR together with the deposit to make it 1720 EUR. I must state categorically that my major concern is getting the right person to maintain the standard of my apartment and keep it clean and tidy as always.

    Kindly get back to me with the following details ok

    Full name of occupant
    Address
    Contact number
    Will you have a car? there is actually a parking lot for one car.
    Pls send a valid identification of yourself(passport or drivers license)

    Do get in touch with me as soon as possible as i already received interest from someone else.Following your request, Unfortunately you will not be able to gain access to the apartment for viewing at the moment because i am in possession of the keys and have a very busy schedule at the moment. Thats why i took some shots of the apartment just 2 days before i left. I really apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, but wish to assure you that the apartment is still intact and as it is in the pictures. The address is 10, rue Saint Paul. 75004 Paris by Saint Paul, line 1 metro which is about 5 minutes walk. let me know if its ok for you so we can proceed.

    Thanks
    you can call me on +447024012276 im available most evenings between 7pm till 10pm and morning 6am -8 am u.k time weekdays and anytime weekend.
    cheers

    Rodger Jansen

  296. Email #3
    Email #4. It’s amazing how they fast respond to you!

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: Uma Chanda
    Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:47 AM
    Subject: Re: EUR600 / 2br – Gorgeous home in the heart of Montmartre. Brand new 2 bedroom (Paris-Montmartre)

    Hello
    I can see you are interested in the ad I have pasted, I am currently in West Africa where I work as a volunteer with THE ROTARY FOUNDATION.here is the site for more detail about why I am here in Africa.(http://www.rotary.org). I spent less time in the city so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website, that is the old advert So I need a tenant to take care of it but since I am out of the city now and We do have a Realtor before but we had that the Realtor is not Trustworthy someone that was why we ask him to send us our keys down here because people keep calling us that the Realtor is inflating the price of the house at the market I have received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very nice area, but I still have to make sure it is rented out to someone who can take good care of it. 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. so if you know you are capable of the task,get back to me with the application form,below is the address of the property:
    72 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Rent:EUR600

    Please if you are ready now to occupy the home kindly provide the information below for record purpose..
    NOTE:YOU WILL BE VIEWING ONLY THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME.
    ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    ********PRIVATE &CONFIDENTIAL********

    1)Your Full Name_________________________ ____________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now)
    3) Phone ________________________ _______
    4)How old are you___________________________
    __
    5)Are you married _ _____________________________ _____
    6)How many people will be living in the apartment __ _________________________
    7)Do you have a pet ____ __________________________ ___________
    8)Do you have a car _______ _______________________ ____________
    9)Occupation ____________ _________________
    10)How long are you willing to stay _______ ____________________-
    11)When do you intend to move in ___
    12)Valid identity needed ______________________________
    13) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment
    ______________________________ ________

    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 and contacting you. Await your reply so we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you…

    Regards

  297. Email#5

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: Taylor Jillian
    Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 1:42 PM
    Subject: Re: EUR1000 / 1br – 240ft² – studio apartment to rent in the heart of the Marais area

    Thanks for the interest you have in my apartment….

    This studio apartment has been entirely renovated and decorated in a modern style. it is situated on the first floor of an 18th century building in the heart of the Marais neighbourhood of Paris. The building has a security code. Address is : (49 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France) From here you can easily explore central Paris by foot, with the Pompidou centre, Notre Dame, l’hotel de Soubise, the Carnavalet museum and Les Halles, all just a few blocks away. There is also a metro station (Arts et Metiers) just at the end of the street, with connections to take you all over this beautiful city.The studio is 22 sq. metres (240 sq. feet) large with original oak-beamed celing and two large windows. Just next to the entrance door, on the left is a small, but practical, well-designed kitchen area, equiped with a vitro-ceramic stove with two burners, a micro-wave/oven combi, a small refrigerator with ice-compartment and a coffee machine and toaster.The living area has a double bed (140cmx 190cm), a table with two chairs, an unusual postmasters desk and chair, a flat-screen television with cable connection and plenty of storage space.The bathroom has an extra large tiled shower with glass doors, a suspended toilet and sink.This is the perfect place to stay if you’re on a budget, but you want a comfortable well-equiped space right in the center of the city.

    I live in London presently, I have a job here and moved with my family last Summer. I have a 2 years contract with a very good chance of an extension. The key to the apartment is with me here so I will only be able to come show or hand over the keys to you after seriousness has been established on your path.
    Please read and understand this email to avoid any mis-understanding, I have had a few issue with enquirers.
    The apartment is in a very conducive environment, there are lots of cultural attractions in the area, shopping centers, restaurants and public transportation is just around the corner. FIND ATTACHED THE APARTMENT PHOTOS.

    DETAILS ABOUT MY APARTMENT……….

    The apartment comes equipped with telephone and ADSL internet connection.
    Number of bedroom:1
    Number of bathroom: 1
    Max number of people: 3

    Monthly rental price: EUR 1000 Inclusive all bills.
    Refundable Deposit : EUR 1000

    MODE OF REGISTRATION.
    A) Tenants will supply his/her details which will be forwarded to my lawyer to prepare the contract documents.
    B) Tenants will email a confirmation message to me to confirm that he/she received the contract documents.
    C) Tenants will print out the Contract Documents and then Sign it.
    D) Tenants will pay the deposit payment via western union money transfer, money gram or Bank transfer, the receipt will be attached to the contract documents and scan back to me for confirmation and proper documentations by my Lawyer.

    NOTE: Please read through the email carefully and if you agree with the terms of the email, I want you to provide me with the following details so I can forward it to my lawyer so She can prepare the contract documents ASAP.
    You are to provide me with your,
    Full Name…………….
    Full Address………….
    Nationality…………..
    Occupation:…………..
    Date of Move in:………
    Date of Move Out:……..
    Phone number………….
    Sex…..Male or Female…

    Regards.

  298. angela piper says:

    well this idiot is at it again i replied to an ad on kijiji.ca for a place in halifax ns canada address he gave me was 5221 kent street he is now claiming that he is the lead evangelist for the church of the good shepard

  299. Zach says:

    OMG, the same thing happened to me.
    I told them that I won’t sent any amount of money, and they just stop contact me.
    Beware !!

  300. jazzy says:

    i too had a gut feeling…. here is the email i recieved

    Tryu Utr wrote:
    >
    >>Hello Dear,
    >>
    >>Thank you very much for taking your time to mail me, i also want to use
    >>this time to apologies for not getting back to you on time..How are you
    >>doing today? l must tell you that it is my sincere pleasure to write you
    >> back and to let you know that the 3 bedroom 2 bathroom House you are
    >>making inquiry of is still available, the monthly fee is $700 and the
    >>security deposit is $400 available from now, utilities are
    >>Included,Dryer,Washer,Heat, Gas,Light,Water and a secured parking
    >>space.Well trained pets are also allowed.Let me quickly introduce myself
    >> to you. My name Lorens Mick and my husband name is Rev Kent Mick my
    >>husband is the owner of the House you are making inquiry about but
    >>presently he is in West Africa on a missionary work, l was suppose to go
    >> with him, but some months before he traveled l had a very serious car
    >>accident, that affect my back bone and hearing, now l am using wheel
    >>chair and l find it very difficult to talk but l can communicate through
    >> email that is why i am always on line, so that is the reason why l did
    >>not traveled with him, l am staying with my mother in Ohio.
    >> Actually me and my husband both reside in the House before he traveled
    >>to West Africa for mission of God, so we both agreed to rent/lease our
    >>proxy House to somebody that can take proper care of it, if we let
    >>he/she rent our House, we will not like to experience what we
    >>experienced from our last tenant, he
    >>destroyed most of our properties, and l know how much my husband spent
    >>to repair the things our last tenant destroyed, to be very honest with
    >>you, a whole lot of people are contacting me regarding this House, but l
    >> am not sure of who to accept due to our past experience, so I’m taking
    >>my time to look for a responsible and a very honest tenant that will
    >>take proper care of our home since me and my husband are both far from
    >>home, although my husband is a very busy man due to the work he is doing
    >> in West Africa, but he said if l find a responsible tenant that can
    >>promise to take care of our house i should rent it
    >>out to him/her.We don’t ever want to take the risk of putting our House
    >>in care of an agent again,because our last agent just leased our home to
    >> somebody that almost destroyed all that my husband has suffered for,
    >>since my husband is a very busy person, he said l should be very careful
    >> with the kind of person
    >>that will rent the house, but if you can assure me that if l let you
    >>rent our House, you will take proper care of it. As soon as l hear from
    >>you l will send you more information about our House and if my husband
    >>is okay with you, Expect to read from you soon, once again thank you
    >>very much for the time you took in mailing me l must tell you that l
    >>really appreciate it.
    >>And also bellow is the House address, please kindly go and take proper
    >>view at the exterior and get back to me with your interest.
    >>
    >>Landing 22’1 “x 5’10″ (6 .. 73m x 1.78m)
    >>Reception room 17’0 “x 16’0″ (5.18m x 4.88m)
    >>Kitchen 13’0 “x 11’0″ (3.96M x 3.35 m )
    >>Bedroom 12’10 “x 10’5″ (3 .. 91M x 3.18M)
    >>Bathroom 6’10 “x 5’10″ (2.08m x 1.78m)
    >>WC 5’0 “x 2’10″ ( 1,52 m x 0,86 m ).
    >>(1203 Stacie Dr, Elizabeth City NC 27909)
    >>Thanks and God bless you for your interest.
    >>Yours Sincerely
    >>Lorens Mick.

    Tryu Utr wrote:

    >Thanks for your mail and i am very Glad to hear that you are ready to take good care of our house now,in that case i will like you to answer the Question below and you can contact my husband any time because we are doing this base on God trust we don’t want anything to happen again to our house.
    >
    >
    >Note: Hence also as i told you am on the sick bed doing these the reason why am doing this is for my husband not to sell the house because he wanted to do when i have this accident but i tell him not to do so that i will found an honest so he ask me to go ahead because of our children so that they can have a home and have my treatment very well because if you are accepted as our new tenant we can prove if you are honest so that we can have hope in you taken good care of it for us.
    >
    >Here is the information..
    >
    >Full Name:
    >Home Phone:
    >Current Address:
    >Date of Birth:
    >Other Phone:
    >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:
    >Do you have the money now:
    >Are you ready to make the deposit:
    >When do you intended receiving the keys and document of the house:
    >
    >My Husband will be 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 mine and God bless and will always with you day and night.

    Hello Jessica,

    We have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very wonderful, satisfactory and acceptable by my family. so we would want you to go through the acceptance form and get back to us on what you feel.we would like to send the following document to you via FEDEX 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 am with the below document here in Africa. you will need to make Payment of the security deposit so that we can ship out the Keys and documents to the address you have provided to us. Give me a call asap so that we can make arrangement on how you are going to receive the keys and documents of my house and also included on how to notify the date that you’re coming which am sending to you.

    RE-CONFIRMATION OF THE DELIVERY ADDRESS :

    FIRST NAME:
    HOUSE ADDRESS:
    MOBILE NUMBER:

    We would like to send the following documents to you via FedEx next day delivery to the address you sent to us Please reconfirm the address,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 based on trust so please do not disappoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house. We are with the under listed documents here with us and you will need to make Payment for the security deposit ($400) to enable shipment of the Keys and documents delivered to the address you have provided to us, after which you could move in at your convenience.. The rent starts counting when you move in, so you could go ahead with the payment straight away to make things faster…

    Here are the contents of the document that needs to 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
    6)Lease Agreement Form.

    The house is available for rent for up to 5 years, so you are free to decide on how long you intend occupying it…Rent already includes utilities..I’m ready to accept either monthly or upfront mode of payment..depending on the one you’re most comfortable with..utilities included, Water,electricity, Gas Sewer, Garbage, Cable ready,well trained pet is allowed e.t.c Facilities also include: Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer …Your monthly rent already covers utilities so you do not have to pay extra charges for that.

    NOTE THAT THE SECURITY DEPOSIT IS REFUNDABLE IN-CASE YOU DON’T LIKE THE HOUSE.

    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 and beautiful home and is ready for move in.The deposit will be refunded in less than 24 hours after you request for it..You are advices to act fast on this so you don’t loose the house to other interested applicants…Give me a call as soon as possible.
    Here is my cell phone 0112348163014563 or +2348163014563…

    Thanks and Remain Blessed

    DONT WORRY I DIDNT SEND THEM ANYTHING. BE AWARE.

  301. TJ says:

    sacramento,ca

    I was taken for a fool. I thought i did alot of research before sending them money. I called the old realestate company and the names matched. he gave me a legit website from where he worked. I had been texting him off a 202 area code number and that was the same phone number from the headquarters in DC. It did seem to good to be true, but there are some ppl out there who do rent from a distance I guess I was too trusting. The fact that they use Gods name to fool you is the worse part about it. I understand that I shouldnt have been foolish enough to send him money but I guess you can say that I had faith. Funny how he opens with (looking for someone with the fear of god) in my head I am thinking who would start an email like this? obviously this person is really religious how could they do something like this. After sending him money I tracked the package right away. Fedex confirmed it was in transit. the next day I get a text from his phone from a doctor saying he had a coma and asked him to contact us as fedex stopped shipment and he didnt want us to think he is taking our money. I didnt understand how shipment was stopped when I called fedex the day before and it was in transit. And why would this conartist go so far as to contact me saying he is a doctor. I even spoke to this so called doctor and it was definitely a different guy than the Brandon I was talking to. The doctor told me he would call me later that day with an update as to when I will get the money back. he followed up about 3 hours later…….WHY WOULD A CON ARTIST STAY IN CONTACT WITH YOU AFTER THEY HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE MONEY???? this is still boggling my mind. just happened a few days ago I have been in tears and not sure what to do. I am only 21 and have a 1 year old son. this put me in a really hard place. and now I find this website. I feel so dumb! I HOPE THEY HAVE THE FEAR IN GOD! Its sad I learned my lesson in the hardest way. and lost alot doing it. sick to my stomach.

    Greetings!
    Thanks for your email.. My name Is Brandon W Adams.The house is still available.I am renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God
    and treat my house as his or her own.Presently my wife and i have work for
    USAID.USAID works in agriculture, democracy & governance, economic growth,
    the environment, education, health, global partnerships, and humanitarian
    assistance in more than 100 countries to provide a better future for
    all.USAID efforts to foster world-wide economic growth and increased
    trade,and tackling cross-border issues such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and
    trafficking in persons.To safe the live of peoples from primitive death
    that claims the souls of younger ages as a result of casual sex.There are a
    host of other threats – ranging from terrorism to infectious disease and
    violent conflict – that challenge us and the developing nations we seek to
    help.Here is USAID Web address:-http://www.usaid.gov.
    This gave us transfer to WEST AFRICA and we will be away for some time or
    more and this is why we are actually renting out our house,so if you are
    interested and will take good care of our house then we will be ready to
    accept you as our future tenant and family friend. If you really impress me
    by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long
    as you wish okay.
    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 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 prize and it takes longer to sell. The utilities are included
    in the rent, because of this reason and more we need a responsible person
    that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want
    it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

    Information about the house below:
    The rent is: 700,and the security deposit is 700
    3Bedroom 2Bathroom
    address:2724 Argolis Way, Sacramento, CA
    State: CA
    Zip code ; 95826
    Sq. footage:1229
    Pet are also Welcome.

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________________

    MIDDLE NAME:_________________ ?
    LAST NAME:__________________ ?
    PROFESSION:________________ ?
    MONTHLY INCOME_____________?
    (CELL) PHONE (____)__________
    (WORK) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    (HOME) PHONE (____)__________ ?
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________ ?
    CITY:_______________ ?
    STATE:______________ ?
    ZIP CODE:____________ ?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________ ?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:_____________ ?
    KIND OF PETS:_____________ ?
    …………………………………………………
    Comment
    …………………………………………………

    TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE, BUT IF
    DRIVE BY THE HOME YOU MAY SEE A SIGN THERE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT
    IT BELONGS TO OUR PREVIOUS AGENT SO YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY
    ABOUT AND DON’T HAVE TO CALL THEM BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE
    HOME ANYMORE! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM

    FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME
    Best Regards
    Brandon W Adams

    Deuteronomy 28:1-68 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe [and] to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

  302. Willy says:

    Lol! he has missed me, Thanks for this website, It has open up my mind. It was just a day before yesterday i found an ad on craiglist and decided to email the person asking him the address of his house. He replied But i got shocked on why there lot of explanations regarding the house. Before replying again to his mail i decided to Google the name of the person and the phone number he provided, here i came across this site. Thanks again Daaaaah!
    See his email below:

    Hi,

    I can see you are interested in the ad I have posted, I am currently in West Africa with my family where we work as a volunteer with the Missionary, here is the site http://www.missionary-blogs.com/ for more details about why we are here in West Africa .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 West Africa 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 standon our word. So if you know you are capable of the task,It is available for a long lease.The monthly rental fee is $300 per month including the utilities and the security deposit is $400 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 have sent the keys and documents of the house to you.So we wouldn’t want any violation on our property if finally rented by you. Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose

    Preview Message

    House Address
    716 NW 4th Ave #B, Gainesville FL 32601

    RENT QUESTIONNAIRE

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    Full Name:
    Home Phone :
    Cell Phone:
    Date of Birth:
    Current Address:
    Current 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 secure the property with the down payment:
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of my property:
    How much is your monthly income:
    Personal email address and cell phone number:

    PERSONAL REFERENCES
    (A PERSON, OTHER THAN YOUR RELATIVES, THAT I CAN CONTACT TO VERIFY YOUR CHARACTER.)
    FIRST PERSON:
    FIRST NAME:
    MIDDLE NAME:
    LAST NAME:
    RELATIONSHIP:
    PHONE:
    EMERGENCY :

    (IN AN EMERGENCY, A PERSON THAT CAN BE CONTACTED STARTING WITH NEAREST RELATIVES)
    SECOND PERSON :
    FIRST NAME:
    MIDDLE NAME:
    LAST NAME:
    RELATIONSHIP:
    PHONE:

    NOTE: YOU CANT SEE THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE AM CURRENTLY WITH THE KEYS AND PAPERWORK OF THE HOUSE. BUT YOU ARE FREE TO DRIVE BY THE HOUSE TO SEE THE OUT SIDE OF THE HOUSE.

    Hope to read from you soonest…
    011-234-803-322-9333 or +234-803-322-9333 (call anytime)
    Thanks so much.

    Rev Austen Minor

  303. tamara says:

    i got the same thing today saw the ad on craigslist but it had no info except how much for rent and its a good home so i sent the person an email and heres what i got back

    Hello,

    Am sorry for the late response.It’s my great pleasure that you are interested in our lovely home for rent. I am the owner of this home, Actually we resided in this home before and presently we have packed out due to my transfer as a matter of my profession,where I work as a volunteer with Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA),here is the site for more detail about why I am here in West Africa,Nigeria. (www.wycliffe.org) And my wife who is a missionary’s dealing with Bible Translation and literacy worldwide.

    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. 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.The house was formally for sale but my wife advise me not to sell it..

    We will be serving for a long term and now our home is locked up now and presently we have found a new home here which we will be staying for a very long term which might last 5 years in (West Africa,Nigeria) and presently our lovely home is still available for rent for ($450)as first month rent and ($450)for deposit which
    includes the utilities More so,Now that we on Retreat program over here.Please I want you to note that all we will want is a very honest and neat person,so i will solicit for your absolute understanding and maintenance of this home and want you to treat it as your own,i am with the keys and documents here with me which will be sent to any responsible and interested tenant through FedEx further more you have to undergo some processes before i could be willing and convince to let my home to any tenant. The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy always. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i have always stand on my word.

    ****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 t