I came across this scammer while helping a friend find an apartment in California. Clearly, the house has been put up for sale by its real owner, and the scammer claims that he decided not to sell after all and to "disregard" the "For Sale" sign. The email is very well written, and it may fool somebody out there, which is why I'm sending this to you to post on your site.
FYI: I read about guys like these in the OC newspaper... These are scammers trying to rip renters off!! You can read the article for yourself: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rent-352608-property-deposit.htmlFrom scammer:
I did a search for "Serving in Mission" on Google because I was curious about the guy's link. SIM is a legitimate website for a Christian missionary non-profit. It's shameful that scammers would misuse these websites for their greedy, evil purposes.
Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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From: DAVID EDWARD <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, May 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM
Subject: Regarding 3-bdrm house
Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house.the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. Myself and Wife just traveled to West Africa for a program called SERVING IN MISSION (SIM), you can view the link for more info: http://www.sim.org/index.php/content/our-purpose . We will be away for 2 to 3 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it. However, my initial plan was to sell the house but it was not successful because the Realtor raised the price which made it difficult for me to sell before leaving the States so never mind if you see the for sale sign in front of the house, It has already been taken off the market as for sale so there is no need to contact any Realtor.Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?
FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Car Park.
AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer.section 8 is considered.
DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE
Number of bedrooms: 3
Rental price: $900 per month and security Deposit is $300(Security Deposit is Refundable) Utilities included in monthly rent
Pets are Welcome.
Below is the address to the house:
So let me know if you are still interested so that i can forward you the Rental Questionnaire to fill out...