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Known Rental Scammer – charlyberry.ent@gmail.com

January 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Known Rental Scammers | 71 Comments

Name Used: Phillip Lennox

Email: charlyberry.ent@gmail.com

Content:

Hi ,
 
Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.  
 
I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.
 
My sole  financier that is based in the States  will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 the following:
 
# Measurements of the living room and bedroom. 
 
# Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).
 
# As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.
 
 I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.
 
Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious  family. I await your urgent response.
 
Regards

 
Reference:
Phillip Lennox
Chief Financial Officer 
Black and Veatch Incoporation
206-339-5710

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  1. This is happening at a high rate. I posted a rental on Craigslist on Monday night and received the same message (practically verbatim) from someone named Derek Robertson (derobertson@live.com) using the same story and contact (Phillip Lennox). Look out!!!

    • Thanks guys. I appreciate you taking the time to write. I thought something was fishy to be working for supposably a large corp but have a Gmail address. I looked up the corp name on line and found this website.
      Saved me a lot of trouble.
      Thanks again.
      Just for the fun of it, mine went under the name of Daniel Green. He’s a busy guy.

    • I too got the same response to a Craig list ad. His name is now Brian Keane….It sounded too good to be true so I immediately started to do some digging.

      So glad that others have posted their experience with this fool

    • I posted an ad on Craig’s list on 8/23/09 and received the same e-mail the very next morning. Craig’s list is becomming notorious for scammers like this. They agree to rent something from and UPS or FedEx a check to you. Then you get an e-mail saying their “accounting office” made a mistake and sent you more money than the rental. Then they want you to western union the difference back to them. But by the time their check clears your bank and gets returned as fradulent, your money is gone. You can almost tell by their sentance structure and their use of key words like “the states” and they are always in a hurry or need to move quickly. Just to confirm my suspicions, I googled his name. I am pleasantly surprised to find all of your comments. I really appreciate all the time you took to post information on this scam.

      PLEASE BE CAREFUL – I was the victim of identity theft – but in a much more notorious way than this petty scammer. If you’d like more infornation on this, you can contact me on

      Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/home.php?ref=home

      or my blog http://closetorganizerprep.wordpress.com/

    • I also got a reply to my Craiglist rental listing. The first email made me suspicious, but I replied, being purposely vague. I didn’t give out any details, and the second email definitely didn’t sound real. The contact I had on my email was Edward Laws.

    • We haved also received e-mails from Gregory Hillary, which were basically the same. So thankful I found this website. I typed in the address he gave us, and it led me here.

  2. I posted a rental on Craigslist on Tuesday night and received the same message (practically verbatim) from someone named Phillip Lennox(Look out…it is real!!!

  3. Hi ,

    Thanks for your mail, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.

    I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.

    My sole financier that is based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Regards

    Contact me on (+44)- 7031905654

    Reference:
    Phillip Lennox
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

  4. Posted on Craigslist.org and received the same email:

    From: teddy rhema (teddyrhema02.inc@gmail.com)
    Sent: Sat 2/21/09 11:29 PM

    Hello,

    I am making an enquiry on your ads posted on Craigslist, am interested in renting it and I will like to know if this apartment/house is still available for move in. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it.I will be staying with my wife…I will appreciate if you get back to me asap

    Thanks

    From: teddy rhema (teddyrhema02.inc@gmail.com)
    Sent: Sun 2/22/09 10:36 PM

    Hi ,

    Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.

    I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one y

    ear and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.

    My sole financier that is based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Regards

    Contact me on (+44)- 7031905654

    Reference:
    Phillip Lennox
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

  5. Same Scam

  6. we had two scammers with the same setup Robert Watson/Wallace and Derek Thorsen. The Phillip Lenox was a reference for Robert Watson/Wallace and had the exact same letter. We posted on craigs list Friday Feb 20th. It is a real scam.

  7. I just got the same email replies with the name Phillip Lennox.
    ..just curious.. whatdo the plan to get out of it besides wasting my time?

  8. I just received the same letter today! I am happy I did a search finding the same letter on the internet that I received. Wow

  9. Same email from Brian Keane

    • Got the same one from brian keane, with the last signature as karen l. daniel. posted on craigslist on the 30th of may

  10. My story is exactly the same as all of the above first email came in under Brian Keane.
    Soooo glad to have found this web site thank you all very much. Be careful.

  11. Just received exactly the same rental scam email as everyone above, down to Phillip Lenox.

    Look out everyone.

  12. Received the same message within minutes of posting

  13. Received this message from Steve Lee on March 18, 2009. Same exact email signed by Phillip Lennox from Black and Veatch Corporation.

  14. So glad I did a search on this guys name. Wanted to rent our place. What is the scam? Besides leading you on that he wants to rent it?

  15. What happened can anyone tell me, because I was so stupid I attached our rental agreement and rules and regulations.

  16. I also received these two emails. I guess this one was scamming me too.

    Hello,
    I came across the posted rent advert on Craig’s list. I’ll like to find out if the property that you posted for rent is still available,Please at what price per month as well as the deposit required last ? I am 27 years professional female an international student,, am Citizen of Brazil , and graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast, currently working on my thesis in Media Studies, which I am concentrating on video and film production and i need to relocate for my sabbatical exercise for a year, i am hoping to find an Apartment or house to share prior to my arrive.The full conditions and description of the place for rent is OK.

    Let me know the:
    Total amount needed for Move – In /deposit?
    Suitable move in date?

    I don’t smoke, I keep my place clean, and I like to cook.Also,I’m easygoing,Keeping no pets.The form of payment will be by cashier’s check/Money order,so i will like to pay for a month rent in advance,if that okay by you get back to me with your full name,physical contact address,zip code and phone number, so Payment of a month rent can be issue out to you ASAP..

    I can email you some of my picture of you don’t mind okay thanks for your full co-operation

    Sincerely,
    Serena Gomez Adam

  17. It’s nice to hear back from you.However,I grew up in Dublin,Ireland.Lived in London and Dublin..I am a neat person who is generally quiet and not a big partier.I am interested in sports, enjoy outdoors and am sure i will be spending most of my time doing research on school work,am this type of shy person, humble,loyal,pleasant, friendly,reserved, honest, respectful and easygoing..I keep my place clean and i like to cook. Also, My arrival to the States will be third week of April 2009 .or can i move in on April 25th my birthday Date.

    Please send me the form so i can fill it and send it back to you with the payment, So that payment can be mail out to you as soon as possible. i have my furniture wish will be pickup and Delievry to the home before my arrival …..
    Sincerely
    Miss Serena Gomez.

  18. Got the same one, but using:

    Reference:
    Karen L. Daniel
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

    I signed up their email for lots of spam and locked them out of their gmail account. 🙂

    Norman Paddock

  19. The email didn’t post. It’s normiepadie.ent.at.gmail.dot.com.

  20. We just got the same e-mail from Phillip Lenox with a different e-mail address. Not sure why they are going to all the effort to send this out. Are they trying to get our personal information?

  21. I received a hit immediately after posting to Craigslist from Serena Gomez Adams. I asked her for some pictures just for fun. Does anyone actually fall for these stupid scams?

    Hello,
    I came across the posted rent advert on Craig’s list. I’ll like to find out if the property that you posted for rent is still available,Please at what price per month as well as the deposit required last ? I am 27 years professional female an international student,, am Citizen of Brazil , and graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast, currently working on my thesis in Media Studies, which I am concentrating on video and film production and i need to relocate for my sabbatical exercise for a year, i am hoping to find an Apartment or house to share prior to my arrive.The full conditions and description of the place for rent is OK.

    Let me know the:
    Total amount needed for Move – In /deposit?
    Suitable move in date?

    I don’t smoke, I keep my place clean, and I like to cook.Also,I’m easygoing,Keeping no pets.The form of payment will be by cashier’s check,so i will like to pay for a month rent in advance,if that Okay by you get back to me with your full name,physical contact address,zip code and phone number, so Payment of a month rent can be issue out to you ASAP..

    I can email you some of my picture of you don’t mind Okay thanks for your full co-operation

    Sincerely,
    Serena Gomez Adam

  22. This scam is still going – I received this email today from Derek Thorsen:

    Hello,

    I am making an enquiry on your ads posted on Craigslist, Am interested in renting it and I will like to know if this apartment/house is still available to move in. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to
    know the requirements for renting it.

    I will be staying with my wife… I will appreciate if you get back to me asap.

    Thanks

  23. got it 2day;
    Hello there,
    Am writing you regarding the property you placed for rent on craigslist.I have interest in renting it and will like to know some information regarding the property. Total amount needed for Move-In including deposit. I would love to see some additional pictures of the interior.When is the ideal Move in date. Would love to rent the property asap. Kindly get back to me with the answer so that we could proceed from there. Waiting for your response asap.Robert Wallace

  24. Does anyone have a follow-up on what the scam is?

    I received the exact same request to my rental property I posted on Craigslist just yesterday. Its from Derek Robertson and his email is derobertson.inc@gmail.com :

    “Hello,

    I am making an enquiry on your ads posted on Craigslist, am interested in renting it and I will like to know if this apartment/house is still available for move in. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it.
    I will be staying with my wife…I will appreciate if you get back to me asap
    Thanks”

    Does anyone have a follow-up on what the scam is?

  25. Ladies and Gents,
    I just watched the U-Tube video and found out what the scam is. It sounds just like the ongoing Nigerian scams where they send a check for a larger amount than what you request and want you to send the difference.

    Thanks,
    Dean

  26. I received this as well about 3 hours after a post on craigslist. It seemed too good to be true, and it was.

  27. Received from David Clarke (daveclarke.inc02@gmail.com) this afternoon:

    ————————————————
    Hello,

    I am making an enquiry on your ads posted on Craigslist, Am interested in renting it and I will like to know if this apartment/house is still available to move in. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it.

    I will be staying with my wife… I will appreciate if you get back to me asap.

    Thanks
    ————————————————

    I do not plan on wasting time replying to Mr. Clarke.

  28. He (they) tried the same thing on me. I was tipped off by his mechanical language and his “precious” family. sounded to Nigerian for me to persue. Thanks for blogging this!

  29. Got the same scam email from Brian Keane, just a few days after posting the rental on CraigsList. Thank goodness for this website flushing these scammers out.

  30. I posted on Craigslist and got the same emails only from franke klevin and he signs his emails Engr. Keane
    +447031833187.
    Thank you for posting this warning.

  31. Got the same email letter June 1, just after my Craigs list ad, verbatum to the ones posted on this website. Used the name Karen L. Daniel, CFO of Black & Veatch. I was tipped off by the awkward language, typos and mispellings…for a CFO? Also wanted an approved lease PIOR to my credit check.
    Thanks for the warning!

  32. Got this one, too:

    Hello,
    I am making an enquiry on your ads posted on Craigslist, Am interested in renting it and I will like to know if this apartment/house is still available to move in. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it.
    I will be staying with my wife… I will appreciate if you get back to me asap.
    Thanks

    from:

    daveclarke.inc02@gmail.com

    immediately after posting on craigslist. Thanks for the warning!

  33. Got an identical email as a guy above.. Identical word for word response from David Clarke
    “Hello, I am making an enquiry on your ads posted on Craigslist, Am interested in renting it and I will like to know if this apartment/house is still available to move in. I will be signing a one year lease for it and want to know the requirements for renting it. I will be staying with my wife… I will appreciate if you get back to me asap.”

  34. Got the same email letter June 9, just after my Craigs list ad, verbatum to the ones posted on this website. Used the name Karen L. Daniel, CFO of Black & Veatch. I was tipped off by the awkward language, typos and mispellings…for a CFO? Also wanted an approved lease PIOR to my credit check.
    Thanks for the warning!

  35. I got the same exact email from a Engr.Micheal, michealmoore009@gmail.com, says he’s working for Balfour Beaty, still using the same phone number +447031833187.

  36. Two similar replies to CL ad for house 4 rent.
    Names/contacts/phone numbers used were:
    michealmoore009@gmail.com
    Micheal Moore
    Andy Rose, Managing Director
    Balfour Beatty’s Group
    206-666-4169
    +447031833187

    and the second similar reply had this information:
    Agnes Benabic
    agnesbenabic@googlemail.com
    James Thomas

  37. I got two separate emails like this. One from Norman Paddock at normiepadie.ent@gmail.com and one from Bob Gates at bobgates101@gmail.com. Beware! I read on ScamWarners.com that this is another form of a fake check scam… Not sure how it works but don’t plan on finding out!!

  38. I got the same email. I also recieved a cashier’s check for $6900 from “Contemporary Magazines Limited”. Do not cash this check. Its a typical fraud or scam or whatever.

  39. I replied to a job listing for a nanny and his name is now Trevor Hightower. He asked for my name,address and phone #’s which I sent. I got suspious when him and his family was moving to the US, arriving on 8/5, and wanted to settle in but their belonging was still in the UK. It’s just some sick people in this world today. He is now coming to te us to work for US Steel on a private research project. I am so glad I found out where he was going, Thanks for the replys

    • I replied to the nanny job just yesterday and heard the same info. I just had a weird feeling so I googled it. I’m so glad I found this website. Thanks for all your help.

  40. I got the same email, but it was from ‘Kennie Butler’ or ‘Kenneth Butler’

    I should have KNOWN because of the grammar issues and the fact that there were NO comments about the place.

    I have not cashed the check (and of course do not plan on it), but am I in any danger at this point? They have my name, address and telephone number and a copy of the draft lease (no financial data on that)?

  41. This is under the name of Gregory Hillary. I did call the company and they have had 4 other people call them. What are they doing with this?! I sent them my home and cell phone numbers, besides just general info. on the building. Below is the email I received:

    hi
    i am so sorry about the break up, connection seems to be very awkward out here, i came accross your posting about the space and i am expressing my interest in renting it from you, but first i’d like to introduce my self, my name is Gregory Hillary, i am an engineer from Canada, i am working for the the Graham Group Ltd in Alberta Canada. The company is an industry-leading, employee-owned family of companies offering general contracting, project management, design-build and construction services from offices across Canada and the Central and Pacific Northwestern United States,we deliver high-quality, competitive services to our clients. we are committed to innovation and to improving the way we do thing,here is the company’s website for more information http://www.Graham.ca

    We are moving to the area and we are in urgent need of an office space. we hope to begin operations very soon, so i want you to get back to me with more information on the space and some pictures, the total move in cost. thank you very much and let me know what next to do because we’d really love to conclude the lease process
    Gregory Hillary
    Graham Group Ltd
    7499 boul Marie-Victorin
    Brossard, QC
    Canada

  42. Hi ,

    Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.

    I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one y

    ear and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.

    My sole financier that is based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Regards

    Contact me on (+44)- 7031905654

    Reference:
    Phillip Lennox
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

    You can’t believe this guy arrived to my house today proving he doesnt know anything about what you people are saying here. This unbeliveable, I thought it was a scam from the start but it’s 4 reall. We live at Compton, Ca. 90220

  43. Received the following email from Scott Pitts scptt.mobile123@gmail.com:
    Hi ,

    Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival, am coming to stay with my wife only, with NO pet.

    I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. I will be earning $7,000 monthly which is $84,000 per annum. .

    My sole financier Who based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 as we are moving into the state on the 15th of October, we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furnitures, so we will need you to provide us with the the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, I want you to send it to me for my review. I will eventually have it filled and signed in person on my arrival in your place as I am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Reference:
    Karen L. Daniel
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

  44. None of the above explains what this scam is.
    Would someone please explain what this scam is all about.
    I too had someone respond to an ad I placed on craigslist for a house rental.
    Nigerian?
    Check scam?

    Fortunately I was warned when I showed the responding email to my boyfriend. He told me it was a scam, but would someone please explain how this scam works.
    Thanks.

    • Raven,

      The scam is that they send you a bogus money order for an additional amount. They in return want you to pay a third party the overage amount sent. This could be for interior design, furniture, etc. you pay this out of the funds they send , then find out that the check they sent you is bogus and now you are out the money. Its a retarded scam but people do fall for it. Even if you deposit their check your bank will usually charge you for the bounce. God forbid you send the funds out before the check clears, you would be out big time. Hope this explains the scam. Per my post on here I have a collection of these bogus money orders. I like to waste these guys time like they have wasted mine. Its pretty funny.

      Regards,

      Brian

  45. I just got the same thing from a rental ad I placed on Craigslist. It is the exact same message, except from a Derek Thorsen. It is from a gmail address.

  46. This is from a person named John Jay, email: johnjayz004@gmail.com

    Thanks for your mail, I will be willing to offer you 2months rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.

    I am an Civil Engineer by profession, I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working Centrex Construction Company. You can contact Andy Rose, Managing Director Balfour Betty’s Group on 206-666-4169.

    There is a company financier who will be handling the rent and deposit. 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’s,so we will need you to provide us with the the
    following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed rooms.

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by 1st of October and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Engr. Ken
    +447031833187

    Reference:
    Robert C. Van Cleave
    Chairman and CEO
    Centrex Construction
    (Balfour Beatty Construction)

  47. The latest name they are using seems to be Ken George. Same verbiage.

    Ken George Sep 28 Thanks for your mail, I will be willing to offer you 2months rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.

    I am an Civil Engineer by profession, I will be coming to the state
    for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working Centrex
    Construction

    Company. You can contact Andy Rose, Managing Director Balfour Betty’s
    Group on 206-666-4169.

    There is a company financier who will be handling the rent and
    deposit. 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’s,so we will need you to provide us with the the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed rooms.

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by

    appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by 10th
    of October and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the
    lease in my

    name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await
    your urgent response.

    Engr. Ken
    +447031833187

    Reference:
    Robert C. Van Cleave
    Chairman and CEO
    Centrex Construction
    (Balfour Beatty Construction)

  48. This is so insulting.. Thank God for this web site. I posted an apartment ad and received a reply (that is just like, almost all of the replys) in such a short amount of time, I could not believe it. And just like so many of you, I was almost duped to believe this individual. But for some strange reason.. and probably my wife, something did not site too well in the back of my head. Called my sister, my lawyer. She did not see anything wrong. But, still.. something did not sit just right. So, I went to google and found this site and all of you..
    I guess the bottom line is this.. Thank all of you so very much.. It is so hard for me to believe people are like this..
    Actually.. in a weird way.. I wish I could of received the check from this individual(s)..
    Thanks again..

  49. i just received the same email as the one above – it sounded so good..these people are really a bunch of morons – who can i report this scam to? who is the proper authority?

  50. Same thing happened to me except it came from daveclarke.inc03@gmail.com.

  51. Just got an inquiry to a property listing on Craigslist from johnjayz.008@gmail.com claiming to be from the UK. Asking for basic information that was already in the ad.

  52. Thanks so much for alerting me to this. I too posted a rental on Craigslist in Virginia and received a response from a Mark Phillip. I looked up the company and noted there was a VA Beach office but some distance from the rental location. It sounded suspicious for who furnishes a place based on dimensions sight un-seen. I appreciate you linking this scam with the company. The company should know about this and this con artist persecuted.
    Helen

    See his email below.

    Hi ,

    Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival, am coming to stay with my wife only, with NO pet.

    I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. I will be earning $7,000 monthly which is $84,000 per annum. .

    My sole financier Who based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 as we are moving into the state on the 25th of November, we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furnitures, so we will need you to provide us with the the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, I want you to send it to me for my review. I will eventually have it filled and signed in person on my arrival in your place as I am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Reference:
    Karen L. Daniel
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

  53. I just got this request and found this by accident. I was looking for the time difference and googled the company name to confirm time zone. I am very much aware of the “western union” scam. I was wondering very much so what this angle was. one red flag right away was this

    “As regards the lease agreement and application, I want you to send
    it to me for my review. I will eventually have it filled and signed in person on my arrival in your place as I am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically by appending signatory at best physical”

    that to me was silly. you don’t have an agreement without a signed contract and cash. Obviously, if you are a professional, you must insist on running the show and setting the terms.

    I am so glad I found this. saves me a lot of time and I certainly wont be taking it off the market

    thx dws

  54. This guy or guys are real busy… but you think they would get smart and change thier story line… same email but from Robert Cox with a reference of karen l daniel here it is

    Hi ,

    Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival, am coming to stay with my wife only, with NO pet.

    I am an Engineer by profession and I am currently working with Wessex Survey & Design Ltd UK. I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working with Black & Veatch Incorporation a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets. I will be earning $7,000 monthly which is $84,000 per annum. .

    My sole financier Who based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 as we are moving into the state on the 4th of December, we are making arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with furnitures, so we will need you to provide us with the the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, I want you to send it to me for my review. I will eventually have it filled and signed in person on my arrival in your place as I am of the opinion that such documents are best filled and signed physically by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Reference:
    Karen L. Daniel
    Chief Financial Officer
    Black and Veatch Incoporation

  55. Sounded unbelieveable, tried to google his name (Scott Pitts) and that is how I got here.

    I don’t understand how someone can gain from this scan.

  56. I got same response to my condo ad on Craig’s list. See below…………………………..

    From: Ken George
    To: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Sent: Mon, Nov 23, 2009 2:48 pm
    Subject: Re: $775 / 2br – Rochester Condo for Rent (Rochester) (map)

    Thanks for your mail, I will be willing to offer you 2months rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival.

    I am an Civil Engineer by profession, I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working Centrex Construction Company. You can contact Andy Rose, Managing Director Balfour Betty’s Group on 206-666-4169

    There is a company financier who will be handling the rent and deposit. 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’s,so we will need you to provide us with the the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed rooms.

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by 30th of November and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family. I await your urgent response.

    Engr. Ken
    +447031833187
    +447024011513

    Reference:
    Robert C. Van Cleave
    Chairman and CEO
    Centrex Construction
    (Balfour Beatty Construction)

  57. I recently received two replies to a rental ad, both having their companies pay the rent, by cashiers check, one was David Bence (davidbence1000@gmail.com) and Yun Fat (yunfat014@gmail.com) April 2010 Now I know better, thanks

  58. I just received the exact (almost word for word) request to rent one of my rental units from a ramsey zola working with Black & Veatch Incorporation once he & his wife are in state as of may 20th. Hope I am not liable for more scamming because of this. Maybe I should change my email address.

  59. So now his name is Brian Keane and his email is br.keane1101@gmail.com, than his “real” name is David Layton, the idiot didn’t even change gmail for this: this is his copy of the email to me ;). I think we should toy with the guy a little and waste his time with requesting more and more information until he tires.

    There is a way to find out someone’s IP address and contact hosting companies to track people, no one is anonymous online, Gmail definitely can track him down so if anything ever happens, contacting the host always works!

    “Hi ,

    Thanks for your email, I will be willing to pay 1 month rent to start with plus the security deposit in order to secure this unit prior to my arrival, am coming to stay with my wife and my two kids, with NO pet.

    I am an Engineer by profession living @ salford manchester.m5 5eg United Kingdom currently working with McNicholas Construction Company Ltd. I will be coming to the state for the next one year and during my stay, I will be working with Layton Construction a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets and be paid $7,000 monthly which ll be $84,000 per annum.

    My sole financier Who is based in the States will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf, I will instruct him to send you a 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 the following:

    # Measurements of the living room and bedroom.

    # Picture viewing the living room and the bed room(s).

    # As regards the lease agreement and application, 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 by appending signatory at best physical. We can start the lease by asap and I will be doing a one year lease. You can prepare the lease in my name.

    Let me know how to move ahead as I intend to move in on 1st of May, so i want all the arrangement to be solidified so I settle in comfortably when I arrive.

    I will look forward to your e-mail with the required information.

    Thanks and sincere regards from me and my precious family i have attached picture of my self and my wife with my two lovely kids Justin and John. I await your urgent response.

    Regards

    Reference:
    David Layton
    Chief Financial Officer
    Layton Construction”

  60. I too, like all the others was almost fooled until I read this website. I received an email from a Greg Hilary Financials offering me a loan not based on credit or collateral…I emailed him back to find out the terms and conditions of the loan and more information. The email gave me some UK address and phone number…thank God for google.

    These people are preying on people in hard financial times…please beware and do your research before accepting any loans with loose terms and conditions.

  61. the new name they are using is michaelray @yahoo.com.they want the same info as all the other posts.beware

  62. Hello Dear
    How are you doing today? I hope fine?
    My name Miss Karen Koneh (single). I interested in sending and receiving emails to inbox to meet people for dating,contracts and friendship.I love to establish a relationship based on love and trust.contact me back on (karensolomon98@ yahoo.in). I have a lot to discuss with you.
    Yours New Friend
    Karen.
    Email:karensolomon98@ yahoo.in

  63. Wow….I too almost fell victim to this, but thought it was too good to be true. Plus the grammar and sentence structure seemed odd. And then realized the email address kept changing. Bottom line “David and Lexie Bence”are at it again….

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

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: david bence
    To:
    Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 10:14 AM
    Subject: Re: $xxxx / 2br/2.5ba – Townhome in xxx ***Date: 2012-12-22, 7:12AM EST Reply to this post Reply to: xxx@hous.craigslist.org

    Hello,Is this apartment/house available for 6months rental or a year?
    Email me with the cost now thanks

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

    I replied with price and restated minimum lease is 1 year, even though I thought their questions were odd because the subject included everything they were asking, as did the body of the craigslist ad.

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

    —– Forwarded Message —–
    From: david bence
    To:
    Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 7:57 AM
    Subject: Re: $xxxx / 2br/2.5ba – Townhome in xxx *** Date: 2012-12-22, 7:12AM EST Reply to this post Reply to: xxx.craigslist.org

    Hello….Thanks for your prompt reply, I have discussed this with my
    wife and we have agreed to rent the apartment/house for the period of
    a year and we have planed to move in to the apartment/house by
    {February 1st 2013}.As for the cost we are alright with it.

    Me and my wife have planed to send you a cashier check for the total
    amount of the apartment/house..We are relocating to the
    apartment/house.I hope the apartment/house is in good condition? We
    want the apartment to be well cleaned.This check will be send to you
    via UPS or FedEx courier service..Here is our full details to fill the
    application form

    My name..David Bence
    My wife’s name..Lexie Bence
    Our address..72 W. Louther st. apt.
    2 Carlisle ,Pennsylvania 17013

    We suppose to give you our phone number to contact us but we have been
    disconnected on phone because of our relocating we are already parking
    our loads.. so until we move in to the new apartment/house before we
    can reconnect again please bear with us..

    Kindly provide your Full Name..Home or office address to receive the
    cashier check, your currently phone number.So the payment will be made
    and sent to you as soon as i get all this information for the payment
    ok…Waiting to hear from you Asap. Thanks and God bless you


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