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Rancho Cordova, CA, United States
2013-01-23 14:38:56
Rental Scam
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Ad for house to rent on craigslist   
Joseph Peters
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We ran across a home for rent - it sounded to good to be true but we filled out the rental agreement. He stated he lived in UK for business and we could not see the house inside. We already live down the street from the gated community that is for 55+. After this e-mail we thought that this could be a scam so we investigated by calling the office at the community - turns out the house is for rent but not for the $800.00 this guy was promiseing and it was not owned by him. Other people had called the office manager asking about the same ad. I am so glad we did not send any $$ - we were only stupid for a second. The following is the e-mail that alerted us -
From \"Joseph Peters\" - note the bad grammer and spelling.


Thanks very much for your reply and am really happy that I have found my future tenant. I can see your willingness in taking good care of my house, So as i shall be giving you our house to you, please again, i want you to take care of the house so that i might be glad when coming to visit you. The Rent Includes the Utilities. As you are ready to rent the house now that will not be a problem,you will be sending me the deposit of $500 as security deposit for me to pay the charges of the shipping company to send the following document to you via Ups to the address you sent to me and the tracking number will be sent to you immediately the package shipped out here so that you can possibly occupy our house and you pay the first month rent when you receive the package, 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 and i will handle it to the shipper for shipment to you.The deposit will be sent to me via MONEY GRAM Money Transfer, that is the only payment option been accepted.

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.
4)Payment Receipt.
5)Full address and description of the house.

I have forwarded your address to the shipper and it\'s has been registered now and I will be happy if you can take good care of my house when you move in. I have registered the package to the shipping company and they will be shipping it out immediately i pay their charges and as soon as they get the package shipped out here i will email you back with the tracking number. What you have to do now is to go and make the payment right away via MONEY GRAM.

So, kindly go ahead and make the payment right away via MONEY GRAM grocery store outlet you. Here is my information that you will use to send the money to me.


Receiver\'s Name: Joseph Peters
Receiver Address: 129, Station Road
City: Birmingham, West Midlands,
Country: United Kingdom

As soon as you send the money I want you to get back to me with the money transfer 8 digits control number (Reference#) for confirmation.

Amount sent..............
Sender\'s Name..........
Sender Address.........

Kindly send the full transfer details after the payment is been made by without further delay.I will be looking forward for the payment information soonest.

God Bless You So Much.
Joseph Peters.
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