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Known Rental Scammer – lawson_gate0003@yahoo.com

September 2, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Known Rental Scammers | 43 Comments
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Email – lawson_gate0003@yahoo.com

Email Content –

Good Day,

I saw your apartment advertised,i want to rent it for my family,please let me know if it is still available for rent and the modalities for renting it.I will be arriving by first week of of october with my wife and my ten years old son and i will be signing 1 year lease for this unit.Are you the owner of the apartment?We need two or three bedroom with price range of $2000 or $3000 I will need you to provide with the following information below

1- Security deposit fee ?
2- Monthly rent fees ?
3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
5-what percentage is your brooker fee?

I will await a quick response to my inquiry via email on lawson_gate0003@yahoo.com.

Thank you and God bless.

Dr. LAWSON

DR.LAWSON GATE
NUFFIELD HOSPITAL,
HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON
SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON

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  1. Here’s another ……

    From:lawson gate
    Subject: $2670 / 3br – Beautiful Brick Colonial (WoodAcres) (Bethesda) (map)
    Date:11/04/2008 06:17 PM
    To:

    Good-day

    Am Lawson Gate and i saw your advert posted on craigslist,am
    interested in your apartment/house for rent,With the little
    descriptions you gave in-there,am satisfied and it redeemed my stress
    of searching around for an apartment to rent.I would like to make
    aninquiry if the apartment is still available for rent and the
    duration in which you want to lease the unit,Preferably 12months.Get
    back to me with the following requirements :

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-Details:Bedrooms & Bathrooms?
    6-Square Feet?
    7- when will it be ready to move in ?
    8-Crime rate of the area
    9-when will it be ready to move in ?
    10-Amenities

    I wait to read from you asap

    Lawson

    British Fossil Hunter {Paleontologist]
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom

  2. Lawson Gate responded to my post of a glass tv stand for $80 on Craigs list. I knew it was BS because of the urgency behind the matter and the straight forwardness of asking for my personal info. I googled the name and got this website where I see his name under known scammer. I reported him to craigslist scam department, the nerve of some people. The email looked like this:
    Hello,
    I am Lawson Gate i came across of your posted items for sales on
    craigslist,….unfortunately i am an hard hearing patience due to the
    stroke i survived sometime ago,which makes it difficult for me to
    communicate on phone but i want to tell you that i am greatly
    interested in the item you posted here.However,i will like to tell you
    that i will be paying with a Certified Check in US dollar. As for the
    shipment my shipper will come for the pick up at your location upon
    your confirmation of receiving the payment and I don’t want you to
    look for any other buyer.I would have love to come down for the
    pickup,But i do not have chance to do that now due to my job but am
    satisfied with your description of the item.Hope to know more about
    the present condition of the item ..you can get back with the below
    informations.

    1….your full name to be on the check
    2….your full contact address(NO P O BOX)
    3…..your zip code/State
    4…. your mobile Number.
    5…..Last asking price

    Thanks

  3. I received a letter from a Lawson Gate as well, from a Craig’s List advertisement. His letter reads with similar English errors and a hard luck story. I live near Boston, MA so he makes his way around the world. Here is the letter, with all the typographical and English errors verbatim:
    —————————————-
    Hello,
    I am Lawson Gate i came across of your posted items for sales on craiglist,…unfortunately i am an hard hearing patience due to the stroke i survived sometime ago, which makes it difficult for me to communicate on phone but i want to tell you that i am greatly interested in the item you posted here.However,i will like to tell you that i will be paying with a Certified Check in US dollar. As for the shipment my shipper will come for the pick up at your location upon your confirmation of receiving the payment and I don’t want you to look for any other buyer.I would have love to come down for the pickup,But i do not have chance to do that now due to my job but am satisfied with your description of the item.Hope to know more about the present condition of the item ..you can get back with the below informations.
    1…your full name to be on the check
    2…your full contact address (NO P O BOX)
    3….your zip code/State
    4….your mobile Number.
    5….Last asking price for the item.

    Thanks very much

  4. Here’s another one:
    Good-day
    Am interested in your apartment/house for rent,it redeemed my stress of searching around for an apartment to rent as its an international situation.I would like to make an urgent inquiry if the apartment is still available for rent?Are you the owner? And the duration in which you want to lease the unit,Preferably 12months.Get back to me with the following requirements :
    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?

    I wait to read from you Asap

    Billy Smith{Paleontologist]
    British Fossil
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom

    different name but still “redeemed my stress”

    hmmmmmm…..

  5. Here is a reply from “Johnson Lock” , after I naively responded to his inquiry

    Hello,
    Thanks for your prompt response and brief details on this unit.I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and my daughter will continue her studying in USA.I am self employed and will be Trading dinosaur fossil with Some USA Museums and Research.Am willing to pay you upfront of 1 month rent + the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to my arrival to state,i’ll pay for the 11 months fees in Cash as soon as i arrived to state.
    However,transporting furniture across Atlantic is not easy,so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State to deliver the furniture’s before our arrival after the rent and security deposit has been fully paid to you.We will instruct the furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time that will be convenient for you to receive those furniture for us.As you will be handling the delivery of those furniture for us,i will include the costs of our furniture with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help us to make the payment when it is delivered.We will really appreciate it if you can do this for us and promise to compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on our arrival in your place,we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a booking on a flight to the states.
    You can forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead of time.I would eventually have it signed physically when i arrive.In my opinion,appending signatories should be done properly and at best physically.This is an international situation and am not sure how you can run my employment and Credit check background,there’s no way we can go about this until i arrive to state,hope you understand my concern.I will need to make the payment to you for the first month rent and the security deposit fee along with my furniture fee.. please get back with the following to proceed with payment..For Payment,Get back with the following detail
    1….your full name to be on the check
    2….your full contact address(NO P.O BOX)
    3….your State/zip code
    4….your mobile Number for smooth communication

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation
    John Lock{Paleontologist]
    British Fossil
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom
    +447031987598

  6. The email this time – the paleo-conman signed the exact email above as Jim Rice:

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation
    Jim Rice
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom
    +447031987598

    What a waste of good faith. He should be flogged~~~

  7. This jerk just did this to us this weekend, I’m so glad that I looked him up. Waht a jerk. What does he get out of this?

  8. I got the same thing this weekend.

    Am interested in your apartment/house for rent,it redeemed my stress of searching around for an apartment to rent as its an international situation.I would like to make an urgent inquiry if the apartment is still available for rent?Are you the owner? And the duration in which you want to lease the unit,Preferably 12months. Get back to me with the following requirements:
    1- Security deposit fee?
    2- Monthly rent fees?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?
    I wait to read from you Asap
    Billy Smith
    Sussex
    England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom
    +447031987598

  9. I cannot believe this!!! Exact letter that I got on my rental offer! Messing with people’s lives and trust.. God will deal with them

    • Received similar email correspondence. I’m waiting for my check to be delivered – UPS tracking says it should be here today 🙂

      Fortunately I work for a bank and have people in the know…

  10. Just got one yesterday with a follow up from Lawson Gate Paleontologist British Fosil, sussex England PE148JN United Kingdom +44703/987-598. I was suspicious right away because he is out of country. Second, he did not know if my property was an apt or house. Clearly I listed it as a house. A friend said let us look him up. Well, here I am. BEWARE of this olde set of bones.

    • > From: lgate0003@gmail.com
      > To: johnmeadjr@msn.com
      >
      > —
      > Good-day
      > Am interested in your apartment/house for rent.I would like to
      > make an urgent inquiry if the apartment is still available for
      > rent?Are you the owner? And the duration in which you want to lease
      > the unit,Preferably 6/12months or more.Get back to me with the
      > following
      >
      > requirements :
      >
      > 1- Security deposit fee ?
      > 2- Monthly rent fees ?
      > 3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
      > 4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
      > 5-what percentage is your broker fee?
      > 6-Rooms measurement?
      > 7-Furniture/Unfurnished?
      > 8-Convenient to Elementary school,Market,Down town,Small play area?
      >
      > I wait to read from you Asap
      > Lawson Gate
      > Sussex England PE14 8JN
      > United Kingdom

  11. I actually just recieved one today, i was just curious to see who he was. Well now i am happy to know that he isn’t real so i wont bother with him.

  12. He will get what he does. I’m so glad I looked him up and found this site. Some nerve! He keeps on saying the states, but we’re in Hawaii. So this is really weird.

  13. I too am a victim of this scammer. I got suspicious over his spelling errors and have stopped communicating. I hope having given him my name, address and phone number will not backfire on me. Does anyone know how his scam is supposed to play out?

  14. Another instance!

    Good-dayAm interested in your apartment/house for rent.I would like tomake an urgent inquiry if the apartment is still available forrent?Are you the owner? And the duration in which you want to leasethe unit,Preferably 6/12months or more.Get back to me with thefollowing requirements : 1- Security deposit fee ?2- Monthly rent fees ?3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?5-what percentage is your broker fee?6-Rooms measurement?7-Furniture/Unfurnished?8-Convenient to Elementary school,Market,Down town,Small play area? I wait to read from you AsapLawson GateSussex England PE14 8JNUnited Kingdom+447031987598

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  15. I also recieve a email from this same person. also got 2 other scamers at the same time.. who do they think they are.. you can report them to the FBI http://www.fbi.gov/cyberinvest/escams.htm
    I want to catch these jerkoffs before they actually hurt anyone else by taking their securties
    this is the letter:
    Good-day
    Am interested in your apartment/house for rent.I would like to
    make an urgent inquiry if the apartment is still available for
    rent?Are you the owner? And the duration in which you want to lease
    the unit,Preferably 6/12months or more.Get back to me with the
    following

    requirements :

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?
    6-Rooms measurement?
    7-Furniture/Unfurnished?
    8-Convenient to Elementary school,Market,Down town,Small play area?

    I wait to read from you Asap
    Lawson Gate
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom
    +447031987598

  16. Wow I’m glad I looked this up take a look at the letter I got today….Good-day

    Am interested in your apartment/house for rent,it redeemed my stress of searching around for an apartment to rent as its an international situation.I would like to make an urgent inquiry if the apartment is still available for rent?Are you the owner? And the duration in which you want to lease the unit,Preferably 12months.Get back to me with the following
    requirements :

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?

    I wait to read from you Asap

    Prof Ryan David

    Tel+447031994668

    then after I replied he sent this……

    Hello ,

    Thanks for your prompt response and brief details on this unit.I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and my daughter will continue her studying in USA.I am self employed and will be Trading dinosaur fossil with Some USA Museums and Research.Am willing to pay you upfront of 1 month rent + the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to my arrival to state,I’ll pay for the 11 months fees in Cash as soon as i arrived to state.

    However,transporting furniture across Atlantic is not easy,so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State to deliver the furniture’s before our arrival after the rent and security deposit has been fully paid to you.We will instruct the furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time that will be convenient for you to receive those furniture for us.As you will be handling the delivery of those furniture for us,i will include the costs of our furniture with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help us to make the payment when it is delivered.We will really appreciate it if you can do this for us and to compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on our arrival in your place,we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a booking on a flight to the states.

    When do you want the lease to start?You can prepare the lease in the my name Prof.Ryan David and my wife Mrs You can forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead of time…Ryan Funmite.I would eventually have it signed physically when i arrive….In my opinion,appending signatories should be done properly and at best physically.This is an international situation and am not sure how you can run my employment and Credit check background,there’s no way we can go about this until i arrive to state,hope you understand my concern.I will need to make the payment to you for the first month rent and the security deposit fee along with my furniture fee.. please get back with the following to proceed with payment..For Payment,Get back with the following detail
    1……..your full name to be on the check
    2….your full contact address(NO P.O BOX)
    3…..your State/zip code
    4…..your mobile Number for smooth communication

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation
    Prof.Ryan David
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom
    +447031994668

  17. Thank God I googled “Lawson Gate”.

    An illiterate paleontologist? This wreaks of a Nigerian scam.

  18. I posted a rental on craig’s list and got very similar email from “Dr. Wilson Daniel” wilsondaniels 47@yahoo.co.uk
    +447031987598 with the email address of [The University of Leicester]. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out until I sent him my home address and phone. I wonder what would happen next? I already report the email as phishing to Gmail after checking this site. Thanks everyone for reporting.

    • I reported him – not sure it will do any good – I got several emails from him.

  19. I got another instance of this scam here is his full reply. I did not get suspicious about this guy until his second message.

    Bill Johnson

    Thanks for your mail,Yes i appreciate your wanting to help us in our situation.I am a chemist by profession and i am currently working with NORTH WICKPARK&ST.MARK’S HOSPITAL,17 WATFORD ROAD,HARROW,MIDDLESEX, LONDON I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and nine year daughter and during my stay i will be working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work.We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the rent deposit payment on our behalf,we will instruct him to send you the check for this as soon as you give us the go ahead to make payment to you.

    Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival,we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furniture,so we will need you to provide us with the measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company so that they can supply the unit with furniture that will fit in well. As regards the lease agreement,i want you to send it to me for my review,i will eventually have it filled and signed on my arrival in your place as i am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically..We can start the lease by 30th of July and we will be doing a one year lease although we will not be arriving until august 1st …or even before then.You can prepare the lease in my name Dr…Bill Johnson and my wife’s name Mrs….Marie Johnson.Please call my cell phone +447024074647

    As regards the rent and deposit required to be paid by me in order to secure this rental prior to our arrival,i will need you to provide me with your full name in which the check will be issued and your complete physical contact address to which it will be sent to by my financier,as soon as you provide these,i will forward it to my financier with an instruction to issue and send you the check..Please i need you to also reconfirm the total move in costs,that is the rent and deposit to be paid.please get back with the following to proceed with payment..For Payment,Get back with the following detail
    1………your full name to be on the check
    2….your full contact address(NO P.O BOX)
    3…..your State/zip code
    4…..your mobile Number for smooth communication

    I will look forward to your email with the required information.
    Thank you,
    Dr.Bill Johnson

  20. Prof. Ryan David – This guy is still scamming – got several emails – his phone # is Tel: +447031994668

    same as the one in the previous emails – guess he doesn’t have more productive work to do.

  21. This guy is now using a different email and name. The same message but now Dr. Marcus Lily. Here is what I received.

    “Thanks for your mail,Yes i appreciate your wanting to help us in our situation.I am a chemist by profession and i am currently working with NORTH WICKPARK&ST.MARK’S HOSPITAL,17 WATFORD ROAD,HARROW,MIDDLESEX, LONDON I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and nine year daughter and during my stay i will be working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work.We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the rent deposit payment on our behalf,we will instruct him to send you the check for this as soon as you give us the go ahead to make payment to you.

    Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival,we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furniture,so we will need you to provide us with the measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company so that they can supply the unit with furniture that will fit in well. As regards the lease agreement,i want you to send it to me for my review,i will eventually have it filled and signed on my arrival in your place as i am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically..We can start the lease by 9th of Aug and we will be doing a one year lease although we will not be arriving until august 14th …or even before then.You can prepare the lease in my name Dr…Marcus Lily and my wife’s name Mrs….Marie Lily.Please call my cell phone +447024074647

    As regards the rent and deposit required to be paid by me in order to secure this rental prior to our arrival,i will need you to provide me with your full name in which the check will be issued and your complete physical contact address to which it will be sent to by my financier,as soon as you provide these,i will forward it to my financier with an instruction to issue and send you the check.Please i need you to also reconfirm the total move in costs,that is the rent and deposit to be paid.please get back with the following to proceed with payment..For Payment,Get back with the following detail
    1………your full name to be on the check
    2….your full contact address(NO P.O BOX)
    3…..your State/zip code
    4…..your mobile Number for smooth communication

    I will look forward to your email with the required information.
    Thank you,
    Dr.Marcus Lily”

    • I received the same letter from Dr. Marcus Lily. I am so glad I check his name on google. This saves me a lot of wasted time. I think I have another scam coming from any guy name William Bobby. This is getting kind of funny. LOL.

  22. this guy also might go by the name of “bob hopskin”, he just tried to scan us, but thankfully i looked him up and found this website. beware for bob hopskin though.

    • I also got the same exact email as above from Bob Hopskin. Got suspicious after I replied to the first email. Luckily we did an internet search and found this site! Anyone know what they do with your name, address, and cell number?? Just curious what would’ve happened if we had supplied that info.

  23. I AM HIGHLY INTERESTED IN RENTING THIS UNIT ( PAYMENT INFORMATION NEEDED)

    ***I got roughly the same initial e-mail as the other housing scam emails.. Then I got this unreal email.. lil sketchy

    Hello, Many thanks to your prompt response and brief details on this
    unit. I am indeed a potential tenant and serious about renting this
    unit. Having discovered lots of Dinosaurs fossil such as Dinosaurs
    Megalosaurus ,Oviparous, Pertinacious, Saurornithoides, Velociraptor,
    plesiosaur, Ichthyosaurus etc. Am coming to state to Trade those
    fossils with some US Museums.

    In view of my work schedule, i would want us to finalize basic
    arrangements. I’m and i am currently working with Netherlands Fossil
    hunters Imperial Dinosaur Fossil Research Amsterdam, Netherlands. I
    will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and five year
    old daughter and during my stay i will be Trading dinosaur fossils
    with Some USA Museums and Research with some America Paleontologist on
    fossils hunting and field work. Am willing to offer you 1month rent +
    the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to
    my arrival to state, and on my arrival, I’ll pay for the 11months fees
    in Cash. My Trustee in the states will be the one to handle the Move
    in fee, and we will
    instruct him to send you the check for this as soon as you give us the
    go ahead to make payment to you. Due to the limited time that we have
    before our arrival, we are making arrangements with a furniture
    company there in state to supply the home with some
    befitting furniture’s.

    We can start the lease at your earliest convenient time and we will
    be effecting a one year lease although, we will be arriving on 29th of
    August 2009. You can prepare the lease in me and my wife name Mr Billy
    & Mrs Sarah Fernandez.

    Once again, thank for the measurements and the price that you sent
    to me, it will indeed be of great help to determine the Seize of
    Furniture’s that my furniture company will supply to the unit… As
    regards my furniture, am planning on having them delivered to the
    house before our arrival so that we can settle in comfortably, you can
    understand that transporting furniture’s across Atlantic is not easy,
    so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State
    to deliver the furniture’s before our arrival after the rent and
    security deposit has been fully paid to you by my Trustee. I want to
    seek your indulgence and favor. Can we rely on you to take delivery of
    those furniture’s for us when they are delivered? We will instruct the
    furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time
    that will be convenient for you to receive those furniture’s for us.
    As you will be handling the delivery of those furniture’s for us,we
    may ask our Trustee to include the costs of our furniture’s with the
    rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help us to make the
    payment when it is delivered. We will really appreciate if you can do
    this for us and promise to compensate you adequately for your time and
    effort s on our arrival in your place.

    Please let me know if this will be okay with you so that i can
    instruct our Trustee to go ahead with the payment. Let us know how to
    move ahead as we intend to complete this deal before we move in by 5th
    of Sept 2009, we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a
    booking on a flight to the states. I want a less risk, fair,
    transparent and a hitch free transaction so i attached the pictures of
    my family so that you can have an ideal of who you are dealing with.

    P.S: Forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead
    of time. I would eventually have it signed physically when i arrive.
    In my opinion, appending signatories should be done properly and at
    best physically. Please, send me a picture view of the living room and
    bed rooms only if that will not take time to do. This is an
    international situation and am not sure how you can run my employment
    and Credit check background, there’s no way we can go about this until
    i arrive to state, hope you understand my concern.

    With this arrangement, my Trustee in the states,will be effecting
    your payment deposit to you. I believe we can work together and ensure
    every arrangements that we shall both execute in line with my taking
    up the tenancy should be done accordingly to ensure we have a proper
    understanding.

    For Payment, Get back with the below details

    1- Name to be written on the certified American check
    2- Mailing address , No p.o.box
    3- Phone Number
    4- City
    5- Zip Code
    6- State

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

    Billy Fernandez
    Netherlands .
    Fossil Hunter {Paleontologist}.
    Tel: +4470 319 97851or +2347087879128 Dial as instruct for international call

  24. Got the same exact email today as some people have already gotten, but this time he has a different name, and email address, from professor Terry Hunt, and his address is terryhunt001@gmail.com.
    Good-day
    Am interested in your apartment/house for rent,it redeemed my
    stress of searching around for an apartment to rent as its an
    international situation.I would like to make an urgent inquiry if the
    apartment is still available for rent?Are you the owner? And the
    duration in which you want to lease the unit,Preferably 12months.Get
    back to me with the following
    requirements :

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?

    I wait to read from you Asap

    Prof Terry Hunt

    Tel:+447031994668.

    • Got one yesterday- He used the same sort of info- said his name was Bob Hopskin and his wife’s name was Cithandra Hopskin said he worked for British Fossil- was a paleontolgist. I gave him our name number and a PO box address- what is he trying to do with this information? What is the point? Does anyone know. I am going to report him today.

    • I received the same letter signed by Dr. FRANK MOORE (PALEOTOLOGYST)
      BRITISH FOSSIL
      SUSSEX ENGLAND PE14 UJN
      UNITED KINGDOM
      CELL PHONE 44-70 31931691
      IT’S A FRAUD, WARNING, IS THE SAME PERSON WITH DIFFERENTS NAMES.

  25. Bob Hopskin contacted me with the same letter. He could not get it right that it was an apartment not a unit. God has blessed me with a keen sense of discernment which I have used. I’m wondering though what is in it for this guy?

  26. Prof Terry Hunt contacted me yesterday. Same exact emails. I was a little suspicious too. He said he was doing research, but our home is about an hour from an major university. My husband said to google him and I found this website. What are the actions that a landlord should take to keep this from happening to others? I will be contacting Craig’s list and FBI as suggested above
    Here is the contact info he used with our correspondence.
    terryhunt65@yahoo.com
    Prof.Terry Hunt{Paleontologist]
    British Fossil
    Sussex England PE14 8JN
    United Kingdom
    Tel:+447031994668.

    Unfortunately, I gave him my name and phone number. I am glad I didn’t waste my time and turn away other tenants due to this scam.

  27. Our advertisement for a town house was responded to by Bob Hopskin – with the same content as above – palentologist from Sussex, England, needing housing in order to sell fossils to museums – having furniture to be delivered – and asking me to make arrangements to pay the movers.Same content as above.

  28. Dr. David Thompson is another name this guy is using and his “lovely” wife is Tina David. I advertised an apartment and he asked me the same questions I’ve read here but he said he is moving to the USA and the apartment I rent is in Mexico so… I had to make my research.

  29. I have been contacted about a rental I listed on Craigslist by two different people. Kelvin Edward who supposedly works for the Imperial Dinosaur Fossil Research in Middlesex, England and John Dickson, also from England. They both ask for information about address, full name, etc. Edward is supposedly sending a check for both rent and deposit and will pay a full years rent upon arrival. Check is supposed to be delivered by UPS from his agent in this country. Agent is leaving on vacation today but is going to send check before leaving.Dickson ask me to cancel the ad immediately as he was definitely taking the unit.
    What do these guys have to gain from this scam???

  30. THE SAME FRAUD ABOUT RENTING A HOUSE, WITH THE SAME DESCRIPTION, THE SAME DETAILS, BE CAREFUL IT’S A BIG FRAUD:

    How are you today? I’m interested in your Unit that you posted on Craiglist, with the little descripcion you gave there,am satisfied and it redeemed my stress of searching around for a house to rent. I would like to make an inquiry if the house is steill available por rent and I I will like to let you know that it will be coming with my wife alone and we would be signing just one year lease with the hope of extending it later, depend on you. Preferible 12 months. Get back with the following information:

    1) Monthey rent fee
    2) Security deposit fee
    3) Utilitiues if appicables
    4) Dimension?measurement of the unit, BR, Living, kitches, bathroom
    5)Who owns the house
    6) I have my own furniture cand I move them in
    7)Can I see pictures of the house.

    THE SAME CONTENT, IT’S A BIG FRAUD, THE SAME PERSON WITH DIFFERENTS NAMES

    DR. FRANK MOORE (PALEOTOLOGYST)
    BRITISH FOSSIL
    SUNSSEX ENGLAND PE14 8JN, UNITED KINGDOM
    CELL PHONE 44-70 31931691

    WARNING!!!!!!! IT’S A BIG FRAUD, HE WAS REPORTED TO USA EMBASSY AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF MANY STATES!

  31. Looks like he also goes by the name of Dr. Lawson Smith. I received several emails before I became suspicious of the spelling errors. Thanks to all of you for posting this scam. I really don’t see what this clown gets out of this. First email below is almost the same as everyone else’s emails…

    Peace of the Lord onto you,

    I thought of you when I saw your rent advertised on the Craigslist.com
    and i want to rent it for my family,please let me know if it is still
    available for rent and the modalities for renting it.I will be
    arriving by the 2nd week of next month with my wife and my ten years
    old daughter and i will be signing 1 year lease for this unit.We
    intend to move in by 12th of January.
    Are you the owner of the property?

    I will need you to provide with the following information below;

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?
    I will await a quick response to my inquiry via email.Thank you
    God bless.

    DR LAWSON SMITH,
    NUFFIELD HOSPITAL,
    HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON
    SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON
    CELL NO: +447035933024

    2nd email next day…

    Peace of the Lord onto you,
    Thanks for your prompt response and brief details on this unit. i want you to consider us as your potential tenant because we really love to secure the apartment prior to our arrival to United State.I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and my daughter will continue her studying in USA.I am a chemist by profession and i am currently working with NUFFIELD HOSPITAL, HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON and during my stay i will be working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work and i will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and 2 year old daughter and we are signing a one year lease.Am willing to pay you upfront of 1 month rent + the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to my arrival to state,I’ll pay for the 11 months fees in Cash as soon as i arrived to state.

    However,transporting furniture across Atlantic is not easy,so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State to deliver the furniture’s before our arrival after the rent and security deposit has been fully paid to you.So we will need you to provide us with the measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company so that they can supply the unit with furniture that will fit in well. Once again, we really need the measurement of the rooms,because it will indeed be of great help to determine the Size of Furniture which my furniture company will supply to the unit.We will instruct the furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time that will be convenient for you to receive those furniture for us.As you will be handling the delivery of those furniture for us,i will include the costs of our furniture with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help us to make the payment when it is delivered.We will really appreciate it if you can do this for us and to compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on our arrival in your place,we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a booking on a flight to the states.
    You can forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead of time.I would eventually have it signed physically wheni arrive.In my opinion, appending signatories should be done properly and at best physically. This is an international situation and am not sure how you can run my employment and Credit check background , there’s no way we can go about this until i arrive to state,hope you understand my concern. I will need to make the payment to you for the first month rent and the security deposit fee along with my furniture fee.. Get back with the following detail to proceed with payment;
    1….your full name to be on the check :

    2….your full contact address(NO P.O BOX):

    3…..your State/zip code:

    4….your mobile Number for smooth communication:

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation

    DR LAWSON SMITH,
    NUFFIELD HOSPITAL ,
    HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON
    SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON
    CELL NO: +4470359330240

  32. Seems to me that the scam is that the money paid to the “furniture company” somehow gets back to him and then the funds of the original check never make final transaction. For example, if he sent me $4,000…. $2,000 would be rent and security and the other $2,000 would be paid to the furniture company. Then the original $4,000 is not able to complete transfer and I’d be out $2,000.
    Wow, I’m so glad we posted this and I hope this guy doesn’t successfully scam anyone. I’m ticked enough that he wasted my time.
    What a jerk.

  33. I thought it was a little weird by the way he composed his email. I am glad I looked him up before I wasted more time with this jerk. Below is his email:

    Peace of the Lord onto you,

    I thought of you when I saw your rent advertised on the Craigslist.com
    and i want to rent it for my family,please let me know if it is still
    available for rent and the modalities for renting it.I will be
    arriving by 2nd week of this month with my wife and my 2 years old
    daughter and i will be signing 1 year lease for this unit.We intend to
    move in by 12th of April.

    Are you the owner of the property?
    I will need you to provide with the following information below;

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?

    I will await a quick response to my inquiry via email.Than you

    God bless.

    DR LAWSON SMITH,
    NUFFIELD HOSPITAL,
    HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON
    SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON
    CELL NO: +447035933024

  34. Thanks for this post. BEWARE! He is using a new email, and I got this from him yesterday.

    From: LAWSON
    Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:18 PM
    Subject: RENTAL PROPERTY ON CRAIGLIST


    Peace of the Lord onto you,

    I thought of you when I saw your rent advertised on the Craigslist.com
    and i want to rent it for my family,please let me know if it is still
    available for rent and the modalities for renting it.I will be
    arriving by the mid of this month with my wife and my 2 years old
    daughter and i will be signing 1 year lease for this unit.We intend to
    move in by 22nd of April.
    Are you the owner of the property?

    I will need you to provide with the following information below;

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
    5-what percentage is your broker fee?
    I will await a quick response to my inquiry via email.Than you
    God bless.

    DR LAWSON SMITH,
    NUFFIELD HOSPITAL,
    HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON
    SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON
    CELL NO: +447035933024

  35. wrote: May the peace of the Lord be with you,

    Thanks for your swift response.Am Smith Lawson ,We are from Beverly Hills CA.We are relocating to your area and we`ll be staying there for a period of 2 yrs .I’m a Contractor and got some project there to execute within the period of our stay , I have a son named Karl is 2 years old ,My wife’s name is Mrs Marie Lawson Smith, she is a business woman also she will be running her part time degree program ,We are presently on a vacation right now. In view of this, all we need is a serious and responsible Person who can always look after our son(Karl), while my wife is out for her lecture. Let me know if you can come down to our home to look after him or you will prefer me to bring him to your home.We will be needing you from {9AM -1PM}. 4 hours everyday,Mon-Friday. Thus we`re willing to pay you $250 every week and extra bonus of $50 for your transport or gas every week as well. What matters to us is good welfare of our son he`s our only hope and we want the best for him .We expect you to start work by 20th of this month, While we are arriving there before the work starting date. We are willing to pa you upfront sometimes next week.My son play with toys a lot ,Sending you upfront payment will give us full assurance that you won’t disappoint us and i want to make sure that we make proper arrangement upon our arrival,so we want to make sure we get you secured prior to our arrival to your area. I will instruct my business associate to issue out a check to you on our behalf as soon as you give us go ahead. So kindly e-mail me with your information requested below :

    Full Name : Residential and apartment address in full : City : State : Zip-code : Phone number (cell and home) : Age : Marital Status : Last place of work:

    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of working with me and my wife.I will be looking forward to hear from you.Feel free to leave me a text @ (858) 522-0021 Due Regards,

  36. Here is what we received.

    Peace of the Lord onto you,

    Thanks for your prompt response and brief details on this unit. i want you to consider us as your potential tenant because we really love to secure the home prior to our arrival to United State.I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and my 2yrs old daughter will continue her studies in the state.I am a chemist by profession and i am currently working with NUFFIELD HOSPITAL, HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON and during my stay i will be working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work and i will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and daughter,we are signing a one year lease.Am willing to pay you upfront of 1 month rent + the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to my arrival to state,I’ll pay for the 11 months fees in Cash as soon as i arrived to state.

    However,transporting furniture across Atlantic is not easy,so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State to deliver the furniture’s before our arrival after the rent and security deposit has been fully paid to you.So we will need you to provide us with the measurements of the living room and bedroom so that we can send it to the furniture company so that they can supply the unit with furniture that will fit in well. Once again, we really need the measurement of the rooms,because it will indeed be of great help to determine the Size of Furniture which my furniture company will supply to the unit.We will instruct the furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time that will be convenient for you to receive those furniture for us.As you will be handling the delivery of those furniture for us,i will include the costs of our furniture with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help us to make the payment when it is delivered.We will really appreciate it if you can do this for us and to compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on our arrival in your place,we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a booking on a flight to the states.
    You can forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead of time.I would eventually have it signed physically when i arrive.In my opinion, appending signatories should be done properly and at best physically. This is an international situation and am not sure how you can run my employment and Credit check background , there’s no way we can go about this until i arrive to state,hope you understand my concern. I will need to make the payment to you for the first month rent and the security deposit fee along with my furniture fee.. Get back with the following detail to proceed with payment;
    1….your full name to be on the check :

    2….your full contact address(NO P.O BOX):

    3…..your State/zip code:

    4….your mobile Number for smooth communication:

    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation

    DR LAWSON SMITH,
    NUFFIELD HOSPITAL ,
    HOUSE 1-4 CRESCENT SURBITON
    SURREY KT6 4BN LONDON
    CELL NO: +4470359330240 , 01170359330240


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