Report: #1129980

Complaint Review: Joleen Clifton

  • Submitted: Tue, March 11, 2014
  • Updated: Tue, March 11, 2014
  • Reported By: gmr0806 — claremont North Carolina
  • Joleen Clifton

    Hickory, North Carolina

Joleen Clifton Craigslist scam Hickory North Carolina

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             I was on craigslist looking for a place to rent, I had come across an apartment that was very well priced. I contacted them through e-mail, asking if I could come and see the apartment. This is the e-mail I recieved after sending that e-mail, and she replied quickly.



First and foremost, thank you for your interest in the home. I am available to show the h*ouse 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 h*ow 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 h*omes 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.

It is okay if you have bad credit (trust me). We just check to make sure that you don't have several evictions on your record. (We won't rent if you have 3 or more evictions on your record)

I also had to recently stop giving out the exact address of rental properties before I am able to show them because last time I did that the house was vandalized (I will be glad to send you the address right after your reply) I assure you though that this is a very safe neighborhood. I actually lived in this home for 2 years (very cozy).

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).
(Copy and paste this link to your address bar if it is not clickable)

*** 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 h*onest 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 forwardethe information. (Make sure to include a valid phone number. I usually call within 6 h*ours 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.



 After recieveing this e-mail, I clicked the link and did what I needed to do. I could not follow that link again to do one for my husband. I replied to this e-mail after doing this, and here is what I wrote back.

 Thank you for getting back to me so quick. I did my credit score but could not do my husbands. It would not let me go to the link twice. I am very interested in the house and would be able to sign a lease and everything else immediately. I can meet any day of the week at any time, preferably in the morning while my daughter is in school. Please get back to me and let me know when is good for you. Thank you

I waited and didn't hear anything back, so I sent yet another e-mail, which said.

 Hey Joleen,

I haven't heard back from you yet and just want to make sure everything is ok.

 After about 2 weeks of not hearing anything back, I sent one last e-mail about 5 days ago. This e-mail said.
 Hello Joleen,
   I never heard anything back from you, I even sent you an email about the credit check. I have now been charged because it was a trial for a credit score website. I am very unhappy, I am even more unhappy that you have not contacted me back. If you do not contact me within the next 48 hours, I will be reporting you to the police. I do not want my identity to be stolen, I am a very cautious person. If I do not hear from you, then I will assume this was an attempt to steal my identity, and it will be reported.
Thank You,
  I have not contacted the athoraties yet, nothing has been done so far. However, the minute something is done in my name that I have not approved, those e-mails will be taken directly to the police department, and an offical police report will be made. I want to warn people about this because, I don't want them to have their identity stolen, like I have made the mistake of making it possbile for this person to do so.
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