Tuesday, July 17, 2012

98 percent of rental ads on craigslist are scams

The contributors of the Bogus Barrister have spent time over the last few weeks responding to ads for house rentals on Craigslist. We concluded that 98% of these ads are published by Nigerian 419 scammers. Those looking for a new house or apartment should be aware that since Craigslist does nothing about this problem, then the website really is a waste of time. These scammers pretend to be the legal owners of these properties but since they are in Nigeria they demand you send them fees via Western Union to send you keys and a lease. This scammer is trying to get somebody to wire him 1400 in addition to the shipping fees.

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 7:53 am
Subject: Re: House 41st st

Thanks for your response and interest in my house.The house is very much available and it is charming 3 bedroom home for rent in Coral Springs, FL USA.Which was formally occupied by me and my family before we left for Nigeria for a doctoral duty under a missionary, we left for a volunteer mission together with other missionaries for a development program with the aim of developing the people of west Africa physically and spiritually as God has directed us. We wanted to sell the house initially but we later changed our mind after we discovered that we wouldn't be spending more then 5 years here in Africa.So as you know well that the house is located at 10325 NW 41st Street, Coral Springs, FL 33065 . Which my family and I have spent so much time and money to maintain it up till its standard, It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet.....Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc..... We have been trying our best to make the house as clean as possible, because am a clean person and we don't like dirt around our surroundings.We are looking for a well-behaved, clean and honest tenant to rent out our house too. We will like you to give us your words and promise us that you will take good care of our house so that we will be happy when we come to visit you in the future.. We accept short or long-term rent and month to month also... All the utilities are included in the rent.. Pets are allowed. So kindly get back to us with this information below.

Full Name______________
Home Phone ( )________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( )___________________
Current Address_______________________ ________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________
Rent $__________
Phone ( )___________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____
Do you have a car____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Please describe Breed, size : __________?
Personality of pet : __________?
Preferred move in date : __________?____________________________
When do you intended sending me the deposit_______
When do you intended receiving the keys and document of the house___________________________
When do you intend to drive by the Property_________
Any Good Credit___________________________
Credit Score___________________________
Any Police Problem___________________________
Are you a section 8 applicant : __________?
Do you run a business from home : __________?
If so what kind of business : __________?
Do you work late night : __________?
Do you smoke : __________?
Do you drink : __________?

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 key to you,please we are giving you all this base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words, you know that we do not see our self's yet and only putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this. Looking forward to hear from you. you can give us a call on our cell

Best Regards

+234-7081290525 OR 011+234-7081290525 .(call or text anytime)
Note: the Rent is $700 and security deposit is $700
Total Move In Cost:$1400

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