I was looking for a house for rent on Craigslist yesterday and ran across something that sounded fishy so I decided to play along. Here are the two emails I recieved in response. I can't believe that people would first try and take advantage of the ignorant. And judging by the grammer in this morons emails I would guess his IQ to be somewhere in the mid to upper 50's.
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 rabid 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.
Thank for getting back to me fill out this form
********RENT 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____________________________
How many people will be livi! ng in th e house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY HOUSE FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME SO THAT I CAN SHIP MY KEYS TO YOU FOR YOU BE ABLE TO GO AND LOOK AT THE INSIDE OR MOVE IN IMMEDIATELY. I WOULD HAVE REALLY LOVE TO SHIP THE KEYS TO SOMEONE IN 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..
House Address:3404 Wabash Street, Denver CO 80238
Monthly Fee ;$700
Pets Allowedogs & Cats
Available :Available Now for move in.
So pls get back to me today.
I await your reply ASAP.
This are the oics of the house
I knew right off it was a scam, he didn't ask for any personal information so I gave him a fake address and name and played along. Here is the email in response after filling out his joke of an application.
Thanks for the mail,i want you to know that all the utilities are included in the month
rent and we would like to send the following document to you,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 base on trust and do not disappoint us and me
promise you that, you will love the house. So i am with the below document here with me. you will need to make the first month rent of $700 and the Security Deposit of $500 will
be used for the shipping of the keys and the Documents to the address you have provided to us earlier.The total of $1200 the payment will be made Via Western Union
money transfer.You can do that in any Grocery Store or Walmalt
Here are the contents of the document.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form
3)The house documentary file.
tSo please do get back to me today so that I will let you know the next step to take
concerning the payment. I await your reply ASAP. Regard and God bless you!!!