Posted by: Catherine | November 30, 2010

Full text from the Craigslist “landlord” scam, direct from the criminal himself

So I received this from someone who couldn’t resist inquiring about a rental unit we knew was for sale NOT for rent. This is all so ridiculous, it is hard for me to believe that people would fall for these scams, yet, I guess they do or the scammers wouldn’t keep doing it. Not entirely sure what they would do with this information other than just luring you into thinking you were “picked” and then you’d send your (presumably) certified funds and never get the keys.  I hope if this saves just one person, it’s worth it.  I’m leaving his name and phone numbers that he listed below all in this text so if anyone google searches to see if he or the number or information is legit, they’ll find it is NOT LEGIT and IS A SCAM. This happens to be a listing for a condo for rent, on a condo I have for sale – it is a short sale, and yes I advertised it “for sale” a couple of weeks ago in craigslist.  In the future I will not list addresses on any ads I post on craigslist.  Short of never using craigslist again, I believe that is the best thing to hope to prevent the misuse of my listings.

Thought you all might like to see what it looks like when you respond re: a rental unit on craigslist listed by a criminal:

Thanks for the email. My name is John Nelson the owner of the 2Bedroom Condo you are making inquiry of, I’ve had so many responses so far, however it is still available but I do have one person who is ahead of you. I’ll rent it to whoever puts down the deposit .  Rent includes water and garbage. My company sent me overseas and will probably be between Africa, India and the UK for another year or so. The last tenants I had just moved out and my family and friends all live on the east coast so I don’t have anyone available to show the place but I can send you pictures of the inside but will have to ship you the keys and papers.

Here is the Condo address: [address redacted] , Walnut Creek CA 94596   ..Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my Condo out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the Condo earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the Condo, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the Condo, as if it were your own Condo.

I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the Condo including some utilities (Water, Internet and Garbage). I am asking for $1588 For 2 month upfront payment Or $794 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the Condo while I am away.

i will like you to go ahead and fill out the rent application form so that will can proceed further and discuss on how to get the  the keys and papers sent to you via Dhl or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.So here is the Rent Application Form Below..

=========  RENT APPLICATION FORM ============


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 Condo___________________________

6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

8)Occupation _________________________________________________

9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

12) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my Condo______________________________________

Pet allows.

I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & House number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted or call me after filling the rental application form. A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Including the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition. Call me once you fill out the application form.Here is my contact number: +2348081138250 or 0112348081138250….i will be expecting your call to know how serious you are in renting my Condo

Thanks & God Bless

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