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The Potential Resident Renter Scam

September 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Rental Scams | 8 Comments
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The most common rental scam is when a potential renter is interested in your property. Here is how it works:

  1. The scammer finds your rental ad on a classifieds site.
  2. The scammer will contact you directly via email (Example Here). There are common themes (out of country, usually the UK, commonly references God, poor spelling and grammer, email address most commonly an @yahoo address, sometimes says they are a Reverend or Doctor.)
  3. The property owner or property manager does not know this is a scam and replies to the email with the information.
  4. The Scammer replies that they would like to rent the property but will not be able to see it because they are outside of the US. They say they will send a certified cashiers check.
  5. The certified cashiers check is received and the total is usually $1,000 – $2,000 over the deposit and first months rent amount.
  6. The scammer says they made a mistake and sent too much money and asks if they can have the remaining $1 – 2 thousand sent back to them.
  7. It takes 2 – 3 days for any bank to recognize a cashiers check as being fake.
  8. The unexpected property owner or manager thinks the money is already in the bank so they have no problem wiring the excess $1 – 2K back to the “potential renter”
  9. The Scammer recieves the funds and is never heard of again.

If this has happend to you in the past, please tell us your story in the comments below. If you need to contact the authorities you can find that information here.

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  1. I just had two messages from someone doing a variant of this fraud. The country here is Ukraine, and the e-mail is a hotmail.com address. The second e-mail came with photos attached, which were very obviously photos of a professional model.

    _____

    Subj: GET BACK TO ME ASAP!!!

    Hello
    how are you doing? i guess you are doing great over there i saw your posting on craigslist.com that you have a place for rent,i will like to know if the place still available because i need room asap. am ready to take over the room , I really do appreciate the breakdown details of the house due to what you have on your posting, and i will love to know more about the room and the neighbours especially you,kindly get back to me with the move-in date and move out-date,if your room still available i will be glad to receive your reply hope to hear from you thanks

    _________

    Subj: Re: GET BACK TO ME ASAP!!!

    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply,i will like you to know the full information about me,because is better for you to know little about me.am coming to state on work transfer. I was born and razed in Ukraine,i am quiet and easy going person to live with. I’m 26 years of age, I am extremely clean,quiet and respectful, I am a sensitive, intelligent, patient and caring person,have a good sense of humor and am easy to get on with. I am a faithful and committed person, who is very considerate of other people’s feelings. I don’t drug,I don’t smoke and i don’t drink.. but i don’t mind if my roommate drink or smoke I enjoy going out with my friends to movies, plays, parks, hikes, anything to do with the ocean and horses but i’m cool living with people.. I will like to make the payment for the first month ahead of my arrival, and then i will make subsequent payment thereafter as am planning to stay 6-12 months months ,i’ve told my boss about this and he promised to make sure that he will meet up with the payment so that I can depart from here as scheduled. He also said I will have the advantage to make payment for deposit .I should arrive to US on or before the 6th of March so please keep room for me till my arrival. He also said my mode of payment will be the Most acceptable,safer and reliable means of payment which is United state certified money order,i send you few pictures of mine so that you can have ideal how i look like so get back to me with your name and address so that i can send you the payment as early as possible

  2. I just got an email from a guy who lives in London and wants to rent my property. His grammar was awful. His spelling was just as bad. He said he was a high paid consultant. He was overly friendly and I knew it sounded hinky from the get go.
    Be careful out there and thank you for the info!!!

  3. We just received this message.

    From: Michael Evans
    Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:57:28 +0100
    Subject: House of rent

    Hello,

    Thanks for your mail, I am indeed serious about renting this unit and will
    be willing to offer you two month rent to start with plus the security
    deposit because am from United Kingdom and i believe you won’t be able to do
    a credit check on us as we are originated from United kingdom. I am an
    Engineer by profession and I am currently working with McNicholas
    Construction Company Ltd, Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 9LX United Kingdom. I
    will be in the states for the next 2 years and during my stay I will be
    working with Costello Industries Incorporated, (CII) on a private
    construction work.

    I have a financier that is based in the States and he will be handling the

    rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a Bank
    Certified Check for this as soon as you give me the go ahead to make out

    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

    furnitures,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 furnitures that will fit in well before
    our arrival. Also send me a picture viewing the living room and the bed
    rooms.

    As regards the lease agreement, I want you to send it to me(if any) 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 1st of May 2009, Pls let me know if
    this is okay with you. I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the
    lease in our names (Michael Evans & Cheryl Evans).

    Let me know how to move ahead as I intend to complete this deal before I
    move in a couple of days. I want all the arrangement to be solidified so I
    settle in comfortably when I arrive. I will let you know the exact date as
    soon as I get a booking on a flight to the states.

    I will look forward to your e mail with the required information.Thanks and
    sincere regards from me and my precious wife. I await your urgent response.

    Michael Evans
    +447024060969

  4. I admire your courage to fight against the rental scams on the net. I’m one of your supporter to defeat this online rents scam.

    One thing I can say is this, before sending money to somebody, you must be sure that you have 100% guarantee, taking a look the apartments location and examine whether the property is owned by such real person or not.

    Talking of money is never to trust even to your personal shadow.

    Bob
    http://www.erents.info

  5. I arrived at the same scammer thrice on the same day when I was looking for a short term lease in Oakville & Toronto on Craigslist. I was surprised when similar responses came from 3 separate sources I had contacted for information. That is when I begun to get suspicious. I wondered to how many people he might have been sending this scam mail because he surely would remember the email ID if it was genuine. The scammer had sent me twice for 2 separate requests already. And then one more later. I have to say that the pictures the scammer sent of the properties to be rented were just unbelievably good.

    1st Source response:

    Thanks for your email and it is my gladnes to hearing from you.I am Rev Leonard Robertt ,the owner of the house you are making enquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family,such as my wife and my only daugther before and resently we had packed due to my transfer from my working place and now situated in the London in UK,and presently my house is still available for rent for $890} per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.Moreso Now, i went for a Crusade in the West Africa and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the state for more discussion as She is with the keys and the document to the house.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent alot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute mentenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,it is not the money the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i came for a check up.i do that once in a while.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.Where are you located and where do you see our advert also let us know if you need more pictures. Email my wife Alisha on (alisrobertap@gmail.com )and she will attends to you better.
    Address : 2399 Marine Dr Oakville, ON, Canada
    Regards
    Rev Leonard Robert
    —————————
    Later the scammer’s wife replies when contacted for more info as follows.
    Thanks for the email and also Yes, my husband in respect of Rev Robert owned the apartment and also want you to know that it was due to my husband transfer that makes us to leave the apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all time and the person that will rent it should take it as if it were its own.So for now,Am here in the London in UK, in our new house and also with the keys of the house,we try to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here and as you know that,my husband transfer to the West Africa for a mission of God,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment.So get back to me on how you could take care of our apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting home.Hope you are okay with the price with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection and so on ,also are you ready to rent it now or when? View more pictures at the attach file and i appreciate your expression.So, i want you to stick to your words.Is that okay with you?And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent of my flat.The price including the hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection,water and so on.
    Landing 22’1″ x 5’10” ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
    Reception room 17’0″ x 16’0″ ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
    Kitchen 13’0″ x 11’0″ ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
    Bedroom 12’10” x 10’5″ ( 3.91m x 3.18m )
    Bathroom 6’10” x 5’10” ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
    Guest WC 5’0″ x 2’10” ( 1.52m x 0.86m )
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, RENT APPLICATION FORM,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Also,Pls let me get this answer.
    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)What is your religion?
    10)Are you born again?
    11)How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus security deposit).
    (12) When are you Moving in?

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys 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 God’s hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.
    Regards..

    ——————-
    2nd source response for a similar enquiry

    My name is Fendy Richard own the 2 bedroom and 2 Bath home and its located @ 46 Waniska Avenue, Toronto M8Y 1P9, Ontario. and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer that makes me my wife and Son to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in west Africa, our new house and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the apartment for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electronics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, airfrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Access Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue ,but your absolute maintenance of my apartment is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below

    RENT APPLICATION FORM

    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?
    9)When do you want to move in
    10)How long do you want to stay in my apartment
    11)Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my apartment

    One Mr Richard Luis called me about the apartment,I told him that I can’t give him the apartment because he loves smoking,drinking and don’t want him to get drunk and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, Note that the rent is going to be $850 Per month No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are.below is my phone number

    002348062609594 or +2348062609594
    I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as my new tenant.

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys of the house to you. below is some pictures of the apartment and The address of the house is 46 Waniska Avenue, Toronto M8Y 1P9, Ontario , Canada.
    Thanks

    Fendy Richard

    ————————————-

    3rd response from a different source

    How are you doing? Thanks for your interest in my apartment. The apartment is available immediately. I am a construction Engineer, i moved to west africa with my wife and kids,i reside in the apartment with my two kids and my fiancee before we are transferred to west africa, so i need someone who can take good care of the place in my absence.I would really appreciate if you are the right person for my place.Kindly get back to me if you are willing to have someone who will take goog care of my place and i will be glad to have you in as much as you will promise me that you will take care of the place as if it is yours. The keys and documents are here with me and i will be willing to send it to the right person.I will like you to see below for the address of the apartment so that you can go and check out the exterior and get back to me as soon as you check out the place and let me know if you wish to proceed in renting my apartment so that i can send the interior pictures to you.

    Address:440 Winona Dr Toronto, ON, Canada

    The apartment is not a shared apartment, its all for you and your family.

    Appliances: Dishwasher, Electric, Stove, Fridge,Garburator, Microwave,Washer/Dryer Included in Rent: Cable, Television, Electricity, Heat,High speed internet accessTenant Criteria: Female,Male,Smoking Negotiable,Professional,Small Pets Allowed
    TERM OF PAYMENT
    first month rent most be paid through western union money transfer by the tenants.And the rental period is for a long time,it depends on the time you want to stay in the apartment

    i want you get back to me with the listed information below:

    Full name:
    Current address:
    Phone # :
    How many children do you have, If any:
    Are you Married or Single :
    Do you have a car :
    Do you have Pets:
    What’s your business type:
    Its Full time Job or Part time :

    Get back to me with information requested from you so that i can start making arrangement on how keys and documents will get to you soon.

    Thank You Very much and have a wonderful day

    Hope to read from you soon.

    Best Regards

  6. Here is a scam I got sent, LOL:
    Hello,
    Thanks so much for the interest in my Apartment my name is Sandra Williams,i am a petrol chemical engineering, i currently being transfered to west africa to make some research and i will be needing a room mate who will take care of the apartment while am away and when i need to come in i can also have a place to stay, i am looking for a responsible and clean room mate that will take good care of my apartment.

    Below is the address of the apartment so that you van go and check out the exterior, get back to me as soon as you check out the place and let me know if you wish to proceed in renting my room so that i can send the interrior pics to you and the application form .

    Location : 505 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

    Hope to read from you soon
    Have a wonderful day
    Best regards

  7. WOW. I ALWAYS NEW IT WAS A SCAM! BUT I NEVER NEW HOW IT WORKED. GOOD THING I IGNORED THEM ALWAYS.
    LATEST MESSAGE:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your mail and details on this unit,i am indeed serious about renting this unit and will be willing to offer you 1 months rent plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to our arrival.
    Could you be kind enough to let me know what the electricity/utility cost would be?as i will really need to have this unit to myself. You can send me the lease application , to enable be 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.I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it.I will be doing a one year research on pharmacy work while in the states and will be staying with my wife and daughter.

    This is an international situation .With this arrangement, my financier 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.
    In view of my work schedule, i would want us to finalise basic arrangements. I will arrive the united states by 30th of November , with my wife and a 9 yr old daughter.I will need you to also get back to me with the total move in costs,that is the rent and deposit to be paid
    If you require any specific information, you can call me on my number
    +447024048350.

    Reffrences:
    David M. Cote
    Chairman/CEO
    Thanks

  8. Wow!
    I just started looking for apartments in Toronto on Craigslist and I couldn’t believe it when I got two exact same responses from two different people-I finally realized it was all a scam. I should have known as soon as I saw the word NIGERIA in the email.
    I actually responded with the first scam- Benjo and told him it all didn’t sound legal. Pissed that he even has my email address now. I wonder how many people got sucked into The God Bless shit?!

    They both had the same “application form” to fill out.

    I googled ‘apartment rental scams’ and found this website so I’m posting so others won’t be sucked in.

    Hi
    I got your mail in regards to my house for rent,And am so sorry for late responds to you,so what really happened is this,Am not given my apartment for rent just because of money but due to my transfer to west Africa.Am a Bishop of Anglican, But have just been transferred to Nigeria for missionary work, I left country with hope that i will be coming back in a month’s time,but right now the Church have ask me to stay for 4yrs under agreement with them,that is why i have made up my mind to put up my apartment for rent ,but i will like you to keep the apartment for me well okay just like yours,and i want to let you know that the house it’s available For rent anytime,and you can easily go there and check it,but the problem it’s that you will not be able to check inside of the house,so through the address you will provide for me i will used to send you the key and the document to you through DHL COURIER SERVICE and It will be home delivery, and i appreciate your expression,and the apartment include Hydro, cable /internet access,Central Air Conditioning, Laundry, Garbage Chute, Pets OK,Indoor Parking, cleaning service, dry cleaning,Heating, Electricity,TV, fridge etc and everything its already been furnished,
    And here is the application form below that you must answer to qualify for the rent of my apartment,And i want you to know that am giving this apartment for rent base on trust and due to the way i read reply to my apartment,Hope you have a nice working day In fact i will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest. Also,Pls let me get this answer as soon as possible.

    Benjo

    And the other one:

    Hello
    Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my apt for rent.The Apt is much available for now.What happened is that initially,I wanted to sell this apt but my wife suggested that we should rent it out to a responsible person.I am now currently in west Africa now with my family where we work as a volunteer with the Missionary, here is the site http://www.ywampenang.org for more details about why we are here in Africa with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the apt and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all time and the person that will rent it will have to take it as if it were his/her own..So for now,We are here in West Africa,NIGERIA our new home and also with the keys of the apt,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our apt to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here..We are only willing to give the apt out to a lovely and caring person only, so if you know you cannot give the apt the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the apt,get back to me on how you could take care of our apt or perhaps experience you have in renting a home. I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,

    My cell phone number is 011-234-807-252-2146 or +234-807-252-2146 , below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the apt for rent and also to know if you are qualify…

    And the monthly rent fee is $700 per month including the utilities include Hydro, cable /internet access,Central Air Conditioning, Laundry, Garbage Chute, Pets OK,Parking, dry cleaning,Heating, Electricity,TV, fridge etc and everything its already been furnished,

    Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:

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


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