The Nigerian Prince Wants to Rent You a House

My wife and I are currently in the process of house hunting.  Well, house rental hunting, because we want to have far more money in our accounts for down payment, hopefully more secure employment for myself, and because we’re hoping that in a year houses actually start selling at the lowered value they’re alleged to have but right now the owners are holding onto their homes rather than selling at the lower price (that was a doozy of a sentence.  Good job if you got through that the first time without having to go back).  Unfortunately, it appears that most houses/townhouses advertised for rental at this time have owners who aren’t willing to rent out the place beginning the end of August.  As such, we’re in a limbo between having given our move-out notice to our apartment complex and having a place to live come the end of our lease.

Interestingly, only a week after we made some inquiries into some places (we actually used newspaper classified ads, if you can believe.  Not only that, we actually bought a paper newspaper to look at the ads.  Who knew paper newspapers still existed?), we’re starting to see some places that might be available at the time of our preferred move-in date.

We’ve seen a few places online that look promising, but were quite taken aback by the new Internet scam.  I never knew that Nigerian princes rented out houses in addition to dying and leaving inheritances.  They’ve branched out from their regular “My husband died and we need someone to inherit his $9,000,000,000,000,000,000” emails, and now advertise on places like Craigslist using someone else’s house information in order to swindle a person to “rent” from them.

We’ve only seen one so far, but we haven’t made too many inquiries yet.  The ad in question copied a fair amount of information from another online rental site, including the homeowners’ names, and created an ad on Craigslist complete with a yahoo email address which included the owners’ names.  The ad itself was promising, and was not clearly a scam on its face, other than the rent was a pretty good deal (but not so outlandish that it stood out).  It did not include any phone numbers, but did include the aforementioned email address.  As such, I emailed the address asking a few questions, as well as asking about taking a look at the place.  What I received in return was the following (with name and contact information redacted):

Hello ,
Thanks for the email. I own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to West Africa, Nigeria that makes me and my wife 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 3 years in our new house and also with the keys of the house for rent, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well  do not want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to Africa for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us that you will  take very good care of the house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of $1000 per month..ADDRESS……….XYZ, West Bloomington, MN 55437
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 hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.
Thanks and you are welcome
Regards.
Thanks

If you’re going to create an Internet scam of any sort, shouldn’t you NOT use Nigeria?  What screams an Internet scam more than someone who claims to be from Nigeria?  I could point out the myriad of ways this just screams scam, but I should hope that even the least Internet savvy person could figure them out (although, judging by the amount of people who still visit my email scam blog posts with search terms from the scam email, a lot of people have no clue).  However, I am amused that the writer thinks that there is a “West Bloomington,” but more amused that this letter essentially says the house is empty, while the ad specifically stated that the house was currently occupied.  And why do non-lottery Internet scams almost always include some sort of “God bless you” type language?

After receiving this email, I decided to check out how they had pictures of the house as they used in the ad.  I googled the address and came up with the aforementioned other rental site.  The ad on this other side, which I assume is legit, charged $450 more in rent per month than advertised on Craigslist, did not have an email address, and did have two local phone numbers.

Again I wonder how anyone can fall for scams like these, but because I watch Judge Judy, I’ve actually seen multiple people who do.  I’m not entirely sure how this scam is supposed to work, but I assume it has to do with us sending this person a security deposit and rent, inside of house unseen, and they “promise” to send us the keys (and “the document”?  What the heck is “the document”?) once they receive the rent.

I think the weirdest part of this is that the rent for the house wasn’t such that it made it a “must rent,” so that we wouldn’t take normal precautions by actually seeing the place in person first.  But again, you never know with some people.  As far as I know, phrases from the email posted here might lead to an overflow of visits to my blog.  If that was you, c’mon now.  You must have known this was a scam, right?

Cheers,
Charlie

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55 responses to “The Nigerian Prince Wants to Rent You a House

  1. Ah Charlie,

    I don’t much understand, why those scammers always ask our personal information, what will they do with those?

    I’ve sought out your blog from Google, with keyword “barrington mycroft (related to something lottery winning etc.). Greetings to you in the first time.

    Cheers,
    Alex

    • Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in my 1 bedroom apartment. My name is John Remi of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment located 2501 Calvert Street Northwest Washington DC 20008 with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa ‘Nigeria’ where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching programmed called (HBP) ‘Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it’s your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

      The 1 bedrooms apartment which is $500 monthly rent include utilities and it features: Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck,or Patio, Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking. Washer/Dryer and the apartment is not furnished. We are presently in Lagos city in West Africa Nigeria with the keys and documents to the apartment because we could not locate an agent to take charge due to a short time of notice of our programmed and also we do not want any abuse of our home for any illegalities or to be destroyed at our absence. If the price and location of the apartment is okay by you then reply back with the details below,

      TENANT’S DETAILS
      1) Your Names
      2) Your Address and Phone?
      3) Age?
      4) Marital Status?
      5) Number of occupants?
      6) Have any pet or a car?
      8) Occupation?
      9) Renting period and move in date?
      10) Sex?

      The apartment pictures are attached for your visibility, you can drive by or pass through to see the building, even though you can’t view the inside because we have the keys here with us. For more details. Get back ASAP.

      I almost was had, thanks to this blog I didn’t. There are several people out there asking for payment and information without the normal screening of a tenant.!?

  2. This sucks. I just found the perfect damn house and it was this Nigerian scam crap. What a waste of time. Literally wasted a week of my time thinking I was inquiring about a house for rent.

  3. I fully agree. We were quite disappointed with it too. Although, the reason we were so excited is because it was listed at a very good price, which, of course, ended up being too good. Most likely, the house you’re dealing with is still available, but at a higher price. If interested, google the address and you might come up with a legitimate ad.

  4. Alex,

    They’re just trying to get as much information about you so that they can possibly use that information to fool you into providing more personal info, like bank account numbers, etc. In this case, it looks like they were trying to get us to agree to rent the place, with inside sight unseen, just because it was at such a good price. My guess is that they were going to “promise” to send us the key after we wired them money.

  5. Hello,

    Thanks for the email. I own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to West Africa (Nigeria), that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in West Africa and will be staying here for the next 4 years in our new house and also with the keys of the house for rent, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well do not want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us. I and my wife came over to Africa for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us that you will take very good care of the house. So get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home. Hope you are okay with the price of $1200 per month. The utilities include dishwasher, gas stove/oven,large refrigerator and microwave. They are all included in the rent.

    You could give me a call on 011-234-702-769-1722 or +234-702-769-1722.

    This is the address of the house:11174 W Ohio Pl Lakewood, CO 80226.

    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:______________
    ZIPCODE: ____________
    HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
    WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
    IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________?
    IF YOU HAVE A PET,
    NAME OF PET: _____________?
    KIND OF PETS: _____________?
    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
    DO YOU DRINK ______________?
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

    Looking forward to hear from you 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

  6. I forgot to add this email was from this Yahoo address. robin_reuter@yahoo.com

  7. Yup…just had the above letter sent to me from craigslist about two weeks ago…I did the google thing with the addy and found the real one as well.

    Emailed the real one…the place is wayyy more expensive at 1550.00 a month, but local number…I’m going to contact them and let them know thier house is being used.

    The Craigslisting is gone this week however.

    It’s really sad.

  8. Good on you for contacting the owner. I just let it go. It’s really not so much sad as incredibly annoying.

    But hey, we found our current place via craigslist (although, we were heartened when we found a paid ad elsewhere with the same contact info), so all turned out right. Hopefully people are generally smart enough to not rent a place unseen (or anyone who claims to be in Nigeria), but you never know.

  9. Answered a Craigslist ad & got the exact text above. In the detailed email headers was the IP address of the original sending computer. It actually was in Nigeria.

    I think the flip side of “Why do they put the word Nigeria in the email!?” incredulity must be a matching Nigerian incredulity: “You wouldn’t believe how many people fall for this stuff!!”

  10. Definitely true. But I just have to believe that the renting scams get far lesser returns than the lottery scams. At least, I hope so.

    Not that I can fathom why anyone would fall for the lottery scams…

  11. maria.jones2010@yahoo.com

    Bakersfield,LA, Denver & NY.
    Be aware, they are still running the same scam

  12. Add David Irving davidlrving078@yahoo.com

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

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

    HOUSE ADDRESSES: X, CO 80224. Moving to Denver? Looking for a house? Remodeling? Beautiful remodeled house in wonderful quiet neighborhood available for lease. Flexible term: three months to one year. Fresh paint, carpet, and new appliances, including washer and dryer. Brick ranch home with full finished basement. 3+1 bedrooms and 2+1 baths, huge family room, and home office area. Central air conditioning. Attractive neutral colors. Large fenced yard with covered patio and mature landscaping. Adjacent to large park, greenbelt, and Highline path. Easy access to I-25 and convenient to downtown Denver, Cherry Creek, Denver Tech Center, and airport. Great neighborhood amentities, shopping, restaurants, cinemas.
    All types of pet allowed and Additional monthly charge of $80 for pets…..You can drive down there to take a look ate it and also Available OCT 1ST!.

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 3 month upfront payment which mean the first and third months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet and Garbage). I am asking for $1000 and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. I am accepting $1000 including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

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

    I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant and you can reach me on +2347027971176.

    Thanks

    David……

  13. I just found the same scam on San Diego Craigslist and the ad has been removed…same exact email just different house details. Unreal. I googled World Conference Against Racism Youth Summit and found your blog as I thought this email was too fishy considering the location. WOW!! I saw this topic on Oprah as well.

  14. Thought I had found the perfect home for my family! I knew something was up when this offer “seemed to good to be true”!! People who make a living this way should rott!!! They should also remember Karma!!!! To any and all of you beware of this crook!!!!
    This ad seemed fishy from the get go, so I went along just to find out if this was a scam–& of course it was!!!! Remember, if it smells like a rat, looks like a rat, then it’s a RAT!!!!!!!!!

  15. Same thing happened to me. I was looking on craigslist and found a great place for me and my boyfriend, and it was the same scam. Check out my site for the whole post.

  16. Thanks for The Post. Clearly a Scam, but I am planning to play with them as much as I can to have some fun. Here is an updated email they sent me:

    Hello,

     Thanks for the email. My name is Scott Wilson the owner of the 3 Bedroom Townhome you are making enquiry of,and i  want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my Family to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own..

     We have left the US and we are currently in the West Africa for a program called ‘World Conference Against Racism Youth Summit, Empowering youth for combating racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which is Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria. It as been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain. If you will be the right tenant to our house, we will get the keys and documents of the house sent to you via courier services as soon as all terms are settled.
     
    HOUSE ADDRESS:217 Granada Dr, Mountain View CA 94043…Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…. i will be willing to rent my home out for the maximum of 5 years and below

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1960 For 2 month upfront payment Or  $980 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

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

                          =========  RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
                                              PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    You can reach me on +2348028713386…..to know how serious you are in renting the house from me

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    Scott…

  17. Thanks!!! I almost fell for it, but it looked too good to be true, and the way the email back was written made me suspicious. Be careful out there!

  18. Beware, this guy is posting rental properties in Ventura. I received the same letter as above. He is using the name Chris Raymond.

  19. Same scam running again in San Diego Craigslist and rental.com. The real “tip” is that the English is SO poor in the letter, but the house description is PERFECT–spelling, grammar, articulate descriptions… Googling the address showed the house listed awhile back by legitimate agency for $4500/mo. rather than the advertised $1500. Oh, the legit one had a picture, too.

  20. It appears the scammers are getting lazy. Back when I originally posted this, they chose a price that was good, but wasn’t so outrageous as to clearly stand out like Barbara’s person.

    As for the pictures, they’re definitely not a sign of legitimacy. The scammers often take pictures from other postings. The best sign is if the person has a local phone number. It’s not a guaranty, but it’s far less likely to be a scam.

  21. But the obvious thing is this: NEVER rent a house sight unseen.

  22. I am the actual owner of the property that the Nigerian scammers are advertising on Craigslist. However, my property is currently rented and is not available. The scammers created an email account under my name and are attempting to receive $1450 in sec dep & rent PLUS $200 pet deposit. They did not mention Nigeria, but did use the summit excuse.

    The ad has been removed, but I have notified local authorities, IC3, FTC and Craigslist. I so hope someone sticks it to these people one day!

  23. One more thing — my scammer is advising prospects to drive by and inspect the property. This is a problem for me as I have a single mother in the property. It will be unsafe for her to have strangers driving up all times of the day and night “inspecting” the property!

  24. FYI: they’re working to end racism! what a strange play on my sympathies.

    Hello,

    Thanks for the email. My name is John McKindsey the owner of the 2 Bedroom Single Family Home you are making enquiry of,and i want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my Family to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own..

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

    HOUSE ADDRESS:1530 Blake Street, Berkeley, CA…Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…. i will be willing to rent my home out for the maximum of 5 years and below

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront paymen $1900 For 2 month upfront payment Or $950 you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

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

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    You can reach me at +2348027048321

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    John …

  25. I came across the same scam in San Jose, CA. So I decided to Tell the scammer that I would like to rent the house and can;t wait to move in. I asked him if there was someone in town ( friend or family) that he could send keys to and we could see the inside of the house and give our deposit to them in exchange for the keys. Of course he had an excuse. Get this his brother just left to duty as he is in the military and fighting for our country. I have been keeping the emails going back and forth with him. told him I was ready to send deposit but that I was confused because when I drove by the other day someone was watering lawn and door was opend so I was able to see inside . told him this confused me because I thought he had only keys was he sure he didn’t leave any with his brother. Any way I’m keeping this going and havin abit of fun with this pond scum.

    • this same thing is happening to me now is san jose… i am sooo confussed. i did a little research down at the county assessor’s office and the person in nigeria trying to scam me actually owns the home. he is default of the tax payments and most likely going to lose the house…. but it is all the same. when i told him i was going to be sending a company check overnighted instead of wetern union…. he was afraid… i was also given public information at the assessors office. his wifes name. when i threw that into and email he stopped responding.

  26. and another one……

    Hello,

    Thanks for the email. My name is Brad Gilbert the owner of the 2 Bedroom Single-Family Home you are making enquiry of and i want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me and my Family to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own..

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

    HOUSE ADDRESS: 56 Harper St, San Francisco CA 94131 …Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my home out for the maximum of 5 years and below.

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1640 For 2 month upfront payment Or $820 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

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

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    Gilbert…

  27. Apparently the 56 Harper St, San Francisco CA 94131 scam is still afoot! I replied just to see what I got and it was word for word the post that Sarah refers to above. The reply is from an “Alex Maltese.” I have just posted a renter-beware ad in Craigslist, but I know my posting will be removed. I only wish Craigslist had a way of highlighting flagged listings and leaving them on for a while to alert others!

  28. Ammused in Ventura, CA

    I inquired about a house that seemed to be too good to be true and received a similar response. Mine came from Bryan Bingham, a reporter following a story in Nigeria.

    2 things struck me instantly.

    1 – Really?!? You’re in NIGERIA?!? Oh come on!

    2 – All of the obvious grammar and punctuation mistakes. English is definitely NOT his language. Remember that he’s supposed to be a reporter…

    Ha! Hilarious!!!

  29. i received a similar posting from sfbay craigslist

    **************************
    Hi,

    Thanks for the email. My name is Jacob Nicoli the owner of the 2 Bedroom Single-Family Home you are making enquiry of, Its still available for immediate possession. The rent includes all utilities such as : – all furnishings – linens- tableware- cooking utensils- water- heat- internet- basic cable TV etc Options and extras:- off-street parking / garage (2 cars) – electricity- phone- digital or HD TV.Presently am out of the country to cover some story of African History in West Africa countries like: Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria, and others but presently in Nigeria. I’m a TV News correspondant. This is a very big task but I have to do it, all the documents to the property and keys are in safe hand here with me. we are looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it for us, as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own.

    Here is the house address:61 Williams Ln, Foster City CA 94404…Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my home out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the house earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the Home, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the house, as if it were your own home.

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1640 For 2 month upfront payment Or $820 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

    Because due to my present location. Is not possible for you to view the interior of the place when i have the keys and the document with me here in africa..I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so i will like you to go ahead and fill out the rent application form so that will can proceed further and discuss on how to get the the keys and papers sent to you via Dhl or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.So here is the Rent Application Form Below..

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    Pet allows.

    I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & home number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted or call me after filling the rental application form. A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Inlcuding the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition. Call me once you fill out the application form.Here is my contact number: +2348028713386 or 0112348028713386….i will be expecting your call to know how serious you are in renting my home

    Thanks & God Bless

  30. Hello,
    Its my pleasure to hear that you will take good care of my home as if its yours and i would appreciate it if you can be a man of your word.You can move in at your convenient time.

    Like i said in my previous e mail that the keys and the paper works are now with the shipping company and i will instruct them to go ahead with the shipment as soon as i confirm the payment with Western Union Money Transfer.

    You can go to any Grocery OR Walmart store around you to send the fund.

    The Reciepant information is as below:
    RECIEPANT NAME:BAGCHI ANDY
    ADDRESS:790 ALLEN AVENUE STREET
    CITY:AJAH
    STATE:LAGOS
    COUNTRY:NIGERIA

    Kindly get back to me with the below information
    1)MTCN# Given to you By the western union(10 digit)
    2)The sender’s full name and address
    3)Text question and answer

    You can help me move all the furnitures to the garage..and also the rent includes all utilities.

    I look unto your reply and also you can give me a call after sending an e mail with the above details.

    Best Regards,
    Andy..

    Tel:+234-70-89679747

  31. Thanks for the email and am really glad for you interest in my Home.I ownes the Home,My name is Minhua Jin and also want you to know that it was due to my wife’s Sickness that made us to leave the Home and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the Home, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time ..So for now,I am in West Africa in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the Home,we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but could not see and we dont want the Home to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us here and as you know that,I and my family are in the West Africa on a christian mission of God all because of the sickness,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the Home but your absolute maintenance of my Home is most important thing.So get back to me on how you could take care of our Home or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Note that the rent is going to be ($1150 Per month) No extra fees..Hope you are okay with the price per month with DVD Player, air conditioning,alarm system.It is very clean, tastefully furnished and refurbished,The neighborhood is safe and quiet, just a few minutes walk to almost every thing, campus to restaurants, banks, grocery markets, post office, cafes, bart and all other public transportations, farmers market, and even more.

    And i will want you to get back to me with the Application form below :

    ======== RENT APPLICATION FORM ========
    ========= PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL ========

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:
    1)Your Full Name:

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone
    Number:

    3)How old are you:

    4)Are you married:

    5)How many people will be living in the Home:

    6)Do you have a pet:

    7)Do you have a car:

    8)Occupation:

    9)How long are you willing to stay:

    10)When do you intend to move in:

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed:

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

    13)A Copy Of Your Driving License is Needed:

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the keys and the documents to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this. Here is the Home address : 6620 Copperwood Cir San Jose, CA 95120 USA. Pls note that you will be viewing the Home from outside and won’t be able to inspect the Interior because the keys and the documents to the Home are with me here and It is located on a cool, quiet and safe neighborhood.

    6620 Copperwood Cir San Jose, CA 95120 USA

    Thanks and God Bless.

    Regards

  32. kept looking for a place… since the last one was a scam…. and i got another one… someone trying to rent their house from Nigeria.
    what happened to honset people just renting places…

  33. This scam was bring perpetrated in San Ramon, CA. The house was priced at least $1000 per month below the market price.

    Here is the email he sent to follow up:
    Hi,

    Thanks for the email. My name is Jonny Gomes the owner of the 3 Bedroom Single Family Home you are making enquirer of, Its still available for immediate possession. The rent includes all utilities such as : – all furnishings – linens- tableware- cooking utensils- water- heat- internet- basic cable TV etc Options and extras:- off-street parking / garage (2 cars) – electricity- phone- digital or HD TV.Presently am out of the country to cover some story of African History in West Africa countries like: Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria, and others but presently in Nigeria. I’m a TV News correspondent. This is a very big task but I have to do it, all the documents to the property and keys are in safe hand here with me. we are looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it for us, as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own.

    Here is the House address: 2629 Celaya Cir, San Ramon CA 94583 ..Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my house out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the house earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the house, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the house, as if it were your own house.here is my number:::+2347066600897 I will like you to give call ASAP

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1800 For 2 month upfront payment Or $900 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

    Because due to my present location. Is not possible for you to view the interior of the place when i have the keys and the document with me here in Africa..I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so i will like you to go ahead and fill out the rent application form so that will can proceed further and discuss on how to get the the keys and papers sent to you via Dhl or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.So here is the Rent Application Form Below..

    ………………….RENT APPLICATION FORM …………….
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name ?

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number?

    3)How old are you ?

    4)Are you married ?

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

    6)Do you have a pet ?

    7)Do you have a car ?

    8)Occupation ?

    9)How long are you willing to stay ?

    10)When do you intend to move in ?

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ?

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

    Pet allows

    I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & house number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted.A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Including the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition.

    Thanks & God Bless
    Jonny

  34. I was recently screwed out of a lot of money for a truck scam involving craigslist and Western Union. Now I am crazy cautious and since have replied to many a scam. Definately be cautious of scammers who give too much information about their personal life, most people won’t do that and don’t deal with people you can’t see face to face! I keep every posting number (Probably in vain) to see if I can’t at least make their “Job” a little harder. There’s not a lot that can be done to get justice.

  35. Yep.. I thought this was too good to be true. I inquired about a rental property and just got this email today:

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

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

    HOUSE ADDRESS 2221 Baxter Canyon Way, Vista, CA 92081 …4 Bedrooms, 2½ Bathrooms, 1664 Square Feet Premium 2 story home near Carlsbad business park. New interior paint and carpet in warm, neutral tones. Cathedral ceilings Spacious kitchen with family room with fireplace attached. Wonderful flowing floorplan. Very private fenced backyard with privacy and has a country living feel. 3 Car tandem garage for additional storage. Great neighborhood and award winning schools nearby. ..perfect for entertaining or just to peacefully unwind… I am flexible regarding the length of the lease.. 6 mo., 1 yr., 2.yr, 3yr. etc. are all acceptable. I never increase the rental amount for good tenants…All credit considered, all types of pet allowed and additional monthly charge of $200 for pet deposit….You can drive down there to take a look at it…

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

    I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that I can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get thehouse for rent over to me so that I can get the keys and papers sent to you via FedEx or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.

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

    I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant and you can reach me on +2348085320934 or my mail.

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    Curtis..

  36. Here’s mine, $1000 a month for a house in Mountain View that last sold for about 1.4 million. They don’t even have the sense to not target houses near Google / Yahoo / eBay / Cisco / Microsoft / etc.

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

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

    HOUSE ADDRESSES:
    405 Velarde Street Mountain View, CA 94041

    HOUSE DESCRIPTIONS…….
    This Amazing home is located in the most desirable area of Mountain View, close to Castro Street, Cal train station, the 85, and the Mountain View farmers market. This home features a studio/workspace just behind the garage, and a completed attic above the garage. There is a breakfast nook attached to the kitchen as well as a formal dining area, walk in closets, hardwood floors, and the home sits on a corner lot with plenty of privacy and natural light. This home is fully furnished with several elegant pieces. The master suite is very large with room for a home office or sitting area. Master bathroom features an oversized shower; there is a tub in the second bathroom.

    Available For Immediate Move-In – Long or Short-Term Lease Available. I am flexible regarding the length of the lease. 6 mo., 1 yr., 2.yr, 3yr. etc. are all acceptable. I never increase the rental amount for good tenants..All credit considered, all types of pet allowed and Additional monthly charge of $200 for pet deposit…..You can drive down there to take a look ate it.

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking 2-month upfront payments which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1000 and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. I am accepting $1000 including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

    I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent over to me so that I can get the keys and papers sent to you via FedEx or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.

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

    I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant.

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    TEL:+234-70-89679747
    Regards…..
    Gary Waterfeld

  37. Here’s another one! This guy is still on the loose. Incidentally, this home is currently listed for sale.

    ****

    Hi,

    Thanks for the email. My name is Fred Badams the owner of the 3 Bedroom Single-Family Home you are making enquiry of, Its still available for immediate possession. The rent includes all utilities such as : – all furnishings – linens- tableware- cooking utensils- water- heat- internet- basic cable TV etc Options and extras:- off-street parking / garage (2 cars) – electricity- phone- digital or HD TV.Presently am out of the country to cover some story of African History in West Africa countries like: Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria, and others but presently in Nigeria. I’m a TV News correspondent. This is a very big task but I have to do it, all the documents to the property and keys are in safe hand here with me. we are looking for a responsible person that can take a very good care of it for us, as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the possible tenant will see the house as his or her own.

    Here is the house address:8339 Saturn Park Dr, San Ramon CA 94582 ..Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my home out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the house earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the Home, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the house, as if it were your own home.

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1760 For 2 month upfront payment Or $880 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

    Because due to my present location. Is not possible for you to view the interior of the place when i have the keys and the document with me here in africa..I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so i will like you to go ahead and fill out the rent application form so that will can proceed further and discuss on how to get the the keys and papers sent to you via Dhl or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.So here is the Rent Application Form Below..

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    Pet allows.

    I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & home number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted or call me after filling the rental application form. A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Including the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition. Call me once you fill out the application form.Here is my contact number: +2348028713386 or 0112348028713386….i will be expecting your call to know how serious you are in renting my home

    Thanks & God Bless

  38. Just got one for Brookline, MA. The ad on Craigslist said “Near Orange Line.” (Weird for Brookline) The site is near the Green Line. (Hmmmm, you’d think the tenant would notice the trains are all green instead of orange, lol! 😀 )
    Hey! Mine even came with pictures, which look like the pictures in another scam e-mail I got last week, what a coincidence! 😀 😀

    ***

    Greetings,

    Thank you for your interest on my apartment. I am very happy to have found an intending tenant for my apartment, My name is Mr. Remmy Martin owner of the apartment you are interested in and I lived there with my Wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa . We have left the US and we are currently in the West Africa for a program Tagged ‘ World Conference Against Racism Youth Summit, Empowering youth for combating racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which is Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria. It has been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that I found myself is very hard for me to explain. If you will be the right tenant to our apartment we will get the keys and documents sent to you via FedEx courier services as soon as all terms are settled. It was due to my transfer that is why we left the apartment, we want to give it out for rent now only to a responsible and reliable person that can take very good care of it like it’s own, we are not after the rent money but want our home to a safe hands.

    This is 1 bedroom Apartment to let at, 1223 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02446, for only $600 monthly.It has the following features: Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room,Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck,or Patio, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking. Washer/Dryer and the apartment is not furnished. We are here in Lagos with the keys/documents of the apartment, we tried to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see due to time and we also do not want our house to be used for any illegal activities in our absence that is why we took it along with us here. I hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment. If you are comfortable with the price and really need this apartment, write back to me immediately with the following details. 9 Brandon st B

    APPLICANT’S PROFILE
    1)Your Full Name
    2)Your Full Address
    Phone Number?
    3)How old are you?
    4)Are you married?
    5)How many people will be living in the Apartment?
    6)Do you have a pet?
    7)Do you have a car?
    8)Occupation?
    9)What is your religion?
    10)How long are you renting for?

    You can also call my Phone asap: +234 704 198 9805. for more details. The pictures are attached and you can also drive by or walk through to go see the building, though you cant view the inside because we have the keys here with us. Awaiting your swift reply.

    Thanks and you are welcome,

    Regards.

  39. I am looking for a place in the SF Bay Area and keep running across this same scam. Not only is it the same scam, they don’t even bother to change any of the text in the ads. I Googled the address and found the house for sale for over $1m. Obviously the $800/month they are asking for rent will not cover the mortgage. I notified the listing agent.
    I agree, somewhere in Nigeria someone is shaking his head with a big grin thinking “those stupid Americans keep falling for it”.

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

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

    HOUSE ADDRESS 1122 Via Trieste, Chula Vista, CA 91911…4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms home, 1,710 Square Feet home. This is a great 4bd/2ba home in Chula Vista. This home has a wonderful pool with pool service included and is GREAT for entertaining. It has a wash and dryer, a double car garage, dishwasher and fireplace. This house is perfect for entertaining because of it’s elegance & space. Highly upgraded with warm, custom paint, custom tile flooring with cultured neutral carpeting. The kitchen has granite countertops with an island and breakfast nook. The appliances included in the kitchen are the dishwasher, range, microwave (refrigerator not included). There is an enormous family room, a formal living room and dining room, huge master bedroom with large walk-in closet. Laundry room includes a washer/dryer. The landlord provides the gardener… I am flexible regarding the length of the lease.. 6 mo., 1 yr., 2.yr, 3yr. etc. are all acceptable. I never increase the rental amount for good tenants…All credit considered, all types of pet allowed and additional monthly charge of $200 for pet deposit…You can drive down there to take a look ate it…

    I will be online through out to get back to you as soon as you are able to get back to me. I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 2-month upfront payment which means the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Electricity, Water, Internet, Heat and Garbage). I am asking for $1400 and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. I am accepting $1400 including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

    I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP so that i can forward you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the house for rent over to me so that I can get the keys and papers sent to you via FedEx or ups e.t.c, also are you ready to rent it now or when?.

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

    I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant and you can reach me on +2348085320934 or my mail.

    Thanks and awaits your mail as soon as possible.

    Carl…

    On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM, Vanessa Martinez wrote:

    Vanessa Martinez responded to “Great Chula Vista Home With Pool” on Oodle Classifieds:

    ——————————————————————————

    where is this located

    ——————————————————————————

    ==> To respond, simply reply to this email

  41. the ad was in oodle classifieds!

  42. OMG! I almost got scammed until I googled the phone number! Thanks to this posting I didn’t waste my time or give out any information.

    My scammer was from craigslist, jimmy.bennett34 @yahoo.com

  43. Thanks for this posting. Helped me too. Scammer was from craglist. His name Luke Donald. Phone number: +2348028713386 or 0112348028713386.
    Probably if you will read information “How To Find the Sender’s Original IP Address Using Email Message Headers” :
    http://www.johnru.com/active-whois/trace-email.html
    and also “Warning about rental scams on Craigslist” :
    http://parishousingscamwatch.wordpress.com/what-can-you-do/
    it will be helpful.

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

    Here is the Condo address:383 Green Ridge Drive #5, Daly City CA 94014 .Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my Condo out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the Condo earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the Condo, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the Condo, as if it were your own Condo.

    I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the Condo including some utilities (Water, Internet and Garbage). I am asking for $1750 For 2 month upfront payment Or $875 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the Condo while I am away.

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

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________
    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________
    3)How old are you _____________________________
    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____
    5)How many people will be living in the Condo___________________________
    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________
    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________
    8)Occupation _________________________________________________
    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________
    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________
    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________
    12) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my Condo______________________________________
    Pet allows.
    I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & Condo number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted or call me after filling the rental application form. A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Including the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition. Call me once you fill out the application form.Here is my contact number: +2348028713386 or 0112348028713386….i will be expecting your call to know how serious you are in renting my Condo

    Thanks & God Bless

  44. Is not to difficult to found the person who send for as email. Why Police Department or investigators waiting for? His rob too many people. I know who hi is :

    Received: from [216.252.122.218] by n64.bullet.mail.sp1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 12 Sep 2010 22:10:46 -0000
    Received: from [67.195.9.82] by t3.bullet.sp1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 12 Sep 2010 22:10:46 -0000
    Received: from [98.137.27.128] by t2.bullet.mail.gq1.yahoo.com with NNFMP; 12 Sep 2010 22:10:46 -0000
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  45. Thanks for posting this. The only thing weird about the Craigslist ad was the price. There wasn’t much text to the ad (see below), which seemed to be real estate lingo.

    $778 / 1br – 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Condo In Oakland (oakland lake merritt / grand)
    Date: 2010-12-28, 12:16PM PST
    Living room,dining room areas lead to spacious tiled patio. Ktchn stylishly remodeled: Corian counters, ceramic tiled flrs. Bthrm beautifully redone, includes built in linen cab.
    22 Moss Avenue #310, Oakland CA 94610

    The email (see below) I got back was a lot like the others. Funny how his name changes, yet he has the same wife. I found out the place is up for sale: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Oakland/22-Moss-Ave-94610/unit-310/home/1773769 . He apparently got the text for the ad from the listing.

    Hi,

    Thanks for the email. My name is Julan Davis the owner of the 1 Bedroom Condo you are making inquiry of, I’ve had so many responses so far, however it is still available but I do have one person who is ahead of you. I’ll rent it to whoever puts down the deposit . Rent includes water and garbage. My company sent me overseas and will probably be between Africa, India and the UK for another year or so. The last tenants I had just moved out and my family and friends all live on the east coast so I don’t have anyone available to show the place but I can send you pictures of the inside but will have to ship you the keys and papers.

    Here is the Condo address:22 Moss Avenue #310, Oakland CA 94610 ..Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my Condo out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the Condo earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the Condo, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the Condo, as if it were your own Condo.

    I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2-month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the Condo including some utilities (Water, Internet and Garbage). I am asking for $1556 For 2 month upfront payment Or $778 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the Condo while I am away.

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

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Condo___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    Pet allows.

    I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & House number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted or call me after filling the rental application form. A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Including the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition. Call me once you fill out the application form.Here is my contact number: +2348028713386 or 0112348028713386….i will be expecting your call to know how serious you are in renting my Condo

    Thanks & God Bless

  46. This one is fresh from today’s craiglist posting. I printed this out at 6am and had a response by 10:30am and the next thing you know the posting is missing. This is great!! These guys are idiots!! The first giveaway was the grammar. I had a run in with a similar scam about 6 years ago involving a dirt bike that was “to good to be true”.

    What’s up with asking about “pictures of the people who will be living there”? Really? Does anybody with half a brain honestly believe I would send them pictures of myself let alone my 13 year old daughter? Give me a break!! Hopefully the day will come when they can start to clamp down on these fools. Always remember that good ol rule of thumb….. If its “to good to be true” we then chances are its a scam. Run the other way and dont look back!!

    Hi,

    Thanks for the email. My name is Mark Donald the owner of the 4 Bedroom Single Family Home you are making enquiry of, I’ve had so many responses so far, however it is still available but I do have one person who is ahead of you. I’ll rent it to whoever puts down the deposit .Rent includes water and garbage. My company sent me overseas and will probably be between Africa, India and the UK for another year or so. The last tenants I had just moved out and my family and friends all live on the east coast so I don’t have anyone available to show the place but I can send you pictures of the inside but will have to ship you the keys and papers.

    Here is the house address:944 Sawyer Court, Brentwood CA 94513 …Ready for immediate move-in!You can drive down there to take a look at it…i will be willing to rent my home out for the maximum of 5 years and below.I personally had wanted to sell the house earlier on.But after long time deliberation between me and my wife Elizabeth we finally agreed on renting out the Home, because it was initially to be sold. But I really want you to take good care of the house, as if it were your own home.

    I would want to know how soon you would want to move in, as I will be taking a 1 or 2 month upfront payment which mean the first and last months you will be staying in the house including some utilities (Water, Internet and Garbage). I am asking for $1974 For 2 month upfront payment Or $987 for 1 month upfront payment and I believe we should be able to help ourselves. including utilities because I want you to take a very good care of the house while I am away.

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

    ========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
    PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

    Also,Pls answer these questions below:

    1)Your Full Name______________________________________

    2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

    3)How old are you _____________________________

    4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

    5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

    6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

    7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

    8)Occupation _________________________________________________

    9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

    10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

    11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

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

    Pet allows.

    I will use the information above to prepare the rental agreement , rent receipts and other documents. Make sure the correct information is type.Do reply with your both cell & house number i am going to call you if your application form has been accepted or call me after filling the rental application form. A package containing the housing documents, property address with full description. Including the direction to the place and keys will be ship to you once you both agreed with the term and condition. Call me once you fill out the application form.Here is my contact number: +2348028713386 or 0112348028713386….i will be expecting your call to know how serious you are in renting my Home

    Thanks & God Bless

  47. What’s interesting is that they really try to pull on our (American’s) heart-strings by saying they work for an NGO, or a not-for-profit. I forwarded my correspondence to the State Department, the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. I was told these scams are not dead-ends for investigators. They rely on the email correspondences (like the ones we have all received) to look at IP addresses, check phone numbers, etc.
    Here is the very clever response I received from these Nigerian thieves:

    Thank you for your interest in my 1 bedroom apartment. My name is Mr Oshola Lekan owner of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment located at 3903 Davis Place N. W. Washington, DC 20007, with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa ‘Nigeria’ where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching program called (HBP) ‘Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it’s your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

  48. *As a follow up, I was actually asked by investigators to continue the correspondence to see if I could get a wire-transfer # for the perpetrators. I don’t know if this goes to Interpol or what, but it seems that catching people that do this is tricky but not impossible. I’ll keep everyone updated.

  49. Whoever wants to experience the “scam”, you can go to craiglist right now by clicking this ad: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2265678983.html

    Well, I just e-mailed the e-mail address provided on this site. I got a similar e-mail from everybody’s. At first, I was very surprised and happy, but then I feel weired because the owner is pushing me to rent the apartment which I myself is a house owner and I know the house owners usually don’t do that…

    here is the e-mail:
    ********************************
    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my 1 bedroom apartment that is available and ready for move in now. My name is Mr Remi Lukmon owner of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment located at 30 Cambridge Park Dr, Cambridge, MA 02140, with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa ‘Nigeria’ where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching program called (HBP) ‘Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it’s your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

    The 1 bedroom apartment which is $650 monthly rent include utilities and it features: Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck,or Patio, Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking. Washer/Dryer and the apartment is not furnished. We are presently in Lagos a city in West Africa Nigeria with the keys and documents to the apartment because we could not locate an agent to take charge due to a short time of notice of our program and also we do not want any abuse of our home for any illegalities or to be destroyed at our absence. If the price and location of the apartment is okay by you then reply back with the details below,

    TENANT’S DETAILS
    1) Your Names
    2) Your Address and Phone?
    3) Age?
    4) Marital Status?
    5) Number of occupants?
    6) Have any pet or a car?
    7) Occupation?
    8) Renting period and move in date?
    9) Sex?

    My Mobile Number is +234 704 198 9805, you can call me with that phone number for further details. The apartment pictures are attached for your visibility, you can drive by or pass through to see the building, even though you can’t view the inside because we have the keys here with us. Get back ASAP.

    Thanks and God bless,

    Best Regards.

    *******************************

  50. I have the same emails and it just sucks that people who are really out there looking for places come across these jerks….I hate trying to be taken advantage of!!
    Hello,

    Thank you for your interest in my 2 bedroom apartment. My name is Jimmy Seun owner of the apartment you are renting. I am very happy that i found an intending tenant for my apartment. I live in the apartment located at 3530 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806 with my wife and daughter before we relocated to West Africa ‘Nigeria’ where we are presently. We do not want the apartment to remain vacant because we left the US for a life-enriching programmed called (HBP) ‘Healthy Babies Project, that basically focus and help at-risk families. We reach out to high-risk, low-income, substance-abusing, pregnant and parenting women, men, and their families and we also work with service provider partners to connect women and families to resources including health care, housing, nutrition, mental health services, educational support, skills building, substance abuse support and employment. We have inspiring stories from at-risk families who have had healthy babies and are moving out of the cycle of poverty – (thanks, to HBP) project. I am looking for a responsible and reliable tenant for my apartment. I am not after the money for the rent but if you can promise to be the right tenant to take good care of my home like it’s your own then i will send you the keys and documents via Fed Ex courier services as soon as all terms are settled.

    The 2 bedrooms apartment which is $650 monthly rent include utilities and it features: Breakfast nook, Refrigerator, Stove/Oven,garage, Balcony, Deck,or Patio, Air conditioning, Walk-in closet, Hardwood floor, Tile floor, Living room, Cable-ready, High-speed internet ,Garage parking. Washer/Dryer and the apartment is not furnished. We are presently in Lagos city in West Africa Nigeria with the keys and documents to the apartment because we could not locate an agent to take charge due to a short time of notice of our programmed and also we do not want any abuse of our home for any illegalities or to be destroyed at our absence. If the price and location of the apartment is okay by you then reply back with the details below,

    TENANT’S DETAILS
    1) Your Names
    2) Your Address and Phone?
    3) Age?
    4) Marital Status?
    5) Number of occupants?
    6) Have any pet or a car?
    8) Occupation?
    9) Renting period and move in date?
    10) Sex?

    The apartment pictures are attached for your visibility, you can drive by or pass through to see the building, even though you can’t view the inside because we have the keys here with us. Get back ASAP.

    Thanks and God bless,

    Best Regards.

  51. My daughter was searching in washington DC and found the same advertisement. Sounded to good to be true! Glad to have the confirmation of this blog to prove it. It really sucks that she spent all this week searching thinking that it was real.

  52. Thank you for sharing valuable information. Nice post. I enjoyed reading this post. The whole blog is very nice found some good stuff and good information here Thanks..Also visit my page property accounting

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