Known Rental Scammer –

March 24, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Posted in Known Rental Scammers | 17 Comments

Many thanks to your prompt response and brief details on this unit. I am indeed a potential tenant and serious about renting this unit. Having discovered lots of Dinasaurs fossil such as Dinosaurs Megalosaurus ,Oviraptor, Pinacosaurus, Saurornithoides, Velociraptor, plesiosaur, Ichthyosaurus etc. Am coming to state to Trade those fossils with some US Museums.
   In view of my work schedule, i would want us to finalize basic arrangements. I’m and i am currently working with Netherlands Fossil hunters Imperial Dinosaur Fossil Research Amsterdam, Netherlands. I will be in the states for the next one year with my wife and during my stay i will be Trading dinosaur fossils with Some USA Museums and Research with some America Paleontologist on fossils hunting and field work. Am willing to offer you 1month rent + the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to my arrival to state, and on my arrival, I’ll pay for the 11months fees in Cash. My Trustee in the states will be the one to handle the Move in fee, and we will instruct him to send you the check for this as soon as you give us the go ahead to make payment to you Due to the limited time that we have before our arrival, we are making arrangements with a furniture company there in state to supply the home with some befitting furniture.
   We can start the lease at your earliest convenient time and we will be effecting a one year lease although, we will be arriving on 5th of April 2009. You can prepare the lease in me and my wife name “Prof Martins Williams & Mrs  Florence Williams.
   Once again, thank for the measurements and the price that you sent to me, it will indeed be of great help to determine the Seize of Furniture that my furniture company will supply to the unit… 

As regards my furniture, am planning on having them delivered to the house before our arrival so that we can settle in comfortably, you can understand that transporting furniture across Atlantic is not easy, so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State to deliver the furniture before our arrival after the rent and security deposit has been fully paid to you by my Trustee. I want to seek your indulgence and favor. Can we rely on you to take delivery of those furniture for us when they are delivered? We will instruct the furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time that will be convenient for you to receive those furniture for us. As you will be handling the delivery of those furniture for us,we may ask our Trustee to include the costs of our furniture with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help us to make the payment when it is delivered. We will really appreciate if you can do this for us and promise to compensate you adequately for your time and effort s on our arrival in your place.
   Please let me know if this will be okay with you so that i can instruct our Trustee to go ahead with the payment.
   Let us know how to move ahead as we intend to complete this deal before we move in by 5th of April 2009, we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a booking on a flight to the states. I want a less risk, fair,transparent and a hitch free transaction so i attached the pictures of my family so that you can have an ideal of who you are dealing with.
   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 or +447031978953 }
   P.S: Forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead of time. I would eventually have it signed physically when i arrive. In my opinion, appending signatories should be done properly and at best physically. Please, send me a picture view of the living room and bed rooms only if that will not take time to do. This is an international situation and am not sure how you can run my employment and Credit check\background, there’s no way we can go about this until i arrive to state, hope you understand my concern.
   With this arrangement, my Trustee in the states,will be effecting your payment deposit to you. I believe we can  work together and ensure every arrangements that we shall both execute in line with my taking up the tenancy should be done accordingly to ensure we have a proper understanding.
 For Payment, Get back with the below details
 1- Name to be written on the certified American check
 2- Mailing address , No
 3- Phone Number
 4- City
 5- Zip Code
 6- State
 Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
 Professor Martins Williams
 Netherlands .
 Fossil Hunter {Paleontologist}.
 Tel: +447024017688 or +447031978953



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  1. Hi,

    I just go the same email from this guy. I’m so glad that I google his name 1st.


  2. I also received a email as above exactly per word by word. except this is a Dr.Tim. Thanks for the good information.

  3. Watch out, we almost fell for this scam. I am glad we googled this guy.

  4. Hi,
    I also got the same thing happened and my sister told me to google it.

  5. Just got an inquiry – exact same text as above. It’s from “Professor Williams Smith”.

    What is the point of the scam? He doesn’t seem to be asking for the usual financial information “to make a direct deposit”…

  6. same thing happened to us on July 14th 2009.
    We got suspisious and stopped replying to this proffesor after his second e-mail.
    I hope he stops this!

  7. We just got hit by this guy- I do not understand the point but almost gave him my information…he accidentally sent me two exact emails and I decided to Google him. LOOK OUT and what a nut case????

  8. Just got almost exactly the same e-mail from Dr. Edward Kelvin of the Imperial Dinosaur Fossil Research (center?) of Londen England. He and his lovely wife want to send someone to furnish my house too.


  9. hmmm… are we supposed to meet the furniture company and give them money? We just got them too. 9/7/09. We had posted our listing on craigslist.
    Get a grip! As if a paleontologist would want to rent a 1000 sq ft house in SARASOTA FL!

  10. They send you a check for more than the amount due then ask you to forward the difference. The check the sent you is fake. You ended up sending them money before the check clears the bank and is discovered to be fake.

  11. Just received the same e-mail (Dr Jason Cord). I suppose after sending extra money for the furniture, the delivery person will want to be paid up front… which of course I would be expected to do… having received the money in advance. Of course his check drawn on a foreign bank will be worthless…

  12. I received the same enail (Kelvin Edward and wife Linda Edward) today but the grammar seemed very bad for a professor and it just seemed fishy so we googled the guy and found your posting. That’s for the heads up.

  13. The same thing happen to me, same e-mail aim so glad we google him, thank for doing this page, it will save a lots of people houses

  14. Just got the same text but from a John Farley

  15. Prof. WIlliams Smith inquired about a rental I have posted and his response stated everything in the letter above as well. I guess the man has nothing better to do.

  16. I, too, got hit by the “Fossil Hunter” email. Exact letter, except that now he is Luis Mila from Barcelona, Spain, complete with bogus family photos. He responded to a craigslist apartment rental ad in Central California

  17. THANK YOU for posting this, I just got the same email, family photos and all. What a nut!!! Mine was:

    Professor Brian Domanico
    Fossil Hunter {Paleontologist}.
    Tel: +447024017688 or +2348022755648

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