Renters beware! If you find a property for rent and the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. The scammers are finding legitimate rentals or sale listings and then advertising them for the normal price. The following is a sample of how they reply to inquiries.
Hi, Thanks for emailing me regarding the house is still available, but presently I'm on business trip to Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia. I bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia and fortunately I won, so I have to move quickly down to Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia to have my company set up. I came over here with my wife, we both bought the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house, so I have to look for an agent and getting one we strike a deal but later my wife advised me on selling the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advice.
So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have given the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later and more some I do not have anyone in the area Ican leave the keys behind with so that is why I posted ad myself. If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price and I this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property.
I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won't be able to see physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. The house is available for as longas you want and if you drive by the house you may see a sign there, you have nothing to worry about it belongs to my previous agent so you have absolutely nothing to worry about and you don't have to call them because they do not have accessto the house anymore.Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )_________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
P.S: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW THE INTERIOR PART OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE I HAVE THE KEYS HERE WITH ME BUT I CAN SEND YOU PICTURES.
You Can Contact Me On My U Number.. 303-306-8709
2nd email after questions were answered:
Thanks very much for your reply and also I can see your willingness in my house . I have decided to let you live in my house. The house is available now, you have to provide the first month and last month rent which is the total of $2400 to hold the house, and also we will send the keys and document of the house to you via DHL to the address you send to me and the tracking number will be sent to you.
Please once again,we are giving you this on trust and do not disappoint us, and I promise you that you will love the house. So I am with the below document here with me.Please get back to me if you are ready to make the payment so that i can forward you the Western Union Info you for the payment.You Can Contact Me: 303-306-8709
Here are the contents of the document.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details)
3)The house documentary file.
5)Full address and description of the house
So pls get back to me today. I await your reply ASAP. Regard and God bless you!!
As you can see the information that they request is very personal and could be used for identity theft. If you come across one of these ads please report them and request that the ad be removed. At this time these foreign internet scammers are using this email address and phone number on craigslist along with other free internet sites firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a little note from craigslist that is good sound advice.
Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any arrangement involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, or a landlord/owner who is out of the country or cannot meet you in person