September 10, 2009

Craigslist Rental Scam... Watchout...

We posted our condo for Rent on Craigslist and got the following Scam... so don't fall it

Good Morning,
I just saw the posting for this rental and am interested in seeing the place.
My fiancee and I both work full time. We do not smoke and do not have pets. We are looking for a place to move in together after we get married. Ideal move in date would be September, but can move in earlier if needed. I would love to come by and take a look. I really like the location and the pictures of the place look great.
I would prefer to stay at least 6months/12months If you require any specific information, pls let me know
Give me the detail of the fees.
1- Security deposit fee ?
2- Monthly rent fees ?
3- Utilities if applicable ?

I can be reached at this email (
Heather pokett

I'm so speechless 

I want to thank you for  responding pretty promptly. I would have prefer meeting you in person but due to my wedding preparation which is tomorrow, i am so busy with my schedule.

As for the property for rent, please let me know more about the location: how you've like living there (or do you live there), why you are renting it, how much it will cost monthly and how long the lease will be.Also, i want you to attached the picture of the home so that i can see it and show it to my wife.

I'd appreciate more information that would be helpful as well.

Thank you

Hello ,
Many thanks to your prompt response and brief details on this unit. I am indeed a potential tenant and serious about renting this unit. In view of my upcoming wedding preparation schedule i am very busy, i would want us to finalize basic arrangements.I'm willing to offer you the security deposit and utilities if any to secure this unit prior to my arrival. I'll pay for the 11 months fees in Cash when i meet you in person. 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 furnitures.
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 7th of sept 2009 after our honey moon in London, England. You can prepare the lease in me and my wife name "Mr Heather Pokett and Mrs Angelina Pokett..
Once again, thanks for the informations and the price that you sent to me,, it will indeed be of great help to deternine the Sieze of Furnitures that my furnitures 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 furnitures across atlantic is not easy, so we are making arrangement with the furniture company there in State to deliver the furnitures before our arrival after the security deposit has been fully paid to you . I want to seek your indulgence and favor. Can we rely on you to take delivery of those furnitures 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 furnitures for us. As you will be handling the delivery of those furnitures for us.I'll include the costs of our furnitures with the 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 efforts on our arrival in your place.Please let me know if this will be okay with you so that i can  go ahead with the payment.
Let us know how to move ahead as we intend to complete this deal before we move in by 7th of sept 2009, we will let you know the exact date as soon as we get a booking on a flight to the states after our honey moon vacation. I want a less risk, fair,transparent and a hitch free transaction. Forward the lease agreement/application form to Review it ahead of time. I would eventually have it signed physically when i arrive after my honey moon. 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, i'll issue 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 check
2- Mailing address , No
3- Phone Number
4- City
5- Zip Code
6- State
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
Mr Heather Pokett and Mrs Angelina Pokett

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