Untitled Rental Scam on Craigslist (craiglist.com), #9970 - Scamalot

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Merrick, NY, United States
2013-05-23 11:24:14
Rental Scam
Craigslist (craiglist.com)
+1 Untitled Rental Scam on Craigslist (craiglist.com), #9970
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   John Collins
Email Address:
   johncollins0911@hotmail.com
I responded to an apartment for rent on Craigslist he said western union him 700 n apt is mine I obv didn\'t send a dime but I\'m sure there are gullible people that will,I hope not
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Anonymous   () Added the following extra information on :2013-06-22 15:44:05
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Daniel Greg
Email Address:
   daniel.greg35@yahoo.com
I was looking for a rental in Rockaway, Queens. I responded to a Craigslist ad (which he later removed) for a 1 bedroom at $900/month. For that area the price isn't unbelievable. They probably have among the cheapest rents in Queens because they're so far out and they're still recovering from Sandy. The exact email response I received was:
"Hello,
Thanks for your interest in my apartment its still available for rent. I am sure you would be asking yourself why my rent is low, that's because i am not too keen about the money in renting the apartment out but to whom i am renting the apartment out to. My intention is to rent my apartment to someone that is responsible and that would take great care of the apartment as if it were his or hers. I am very certain that you would love the comfy of the apartment, it is available for short and long term lease.
I would like you to know that i am giving this apartment out for rent because i have relocated to West Africa for a posting as an humanitarian and i would spending couple of years before i would be through with my assignment. So my family and i have decided that we would be moving to our other home in San Diego, California when we get back to the states,i would like you to complete the tenant application form below if you are interested in my apartment and please be honest with the details.
Rent Fees: Rent Per Month: $900 (Including Utilities) Security Deposit: $600 ( Highly Refundable) LOCATION :160 Beach 117th StAPT 3A, Rockaway Park, NY 11694 APARTMENT FEATURES: Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Sqft: 550 Property type: Apartment Parking: Yes Availability: now Lease term: Contact For Details Utilities included: Heat, Hot water Features, Sewage, Gas Below is the rental application form please fill it and get back to us ASAP if you are interested in renting our home. We would like you to fill the details below. ========================================================================================= Please only fill if you are willing to rent from us. ********RENTAL APPLICATION******** FIRST NAME:____________________MIDDLE NAME:__________________ LAST NAME:_____________________ Present Address__________________________________________ Married/Single:_____________ Age: ________When do you intend Move in_____________________ Spouse's Name:_____________________________How many Children?_________ Why are you leaving your present place_____________________________ How Long do you intend stay in my apartment____________________ Profession__________________Credit Score___________Any Pets? _________ If Renting Amount______$900______ Cell Phone:__________________ Work Phone___________________ Home Phone_______________ Do you smoke_____________Drink_______________ Work late in the night__________________ How soon can you have the deposit sent to me_____________________ How soon do you want to receive the keys and the paper works of the apartment_______________
I will need this information because my family and I won’t be moving back to the apartment whenever we're back, there is no registration fee. The Security Deposit would be needed as a Security Bond in order for the keys and paperwork along side with Lease Contract agreement to be sent to you...After i have received these details above, i would discuss with my wife and let you know my terms and how we would conclude the Lease process so you can move into the apartment asap,feel free to call me anytime on my cell number: +(234)-7056757834.
I hope to hear from you soonest.. Daniel Greg"
I was never wondering why the rent was low. I've never come across a Landlord who offered an explanation for why they're renting. Not to be rude but as soon as I read "West Africa," I knew he was full of it. So I googled the unusual contact number and came across results for multiple scams using the number where, as with this case, the scammer wanted money to be sent. I'm not sending any money for a rental I can't see , nor filling out personal information for someone I haven't even met. I hope this is helpful for SOMEONE.

Scam Email
Thankfully I was smart enough to recognize this for what it was. His email was Daniel.greg35@yahoo.com.

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