A reader finds a scammer's background info suspicious. From reader:
First off my thanks to your blog! I had a tempting offer from a craigslist scammer but upon getting their email realized it was a scam- but just to be sure put the contact number into google search and found your blog to help me confirm! In case it's helpful- the scammer presented a house for rent under it's value with no details other than a picture of a house in the area- and an email. I emailed the address and got a response. I didn't know if this was helpful but thought I'd forward my response. The email address was firstname.lastname@example.org. Again many thanks to your blog and I reported the scam listing to craigslist.From the scammer:
I received your response concerning my Advertisement published on Craigslist The house is still available am the owner of the home and i bid for a portion of petroleum land a while back in West Africa and fortunately I just won the bidding so I had to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I still have to rebid for it in the next 4 to 5 years. I came over here with my wife and two kids and before we got here i thought of selling the home but had to change my mind because of my wife, she preferred we had it up on the rental market I had to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later we found out that he was renting it out for a higher price than what we agreed on and i don't want an occupant that will be paying a lot and not have time for the home because of the price of the home. If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee so I contacted the Agent back and requested for my keys and documents the maintenance of the home is far more important to me I know there is no way I can be sure that you are the right person to live in the house because we won't be able to see before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space.. But I just have a feeling that anyone who knows the values of a home should know that maintaining a home is essential, so if you believe you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than happy to let you rent the house.
Please if you are interested in renting my house kindly provide the information below.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Full Name Prefix__________________________________________________ (CELL)PHONE________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Home Phone ( )___________________ Other Phone ( )________________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving Old Home____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( )____________________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Move In Date____________________________
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT _____________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
Deposit Payment: $500___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible if you can call internationally if you can't please indicate so i can call you so we could proceed ASAP.
Please note that you will only be able to drive by the house for now but not have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you and the requirement for getting the keys and documents of the house is a fully refundable payment, which is the security deposit.
Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable the deposit is just to make sure that you are really interested in the home and also to hold the home for you so we don't rent it out to someone else, after receiving the keys and documents if you feel unsatisfied or uncomfortable with the interior, but i am giving you a benefit of doubt that you will love everything about this lovely home...
I Await your response so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you. My cell phone numbers are : (+234-802-263-8505 or +011-234-802-263-8505) you can call or text