Periodically we look through Craigslist for random stuff (isn’t that what Craigslist is for?). Anyway, we were looking at rentals to see what’s available in our area – any better deals, etc. We came across this (what appeared to be a) sweet deal [link may or may not work now]. So I quickly sent off an email to michaeljacoby81@yahoo.com. What I got back was very strangely worded:

Attn Applicant,

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Michael Jacoby,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in  Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1000 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem  but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad  to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

This is the address of the House( 45756 Klamath Court, Temecula, CA 92592 )..

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

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

RENT APPLICATION FORM.

FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________?
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $1000 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+234-806-113-3966  OR  011-234-806-113-3966).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

God Bless,
Michael Jacoby

As you can see, some strange wording, plus they asked for the name of my dog (which I thought was really weird). So I googled “+234-806-113-3966” and found this post, this post, with a strangely familiar responses from the ‘owner’. I also found this site with tons of information on rental scammers.

Like the old saying goes, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t…’

Designer. Communicator. Solutions Architect. Husband. Father of 4. Friend of God. I've dabbled in building, graphic design, worship, music, media, communications, connections, leadership, and now I'm an executive pastor at Rancho Community Church in Southern California.

125 Comments

  1. Shoulda bought the house next to me…Now I got some new people who I’ve never met there. :-(

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  2. That’s awesome. More people should get in the habit of googling phone numbers. It’s a great way to double check the legitimacy of a person or business.

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  3. bethany

    This is a specific example of what you posted. I was searching rental ads in Seattle and found this great little house with beautiful upgrades and a yard, too good to be true. Here is the link to the craigslist ad:

    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/apa/963703300.html

    I got a response back with a very similar story in the one you posted. Good catch…it was too good to be true.

  4. Amber Smith

    I wanted to add I just googled Christian Followers Crusade and this site popped. This scam is now hitting Portland OR. I recieved the exact email you posted. I too was concerned about the weird wording of the email and the lack of personalization. Thank you for your posting!

  5. Thanks for your link to our site re rent scammers. :) Just as a reminder to your readers that they can send us the information and we will be glad to post it.

  6. Arron

    lissieo46@yahoo.com – it is a scam. The apartment is still available. As I said also in my ad, the apt. is located on 375 South End Avenue New York, NY 10280.

    Beware. Don’t send money using western union or money gram.

  7. Hi, Looks like the same mail form except he or she is using a Hawaii address. I notice a bunch of rental scams in craigslist. I flag them when I do some research to find the address in realtor listing property for sale or rent with a proper amount on other website. I also inform the realtor or owner and forward the e-mail I recieved. I would also like to inform the e-mail server (yahoo or aol etc) that this e-mail is being used for scam. If I could. ly

  8. Brian

    i am a disable vet and am getting med retired and was looking for a house in Seattle Washington. This is what people sent me….Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am John Scott ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    This is the address of the House(26119 172 Ave SE, Kent, WA, 98042)..

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

    APPLICATION FORM BELOW.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $800 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+234-808-230-1872 or 011-234-808-230-1872).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless,
    John Scott

    And Another…..
    Thanks you for the email. I Mr. Richard Sunny own the Good Looking 3 Bedroom House with hydro,heat,laundry facilities,aircondition ,internet and phone line.And I also want you to know that it was due to my missionary work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the house with an intention of giving it out for rent. I am looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want the property to be kept clean at the time as it is our hard-earned property. The house is forsale before we left to west africa but now my wife and I decide to rent it out to good tenant.
    Presently, We are here in west Africa doing the Lord’s duty for humanity,for through our direct service to mankind, the blessings and promises of God will manifest today. The house vital informative documents and the entrance keys to the house are with me, for we try to look for dependable agent to handle the rent but could not find due to the limited time we had before leaving. Mostly we do not want our property to be given to any sort of person to avoid damages and troubles. I and my wife came over to West Africa for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps the experience and your present living condition.
    The monthly rent is $800 with a lease term of 6 months — 2 years.
    The house address is 6030 S Roxbury, Seattle, WA

    I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent,Await your reply.

    Thanks,
    Mr. Richard Sunny

    Thats mest up what people do…One Pissed off Vet

  9. Bianca

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Brad High ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    This is the address of the House(3254 Birmingham Blvd Orlando, FL 32829)…

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM..

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND SENDING THE DEPOSIT_____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $800 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+234-808-230-1872 or 011-234-808-230-1872).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless,
    Brad High

    same old… same old…

  10. Bianca

    Hello ,
    It is a great pleasure that to you are interested in my house.Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hearing from you.Thanks for the email and also Yes, I am Mr Gideon Garco owned the house and also it is situated at 6037 Long Peak Dr, Orlando, FL, 32810 . I resided in the house with my family such as my wife and my only daugther before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (West Africa) and presently my house is still available for rent for( $800 USD including the utilities like hydro,washer and security. Moreso Now, i went for a Work Transfer.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, money is not the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up, i do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for this the rent of my house?Hope you have a nice working day and your lovely family,Infact i will like to meet all of you when coming to visit you soonest.Mean while a deposit of $600 must be payed which is the Security Deposit you must pay this first so that you can get the keys and document to the house as as soon as you are ready to move in so when i come to check on you then you can now start paying your rent from the day you move in.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM FOR APPLICANT
    Applicant Info
    First Name: ______________ Last Name: ____________
    Birth Day: _____/______/______
    Phone: (__________)Cell Phone: (_______)
    Address:_________
    City _________
    State: _________
    Zip: _________
    Married:______
    Others who will be living in this Property
    Name: ___________
    Relationship: _________
    Age: ______
    Pet Information
    Type: __________
    Breed: _______
    Weight: _____

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.Regards.Await your reply now.
    Mr Gideon Garco

    Another one..

  11. Cindy Montano

    Got the same thing except her name is Patricia Rose and the house is in Charlotte. JEEZ!!! Glad I thought to check. Lagos mentioned in an email raises tons of red flags for me.

  12. They are now in Dallas Tx. using the name sammy lucher same story same form. Knew it was to good to be true.

  13. Kelly Beekman

    I am in Houston and come across a house that was too good to be true however was interested. I received an email from “Curt Kim” kimcurt57@yahoo.com stating the exact wording. He gave the phone number of 234-702-947-6192 or 11-234-702-947-6192. Due to my legal background I started searching the property address for the current owner name via the Auditor’s website (everyone should learn to do this) and found that the last name matches but the first name does not. So I continued on my search and found this link. It really came as no shock since when NIGERIA comes into an email we have to know something is wrong. Thanks for the posting and hopefully others won’t be scammed by these people.

  14. Penny

    I am in Los Angeles and was looking through craigslist for some rental listing and this too good to be true 4 bedroom house was listed for rent. I received the same e-mail response as the ones posted above. I googled (thank God for Google) the address – the property is listed for SALE, the name of the owner – they use the name of the agent in LA that is representing the real estate agency (shameless), and the phone number 011-234-806-113-3966 which is how I ended up here and found your site. Thank you so much for posting this. It is unbelievable that people would do this to someone else as a way of making ends meet. Very sad.

  15. The same scam popped up on craigslist.com for the rental houses in the Killeen, TX area. We are currently deployed and came across a house that seemed too good to be true. When the number was called some strange man answered the phone, so we decided to check it out.

    The same scam:
    Susana Steele
    Christian missionary family that was “doing work in” Nigeria, and was looking to rent the house for up to 4 years.
    The house popped up for sale on another realtors website in that area…fishy…

    1506 Saddle Dr. Killeen, TX 76543
    Number given:
    +234-702-947-6192

    The same number that Kelly listed above. And the “Rental Application” came in the same format as the one’s listed above as well.

    Beware of too good to be true offers because they probably are.

  16. I have to say that I am really impressed by it is to go through your blogand getting things rolling, this is an excellent site.

  17. Ashley

    Hello,

    Thanks for the email.. I own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to West Africa;Nigeria to be precise,that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in West Africa and will be staying here for the next 4 years in our new house cos of our missionary assignment with the keys of the house for rent. We try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well do not want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us. I and my wife came over to Africa for a missionary work as i said,so i hope you will promise us that you will take very good care of the
    house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of $800per month.

    You could give me a call on 011-234-703-592-3937. or +234-703-592-3937.
    This is the address of the house:
    Property Address:5125 E 119th Pl, Denver, CO
    Bedroom:3
    Bathrooms: 2.5
    Type: House
    Size: 1400-1600 sq. ft.
    Rent Info
    Rent: $800
    Deposit: $500
    Lease: Any how
    Pets: Dogs, Cats, Other Pets

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    Pls let me get this answers.
    1)Your Full Name?

    2)Your Full Address & Phone Number?

    3)How old are you?

    4)Are you married?

    5)How many people will be living in the house?

    6)Do you have a car?

    7)Occupation?

    8)When will you like to move in?

    9)How long will you like to rent the property?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Thanks and Remain Blessed.
    Regards.

    and

    Hello

    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 2847 W 126TH AVE BROOMFIELD CO 80020.But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hopitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a resposible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here.We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..
    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

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

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on t r ust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Regards.

    Both in Denver.
    I’m offended.
    I don’t want to be looking for a place to live, neither do I want to deal with scammers. The odd thing is, we drove by these properties and looked in the windows, and they are in fact empty. But why does you telephone number in Nigeria ring to a landline in Virginia? Hmmmmm. Jerks.

  18. Tiffanni

    I almost got scammed by them in silver spring, md.

    Roland Peter
    5:02am

    Hello,
    Thanks for the email,and we are sorry for not getting back to you so soon,my name is Lindsay we are renting this house out cause me and my Husband came over to Africa for a missionary work today,also our apartment is still much available for you to move in by June 10th,so i hope you will promise us that you will take very good care of the house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home.
    So for now, We are here in West Africa and we will be visiting you in our apartment by May26.
    Also with the keys of the apartment for rent are with us here,we try to look for an agent that we can give this
    documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well do not
    want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us,
    And if you are renting our apartment we would be shipping you the keys and documents via Dhl and would get to you in 2Days.
    price of $1150 per month also it include the central heat/air, all-electric kitchen:range & oven,
    dishwasher.

    Bedrooms 2
    Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
    Sq Footage 1,200
    Parking 2 dedicated
    1Month free Internet Acess
    Pet Policy Allowed

    Location To my Property:2133 CLARK PLACE, SILVER SPRING, MD 20902
    Rent:$1150
    Deposit:$800

    SO IF YOU ARE REALY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL

    APPLICATIONS FORM BELOW
    RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

    Pls let me get this answer.

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

    Looking forward to read from you with all this details so that i can have it in
    my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await
    your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and
    the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and
    again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we do not
    see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let
    us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Thank you for your inquiry.

  19. vit

    I got the same email….

    Attn Applicant,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Ward Michael,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1000 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

    This is the address of the House( 5624 N Hawthorne Way, Raleigh, NC 27613 )..

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

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this….

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $1000 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…..Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+234-806-113-3966 OR 011-234-806-113-3966).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless,
    WARD MICHAEL A.

    Good to read from you,am very comfortable with your profile,and have no doubt you would be of good morals and discipline,because am an intellectual and very mindful of the kind of individuals i associate with,let alone lease my house to.At this point,i would give your family consideration over other prospective tenants applying.However,for the fact that you are been considered the most eligible,does not guarantee your interest,because there are other prospective tenants,i would have to put on hold,pending your confirmation of seriousness.which is meeting with the financial aspect of the transaction (Deposit and half payment) to enable shipment of the Keys and document to the address you will have to provide to us, after which you could move in at your convenience. The rent starts counting when you move in, so you could go ahead with the payment straight away to make things faster.

    Here are the contents of the document that needs to be sent.
    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2) Paper/Permanent house form
    3) The house documentary file.
    4) Full Description of the house
    5) Payment Receipt..

    So please do get back to me today so that I will let know the next step to take concerning the payment….The house is available for rent for up to 4 years,so you are free to decide on how long you intend occupying it…Rent already includes utilities.. It has a Central Air and Heat,refrigerator,dishwasher,dryer,oven,internet,Cable TV,Air conditioner..It also has a garage and I’m ready to accept either monthly or upfront mode of payment..depending on the one you’re most comfortable with..Utilities include: power, water,sewer and trash..Your monthly rent already covers utilities so you do not have to pay extra charges for that.. Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance to the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home… Our house number is +234-806-113-3966 OR 011-234-806-113-3966 and you could give us a call at your convenience…

    Thanks and Remain Blessed
    Regards..

    And we was to see the house from outside, and the location.
    We ask about Ward Michael, and somebody told us that name is well known in neighborhood, and Ward Michael live very close but not in that house which we intent to rent, and He (Ward Michael) is a Realtor Agent.
    So be very careful ….!

  20. Pat

    The guy kept calling me phone, and whenever I tried to call back, it was a number that could not be reached. After reading all the scams on this e-mail, I finally talked to “Michael” when he called me the next time. I asked him what his last name was and all he could say was “ummmm you won’t be able to understand it if I tell you” and he just kept asking me if I had sent the money yet.

    I ended up telling him that everybody is catching up to his scam and that his phone number is listed all over the internet as a scammer. He just ended up hanging up on me when I confronted him.

    BEWARE…. NOBODY TRUST THIS GUY

    Attn Applicant,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Mcintosh Michael,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1000 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

    This is the address of the House( 320 BELLEVUE RD, NEW HAVEN CT 06511 )..

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

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this….

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $1000 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…..Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+234-806-113-3966 OR 011-234-806-113-3966).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless,
    Mcintosh Michael.

  21. Emily

    This guy also lists things under the pets section. BEWARE OF THIS SCAMMER!

    Attn Applicant,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Oines Jeff,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

    This is the address of the House( 9762 Misty Pine Drive, Cordova, TN 38002 )..

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

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

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this….

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $800 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…..Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+234-806-113-3966 OR 011-234-806-113-3966).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless,
    OINES JEFF.

  22. Kayla

    I just got this from the same guy:
    Hello

    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 920 BOSCOBEL ST , NASHVILLE TN 37206 .But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here.We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $1000 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,Our house number is +234-806-113-3966 or 011234-806-113-3966, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..

    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:
    TENANT RENT APPLICATION
    FIRST NAME: __________________
    MIDDLE NAME: __________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
    PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
    PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
    MARITAL STATUS: _________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    Home ADDRESS: ___________________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIPCODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
    CURRENT RENT: _______
    IF THIS House IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Regards.

    What an asshole. How can we stop him?

  23. Anusha

    Here is my story:
    I saw the ad in craigslist when we were seriously apartment hunting. The rent was cheap for a 2/2.5…We were a little surprised. SO I emailed him /her about the property but my gut feeling wasn’t good from the beginning. I got the following reply:

    “Hello,
    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my property for rent.The Listing is much available for now.I want you to know that I am the owner of this building .But right now i am in africa on a Christain mission with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the property and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a resposible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own.So for now,We are here in West Africa, our new property and also with the keys of the property,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as dont want our property to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here.We are only willing to give the propertyt out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the property the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of property,get back to me on how you could take care of our property or perhaps experience you have in renting home.Hope you are okay with the price of $900 with utilities. I look forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the property for rent,also are you ready to rent it now or when?
    Thanks,
    Await your reply.”

    I did not give out any information but insisted on seeing the house before pursuing further. Then he sends me this:

    “Hello,
    Thanks so much for your response…You are so lucky to have getting back to me. Though I am looking for a very neat and decent person to take good care of the property for me. You can be there for as long as you wish. The property is located at #8550 Sw 109 Ave. Miami FL 33173. You will have to fill the below form and get back to me.

    RENTAL APPLICATION FORM
    Tenant’s Name(s):
    Current Address(s):
    Ph#: Cell & Home :
    Married?:
    Spouse’s Name:
    Children:
    Numbers of People Movin In ?
    Pets:
    Where you work ? :
    Employer:
    Employer’s Address:
    Supervisor:
    Monthly gross income:
    Bus. Phone:
    Rental Agreement : Fixed Term OR Periodic :
    REFERENCES
    Personal Reference:
    Ph#:

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.I await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,Anyway I will like to inform you that the $900 you are paying for the rent and security is $900 ok? Just get back to me if this is well with you.

    ACKNOWLEDGMENT
    Landlord is authorized to check your credit,rental, employment and criminal history to verify all references and to answer any questions concerning your experience with me.

    APPLICANT
    I declare that all information listed on this application is true and accurate.
    APPLICANT SIGNATURE________________________________
    Date________________________________________________

    so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Regards.”

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!
    I never got back to him after that! Its true what they say!! Always always always TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!!

  24. Just 1 of the many email's in my inbox

    Hello
    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 853 CISCO ST
    COLTON CA 92324.But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hopitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a resposible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here.We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $1000 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP, Our house number is +234-806-274-8193 or 0112348062748193, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..
    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:
    TENANT RENT APPLICATION
    FIRST NAME: __________________
    MIDDLE NAME: __________________
    LAST NAME: __________________
    PROFESSION: ________________
    PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
    PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
    PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
    MARITAL STATUS: _________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    Home ADDRESS: ___________________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE: ______________
    ZIPCODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
    CURRENT RENT: _______
    IF THIS House IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on t r ust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Regards.

    I hate it when they use religion in their emails…So sad…They need to get a real job, instead of trying to steal money and scam other people…What scumbags

  25. Ashley

    I just got scamed on craigslist too! @ first i thought it was legit, i emailed him back questioning more about the house and he sent me another email back saying “you dont sound like you want to rent out my house, if you are joking let me know if you arent fill out the information attached to the first email” i sent him an email back saying that he was a scam ( i researched info on the web and found out it was a scam and after talking to a realtor) and he needs to be careful b/c the realtor i contacted said it was already being investigated!!

    This incident happens to suck b/c it was such a good deal (good deals come and go and i had a slight thought of it was to good to be true) I was so pissed and i will be determined to get him tracked if he continues to email me!

  26. MM

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

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Gabriel
    Moses ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I
    resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther
    before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work
    now in Padova,Italy. Presently my house is still available for rent
    for SGD1000 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m
    currently in Padova,Italy for an international Christian follower’s
    crusade. Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that
    i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute
    maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is
    not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy
    all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a
    check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand
    on my word.

    Address: 1 Saint Martin’s Drive Singapore

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

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i
    can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and
    contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how
    to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all
    this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your
    words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything
    into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and
    God bless you more as you do this… The house is available for rent
    at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A
    Deposit of 600SGD (which happens to be the security deposit) is
    required before moving in….The house will be available for rent for
    a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you
    intend staying there…

    God Bless,

    Gabriel Moses

  27. Joe

    Same thing here in MN, and he goes by Cunningham Jessica now.

  28. Umpan Aco

    Watch out! they are now in Geneva :

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my Apartment..I am Mrs Tracy Alexander,the owner of the Apartment you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the Apartment with my family, my husband and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in United Kingdom Presently my Apartment is still available for rent for CHF1200 Per Month (rent already includes utilities).
    Moreso Now, i’m currently in United Kingdom for an international Christian follower’s crusade….Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind, honest and trustworthy woman and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this Apartment and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up……….I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.
    This is the address of the Apartment: (Rue de la Servette 67 1202 Genève Switzerland)..It has a Lovely home in a nice Geneva neighbourhood. is known for excellent schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

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

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

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

    Apartment Address:
    Rue de la Servette 67 1202
    Genève Switzerland.

    Monthly Rent: CHF1200
    Pets Allowed: Yes
    Available : Available Now for move in.
    So pls get back to me today.
    I await your reply ASAP.
    Regards and God bless you!!!
    Mrs Tracy Alexander

  29. disappointed!

    Got the same ad in San Diego, CA!

  30. I got scammed with the same con off of craigslist. My husband and I want to relocate to Hawaii and the price and the house seemed so perfect that we were making plans to get the plane tickets and everything. Then I saw the warning posted by craigslist. I finally looked up international christian crusade and this site popped up. Then boy did I feel stupid and pissed off. I just want to know how to stop this guy so it never happens to anyone again. He went by the name of Poueu Lucy for me.

  31. Michelle

    Just started searching craigslist to rent a house in Portland Oregon and came across this scam. After my initial email to see if the house was still available, I thought the response looked quirky so I started checking property info etc. I couldn’t really find anything so put in the “christian followers crusade” and immediately the scam information popped up.

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR BLOGGING THIS INFORMATION. It has saved me time and potentially money.

    scammer used the email address: gibson_sandy@yahoo.com

  32. I just noticed a strange email i recieved from a ” peter t hiene” who , so happens to be in west africa but yet has a home in madison, wi for $700/mo all utilities incl. Thought it was too good to be true….i was right. So watch out.

  33. he used the names ” Peter T Hiene” and “Gary Heberling”. They use these emails : gary.heberling@yahoo.com and peterthiene@yahoo.com

  34. tacoma girl

    OH WUT THE HELL…THEY ALMOST GOT ME TOO…AS A MATTER OF FACT I JUSS GOT AN EMAIL FROM THEM….THEY’RE EXPECTING ME TO SEND THE MONEY TOMORROW…WELP, AT LEAST I KNOE NOW…TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME…AND I FOR ONE AM NOT THE ONE TO BE FUCKED WITH…AS A MATTER OF FACT I’LL ASK TO MEET WITH SOMEONE TOMORROW TO SHOW ME THE HOUSE & EVERYTHING…THEN…I’LL GIVE THEM A SERIOUS ASSSSS WHOOPING!! BEST BELIEVE IMMA BRING MY BOYZ WITH ME…I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM/HER ALREADY BUT HEY, MAYBE THEY’LL LEARN FROM IT…HAHAHAHA…FUCKIN ASSHOLES!!

  35. jennifer

    he tried it in benicia ca but was stupid b/c the house is still listed with a agent

    ——————————————————————————–
    From: Ronald Cordes
    Sent: Tue, December 22, 2009 7:37:12 AM
    Subject: Re:

    Hi,

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house.. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

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

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

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    House Address

    Address of the house: 790 HALL COURT BENICIA, CA 94510

    No Smoking inside

    Rent:$1000 Deposit:$800

    Best Regards

    RONALD CORDES

    YOU CAN REACH ME ON THE NUMBERS BELOW
    +234-808-469-1693 OR 011-234-808-469-1693

  36. grace tagaloa

    HAHAHAHA…IM TALKING TO

    “SARAH JACOBUS”

    HERES WHAT HE SENT TO MY EMAIL…LOL NOW I HAVE HIS ACTUAL ADDRESS…

    Hello Grace,

    Thanks for the mail, First i will say good morning to you and your lovely kids, Well am happy to inform you that all necessary arrangement have been made for the keys and documents to be mail out to your given address ok, so below is the informationt to send payment via western union all you have to do is to locate any Grocery store to where you live and make the payment available via a western union outlet ok, most i forget i want you to stick to your words and take good care of our home as you have promised ok.. below is the information..

    RECEIVER’S NAME: SARAH JACOBUS

    ADDRESS: 10 REV, CANON E..E ADESOTE STREET.
    CITY: AKURE
    STATE: ONDO
    COUNTRY: NIGERIA
    ZIP CODE: 23401

    TEXT QUESTION: WHO MADE US
    ANSWER: GOD

    As soon as the payment i want you to get back to me with the information..

    SENDER’S NAME?
    SENDER’S ADDRESS?
    TEXT QUESTION AND ANSWER?
    10 DIGIT MTCN NUMBER?

    Thanks and God bless you…

  37. Sher

    Here is the one I inquired about

    Hello,

    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent. The house is much available for now and it is a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 2309 Macon St Aurora, CO 80010… But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us. I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here..We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 and the refundable security deposit of $700. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..

    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

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

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

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

    Regards.

  38. So me and my girl jus came across one of these guys.. told them our situation and they acted like they would love to help us out. brother gave me the great idea of checking google for scams, sure enough FBI has posted a file on this scam, and I couldnt believe the FBI stated word for word what they were emailing us they even call an talk to you! Luckily we were smart enough to tell the guy were not sending payment without proof that a package was beign held for us at fedex..I personally was going to write the guy a nice email telling him how pissed i was knowing he tried to scam us for the hard earnd money we barely could afford to spend. but my woman said to report em, so after finding out theirs nothing really you can do, I decided to email him from my address acting like I was interested in the property but at the end I said I dont always have access to a comp. so call me at a number i listed..LOL I gave him the number to the local FBI office!! maybe that gave him a lil scare huh!

  39. Angela

    After completing the short application for Renting this home this is the response I recieved. . . When investigating I was fortunate to find this site. So thank you all for confirming this scamm

    Hello,

    Thanks for getting back to me. I have gone through your application and will want you to go through this email and get back to us on what you feel so we could proceed in renting the house to you.We would like to send the following documents to you via FedEx next day delivery to the address you are to send to us and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possibly occupy our house.Please once again, we are giving you this based on trust so please do not disappoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house. We are with the under listed documents here with us and you will need to make Payment for the security deposit($1000 USD) to enable shipment of the Keys and documents to the address you are to provide to us, after which you could move in at your convenience. The rent only starts counting when you move in, so you could go ahead with the payment straight away to make things faster.

    Here are the contents of the document that needs to be sent.
    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2) Paper/Permanent house form
    3) The house documentary file.
    4) Full Description of the house
    5) Payment Receipt

    The house is available for rent for up to 4 years,so you are free to decide on how long you intend occupying it…Rent already includes utilities…I’m ready to accept either monthly or upfront mode of payment..depending on the one you’re most comfortable with..Utilities include: gas, water,sewer and trash.. Your monthly rent already covers utilities so you do not have to pay extra charges for that..Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home.
    All you need to do at this point is send the $1000 USD as soon as possible to the under listed information through Western Union in order for me to be able to send the keys and other documents of the house to you via FedEx Immediately.

    RECEIVER’S NAME: MCMICKLE MICHAEL.
    ADDRESS: 7 STEVENSON STREET,
    STATE: LAGOS,
    COUNTRY: NIGERIA
    ZIP CODE: 23401
    TEXT QUESTION: FAVORITE COLOR?
    ANSWER: WHITE..

    Get back to me with the 10 digits MTCN (money transfer control number) that will be given to you at Western Union after you have made the payment in order for me to be able to pick up the money sent, so that i can immediately arrange for the delivery of keys and documents to you through FedEx next day delivery…

    I will instruct you on how to make the monthly rent payments to me after you have moved in, and concerning the utilities,that will be taken care of by me every month so you need not to worry about that because the rent paid already covers that..Have a very wonderful day and your prompt response is awaited..

    Thanks and Remain Blessed.

  40. CHACE

    Here is another one from Orange County CA. I searched international Christian follower’s crusade and found this page. THIS IS DISGUSTING! Why do those who are outside our country think we are so ignorant.

    Hope no one falls prey to these scammsters.

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my Apartment..I am Mrs Tracy Anderson,the owner of the Apartment you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the Apartment with my family, my husband and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in United Kingdom Presently my Apartment is still available for rent for $790 Per Month (rent already includes utilities).
    Moreso Now, i’m currently in United Kingdom on an international Christian follower’s crusade….Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind, honest and trustworthy woman and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this Apartment and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up……….I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.
    This is the address of the Apartment: (25212 Stockport St,Laguna Hills, CA 92653 )..It has a Lovely home in a nice neighbourhood is known for excellent schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

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

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

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

    Apartment Address:
    25212 Stockport St,
    Laguna Hills, CA 92653 .

    Monthly Rent: $790
    Pets Allowed: Yes
    Available : Available Now for move in.
    So pls get back to me ASAP.

    Regards and God bless you!!!
    Mrs Tracy Anderson.

  41. Nathaniel

    Hello some lady named tracy anderson moved to the united kingdom and left her beautiful apartment in santa barbara well furnished and required me to take good care of it. She wanted me to send a money order for the first two months rent and I would get a thir one free… Same format as all the above ones

  42. John

    Another one from Seattle…

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house.. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( ) ___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    How soon can you have the deposit payment sent to me_________________________
    How soon do you want to receive the keys________________________________________
    Move In Date____________________________

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    House Address

    Address of the house: 2500 21st Street Renton, WA

    No Smoking inside

    Rent:$900 Deposit:$700

    Best Regards

    DANA GEORGE

  43. He is still at it, only he is using the name Mario Romero. We really wanted this home, however the terms seemed to good to be true! This is the reply we received from the individual. This is the reply we received for the listing on Craig’s List:

    Hi,

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house.. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.

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

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

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    House Address

    Address of the house: 874 Riverside Street Ventura, CA

    No Smoking inside

    Rent:$900 Deposit:$800

    Best Regards

    MARIO ROMERO

    YOU CAN REACH ME ON THE NUMBERS BELOW
    +234-808-469-1693 OR 011-234-808-469-1693

  44. Marianna

    My friend and I just fell into this scam for an apt in NYC The two of us both filled out the form and Actually He called my cell phone but i didn’t pick up.

    I should of realized it was a scam from the Name!!

    Hello,

    Thanks for your interest in my Apartment..I am the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry of.Actually I resided in the Apartment with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw, Poland. The Apartment is available for rent for $900 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Malaysia for an international Christian follower’s crusade. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the apartment but my husband advised i rent it out to responsible person.

    I want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this Apartment and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the Fees that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy at all time so that i will be glad to see it in good shape when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.This is the address of the Apartment ( Address: 22 E First Street 134, New York, NY 10003 ).

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

    IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL LIKE YOU TO FILL THESE INFO SO I CAN GET TO KNOW YOU.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    MARITAL
    STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO),
    HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS CONDO IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the Document/Forms and the keys to you,I will email you the Lease Agreement Form & the Tenancy Rental Application Form.We are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Apartment will be Available : February 1st,I will be taking security Deposit now ($400) to secure the Apartment before moving in.Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you..(+234-706-642-1226).The Apartment will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there.

    Regards and Remain Blessed

    Mr & Mrs Granny

  45. nancy

    OMG these people should be shot they have screwed up my life no money sent out yet thank god but job transfer and divorce in progress you got to love it life sucks

  46. cory

    He goes by Macintosh Lin now.
    Numbers he is using now are 011-234-8085786946 or +234-8085786946.

    good things was there is no Western union here. And I started to wonder why he wanted send me the money like that. So I start search and found this site.

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    All you need to do at this point is send a deposit of ($500 USD) which is the Security Deposit and the first month rent of($800 USD) as soon as possible to the under listed information through Western Union in order for me to be able to send the keys and other documents of the house to you via FedEx Immediately.Below is the payment information.

    RECEIVER’S NAME: Macintosh Lin
    ADDRESS: 24 BANKOLE STREET,
    STATE: LAGOS,
    COUNTRY: NIGERIA
    ZIP CODE: 23401
    TEST QUESTION: WHO IS THE GREATEST?
    ANSWER: GOD..

    Get back to me with the 10 digits MTCN (money transfer control number) that will be given to you at Western Union after you have made the payment in order for me to be able to pick up the money sent, so that i can immediately arrange for the delivery of keys and documents to you through FedEx next day delivery package…

  47. elisabeth

    thank you so much for that blog
    this was advertised at Craigslist Los Angeles
    500$ Guesthouse

    my one goes by Amber Kristin
    I thought also this was too good to be true also I don’t trust people who write a lot about god!

    ok here the copy of my version!

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Amber Kristin ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $500 USD (rent already includes utilities).Moreso Now, i’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade. Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind, honest and trustworthy man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. This is the address of the House : (8460 Utica Drive Los Angeles, CA)

    It has a Lovely home in a nice Laguna neighbourhood. Elk Grove is known for excellent schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available
    Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds
    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
    RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $500 (which happens to be the first months rent) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+2348134348858) or (+2347090308576) .The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there..

    Thanks And God Bless You….

  48. barkod dedi?imizde bundan birka? y?l ?nce akl?m?za sadece ?izgiler ve bo?lukar gelirdi. Zaten t?rk?eye de ?izgi kod olarak uyarland?. Ama ?uanda teknolojinin geli?mesine paralel olarak, bir?ok barkod g?rseli varyasyonu ?retildi.

  49. Callie

    Name: Aylmarie Twele
    ……………………………………….
    Hello.

    Thanks for your response. GOD bless you for your interest about my House, Yes is still available for rent.. I am renting this House to a capable and also responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of GOD and treat my House as his or her own… Presently I and my wife have work for USAID.USAID works in agriculture, democracy & governance, economic growth, the environment, education, health, global partnerships, and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to provide a better future for all. USAID still faces an uncertain future. In many developing countries, HIV/AIDS and health issues are having a dramatic impact on social cohesiveness and economic strength, blocking the very development goals we seek. Virtually all the new democracies in the world today are fragile; others are democracies more in name than substance. Nearly a quarter of the people living in developing countries, or about one billion people, live in absolute poverty.. There are a host of other threats – ranging from terrorism to infectious disease and violent conflict – that challenge us and the developing nations we seek to help. Here is USAID Web address:-http://www.usaid.gov ; USAID efforts to foster world-wide economic growth and increased trade,and tackling cross-border issues such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and trafficking in persons… To safe the life of peoples from primitive death that claims the souls of younger ages as a result of casual sex gave us transfer to West Africa and we will be away for 5 years or more and this is why we are actually renting out our House,so if you are interested and will take good care of our House then we will be ready to accept you as our future tenant and family friend. If you really impress me by taking proper good care of our House, then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay.

    House Address: 3015 Tishomingo Ln, Memphis TN 38111

    TAKE NOTE: I PUT UP THE HOUSE FOR SALE BEFORE WE LEFT SINCE WE DON’T SEE CAPABLE AND ALSO RESPONSIBLE PERSON TO HANDOVER THE PROPERTY TOO,AND I DON’T WANT TO MAKE USE OF ANY THIRD PARTY SINCE WE HAVE BEEN DISAPPOINTED BY 2 OF THEM BEFORE WHEN WE TRAVEL TO CANADA. SINCE THEN MY WIFE ADVICE ME NOT TO DEAL WITH ANYONE OF THEM AGAIN. BUT WHEN WE GET TO WEST AFRICA DUE TO SOME REASON, MY WIFE ADVICE ME NOT TO SALE THE HOME AGAIN THAT WE CAN STILL SEE SOMEONE CAPABLE AND ALSO RESPONSIBLE THAT WILL BE WILLING TO TAKE PROPER GOOD CARE OF THE HOUSE AS IF IT WERE HIS OR HER OWN. SO I CONTACT A FRIEND AND HE INTRODUCE GRAIGSLIST TO ME AND SAID WE CAN SEE A RESPONSIBLE PERSON FROM THEIR,I NOW POSTED IT FOR RENT. SO NOW IS FOR RENT,NOT FOR SALE IN CASE YOU SEE ANY SIGN WHEN YOU DRIVE BY, DON’T BOTHER TO CALL BECAUSE AM NOT WORKING WITH THEM AGAIN AND I HAVE ALREADY CONTACT THEM IN THE STATE THAT WE ARE NOT SELLING THE HOUSE ANYMORE THAT THEY SHOULD REMOVE THE SIGN OUT AND IF THE SIGN IS STILL THEIR,THAT MEANS YOU WILL BE THE ONE TO REMOVE IT AFTER RECEIVING THE KEYS/DOCUMENTS WITH YOU OKAY.

    So get back to me on how you could take care of our House or perhaps experience you have in renting Home. Hope you are okay with the price of $1000 per month/$500 for the security deposit fee? With hydro, Heat Laundry Facilities, Air Condition, washer,dryer, Water, Electricity, Fireplace, Internet Access and so on..

    PETS, CATS, AND DOGS, ARE WELCOME!!!

    I look forward to hearing from you ASAP, so i can forward you an Application Form to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent. Also are you ready to rent it now or when?

    Await your reply.
    Thanks.

    +2348088303354

    …………………………………….
    …………………………………….
    Hello

    You are welcome,It is good to hear from you with this detail.The house is vacant now and all the utilities are included in the month rent. Below are some questions that I need you to answer ,so that we can discuss further.You can go check the neighborhood and get back to me for further discussion.It is available for a long lease as I intend buying a new home on getting back to the state

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    ***** Private & Confidential *****
    1)Your Full Name________________________
    2)Current Address_____________________________
    3)Phone Number (________)
    4)State________________
    5)City__________________
    6) Zip______________
    7)Are you married______________________
    8)How many people will be living in the Apartment__________
    9)Do you have a pet______________
    10)Do you have a car______________________
    11)Occupation______________
    12)Email Address:_________________
    13)How long lease are you looking for______________
    14)How soon do you intend moving in________________
    15)Reason for relocation___________________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you, we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    Thanks and God Bless You

    …………………………………………
    …………………………………………

    Glad to hear from you,i got your application form you filled and everything is okay by me.Myself and my wife are very exited and willing to let you move in our house as soon as you are ready and we have conclude on accepting payment for the first month $1000 and the security deposit $500 making $1500 to move in.

    Meanwhile, The package containing the keys/documents of the house, which will be delivered to you via UPS world wide courier service to your current home address you gave us while filling the rentals application form withing 24hours and the tracking # will be send to you.

    Here are the contents of the document that will be shipped to you as soon as you deposit the First Month Rent.

    1)Entrance And The Rooms Keys
    2)Paper/Permanent House Form(Containing Your Reference Details)
    3)The House Documentary File
    4)First Month Payment Receipts
    5)A Copy Of Signed Lease Agreement Form

    Thanks very much for been so honest with me and for re-assuring us that our House will be well taken care of. Let me know if you are ready for the payment, So i can start making all the necessary arrangement with the shipping company on how the House keys/documents will be deliver to you Asap.This is my First time of doing some thing like this and i know you will not let me down.

    Well, if you are ready for the payment now, you are going to send payment of $1200 To us direct in Africa and again I have to let you know how you will be making the payment Via Western-Union or Money Gram .So you have to let me know the one that is close to you for the payment so that i can inform there Agent Early.

    I wait for your pleasant response.

  50. Justen

    Got the same thing in Nashville, except they somehow got my name from the house that I was renting. Funny thing is it happened to be my father who was renting the house to me, and we quickly figured out it was a scam. They created an email account in my name, which I have petitioned Yahoo to have removed as they are fraudulently using my name of which I am not sure how they obtained. I am currently trying to get him to send me his western union information, so that it can be brought to their attention as it is completely fraud. We have also been calling them every hour and asking about it,and they keep claiming that they are me. I might not be possible without incurring international costs unless using skype or magic jack. If you come across it try and get the western union info and submit to them, and perhaps we can catch them waiting for the money.

    J

  51. jmarhol

    Yep… just got the same email…

    Hello,

    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent. The house is much available for now and it is a 3 bedroom home…I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at 410 103rd Ave SE Lake Stevens, WA 98258… But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us. I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here..We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $700 and the refundable security deposit of $700. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP, below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..

    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

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

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

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

    Regards.

  52. Glad to know I just got the same email I to thought the wording and everything seemed fishy Think I might stop by and let the real home owners know what is going on

  53. Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Susan Powell.the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my wife and i before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw , Poland . Presently my house is still available for rent for $700 USD…Deposit is $400 USD(rent already includes utilities).Moreso Now, i’m currently in (West Africa) Benin , Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that,we are a kind, honest and trustworthy family and also I spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up……….I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.It has a Lovely home in a nice neighborhood,is known for excellent schools.. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

    Address: 95 Heritage Court City: Towaco State: NJ

    I will like you to drive by the property first before geting back to me for more information

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
    CITY:_______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE:____________
    HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:_____________?
    KIND OF PETS:_____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…I can be reach on this number’s +234-709-230-5387 OR +011-813-723-0362.

    Susan Powell.

  54. And this is the message that follows apon approval of the house .

    You are going to send the Deposit payment of $700, so that you can have the keys and document in your possession via FedEx,and below is the information to send the payment through Western Union Outlet.

    Below is the payment information.

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

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

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

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

  55. yup i got the same email. the address is legit so i am thinking of going down there and telling teh people living there or owners about someone using their property information for scam

  56. Mary Jinnee P. Juan

    OMG! I was desperate to rent this place as it was beautiful and perfect for my family. The reply I got made me doubt and search for “house for rent scammers”. I’m so glad I read this site. Similar incident…Here’s the email I received.

    Hi,

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist.. The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
    house.

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

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( ) ___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    How many people will be living
    in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
    You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

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

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

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

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

    Best Regards

  57. It seems this scam has moved to Southwest Florida….found a beautiful home in an amazing development on Craig’s List…for $600. We thought it was a typo and it should have been for $1600. Thank God for the internet and a little research to find out this was a scam. Renters, beware!

  58. K

    I came across the same scam, for a townhouse in Towaco, NJ with Susan Powell. I filled out the “Application Form” like an idiot and got this response:

    Hello ,

    We have decided to let you live in our house. As we have found your application very setisfactry and acceptable by my family. so we would want you to go through the acceptance form and get back to us on what you feel.we would like to send the following document to you via UPS Shipping Agent to the address you sent to us and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possibly occupy our house, Please once again, we are giving you this on trust and do not dissapoint us and i promise you that, you will love the house.

    The utilities and damages are included in the monthly rent, so you dont have to worry about that okay.we are very happy for you beening our new tenant okay.If you can come up with the security deposit today by tomorrow the keys and the document will be sent to you with the tracking number as well.

    Here are the contents of the document that needs to be sent.

    1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
    2) Paper/Permanent house form
    3) The house documetary file.
    4) Full Description of the house
    5) Payment Receipt
    6) Signed Lease Agreement Form you are supposed to also sign and get it sent back to me.

    Please note that the payment made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance to the house after receiving the keys and documents and feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the inside of the house,but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home. As soon as the Security deposit has been confirmed by me via Western union at any local store around your home,l will go ahead and commence on how the House’s keys/Documents will be delivered to you via UPS on next day delivery and it will be delivered to your currnt address you have to provide..You could also indicate if you want me to instruct you on how to make the payment so we could proceed with the rental process.

    We are very happy to hear from you today and we are greatfull to God that everything will still work out between us and we will look forward to hear from you soon.

    Do have yourself a wonderful time at work and God bless us all {Amen}.
    Regards


    Also, in an earlier email they sent me a link of the “Volunteer work” they were doing. (http://gmmafrica.org/) And here are the #s they said I could reach them at: +234-709-230-5387 OR +011-813-723-0362.

    My boyfriend and I became very concerned at this point so he told me to look into it. And I’m glad that I found this website! thank you! We definitely did not feel comfortable sending them money. Once they “approved” us they had never cleared up the length of the lease and I emailed back asking and have not heard back from them, it’s been 3 days.

    Does anybody know if there’s anything they can accomplish with the information I provided in the “Application Form”? Such as identity theft?

  59. LPineda

    I am sooo pissed off! I had filled out the application and now these people have my information!!! What can I do?

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  61. Mickco

    I filled out the application as well and then discovered it was a scam. I’m concerned that they have my information as well. I did find an official FBI notification and it says to report the “419” scam (I’ve discovered that 419 is the number of the Nigerian law for this crime) to your local FBI office. I have sent an email to the Kansas City office regarding a house in Lee’s Summit, MO that was recently posted. I have also put temporary fraud alerts on my information through the three credit reporting agencies (if you report it one, they will update the other two). I’m so annoyed by the amount of time and energy I’ve had to put into this.

  62. Naphtalie

    I got a similar email…. Kinds scared…. Is this anything to worry about??!

  63. I found the same exact thing it is no doubt a scam I have been doing my research on this and the tax records are public I pulled it up and sure enough they got the name right. Then I googled the address and it pulled up a realestate company trying to sell the house which the company had no idea about. DONT FALL FOR IT DO YOUR OWN INVESTIGATING AND USE GOOGLE IT WORKS.

  64. Sloveibe

    Here’s another one, awesome…luckily I didn’t give out any information, just that I would get back to him at a later time with it. The house was listed at other sites for 1500, so when I saw 1100 I was hoping they had just gotten desperate and lowered what they were asking for! I googled the “international christian follower’s crusade” since I thought that was a little weird, and found this site and others detailing the scam. Oh well…like everyone has said, too good to be true.

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1100 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife adviced i rent it out to responsible people.

    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    THIS is THE ADDRESS OF THE HOUSE:(43 Queen Avenue, New Castle DE 19720 )
    .
    Absolutely darling 4 bedroom, 2-bath home situated on a great lot in Swanwyck. Not your ‘cookie-cutter’ floor plan, this house offers nice little nooks and a very cool breezeway room conneting the house and garage which opens to the fenced in back yard. Enjoy the fireplace in the living room and the extra finished living room area in the basement. Conveniently located and full of charm! pet ok, utilities included, e.t.c

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $900(which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you….my number is (011-234-8085786946 or +234-8085786946 ).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    Regards and remain Blessed
    victor phillip

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  66. MY HUSBAND AND I WERE DOOPED INTO THIS SCAM OVER THE WEEKEND AND THIS EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE “SH@T” IS SO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS . WE HAD TOLD OUR CHILDREN WE WOULD BE MOVING AND THAT THEY WOULD BE GOIN TO A NEW SCHOOL AND EVERYTHING . THEY WERE GOING TO RENT US A 3 BEDROOM 1 1/2 BATH FOR 500 A MONTH. I WAS SO GOING TO PAY THE MONEY IN THE MORNING BUT SOMETHING JUST DIDNT SIT WELL WITH MY SPIRIT AN DI GOOGLED THE ADDRESS AND THERE IT WAS NIGERIAN DATING AND RENTAL SCAM NAMES. THEIR NAMES ARE SARA GOETHE AN DRICHARD KEITH SO LOOK FOR THE NAMES AN DBEWARE. DIRTY BASTARDS IS WHAT THEY ARE . DREAM STEALERS!!!!!!

  67. Eileen

    My friend got the same email but they were using MY NAME for the scam! :(

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  69. I am disgusted! My friend told me to be careful of craigs list ads. I knew it sounded too good to be true. Then when I emailed back some questions I had, all he responded with was that me app was accepted and as soon as I send the money I can have the keys..hmmm…here is the email i received. Cant believe they use the same story!!
    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Jay A Curtis Jr,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $900 and security deposit is $500 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.
    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.This is the address of the House:2535 Myrtle Ave, San Diego CA 92104.
    It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. Appliances included are washer, dryer, oven,dishwasher, new fridge (7/07)…I believe its absolutely a home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    SEX:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS
    _____________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

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

  70. Jason

    My wife got the same email as well. We went to the house and took a look at it. There was a for sale sign out front with a sold sign on it. That was the first red flag for me. Yet she still believed in it. She sent in the answers to the questions and we got the same response you all got. Whatever part of it they would like to use they can. We’re moving from out place soon due to forecloser. Credit is down the toilets and bankruptcy. They aren’t gonna get crap out of us. I hope nobody else falls for their scams. I’m so glad I found this website. Here’s the post we got:

    Thanks for your email, I personally own the house, we want our property to be well taken good care of, and they are some rules and regulation in which i do give out to my tenant if they are willing to rent my house, so please don’t disrespect my order ,but if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way. You must keep my house clean including the surrounding,you must not disturb the neighbor. We decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (West Africa) on a Missionary Work because, in a church here named World Mission Center, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent.Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that i am,but nevertheless i am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in West Africa… So i will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house but you can drive by the house anytime to take a look.Note:There is a for sale sign in the house because before leaving the state i wanted to sell the house but due to my wife advice we decided not to sell the house any more and that is why we are handling the rent process our self.I hope you are okay with the price,the month rent is $1000 and the deposit is $600.Here is the house address (5228 Ridge Dr NE, Tacoma WA 98422)Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose.
    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name
    Home Phone ( )
    Cell Phone ( )
    Date of Birth
    Current Address
    Are you married
    How many people will be living in the house
    Do you have a pet
    Do you have a car
    Occupation
    Move In Date
    A picture of occupant
    How soon can you make the payment
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and the document

    My Contact
    +234-808-492-6942
    011-234-808-492-6942

    Thanks and God bless you.

    Now I also see why they do not want for you to bother the neighbors. They would tell you immediately that its a BS scam.

  71. I responded on a home for rent in St. Augustine…$800 /3br – home within walking distance to beach…this is what I got back…

    Hello,

    We can see your interested in renting our house which we have pasted,we are currently in West Africa where my husband is working as a volunteer with the squidoo Outreach Africa Bringing Hope To Africa’s Aids Orphans,here is the site for more details about,why we are in Africa .(http://www.squidoo.com/outreach_africa). we need a tenant to take care of it but since we are out of the state now,we received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very good area. It is located at 5354 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL.we spent less time in the States so we could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when we knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that is why we have decided to rent out the house….

    However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which we tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell we are telling you this in case if you find the house on another website moreso you can go and drive by the house okay.we left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, a refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, our Computer Connected with Internet Access Also the keys to the House are right here with us, and the house documents. Which we can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also we will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my House is most important thing so will want you to get back to us with the Application form below.

    RENTAL APPLICATION
    1)Your Full Name__________________________
    2)Your Full Address & Phone Number_______________________
    3)How old are you_______________________
    4)Are you married_______________________
    5)How many people will be living in the house_______________________
    6)Do you have children_____Ages_____
    7)Do you have a car_______________________
    8)Do you have a pet_____
    9)Occupation_______________________
    10)Monthly income_______________________
    11)When will you like to move in_______________________
    12)How long will you like to rent the property_______________________
    13)Reason for relocating_______________________

    One Mr Wanda Cabal called in regarding to the house,we told him that we can’t give him the House for rent because he loves smoking,drinking and we don’t want him to get drunk one day and damaged our property, so If you are still interested Note that the rent is going to be $800 Per month an security deposit is $600 No extra fees.. Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it in our file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you,you can also all call my husband phone number below.

    Thanks
    Stay Blessed,

    Mr & Mrs Monica L Blakely.

    PHONE:+2347042589876
    WORK:+2347090047392

  72. Michael

    Apparently the bogus “Jay a Curtis jr” is catching on – I got a similar mail reply as Jason above, but for the same house at 2535 Myrtle in San Diego. However, this time the story changed slightly – he’s supposedly in the Navy and transferring to Atlanta. (SPAWAR has facilities there)

    The REAL Jay A Curtis Jr. is the present owner of the property, and he bought, renovated and flipped to a new owner, who has yet to move in. These people do their research, lift accurate photos from real estate listings, create email addresses based of the real owner’s names, etc., but the emails they send are idiotic.

  73. Michael

    Meant to refer to Alex’s post above Jason’s.

    The photos in the Craigslist ad (now flagged) were copied from the realtor’s listing for the property. Wherever these scams originate, they apparently have local help, since the County of San Diego does not yet have free online access to owner names associated with residential property. The house was bought by the real Mr. Curtis in late October, 2009and was in construction for much of the winter, and only recently listed for sale and sold.

    So whoever is doing this, they are getting accurate owner info, accurate interior photos from the realtor’s site, and they are timing the ads to coincide with the house being ready to occupy and vacant – a very short window of time.

    According to the realtor who handled the sale, this is very common and happens to her and several other realtors she knows on a regular basis.

  74. Leonie

    Ok, this is really creepy! I just got the exact same email in response to my inquiry into a nice looking house in Williamsport, PA – I won’t paste it in here, cos it’s verbatim the same as all the other, except the owner’s name is ‘James Lucas’. I also found the language and the general style somewhat weird, so I googled the christian crusade stuff and found this site! I’m glad I did!! I flagged the craigslist ad as spam, but I’m not sure if there’s anything else that can be done to stop these people from polluting the real estate market…

  75. Gail

    Here is one that is showing up in Chicago, Illinois from someone named Aaron Gilfand:

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Aaron Gilfand,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my Wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $700USD (rent already includes utilities).Moreso Now, I’m currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade. Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind, honest and trustworthy Man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word. This is the address of the House: (1825 N Wilmot Ave, Chicago IL)..It has a Lovely home in a nice neighborhood. is known for excellent schools. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
    CITY:_______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE:____________
    HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:_____________?
    KIND OF PETS:_____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?
    DO YOU AGREE TO MAKE THE DEPOSIT BEFORE YOU RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS________?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $500 is needed as soon as possible (which happens to be the Refundable security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to Email me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.. The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there..

    Thanks And God Bless You.

    Aaron Gilfand

  76. Just last night I responded to a Craigslist Ad for a rental in New Orleans. The Ad and Response from the Scammer are as follows:(I’m hoping that by posting this; keeps others from falling for this Scam_. I knew something wasn’t right quickly after reading it. The questions are way too personal for me to feel comfortable about it.

    Craigslist AD

    johnduchkar@yahoo.com

    900 / 3br – charming house for rent (New Orleans, LA )

    ——————————————————————————–
    Date: 2010-04-20, 4:23PM CDT
    Reply to: johnduchkar@yahoo.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

    ——————————————————————————–

    Cute single home w/central air / heat, period charm, & yard. Located across street from St Rita’s Church.
    PostingID: 1701843775

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1000 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife advised i rent it out to responsible people.

    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.
    This is the address of the House (2725 Pine Street New Orleans, LA 70125)…

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

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    SEX:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS _____________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to….A Deposit of $700 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you….my number is (+234-7042554322 or +234-7042554322).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    Remain Blessed.
    john.

  77. Dan

    A friend of mine was momentarily caught up in the same scam, but it smelled fishy to her. If only the Nigerians could actually read and write, they might have slightly more success at this scam…The crummy grammar was a dead giveaway. For future Googlers, mine used the following contact information:

    Rev. Dr. Benjamin Landers, International Christian Follower’s Crusade,
    West Africa.
    +234-7029632572

    They’ve got several listings for my area (2740 10th Court, Olympia, WA 98501 and 1535 Cunningham Drive NE, Olympia, WA 98516), and it looks like they’re lifting the information straight from the realtor’s website and then lowballing it using the deposit as the baseline.

    Key words to avoid: Nigeria, Western Union.

    Full Text of the email:

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Rev.Dr.Benjamin Landers,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my
    transfer from my work now in West Africa. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).

    I would have be happy to take you in and outside my house to see the beauty of the house,is a wonderful edifice,at present,am in West Africa for an international Christian follower’s crusade,am afraid that it will not be possible for me to take you around my house but the picture you saw is absolutely my house.

    However,you can drive to see the house yourself,you will be amazed indeed.Initially,i had wanted to sell the house but my wife advised me to rent it out to responsible person.

    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.This is the address of the House:(2740 10th Court, Olympia, WA 98501) Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    SEX:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS
    _____________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

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

    Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to….A Deposit of $600 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in….Feel free to call me on +234-7029632572 for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.

    The house will be available for rent for and the choice of deciding how long you intend staying there,i will give you a telephone call after you have filled and return the form back to me signifying your interest.

    Remain Blessed.
    Rev.Dr.Benjamin Landers
    +234-7029632572.

  78. Faith

    Just had the same email and like adumb ass filed out part of the aplicaton! Mine was in las Vegas Nevada. The name used was reverand dr Dorothy j woods a male with the name Dorothy! Never heard of a male named Dorothy had a feeling so mad at myself that I filled out the app though!

  79. I like the others, am looking for a nice 3 bdrm house, so when I saw this ad, house in Everett, Wa for rent at a nice price, I emailed them, and probably won’t hear back,cause I asked if this was a scam. I think I will go and see the house just curious. Things like this piss me off. Sure glad I stumbled on to this site.

  80. Debra

    Me and my husband have the same email. I was so excited until someone told me it was probally a scam, so I googled it and found this. The people doing this should be ashamed of themselves.

  81. Debra

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Scott Gober ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in West Africa. Presently my house is still available for rent for $700USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the ( West African )for an international Christian follower’s crusade.
    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

    This is the address of the House (1398 Millstream Trail,Lawrenceville, GA 30044)
    It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet…..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc….
    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… You can contact me on this number (+2347042958728)…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $700 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless.
    Scott Gober

  82. DSPHinFL

    Just found same scam and got exact email. We were so desperate to find decent affordable housing for our children we almost went for it. On my way to do some investigating I just prayed abvout it that I woudl find the information I got here. thank you so much all for your info.

  83. WELL, SAME HERE! SAD THING IS, WE THOUGHT WE “FINALLY” FOUND THE HOUSE TO RENT!! AFTER LOOKING AROUND SO MUCH! SHOULD OF KNOWN IT WAS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! I WILL TRY MY BEST TO “HELP” OUT THE LOCAL FOLK WITH READING/FALLING FOR THE SAME ADD WE DID. I’M STILL GOING BY THE ADDRESS TO SEE IF THERE IS SOMEONE RESIDING AND/OR IF IT’S FOR SALE (AS STATED ABOVE) EITHER WAY, THE OWNER WILL KNOW ABOUT THESE SCAMMERS TRYING TO RENT THEIR HOME! THANKS SO MUCH TO EVERYONE TAKING TIME TO POST THESE COMMENTS!

  84. marie

    ok .. this one got me too. lucky my girlfriend reminded me of the scam, that’s when i googled hospitals project prayer crusade & keita kawahata. as we’ve been house hunting for awhile now… boy i feel so stupid for being excited ’bout the house.

  85. Cathy

    I found a too-good-to-be-true house advertised on CL in my area last month with rent about $1,000 below market rate. I suspected this was a foreclosure scam (non-owner trying pose as prospective landlord), but lo & behold it was the same scam you all have encountered (with a religious flavor)!

    FROM THE DESK OF REV.DR.TROY HAYES,
    INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN FOLLOWER’S CRUSADE,
    WEST AFRICA .
    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Rev.Dr.Troy Hayes,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in West Africa. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1,500 USD (rent already includes utilities).

    I would have be happy to take you in and outside my house to see the beauty of the house,is a wonderful edifices,at present,am in West Africa for an international Christian follower’s crusade,am afraid that it will not be possible for me to take you around my house but the picture you saw is absolutely my house.
    However,you can drive to see the house yourself,you will be amazed indeed.Initially,i had wanted to sell the house but my wife advised me to rent it out to responsible person.

    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.This is the address of the House:(84 Driftwood Circle, Pacifica, CA) Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    SEX:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS
    _____________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

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

    Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to….A Deposit of $800 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in….Feel free to call me on +234-7055717623 for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.

    The house will be available for rent for and the choice of deciding how long you intend staying there,i will give you a telephone call after you have filled and return the form back to me signifying your interest.

    Remain Blessed.
    Rev.Dr.Troy Hayes
    +234-7055717623.

  86. carlos fernandez

    i got the same email and i went t=down to the house that was supposebly for rent and there wee people inside and i knocked but they didnt answer..im guessing they were in it as well

  87. Lisa Mettis

    They’ve done there research well,as far as owners names,and copying info and pictures.it’s a shame.Glad I did my research.
    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $900 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife adviced i rent it out to responsible people.

    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    THIS is THE ADDRESS OF THE HOUSE:(14 Confederate Way, Saint Charles MO 63303)

    Beautiful and lovely 3bedroom Family home for rent. Spacious, delightful home from the elegant entry foyer and throughout. The kitchen yearns for a gourmet prepared meal. Fabulous newer hardwood floors, custom maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops(including a gorgeous island), updated light fixtures, separate formal dining room, comfortable living room, with fireplace. Large deck, great for entertaining, immediate occupancy, utilities included, Water, Gas Sewer, Garbage, Cable ready, pet is allowed etc. Facilities also include: Dishwasher, Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer etc

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $800(which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you….my number is (011-234-8085786946 or +234-8085786946) The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    Regards and remain Blessed
    Claudene Francis

  88. Danielle

    I also replied to a craigslist ad for a house for rent in Sun Prairie, WI and got the following email. I replied and then got another fishy email talking about sending money for deposit via western union and that we couldn’t see the inside of the house because keys were with him in west africa. Thanks so much for all your postings, it confirmed exactly what i thought, it was all a scam.

    Thanks for your email, I personally own the house, we want our property to be well taken good care of, and they are some rules and regulation in which i do give out to my tenant if they are willing to rent my house, so please don’t disrespect my order ,but if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way. You must keep my house clean including the surrounding,you must not disturb the neighbor. We decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (West Africa) on a Missionary Work because, in a church here named World Mission Center, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent.Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that i am,but nevertheless i am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in West Africa… So i will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house but you can drive by the house anytime to take a look.Note:There is a for sale sign in the house because before leaving the state i wanted to sell the house but due to my wife advice we decided not to sell the house any more and that is why we are handling the rent process our self.I hope you are okay with the price,the month rent is $800 and the deposit is $600.Here is the house address (315 Joshua Cir, Sun Prairie WI 53590)Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose.
    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name
    Home Phone ( )
    Cell Phone ( )
    Date of Birth
    Current Address
    Are you married
    How many people will be living in the house
    Do you have a pet
    Do you have a car
    Occupation
    Move In Date
    A picture of occupant
    How soon can you make the payment
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and the document

    My Contact
    +234-802-133-5879 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting
    +234-802-133-5879 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    011-234-802-133-5879

    Thanks and God bless you.

  89. bandermama

    We recently listed our home for sale on craigslist in the “for sale by owner” section.

    The next day, I found a scam posting with our information on it, claiming that our house was for RENT for a fraction of what any home in our area would ever rent for.

    The scammers are plagiarizing craigslist ads with houses listing exact addresses that are vacant. When an interested renter replies to their ad, they suggest driving by the house because the exact address is listed. Because the house is vacant, no one is around to answer questions or alert the “potential renters”.

    We found out people were coming by in droves to look at the house. Hopefully no one sent personal information or money.

    Thankfully, I found this post right away, although it took craigslist days to remove it.

    If your are renting or selling property on craigslist:

    DO NOT LIST THE EXACT ADDRESS IN THE AD
    DO NOT SHOW VACANT IMAGES OR STATE THAT THE HOUSE IS VACANT

    If you are looking to rent a property on craigslist:

    IF THE RENT IS RIDICULOUSLY LOW FOR THE AREA OR SIZE OF THE HOME, BE SUSPICIOUS.

  90. Here is email number one

    We are very grateful for your interest in renting our property.We are the real owner of the property you making inquiry of.We would like to tell you a little about ourself.We have two children We resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work.Now, We are currently in “West Africa” for an international Christian follower’s crusade.We would like to let you know that we initially wanted to sell the house but my wife advised we rent it out to responsible people who could take very good care of property.We want you to let we have trustworthiness in you.

    PROPERTY ADDRESS:4134 SW Corbett Avenue Portland, OR 97239

    Hope hearing from you soon
    Thanks and God Bless
    Charles J Svendsen

    Email number 2

    Thank you for your quick response we would love tell you more about my family we are very honest and God fearing family and we don’t want to terminate our image just because of money.We are looking for a very clean occupant that can take very good care of the house.The house is available for rent presently $1300 USD and the deposit is $1000 USD.

    RENTAL FORM:

    FIRST NAME:?
    MIDDLE NAME:?
    LAST NAME:?
    PROFESSION:?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE:?
    (WORK)PHONE:?
    (HOME)PHONE:?
    KIDS? (YES/NO), HOW MANY?
    PRESENT ADDRESS:?
    CITY:?
    STATE:?
    ZIP CODE:?
    HOW LONG?…IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING:?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING:?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN:?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET:?
    KIND OF PETS:?
    HABITS?

    Note:The move-in cost which happens to be the security deposit $1000 USD should in case something came up you deduct it from the first month rent.Utilities are included with the rent.
    please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God Reward you as you do this in trust…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish.

    Hope hearing from you soon
    Thanks and God Bless
    Charles J Svendsen

    They had us hooked for awhile, but their poor sentence structure and lack of specifics started to get me suspicious. I then got to the point on how to send money and when the said western union I started to google craigslist scams and came across this. Pretty sad how people prey on those in need!

  91. We got the same exact email about the 3br in Portland, Maine for 700 a month we actually drove by the house today and there was trash on the lawn and a car out front of the house…seemed kinda fishy went back night time and noticed a lamp on in the window place looked runned down with a grill in the yard with table set for outside looked as if someone was living there. trash was also gone when we went back the 2nd time. I Knew it was fishy as soon as they guy emailed and said he would need the 700 bucks before we could get the keys and the paperwork we looked up this house in Portland on the city of portland site for taxes and found the name of the actual owner they must be going on the citys website and finding actual names of the owners and using them as their names…bunch of morons is what they are. TOMORROW WE ARE GOING TO THIS PERSONS HOUSE AND WE ARE GOING TO TELL THEM ALL ABOUT THE SCAM THAT IS ON CRAIGSLIST ABOUT THIER HOUSE AND WE ARE GIVING THEM THE NAMES THAT WERE ON THE PORTLAND WEBSITE AND THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE SCUMBAG THAT EMAILED US..

  92. Hi,

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
    house.

    House Address: 55 Bay Street, Portland ME.

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

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( ) ___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    How many people will be living
    in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
    You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

    Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $700 USD,which is the security deposit.

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

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

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

    Best Regards

  93. Suzanne Ashley

    Hi, I am SO GLAD I googled about this and found your site! I am apartment hunting and flipped when I found this place, and then I received the email from the “owner,” which I copied below. THANK YOU for publicizing your experience–it’s helped me.
    Suzanne

    *****************
    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Zack Schoonover ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $600 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    This is the address of the House (3904 Myrtle Pointe Dr,Myrtle Beach, SC 29577)

    It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc…
    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $500 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+23470-9093-5961).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God bless
    Zack Schoonover

  94. Suzanne Ashley

    PS: I’m in Myrtle Beach, SC and the ad was on the Myrtle Beach craigslist.

  95. Brian

    Apparently working in Illinois, too. Thanks for posting this, as I also found the original MLS description (the property is for sale) and notified the agent.

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

    Thanks for your email, I personally own the house, we want our property to be well taken good care of, and they are some rules and regulation in which i do give out to my tenant if they are willing to rent my house, so please don’t disrespect my order ,but if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way. You must keep my house clean including the surrounding,you must not disturb the neighbor. We decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (West Africa) on a Missionary Work because, in a church here named World Mission Center, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent.Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that i am,but nevertheless i am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in West Africa… So i will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house but you can drive by the house anytime to take a look.Note:There is a for sale sign in the house because before leaving the state i wanted to sell the house but due to my wife advice we decided not to sell the house any more and that is why we are handling the rent process our self.I hope you are okay with the price,the month rent is $800 and the deposit is $600.Here is the house address (6448 127th Street, Pleasant Prairie WI 53158)Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose.
    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name
    Home Phone ( )
    Cell Phone ( )
    Date of Birth
    Current Address
    Are you married
    How many people will be living in the house
    Do you have a pet
    Do you have a car
    Occupation
    Move In Date
    A picture of occupant
    How soon can you make the payment
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and the document

    My Contact
    +234-808-492-6942
    011-234-808-492-6942

    Thanks and God bless you.

  96. Mona

    thanks sooo much for this!!!! ive been really suspicious, so ive been looking at the county property taxes and this person does not have her name on any of the property tax statements! omg.
    Heres what i got:
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Jenny Larges.the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my wife and i before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $600 USD…Deposit is $600 USD (rent already includes utilities).Moreso Now, i’m currently in (West Africa) Benin, Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that,we are a kind, honest and trustworthy family and also I spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up……….I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    It has a Lovely home in a nice neighborhood,is known for excellent schools.. Conveniently located with nearby shopping centers, hospitals, free ways and public transportation. This is a must see. Amenities W/D Hookups Central Heat & A/C Granite Tiled Fireplace Ceiling Fans Vaulted Ceilings Cable Available Broadband Available Custom Drapes in Living Room, Dining Room, & Master Bedroom Blinds.

    Address….1234 Fremont Ave Saint Paul, MN
    First Month Rent:$600
    Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$600

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( )________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( )___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    How many people will be living
    in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________

    Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $600 USD,which is the security deposit.

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

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

    You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap,My cell phone number is:(+234-808-494-1090 OR 011-234-808-494-1090 )

    Best Regards

  97. Tammy

    Seems he’s in Texas too.. I did the same I looked up HCAD and found he didnt exsist… this is what he wrote me

    —————————

    God bless you for your interest about our House. This4 BR/2B is still available for rent.
    I am renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat my house as his or her own.

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

    If you really impress us by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay…..This 4bedroom house 2bath. Ready to move in…

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

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

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

    Here is the adress of the house
    (6211 Knollwood Trail,Spring, TX 77373)

    THE RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

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

    Thanks very much for your understanding
    You can contact me On ………+2347042958728 or 0112347042958728
    Ken Victor

  98. Adam's Girl

    MINE WAS FROM From:
    Cameron Peters peterscameron68@yahoo.com

    Hi,

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
    house.

    House Address:5625 Pinehurst Way, San Luis Obispo CA.

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

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( ) ___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    How many people will be living
    in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
    You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

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

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

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

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

    Best Regards

  99. OMG the same thing happen to me… i was so happy that i found the perfect house for my family. i even send him a $300 deposit that he asked for and he was going to send me the keys and paperwork by FedEx…I totally believed in him and me and my husband decided that we wasn’t going to tell nobody about the wonderful home that we found that way we can surprise everybody… Thanks god i decided to tell my friend what me and my husband was doing and she very fast Googled the number he gave me and i made a stop on the payment from western union very fast thanks god in africa its night time and where i live is daytime so when i sent the money he didnt have time to take it out because it was night time over there and everything was closed…..This is what he wrote to me

    Re:

    From:
    Monica Losa
    Hi,

    I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I’m not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property. I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the
    house.

    House Address: 12 Howard Ct Newark City, NJ.

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

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

    PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
    Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( )________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( )___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    How many people will be living
    in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Move In Date____________________________
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME___________________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
    You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..

    Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you..and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment of $700 USD,which is the security deposit.

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

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

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

    Best Regards

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  101. REMi

    So this just happened to me… I was totally persuaded until I got the second response… Kind of sucks because I got excited…

    “God bless you for your interest about our House. This 3BR/2B is still available for rent.
    I am renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat my house as his or her own.

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

    If you really impress us by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay…..This 3bedroom house 2bath. Ready to move in…

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

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

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

    Here is the adress of the house
    ( 970 Fairmount Ave, Towson, MD 21204)

    THE RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

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

    Thanks very much for your understanding
    You can contact me On ………+2347042958728 or 0112347042958728
    Charles D Smart”

    *** After I replied to this e-mail… this is what he sent me – what made me suspicious not to add the fact that the address didn’t come up on google.

    “Thanks for filling the rental application form,i really appreciate you doing that,I want you to know that i am really greafull that finally someone will be renting my house so hope i am doing the right thing trusting you with my property.The Property rent is so low coz i needed someone to move in and take good care of the house while i am away,

    I want it to come to your notice that i spent a lot on this property so one thing i can assure you is that you will never regret renting from me.I have concluded on accepting only the security deposit fees which is $700 to enable me secure the house till you are ready to move so the deposit will be needed as soon as possible so as to proceed with the arrangement of the keys and documents been delivered at your current address,so i will urge you to verify the address where you want the package to be delivered so that they will be no mistake sending it to you.

    I will be on vacation first week of October this year so i will be coming to check on you so hope you stick to your words,you will be making the deposit via western union money transfer Outlet near so get back to me with the nearest store location near you.

    I need to know how soon you can have the deposit sent to me so as to forward you the payment instruction to make the western union payment.

    Hope this email finds you well.
    You can contact me On ………+2347042958728 or 0112347042958728 Await your response”

    Sure hope he gets caught!!!

  102. Katie

    I got the SAME EXACT emails from this guy! In the same order, for the same property, within the last two days. SKETCHY!! thanks for posting this before i sent this asshole $700!

  103. Diana lopez

    Omg! I just wanted to check out to see if I was getting scammed, and I am! Thank god I found this before i sent out anything, he’s doing this to a bunch of houses.

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    Just thought I’d check the number and VWALA they just tried to get me too! Thanks!

  107. Tia

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Lyle L Delasky,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    This is the address of the House (328 S Sycamore Ave,New Braunfels, TX )

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

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:_________
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $500 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+23470-4221-7974).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God bless
    Lyle L Delasky

    I googled Lyle L Delasky and it is someone else!!! The person I spoke with on the phone was INDIAN. The picture from google’s website of the real Lyle Delasky is a caucasian realtor… I am calling the real Lyle to let him know his name is being stolen.

    Here is my response to the Indian poser scam guy’ latest email-
    I aplogize but I will no longer be interested in leasing your home. I am not sending any amount of money to anyone without meeting them or a property manager.
    I feel incredibly uncomfortable with doing so and there are too many scams on craigslist.
    You may be a man of your word and a man of God himself, but in this day in age you cannot simply expect someone to send you any amount of money with such an unprofessional situation.
    I do not understand why there is not a property manager or a neighbor who could have the keys and/or show the property . Ive never had to pay anyone anything before actually being able to get inside the place and look at it.
    The whole situation seems very unacceptable and makes me uneasy.
    I thank you for your time and I wish you luck getting your $500 in such a gray situation.

  108. meghan

    I got one too after inquiring about a home for rent on craiglist. This is what I received

    Hello

    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now.What happened is that initially,I wanted to sell this house but my wife suggested that we should rent it out to a responsible person.I am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade for 2 years with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all time and the person that will rent it will have to take it as if it were his/her own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new home and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here..We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring person only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,My cell phone number is+234-802-956-9995 , below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent and also to know if you are qualify
    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

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

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.
    Regards…

  109. Deanna

    Thank god I found this post before I sent any money, you just can’t trust anyone. PS, most counties in most states have a register of deeds so you can see who owns a property before you make any agreements or send any money to anyone, also if you can go to the house and talk to the neighbors, it’s extra work but whenever someone wants you to send money!!!! It’s worth the extra work.

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  111. Melle

    “Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Theresea Clay ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for CAD850USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the ( West African )for an international Christian follower’s crusade.

    Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

    This is the address of the House (108, West 48th ave Vancouver, BC)
    You can drive by the house and view the exterior

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

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… You can contact me on this number (+2348020941580)…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of CAD600 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless.

    Theresea Clay”

    ——————————

    So okay…

    “…I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther…” Last time I checked Theresea is a womans name. Possibly a lesbian couple.

    “Now, i’m currently in the ( West African )for an…” West African, that’s making a few alarms in my head go off.

    “Presently my house is still available for rent for CAD850USD”…I’m sorry what? CAD850USD? What kind of currency is that?

    “It is not the money that is the main problem…” Bullshit.

    “keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word…” Holy crap, I’m sorry but first: simply coming in for a “check up” is not permitted in certain countries, secondly, get the hell off your high horse. People are RENTING not house sitting. No one is going to pay to house sit for you.

    I’ve noticed that for apartment/house rental scams the person is unnecessarily long with their emails, giving pointless information. Most places you contact will simply reply with a “sure, what time would you like to make an appointment to view the suite?”

  112. Melle

    Also I am thinking of sending a letter to notify the ACTUAL property owners of what their address if being used for. Has anyone done this yet? Just curious to see if anyone got a response if they did.

  113. Sandy Banks

    I got suckered by this group – I was desparate to find a place to live….with not much money… but didn’t send them any funds… just filled out and gave them too much information!!! crap.

  114. Brittany B

    This guy is still out there and doing his thing! From craigslist I saw a “too good to be true” house so I emailed the ad to figure out if the house was in the area I was looking for. This is the email I first got which is almost exactly like these others. After responding with him/her and asking to look at the house they claimed the only person with a set of keys was out of the state for a family emergency. I went and personally looked at the house (which was the same as the pictures I saw) but when I called the FOR RENT sign it was a completely different lady.
    BE CAREFUL!!!
    Britt

    From:joycemunro19@yahoo.com
    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Joyce Munro,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daugther before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $550 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    This is the address of the House (165 cranes lake drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. )

    It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc…
    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $500 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…my number is (+23470-4246-6920).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God bless
    Joyce Munro

  115. Ben

    I was just told I was approved for the house at 328 Sycamore in New Braunfels. I just thought I’d try to check out Lyle Delasky before we made our deposit, and OMG! I found all this stuff! I got the EXACT same email as Tia from above. Thanks guys for posting this stuff before I paid this scam artist any money!

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    Wed, June 23, 2010 10:56:23 AMRe: Condo on Andrew
    From: Jihad e Nassar View Contact
    ——————————————————————————–

    Hello,

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Mark Moore,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $700 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower’s crusade. I will like to let you know that i initially wanted to sell the house but my wife advised i rent it out to responsible people.

    Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.This is the address of the House:(1029 Andrew Aviles Circle, Tampa, FL)

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

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.

    FIRST NAME:__________?
    MIDDLE NAME:__________?
    LAST NAME:__________?
    SEX:__________?
    DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
    PROFESSION:__________?
    PHONE:
    (CELL)PHONE__________?
    (WORK)PHONE__________?
    (HOME)PHONE__________?
    WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
    MARITAL STATUS:__________?
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
    CITY:_______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE:____________
    HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS
    _____________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…

    The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to….A Deposit of $500 (which happens to be the security deposit ) is required before moving in….My number is (011-234-704-132-2490 or +234-704-132-2490 ).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    Remain Blessed.
    Mark Moore

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  119. This IS Crazy!

    Thanks for your response and interest in my house.

    The house is very much available and it is a large 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms house. Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a pastoral duty, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God as directed us. We wanted to sale the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn’t be spending more then 6 years here in Africa.

    So as you know where the house is located at 772 Sharp Lane,Caryville, TN 37714
    Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard. We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don’t like dirt around our surroundings and also the Bible says cleanliness is next to Godliness.

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

    RENT APPLICATION FORM
    Full Name__________________________________________________
    Home Phone ( )________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( ) ___________________
    Current Address_________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )____________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Your Exact move in date____________________________
    How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the house________________________

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words, you know that we do not see our self’s yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this. Looking forward to hear from you.
    Best Regards

    Pastor : Paul Heyes

    (011- 234-704-223-8369)OR(+234-704-223-8369 OR 011-704-223-8369) (call anytime)

    Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $600

    Total Move In Cost:$1,300
    Pastor Paul Heyes

  120. Kristy

    Has anyone ever filled out the “application” and had something happen to them? They are doing the same exact thing for a location in Essex County MA.

  121. Hi everyone, I just got off the phone with this guy and when I told him I was about to go look at the house he began to stutter and fumble all over the place… it was hilarious!!! I want to know if they think we are completely stupid over here in the US??? I can not wait until he calls back my husband has a rude awakening for him!!! Beware of dealing with this sender:

    i am Gene Dent,the owner of the house you are making inquiry of.I am looking for responsible tenants that he/she is going to take care of the house as if it were your own and he/she will be willing to make the Property clean as we left it.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daughter before and presently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the (Africa continent)and won’t be coming to the House until Five years now and that means we are renting the Property for long term and short term lease is also acceptable. and presently my house is still available for rent for $500 which the deposit is $500 dollars including the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c .,it is furnished or if u wish to move in with your furniture no problem..More so Now, i went for a Crusade in West Africa . Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken, it is not the money the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.i do that once in a while…I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATIONS FORMS BELOW RENT APPLICATION FORM
    Also,Pls let me get this answer.
    FIRST NAME:__________________
    MIDDLE NAME:_________________
    LAST NAME:__________________
    PROFESSION:________________
    AGE :__________
    PHONE (____)__________
    (CELL)PHONE (____)__________
    (WORK)PHONE (____)__________
    (HOME)
    KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
    PRESENT ADDRESS:_____________________
    CITY:_______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIPCODE:____________
    HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? IF THIS APARTMENT IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________
    KIND OF PETS:_____________
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE?______________
    DO YOU DRINK?______________
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____
    HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT TO ME:_________________
    HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE:______________
    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

    PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
    Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
    Bathrooms: 1 full, 0 partial
    Address: 647 Robinhood Road Jackson, MS 39206, USA
    month rent:500
    Deposit:$500
    Application fee:$0
    Pet policy:OK
    Smoking inside:Not allowed
    YOU CAN CONTACT ME ON +234-819-148-3183
    Thanks and remain Blessed

  122. Adelaide

    I was looking for Birmingham Apartments Rent and came across your site. Thanks for the information.

  123. nick

    Just ran across this same thing in Birmingham, AL.

    Looked like a decent deal from the post. Got an email response nearly identical to this. This came up when I googled “international Christian follower’s crusade”.

  124. M

    You can add Walnut Creek, CA to the list. The person claimed to be attending a crusade in Texas but texted from a number in North Carolina and claimed to be Rev. Michael King. I suspect that he posts a different property every night. The one mentioned is actually still listed with the agent and is renting for a much higher price.

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