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Rini
Ciudad Nicolás Romero, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
2012-09-11 20:26:40
Classified Ads Scam
Craigslist (craiglist.com)
+8 On Craigslist replied to ad. Mentioned 'demo rage' moving company across the Atlantic  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   CARLA CUNNINGHAM
Email Address:
   
This person replied to an ad of a room for rent and initially portrayed herself as a medic from Geneva, fluent in English and Spanish and coming to the U.S. to perform investigation work for UNAIDS -where she supposedly works. All paid expenses by her boss. -she never mentioned the boss\' name-. Later sent the exact same email someone else already posted in this website. She re-sent the same mail 3 times and failed to answer any of my further questions.
It seemed very suspicious her English would be so bad. We started googling her and the \'moving company\' and we came up to find the exact same scam as performed before by a person with a different name. Perhaps an alias?

She insisted on getting our address, which we never told her.

We did not provide any further information so she couldn\'t finalize her scam.

Below I paste the email this so called Carla Cunningham sent me. Beware of her!

I will be paying you for OCTOBER rent then you will help me pay the
apt manager, this is the more reason why i asked my boss to make the
payment payable to your name. I will attach my flight itinerary in the
next email so that you can know the exact time and date i will arrive
next week, Also i will like to know if you can pick me up at the air
port on my arrival because this is my first time of coming to the
state and i don\'t know anybody.As regards my furniture and my car,is
plan to have them delivered to the house before my arrival so that i
can settle in comfortably also I\'m paying more and more for having my
items with the Company (demo rage),you can understand that transiting
cross Atlantic is not easy so i am making arrangement with the
furniture company to deliver some furniture and the car before my
arrival this week after you have gotten the rent and security deposit.
I will ask you for a favor here,can i rely on you to take delivery of
my furniture and the car for me when they are delivered.I will
instruct the furniture company to contact you to schedule a delivery
time that will be convenient for you to receive the items for me .As
you will be handling the delivery of the items with the rent and
deposit that will be sent to you so that you can help me to make the
payment when they are delivered.I will really appreciate if you can do
this for me and promise to compensate you adequately for your time
and efforts on my arrival in your place. I will need your name and
address to mail out the payment. thanks and I will be looking forward
to read back from you today asap. I will love to fill out the
application form in person when i get there.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.
Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-18 09:35:29
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Shannon Alexander
Email Address:
   browse0002
This is the same person who has apparently tried to scam others seeking roommates on Craigslist. I don't know what the scam is, but she kept insisting on taking the place, on my taking the listing off craigslist, and described herself as a 24-year old medical researcher with UNAIDS. She asked for specific information - my name, address, email address. None of this is classified, but maybe the scam is to use my name and email address for some other purpose. I became suspicious when she insisted twice that her 'boss' was paying for the apartment and utilities. If she works for UNAIDS, a real organization, why call the organization 'her boss? and why insist? i asked twice to skype with her since i don't want to rent to someone who i haven't met at all, even if it's just on skype (she claims to be in switzerland). So i would have been hooked except for my rule of having to meet and talk to the person. But I still don't know what the scam is. What seems odd to me is that she did not answer my questions directly, but kept on insisting that she take the place, and that she not tell me who, exactly, was going to be responsible for rent and bills. I also thought a 24 year old researcher being sent from switzerland to the US for a year of medical research is just an unlikely situation. I found on scamdex this same person who told the same story to someone else.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-12 15:38:22
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Shannon Alexander
Email Address:
   browse0002@gmail.com
I placed an ad on craigslist for a houseshare. I always ask for in my ad the person's personal email address, what town they work in, type of work they do, etc. Nothing ultra-pesonal. I just got the following response, googled the person's email address, and found this website. SCAMMER !
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My name is Shannon Alexander. I care to know if your Room/Share Apt is still avaialble. Get back to me as soon as possible with your email address. Email to: browse0002@gmail.com
Sent from my iphone.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-01-24 20:19:12
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Debra MacIntosh, Faith Daniels, Ralph Deon Taylor
Email Address:
   steven.cole555@gmail.com
I was contacted by this person about an add on Craigslist. The email they used was steven.cole555@gmail.com which had a name associated to it through gmail: Faith Daniel. This person offered to buy some furniture from me and asked me to remove the add from Craigslist while the payment was sent to me. I did and I received a cashier's via FedEx a few days later. In order to coordinated the pick up I gave my number and we started texting. Once I had the check, which was for a lot more than I was asking for the furniture, I was asked to cash it, keep my payment and wire the rest to the shipper:
Name......Debra MacIntosh Address...200 Roberts Lane City......Bakersfield, State.....CA Zip Code..93308
My bank told me the check would clear in a day or two and several days later when I called them, I was told that everything was fine and the money was deposited in my account. Turns out there is a difference between a check clearing and a check being payed out (at least that's what I gathered from my telephone conversation with my bank).
I'm still texting this "Faith Daniels" and now I'm being asked to wire the rest of the money to a different shipper:
Name......Ralph Deon Taylor Address...2200 West Carson Street City......Torrance State.....CA Zip Code..90501
Not going to happen but since there is little else I'm can do I'm just going to string this person on as long as I can with excuses to not pay. Let me know if you can think of some way to catch this person.

Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-01-05 01:10:20
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Charity Bergstrom
Email Address:
   segxy.lenn@gmail.com
I put up a classified ad on Craigslist for a room for rent. It has since been taken down. This was one of my replies; it is identical to the replies others have posted from different names:
"Am so happy for the prompt respond to my mail. My name is Charity Bergstrom(F), I am 29yrs old,I am fun loving person, personal, friendly, clean, caring,and respectful to elders. a non-smoker, not a drug addict, i drink occasionally, and drama free. I graduated last 2 year in France, Married 2 years before but presently now a divorce lady with one kid... i do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night with my roommate! i do attend church service every Sunday . I am coming for my Masters degree.My Nationality is USA,specifically Hawaii, I was born in Honolulu in Hawaii, my dad is from there too but my mum is from France...I went to Chaminade University at Honolulu in Hawaii. I speak both English and French fluently,am presently on research work at Hawaii, and almost done with that because its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology. I would have loved to call you but this is a remote area calls is hard to go through from here and i don't want to waste much time .Am really interested in renting room from you or to be your roomier and i do really love pets but i don't have any at the moment. I would have loved to see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad.
I will also like you to tell me more about you and the house,if you have garage or parking space because i will be coming over with my car, please let me know the grand total payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my dad for him to email you later because he is the one who will be responsible for paying the bills but nevertheless, I will like you to send me your
Full Name The Mailing Address including your Zip code Your Phone number as well
So that my Dad will issue out the payment for the place as soon as possible.You can hold place for me till i arrive there . I will be looking to read from you quickly.
Thanks and have a Happy Holiday!
Charity Bergstrom."
I had a check FedExed to me that needed no signature. It was just dropped off on my porch. This person immediately asked me to send thousands of dollars, supposedly from the check by money gram to this person and address:
Debra MacIntosh 200 Roberts Lane Bakersfield, CA, 93308
I think the point was to take thousands from me and then the check would bounce. The check came from:
Estes Express Line Inc. 3901 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23230
And was issued by SunTrust Bank in Richmond, VA. Please watch out for anything like this. I am going to take the information I have and see if I can track down these scammers and hold them accountable under the law.

Patrick Heater   (Tucson, AZ, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-11-26 20:34:20
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Katty Angelina
Email Address:
   e.karson800@gmail.com
Thanks for getting back to me ... My name is Katty Angelina (Female),I am 25yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others.a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free.I graduated last year in France, I am single and have no children ...i do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday. I am coming for my Masters degree. i am from USA,specifically Hawaii, I was born in Honolulu in Hawaii,my dad is from there too but my mum is from Spain...I went to Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaii.I speak both English and Spanish fluently ,am presently on research work at Hawaii, and almost done with that bcos its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology . I would have loved to call you but this is a remote area calls is hard to go through from here and i don't want to waste much time .Am really interested in renting from you or to be your roomie and i do really love pets but i don't have any at the moment.I would have loved to see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad. I will also like you to tell me more about you and if you have garage or parking space cos I will have my own car come over,pls let me know the total payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my dad for him to email you later because he is the one that will be paying the bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your 1.....Full Name to write on the check 2.....Full Physical address to post the check(P.O box never accepted) 3.....City, State and Zip Code 4.....Home Phone to contact you 5.....Cell Phone to contact you
so that my Dad will issue out the payment for the place as soon as possible,with that you can hold on the place for me till i come. I will be looking forward to your email soonest.
Second email is the same as the other report listed.

Colby   (US) Added the following extra information on :2012-10-26 10:57:48
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Carla Cunningham
Email Address:
   browse0002@gmail.com
DO NOT ENGAGE IN ANY FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS WITH THIS SCAMMER!!!
So as I posted before, I originally received a message for my room for rent, from Carla Cunningham using the email address ccarla@communication.mygbiz.com. Now they are using browse0002@gmail.com as their email, which is what caught my attention in the first place. So if you read my post from the other day, you will see how the first message played out, and now it looks like someone else (Floris from FL) received a similar message. Well yesterday I actually did receive a reply (despite what I wrote to this scammer, and my doubts that I would get a response after what I wrote) and they still went on with their typical scammmer story. This is the reply, usually the second message you would get from them:
Sent Thursday, October 25, 2012 3:08 AM
Hello Thanks for your prompt response, Am so happy for your quick response..I understand your explanation. A little about me....my name is Carla Cunningham, I speaks English and Spanish fluently, I am 24yrs old female,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others.a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free,from Zurich, Switzerland...I presently live and work in Geneva as Medical doctor with UNAIDS,(www.unaids.org) I will be coming to State for medical research due to nature of our work. This was why i made inquiry as per the availability of your space.Please let me know the Utilities that are available in the rent.(ALL application will be signed when am back in state.) For the payment that is not a problem at all...Because my boss will be highly responsible for all my expenses, all i have to do is to confirm the amount of the room which i have done including the utilities(if there is any) and then get it sent to him. I will like to move in NOVEMBER 1st
However i will be in need of the information in which the payment will be issued to..,So all i require of you is for you to send me your..
FULL NAME FULL ADDRESS(Apt#,City,State and Zip code) PHONE NUMBER EMAIL ADDRESS
So that I can forward it to my boss because my boss will be paying for the rent, my flight and some other things so all you have to do is that as soon as you receive the check he will send. You will deduct your rent fee and the utilities from it and then get the rest back to my flight manager so that my ticket can be booked. Waiting to hearing from you. I will want all this information for quick payment asap pls. I will occupy the apartment for the period of 1 year or more.
Stay Blessed
On 10/24/12, Colby wrote: Hi,
Yes, it is available, we are really specific with who we want to move in though.
We are speciffically looking for a medic from Geneva, fluent in English and Spanish, and coming to the U.S. to perform investigation work for UNAIDS(where you work)
If you are still interested, let me know.
I am not going to respond now, but you should all be aware of this and these types of scams... BE CAREFUL OUT THERE ON THE INTERNET!!!

Floris   (Cedar Falls, IA, United States) Added the following extra information on :2012-10-24 11:57:31
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Carla Cunningham
Email Address:
   browse0001@gmail.com
I also received this same message from Carla Cunningham via my Craigslist sublet ad.
Hello
I care to know if the above apt/sublet still available. Please get back to me as soon as possible
Thanks Carla Cunningham

Colby   (US) Added the following extra information on :2012-10-24 09:57:36
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Carla Cunningham
Email Address:
   ccarla@communication.mygbiz.com, browse0002@gmail
I received an email from a "Carla Cunningham" from the first email address above regarding the Room I have for Rent... Anyways, this is how it started:
Hello, I care to know if the above apt/sublet still available. Please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks, Carla Cunningham
Now... When I went to reply to her email, thinking that this was legit, it was going to be sent to the second address above. So I decided to do a Google search on this person/possible scam, and found out that this is indeed a scam. So thanks to the previous person who reported this scam artist, and because of that report, I responded as such:
Hi, yes, it is available, we are really specific with who we want to move in though. We are specifically looking for a medic from Geneva, fluent in English and Spanish, and coming to the U.S. to perform investigation work for UNAIDS (where you currently work). If you are still interested, let me know.
Now that info was provided by the initial report I found on here, Scamdex.com, and so I thought I would play with this scammer. Since they indicated that info in the first reporters' email, I decided to add it to my reply. I doubt I will get a response now, but if I do, I will keep everyone posted.

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