Avoiding a Common Roommate Scam on craigslist

by Mike on June 14, 2010

in Scams

The scam truck

I want to explain a common craigslist scam that targets people renting out property.  If you are not aware of this scam, you may fall victim to it.  I, myself, have been targeted by this scam but have never been a victim.  I unsuspectingly replied to these fraudulent e-mails thinking they were legitimate roommates, but after several exchanges, my gut instincts told me better.

How the Scam Works

The scammers or purported roommates make initial contact with you, stating that they are interested in renting your room, but cannot visit because they are overseas or have a tight time constraint and can’t make the time.

The scammer insists they are easy going and would like to move.  They would have a very legitimate-sounding story.  They might be a medical school or college student, or perhaps starting a new computer or modeling job, and they might even be arriving with their parents.  Somewhere in the exchange of e-mails, they ask you for the total amount to secure the room for them to move in.

This is where I stopped the e-mail conversation, as it was getting too sketchy and just didn’t feel right.  I didn’t want anyone to move in without first meeting them in person.  That’s my #1 rule; enough said.

Based on my research, if you did reply to the scammer’s e-mail with the total amount, the scammer would send you a check, or very often some kind of international money order, for more than the total amount needed to secure your room.  They might say it is a money order for their scholarship or an employer’s paycheck. Some of the scammers would just contact you, stating that they made a mistake and overpaid you.  In any case, they would always request that you send difference back to them in via Western Union or Moneygram.

Seems fair and legit so far, right? Where’s the scam?

The scammer sends you a check or money order that looks genuine, but it’s actually fraudulent.  The bank will accept this fraudulent check, as you are depositing it into your account.  They may even cash it if you have an account with them.  When you send them back the amount that was “overpaid,” you’re really sending them your own money, and the bank will deduct the full amount of the fraudulent check from your account when it fails to clear. Thus, the scammer runs away with your money.

Simple Ways Not to Fall Victim to This Scam

  • Always talk to the potential roommates on the phone and determine their sincere interest.
  • Be wary of foreigners.  Scammers usually reside outside the U.S. to avoid prosecution, so if the e-mail is from a foreigner, be careful.
  • Read the e-mail carefully.  If there are a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes, it’s most likely a scammer from abroad.
  • Avoid using Moneygram and Western Union to do transactions; instead meet up and exchange initial checks in hand.  Better yet, never give money back until a check or money order clears your bank.  For international checks, that may be several weeks.

Last thoughts

This scam not only targets users of craigslists, but other roommate subscription sites as well.  I have received the e-mails from scammers while using other resources, such as roommates.com and roomster.com.  The e-mails generally read along the same lines, so it not isolated to craigslist.  Trust your gut, and follow the advice in this post to determine if you are dealing with a legitimate applicant.

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{ 128 comments… read them below or add one }

Zuleika Donahoe June 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Good to know, as I plan on listing my rental property on Craigslist.

Mike June 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Just trying to help out, Thanks for visiting

Michael January 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

The other aspect is that they always protray themelves as cute, younger girls! One that I got even sent photos of a Belarussian blonde.

Thanks,

ME

Jon March 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thanks for the warning. I’ve read about this scam in many different areas, not just renting rooms, yet the idea is the same…they send a money order for more than what you are asking, then ask for a refund of the difference. Then you’re out lots of money when their check doesn’t clear.

Gordon July 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Because of this website, I stop short of being SCAMED. The room that I was renting out was $425.00 they sent me a check for $3,350.90. I called the company from who the check was written out, everything on the check was correct. However it was not sent from them. Just think if I had not found this website first, I would have been taken for the sum of 2,925.90. I have kept the check and all the emails, and I will be sending them to the FBI. Thanks so much
A Very Great full Gordon

Mike July 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I’m glad you found the information helpful and didn’t get scammed! That’s one of the reasons why I started the site, I didn’t want people falling victim to scammers and to help other newbie live-in landlords out.

Rick August 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I have gotten about 15 fraudulent responses to my roommate ad! I’m thinking of taking the ad down & just giving up.

Mike August 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

@Rick, Don’t give up! You’ll have to weed through the spammers and scammers. It’s just the nature of Craigslist unfortunately. I recently sold a laptop on craiglist and was bombarded with scammers, but I eventually sold it. You’ll eventually find a roommate. Don’t Give up! If you have questions, just ask!

Sally August 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for posting this; I’ve been trying to rent a room on Craiglist and got two “international students.” When I requested to meet them in person, they disappeared. Thank God I never gave them info to send money.

Scot September 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

The easiest way to weed through scammers is to request within the ad that they use a specific word or phrase as the subject when responding. Scammers don’t actually read the whole ad so if you get a response to your ad that doesn’t have the correct requested subject, then you know not to reply to them.

Siddhartha Das September 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

OMG my bank just saved my butt from being scammed. a girl from canada claimed to be coming over and gave a check to me and when i went to the bank to deposit me, they just told me about the room-mate scam and saved my butt of $3500!!!!

addicted2u143 December 10, 2011 at 1:07 am

I just caught on to a scammer and of course I was not aware of this scam… Thanks for the information!

It was a little fishy so I researched scams and it was a dead on match… The girl was out of the country (canada), wanted to send me a money order and reserve the room without seeing it, She said she was 28 yet gave me a 1985 dob, her name… was Wag, she was not willing to sign a lease till she got in town but she wanted to ship her things here therefore she was making the check out for more than the rent due for the shippers, she had very strange grammer, she kept avoiding answering questions that she should have been able to answer, she did not have a scanner to send proof of idetification or a camera to send a picture of herself. All signs point to scammer!

Nathan December 20, 2011 at 12:44 am

This happened to my friend! My friend fell for it. How can she get her money back?

Mike December 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Has the check or money order been cashed yet? If it hasn’t she could try and cancel the money order or put a stop to the check. If it’s already been cashed, it’s gone.

Sorry to hear her unfortunate circumstance

Tim Nadeau December 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Man, this is just happening to me. I got a check for $2775 for a room renting for $350. She told me she is having a car delivered. I deposited the check, but won’t do anything until, or if, it clears. Hope I can muddle thru this. Thanks for the heads up.

stacy January 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

i have someone wanting to send money by paypal…but the emails are just like the scams….

Teri January 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I have received at least twenty scam responses in two days….poor grammar and form letter styles that duplicate each other…i am so frustrated that i started responding in a nasty way…I am on several roommate sites and they are all the same…Either same person with different names or a form letter sold to scammers..it is very easy to identify..I Just need a real room mate

Sheri January 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thank you,

I got one of these e-mails and I was 99% sure it was a scam. So I googled it and I read this article. It’s exactly what the e-mail I got was. So I replied with a link to this saying “Shame on you. I hope you don’t try this again on someone else.”

Here is the e-mail they sent me.
Hello,
Thanks very much for e-mailing me back.. I am Christina massengill by name and live in Seattle, WA. I would have been kind of happy if we can meet before making any plans, but am very busy and i have a lot of things to do right now.. I will really appreciate it if you can tell me more about the place and tell me little about you because my uncle is presently very sick, and i have to travel to Finland to see him but i want to secure the place down before going. He was involved in a car crash with his new car some weeks back and now ill seriously, I need to check on him and take good care of him.
I am staying in CHRMC Children’s Hospital Seattle staff Quarters now The address is below:
4800 Sandpoint Way NE Seattle, WA 98105

I am moving cause of my job, am a medical Humanitarian nurse for united Nations. I work for CHRMC Children’s Hospital in Seattle but will be working in a local clinic over there, More about me, am a neat type of person, honest, humble and responsible. I like honest, responsible and hardworking people while i hate the lazy, messy and uncaring people….well am a quiet and gentle going person to live with….I am 27 yrs old female, 5.4 in height ,i like tourism and i don’t keep late at nights neither i will have overnight guest around but am ok if you do..

I was born and brought up in Finland, i studied there i had my university education right there while staying with my uncle.. I lived all my life in Finland before coming down to Seattle, WA have been living with my uncle from age 13…Then i was member of the Red Cross Association it really sounds interesting for me…Am sure You ‘ll really like the person that i am ,because i will also do the dishing if you like I work when i am to and relax when i am to,I also like sharing my thoughts also….paying rent on time will not
be a problem as i will also be making the rent fee before the month ends….I do not have any pet, i really like dog and cat but have none of it now, so there is no problem about that.
I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all about the place as i can’t see it before my arrival but the pictures…I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will be coming over with little of my furniture.
please let me know if there will be room for them. With all that I’ve said above I have told you more about me and more picture of mine will be attach in the next email Let me also know how i can go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy from next week and let me know if you can take off the ad off the site as i am going to secure the place with a deposit
Feel free to ask me any question and as I’ve said i am looking to move in by the availability of the place but want to secured it now
Thanks..

Maria Bellon February 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

This just happened to me. 3900.00 out. I am so upset. I wish i had done more research. They even had the nerve to send me a text message horrible grammar and lots of “lol’s”. My mistake. I will spread the word to others.

Mike Holmes February 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

Beware of roomneeded018@gmail.com when you reply it goes to checks4amy@gmail.com and she is listed on another site as a scammer

Eliot February 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Thanks for putting this info out there.
I posted a room for rent and 3 people have tried everything you mentioned, out of state, out of country and one living with her x and his wife living on her income tax check while looking for work as a model.
Being from Nyc, (possibly the scam capital) I can feel when something is not right.

Ryan February 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

Wow sure glad google showed me this. I put an ad up for a roomate and got responses from three different young women who are currently overseas. Haha. I think I’ll get all of their checks and put them in a frame for some art in my living room.

In fact one of them claims to be an art dealer.

Fellow Renter March 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

I too put up a rental add in Craigslist and got two bites right away from two foreigners with a parallel story- wanting to secure the place asap but out of meeting distance and very likeable. They could not have mentioned more the fact that they were in dire need to secure the place and needed my info to send me a check for multiple months worth of rent. Of course instinct kicks in that this is not right, especially with no mention of the legal aspect that comes along with renting- signing documents holding them liable for rent, damages, etc. Never hurts to use common sense in these types of things!

John March 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hey Mike, thanks for putting the word out. I knew there was something fishy about this potential roommate. “Susan Mallet female from Spain” wanted to know what the move in cost would be, including utilities, so that she could secure her room before she moved here for her new job at the “Federal Agency of Works and Natural Resources.” She said her Organization would be responsible for all her costs and fees. My spidey senses were tingling, so I googled craigslist room for rent scams, and came across your insightful blog. I asked for her passport photo, and some other questions that would make it difficult for a scammer to answer, and I haven’t heard from “her” again. Keep up the good work!

cheryl April 12, 2012 at 3:20 am

I advertised for a roommate and got a few responses. The one girl did get my attention because i thought about getting a foreign student to rent. this sounded so good she was from spain coming to az to get her masters and also worked for the government on some environmental study program. her dad would take care of all deposits and then she added she was having a car delivered and the ck would include the delivery fees, i didn’t answer right away because my mom was very sick and in the hospital so i spent several days up there and didn’t have time to respond that was not my priority at this time. i emailed her and let her know that i did not have the chance to give her much detail and would as soon as i knew my mom was ok. the day after that emailed i received a ck for $2950.00 sent from florida but the ck was from a union bank in calif. the signer of the ck was a gas corporation. i took it to my bank before i got back to her asking if they thought it was some kind of scam and they said it was a good account i would have to wait 2 days. I had no intention of spending anything since i only asked for 1100.00 deposit i didn’t want the responsibility of a vehicle being delivered. The bank said it had a two day hold which then it did show the balance in my account until i called the 3 day and things were sounding fishy, 5 minutes later the mail lady came with a envelope which had 3 money orders for 975.00 each so now i knew something was up i still didn’t email the girl nor did she write back, i was still dealing with my moms sickness. I decided to go to walmart before close since i knew a few of the manager pretty well and asked to cash one this way i would have a better idea well the circle on the money gram did not fade like it was suppose to and the next clue was they were dated 2 months earlier and i just put the add up for the first time so i new that was messed up and walmart doesn’t cash anything over 30 days the next mess up was it was printed on regular paper they were too different colors and the lines and number didn’t even line up so they aren’t very smart. i really didn’t give much of any info except a work email the bank said they would not get any personnel info if we put the ck through. I think these scammers really need to get caught and put away. I was really looking for a roommate that was in school and had her priorities straight. This was a bad mess up on my part i never heard of these scammers and the timing for me was terrible where i didn’t have the time to deal with the add with the unexpected illnesses of my mother. I didn’t have time to get back with her except 2 short notes and she just decided to keep sending money which was her first give away plus i sent a friend her picture the nite before and she said she looked dangerous and evil. I wonder whose picture she really used..

Nick June 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Hey

Whoever started this site…thank you! I was receiving some sketchy emails about somebody wanting to move in without seeing the place. So i googled it, and this site came up, and it was basically the exact thing they were doing. Tried sending me a check for the full amount without even seeing the place.

Saved me from a complete scam! Cheers!

Lauren June 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

My dad had the EXACT same email as the above Sheri…. Verbatim.

Brian June 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Someone tried to scam me (actually, the same scammer replied to my ad twice, with slightly different wording) but the gist is the same. My scam radar started going off, but I thought, “Hey, maybe this is for real”.. until she asked to send extra money so I could pay for a car being dropped off. I replied and said NOPE that’s between you and dealer as I was 95% scam at this point, but they sent the check(s) anyway. They were both from out of the country, in Costa Rica, and moving to the area, but a car will be delivered so they included extra money – $2900 check on a $695 rent.

They did NOT send western union money order, they sent a check. The first clue to anyone should be that the “from” address on the ups envelope is from random company (that does exist and with correct address. One of them is from “Meadow Farms Sausage Co” – LOL!) but my checks are supposedly drawn on a Southern California Gas Company bank account. What the hell? Checks are “issued” from union bank of california.

Someone screwed up though, they actually sent TWO checks a few days apart. Came from two different states (CO and CA), one via fedex, one via UPS. But the checks are identical. Same date, same everything. SAME CHECK NUMBER! lol. Better luck next time guys.

Jeff July 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm

So I just received a bank draft today …

I already explained (to my potential new roommate who contacted me from Sweden, about my ad) that things were moving too fast, I am not comfortable securing a roommate that I have not met yet, let alone having a car shipped over from Sweden without having even discussed parking arrangements. In the latest correspondence I also mentioned … as far as I am concerned nothing is confirmed yet, so please do not send any money.

Yet, a bank draft arrived via Xpress post today for $3,900. My lucky day! Then this follow up email …

“Hello ,
The unimaginable thing I feared most has happened to me,
my mum passed away! I am extremely distraught, I can’t believe this can happen!
My mother is the catalyst behind all my present achievements and I
have been highly dependent on her for more future support. Why did she
have to go? This shouldn’t be happening to me, not now.
I told my employer about the news and he has given his condolences.
He made a mistake of sending my shippers(Victor) money along with
your payment to your address,instead of sending it separately.
I’m so confused and depressed. What do we do now?
Please I will be coming but there might be a delay in my arrival.
Nelson”

I was buying it … until all of a sudden I am like the closest shoulder he has to cry on. Plus, this out of the blue Money Draft for this crazy amount. Anyway, moving forward I will instruct Nelson to deal with my agent that is now managing this negotiation (please reference file #___ and email to admin@antifraudcenter.ca)

So sorry to hear about your loss, Maria and anyone else that has fallen victim. It is sickening how prevalent this has become.

Eileen July 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for posting! More people need to be aware.
I listed a roomate needed ad on Craigslist and received 4 such scammers within 24 hours. They all “couldn’t talk” either because they were hearing impaired or in a “remote area”. Also, they never mentioned the university or town in their response. In otherwords they could have used their letter for anyone, anywhere in the country it was too generic. Seriously, who would pay up front to secure a room (they haven’t seen) with a roommate (they have never met)? They also each mentioned they go to church every Sunday and have karaoke night once a week.

Michael Stack August 7, 2012 at 12:41 am

Thank you Sheri for posting your comment. Exact same email. Didn’t seem to mind a background check though. Really glad I saw this.

Hillary August 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

I spotted this was a scam pretty quickly but I decided to play along but I thought I would share the correspondences so that others could use it as a guide if you are also looking for a roommate.

This was my original post on Craiglist:

I am looking for a roommate for a 2 bedroom/1bathroom house. Rent would be $400/month with a $400 move-in deposit, which would include all utilities, internet, and satellite/cable.

You must be okay with animals, I’d prefer no additional pets but we can discuss the option.

You will be asked to sign a temporary 3 month lease to start out with (in case there are issues with roommate capability).

Male/Female, I don’t really care but you must be drug free and if you are drinker/”partier”, you need to do it somewhere else (light drinking is fine).

If you are interested, please respond to this ad via e-mail. Availability can be as soon as August 15.

Thanks.
——————–
Email from nicolledickson79@yahoo.com:

Subject: room inquiry‏

Content: Hello,

How has been your day? I am a female looking for somewhere to stay in
your area . I saw your advert and i wanted to inquire on the
status…. please kindly get back to know the availability of the spot
plus the requirements..

Thanks

Nicolle
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My reply:

Content: Hi there,

Well like the ad said, The rent is $400/mo and also requires a $400 down payment. The $400/mo would include rent, all utilities, cable, and internet.

I have two dogs, so you would have to be okay with animals. You would have your own room but we would share a bathroom, living room, and kitchen. No drugs. Light drinking is okay.

There would be an application you would have to fill out and be able to provide proof of work or of your money intake. The spot will stay available until it is filled.

If you have any other questions, let me know.

Thanks,
Hillary
——————————–
Email #2 from nicolledickson79@yahoo.com:

Subject: am ok

Content: Hi
Thanks for your reply,I really do appreciate it,. I would
have loved us to see u before making any plan but i really have a lot of
things to do right now, But will be okay if you can tell me more about the
place and you,as my uncle is presently sick and i have to go see him,but
really want to hold a place down…
More about me again, i am a nurse,am 26 years old of
age..I am the neat type,I like honest, responsible, trustworthy and
hardworking while I dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I love
pets so much, am quiet and easy going person to live with. I like tourising
and,i don’t keep late nights but i am okay if you do,I was born and bread in Finland as there was where i had my university education and stayed with my uncle there!!
I lived all my life way in Finland before coming down to South Dakota to stay together with a nurse friend,
I grew up with my uncle since 15 years old…I’ve also wanted to be in the medical
line since i was born, I served in the I served in the Paris Red Cross for 8 months, we
have involved in projects that includes orphans,orphanages,heart related
diseases in children between the ages of 4-10yrs .
Ambition and Work:

I was looking to move over to your state because i need to live on my own and i understand that i’ll be
doing good overthere as i ve been told by my uncle’s friend who ones live
over there..And i will be working with any hospital around as i am also
making enquires about that now…
Am sure You ‘ll really like the person that i am ,because i will also do
the dishing if you like, I work when i am to and relax when i am to,I also
like sharing my thoughts also….paying rent on time will not be a problem
as i will also be making the rent fee before the month ends….
Right now.I ve the support of my uncle about my well being,so you shouldn’t
be bothered about if i am competent of paying the rent
I must confess i am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure
the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all i need to know about the place,as i can’t see it before my arrival …I also will want you to
know that i have a car that i will be coming over with,and little of my
furnitures, please let me know if there will be room for them..
With all that i’ve said above,I have told you more about me and more
picture of mine will be attach in the next email,Let me also know how i can
go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy
from next week preparing to come over.
Feel free to ask me any question, as i’ve said i am looking to move in
by the availability of the place,
Thanks…
Regards
————————
My reply:

Content: Hi Nicolle,

Sorry for the late reply. If you do not have another place yet, I will e-mail you an application and you can fill it out and send it back to me when you are finished.

Let me know.

Thanks,
Hillary
——————————————————–
Email #3 from nicolledickson79@yahoo.com

Subject: asap

Content: Hi again ,

Thanks once again for the quick reply, Really would have loved to call You
but am leaving now to see my sick uncle, i can only communicate via
email but I will make sure i call you whenever i get there but before that i will want to secure the place, I am very happy meeting a person like you,It’s nice
reading from you again and i will never ever want to loose the room
even without seeing the place ,i smell the kind of person whom you are
and i like you,I will want You to know that i am okay with the cost ,if
none is included again…..

I got to believe that the person that one wants to live with matters
most,i believe that you’ll be a nice person,I just have my
dressers,computer table,kitchen utensils and a queen size bed,2 big
luggages and my car to be shipped….
I got a message that my uncle is sick in Finland,i hope have already
mention that before and i have to go see him but i am making plans to
secure place so that when i come back i’ll just move in into the place, and with the way we ve communicated,I am okay
with you and i want you to know that i don’t want to make any travel
plans without securing a place down now,I will be signing a year lease
for the start if you are okay with that,so i ve let my uncle understand
more about you and the place,He is really comfortable and he told me
that it is a nice area that i should not afford to loose your place also he said that i should try and make sure that i hold down the place,so i thought of it and i
will be making payment to hold down the place and the mode of payment
will be by United State Certified Money Order,so pls let me know if
this mode of payment is ok by you.
And if YES pls provide me with the following information to get the
payment to you.Your full name as it will appear on the payment, your
work place address in order to ensure delivery in your hands through regular
mails or a courier service, your phone number on the package to avoid
package missing in transit. I will prefer to send to your work address
because you will always be available at work from morning till evening
but if home address, it will be sitting in your mail and no one will be
at home to receive the package.And if you don’t receive package at your
office address then I guess your home address will be good for the
delivery right ? But to avoid any delay of you receiving at home then I
guess any address will be fine as long as you will be able to receive
it.
So Kindly get back to me with this requested address contact information
so that we can proceed asap bye for now..
Feel free to ask me any question(s) you have okay
Thanks…

Nicolle

*****This email also had a picture of a woman with dark hair attached to it
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My reply #3:

Hello Nicolle,

First off, I have an application that you must fill out and return to me before I will hold a spot for anyone. I work for a government agency so I will be doing a background check on all applicants, of which you must agree to or you will be disqualified as an applicant. I will also not hold a spot for anyone without at least talking to them on the phone and most likely until I meet them. I will not accept money orders, cash or paypal are the only two payments I will accept at this time, also I am only offering a 3 month lease to start out with.

If you would like me to send you an application for you to begin filling out, please let me know. Otherwise, I will have to automatically reject your inquiry of being a roommate.

Have a good day,
Hillary

Ed August 23, 2012 at 7:49 am

I too received a scam email from nicolledickson79@yahoo.com

She, of course, discontinued communication when I asked for references.

Watch out for this one!

vickie August 24, 2012 at 2:30 am

My gut was right…but your site confirmed it! I am so happy that I found you. I got 2 letters in 24 hours: same grammatical slant in wording….blah blah blad American Red Cross…visiting mother in Spain I even the the exact one from the FINDLAD with the uncle in the accident. I didn’t send my address and if there is any way they can fins it, and they do send me a check Should I just rip it up? Before I found yhis site I did respond to the first one and was acy
tually gioing toH
holfd the room for her and told her I would hold her check till she got here….. but again gave no address and no nphone # to her.
I have to decided to respond just by saying the room is rented . Yes or no?
Vickie

Hillary August 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Here’s another one… from e-mail teremer001@gmail.com
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Hi ,

Thanks for getting back to me,I’m Diana Gibbs a 23yrs old female,fun loving,
friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others and a non-smoker
don’t do drugs i drink occasionally and drama free. I graduated last year in
Greater London UK and I’m single and have no children.I do bible study and
sometimes we do karaoke night with my roommates in park row! I go to church
every Sunday so i need to secure the room before my coming and I’ll be
moving in with my luggage’s. You seem to be a very interesting person and
I must tell you that you will like staying with a girl like me in the house
as i make people smile,So I need to be in the state before the ending of
the Month and i will be staying for a year as i have programs to run during
my stay. I am coming to continue my educational career Masters Degree
Microbiology so a little more about me, I was born in England (UK) my
families are from London as well. I graduated from the University of
Greenwich with a degree in Microbiology Science specializing in Microbiology
and Molecular Biology. I speak both English and French and I’m presently
on a research work assistant, I’m almost done with that because it’s part
of my perquisite for my masters so I would have loved to call you but i
can’t make an international calls from my phone so it’s kind of hard to
call here and i don’t want to waste much time as i really need to secure
the room on time so i do love pets but i don’t have any at the moment. I
would like to see the room before renting but I’m okay with pictures so i
will be renting sight unseen. I will also want you to tell me more about
yourself and if there’s a garage or parking space as I will have my own
personal car so let me know the total amount of the room so that i can send
your email to my dad for him to email you later because he is the one that
will be paying the bills inform of a Cashier’s Check so I will want you to
get back to me with your Full Name and Address and your Phone Number as well
for the payment to be made immediately so with that you can hold the room
till my arrival .yes let me give you my daddy phone no so that you can give
him a call okay,phone no 925 851 8656, I will be looking forward to your
hear from you soon.

Diana Gibbs….

On 8/27/12, Hillary Hines wrote:
>
> Yes, I am still in the process of screen applicants if you are interested.
>
>> Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:41:58 -0700
>> Subject: $400 Roommate Wanted (Anna, IL)
>> From: gdiana079@gmail.com
>> To: spsgt-3194376972@hous.craigslist.org
>>
>>
>> –
>> I will like to know if your posted advert on Craigslist is still
>> available for rent..

Hillary August 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I just noticed that apparently “her” email changed between the two responses.

I forgot to add that she attached 3 emails to her longer e-mail.

Hillary August 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

She attached 3 pictures, not e-mails to her longer e-mail.

Sorry, I dont know how to go back and edit my comments!

Suzanne August 27, 2012 at 8:23 pm

THANK YOU for this web site! I received an email from Nicolledickson79@yahoo.com, worded exactly like the one Hillary received. I immediately sensed something was wrong, because my Craigslist posting is VERY detailed about my requirements … so why was she asking me to state these again? After entering the email address on a search engine, I found this web site and confirmed my suspicions. I’m so grateful!

clong September 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

Here are more addresses from scammy emails that I got today:

teremer001@gmail.com
backedupall74@gmail.com
lm27233@gmail.com
cares20@gmail.com
lxhonda92@gmail.com

Always check the to and from email addresses! If they’re different it’s probably a scam!

Andrea September 12, 2012 at 2:31 am

wow, this site is awesome. I’m renting a room in my house and when I got an e-mail I thought it was too good to be true. After doing some research I found out it really was too good to be true.

Red Flags went up in so many directions after reading this then reading this website.
Here is her email:

Thanks for getting back to me.. My full name is Doris S. Jendy i’m
25yrs old.(FEMALE) I was born in CHINA beijing i speak both language,
my Dad is from US while my Mum is from CHINA … I went to Beijing
University Of Technology china and i graduate last year in Beijing
University Of Technology. I’m fun loving, personal, friendly,
clean,caring and respectful of others. a non-smoker, don’t do drugs
but i drink occasionally, am single and have no children. I go to
church every Sunday.I am coming for my masters degree, am presently on
research work at Guam, but will be coming to the state for my master
degree in October … 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. I’m really interested in renting from you, i would
have loved to see it but am very far, with pictures ill really
appreciate it. I really want you to tell me more about yourself and if
you have garage or parking space cos ill have my own car coming over,
please let me know the total payment of the place and, payment will be
done by via US Cashier or Certified Check. So i want you to feed me
back with the following details so that i can ensure you are ready to
accept the payment…

Get back to me with the information to facilitate the mailing of the check.
* First Name:
* Last Name:
* Street Address:
* City, State, Zip Code:
* Cell Phone Number:
* Total Amount :

Note:.. My Dad will issue out the payment for the deposit as soon as
possible, with that you can hold on the place for me till i come, and
payment will be shipped to your address via Ups or FedEx. I’ll be
waiting to read back from you with the information requested today.

Thanks

Here is her e-mail:
sanita.jendy01@gmail.com

Holly September 16, 2012 at 11:14 am

I’m posting another one. Initially, the red flag for me was that these people would move into someone’s house without meeting or talking to them. Seriously? What whack’o would do that??? Even if it were legitimate, that’s just weird.

Same thing: overseas… professional…wanting to secure the place right away…TMI with the first email…and talking it up like it would be the perfect match…..

Here’s this one’s email: Erin texter

Thank you for the response. I would like to secure the place for my
big move on September 30th, 2012. Let me tell you more about myself: I
was born and raised in England and I’m presently living at 3
Marlborough Lane, London SE7 7DE. I am looking for a 6 months to 1yr
lease. I’m a clinical Pharmacist relocating to the USA to experience
something new in my career. I’m a coffee drinker addict, I love pets
so much, a quiet and easy going person to live with. I swim for fun
and sometimes play tennis. I need a place where I can enjoy being
home, I guess your place is ideal for me.

I prefer cleanliness than any other traits. I take pride in where I
live and have respect for the people that I live. Make no mistake I’m
a fun person and love to hang out. I always become friends with almost
everyone that I have lived with. I also have a great love for nature.
I am into plants and take pride in the yard as well.

I have few questions for you.
i) I will like to have the exact rent fee per month plus the utilities.
ii) I will like to know the size of the room.
iii) I will be shipping some of my things down to the States. I have a
Toyota Avalon (XLX 2009) which I’ve been using for over 6 months now,
and some of my furniture (just some picture frames and art work). Will
there be garage or parking space for my car??
iv) I will also like to know if I can make an advance payment prior to
my arrival as a commitment that I am truly coming over and for you to
hold the room down for me.
v) If the #4 questions is YES, I will like to know the total cost for
the initial move as in first month rent and if you accept deposit.
vi) I will like to know the major intersection nearest to your
neighborhood. Like shopping mall, bus line e.t.c

I look forward to hearing from you again.. You are free to ask me any
more question(s) via my email.

Best regards,
Erin

cecile September 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I got two emails like that this morning….. i am renting a room in my house and this is just sick and scary…………….I came accross this website when I google one of the scammers names..Doris S. Jendy was the name and the other one was Ann Kathlyn something

Neil September 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thanks to everyone who put the word out. I very recently put up an ad for a room at my condo and got just this type of response. Alarms went off right away, largely because the email seemed to placate every question I would ask before I asked it, plus the email didn’t really seem to be addressed to me. It was more like someone trying to throw all the possibilities at me at once. I am a Christian. I party. I go to church. I am responsible. My uncle pays for my rent. Just a ton of stuff.

It was more of a monologue and lacked any kind of personal touch. Also, the responder was supposedly a woman who sent me her picture, which I thought odd. I thought this might be a scam and wondered just how they were going to trick me out of money, and now I know. Thanks to all. Here is the email I received:

Thanks for the cordial response ,I am quite comfortable with the available rental and living environment.I have plans moving in by 17th of October (2012) but won’t mind if the rent start counting sooner..

About me…My name is Racheal Morrisson (F),I am 25yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful to others. a non-smoker,i don’t do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in London, 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 Spain,specifically Malaga but live in London and my Parent are from there too but my Dad has passed away 4year (may his soul rest in peace)…I went to Kingston University in London. I speak both English and Spanish fluently ,am presently on research work and its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology.

I am currently on a research program for my Master ,and i am desperately looking for a place to stay.I read your profile about the room and i would really love to secure the room from you before my arrival,and more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival, So i will like to know the total amount of the room per month and the utility included. Am looking to rent for the minimum of 6-12 months, also i am ready to sign a year lease but i dont mind Month to Month rent as well .All these information are very important so that i can submit my proposal to my Uncle,since my uncle is making the total payment for the first & last month rent plus security deposit and shipping of my car and few of my furnitures he will be mailing out payment to you via Money Order in one of his business trip abroad to hold the room down for me before my arrival.Should you agree to receive payment via Money Order in US dollars,kindly advise me of your Full Name ,Contact Address (either Work or Home Address depends on where you assure to receive it in person )and contact telephone #.

For references reason,kindly contact below:
Former landlord :John Curtis(j.curtis012@yahoo.co.uk)
Roommate:Jane Poman(Janepoman@gmail.com)

Thanks, I will appreciate every of your effort to assist me in this traveling plans as I will be very happy to know you more than just roommates when I get there. Am very friendly and generous.

Again, Thanks and best regards,
Racheal.

Christian October 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I have a different email I use to deal with these, and I always send a reply like this, to distract them and waste their time. It’s amazing after telling them they will sleep in the same room with an old may that may try to rape them, they say it’s all ok, and want to still rent the room:

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for the reply! You sounds like a great person, and would be perfect for the room. I will send you my bank account information so you can secure the room before you arrive. I just want to make sure you are still interested concerning our last email. You would be sharing the room with a very sick old man who likes to climb into bed with young women. He is basically harmless, as I mentioned, and you must be strong to resist his advances, and not afraid to resort to violence. Although his intention is to have sex with you, I am sure you will be able to resist as he is quite old. Understand we do not want you to kill him, and we do not want to hear a lot of noise from this room. If you need to secure something on his mouth, that is ok.
Other than that small inconvenience, I know you will love living with our family. The weather is so nice this time of year, and the pool is a genuine joy! We respect that you are clean and neat, but and so are we, although sometimes our daughter may poo in the sink.

Thanks and talk soon! :)

charlyn reese October 9, 2012 at 2:54 am

This same person just tried me..a lot of them have tried.. people are hungry for money because of the economy..I tell them I know it’s a scam and I’m going to report them..there are so many out there. You are wary of even the honest ones..

Jason October 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

Here is another 1!… (LOL & SMH)

hello,

how are you? am very happen for the reply to my craigslist i was born in Russia and raised up there i am JILL JOHN.i am quiet and easy going passion to live with. I’m 27 years of age, I am extremely clean,quiet and respectful, I am sensitive, intelligent and am easy to get on with. .. i must tell you that i really like the area of the apt so much

Right now,am in Iraq for the military assignment to make a peace now thank GOD,have been posted to united state for the research in your town for the 9 month will be in your town and I need a room to stay for the period of time,so I want to secure room/apt before my arrival.

Now,i am ready to pay for the room. I will like to make the payment for the first month.have told my captain about this and he promised to make sure that he will meet up with the payment so that I can depart from here as scheduled.he also said I will have the advantage to deposit for the first month.I should arrive to your place on or before the next month, so pls the keep room for me till my arrival.He also said my mode of payment will be the Most acceptable,safer and reliable means of payment which is United state certified money order,so get back to me with your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS for the payment,hope to read back from you soon,remain blessed

Kindest Regard.
JILL JOHN.

Sharon October 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Thank you all for this helpful information. Watch out for the email address annkathyp05@aol.com just a few days ago she posted an ad on Craigslist looking to rent a room and she lives in Idaho and wants to secure a room without seen it in person. Also today she emailed me and wants to ship her car and the few items to bring with her, computer table, dresser, kitchen utensils, and 2 big luggages. If I did not come across this web site I would not have known this was a scam. I have not answered her back yet, but now I know what to tell her.

Sharon

Mike October 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

I was warned about this scam from a friend and then looked it up and found this posting. I don’t think I would ever had send them money back and don’t plan too, but they had already sent me the check. So, ou of curiousity, I deposited it into an account I haven’t used in some time just to see what happened. I haven’t heard back from the person that sent it in sometime, considering I explained to them I was pretty sure it was a scam and didn’t plan on sending them any money back. I check today and the money went through but only 200 of the 2400 of it did. I am very confused and curious if anyone else has had a similar situation and possibly any advise to give.
Thank you,
Mike

Ben November 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

This is a really helpful website guys, thanks to the creator and the contributors
One more to watch out or:
bonkesaid506@gmail.com
melvinblues40@gmail.com

I’m so glad to hear the room is still available for rent, here is
little about me, my name is Eric Collins i speak both German &
English, am single, fun, loving, clean, and respectful of others,
don’t do drugs. My father is from US and my mother is from Germany, am
21yrs old, sex male. I was born in Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) i attend
University of Hannover, and graduated a year ago.

I’m coming for a long term stay and am ready to sign a year lease as
soon as i get to your house, but am presently on research work at Guam
and will be coming for my master’s degree from soon. I’ll be arriving
November 24th, and pay for the deposit and one month rent upfront,
loved to call you but here is a remote area calls are very hard to go
through, and also love to come and check at the room before renting
but am very far, with pictures that will makes me happy and feel
comfortable.

Please tell me little about yourself… if you are a student?,
working?, married or single?, if there is a garage or parking space
because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total amount
for the first month rent, because i will be paying upfront so that it
will give you strong prove that am really interested in renting the
room from you. Payment will be done via US Cashier’s or Certified
Check, so please feed me back with the following details so that i can
ensure you are ready to rent the room to me.

Information to facilitate the mailing of the check…

* Full Name:
* Address, City, State, Zip Code:
* Cell and Home Phone Number:
* Month Rent:

I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information requested
so that i can forward it to my father to issue out the check for the
deposit and month rent up front as soon as possible, with that you can
hold on the place prior my arrival… Thanks for your co-operation

Eric Collins

J November 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Thanks Mike for this! They almost got me on Thanksgiving Day no doubt! I got the below email, and a few others, with the same garbage about how “SHE” is very easy going, very busy and cant call because of international phone restrictions, but she will have her uncle send me the money plus fees to ship her car and small items for the room I was renting in my Townhome. I also got the email from a girl in Finland with a sick Uncle, and she works for the Red Cross…blah blah blah… She also sent me a very cute photo (tall blonde), red flags immediately shot up…what 27 yo girl would send a guy money overseas for a room in a home she has never seen or to a guy she has never met? Smells like fish? It’s probably sushi. I got caught up in the scam, and sent her my name address and cell phone number. Then I saw this site with the scam report, and immediately sent her (probably a him in real life) an email saying “do not send any money right now”, I need your company name and a contact number of your new job here in the states to verify your employment before you send the funds. Never heard back from her. Then, after thinking about how they tried to prick me around, I emailed her a copy of this site and report, just to let them know I am on to their shadyness. Here is one of 4 different scam letters I received. Thanks again for saving me lots of pain and anguish.

Yes,I’m quite comfortable with the available 1 bedroom apartment and it’s living environment.I’d have loved to call you but my cellphone service provider can’t access long distance/international calls.Hope we can get along together though I know it kinda hard expressing oneself via email,but I’ll put my pride in the gutters and try to be as explicit as possible.

I’m not coming with any pets… What is the present condition of the room? What paint color does it have? Is there any floral shop or farmer’s market around the area?How is the weather there?Its been raining for few days here..I like rain. Hope there are no leakages in the house(Roof and Pipes).lol

I’m a 27 yo professional lab technician.I’m 5’10,with long blond hair,hazel eyes ,athletic build.I prefer cleanliness than any other traits,I’m honest,responsible,and hardworking while I dislike lazy,messy and uncaring people.I love pets so much,am quiet and easy going. I’m straight and also gay friendly. I always love to go on a date but seldom party. I neither smoke nor drink,I swim for fun and sometimes play tennis also I enjoy snowboarding.People often ask how I manage to keep up my hectic schedule of work and maintain such a high level of correctness in all I do.I sometime overhear my Boyfriend Bach -he is the type of man who sings on coach trips,so you can quickly understand what sort of man I have to deal with-saying,almost in awe,’How does Shirley do it? chuff me,how does she do it?’ I must confess that i am comfortable with the price,I will like to secure the place down pending my arrival. I’ll also be shipping my things down to the States such as My Hyundai Sonata (SE V6 2011)which I’ve been using for over 2 months now,and some personal effects. don’t worry am not bringing in Furniture’s I will easily purchase the one’s I need when i arrive. Moreover,Let me know how I can go about securing the place down and filling any necessary paperwork before my arrival as i’ll be busy preparing to come over as I plan to arrive on Fri 21th Dec

References: Doctor Debra Williamson dbrwilliamson@aol.com
My present roommate :Sandra sandmoerer1010@gmail.com

Right now I have thought of it and understood that moving to the US will not only help boost my career but also improve my personal life.I hope you’ll finally consider renting to me ,I assure you that the rules and terms would be strictly adhered to .I have been introduced to different landlord and room owners but they don’t seem easy to get along with, I hope we can get along well as I wait to read from you soon via email.In life everything should be firm but friendly , not oatfish or obsequious as seems to be the present -day trend. Sorry for the email novel .I know its a lot to read and i apologize for coming on strong I’m just looking for a reliable place when I move down.I look forward to hearing positive from you again.

Have a splendid thanksgiving celebration.

Thanks and take care,
Shirley.

Joey November 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

I have a Craigslist ad for a room in my house. Every time I run the ad I get several of the same scam emails. I wasn’t sure how exactly it was a scam but had a gut feeling. Thanks for clarifying with the details!

Geri January 16, 2013 at 5:43 am

This same thing is happening to me right now!

She claims to be from scotland and moving to canada at the end of the month to be a lab technician. Never once asked me to send photos of the apartment. Never once even signed the email with her name! I’ve been suspicious this whole time. She claimed to be single but the photo “she” sent me was entitled ” Me and my boyfriend” and looked too professional.

I kept asking to Skype with her so we could get to know each other etc and she’d never answer that question. Today she said she is having furniture delivered TONIGHT but I had to pay the $300 delivery fee via money gram to some Chinese woman in Florida. When I asked why she is getting furniture from florida she said that her uncle lives in Florida and that was how she was getting the car and furniture.

FedEx came with the cheque yesterday but I missed it so I have to get it today. The Tracking # says it started out in San Diego ( Funny since she’s from SCOTLAND) But here is the kicker of it all! It’s 5am my time (which would be around 10am scotland) and she just CALLED ME! She did not have a scotish accent but instead sounded of Asian decent and spoke very broken .english

Very glad I found this website!
You just saved me a lot of money and a lot of grief!
THANK YOU!

Pinky Blackwell January 24, 2013 at 5:32 am

Just got this one today. Ha! Sure thing, “Cecilia”….

Hi

I’m so glad to hear the room is still available for rent. My full name
is Cecilia Ashley . Here is little information about myself, i speak
both English and German, am single, fun, loving, clean, and respectful
of others, don’t do drugs. My father is from Germany and my mother is
from US, am {25yrs old/f}. I was born in Munich Germany and i attend
Hamburg University of Technology Germany i graduated 2yrs ago. I’m
coming for a long term stay and am ready to sign a year lease as soon
as i get there but am presently on research work at Guam and will be
coming for my master’s degree starting from March but will be
arriving February 10th, I’ll like to pay for the deposit and a month rent…
I would have loved to call you but here is a remote area calls are
very hard to go through, so please try and understand and also I’ll
would have like to come and check the room before renting but am very
far… but with pictures that will makes me happy.

I’ll like you to tell me more about yourself and if you have garage or
parking space cos i will have my own car come over, please let me know
the total amount for the first month rent and payment will be done via
US Cashier’s & Certified Check. So I want you to feed me back with the
following details so that i can ensure you are ready to accept the payment.

INFORMATION TO FACILITATE THE MAILING OF THE CHECK

1* Full name :

2* Address {Not PO Box}:

3* City, State, Zip Code :

4* Cell number :

5* Month rent :

Waiting for your e-mail with the information requested so that i can
forward it to my father to issue out the check for the deposit and
month rent with that you can hold on the place for me till i come soon…

Thanks and awaiting your reply.

Cecilia A.

Pinky Blackwell January 24, 2013 at 5:59 am

Oh wow, just got another one! “Sonia” sure had a wierd email address, haha.

From: “asbxhoil@gmail.com”

My name is Sonia David ,I am 26yrs old ,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others. a non-smoker, don’t do drugs but i drink occasionally.

I am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Mexico, my dad is from USA but my mum is from Mexico…I went to Universidad de Colima in Colima i speak both language ,am presently on research work at Guam, am almost done.with that bcos its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Legal Research . 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 and i do really love pets buti 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 , pls let me know the total payment of the place and i will like you to send me your full Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,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 very soon. I will be looking forward to your email soonest .

Sonia

mm February 4, 2013 at 1:20 am

I’m so glad to hear the room is still available for rent. My name is
Jane Felix plove. Here is little about myself, i speak both Spanish
and English, am single, fun, loving, clean, and respectful of others,
don’t do drugs. My father is from USA and my mother is from Germany,
am (21yrs old, sex female). I was born in Munich Germany and i attend
Hamburg University of Technology Germany I just graduated and will be
coming for my master’s degree and i will be arriving Febuary 20th . I’m
coming for a long term stay and am ready to sign a year lease as soon
as i get there but am presently on research work at Guam. I’ll like to
pay for the deposit and a month rent… I would have loved to call you
but here is a remote area calls are very hard to go through, so please
try and understand and also I’ll would have like to come and check at
the room before renting but am very far… but with pictures that will
makes me happy. I’ll like you to tell me more about yourself and if
you have garage or parking space cos i will have my own car come over,
please let me know the total amount for the first month rent, cos i
will be paying the first month rent in advance and payment will be
done by via US Cashier’s & Certified Check. So I want you to feed me
back with the following details so that i can ensure you are ready to
accept the payment.

Information to facilitate the mailing of the check…

* Full Name:
* Address, City, State, Zip Code:
* Cell and Home Phone Number:
* Month Rent:

Look forward for your e-mail with the information requested so that
i can forward it to my father to issue out the check for the deposit
and month rent up front, with that you can hold on the place prior my
arrival…

Jane…

Chandra February 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

Please check out…. This is how they will try to trap y0u.

Thanks for getting back to me. My full name is Ashley Connelly I’m
29yr .Female I was born in Ewa beach Hawaii, my Dad is from US while
my Mum is from China .I graduated from Georgia state university last
year. I’m fun loving, personal, friendly, clean,caring and respectful
of others, a non- smoker, don’t do drugs but i drink occasionally, am
single and have no children. I go to church every Sunday.I am coming
for my masters but am presently on research work in Guam, .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. I’m really
interested in renting from you, i would have loved to see it but am
very far, with pictures i Will really appreciate it. I

really want you to tell me more about yourself and i will like to know
if you have a garage or parking space cos ill have my own car coming
over, please let me know the total payment of the place and all the
Utilities of the room, payment will be done via US Cashier or
Certified Check from a reputable Bank .The following details will be
needed so that the payment can be issue out right away,i will very
glad to read from you soon till then have a lovely day and God bless.

Kindly please get back to me with the information to facilitate the
mailing of the check.

First Name:
Last Name:
Street Address:
City
State,
Zip Code:
Cell & home Phone Number:

Note:.. My Dad will issue out the payment for the deposit as soon as
possible, with that you can hold on the place for me till i arrive,
and payment will be Mail to your address via Ups or FedEx or Usps .
I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information requested
today.

Michael (Orlando's Handyman) February 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I have this happening now

Rose February 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Just got this email and had a bad feeling about it. Thank you whoever made this website. This email is also identical to some of the other ones i see people have posted here.

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 8:58 PM, Alicia James wrote:
Thanks for getting back to me … My name is Alicia James (F),I am
27yrs 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 UK, 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 need to secure
this room for myself before i arrive to the state as I’ll be moving in
with my luggage.You seem to be a very interesting person to be with
and I must confess to you that you will enjoy staying with me in the
house because i make people smile always.I will be in the state
before Month End for the next one year and during my stay I am coming
for my masters degree. I was born in England (UK), my dad is from USA
but my mum is from England …I went to Greenwich university in London
i speak both French and English ,am presently on research work at Guam
(USA), am almost done.with that because its part of my perquisite 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 it from you
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 away,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, please 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………

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,with that you can hold on the place for me till i come . I
will be looking forward to your email soonest.
Regards.

CJC188 March 1, 2013 at 1:28 am

sandraalex)@yahoo.com is another scammer. I had a gut feeling I’d find a dulicate letter on a site like this. Thanks for this site. Beware…lots of scams on Craigslist.

Hi again,

Thanks once again for the quick reply,I would have loved to call You but am leaving now to see my sick uncle ,i can only communicate through email but I will, whenever i get there but before that i will want to secure the place,I am very happy meeting a person like you,It ‘s nice reading from you again and i will never ever want to loose the room even without seeing the place ,i smell the kind of person whom you are and i like you,I will want You to know that i am okay with the cost ,if none is included again…..

I got to believe that the person that one wants to live with matters most,i believe that you’ll be a nice person,I just have my dressers,computer table,kitchen utensils and a queen size bed,2 big luggages and my car to be shipped….

I got a message that my uncle is sick in France and i have to go see him but i am making plans to secure place so that when i come back i’ll just move in into the place we are talking about. and with the way we ve communicated,I am okay with you and i want you to know that i don’t want to make any travel plans without securing a place down now,I will be signing a year lease for the start if you are okay with that,so i ve let my uncle understand more about you and the place,He is really comfortable and he told me that it is a nice area he had lived in the states before and he said that i should not afford to loose your place also he said that i should try and make sure that i hold down the place,so i thought of it and i will be making payment to hold down the place and the mode of payment will be the Most acceptable,easier,safer and reliable means of payment which is United State
Certified money order so pls let me know if this mode of payment is ok by you.

And if YES pls provide me with the following information to get the payment to you.Your full name as it will appear on the payment,your work place address to ensure delivery in your hands through regular mails or a courier service,your phone number on the package to avoid package missing in transit. I will prefer to send to your work address because you will always be available at work from morning till evening but if home address it will be sitting in your mail and no one will be at home to receive the package.And if you don’t receive package at your office address then I guess your home address will be good for the delivery right ? But to avoid any delay of you receiving at home then I guess any address will be fine as long as you will be able to receive it.

Kindly get back to me with this requested address contact information so that we can proceed ASAP bye for now..

Feel free to ask me any question(s) you have okay

Thanks…

Sandra….

Tom Mallison April 1, 2013 at 3:11 am

Wow it’s crazy how they think of these…I put an ad on craigslist looking for 2 male roommates and I was bombarded with responses and 90 percent of them were female. And 2/3 of the female responses were from 23-27 year old girls that lived overseas and were coming here for a research program! I have responded to a couple of them and I wouldn’t of thought anything out of the ordinary until I read the second girls story. It was the exact same story as the first girl with the exception of her name and country!!! Word for word except for that!!! When I read that I immediately googled craigslist roommate scams and found your article. If the same scammer were smart enough to not send me the same email for 2 different girls, I never would’ve read your article and definitely would’ve fallen prey to this scam. Thank you so much for shedding some light on what I would’ve fell for!!!

Echaria Charise April 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I received duplicates of several already posted, plus this one. I hit my reply in all caps informing them that they have been reported, and WARNED not to mess with me.

Here’s Lucia’s BS story:

Hi,

Thanks so much for replying my add,I really do appreciate it,. I would have loved us to see before making any plan but i really have a lot of things to do right now,But will be okay if you can tell me more about the place and you,as my uncle is presently sick and i have to go see him,but really want to hold a place down…

More about me :My name is Marian Max,am Nurse with humanitarian assistance,I will be 28 by the 25th of next month,i love to live with clean people,caring,responsible,neat type. I’m 5″7′ straight,I like honest,responsible,trustworthy and hardworking people while I dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I love pets so much,am quiet and easy going person to live with. I don’t keep late nights neither will i have overnight guest around, but i am okay if you do,I was born and bread in France as there was where i had my university education and stays with my uncle there,but i am presently in south Dakota(U.s)

I lived all my life way in Paris before coming down to SD,I was in my final year when my mum died,i lost my dad before i was born,I grew up with my uncle after my mum died…I ve also wanted to be in the medical way since i was born,I served in the Paris Red Cross for 8 months,we have involved in projects that includes orphans,orphanages,heart related diseases in children between the ages of 4-10 yrs .

Ambition and Work:

I was looking to move over to your state because i understand that I’ll be doing good over there as i ve been told by my uncle’s friend who ones live over there..And i will be working with any hospital around as i am also making enquires about that now…

Am sure You ‘ll really like the person that i am ,because i will also do the dishing if you like,I work when i am to and relax when i am to,I also like sharing my thoughts also….paying rent on time will not be a problem as i will also be making the rent fee before the month ends….
Right now. I ve the support of my uncle about my well being,so you shouldn’t be bothered about if i am competent of paying the rent

I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all about the place,as i can’t see it before my arrival but the pictures…I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will be coming over with,and little of my furniture,please let me know if there will be room for them..

With all that i ve said above,I have told you more about me…Let me also know how i can go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy from next week preparing to come over and let me know if you can take off the ad off the site as i am going to secure the place with a deposit

Feel free to ask me any question and as i ve said,i am looking to move in by the first week in next month,but want to secured it now

Thanks..

Lucia

Shane May 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Great to read the comments. I got four responses similar to the ones above, they sounded too similar and too good. I looked around and found this. It is always nice to have confirmation of your gut.

A sample or two:
Hi

I’m so glad to read back from you .I will not be able to come and
see the place now but picture will be okay the most important thing to
me is your location it really works for me, I could have love to call
you but i don’t have international calling plan but i will try to get
an international calling card to call you later in the week but i
believe we can still exchange emails for the main time or you call me
on my Land line number which is +447045712915 and make sure you dial
as presented.I’m sure i am the type of roommate you will like to stay
with ,I will like to tell you Lil about my self ,You can call me Sarah
Kayla and I’m single 23yrs old ,I was born in UK but presently in
Glasgow,I don’t smoke i don’t drink,I’m easy going person and i make
people around smile .I want to move in to the room in the next two
weeks or more that is why I’m trying to speed everything up.I’m
already doing my final project i have just been transfer from work to
your location and i will be much more than happy if you can rent out
the room to me ,I will also like to know little about you.

And another:
Good to hear back from you, i’m interested in renting the room. My
name is Laura Johnson i was born in France (Paris) i speak both French
& English, am single, fun, loving, clean, loyal and respectful of
others, don’t have any pet. More about me, my father is from US and my
mother is from France. I’m 22yrs old, sex female, i attend American
University of Paris, graduated a year ago.

I’m coming to stay for a year, and am coming for my master’s degree.
I’m currently in Alaska in a village “Nunivak Island” on a research
work and will be coming soon… I’ll be arriving May, i’ll loved to
call you but here is a remote area calls are very hard to go through,
please send me some picture of the room because i will not be able to
come over and check on it before renting.

Please tell me little about yourself…if you are a student?,
working?, married or single?, if there is a garage or parking space
because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total amount
for the first month rent, i will be paying upfront so that you can be
rest assured that am really interested in renting the room from you…

My mode of payment is US Check, so please feed me back with the
following details so that i can ensure you are ready to rent the room
to me.

and she continues in another email…

Thanks for getting back to me with the information requested. I got
the information and i’ll have it forward to my father to issue out
payment to you on time. I really appreciate that you are ready to
accept me roommate, please have little patience for the check to
arrive to your address and also secure the room prior my arrival. I’ll
e-mail by giving you an update about the status in regards to the
payment and also provide the tracking number from the carrier service,
further more i need you to take the ad down CL, that will give me a
strong prove that the room has been hold prior my arrival so that
other interested people will not make any enquirer..

Regarding my Car…. I’m planning on having it delivered to you
before my arrival so that you can come and pick me up at the airport
and settle in comfortably, you can understand that transiting cross
Atlantic is not easy so i am making arrangement with the car dealer to
deliver the car before my arrival, once the rent and security deposit
has been paid to you by my father. I’ll ask you for a favor here, can
i rely on you to take delivery of the car for me when it’s delivered
?, as you’ll be handling the delivery of the car along with the rent
and deposit, the car money has been included with the check coming to
you. I’ll really appreciate if you can do this for me and promise to
compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on my arrival into
your place.

Let me know at once if i can trust you to have the rest fund to the
car dealership agent once you get the check, i will be expecting your
e-mail as soon as you receive my e-mail. Thanks so much for your
understanding…

Thanks for the website, Mike

Sofia June 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I just received the check.. actually I have it in front of me..
I knew this was a scam since the beginning.
Is there a way to do something about it? Police or something?
Thank you!

Ana June 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm

These scammers are actually pretty stupid. They use the exact same story for everybody.

Evelyn June 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

My scammer’s name is Sharon Peters. Her email is sharonpeters0@yahoo.com. The email she send me had way to much information about her life. I found it odd. The reason of giving you so much info. is so you start feeling empathy for her. I decided to Google her info and found that someone posted about her and the way she scam ppl. She mention if there was space for her clothes, kitchen stuff and a car. She wanted my address at work in order to sent me a check.
I hope that no one falls for these types of scam.

Ramona June 29, 2013 at 1:35 am

I am so happy I stumbled onto your blog. I have received THREE of the same stories mentioned here!! I didnt know what to think. I thought it was weird that they had no interest in meeting me or seeing the place first. They all had the same general story. Lived out of the country, needed to know about parking because they were having their car sent over. I asked one specifically why she wanted to move to my area and that I would not receive a check over the amount of rent I was charging ($500) and never got another e-mail from her. Thank you so much for all the helpful information as I am a very nice and naive person and probably would have fallen prey to these scammers. THANK YOU!!

Richard August 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thanks for the info.
I put an ad on Craigslist and someone with a very similar story contacted me. They said they were sending a car from overseas and that they were going to send a check and asked if I would pick up the car etc. and they will reimburse me. I requested several times to speak with them on the phone but they never would call. I too felt funny about it so I told them to forget it. Be very careful lots of scammers out there.

Will August 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Here is mine for everyone’s reference. Thanks for starting this site.

Hello,
Thanks for getting back to me… My name is Diana Arteta (F),I am
24yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean 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.
Am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Spain,Malaga(Los
Asperones), my dad is from USA but my mum is from Malaga…I went to
Málaga University (UMA) i speak both España and English ,am presently
on research work at Guam (USA), am almost done with the research. Am
doing it because its part of 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 and i don’t really love
pets but i don’t care if there is any in the house. 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 because I will have my own car come over, please 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 full
Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,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. Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Diana Arteta
615) 601-0579 Text me with the requested information for the payment

I. August 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I’ve worked for banks and have seen this scam more times than I can count. It is very real.

Russell September 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I can’t believe how stupid I’ve been. I’ve been dealing with this “girl” from Guam for about a week now. We’ve exchanged emails and texts but I still haven’t spoken to her. She’s been pretty good about sending me quick responses but since I haven’t been able to get her to call me I’ve been extremely suspicious. I’m a really trusting person, clearly to a fault, and all my friends have been telling me this is a scam from day one. Well I’m glad I started googling this “Diana Arteta” because this site came up and Will’s post on August 15th is EXACTLY the same email I was sent to initiate contact.

If you see that message, MOVE ON. Don’t even bother responding.

Thank god for this post or I may have made a SERIOUS mistake.

Ricky September 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Russell, I got the Same Girl From GUAM, LOL

It sounded Suspicious from the start, here is the one I got

Hello,
Thanks for getting back to me, My name is Tessa Russell Morgan.
I am 30yrs old.I’m fun-loving, personal,friendly,clean, caring,and
respectful of others.A non smoker,don’t do drugs,not a drinker and
drama free. I’ve been searching and searching for two weeks for a
place and been having no luck,Males/females doesn’t matter as well as
homes with a lot of roommates. I graduated last year.I am single and
have no children.However, I don’t have Pets. I’m coming for my
masters degree.I was born in Virginia Beach in Virginia. My dad is
from there too but my mum is from Canada.I’m on research work at Guam
(USA), I’m almost done with that because its part of my prerequisite
for my masters in Micro Biology .I would have loved to call you but I
am not my mobile have been disconnected due to moving out of Guam.I’m
really interested in renting from you and I want to know everything
about the place. I do really love pets but I don’t have any at the
moment.I would have loved to see it but I’m very far,but with
pictures,I am glad.I will also like you to tell me more about yourself
and if you have pets. I don’t smoke.Please let me know the total
payment of the place and moreover I will send your email to my dad for
him to email you later because He’s the one that will be paying the
bills ( Rent and deposit fees ), but nevertheless,

Kindly get back to me with your information below:

First Name:
Last Name:
Full address: Not P.O.BOX
City:
State:
Postal Code:
Total Amount For A Month :
Phone Number: That i can send text message so that my Dad will issue
out the payment (Cashier Check) for the place as soon as possible,with
that you can hold on the place for me till I come.Thanks and have a
nice day.

Best Regards

Tessa Russell Morgan

Genesis September 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I am so glad I found this. From the beginning I thought this girl I found was fishy but I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt (dumb me) but thank god I have such a good bank and I was able to catch it on time before I spent anything. I seem to keep having bad luck finding good legitimate roommates.

This “girl was from Germany who lived in Guam for a research project and she was moving to my area but before she came she wanted me to buy this car for her because it was going to be delivered at my place.”

marcus martin September 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

i think i found a new one..this girl said she was a photographer and was away on a photography assignment. then she goes on as says that she is half mexican and half spanish..i started to get a funny feeling…so i started speaking to her in spainish and she didnt know what i was saying…hmmmmmmm..legit or not legit? here’s our convo..

Hi, Thanks for getting back to me sooner.I am happy to hear that the place is still available to rent out , I am not a student i am self employed. I am into cinematography and i do other businesses ,I am sure paying my house rent won’t be any problem for me.I am ok with the rent charges., do you have internet there? how much will the internet cost.

You must be interested in knowing more about me , I love reading , staying indoor, Love traveling right now i am on a tour to Egypt on a cinematography and photography work , i love going beach and meeting new people, got no bf but hopefully i might one too because i just break up with my boyfriend which so i am just getting over it ,i have never rented a room or a house before because i have lived with ma family all of my life, i mixed race , Spain and Mexico.i wish i have my picture on this computer i would have send one to you . Will the house cleaning arrangement will be made by me ? i have no problem cleaning the house and have no problem living with other potential roommate if available. I will be happy if you can rent this place t me .i am sure the house will be in good condition for you to have posted it online if you can guarantee me on that. Tell me about the cleaning arrangement., How much will the deposit be ,Do you need me to pay a deposit or advance payment for me to be able to secure the place. I wait to hear from you

me….Hi Debbie, how are you..me encanta para ver photography.. tu y yo voy a limpiar el casa. Sometimes you clean and I will clean too. Nosotros vamos ser un equipo.

her..Hi , How are you doing today , am glad to receive an email from you , Well i am ok with the amount charge, i am willing to make the deposit down to you so as to be able to hold the room for me , send me your full name, home address and phone number where the deposit will be mailed to

me….cuando va a llega en usa (when will you arrive in the usa)

her….I am U.S.A citizen , ma , Springfield

me..si, pero cuando va a llega en usa(yes,but when will you arrive)

her…i dont understand your languaga

marcus martin September 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

i forgot the email address..debrosass@hotmail.com

Kevin September 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I have gotten two emails from girls out of the country wanting to rent my room, total scams. The names are Michelle Mason and Klara Johnson and the emails they sent are the exact same except for the names and locations.

D. Marie September 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Encountered three scammers in the past 30 minutes. Two on craigslist:

Jessica Sandral
Sina Mendez

Both “in remote places”, parents from two different countries, requested personal info like name, address, phone number. This is indicative of a scam. Just ignore them.

One on Roomster.com (same as encountered by Marcus Martin’s post on Sept 12, 2013)

Debbie She has a roomster.com account and says that she doesn’t have a full membership account so she leaves her phone and email address instead. Found her email address by seaching google and it took me here.

Ryan September 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Same here: Debbie Rose from easyroommate.com in Los Angeles. Here’s the text of ‘her’ response:

Hi, Thanks for getting back to me sooner.I am happy to hear that the place is still available to rent out , I am not a student i am self employed. I am into cinematography and i do other businesses ,I am sure paying my house rent won’t be any problem for me.I am ok with the rent charges., do you have internet there? how much will the internet cost.

You must be interested in knowing more about me , I love reading , staying indoor, Love traveling right now i am on a tour to Egypt on a cinematography and photography work , i love going beach and meeting new people, got no bf but hopefully i might one too because i just break up with my boyfriend which so i am just getting over it ,i have never rented a room or a house before because i have lived with ma family all of my life, i mixed race , Spain and Mexico.i wish i have my picture on this computer i would have send one to you . Will the house cleaning arrangement will be made by me ? i have no problem cleaning the house and have no problem living with other potential roommate if available. I will be happy if you can rent this place t me .i am sure the house will be in good condition for you to have posted it online if you can guarantee me on that. Tell me about the cleaning arrangement., How much will the deposit be ,Do you need me to pay a deposit or advance payment for me to be able to secure the place. I wait to hear from you

debi September 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Just got the email from Debrosass@hotmail.com today. It was the email address which made me wonder cause she said she wasn’t part of the roommate.com, but roommates listed her as a premium member?
After reading Marcus message, how does a photographer not have one pictures posted of themselves? Also my ad states I have no interest in anyone outside of the country or my State, and if they can not meet us at the location we choose, then forget. She left a phone number too where she could be reached. did anyone else get a email address like this with a phone number? phone number looks like LA. area code.

Sara September 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

debrosass@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi, Thanks for getting back to me sooner.I am happy to hear that the place is still available to rent out , I am not a student i am self employed. I am into cinematography and i do other businesses ,I am sure paying my house rent won’t be any problem for me.I am ok with the rent charges., do you have internet there? how much will the internet cost.

You must be interested in knowing more about me , I love reading , staying indoor, Love traveling right now i am on a tour to Egypt on a cinematography and photography work , i love going beach and meeting new people, got no bf but hopefully i might one too because i just break up with my boyfriend which so i am just getting over it ,i have never rented a room or a house before because i have lived with ma family all of my life, i mixed race , Spain and Mexico.i wish i have my picture on this computer i would have send one to you . Will the house cleaning arrangement will be made by me ? i have no problem cleaning the house and have no problem living with other potential roommate if available. I will be happy if you can rent this place t me .i am sure the house will be in good condition for you to have posted it online if you can guarantee me on that. Tell me about the cleaning arrangement., How much will the deposit be ,Do you need me to pay a deposit or advance payment for me to be able to secure the place. I wait to hear from you

Nicole October 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

I got an email last night from a girl in Scotland wanting to finish her master’s degree. I was skeptical then because my apartment is 45 minutes away from the university in my town. But I replied anyways. I woke up this morning to 3 more similar emails supposedly from different people ( 1 was a girl frkm Spain

Isabella October 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hi Guys,
I have received these emails on 10/27/2013:
………………………………………………………………….
I’m so glad to hear the room is still available for rent. My full
name is Aida Howard. Here is little about myself, i speak both English
and German, am single, fun, loving, clean, and respectful of others,
don’t do drugs. My father is from UK (London) and my mother is from US
(New York), I’m { 26yrs old/F }. I was born in United Kingdom and i
attended University of Oxford Class of 2012 · Oxford, Oxfordshire. I
graduated last year.

I’m coming for a long term stay and am ready to sign a year lease as
soon as i get there but am presently on research work at Guam and will
be coming for my master’s degree starting from November. I’ll like to
pay for the deposit and a month rent… I would have loved to call you
but here is a remote area, Calls are very hard to go through, so
please try and understand and also I would have loved to come and
check out the room but i won’t be able due to the short time i have
left here.

So if you have the picture of the room and surrounding, I’ll feel
better if you could send me.

I’ll love to know a little about yourself and if you have garage or
parking space cos i will have my own car come over, please let me know
the total amount for the first month rent and payment will be done by
US Cashier’s & Certified Check. So I want you to keep me posted with
the following details so that I can ensure you are ready to accept the
payment.

INFORMATION TO FACILITATE THE MAILING OF THE CHECK.

* Full name: * Address: * City, State, Zip Code: * Cell number: *
First Month Rent:

Waiting for your e-mail with the information requested so that i can
forward it to my Dad to issue out the check for the deposit and month
rent with that you can hold on the place for me till i come soon…

Thanks
………………………………………………………………….
Thanks so much for your quick response…here is little about
myself,my name is Mellisa Johnson, i speak both French & English, am
single,fun, loving, clean, and respectful of others, don’t do drugs.My
father is from US and my mother is from France, am 24yrs old, sex
female. I was born in France (Paris) and i attend American University
of Paris, graduated a year ago.I’m coming for a long term stay and am
ready to sign a year lease in person on the day of my arrival as soon
as i get to your house, but am presently on research work at Guam and
will be coming for my master’s
degree from soon. I’ll be arriving Nov 20th. and pay for the deposit
and one month rent upfront, loved to call you but here is a remote
area calls are very hard to go through,and also love to come and check
at the room before renting but am very far, with pictures that will
makes me happy and feel comfortable.

Please tell me little about yourself…if you are a student?,working?,
married or single?, if there is a garage or parking space because i
will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total amount for the
first month rent, because i will be paying upfront so that it will
give you strong prove that am really interested in renting the room
from you. Payment will be done via US Cashier’s or Certified Check, so
please feed me back with the following details so that i can ensure
you are ready to rent the room to me.

Information to facilitate the mailing of the check…

**** Full Name:
****Address, City, State, Zip Code:
****Cell and Home Phone Number:
****Month Rent:

I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information requested
so that i can forward it to my father to issue out the check for the
deposit and month rent up front as soon as possible, with that you can
hold on the place prior my arrival… Thanks for your co-operation

Mellisa.

kathy October 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

Another part of this scam, especially those that send you pix of themselves, is that if you send them the info asked for – full name, address, etc you could potentially get a let from an “attorney” telling you that you violated the federal housing discrimination laws and that they will proceed to sue you in federal court but this can be “settled” with a payment (buyoff) of $5K. After they have sent the pix they will use all sorts of delay tactics until you find another renter and then proceed with the lawsuit part of the scam.

If you are renting a room in your own home you do not violate any housing laws by being selective in who you rent to.

samantha November 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I posted a sublease ad on craigslist in Chalreston, IL. I got a couple of replies, but i like to do things on a first come first serve basis. Too bad for me. I almost fell for it. She said she was in guam doing research but she was origionally from Spain, and that she was going to have a car delivered to my house, and that her father would send me a check for the amount 3500 for the car delivery and the deposit for my room and first month rent. I recieved the check and they she was pushing for me to deposit it and send a money gram to an address in PA for the car. She gave me the ‘name’ and address of the sales person she was dealing with. I looked up the address and found a phone number for it. When I called the place, they said that no one by the name I was asking for worked there. Then to ‘reassure’ me. Her ‘father’ called and talked to me. probably just another pawn in the scam.
I can’t believe I almost fell for it…

‘her’ name is Kate Jackson and here is one of the emails she sent me while I was working on falling for it.

Hello,

Good day to you. How are you doing today ? I want you to know that
the check of $3,500 is on the way to be deliver to your residence
soon. Here is the usps tracking number of the package you are to
receive ( 9405501699320011024869 ). You can have it track at usps.com
or iship.com/trackit to know when the check will get to you soon.

This is what i need you to do for me, you are to take the check to
your bank and have it deposited into your bank account, calculate your
own cost and the rest funds goes for my car.. So i need you to pls
help with the car money today. So once you have the check deposited,
You are to withdraw the sum of ($1850) for my car delivery or easily
use your debit card to do the transfer and look or a nearest Money
Gram store and have it send to the car dealer agent, so that the car
delivery can take place as soon as possible… The car is coming with
all the necessary paper and it’s a Red Toyota Camry 2011 Model.

HERE IS THE CAR DEALER AGENT INFORMATION YOU ARE TO WIRE THE MONEY
VIA MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER BELOW :

Receiver Name……..Matthew Harper
Address….510 W Bridge St
City……..Morrisville
State…….PA
Zipcode…..19067

Once you are done sending the funds to the car dealer agent, you are
to get back to me with the money gram transfer details below:

*Senders Name:
*Address you used in sending the funds:
*Total Amount sent:
*Money Gram 8 Reference number:

Note: You are to deduct the money gram transfer charges from the
money you are sending to the car dealer agent and choose money gram
Service MONEY IN MINUTE to send the money so that the agent can get
the money same day.

I’ll love to know if you need any more explanation and when you will
be getting the money transfer done ???. Waiting for your swift
response as soon as you receive my message.

Thanks and Best Regards.

Sincerely,

Kate

BEWARE!

Debbie Rose November 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

Debbie is at it again, it’s a scam do not reply.

Debbie Rose

Hi, Thanks for getting back to me sooner.I am happy to hear that the place is still available to rent out , I am not a student i am self employed. I am into cinematography and i do other businesses ,I am sure paying my house rent won’t be any problem for me.I am ok with the rent charges., do you have internet there? how much will the internet cost.

You must be interested in knowing more about me , I love reading , staying indoor, Love traveling right now i am on a tour to Egypt on a cinematography and photography work , i love going beach and meeting new people, got no bf but hopefully i might one too because i just break up with my boyfriend which so i am just getting over it ,i have never rented a room or a house before because i have lived with ma family all of my life, i mixed race , Spain and Mexico.i wish i have my picture on this computer i would have send one to you . Will the house cleaning arrangement will be made by me ? i have no problem cleaning the house and have no problem living with other potential roommate if available. I will be happy if you can rent this place t me .i am sure the house will be in good condition for you to have posted it online if you can guarantee me on that. Tell me about the cleaning arrangement., How much will the deposit be ,Do you need me to pay a deposit or advance payment for me to be able to secure the place. I wait to hear from you

Curious -Facebook link November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Curious – Has anybody received an inquiry with a link to a facebook page? A 22yr old female coming from England to do anthropology research in the US who is currently a secretary at an art firm. I have messaged her on facebook and some of her friends for legitimacy many of whom seem to have degrees from US colleges.

Danita Jones November 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

Same here! Her name was is Brenda Cole/Christie Woodley, same letter same scam. Mother is ill with cancer and having her car shipped over and some of her “stuffs”. Cape Town, South Africa is where she is from.
Good thing I checked it out. It was a reported scam from Craigs List.
Offered to secure the room with a US money order.
BEWARE!!!! This is a huge scam!!!!!!!!

Alaire November 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Yep, One tried it on my as well when I was looking for jobs on Craigslist as a Front End/Receptionist. This is the number they gave me saying his name was Basset, 615-601-0579. I reported this guy to the FBI so hopefully that one is gone at least! Good luck and beware of these ignorant people!

Tim December 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I got this email for my add on Craigslist:

Happy Sunday,
Thanks for getting back to me… My name is Diana Arteta (F),I am
24yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean 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.
Am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Spain,Malaga(Los
Asperones), my dad is from USA but my mum is from Malaga…I went to
Málaga University (UMA) i speak both España and English ,am presently
on research work at Guam (USA), am almost done with the research. Am
doing it because its part of 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 and i don’t really love
pets but i don’t care if there is any in the house. 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 because I will have my own car come over, please 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 full
Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,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. Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Diana Arteta
615 601-0579 TEXT ONLY

Tim December 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

This is the last email from her. After this email I stoped to send email.

How are you doing today?The payment has been sent out to you will
delivered to you soon,thanks so much for the patient on the payment,i
will email you with the tracking # soon and also i will like to make
you know all paper work will be sign in person on my arrival day if
there is any to sign.
As regards my car,i am planning on having it delivered to the
house before my arrival so that i can settle in comfortably,you can
understand that transiting cross Atlantic is not easy so i am making
arrangement with the car dealer to deliver the car before my arrival
after the rent and security deposit has been paid to you by my Dad. I
will ask you for a favor here,can i rely on you to take delivery of
the car for me when its delivered.I will instruct the car dealer to
contact you to schedule a delivery time that will be convenient for
you to receive the car for me .As you will be handling the delivery of
the car with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can
help me handle the delivery payment for the car…the delivery payment
has been included with the Check coming to you.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.

Thanks

Todd January 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

Ha! This was totally happening to me. I got the checks and then I was even more suspicious. This website really saved my ass.

Charles January 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Thank you Mke for the info. You were right, gut check said scam all the way. I kept pushing for references and pay stubs and never got a respomce or if I did get a responce she avoided the question all together. Finially I figured something was up before it was too late.

For everyone else here’s the email I recieved.

is the room still available…???…Kindly reply me back via (bethdtdz@gmail.com) with the total amount to move in with the deposit Thanks

Diana

Hello,
Thanks for getting back to me… My name is Diana Arteta (F),I am 26yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean 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.
Am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Spain,Malaga(Los Asperones), my dad is from USA but my mum is from Malaga…I went to Málaga University (UMA) i speak both España and English ,am presently on research work at Guam (USA), am almost done with the research. Am doing it because its part of 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 and i don’t really love pets but i don’t care if there is any in the house. 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 because I will have my own car come over, please 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 full Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,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. Thanks and have a nice day.
Best Regards,
Diana Arteta
615 601-0579 TEXT ONLY

alexa January 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

Can’t believe how much this helped!!! I received emails from “Diana Arleta” thanks tobeveryone

STEFANY January 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I am currently talking to a girl from Guam her name is Julie Chad. She sent me a check today and wants me to moneygram most of it to someone in texas for her car payment. I am thinking this is a scam. i told her i needed the phone number for the people i am sending the money to and told her that i ahve to wait for the check to clear the bank when i really never put it in the bank yet. Just is a little fishy after reading these stories. Some help please has anyone come across a girl named Julie Chad? HELP!

Julie February 3, 2014 at 7:55 am

Thank you so much for this info! You just saved me from getting scammed.

Brenda March 11, 2014 at 2:37 am

I have an ad on Craig’s list and have been getting numerous emails. Brenda Cole, Kaylee Lester, Jenny(Jennifer William) and countless others. Also, 1 from another country. They start with wanting to know more about the room or they want to know more about you and then they reply with one story or another about doing research and their dad will pay for the room and all the bills. I received 3 from Jennifer in the same day. All coming from different email addresses; but wanting me to reply to fandland2002@gmail.com They all want my full name, address and phone and to please facilitate so the funds could be sent. One person had a green card and was going to look for a job when she got here. Hmmmm how would a person get a green card without a job or someone sponsoring them. I asked them all to go to my ad on rentler.com and apply there so I would feel easier about it after a background and credit check is done. Not one person applied. I caught on to it pretty quick since I was getting so many with the same story from different people and the wording changed just a bit. I was curious and googled scams from Guam for rooms and came up with this link. I just thought I would add my 2 cents (or book). Sorry so long.

Brenda March 11, 2014 at 2:40 am

To mm: reading your comment, I had the same email sent to me, word for word, where her parents were from and graduated from Hamburg. The only difference was the name.

Denise March 12, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I’ve gotten a lot of these scams on craigslist. The common factors in a scammer’s email: lots of mispellings, person is out of town and can’t see the place before renting it, they have a sob story, no verifiable income, but a rich relative who wants to close the deal fast.
Also, I was contacted by bethdtdz@gmail.com today. Thanks to your webpage, I knew not to reply to her. Thank you!

Zach March 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Just got a similar one – thought it sounded suspicious. Thanks for this post (and the comments) for confirming my suspicions. Here’s the email so future users can compare:

Thanks so much for your quick reply, I’m interested in renting the room. My name is Beth Arteta i was born in France (Paris) i speak both French & English, am single, fun, loving, clean, loyal and respectful of others, don’t have any pet. More about me, my father is from US and my mother is from France. I’m 24yrs old, sex female, i attend American University of Paris, graduated a year ago.
I’m coming to stay for a year, and am coming for my master’s degree.I’m currently in Alaska in a village “Nunivak Island” on a research work and will be coming soon… I’ll be arriving March Ending i’ll loved to call you but here is a remote area calls are very hard to go through, please send me some picture of the room because i will not be able to come over and check on it before renting.
Please tell me little about yourself…if you are a student?,working?, married or single?, if there is a garage or parking space because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total amount for the first month rent, i will be paying upfront so that you can be rest assured that am really interested in renting the room from you…
My mode of payment is US Check, so please feed me back with the following details so that i can ensure you are ready to rent the room
to me.

BELOW IS THE INFORMATION NEEDED

***** Full Name:
****** Street Address:
******* City, State, Zip Code:
******** Home & Cell Number:
********* Total amount for a month:

I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information requested so that i can forward it to my father to issue out the check for the deposit and month rent upfront as soon as possible, with that you can hold on the place prior my arrival… Thanks for your co-operation

Beth Arteta

Wesley March 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Hey Charles,
I got the same one today… good thing I looked it up when I felt that things were suspicious…. Here is he email she sent me:

Thanks for getting back to me… My name is Kaylee Lester (F),I am 24yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean 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. Am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Spain,Malaga(Los Asperones), my dad is from USA but my mum is from Malaga…I went to Málaga University (UMA) i speak both España and English ,am presently on research work at Guam (USA), am almost done with the research. Am doing it because its part of 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 and i don’t really love pets but i don’t care if there is any in the house. 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 because I will have my own car come over, please 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 full Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,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.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Kaylee Lester
TEXT ONLY

Emilia March 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thank You so much for this post! i recently received this email from a potential “renter”

Thanks for getting back to me with the information I requested. I got
the information and i’ll have it forward to my father to issue out
payment to you on time. I really appreciate that you are ready to
accept me roommate, please have little patience for the check to
arrive to your address and also secure the room prior my arrival. I’ll
e-mail by giving you an update about the status in regards to the
payment and also provide the tracking number from the carrier service,
further more i need you to take the ad down CL, that will give me a
strong prove that the room has been hold prior my arrival so that
other interested people will not make any enquirer..

Regarding my Car…. I’m planning on having it delivered to you
before my arrival so that you can come and pick me up at the airport
and settle in comfortably, you can understand that transiting cross
Atlantic is not easy so i am making arrangement with the car dealer to
deliver the car before my arrival, once the rent and security deposit
has been paid to you by my father. I’ll ask you for a favor here, can
i rely on you to take delivery of the car for me when it’s delivered
?, as you’ll be handling the delivery of the car along with the rent
and deposit, the car money has been included with the check coming to
you. I’ll really appreciate if you can do this for me and promise to
compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on my arrival into
your place.

Let me know at once if i can trust you to have the rest fund to the
car dealership agent once you get the check, i will be expecting your
e-mail as soon as you receive my e-mail. Thanks so much for your
understanding…

Sincerely,

Hopefully More people become aware of this scam

Lauren March 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

katewilliams2612@gmail.com Is another email to add to the list! I cannot express how grateful I am for this article and all of the people that have posted!! I was almost a victim my self! Has any one else have them tell you that they are going to have there car delivered to you beforehand?!!?! THAT REALLY SENT UP THE RED FLAGS,!!!

Lauren March 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Actually I just got the EXACT same email that Emilia posted above!!

daniel bossut March 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

Just got this one: “text only”was another flag :
Thanks for getting back to me… My name is Kaylee Lester (F),I am
24yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean 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. Am coming for my masters
degree. I was born in Spain,Malaga(Los Asperones), my dad is from USA
but my mum is from Malaga…I went to Málaga University (UMA) i speak
both España and English ,am presently on research work at Guam (USA),
am almost done with the research. Am doing it because its part of
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 and i don’t really love
pets but i don’t care if there is any in the house. 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 because I will have my own car come over, please 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 full
Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,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.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards,
Kaylee Lester
(760) 364-0657 TEXT ONLY

sabrina March 31, 2014 at 1:15 am

Omg!!! thank you soo much! I got many responses to my roomate ad, and the one I was gonna go with was this girl from the UK and she had asked for my name and address for her to send the amount to reserve the room I will forward this email to my dad for he will be the one paying for my rent… I was gonna fall for it but all of a sudden I got another email from a girl 3 years older than the other saying basically the exact same thing but different story.. sorry I can’t call I’m in an area that has horrible connection but I’d love to reserve the room my dad will be responsible for my rent payment give me your information and he will send it right away.

Now I’m disapointed because I need a roomate in 2 days and have nobody else that I am interested in.. I definitely will be meeting any potential roomates in person.

Wounded Ego April 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm

So what if i just cash their check but don’t refund them anything… Isn’t that a win?

Mike April 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

When you cash the check, the check will bounce after a few days because it’s fake so you won’t get any money. The scammer is hoping that you’ll send YOUR money to them before you realize its a fake check.

Kay April 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Dear Mike and All that read/post these entries,

Thank you for putting this post “out there”. My only wish is that we would have found it 10 days ago.
My kind hearted, naïve, think the best out of everyone daughter, was just scammed out of thousands to help “Kaylee Lester” get her car here from overseas to take over the room/rent in her apartment. She received a second check from “Kaylee” just this morning. Wounded Ego and Mike, thank you for the last two posts. She is holding on to the second check to give to the authorities today. She spent hours at the local police station last night and reported it to MoneyGram.

She did all the right things before she sent out the MoneyGram, she thought; contacted the bank on the check from “Kaylee Lester” making sure the account was active and had sufficient funds, got more info from “Kaylee” about other things and it all checked out. These guys are thorough. I was going to say good, but they do not deserve such a word to describe them. They were able to cancel the check after it was in our daughter’s account for 5 days. The text she got this morning even had the audacity to say “I don’t get off with people money at all…” Mike I can’t thank you enough for putting this out there so that others may not be scammed out of their money. Our daughter is going to school full time, trying to keep her grades up for the scholarship money (which she has just been scammed out of every dime) working three jobs, and doing countless volunteer work to help others.
I hope that others find your site before, rather than after they are scammed. We are heart broken, shocked and sick, (yes embarrassed too) wondering what to do next about needed money and stopping these crooks so no one else will be hurt.

Kate Williams April 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

katewilliams2613@gmail.com

Email has changed again… this is the 2nd time she’s tried to contact me about a room

a person April 17, 2014 at 6:33 pm

next time an “international” roommate try to scam you, take his money order and frame it and hang it on the wall.

miss a April 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Same is happening to me right now!!!

Francois April 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Take care, I received it yesteray and today.
Check this email: pliahagava@gmail.com

Take care, this email try to scam you.

melissa April 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

this is horrible, I’m so thankful I caught this. I got suspicious when I got two emails that were way too similar. I’m on such a tight budget as a college student, this would have been devastating. thank you for posting this!

Jasmine May 6, 2014 at 4:48 am

I just got scammed. I wish I would have seen this a day or two ago. I thought since the deposit did not say “pending” anymore that the check had cleared. Boy was I wrong. There goes everything I have. The reason I was looking for a roommate was to save money. Not get ripped off. If this is so prevalent, why hasn’t the FBI figured something out. The government bails out messed up morgages but what about bailing out an innocent victim trying to make ends meet? This is ridiculous. I’m such an idiot.

Jasmine May 6, 2014 at 4:53 am

I was typing fast and relying on autocorrect. Didn’t save me. Lol my comment reads like one of the scammers. Ha! They’re still texting me about delivering the car and furniture.

alysia May 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

Thank you for this website! I already had my suspicions, but this just made me realize it waa a total scam. Beware of anyone going by Anna Noyes with the email: sebbx23ed@gmail.com.Same as many other posters on this site, she said she was going to have her car shipped and I needed to pay for it, so her dad was sending me a bank check and I needed to send money bank through a moneygram. They even went as far as to have her “dad” email me! His email is niner455@gmail.com.

alysia May 11, 2014 at 1:15 am

Sorry that email was: sebbx23es@gmail.com

Dakota May 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

Here is an add that is possibly one of these scams I will let ya know if it is.

craigslist 4385311048
xrjh8-4385311048@hous.craigslist.org

Dakota May 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

Here is an add that is possibly one of these scams I will let ya know if it is.

Jasmine Williams is the persons name on this one.
craigslist 4385311048
xrjh8-4385311048@hous.craigslist.org

Dakota May 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

If anyone is needing a room in Oklahoma I have a place. I was almost scammed also. So maybe a person on here won’t try to do the same thing. My number is 405-239-4454 feel free to call. I will speak with you about the place.

Scott May 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I have a room to rent in Austin. I did the google search because I’m getting tons of emails from women supposedly overseas sending pics sometimes. I don’t care how cute you are. I am 58 have an awesome 30 yr old female roommate moving out to live with her boyfriend. I’m not interested in young girls. Thank you for posting. I’m going to change my ad to say must be able to meet in person.

Scott May 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Oh I forgot if you live in Texas or are actually moving to Austin and want to live in a great neighborhood for $525 plus half the bills. Call me at 512-586-8831

DavieDave May 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

Here’s the one that tried to scam me. What caught my eye was all most funny. See if you can find it.

My name is Melissa Douglass from Germany, i speak both German &
English, am single, easy going person, loving, clean, and respectful
of others, don’t do drugs. My father is from USA while my mother is
from Germany , am 24yrs old, sex female. I was born in Stuttgart
(Arkansas) and i attend University of Stuttgart, and graduated last
year… I have my B.Sc and I’m coming for a long term stay and am
ready to sign a year lease as soon as i get to your house. I’m
currently in Alaska in a village “Nunivak Island” on a research work
and will be coming soon for my master’s degree and i will be arriving
June 1. I’ll loved to call you but here is a remote area calls are
very hard to go through, please send me some picture of the room
because i will not be able to come over and check on it before
renting.

Did you see it? I thought Stuttgart was in Germany, not Arkansas. When I asked which school she going to the E-mails stopped.

Aletamae May 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Can’t believe this Roommate scam is still going on! It happened to me in 2009 and I was getting wise to the whole thing and when the money orders arrived, I took them to my bank and warned them that I thought they were bogus! They confirmed that quickly. I then reported the incident to my local police department and they said it happens all the time. Today my significant other was almost the victim of a Microsoft scam. They call you and reference the computer not functioning properly and they can do diagnostics tests for $200. The actual tests are Free but they want the $200 for a registration fee. I definitely felt it was a scam and had a local police officer come out and he said “Yes”. Whenever someone starts talking about money orders, something is fishy. A whole day was wasted but hopefully a disaster with the computer averted. They kept on calling back 6-7 times while the officer was here — another sign that it was not legit! I also googled Microsoft scams and it was there. The general public needs to be smart about checking for scams!!!

Helen June 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I am so glad Mike has posted this and all who left their responses. After a few email exchanges I send her my name, address and phone, and her last email follows. The subject line was: CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL!!!response needed. I think I will not respond at all, and hope that’s the end of this scam. Thank you again Mike.

Thank you for your response back concerning this unit.My
work shipped me off to a remote area and i had absolutely no phone or
internet services.Again,i am so sorry! I work out of town so I leave
early and return home in the late evening.I am very active on the
weekends with working out and social events.I will call you tomorrow
after work,and we can discuss it further as you like.My Dad insists to
call and arrange with you to send payment this week.You can send me
the lease application to enable me review it ahead of time.i would
eventually have it signed physically when i arrive at your place.In my
opinion,appending signature should be done properly and at best
physically.With this arrangement,my Dad will mail your payment deposit
to you.i hope something can be worked out to ensure every arrangements
that we shall both execute in line with my taking up the tenancy
should be done accordingly to ensure we are on the same page with each
other.You can prepare the lease in my name Victoria Marlin.
Due to the limited time that i have before my arrival,i am making
arrangements with a furniture company to supply the home with
furniture,so i will need you to provide me with the measurements of
the room,i will send it to the furniture company so that they can
supply the unit with furniture that will fit in well.As regards my
Car,I am planning on having it deliver to the house before my arrival
so that i can settle in comfortably,I am making arrangement with the
Car handler to deliver my Car before my arrival after the rent and
security deposit has been paid to you by my Dad.
I will ask you for a favor here,can i rely on you to take delivery
of my Car for me when it is deliver to you?I will instruct the Car
handler to contact you to schedule a delivery date and time that will
be convenient for you to receive it on my behalf next week. As you
will be handling the delivery of the Car for me,I will tell my Dad to
include the costs of my Car delivery with the rent and deposit to be
sent to you so that you can help me to make the payment when it is
deliver.I will really appreciate if you can do this for me as this is
to afford mutual relationship between you and the Car handler when he
delivers the Car next week.I promise to compensate you adequately for
your time and efforts on my arrival at your place.
I hope we have an understanding ?,Thanks for the co-operation and
understanding.I promise you have a great time while i stay with you.

Respectfully,
Victoria Marlin

her emails are: victoriakks@gmail.com and victoriakksk@gmail.com

AJ June 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm

niner455@gmail.com just emailed me, sounded just like the scam explained above

Mike July 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

I was just contacted by someone named “Angie Hill” that turned out to be a scam. There were a couple small indications in the emails back and forth that made me slightly uneasy, especially telling me that she would call one day and never did, or that her dad would call and never did, failing to ever answer when she planned on moving in, pushing as fast as possible to “secure the room” and then for me to help unload a car being imported from overseas so she had to send me extra money for the processing costs. I know about how much it takes to ship and import a car and the check she sent wouldnt be nearly enough in the first place, and the amount matches up pretty close to many of the amounts on this site that has been said.

As for the check, I dont know much bout checks and fraud but I do know technology. The signature on the check was a big stand out, it looks like the signature was a picture someone had taken of a real signature and then used an inkjet printer to print the picture onto the check.
The mailing address on the USPS envelope said it came from Bronx, NY, which is weird because that never came up in our talks. She was supposedly from Spain and moving to the US to finish school, so the check should have been coming from there. It also only took a day to get here, not possible with an overseas check, and everyone knows a direct transfer would be far easier and better to issue a payment from an overseas account to someone here in the US. The actual place the check says it came from is a Johanas Flower’s shop in Carpinteria, CA. Which that doesnt match up with either the Bronx mailing address or the Spain story. I called the bank up and they were wary of letting me talk to a manager about the check and also about giving out much account into on their clients, but they confirmed the check was fake and it sounded like they had gotten a few of these such checks very recently.

Kir July 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I GOT THE EXACT SAME MESSAGE AS SOMEONE ABOVE

They used the name Katherine Robert and sent me a photo of a girl as well. They sent a check and I refused to send money until it cleared. I doubt it will. They texted my phone number and it showed their number from New Mexico 5753231990. BEWARE PEOPLE.

Here is the email:

I’m so glad to hear from you quick, I’m interested in renting the
room. My name is Katherine Robert i was born in France (Paris) i speak
both French & English, am single, fun, loving, clean, loyal and
respectful of others, don’t have any pet. More about me, my father is
from US and my mother is from France. I’m 24yrs old, sex female, i
attend American University of Paris, graduated a year ago.

I’m coming to stay for a year, and am coming for my master’s
degree.I’m currently in Alaska in a village “Nunivak Island” on a
research work and will be coming soon… I’ll be arriving any time
from May or you can email me the available date i can move in also
i’ll loved to call you but here is a remote area calls are very hard
to go through, please send me some picture of the room because i will
not be able to come over and check on it before renting.

Please tell me little about yourself…if you are a
student?,working?, married or single?, if there is a garage or parking
space because i will be coming with my own car. Let me know the total
amount for the first month rent, i will be paying upfront so that you
can be rest assured that am really interested in renting the room from
you…

My mode of payment is US Check, so please feed me back with the
following details so that i can ensure you are ready to rent the room
to me.

BELOW IS THE INFORMATION NEEDED

***** Full Name:
****** Street Address:
******* City, State, Zip Code:
******** Home & Cell Number:
********* Total amount for a month:

I’ll be waiting to read back from you with the information
requested so that i can forward it to my father to issue out the check
for the deposit and month rent upfront as soon as possible, with that
you can hold on the place prior my arrival… Thanks for your
co-operation

Once you receive the payment, go straight to your bank have the
$2877.88 deposit into your account, after doing that please partially
withdraw $1,700.00 cash for my car… Take the cash to a nearest
Western Union store to make a money transfer to the car delivery agent
information given below…

BELOW IS THE CAR DELIVERY AGENT INFORMATION YOU ARE TO TRANSFER THE MONEY TO

Receiver’s :Roberta Fiore
Address:241 Red Mills Rd
City: Pine Bush,
State: NY
Zip Code:12566

Note you are to deduct the transfer charges from the money you are
transferring to the car delivery agent, As soon as you get to western
union just pick the western union form and fill your name has sender’s
name and (Kenneth Morales) as the Receiver’s name and give them the
cash of the $1700.00 .Once you have the fund wire to the agent you are
to kindly get back to me with the transfer details below…

1* Senders Name:
2* Address you used in sending the funds:
3* Total amount sent:
4* Money transfer confirmation #:

Please let me know at once if you understand all i said above. Waiting
to hear from you as soon as you receive my e-mail. Thanks!

Thanks so much for your email..i will be glad if you can get the check
deposited and partial withdraw $1700 instant cash for the car so you
can have the money send to the car delivery person information which
is (Roberta Fiore) full information via western union so they can
start the car paper work..also you can send the money online with your
debit card via western union i think that will be easier for you ..you
can send the money so they will come for the delivery of the car at
your own best time as soon as you back to state ..let me know how you
can help me pls Thanks

waiting for your response now asap
Regard

Regard

Debb July 21, 2014 at 3:19 am

I’m so glad that I checked on Google just one more way, to see about roommate scams!!! We were about to decide to choose the scammer! Then, would we not only be out whatever they may have taken us for, but, the rent for as long as it took the bad stuff to happen.
It started out sounding legit. Then, before giving us any more than her email address, she wants pictures of the room and more specific information about us.
There were two things that happened that were red flags. The first was that she wanted us to take delivery of her car from the dealership. We weren’t comfortable with that, based on not wanting to be responsible if there was something wrong with the car. And then, of course, she would compensate us for our trouble…right! The second thing that happened was that we got another person, totally unrelated, with an almost identical letter, as if it’s a form letter that scammers can purchase at BadPeople-R-Us. The only differences were the country that their non-American parent was from & the country where they are currently doing research.
Thank you so much for this posting!!! It really saved us!

Should we report these incidents to anyone? Or would it do any good?

Thanks again,
Debbie

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