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Known Rental Scammer – jamesmcannon116@googlemail.com

September 10, 2008 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Known Rental Scammers | 52 Comments
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Email: jamesmcannon116@googlemail.com

Also uses email: cannon.james1@gmail.com

Content of Email:

Good Day,

Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about,
I will like to get some more details about the property, I am
presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey
for my employer ( GAC Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an
office in the usa, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property,
I will like you to give me the below  details,

# I need full details including address of the property and pictures
if available.
# Monthly rentals/security deposits.
# If utilities is added to monthly rent.
# When the property would be available.
# Mail me the total move in cost.

I await your response soon.
Regards.
James M Cannon
Saint Hill Manor
East Grinstead
West Sussex, RH19 3HZ
UK
Phone:+447023084993

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  1. This is another e-mail from a known scammer:
    Email: jamesmcannon116@googlemail.com

    Also uses email: cannon.james1@gmail.com

    Content of Email:

    Good Day,

    Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about,
    I will like to get some more details about the property, I am
    presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey
    for my employer ( GAC Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an
    office in the usa, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property,
    I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures
    if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.
    James M Cannon
    Saint Hill Manor
    East Grinstead
    West Sussex, RH19 3HZ
    UK
    Phone:+447023084993

    • Here is the latest, received 6/30/09.

      Hello ,

      Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead and reserve the property for me.

      So I will be needing the following informations so that the check for payment of the deposit $1800 can be processed and posted to you soon.

      Name:…………
      Address:………….
      Phone number(cell and land):…………

      I want the 12 month lease to start on the 16th of July 2009, I will also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an interior decorator who will be handling the purchase of furnitures, entertainment system and other appliances that I will need in the property, they will as well be incharge of moving down my luggages down to the states. So the check of $4,500 will be sent over to you which is a relocation grant by my employer, and all you need to do is deduct the deposit $1800 and you will forward the rest to the Decorators so I can have the place all prepared for my arrival. All applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.

      Also for familiarization I Am James Cannon, I am 39 years of age, a British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with two daughter (Family staying over in the UK), I work with PHS Insurance Group (UK), as a loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker also i don’t keep pets.

      I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as a tenant with you.

      I await the details.
      Below is my present landlords information for reference :

      Mr John Smith
      Basilica House, 334 Southend Road
      Wickford, Essex SS11 8QS
      johnsmith182943@yahoo.com

      Regards


      James W Cannon
      477-479 Whippendell Road
      Watford, London
      WD18 7PU
      United Kingdom
      +447024057815

    • Wow. I’ve gotten the same exact email from this guy. I was suspicious from the start. But it was obvious when I read the line about the check. What an ()*&!
      I’ll report this guy.

  2. I am trying to lease a house and just received the exact same email from this scammer. The email address used was jamesmcannon117@googlemail.com.

  3. I am trying to rent an apartment and also received the exact same email from James (whoever he is). The email address was the same as the one used for Tim (above) jamesmcannon117@googlemail.com. I reported him to the Federal Trade Commission. Please do the same if he contacts you.

  4. Scama LAMA! Ding Dong

    James M Cannon [jamesmcannon113@googlemail.com]

    Good Day,

    Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( GAC Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an office in the usa, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.


    James M Cannon
    Saint Hill Manor
    East Grinstead
    West Sussex, RH19 3HZ
    UK
    Phone:+447024070869

  5. Just received the same email. Trying to lease our home . . . too bad!

  6. 2nd follow up rec’d today,.

    Hello ,
    Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead and reserve the property for me.

    So I will be needing the following informations so that the check for payment of the deposit $3350 can be processed and posted to you soon.

    Name:…………
    Address:………….
    Phone number(cell and land):…………

    I want the 12 month lease to start on the 5th of Dec 2008, I will also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an interior decorator who will be handling the purchase of furnitures, entertainment system and other appliances that I will need in the property, they will as well be incharge of moving down my luggages down to the states. So the check of $7000 will be sent over to you which is a relocation grant by my employer, and all you need to do is deduct the deposit $3350 and you will forward the rest to the Decorators so I can have the place all prepared for my arrival. All applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.

    Also for familiarization I Am James M Cannon, I am 41 yrs of age, a British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with two daughter (Family staying over in the UK), I work with GAC Insurance Group (UK), as a loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker also i don’t keep pets.

    I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as a tenant with you.

    I await the details.
    you can reach my at this number +447023084993 Below is my present landlords information for reference :

    Dr.Mark Howard.
    34,TIVOLI GARDEN SE185PD
    UNITED KINGDOM
    EMAIL:macdony1@hotmail.com

    Regards–
    James M Cannon
    Saint Hill Manor
    East Grinstead
    West Sussex, RH19 3HZ
    UK
    Phone:+447024070869

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  8. I just received this same email from this guy. Be ware….. I can’t believe he is a fraud.

  9. This guy gets around. Trying to rent a property in Oregon and posted it on Craigslist. James Cannon sent me the same email:

    Hello ,
    Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will
    like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead
    and reserve the property for me.

    So I will be needing the following informations so that the check for
    payment of the deposit $2850 can be processed and posted to you soon.

    Name:…………
    Address:………….
    Phone number(cell and land):…………

    I want the 12 month lease to start on the 10th of Dec 2008, I will
    also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an
    interior decorator who will be handling the purchase of furnitures,
    entertainment system and other appliances that I will need in the
    property, they will as well be incharge of moving down my luggages
    down to the states. So the check of $5,700 will be sent over to you
    which is a relocation grant by my employer, and all you need to do is
    deduct the deposit $2850 and you will forward the rest to the
    Decorators so I can have the place all prepared for my arrival. All
    applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.

    Also for familiarization I Am James M Cannon, I am 41 yrs of age, a
    British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with two daughter (Family
    staying over in the UK), I work with GAC Insurance Group (UK), as a
    loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker
    also i don’t keep pets.

    I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as
    a tenant with you.

    I await the details.
    you can reach my at this number +447023084993
    Below is my present landlords information for reference :

    I’ll be reporting him!

  10. I’ve just been mailed the same scam. Wow, this guy is getting around. Does he think people won’t think it is for real?

  11. Thank goodness for the internet and this site…

  12. I just email James Cannon the location of my condo and terms. Does anyone think that he can use any of this identifying information against us? Delaina in Missouri

  13. Thank you for the website information, he has also contacted me as of November 30, 2008 for lease of our house in Ohio.
    Hope the word gets out. We are reporting him to all websites we have listed on.

  14. yea…i got all of those emails too. The email address it fot was JamesMCannon114@googlemail.com.

    What has he done to any of you?…

  15. I received the same email too! What a disrespectful person!

  16. Dec 5 – same email as above from this jerk. What a waste of everyone’s time. Are the federal authorities interested in investing this type of stuff?

  17. I received a series of like emails as well as a check in my name that was confirmed by my bank as fraud

  18. I got the same email. He used jamesmcannon113@googlemail.com.

  19. I just got the same email as well. Used the following: jamesmcannon119@googlemail.com

  20. Same email , recieved check too he used ,looks like it will not be cashed. jamesmcannon117@googlemail.com

  21. BEWARE , I live in Vermont with a chalet that I have for rent and this lowlife is trying the same scam on me with the exact story that he has fed other people. I do hope that this James Cannon is caught and prosecuted.

  22. I think the prof is changing name….lol

    Hello

    I’ m Prof. Luis Mila from Netherlands’ i was searching for apartment to rent,i saw your apartment in the craigslist.com i have an interest, i will like to asked u if still avaliable or not tell me, i am waiting to hear from you and I would like to make an inquiry of the duration in which you want to lease the unit.
    Preferably 6months/12months If you require any specific information, pls let me know or you can call me on my cell phone, please dial as presented for international calls . { +447024017688 }

    Give me the detail of the fees.

    1- Security deposit fee ?
    2- Monthly rent fees ?
    3- Utilities if applicable ?
    4- Dimension/measurement of the unit {s} ?
    5- Crime rate of the area where the apt is located ?
    6- Park lots if any ?
    7- If the unit is Furnished or Unfurnished ?
    8- Total Move in fees ?

    Thank you.

    Prof. Luis Mila.
    Tel: +447024017688
    Netherlands.

  23. Another one – this time in Galveston, TX!

    Good Day,

    Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( PHS Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an office in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.


    James W Cannon
    477-479 Whippendell Road
    Watford, London
    WD18 7PU
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815

    • Thanks for this site -he has changed his name to tom philips but the text is word to word.
      Is there anything we can do to report this?

  24. jamesmcannon173@googlemail.com

    What is this guy trying to scam?!?! I’m thankful for this website but seriously who has time to do stuff like this? His e-mail below…

    Good Day,

    Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( PHS Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an office in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.


    James W Cannon
    477-479 Whippendell Road
    Watford, London
    WD18 7PU
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815

  25. Went through the entire process with this guy James Cannon – word for word for a rental unit advertised on Craig’s List. Got suspicious when he wanted me to wire transfer funds to his decorator Shala Hart in Columbus, SC – I live in Vermont. The Vt Attorney General says there is nothing that can be done but suggests getting the word out so that people will not waste time and not get caught by this person.

    • Wow, I am currently advertising my home for rent on Craig’s List. Today I received an email from a James W Cannon his email address: jamesmcannon173@googlemail.com. The email arrived in my junk mail folder but, since it was craig’s list I moved it to safe. The email was just like the letters listed above. I answered the first email by asking him to tell me a little about himself…thus when I received the letter like those above. I did not answer the second email. I immediately googled the company he was being represented by and it led me here. Thank you so much for such a website. This James Cannon is now blocked from making contact with me. By the way, I live in East TN…so this guy is bad news and still alive and well. Once again, I thank you for the heads up!

  26. Cannon responded to my Craigslist vacancy posting with the same text as above. Thanks, all, for posting his game here. Thankfully I saw these postings before we exchanged any funds. He says he works for “PHS Insurance Group (UK)” and even has a landlord reference,
    Mr John Smith
    Basilica House, 334 Southend Road
    Wickford, Essex SS11 8QS
    johnsmith182943@yahoo.com

    I emailed John Smith, and he responded, singing the praises of Cannon in a similar sounding voice or language as Cannon.

  27. sounded fishy – same guy – obviously making the rounds contacted me yesterday (see below) thanks so much to whomever starts these blog-alerts. saved me from now TWO scammers….

    Good Day,

    Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( PHS Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an office in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.

    James W Cannon
    477-479 Whippendell Road
    Watford, London
    WD18 7PU
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815

  28. Mr. Cannon is now soliciting in Minneapolis, Minnesota……..I received the same inquiry as noted above. Thank you for this site!

    • This guy is still going!!

      Good Day,

      Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( PHS Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an office in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

      # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
      # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
      # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
      # When the property would be available.
      # Mail me the total move in cost.

      I await your response soon.
      Regards.

      James W Cannon
      477-479 Whippendell Road
      Watford, London
      WD18 7PU
      United Kingdom
      +447024057815

  29. Turners Falls MA also an add on Craigslist . . . wish I googled him before I wasted my time responding to his demands.

    Hello,

    I stated that all application will be sign upon my arrival,i can go ahead and review the application but we make sure you have it back upon my arrival,do let me know if you want us to proceed or not.


    James W Cannon
    477-479 Whippendell Road
    Watford, London
    WD18 7PU
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815

  30. M’Fer still at it.

    Good Day,

    I would like to know if the property you listed is still available., I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( PHS Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open an office in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.

  31. Reveiced the same reqest for rental of house in Jax, Fl

    It is Scam from Nigeria

  32. I received this scam too. I asked him to give me the location, phone #, and address of his “state” contact. I would then have the police dept verify existence of said business. Thank you for this posted warning. What happens in this event is the bank will cash this check and when it is found out that it is fraud you will have to pay the bank back. So you would be out the amount you forwarded to his “decorator” plus what you will owe the bank. Thanks to this website, hopefully it will go now further. I did answer second letter with name, address, and phone#. I too would like to know if he can do anything with this info. I quess he could have gotten the same information from the phone book.

  33. still at it

    Hello ,

    Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead and reserve the property for me.

    So I will be needing the following informations so that the check for payment of the deposit $1390 can be processed and posted to you soon.

    Name:…………
    Address:………….
    Phone number(cell and land):…………

    I want the 6 month lease to start on the 20th of August 2009, I will also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an interior decorator who will be handling the purchase of furnitures, entertainment system and other appliances that I will need in the property, they will as well be incharge of moving down my luggages down to the states. So the check of $4,500 will be sent over to you which is a relocation grant by my employer, and all you need to do is deduct the deposit $1390 and you will forward the rest to the Decorators so I can have the place all prepared for my arrival. All applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.

    Also for familiarization I Am James Cannon, I am 39 years of age, a British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with two daughter (Family staying over in the UK), I work with PHS Insurance Group (UK), as a loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker also i don’t keep pets.

    I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as a tenant with you.

    I await the details.
    Below is my present landlords information for reference :

    Mr John Smith
    Basilica House, 334 Southend Road
    Wickford, Essex SS11 8QS
    jsmith81854@yahoo.com

    Regards


    James W Cannon
    477-479 Whippendell Road
    Watford, London
    WD18 7PU
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815

  34. Yep, my husband and I just got those emails from a post in craiglist.

    Good Day, Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about,I will like to get some more details about the property, I ampresently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a surveyfor my employer ( PHS Insurance Group (UK), as we are about to open anoffice in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, Iwill like you to give me the below details, # I need full details including address of the property and picturesif available.# Monthly rentals/security deposits.# If utilities is added to monthly rent.# When the property would be available.# Mail me the total move in cost. I await your response soon.Regards.

    Second email:

    Is your advertised housing unit still available? I need to secureaccommodation as i plan on coming into the States in approximately 2weeks. I am interested in a rental start date of August 15th and i canhandle a rental term for a minimum of one year and possible extensionif you allow longer terms. Are you the owner/landlord or the propertymanager? Can you provide me with any unique information about theproperty and its environment?I will be happy to tell you a few thingsabout myself if it will make me a good prospect as a tenant. Pleaseconfirm availability as well as the possibility of my interested movein date.Great to hear from you.

    ———————————————–

    Thank you to all of you for sharing this information with everyone!

  35. Take all the info you have including the check if you got one of them. and report and send to

    http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

    that is the FBI cyber Crime site.

  36. He sent me the same message, I’ve been wasting the past week dealing with him. Thank you to whoever started this website! Even though we had no plans to forward a check to his decorator, this still prevented us from wasting anymore time.

    I will report this action.

  37. I just recieved this after he contacted me via Craigslist 8/12/09. Thanks, too, for past posters to help us from wasting more time!

    Hello ,
    Thanks for the details on the Property, I am satisfied and will like to go ahead with the renting process, I will like you to go ahead and reserve the property for me.
    So I will be needing the following informations so that the check for payment of the deposit $3400 can be processed and posted to you soon.
    Name:…………
    Address:………….
    Phone number(cell and land):…………
    I want the 12 month lease to start on the 1st of Sept 2009, I will also want to notify you that I have in the mean time arrange with an interior decorator who will be handling the purchase of furnitures, entertainment system and other appliances that I will need in the property, they will as well be incharge of moving down my luggages down to the states. So the check of $6,500 will be sent over to you which is a relocation grant by my employer, and all you need to do is deduct the deposit $3400 and you will forward the rest to the Decorators so I can have the place all prepared for my arrival. All applications and lease will be signed as soon as I arrive.
    Also for familiarization I Am James Cannon, I am 39 years of age, a British citizen, married to a lovely lady, with two daughter (Family staying over in the UK), I work with PHS Insurance Group (UK), as a loss adjuster agent, I am a Christian, reserved in Nature, Non smoker also i don’t keep pets.
    I look forward to meeting you and hope to have a good relationship as a tenant with you.
    I await the details.
    Below is my present landlords information for reference :

    Mr John Smith
    Basilica House, 334 Southend Road
    Wickford, Essex SS11 8QS
    jsmith81854@yahoo.com

    Regards


    James W Cannon
    477-479 Whippendell Road
    Watford, London
    WD18 7PU
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815
    +447024043969

  38. I got the same e-mail this week. Does anyone know to whom we should report this? JJ

  39. I found out you can report the incident to the FBI by going to this Web site. http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

  40. I wasted my time yesterday to deal with this same scam email regarding of renting a property in Reno, NV
    Thanks for this site to help me to find out the truth.

  41. Yep, he or she or whoever this idiot is, tried to scam me too. Way too easy to spot this loser. I hope somebody busts them.

  42. James Cannon71@googlemail.com STRIKES AGAIN this time in Massachusetts!
    We received an email response to an apartment for rent that we listed on Craigslist and within 2 days of posting the apartment we had a response from James Cannon who works for AXA in the UK and would be relocating to the US.
    He provided us with his “current” landlord’s name which we contacted for a reference and the landlord gave an awesome reference. I asked him for verification of his employment. He also was having an “Interior Decorator” who would be handling his furnishings etc.
    The first red flag was that he would forward us a check and we would in turn forward the remainder to the Interior Decorator.
    I am so glad that I googled his name and found this website.
    Someone needs to stop him before he rips off more unsusupecting, trusting people!

  43. I guess Cannon is at it again. I am trying to lease a condo and received the same emails from him.

  44. Now phishing in Colorado. Bad grammar should ALWAYS make you suspitious. Got to give the guy a hand, each company he has chosen is a legitimate company with a website to validate it.
    But – identical MO for all the others

  45. This guy is busy…..I answered his questions, but he sent me a email wanting to know the same thing my ad on Craigslist already said.
    #1
    James W Cannon (cannon.james1@gmail.com)
    Sent: Fri 2/26/10
    craigslist.org
    Hello,I would like to know if the property you listed is stillavailable.Regards.

    #2
    Good Day,

    Thanks to your mail With regards to the property I am inquiring about, I will like to get some more details about the property, I am presently in the UK and I am Relocating down to the US to do a survey for my employer ( RSA- Insurance ) as we are about to open an office in the US, so due to my non presence to inspect the Property, I will like you to give me the below details,

    # I need full details including address of the property and pictures if available.
    # Monthly rentals/security deposits.
    # If utilities is added to monthly rent.
    # When the property would be available.
    # Mail me the total move in cost.

    I await your response soon.
    Regards.

    James W Cannon
    Unit C Prologis Park,
    Beddington Lane,
    Croydon, CR0 4TD
    United Kingdom
    +447024057815

    Thanks to you guys I’m not going to answer this BS!
    I never give out my address until the person checks out, so this guy is SOL with me! 8-P

  46. I was communicating with the same scamer in July 2009 except he used the email richywilliams01@gmail.com. Same british type addresses. The link is Shala N. Hart in Columbia, SC. That was the person identified by ritchey in later emails to send the money back to via western union.

    I spotted the scam when I got a hit 10 minutes after posting my rental on craigslist. I played along just for fun, even got the $5500 check that was sent via UPS next day air. That cost the scamer $23 ROFLMAO.

    The check is on a bogus Bank of America account out of Irvine Ca..1-PMART Network USA LTD. I even called Bank of America and they told me they were already aware of the scam.

    It was fun.


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