Tips on How to Spot a Craigslist Scam

Author Update (1/27/10) – This post has become a log of the messages people receive from craigslist scammers. Make sure to read through the comments at the bottom and post other scammer emails you have received.

Yesterday I began searching on craigslist for a place in DC to re-locate to.  I am pretty indifferent of specific location but rent price is very important.  I saw a listing for a $1200 “very nice” condo in the heart of Georgetown.  For you that know the area… look at the location they listed.

I bit.  I sent them an email saying i was interested and if that price was really possible.  I should have known “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”  This is the response i got:

Hello,

Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Anna Paquin,I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.It’s located in the heart of Georgetown at 3210 Grace St.The prime location can’t be beat and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone(located at 1/2 block to M street,1/2 block to Georgetown Waterfront Park….Views of Potomac and Downtown Arlington from balcony).The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture),there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1200 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1200$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

Regards,

Anna Paquin

Not only that but I also received a slew of photos with it!  Check em out at the bottom of this post.  Wow I cant believe THE Anna Paquin would think to rent her beautiful luxury apartment to a lousy peasant like me!

Let me be clear.  This is a scam. There are hundreds of these types of scams that happen every day to uninformed people all over the country.  This was the first one that I actually started to believe because these people are good at exploiting the needs of others and general sense of unfounded trust that exists on the internet.

Here are some tips to help you identify a Craigslist scam..

Watch for unusual or odd use of language.  Most of the time these scammers are overseas and do not have a grip on our language.

Punctuation: Notice in the above paragraph there are not enough spaces after the periods.  Some of them do not have any space at all.  This isnt a stab at people who are grammatically challenged but in all of the scams I have encountered while using craigslist, this is one of the common denominators.

Grammar or word choice:  Most of these con artists use thesauruses and translators to translate their fake emails and messages from their native language into our own.  For anyone who’s studied foreign language you know that english is one of the most unsual and difficult to learn.  Our grammatical structures and sentence syntax is unlike other language and it does not translate well to other languages and vice versa.  These automated translaters do their best but usually you end up with things like “How you money make?  I you pay now.”  It’s not dyslexia, it’s degenerates.

Tone:  Americans are a very informal people, as you know.  Sit up in your chair please remove your cocked baseball cap, Johnny.  A lot of scammers end up coming off very direct and abrupt.  It’s partially the language barrier but also a cultural difference.  Our language allows for very “feeler” and wishy-washy language that doesn’t typically appear in these emails.  It also has to do with getting straight to the point because scamming is a numbers game.  If you don’t bite on their bottom line, the’ll find someone else who does.

Selling from afar:  A lot of these scams mention selling a product from a distance.  Craigslist isn’t meant for this but there are times when it may be appropriate.  Usually they create an obstacle as to why they can’t meet you in person, which can also be a pull factor if you’re skeptical of meeting people on craigslist in the first place.  And when you can’t meet in person to exchange cash you have to resort to…

Wiring Money:  This is probably the most common denominator between all craigslist scams.  They don’t want to use PayPal or any type of respected and regulated service.  They only resort to money wiring because its one-time, non-traceable and non-refundable.

Examine the e-mail address:  this is a warning sign.  most people choose an e-mail address that is unique to them and often times has something personal about them.  The email address Anna used was: goaraek@hotmail.com.  You better believe that was auto-generated by a piece of software in order to save time.  Besides, who uses hotmail anymore?  anyone?

But honestly after all of that the most important thing that you can remember when trying to protect yourself against a craigslist or other internet scam is remember this:  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  A $1200, 2 bedroom apartment, half a block from the georgetown water front and half a block from M street does not exist and never will.  I would believe that price per square foot per month.

Use the internet, which is constantly at your fingertips these days, to protect yourself against internet fraud.  For rentals and apartments, use Google Maps with street view to check if the location matches pictures and descriptions that are given by the “landlord.”  Google unusual wording in the advertisement to see if other people have reported the same ad.  Like I said it’s a numbers game with scammers they dont care if someone figures it out, they’re betting on those that don’t.  Besides, teachers have been using it for years now to find kids plagiarizing essays from the internet.  Google is your best friend.

Please be careful when you’re out there, it’s a jungle.

89 thoughts on “Tips on How to Spot a Craigslist Scam

  1. I don’t post too much, but this was definitely worth reading. Craigslist never ceases to amaze me. Some site I read had a post about a guy who was going to buy a car for his gf, and he found a car ad with stuff about Hitler in it… Very odd. Craigslist never fails to deliver on the strange goods.

  2. thank you so much for posting this! I live in hawaii and recently almost bit! this anna B*tch wrote me the same email just different pictures and place. Luckly i decided to google her thinking it was to good to be true. Thank you so much for saving me money and having to track this lady down and…well do some things that shouldn’t be written.

  3. Thank you so much!! Never thought I was naive enough to bite. Especially as I just moved back from England where this is extremely common! Thanks again!

  4. Thanks for this,
    I saw the same add and got the same photos through but they used a different name “My name is Patricia Heaton, I’m 44 years old,I’m a construction engineer ”
    I’m glad I googled it too!

  5. I read the same exact posting on facebook, only the name was Patricia Heaton and she was a 44 year old civil engineer.

    I hate it when things are too good to be true.

  6. I found an ad on Craigslist and bit too by sending an email to the person with the great apartment with a fantastic price in a pricey suburb of Detroit. Her name was Patricia Heaton (of Everybody Loves Raymond) and she was a construction engineer. Anyway, I looked on Google and found that this person is scamming lots of people. Needless to say, I did NOT rent the condo from her. I’m trying to spread the word. Thanks for this!

  7. Wooooow…something told me to google this Patrica Heaton!!! A condo for 800?? Yea right…thank you so much for your info!

  8. Also, there is a similar scammer on the Georgetown rental boads who conveniently provides a FAKE link for you to obtain your credit report for you to prove your credit-worthiness to them.

    The linked site looks very real, but you are likely providing your personal info to a scammer.

    Be careful! — G.

  9. Hello,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Patricia Heaton,I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.The prime location can’t be beat, and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone who has lived in a big city. The condo is located at 100 3rd Ave S,Minneapolis…spectacular panoramic views of Minneapolis.
    The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture) ,there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier…Pets allowed.
    The kitchen eating area is a large piece of granite that serves as counter space in the kitchen, and as the table in the Living Room side. The counter seats 4 comfortably. The entertainment center is a beautiful credenza that is topped with a brand new 55′ High-Definition lcd tv. The stereo acts as the 5 speaker surround sound for the tv, the radio and cd player. The stereo also is a dvd player and is capable of having an i pod plugged right into a usb port.The Master Bedroom is large with high ceilings, has two windows, a walk-in closet and it has it’s own bathroom. The room has a large, very comfortable Cali-King bed. There are several dressers with an ample amount of drawers. The room also has a desk with several drawers and a file cabinet. The walls are decorated with nice artwork and floating shelves. The bathroom has a large, tiled shower stall behind a glass door. The vanity is covered with a beautiful piece of granite and between the vanity, shelves and medicine cabinet, there is plenty of space for toiletries.The Guest Bedroom is actually larger than the Master. It has high ceilings, two large closets and a dresser with two matching nightstands. There is one window, a coffee table and a brand new chair and ottoman. Just outside the door two the bedroom is the Guest Bathroom. The guest bath features a large jacuzzi tub and shower. The vanity is large and is covered with granite. There is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier. The area is clean, safe and beautifully.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $500 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 500$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,

    ****this is the response I got…… just be aware**** :o)

  10. I am looking for an apartment in Manhattan for my son and sent and responded to an email about a 2br/2bth condo in the heart of Manhattan, fully furnished (if you’d like it to be), utilities included, for $1400 per month. I was sceptical from the beginning but I became even more doubtful when “Patricia” informed me that she lived out of the country and that she was the only person with the key and that I would have to sign a contract and deposit the money in her account. I decided to google her and found out that my doubts were correct. Like everyone has said, “if it’s too good to be true, then it really isn’t.” Thanks for sharing your story. I hope that no-one actually sent any money and especially personal information. Take good care of yourselves!

  11. “Patricia Heaton” is at it again. Exact response, and exact photos and here is the totally different toned 2nd response about the rental payments. UG! Can’t believe some people are such scum! Thank you for your posting.

    Thank you for your reply.

    Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $1000 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you’ll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract,
    decide if you keep the condo or not.After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO! In case you’ll take it you’ll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you’ll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money(1000$), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you’ll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit.
    Once again:
    1. If you have the money 1000$ and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
    2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction , and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
    3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you’ll have to send them 1000$ via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you’ll need cash)
    4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit.
    5.From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping address, your phone# and I’ll start
    the procedure.

    Thank’s

  12. Yeah, I just got the same person. But now Patricia is 44.

    I appreciate you guys sharing your experience. I saw a bunch of red flags, and did a quick search on the address and found this post.

    BTW, when I did a search on Patricia Heaton I found she was the actress from Everybody loves Raymond, that was my first clue.

  13. Hello,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Patricia Heaton,I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.The prime location can’t be beat, and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone who has lived in a big city. The condo is located at 235 E 40th St, New York,just off the busy streets,behind the 2nd Avenue and E 42nd Street,1 stret to E 39th St and E 41th St,5 min to Gabriels Park,5 min to Metro(Grand Central Terminal). .The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture) ,there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier…Pets allowed.
    The kitchen eating area is a large piece of granite that serves as counter space in the kitchen, and as the table in the Living Room side. The counter seats 4 comfortably. The entertainment center is a beautiful credenza that is topped with a brand new 55′ High-Definition lcd tv. The stereo acts as the 5 speaker surround sound for the tv, the radio and cd player. The stereo also is a dvd player and is capable of having an i pod plugged right into a usb port.The Master Bedroom is large with high ceilings, has two windows, a walk-in closet and it has it’s own bathroom. The room has a large, very comfortable Cali-King bed. There are several dressers with an ample amount of drawers. The room also has a desk with several drawers and a file cabinet. The walls are decorated with nice artwork and floating shelves. The bathroom has a large, tiled shower stall behind a glass door. The vanity is covered with a beautiful piece of granite and between the vanity, shelves and medicine cabinet, there is plenty of space for toiletries.The Guest Bedroom is actually larger than the Master. It has high ceilings, two large closets and a dresser with two matching nightstands. There is one window, a coffee table and a brand new chair and ottoman. Just outside the door two the bedroom is the Guest Bathroom. The guest bath features a large jacuzzi tub and shower. The vanity is large and is covered with granite. There is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier. The area is clean, safe and beautifully.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1400 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1400$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,

  14. I googled the same thing about patricia heaton (manhattan midtown apt, fully furnished, $1400). Got the SAME exact email back. so glad i googled it!!!!

  15. I GOT A SARAH ARNETT RENTING A CONDO AT MANHATTAN. 2DR 2BA FOR $1100 WOOOW SOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

  16. here is “Sarah’s” email for the new york city apartment- beware

    saraharnettoieo@hotmail.com
    Thank you for your reply.

    Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $2200 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you’ll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract,
    decide if you keep the condo or not.After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO! In case you’ll take it you’ll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you’ll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money(2200$), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you’ll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit.
    Once again:
    1. If you have the money 2200$ and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
    2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction , and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
    3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you’ll have to send them 2200$ via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you’ll need cash)
    4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit.
    5.From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping address, your phone# and I’ll start the procedure.

    Thank’s
    Sarah

  17. I got the same email too. And it goes..

    Hi,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property. My name is Sarah Arnett, I’m 49 years old, I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo. I lived in it for over 5 years, loved every day of it. It’s located at 750 of Bay Street, minutes away from Eaton Centre, Hospitals, Ryerson University, Toronto University, Government buildings. The condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1246 square footage) is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics), the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, it comes with two parking spots, a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture), there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.
    Pets are allowed. The kitchen eating area is a large piece of granite that serves as counter space in the kitchen, and as the table in the Living Room side. The counter seats 4 comfortably. The entertainment center is a beautiful credenza that is topped with a brand new 55′ High-Definition lcd tv. The stereo acts as the 5 speaker surround sound for the tv, the radio and cd player. The stereo also is a dvd player and is capable of having an i pod plugged right into a usb port.The Master Bedroom is large with high ceilings, has two windows, a walk-in closet and it has it’s own bathroom. The room has a large, very comfortable Cali-King bed. There are several dressers with an ample amount of drawers. The room also has a desk with several drawers and a file cabinet.The bathroom has a large, tiled shower stall behind a glass door. The vanity is covered with a beautiful piece of granite and between the vanity, shelves and medicine cabinet, there is plenty of space for toiletries. The Guest Bedroom is actually larger than the Master. It has high ceilings, two large closets and a dresser with two matching nightstands.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here. The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant. I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month max. 6 years(or more). I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself. The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1100 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is $1100(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure- or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in Canada that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,
    Sarah

  18. I found the exact same listing on craigs list a few days ago. I never go on craigs list, but decided to give it a try, since my husband and I are looking to move to DC. Well I fell for it and sent Sarah Arnett a reply and she responded with the exact same email and exact same pictures.

  19. I believe I just got another one… Just began my apartment search again

    “Thanks for your inquiry, I am Rev.Dr. Christian Morgan owner of the property,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in London, the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying  deposit for  pets if any.
     
    All i need from you is to mantain the house as its your ok.
     
     Do provide the informations below:
     
     
    KINDLY COMFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW.. 
                 
     
    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM      
     
    FIRST NAME:__________________ 
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:______________
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME) 
    KIDS_____ (     )  
    HOW MANY_______  

    PRESENT ADDRESS:___
     
    CITY:_______
     
     STATE___________ 
    ZIPCODE:______  
    HOW LONG?_____IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?  .
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:____None_________  HABITS  .
     I look forward to read your reply with all the details.    
     
     Regards 
     

    Rev.Dr. Christian Morgan

    +44 701 113 3802
    +44 702 409 2179
    +44 701 114 6566
    +44 701 116 2864″

  20. Thanks for your inquiry, I am Rev.Dr.Peter Kunkel owner of the property,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out ok,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in London, the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying  deposit for  pets if any.
     
    All i need from you is to mantain the house as its your ok.
     
     Do provide the informations below:
     
     
    KINDLY COMFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW.. 
                 
     
    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM      
     
    FIRST NAME:__________________ 
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:______________
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME) 
    KIDS_____ (     )  
    HOW MANY_______  
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___
     
    CITY:_______
     
     STATE___________ 
    ZIPCODE:______  
    HOW LONG?_____IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?  .
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:____None_________  HABITS  .
     I look forward to read your reply with all the details.    
     
     Regards 
     
    Rev.Dr. Peter Kunkel
    +44 701 113 3802
    +44 702 409 2179
    +44 701 114 6566
    +44 701 116 2864

  21. WOW!! Good thing I decided to google just now. Even though I had already sent my info…nothing pertinent like social or bank account though.

    This newest boutique apartments in the heart of Manhattan. Three bedroom, Two bath, sleeps 4. Close to subways, Penn Station, Financial district and much more. Enjoy spectacular sunsets from the roof top deck or your own private terrace. This distinctive apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, beautiful oak floors in the living area and a flat screen TV. Located in trendy Chelsea area Eight blocks south of Macys/Herald Square area. Numerous shops and restaurants with in walking distance Steps from the historic Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park Access to the red, yellow and blue subway lines.

    BUILDING AMENITIES:
    24-hour concierge
    On-site attended garage
    3,000 sq ft fitness center with a massage room
    Wi-Fi
    Rooftop solarium
    Roof garden

    RESIDENCE FEATURES:
    Contemporary design
    Kitchens with granite counters
    private terraces

    Knew it was too good to be true.

    The person’s name is DON WILSON so be on the look out!!

  22. Thanks for your inquiry, I am Rev.Dr.Peter Kunkel owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out ok,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in London, the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to mantain the house as its your ok.

    Do provide the informations below:

    KINDLY COMFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________________
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:______________
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS_____ ( )
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIPCODE:______
    HOW LONG?_____IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? .
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:____None_________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Rev.Dr. Peter Kunkel
    +44 702 404 4888
    +44 702 407 5782

  23. Hello,
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Melanie Burton,I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 2 years, loved every day of it.It’s located in 10590 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90024.The unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture),there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for whole the condo for 1 month is $1000 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is $1000 (you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,

  24. I also received one on Craigslist:
    Hello,
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Melanie Burton,I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1200 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 2 years,loved every day of it.It’s located in 901 10th St, Santa Monica, CA 90403.The unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture),there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for whole the condo for 1 month is $1300 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1300$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

  25. Pardon me. Does somebody realize how to find a smart Expert Avisor from fake and a clear Forex signals from fraudulent? sorry for inconvinience

  26. Thanks for your inquiry, I am Rev.Dr.Peter Kunkel owner of the property,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out ok,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in London, the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying  deposit for  pets if any.
     
    All i need from you is to mantain the house as its your ok.
     
     Do provide the informations below:
     
     
    KINDLY COMFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW.. 
                 
     
    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM      
     
    FIRST NAME:__________________ 
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:______________
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME) 
    KIDS_____ (     )  
    HOW MANY_______  
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___
     
    CITY:_______
     
     STATE___________ 
    ZIPCODE:______  
    HOW LONG?_____IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?  .
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:____None_________  HABITS  .
     I look forward to read your reply with all the details.    
     
     Regards 
     
    Rev.Dr. Peter Kunkel
    +44 701 113 3802
    +44 702 409 2179
    +44 701 114 6566
    +44 701 116 2864

  27. Hello,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Rebecca Grant, 52 years old and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.It’s located in the heart of Georgetown at 3210 Grace St.The prime location can’t be beat and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone(located at 1/2 block to M street,1/2 block to Georgetown Waterfront Park….Views of Potomac and Downtown Arlington from balcony).The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture),there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1100 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1100$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,
    Rebecca

    hank you for your reply.

    Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $2200 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you’ll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract, decide if you keep the condo or not.After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO! In case you’ll take it you’ll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you’ll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money(2200$), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you’ll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit.
    Once again:
    1. If you have the money 2200$ and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
    2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction , and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
    3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you’ll have to send them 2200$ via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you’ll need cash)
    4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit.
    5.From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping address, your phone# and I’ll start the procedure.

    Thank’s
    Rebecca

  28. I just got this email but received it from Rebecca Grant about an Manhattan apartment.. EXACT COPY… THANKS PEOPLE FOR POSTING.. I was going to actually consider it if it check out..

    Hello,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Rebecca Grant, 52 years old and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.The prime location can’t be beat, and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone who has lived in a big city. The condo is located at 235 E 40th St, New York,just off the busy streets,behind the 2nd Avenue and E 42nd Street,1 stret to E 39th St and E 41th St,5 min to Gabriels Park,5 min to Metro(Grand Central Terminal). .The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture) ,there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier…Pets allowed.
    The kitchen eating area is a large piece of granite that serves as counter space in the kitchen, and as the table in the Living Room side. The counter seats 4 comfortably. The entertainment center is a beautiful credenza that is topped with a brand new 55′ High-Definition lcd tv. The stereo acts as the 5 speaker surround sound for the tv, the radio and cd player. The stereo also is a dvd player and is capable of having an i pod plugged right into a usb port.The Master Bedroom is large with high ceilings, has two windows, a walk-in closet and it has it’s own bathroom. The room has a large, very comfortable Cali-King bed. There are several dressers with an ample amount of drawers. The room also has a desk with several drawers and a file cabinet. The walls are decorated with nice artwork and floating shelves. The bathroom has a large, tiled shower stall behind a glass door. The vanity is covered with a beautiful piece of granite and between the vanity, shelves and medicine cabinet, there is plenty of space for toiletries.The Guest Bedroom is actually larger than the Master. It has high ceilings, two large closets and a dresser with two matching nightstands. There is one window, a coffee table and a brand new chair and ottoman. Just outside the door two the bedroom is the Guest Bathroom. The guest bath features a large jacuzzi tub and shower. The vanity is large and is covered with granite. There is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier. The area is clean, safe and beautifully.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1100 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1100$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,
    Rebecca

  29. This was very useful! I have also recieved the exact copy of the email you’ve posted from Rebecca Grant. We have been very suspicious about this because of the way the email was written, and the price of course, that seemed too good to be true. We’ve emailed a few times back and forth and every time none of our questions were answered, we were just given more short information about payment.

    I’m happy to see that someone else has gotten the same e-mail about the New York condo and that you didn’t pay anything!

    For all those who discover scam, I adwise you to report their e-mail to abuse at the isp used to have it closed if it was not a private e-mail server. Like Abuse@msn.com if it had @msn.com
    Replace what is before the @ with abuse and forward the message to that address. Hopefully this will fight the scammers down!

  30. Hi all,
    this website is very usefull, I found a scammer who contacted me in a post here, thanks!
    I would like to take this opportunitty to report another scammer I just found on craigslist and who seem to be not reported anywhere yet… it is about an ad for an apartment in Manhattan.

    first e-mail:
    Hello,
    Thanks for your message and i must confess am so happy hearing from you and also your interest about the apt for rent.I am Elizabeth Ruiz,Myself and my husband Ruiz Jones are the owner of the place you are making inquiry of. Actually We lived in the apt before i was transferred from my work down here to Las Cruces, New Mexico where i am now and my husband is working on contract with a new Company in China. So this warranted us to give out the apt for Rent and its still very much available for rent and also for a Long term if you want as
    myself and my husband are planning buying a new house here in Las Cruces and do not see the possibility of returning to the apt anymore,so we need a good and reliable tenant who will take good care of it for us.Its a lovely and well kept apt and also utilities are included like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.Yea the rent is $800 monthly and the Security is $400.

    Please i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest woman and also i and my husband spent lots on our property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the property and want you to treat it as your own if you are given a chance to rent it. I and my Husband are not really after the Money, but the perfect maintenance of the apt for us and i will be glad to know it will be taken good care of.

    Am here in Las Cruces, New Mexico in our new Apartment and also with the keys and Document and i did not want our property to be misused in our absence which is why i took them along with me without dropping it in charge of an agent or put anyone in charge of the apt for us,And besides i had no plan of staying this long here, so we just make up our mind to rent out the apt knowing we will be here for a long time and like i said, we are planing getting a new apt here. So i believe
    if you are given the opportunity to rent the apt, that you will promise to take absolute care of it for me and treat it like your own?.So do get back to me and get me assured that if you are allowed
    to rent it that you will take good care of it. Hope you are Okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition,internet connection and so on. I will proceed to getting the keys and other documents to you as soon as i am sure you are ready to rent the apt and that will be after you have shown full interest.
    Below are some of the info about it.

    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 )
    Bedroom 12’10” x 10’5″ ( 3.91m x 3.18m )
    Bathroom 6’10” x 5’10” ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
    Guest WC 5’0″ x 2’10” ( 1.52m x 0.86m

    Please do answer the below questions and get back to me with it so we
    can proceed.

    1. Your Full Name
    2. Your Contact Phone Number
    3. Are your Married?
    4. When do you plan moving in?
    5. How long do you wish to stay?
    6. Will you will be able to send the Security Deposit after filling the Rental Application Towards to delivery of the keys to you? The
    Security Deposit is $400.
    7.Will you able to come up with 2 months rent after you received the
    keys and moved in?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with the above information and also getting your assurance to taking care of the apt if you are allowed to rent it.

    I will be so happy to hear from you so we can proceed to the Rental Application.

    God Bless
    Elizabeth Ruiz
    ——————————
    As I had some doubts but didn’t find anything about this scam I answered to see what would happen and got this message in return,

    2nd e-mail:
    Hello ,

    Good morning to you and thanks so so much for your message, its so nice hearing back from you and i do truly understand what you mean and i am glad been rest assured that if you are given the opportunity to rent the apt that you will take absolute care of it…

    I will really love to do that. Well, the $400 is the Security Deposit and its refundable after you lease is completed and that you will have
    to send to me as soon as you have filled the Rental Application and i have you approved as our new tenant after going through your profile
    and being okay with it, the rent is $800 with utilities included.There is no credit check.The apt is a very safe and secured, so you have
    nothing to worry about the security.

    Attached to this message is the Renal Application, do get it filled and get back to me with so i can get it forwarded to my husband for his final approval and then we move over the Security Deposit and also the delivery of the keys to your address by Fedex so you can view the apt.Like i have stated, the utilities includes in the rent including the Electricity as well.

    The address of the apt is on the Rental Application, you can drive by and have a good look of the building from the outside and also the
    neighborhood. Because, like i have said, i have the keys to the apt here with me and will be sending them off to you as soon as you have
    filled the Rental Application and also able to come up with the Security Deposit as required…

    I wait your message soon.
    God Bless
    Elizabeth Ruiz
    —————————

    And a form was attached, showing these contact details:
    Landlord Name: Elizabeth Ruiz
    Address: 2842 Spitz Street, Las Cruces NM 88005
    My Husband’s: +447024019855

    (note the UK phone number for this man supposedly in China…)

  31. Now Rebecca Grant lives in boston and has an huge, fully furnished condo in Fenway for $900. Read on:

    Hello,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Rebecca Grant, 52 years old and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.The prime location can’t be beat, and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone who has lived in a big city. Harcourt Street is located just off the busy streets of Newbury and Boylston. You have the convenience of being just two blocks away, without the inconvenience of double parked cars and countless pedestrians. Harcourt is a small, quaint neighborhood street nestled behind the Copley Square Marriott and the Colonade hotel. In less than a block you are at the entrance of the Prudential Center and Copley Square Mall. One more block and you are at Newbury and Boylston Streets. With countless retail from big names to small boutiques, the Back Bay has it all. The cities finest restaurants are within walking distance, Fenway Park is a mile away, and the entrance to the Mass Pike and I-93 are within blocks of this condo.The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture) ,there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier…Pets allowed.
    The kitchen eating area is a large piece of granite that serves as counter space in the kitchen, and as the table in the Living Room side. The counter seats 4 comfortably. The entertainment center is a beautiful credenza that is topped with a brand new 55′ High-Definition lcd tv. The stereo acts as the 5 speaker surround sound for the tv, the radio and cd player. The stereo also is a dvd player and is capable of having an i pod plugged right into a usb port.The Master Bedroom is large with high ceilings, has two windows, a walk-in closet and it has it’s own bathroom. The room has a large, very comfortable Cali-King bed. There are several dressers with an ample amount of drawers. The room also has a desk with several drawers and a file cabinet. The walls are decorated with nice artwork and floating shelves. The bathroom has a large, tiled shower stall behind a glass door. The vanity is covered with a beautiful piece of granite and between the vanity, shelves and medicine cabinet, there is plenty of space for toiletries.The Guest Bedroom is actually larger than the Master. It has high ceilings, two large closets and a dresser with two matching nightstands. There is one window, a coffee table and a brand new chair and ottoman. Just outside the door two the bedroom is the Guest Bathroom. The guest bath features a large jacuzzi tub and shower. The vanity is large and is covered with granite. There is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.The entire unit is 1246 square feet. It has high ceilings, hardwood floors and by being a corner unit, it has 10 large windows. The space below is a commercial unit that has several offices for financial planners and a internet software company. This is great because after 5pm and on weekends, there is nobody below my unit.The building is only 5 stories high. The condominium is two buildings connected by a glass atrium in the middle. There is an elevator and staircase that goes from the lobby, to the garage, and all the way to the top. The elevator takes you to the garage, where my unit has two deeded parking spaces and some shelves and closet space that can be used as storage and can be locked (the condo also come with a storage unit so you’ll have space to deposit all my furniture). The building is located on the boarder of the Back Bay and the South End. As I mentioned, the shops and restaurants are just a block away. To the right of the condo is the South West corridor. This corridor goes from the Back Bay T-station on Dartmouth Street, all the way to Mass Ave. This corridor is lined with parks, a children’s playground, a dog park, tennis and basketball courts. It’s a beautiful place to walk the dog, take a jog, or take the kids to the swings. The area is clean, safe and beautifully manicured with trees and flowers.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $900 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is $900(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,
    Rebecca

  32. Rebecca Grant strikes again: on July 11th, 2010:
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property.My name is Rebecca Grant, 52 years old and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage).I lived in this beautiful condo for over 5 years,loved every day of it.It’s located in the heart of Georgetown at 3210 Grace St.The prime location can’t be beat and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone(located at 1/2 block to M street,1/2 block to Georgetown Waterfront Park….Views of Potomac and Downtown Arlington from balcony).The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture),there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1100 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1100$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,
    Rebecca

    AND THEN:
    Thank you for your reply.

    Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $2200 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you’ll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract, decide if you keep the condo or not.After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO! In case you’ll take it you’ll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you’ll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money(2200$), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you’ll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit.
    Once again:
    1. If you have the money 2200$ and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
    2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction , and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
    3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you’ll have to send them 2200$ via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you’ll need cash)
    4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit.
    5.From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping address, your phone# and I’ll start the procedure.

    Thank’s
    Rebecca

    How is this still going on. Get this chick off the internet

  33. I got the same thing from Rebecca Grant…

    Before going further with anything I must tell you that for payments I will use the eBay Company, they will secure the transaction of payments. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction and I will give them your full name, shipping info, phone# and indicate you as my tenant. After that, they will contact you with the payment details, and they will ask you to send them a refundable deposit, $1800 in 24 hours(the money will be for the first month of rent + the security deposit). After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping of the keys and the contract. You will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit. The keys will reach to you in 3-4 days. After you’ll receive the keys and the contract, the 14 days of inspection period will start( you’ll have 14 days to see the condo, read the contract,
    decide if you keep the condo or not.After the inspection you will contact them and tell your decision: TAKE THE CONDO or NOT TAKE THE CONDO! In case you’ll take it you’ll have to send them a copy of the contract signed by you and they will release the money to me, if not you’ll have to send them the contract unsigned and they will refund your money($1800), the contract and the keys will be shipped back at my expenses! I will pay the shipping and you’ll have to pay the money transfer fee for the refundable deposit.
    Once again:
    1. If you have the money $1800 and if you want to rent it send me your full name, your shipping address and your phone#
    2. I will open a CASE ID# at eBay Company for this transaction , and I will give them your info, and indicate you as my tenant.
    3. After that, they will contact you with the payment details(you’ll have to send them 1800$ via money transfer in the next 24 hours-you’ll need cash)
    4. After they receive your deposit, they will notify me immediately to start the shipping, and you will receive a tracking number in max 12 hours after they receive your deposit.
    5.From the moment you receive the keys the 14 days inspection period will start.I will make the transaction only in this way so if you have the money and if you want to rent my condo send me your full name, your shipping address, your phone# and I’ll start the procedure.

  34. thank you guys for your help. i cant believe i almost fell for that elizabeth ruiz.

  35. Here’s another from DC Area Craigslist. Phone number is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

    Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. Henry A Troy owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.

    Do provide the information’s below:

    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIPCODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Dr.Henry A Troy
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  36. Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. Henry A Troy owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.

    Do provide the information’s below:

    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIPCODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Dr.Henry A Troy
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  37. Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. M B Rosenfeld owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.

    Do provide the information’s below:

    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIPCODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Dr.M B Rosenfeld
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  38. Here is another scam with the identical style:

    Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. Frank Sieiro owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.

    Do provide the information’s below:

    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIP CODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Dr. Frank Sieiro
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  39. Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. Joseph R Westervelt owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.

    Do provide the information’s below:

    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIP CODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Dr. Joseph R Westervelt
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  40. apperently theyre african now….im glad i dont trust any one on the internet…

    Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. Zulma I Nieves owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.

    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.

    Do provide the information’s below:

    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..

    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___

    CITY:_______

    STATE___________
    ZIP CODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.

    Regards

    Dr. Zulma I Nieves
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  41. Hello,

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my property. My name is Olivia Wilde, I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage). The prime location can’t be beat, and the garaged parking is an amenity sure to be appreciated by anyone who has lived in a big city. The condo is located in the legendary Parc Somerset at 5630 Wisconsin Ave,Chevy Chase, MD.1 street from Friendship Blvd and N Park Avenue,5 min to Friendship Heights Metro.The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),the unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture) ,there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier…Pets allowed. The kitchen eating area is a large piece of granite that serves as counter space in the kitchen, and as the table in the Living Room side. The counter seats 4 comfortably. The entertainment center is a beautiful credenza that is topped with a brand new 55′ High-Definition lcd tv. The stereo acts as the 5 speaker surround sound for the tv, the radio and cd player. The stereo also is a dvd player and is capable of having an i pod plugged right into a usb port.The Master Bedroom is large with high ceilings, has two windows, a walk-in closet and it has it’s own bathroom. The room has a large, very comfortable Cali-King bed. There are several dressers with an ample amount of drawers. The room also has a desk with several drawers and a file cabinet. The walls are decorated with nice artwork and floating shelves. The bathroom has a large, tiled shower stall behind a glass door. The vanity is covered with a beautiful piece of granite and between the vanity, shelves and medicine cabinet, there is plenty of space for toiletries.The Guest Bedroom is actually larger than the Master. It has high ceilings, two large closets and a dresser with two matching nightstands. There is one window, a coffee table and a brand new chair and ottoman. Just outside the door two the bedroom is the Guest Bathroom. The guest bath features a large jacuzzi tub and shower. The vanity is large and is covered with granite. There is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier. The area is clean, safe and beautifully.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1000 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1000$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Regards,
    Olivia

  42. omg!!! I been replying to an olivia wilde about a 2bed 2 bath condo in laguna, ca this all sounds too silimar!!!
    darn….
    i sent her my name address and # just now!!!
    am i in trouble by giving that out??
    this sucks back to looking, but im going to for sure check back in here as i continue on
    geeez

  43. Thanks for taking the time to look at my property. My name is Olivia Wilde, I’m 43 years old,I’m a construction engineer and I’m the owner of this condo(2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms,1100 square footage) .This beautiful condo is located in the vibrant commercial neighborhood of Arlington : 1020 N Highland St at Washington Blvd,1 block from 10th St,1 block from N Hudson St,2 blocks from Clarendon Blvd,only 2 min from Clarendon M station.. The condo is fully furnished with all necessary amenities(exactly like in the pics),Brazilian cherry floors; Luxurious kitchen with Viking appliances, large kitchen island and Poggen Pohl cabinets; master bedroom/master bath includes an oversized marble soaking tub and separate shower; California Closets walk-in closet in master bedroom; Second bedroom/den with second full bath.The unit is equipped with recessed lighting, central air and heat, the condo come with two parking spots,a storage unit where you can deposit my furniture (if you don’t like it and you want use your furniture),there is also a linen closet, and most importantly, a new front loading stacked washer and drier.Pets allowed.I’ve moved to United Kingdom with my job (i am a construction engineer) and decided to rent it because the rent is very expensive here.The price is so low because I’m here and is very hard to find a tenant.I can rent you the condo for min. 1 month and max. 6 years(or more).I really want to find a good and responsible tenant for it, and I hope that you can send me some personal information about yourself.The rent for the whole condo for 1 month is $1100 including all utilities(water,electricity, internet, cable, parking , airconditioning, fireplace, dishwasher, garbage) and the security deposit is 1100$(you’ll get the deposit back at your departure-or you can use it to pay your last month of rent) and I want to receive the money monthly in my bank account. You can move in the condo in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys and I have nobody in United States that could show you the condo. In order to check it, see if you like it(I’m sure that you’ll love it), you need to receive the keys and the contract.
    If you want to rent the condo, please e-mail me back and I will explain you how the payment and shipping will take place!

    Here are a few pictures:

    http://www.mypicx.com/10142010/Great_Condo_/
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/1.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/2.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/3.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/4.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/5.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/6.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/7.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/8.jpg
    http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb362/arlioliverwilllsetre/9.jpg

    Have a nice day,
    Olivia

  44. This is the e-mail I received, when I responded to the Craigslist ad, expressing interest:

    Thanks for your inquiry, I am Dr. Matthew Berger Owner of the property that is placed for rent,the property was initially put up for sale before my family talked me into renting it out OK,it is spacious, you can move in as soon as the deposit is paid, I resided in the house with my family before getting a new job with the World Health Organization as a consultant Epidemiologist and now resides in Africa , the house is in perfect state it has washer and dryer and it goes for the price as listed per month including the utilities, and i will prefer a tenant that will take absolute care of the house as his/her own,the deposit is $800 and you are not paying deposit for pets if any.
    All i need from you is to maintain the house as its your OK.
    Do provide the information’s below:
    KINDLY CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST BY FILLING THE FORM BELOW..
    TENANT RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:
    LAST NAME:___________
    PROFESSION:
    PHONE (_______
    (CELL)PHONE (___________
    (WORK)PHONE (__________ (HOME)
    KIDS–
    HOW MANY_______
    PRESENT ADDRESS:___
    CITY:_______
    STATE___________
    ZIP CODE:______
    HOW LONG?– IF RENTING WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
    IF THIS PROPERTY 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:________ HABITS .
    I look forward to read your reply with all the details.
    Regards
    Dr. Matthew Berger
    TEL. 0112347090787196

    I answered the questions and this is what he replied, making me think this is a scam:

    Hello,
    Thanks for sending in your application, the interior is in a very perfect condition and you will love it upon getting the keys, i do have it here with me and it will be sent to you by courier service as my immediate family are here with me, l can assure you that you are renting the best with all brand new appliances, large rooms and space it will meet all your needs, as it is a very safe neighborhood,you will love it ok.
    Having read the details you sent in and taking time out to review all other applications submitted, i found yours very satisfactory, so be informed that i have considered you as my new tenant, do feel free in my house as it is now your new home, we will have the best of landlord / tenant relationship.
    So all you should do now is to send the deposit of $800 which is all that is required for your move in and your rent starts from the date of move in OK, the deposit is to enable me send the keys to you via courier service and once the payment details is received which should include senders name,address and amount paid the keys will be sent to our present address.
    The deposit should be sent through western union money transfer or money gram in my name and address below and the keys and signed lease agreement will be sent to you via courier service and you will receive it at your stated address within 48 hrs of receiving the payment information, i look forward to your reply.
    You can call me once you receive this email as i look forward to speak with you.

    PAYMENT INFORMATION
    NAME: Dr. Matthew Berger
    ADDRESS: 50 Itire Street Surulere
    Lagos .
    Nigeria.
    TEXT QUS.: COLOR
    TEXT ANS.: BLUE
    TEL. 0112347090787196

  45. Hey, THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this blog. I, too was very interested in the house for rent by “Mathew Berger” in Fairfax, VA – everyhting same as above except he spelled Matthew with only one T – Mathew. Fortunately, after googling the guy, I also found this website by typing in that international telephone number. The ad really seemed legit, so watch out, report the scams and thanks again so much for the blog! Now if I could only find a real person in DC that would rent to me with two cats and a dog!

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