Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Rental Scam Alert

A friend of mine found the following ad on Craigslist:

http://sacramento.craigslist.org/apa/595180869.html

$1,000 a month for a 2500sf house seems like a great deal...So, she followed up and received the following e-mail:

Thanks for the email. I am James Morgan owner of the house and also it is situated at 1573 Portello Way, Lincoln, 95648, Sacramento CA.
Firstly, I will like you to go take a look at the Exterior of the house
because you will not be able to go inside to see the interior hence i have all the keys, security code and documents here with me.

And also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my wife to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and weare 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 are going to be gone for 2 years or more.

We have left the Sacramento and we are currently in West Africa and I work with UNICEF. Before we left the Sacramento for West Africa, we look for a reputable agent that will take a very good care of the house while we are away but could not found any so we left with the house keys and document when leaving. 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.

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 you will be paying $1000 monthly all includes the utilities, also you will be paying one months upfront deposit to move inn. I am doing this because I believe we should be able to help ourselves.

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 house keys and papers sent to you via FedEx or UPS etc, 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.

Note: the pictures of the house are attached below.

Thanks and God Bless.

Regards
James Morgan


Well, I looked this property up in the tax records, and guess what??? James Morgan is not the owner of record! Please be careful out there if you are looking to rent a new place.

43 comments :

Bryan said...

Ah, the same quaint grammar, vague references, positive evocations (e.g. UNICEF), and good excuses for not being able to offer up more sturdy pieces of legitimizing evidence (in addition to the naive "foreigh bumpkin-ness" of the voice) which is typical of the Nigerian Fund brand of scam emails.

I reckon that if one was foolish enough to send them the rent money, there would be some complication which would require you to send even more money (and now they you've invested, you'll feel the need to invest more to protect that investment). And in any case, having filled out the application form, which I've no doubt will elicit the all important identifying information we generally studiously protect, the scammers will be able to fleece you and defraud others.

Patient Renter said...

Why does every scam somehow involve Africa? hahaha

Tyrone said...

I will be willing to send the inside view of the building if you demands for it.

Guess you have to be moron to work for UNICEF. BWAHAHAHA

Wadin' In said...

A friend of mine is looking for a place to rent, because her existing landlord is getting foreclosed. She sends me potential rental addresses, which I look up to see the purchase date, financing, and lender. So far, we have identified 3 properties that were suitable for her, but the owners had 100% sub prime financing exceeding the market value by 60%! She turned them all down.

The new trend: credit check on your potential landlord!!

Patient Renter said...

Hey Wadin:

Are the tools you're using to do these checks publicly available? If so, can you share?

Anonymous said...

That same scam is going on here in Phoenix. Names are different but the same story. Renters beware

Dan said...

i have just come across the same scam in chicago. if a deal seems too good to be true, it is.

twohavok said...

I have much the same experience to report out of St. Louis. I got the guy to send me a copy of the lease in an e-mail. He even called me the day I sent him the first e-mail regarding the property. He used a St. Louis number. Does anyone have an idea where something like this can be reported to?

Anonymous said...

I experienced the same thing 3 times this week in 3 different locations in Los Angeles. Each had west africa but differnet places in it. And oh now its the Christian Aid Fund..

I Drove to one today to then realize I didnt have the street address. They are using other peoples adds so there are pictures and such.

I am freaked out now which is real or not. I reported it to the police but I am guessing its a big deal. And with yahoo emails and out of country numbers its hard to track..

Glad I am not alone

Anonymous said...

I have just come across one of these scams. He gives the same story about living in West Africa,etc. This rental house was posted on ThatRentalSite.com and looked legit until I got these weird emails from this "pastor" claiming to be the owner of the home. After reading the email responses I hope no one has been gullible enough to send these illiterate foreigners money. I wish someone would stop this person or people from posting rental properties.

Jag said...

Oops! I got the below email when I tried to apply for a home in gumtree website.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Garrett McGrath mcgrath.garrett@gmail.com
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Reply to your "2 Bedrooms Remolded For Rent ( Canberra )" Ad on Gumtree
To: akeshia.dart@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au


Hello. We are so much excited. My name is Mcgrath Garrett the owner of
the apartment and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer
that makes me and my wife and little daughter to leave the apartment
and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible
person that can take very good care of it while we are not at the
state 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, DVD player, air
conditioning, 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 us in West Africa, 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 $840 per month including utilities like
hydro, heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on, but your
absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing, if you
are ready interested renting this apartment fill the application below
and get back to me with the answers.

Here is the apartment address : 49/3 london circuit, Canberra City ACT
2601. Pls note that you will be viewing the outside of the apartment
because the keys are here with us.


RENT APPLICATION FORM
1) Your Full Name.
2) Your Full Address & Phone Number.
3) How old are you ?
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 Occupation ?
10) Short or Long Term Lease ?
11) When are you intending to move in : Date :
12) Reference Details
13) Pictures of all occupant that will stay in the apartment
14) Deposit : One Month or Two month rent deposit needed before moving in


MORE DETAILS
The accomodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21'1x5'10),
reception room (17'0x16'0), kitchen breakfast room (13x11), bedroom 1
(12'10x10'5), 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 )


There was a man who want to rent my apartment his name was Mr Daniel
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 at
0112348029310251 or +2348029310251 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 issueing the
receipt for you and contacting you. Awaiting your reply so that we can
discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the apartment to
you.

Thanks
Regards

ChristaC said...

This is the most recent e-mail I recieved after responding to a craigslist ad. Thanks Rental Scam Alert to confirm my doubts.

Hello. We are so much excited. My name is Mcgrath Garrett the owner of the apartment and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my wife and little daughter to leave the apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it while we are not at the state 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, DVD player, air conditioning, 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 us in West Africa, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has been 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 $900 per month including utilities like hydro, water, gas, heat laundry facilities, air condition and so on, but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing, if you are really interested in renting this apartment get back to me so that i can forward you an application form for you to fill so that i can start all necesary arrangement asap.



Here is the apartment address : 401 Sherwood Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA .... Pls note that you will be viewing the apartment from outside only and 100 % sure that you would love to stay in the place because it is located in a very cool, quiet and safe neigbourhood.



RENT APPLICATION FORM
1) Your Full Name.
2) Your Full Address & Phone Number.
3) How old are you ?
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 Occupation ?
10) Short or Long Term Lease ?
11) When do you intend to move in : Date ?
12) Deposit : One Month or Two month rent Deposit needed before moving in
13) Pictures of all occupant that will stay in the apartment
14) Reference Details



MORE DETAILS
The accomodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21'1x5'10), reception room (17'0x16'0), kitchen breakfast room (13x11), bedroom 1 (12'10x10'5), 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 )



There was a man who want to rent my apartment his name was Mr Daniel 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 at 0112347081249517 or +2347081249517 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 issueing the receipt for you and contacting you. Awaiting your reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the apartment to you.


Thanks and God bless
Regards

Anonymous said...

We almost got screwed. Something didn't seem right. I just emailed him saying that we are reporting him. I can't even believe it.

Anonymous said...

We asked him if he could send us a picture of the outside, he sent it but we had just gone to see the property, there was a paper on top of the bushes, I doubt it had been there for a long time, my guess is there are copycats and they live close to the apartments or properties.

Anonymous said...

My daughter got similar E-mail also from ad on craigslist. I just wanted to fight back somehow, but this is probably impossible as E-mail address most likely registered using public computer or really from Africa. Still not sure what would be the next step step - what is the scam?

Igor.

Anonymous said...

Canada is not "exempt" from this scam! I too found an intriguing ad on a "legitimate" rental website for a furnished apartment in Tofino, BC. This is Canada's surfing capital & accomodation is very tough to come by. Clue #1 is that there are no apartment buildings in Tofino; but I thought it could have something to do with the 'language barrier'. I googled the "owner" & came up with nothing; googled the religous organization he claimed to work for in W. Africa...again, nothing. He did not address specific questions I asked relating to the area and specific location of the rental unit. The grammar errors and broken english were the give away...my scammer claimed to be a Doctor. Before finding this site, I replied to his application email by stating that I would not provide any info until he answered my prior questions. I also suggested he provide a neighbours contact info so that I could meet with them and they could provide Mr. Scam with an additional reference on my behalf. I also asked him for his contact phone # in W. Africa. Think he'll have the nerve to persue this further? Read between the lines...they are not as clever as they think! Thanks for this site...awesome!

James said...

Well he's in Vancouver now as Richard Denilson. Way too good to be true.

I asked to see the appartment this weekend. I'll know also to ask for his reference info next time too.

Vancouver is tough rental market enough as it is without these guys

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad to see this as I just received the exact same message from someone else.. :( I knew it was too good to be true. I didn't send any money but I did give him my name address phone number and email.. although I don't think thats enought info to do anything with.. anyway.. thanks for posting.

Del-V said...

I got this same renter scam in Washington, DC off of Craig's List.

Anonymous said...

He's in toronto now...this is the craiglist ad

http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/apa/931832953.html


This is the email he wrote to me....

Hello,

We are Excited!!!!
Thanks for your email and it is my gladnes to hearing from you.I am Rev Richard Denilson ,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 in Spain,and presently my house is still available for rent for 900} per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.Moreso Now, i went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the 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 Mercy on (rmercy111@gmail.com )and she will attends to you better,
Thanks and you are welcome.
Rev Richard Denilson

scootergirl said...

Has anyone reported it to the police? I got the same thing and was cautious not to give out any personal information that would be traceable. I had a feeling that it was too good to be true... glad I stumbled across this blog because now I know for sure.

Anonymous said...

I too have just been approached via e-mail by MANY scams, all in West Africa and one in London!
I'm in Sydney, Australia - this is going on all over the world. I can't believe these people really think we are all that stupid? I guess some people must be otherwise they would't keep trying!
Be warned renters!!

Anonymous said...

As of Jan. 31, 2009 the good pastor has spread his word to Kelowna, British Columbia.

Anonymous said...

Im in sydney too and have recieved information on 5 flats all with the same story about africa and the guys name is rev.. please be aware and all ads were seen on gumtree.

Anonymous said...

I opened the email header of the email I got:

Received: from [41.219.218.47] by web43515.mail.sp1.yahoo.com

Tracking that IP, it turns out to be in... guess where???

YESSS!! NIGERIA

41.219.218.47 NG NIGERIA LAGOS LAGOS ASSIGNED TO LAGOS DIAL-POOL CUSTOMERS

Taylor said...

Yes he is in Toronto again using the name Darren Hayes and the address 30 Hayden Street.

Craigslist linke http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/apa/1098687164.html

BEWARE

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Anonymous said...

He has a new one now here in MN his poor wife died and he wants someone to take care of his house as he works in West Africa for The World Health Organization. I imagine it's hard for him to save money as he seems to keep losing his job. Poor fellow.

SALOMAH said...

The deal is our holy reverend and his team of scammers are in West Africa, Nigeria and use that as a "headquarters" for all their dirty work ALL OVER THE WORLD.

They must be well-educated Nigerians to have that much control of English in a third-world country. NO OFFENCE.

Bottom line, as repeated many times, DO NOT transfer money without inspecting the apartment. If you are international and you have not arrived, rent a cheap hostel for the first week and find accommodation while you're there.

Just tips from a kid who has been scammed TWICE within this past week. Lucky, no money transfers were involved.

Jolee said...

I am in Washington State and got this reply in response to a too good to be true listing... this on Craigslist. It is another West Africa Scam!!

Hello Dear,
Thank you very much for the reply and interest in my house. I am the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and 12yrs old daughter (Jamie) and presently we had packed out of the house due to our recent transfer from our church branch and now situated in West Africa. And presently we want to give out the house for rent to a clean and tidy person. Our house is available now for rent at $900 with a security deposit of $900 including all the Utilities like electricity, Hydrowasher, warmer, Gas, internet connection etc.There is no problems about the date you would like to move in but I want to let you know that money is not our problem but what we are looking for is absolute care of the house when you move into the house. We are looking out for someone that can always keep our house clean and tidy.So please I want you to stand on the agreement you made with us when you move in.

The keys and all documents of the house are here with us and we shall get it shipped to you via FEDEX or DHL Courier Service as soon as you are ready to move in.I want you to note that, I am a kind and honest man,i don't like disapointing people and i don't want anyone to disapoint me.We spent alot on that property that we want to give to you for rent.Our house is half furnished. Is very close to Parks and Shopping. You can go and look at the house from the outside and also the neighborhood, the physical address is

18212 113th Ave., E
Puyallup, WA

Below are the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent of our house.

RENT APPLICATION FORM:
1) Your Full Name----------------------------
2) Your Full Address...........
3) Phone Number-------------------------
4) How old are you?---------------------
5) Are you married?--------------------------------
6) Spouse's name?

7) How many people will be living in the house?------------------
8) Do you have a pet?---------------------------------
9) Do you have a car?-------------------------------------
10) Make and license numbers ------------------
11) Occupation?---------------------------------
12) Monthly Income?-------------------------------
13) Employer's Address?
14) Four references
15) Reason For moving out of your current house?
16) Current lanlord's phone number
17) How many years/months Do you intend to live in the house?--------------------

So i solicit for your absolute maintenance of our house. We want you to treat it as yours when you move in, I hope this is very clear to you? It's not all about the money but I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we will be glad to see it neat and clean when ever we visit the country. You can stay in the house as long as you wish because we already own another house here in West Africa and will buy a house in USA before we return.I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my words. You can email me back or call my me on my direct number for further discussion +234-703-592-3937.

Thanks and God bless you.
Best Regards

Anonymous said...

I got the same scam! In Portland, OR...only it was that he got a petroleum bid in West Africa! Although I would have never sent deposit money via Western Union, it really got our hopes up. When we called the county records, the name checked out...isn't that identity theft?

Rachel said...

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. found the same scam on craigslist. reply said the man had won petroleum land in Africa and was going to sell, but his wife talked him into renting in case they need to move back in the future. was for an condo building and had beautiful pictures of the condo. I checked the building online, and interior even looked the same!! what I'm confused about is the info they are asking. age? job? can a person really get scammed by providing this info?? he does not ask for a ss# or bank account. Also, the rent was like, $500/month with a 5,000 security deposit up front. he said he and his wife were not concerned so much about the income it would bring them, they just wanted someone who would take care of the property. HELLO!!! this is a condo!

Ben said...

Oh crap. I actually fell for it (didn't send money) Instead, I sent them info about me, most importantly my address and phone number. What can they do with it?

Anonymous said...

He's back in Kelowna again as July 14th.

I replied to the ifo email but proceeded to tell him that I wanted to hire a propery manager to take care of the situation.

My dad said it was too good to be true, i went by the rental unit and there was a for rent sign. However for the wrong unit.

Thanks good for google and showing me this site =)

Anonymous said...

I have received the exact email verbatim twice with the exception of the sender’s name and property address. One was a “John Ravid” and the other from “Rev. Chris); I thought claiming to be a reverend was a nice touch. NOT. I found this website by cutting and pasting the phone number and up popped all these comments about scams. I will use this technique in the future. I also received another variant email from a guy who is on “a crusade in Africa” which I have attached below. Thanks for writing your comments; I was really depressed when 4 out of 8 emails I sent out were blatant scams. Now I don’t feel quite so singled out.

The letter:

Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Alan Johnson,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 1 Wood Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 and presently my apartment is still available for rent for $820 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.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 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 Mary, on (mm1flatinfo@gmail.com ) and she will attend to you better.

Thanks for your interest.
Alan Johnson

corycelia said...

OMG SCARRRRYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was so hyped on this deal. But after talking to him over the phone and the money order in exchange for the keys.. FISHY!!


Hello,
 
 Thanks for your email .I am John Vicario,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 Susanna, on (maryinforental@gmail.com) and she will attend to you better.
 
ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT :4649 Lenore Drive San diego CA 92115
 
Thanks for your interest.
John Vicario


SEE EXACTLY THE SAME AS OTHER SCAMMERS MESSAGES!!!

corycelia said...

And for the WIFE...

Thanks for your response once again, I really appreciate your
expression. We don't have any friend or relative to show you inside
the apartment because I'm with the keys and documents.I want you to
stick to your words. I want you to fill out the questions below, you
must answer those questions to qualify for the rental of our
apartment. In fact my husband would like to meet you when coming to
visit you soonest. We would offer a long term and short term rental
anytime you wish to leave the apartment will be grateful and we are
ready to rent for as long as you want. Note that you will not be
allowed to view inside the apartment until everything is being
finalize as the keys/document are with me in Texas USA.You can only
view the apartment from the outside.

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

(Private & Confidential)

Also, Please let me get these answers.

1) Your Full Name
2) Present Full Address (where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
3) Age
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) Citizen of which Country?
10) When are you ready to Move in ?
11) When are u planning to leave the apartment ?
12) How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus security
deposit.

Looking forward to read from you with all this details for approval 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're
doing this transaction based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you
to stick to your words,we're putting everything into Gods hand, so
please do not let us down in this property of ours.

N:B : We're doing this because of God & as good Christians, 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,
if you are interested, you can fill out the rent application above and
get back to me as soon as possible. You can call my husband on
+234-708-879-7945

Note:- We're looking for someone who is ready to move in as soon as
possible since our apartment is free right now and we will be giving
out a month free.God bless you as you do this.

Regards

Susanna Vicario



There is more emails for SUSAN. Apparently she was in a bad accident and is in a wheelchair and lives in there home in Texas. While JOHN is on a crusade in NIGERIA. HMMMMMMMMMMM,,,,

I looked up the address of the CONDO on google maps and it took me to a dumpy neighborhood in San Diego. I asked the wife why the craigslist ad featured different pictures then the ones she showed me of the condo and she said John accidentally posted the ones of there place in texas.

snow_bird82 said...

Thanks for your response once again, I really appreciate your
expression. We don't have any friend or relative to show you inside
the apartment because I'm with the keys and documents.I want you to
stick to your words. I want you to fill out the questions below, you
must answer those questions to qualify for the rental of our
apartment. In fact my husband would like to meet you when coming to
visit you soonest. We would offer a long term and short term rental
anytime you wish to leave the apartment will be grateful and we are
ready to rent for as long as you want. Note that you will not be
allowed to view inside the apartment until everything is being
finalize as the keys/document are with me in Texas USA.You can only
view the apartment from the outside.

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

(Private & Confidential)

Also, Please let me get these answers.

1) Your Full Name
2) Present Full Address (where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
3) Age
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) Citizen of which Country?
10) When are you ready to Move in ?
11) When are u planning to leave the apartment ?
12) How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus security
deposit.

Looking forward to read from you with all this details for approval 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're
doing this transaction based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you
to stick to your words,we're putting everything into Gods hand, so
please do not let us down in this property of ours.

N:B : We're doing this because of God & as good Christians, 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,
if you are interested, you can fill out the rent application above and
get back to me as soon as possible. You can call my husband on
+234-708-879-7945

Note:- We're looking for someone who is ready to move in as soon as
possible since our apartment is free right now and we will be giving
out a month free.My husband sent you the ADDRESS in his email.God bless you as you do this.

Regards


Susanna Vicario

Anonymous said...

I too was led on to believe this was true but I heard about apartment scams and once "Mary Johnson" mentioned wiring money I immediately knew something was off here is grammatically flustered response...

"Thanks for the email.My husband owns the apartment, also want you to know that it was due to my husband's transfer that made us to leave the apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time .So for now,I am in Adelphi,Maryland in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the apartment,we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we don't want the apartment to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents 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 a home.View pictures of the apartment in attached files. Hope you are okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection and so on.I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the apartment for rent.

Hope to read from you soon
Mary "

Anonymous said...

hi. i just got the same scam and thing is, this wasted my time seeing as the recession has just hit my state hard and my two infants and me will be on the street soon. like they care but for the benefit of everyone i can and will post all emails he has sent me...under larry beanan but slipped and called himself peggy graves....by the way these names are real people who have had their identities stolen. some one alert them, they are in missouri...
anywho. im glad i looked this up before i declined my other legitimate offer.
fyi: if it seems too good to be true it is. legitimate people will sound cold and money grubbing but tey are protecting themselves. careful. now if a jeryka brown or chad brown out there post these messages on craigslist..its a scam. we own no properties and we are members of mensa so we would not use such grammar. mechanical errors maybe...

mfrielin said...

Found a place to rent on Craigslist. I found it fishy that a place was so cheap in Santa Monica, but it wasn't until I saw the pics of the place that the real red flags went up. They were asking $580 a month, all utilities included in Santa Monica, CA which is usually upwards of $1000. I responded to the ad and this is what I got back:

"Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Alan Johnson,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 2422 34th St Santa Monica, CA 90405 and presently my apartment is still available for rent for $580 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.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 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 Mary, on (mm1infoapt@gmail.com) and she will attend to you better.

Thanks for your interest.
Alan Johnson "

So, I sent an e-mail to Mary and I got this back:

"Thanks for the email.My husband owns the apartment, also want you to know that it was due to my husband's transfer that made us to leave the apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time.So for now,I am in Adelphi,MD in the States in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the apartment,we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we don't want the apartment to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents 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 a home.Hope you are okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection and so on.View pictures in the attached files.I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the apartment for rent.

Hope to read from you soon"

I knew something was up, so I did a google check on "Alan Johnson rental scam" and this blog showed up. I knew it was too good to be true, especially after seeing the pics of the place. It was easily a million dollar place and I knew there was no way that this was legitimate.

Now I know that there are scammers out there on craigslist. Even for a room to rent. If you can't see the place and talk to someone face to face regarding a room for rent and it seems "too good to be true" then it probably is. Don't fall for it...I'm glad I didn't.

Happy hunting!

Tamara said...

Mary Johnson, from "Spain" also a scammer. I have a rental and this is what I'm getting. Also Anja James. She went so far as to send me a "check." I'm about to throw my hands up with all of these scammers out there. I just want a renter.

Anonymous said...

Oh I find this ridiculously funny because, this is me. Not the spam or scam but seriously, I replied to a cl ad for seattle for my husband and i (chad) and I didn't even put any information on there. But they so got my name and did this. I founf this warning because I was actually seeing what all was out there under my name so I typed my name into google and here it is......I was wondering why no one was responding to my service offered posts on craigslist!! how bogus! i totally got scammed and didn't even know it until now. So I think people in general should just not respond to cl listings for apartments for rent in general because the nature of the ad I responded to sounded nothing like this or the other versions people posted. not even close.