ED Magedson – Founder
Search My Scores Craigslist Apartment Scam Internet
Craiglist apartment scam. We were looking at apts on Craigslist and received the email below. It mentions nothing about the town we were looking in so we became suspicious. The link below directs you to www.searchmyscores.com. It does it after going through many other sites automatically - so I suspect we also got a virus by clicking on the link below. The link is modified so the same doesn't happen to you. Other sites indicate you'll get a credit card charge and/or your identity stolen.
From: Laurie Sandoval [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2013 8:14 AM
Subject: RE: 2 bd home
Hi, First and foremost, thank you for your interest in the home. I am available to show the house this week if that fits your schedule.
Just to give you a little more information about the home, the water, trash and garbage are paid by us. The security deposit can be paid in 2 installments if money is tight. (I know how that can be). The house has a fenced in backyard and we do allow pets. The deposit per pet is a one time payment. The house includes a washer and dryer, and we pay for lawn care so the renter does not have to cut the grass.
There is NO application fee (our company policy and guarantee). I will be happy to show the house at an agreed upon time and date but I do require that all applicants and additional renters who will be living in the home complete a free credit report to ensure their eligibility. I have so many people apply for homes that I have to make sure they are qualified renters before I show the property. This ensures neither of us will be wasting our time.
As soon as you can, please click the link below and go to the secure website to complete the free credit report (takes about 30 seconds) Once you complete, I'll call you once I receive the information from the credit company (very quickly usually). http:/obhonlinescore.org/SBSN
*** You don't have to send me your credit report.
Once you fill out the report the credit company automatically forwards me your name, email address and whether you have had any outstanding evictions in the past 5 years to determine your renter eligibility. This is the only information I am interested in. This is a soft credit report so it won't touch your FICO score (which is why we work with them).
This process turns some people off, so I completely understand if you decide not to complete them. In that case, good luck with your home search. I just want to be honest with you up front about our process, which does a good job of protecting us from ineligible renters and scammers. Also, the site above is one the safest and most secure website for credit reports in the world, which is good for peace of mind. I have worked with them personally for a couple years now.
If you are truly interested in proceeding, take a moment and fill out one of the reports. Let me know when this is done and we can then work out the time and date to go see the home. Email me back once you access your fresh report. I will be forwarded the information. (Make sure to include a valid phone number. I usually call within 6 hours of submitting your report. Then I can forward you the address and we can set up a time to tour the home.)
If eligible you will also be sent an email with my office number so we can set up a time to go see the house and discuss any other questions or concerns you may have.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/20/2013 12:19 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Search-My-Scores/internet/Search-My-Scores-Craigslist-Apartment-Scam-Internet-1108602. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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