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Anonymous
Greensboro, NC, United States
2013-08-28 22:36:23
Rental Scam
Craigslist (craiglist.com)
+7 House rental scam on CraigslistEmail Attached  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Gary Shelton
Email Address:
   garyshelton93@yahoo.com
The post says that he\'s renting out a house, 3 bedroom 2 bath. When I emailed him he responded with

\"Thanks for the interest in my house. You will have to go and look the house from the outside because I\'m presently in Virginia with the keys right now. That was why I sent you the pictures of the inside too. Kindly get back to me after you have gone to look it from the outside so that I can send you the rental application if you\'re interested in renting the house. Thanks\"

And then if you continue on with the process he says

How are you doing? I really hope i am not getting back to you very late about the house you want to rent, I had to leave Greensboro, NC in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working in different states. My family and i just moved from Greensboro, NC. We intend selling the house if we find a Tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion. If you want more photos of the House, let us know. I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in Chesapeake, VA. Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission.I guess by now you should eager to view the house because it is a lovely home. So far, we have seen a couple of interested families but we shall rent to the best tenant according to our choice. . The rent is $600 while the security deposit is also $600. The house is ready for move in..UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR..The house is for rent now but would be really interested in a lease to own in the future..Here is the address to the house 109 Wedgedale Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403.

PROPERTY INFORMATION
Price: $600
Deposit: $600
3 Bedrooms
2 full Bathrooms
Single-Family Home
Refrigerator
Dishwasher
Garbage Disposal
Microwave
Fireplace
Porch
Parking: Carport
Floors: Tile, Wood
Ranch Architecture
Exterior: Brick Veneer, Vinyl Siding
Heating Fuel: Natural Gas
Neighborhood: Starmount Forest
Patio

Call or email me for more inquiry.
Regards,
Gary
Call me on (361) 248-8871
Or text me to (361) 248-8871 if i didn\'t answer the phone.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2016-05-03 12:49:49
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Hritsco Leonard C
Email Address:
   mrleonard@outlook.com
This was a craigslist ad for a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath.
Good Morning, How are you and your family? I really hope i am not getting back to you very late about the house you want to rent, I had to leave Spokane in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working out of Spokane. My family and i just moved from Spokane to Wisconsin. I intend selling the house if i find a tenant that is willing to do lease to purchase after a year in the house. If not, then i will continue with normal rentals. I have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness and due to my recent promotion. I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in WI. Please visithttp://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission. A colleague of mine introduced me to this internet site where i can advertise my house. I have a reality company managing my house since am not in Spokane but, due to the high price they put on the house which make people not to rent the house from them. I had to withdraw the house from them and took over the rental myself. I want you to prove to me you are capable enough to take care of my property. I want you to get back to me on how you will be taking care of the place or perhaps the experience you have in your current place of living. I want you to note, all utilities are included in the rent. So far, we have seen couple of interested families but, i shall rent to the best tenant according to my choice. Here is the address to the house "6212 S Terre Vista St, Spokane, WA 99224" You can swing by and take a look at the house to know if you are Okay with it before i send the rental application to you since i will not be available for a walk through. kindly take your time to look at the environment and the neighborhood of the house to know if you are Okay with the house. The link below shows how beautiful the interior looks like. kindly click on it to view. https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=99A29146D446260F!129&authkey=!AFshB2Mq6pPNcJo&ithint=folder%2c
PROPERTY INFORMATION: Number of Bedrooms: 4 Number of baths: 2.5 2,500 square feet Rent: $1,000 Refundable security Deposit: $1,000 Pets are welcome with $200 deposit Total move in: $2,000 (First month rent with Security deposit) House Address: 6212 S Terre Vista St, Spokane, WA 99224
FACTS: Available 5/4 Lease: One Year Pets: Small dogs Laundry: In Unit Parking: Garage - Attached, 504 sqft garage Cooling: Central Heating: Forced air
FEATURES: Barbecue Cable Ready Ceiling Fan Deck Double Pane/Storm Windows Fenced Yard Finished basement Fireplace Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood, Tile Garden High Speed Internet Ready Hot Tub/Spa Lawn Patio Porch Security System Sprinkler System Vaulted Ceiling View: Mountain Wired
APPLIANCES INCLUDED: Dishwasher Dryer Freezer Microwave Range / Oven Refrigerator Washer
ROOM TYPES: Dining room Family room Laundry room Master bath Mud room Office Recreation room Walk-in closet
Sincerely, Hritsco Lenonard C. (414) 367-7299

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-11-29 18:03:54
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Andrew Whipple
Email Address:
   iamblessed483@hotmail.com
2nd scam

Scam Email
Andrew Whipple Aug 24 to me Good Afternoon, How are you doing? I had to leave Grand Junction, CO in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working in different states. My family and i just moved from Grand Junction, CO. We intend selling the house if we find a Tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion. I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in Tampa, FL. Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission.I guess by now you should be eager to view the house because it is a lovely home. So far, we have seen a couple of interested families but we shall rent to the best tenant according to our choice. The rent is $600 while the security deposit is also $600. The house is ready for move in..UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR. PROPERTY INFORMATION Price: $600 Deposit: $600 3 Bedrooms 1 full Bathrooms Single-Family Home Pets are allowed Refrigerator Dishwasher Garbage Disposal Washer Dryer Air Conditioning Heating Fuel: natural gas Range: gas 1,150 sqft Lot: 7,579 sqft Due to the fact that I live and work here in Florida, You will have to go look the house thru the windows and if you like the house email me back for the rental application after you've gone by to look the house.Here is the address to the house 559 N 27th St, Grand Junction, CO 81501. You can click the link below for more pictures of the house. It is being placed in onedrive. http://1drv.ms/1Kg3aYO Regards, Andrew You can reach me at (813) 693-5881 Or text me to (813) 693-5881 at anytime if i don't answer the call. Click here to Reply or Forward

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-10-11 13:13:28
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Justin Shields
Email Address:
   iamfavor270@hotmail.com
He said that he had a two bedroom 2 two bathroom house for rent. Wanted to lease to own, but rent for right now. He said he was a counselor working for the United States aid for international development in Tampa bay, Fl

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-10-06 23:48:37
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Jerry Minutolo
Email Address:
   iamblessed531@hotmail.com
This low life offers low cost rent that includes lights, water, and gas utilities. The homes ARE NOT his. He'll give story of how he had to leave town in a hurry because of a promotion. I found this scammer on Craigslist!

Scam Email
From: Jerry Minutolo [mailto:iamblessed531@hotmail.com] Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 12:59 PM To: Subject: RE: $600 / 3br - 1350ft2 - 3 bd, 2 full ba house for rent (Greenville, SC)   Good Afternoon, How are you doing?  I had to leave Greenville, SC in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working in different states. My family and i just moved from Greenville, SC. We intend selling the house if we find a Tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion.  I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in Tampa, FL. Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission.I guess by now you should be eager to view the house because it is a lovely home. So far, we have seen a couple of interested families but we shall rent to the best tenant according to our choice. The rent is $600 while the security deposit is also $600. The house is ready for move in..UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR. PROPERTY INFORMATION     Price: $600     Deposit: $600     3 Bedrooms     2 full Bathrooms     Single-Family Home     Pets are allowed     Refrigerator     Dishwasher     Garbage Disposal     Washer     Dryer     Air Conditioning     Heating Fuel: natural gas     Fireplace     1,350 sqft     Lot: 0.31 acres   Due to the fact that I live and work here in Florida, You will have to go look the house thru the windows and if you like the house email me back for the rental application after you've gone by to look the house.Here is the address to the house 7 Pennwood Ln, Greenville, SC 29609. You can click the link below for more pictures of the house. It is being placed in onedrive. http://1drv.ms/1YUxuhH Regards, Jerry You can reach me at (813) 693-5881  Or text me to (813) 693-5881 at anytime if i don't answer the call.

Laura E   (US) Added the following extra information on :2015-08-31 14:35:03
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Sheets Everett & Jeffrey Mattingly
Email Address:
   iamblessed495@hotmail.com
I'm looking to rent a house in Eastern Washington and received almost identical responses on two different listings. Below you can see the emails from the two responders. I actually responded to the first one with questions about the unit but the "Sheets" person refused to answer question about how rent and deposit would be paid. I told them more than once that I was not comfortable sending money off to someone who wasn't local and they just kept saying, "We can't talk about money until you apply." At that point, I told them I knew it was a scam and quit emailing. He didn't attempt to contact again. Then today, I send an email to a listing on Zillow and receive the second email. I couldn't believe that it was a copy of the first email I got. It's as if they have a blank template that they just fill in with details. I did attempt to contact that US AID website about how their organization is being used for scams but who knows how far that will go.
Email 1: Good Afternoon , How are you doing? I really hope i am not getting back to you very late about the house you want to rent, I had to leave Spokane, WA in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working in different states. My family and i just moved from Spokane, WA. We intend selling the house if we find a Tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion.I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in STREETSBORO, OHIO . Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission.I guess by now you should be eager to view the house because it is a lovely home. So far, we have seen a couple of interested families but we shall rent to the best tenant according to our choice. . The rent is $700 while the security deposit is also $700. The house is ready for move in..UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR..The house is for rent now but would be really interested in a lease to own in the future..Here is the address to the house 3711 S Latawah St, Spokane, WA 99203
PROPERTY INFORMATION Price: $700 Garage Deposit $700 Garbage Disposal 3 Bedrooms Hot Tub/Spa 1 full bathrooms Ceiling Fan Microwave Washer/Dryer Flooring:Tile Refrigerator 2,200 sqft Pets are Allow Status: For Rent Call or email me for more inquiry. Regards, Sheets Call me on (757) 744-3642. or text me to (757) 744-3642. You get to see the pictures of the house through this link http://1drv.ms/1Jrovcz N'S :DUE TO THE FACT THAT AM LIVING HERE IN STREETSBORO, OHIO ..I HAVE INCLUDED THE ADDRESS OF THE HOUSE 3711 S Latawah St,Spokane, WA 99203 ,THUS YOU HAVE TO GO TOO THE ADDRESS ABOVE TO GO TAKE A LOOK FROM THE OUTSIDE .I ATTACHED THE FRONT VIEW OF THE HOUSE AND IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE THEN YOU CAN GET BACK TO ME FOR THE RENTAL APPLICATION TOO START THE PROCESS TO RENT THE HOUSE..SERIOUS ONE'S ONLY.THANKS"
Email 2: "Good Morning, How are you doing? I had to leave Spokane, WA in a hurry due to my recent promotion and it involves me working in different states. My family and i just moved from Spokane, WA. We intend selling the house if we find a Tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion. I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in Tampa, FL. Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission.I guess by now you should be eager to view the house because it is a lovely home. So far, we have seen a couple of interested families but we shall rent to the best tenant according to our choice. The rent is $600 while the security deposit is also $600. The house is ready for move in..UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR. PROPERTY INFORMATION Price: $600 Deposit: $600 3 Bedrooms 2 full Bathrooms Single-Family Home Pets are allowed Refrigerator Dishwasher Garbage Disposal Washer Dryer Air Conditioning Heating Fuel: natural gas Range: gas 1,200 sqft Lot: 8,192 sqft Due to the fact that I live and work here in Florida, You will have to go look the house thru the windows and if you like the house email me back for the rental application after you've gone by to look the house.Here is the address to the house 6604 N Whitehouse St, Spokane, WA 99208. You can click the link below for more pictures of the house. It is being placed in onedrive. http://1drv.ms/1JgwxGg Regards, Jeffrey You can reach me at (813) 693-5881 Or text me to (813) 693-5881 at anytime if i don't answer the call."

Scam Email
maxitone76@hotmail.com

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2015-02-16 12:17:08
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Mitra Siarezi
Email Address:
    lakemustblue121@outlook.com
Fax:
   877-455-9459
Good morning,
thank you for your interest in my house ,I had to leave Austin, TX in a hurry due to my recent promotion. My family and I just moved from Austin, TX. We intend selling the house if we find a tenant that would be ready for a lease to own after a year in the house, if not, then we will continue with normal rentals. We have made the monthly rent significantly low and affordable as good faith for my happiness for my recent promotion. I am currently working as a counselor for the United States Aid for International Development (US-AID) here in Chesapeake,VA. Please visit http://www.usaid.gov/, you can also support our mission. The rent is $700 while the security deposit is also $700 , dog and cat allow.The house is ready for move in.. YES UTILITIES INCLUDED AND LEASE IS 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR.The house is for rent now but would be really interested in a lease to own in the future..Here is the address to the house : 12704 Council Bluff Dr, Austin, TX 78727 . I will need you to go by and view the house and possible look from the window to see the inside to know if you are Okay with the house and neighborhood and be sure you want to proceed with the renting as we wont be able to show you the house in person.So give me a call or text me as soon as you have done that for a rental application.
PROPERTY INFORMATION - Price: $700 - deposit: $700 -3 Bedrooms - 2 full Bathrooms -Single-Family Home -Refrigerator - Dishwasher -Laundry: In Unit - Stove - Washer -Microwave - Parking garage : 1 - Bungalow Architecture - Pets Allowed : Cat & Dog
Regards, Mitra Siarezi mobile : (804) 417-7124 I was about to send this guy some money and wait to receive my key in the mail.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-09-05 22:45:06
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   gary colon
Email Address:
   garycolon915@yahoo.com
Fax:
   757-257-0463
This scum is advertising some one else house at 3909 Willowood Rd. Augusta, Ga. 30907 for rent and he's in virginia had to leave augusta in a hurry due to his promotion. Want you to sign a lease asap and give him your 600 deposit.. thanks for this web site

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