...Sure I'll send the deposit your way... J/K
I'm always impressed with the stories criminals come up with to swindle unsuspecting victims. Let's face it- I'm a Dateline and Law & Order SVU fanatic. It seems like Craigslist has become some sort of online Mecca for swindling criminals, and unfortunately many innocent bystanders are all too often financially deceived by these con artists on the site.
So as I've been searching for the perfect apartment or house in Charleston, I uncovered a beautiful James Island (right near the beach) house for an unbelievable price! $800 for a great home, complete with pictures and an address that I was even able to Google Map for legitness. Check it out:
Better yet, check out the scam of an email I got back:
I did get your response concerning the AD I posted on craigslist. The house is still available but presently I'm not around.. I did bid for a portion of petroleum land sometimes ago in West Africa and fortunately I won the bidding so I have to move quickly down to Africa to have my company set up because I will still have to rebid for it in the next 10 years. I came over here with my wife, we both built the house when we got married. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that.. She said we may not be able to win the bidding next time, in other to keep our head when we return that we have to keep the house. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. 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 but the absolute care for the property. 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 physical before sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space. But I just had a feeling that anyone who knows what it takes to put the kind of structure down should know that maintaining a building is mandatory, so if you belief 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.
House Address: GUNPOWDER DR CHARLESTON SC 29412
First Month Rent:$800
Refundable Security Deposit Payment:$800
Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________
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 TO ME___________________________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE___________________________
You could give me a call as soon as possible so we could proceed asap..
Please note than 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 of $800 USD,which is the security deposit.
Please note that the deposit made is fully refundable should in case you finally gain entrance into the house after receiving the keys and documents and 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 number is:(+234-802-859-3562 OR 011-234-802-859-3562)
Dear Taha Jamal, or whatever you chose your name to be today:
Sure, I will send you the deposit ASAP. C'mon, we both know the form isn't really necessary. I mean truth be told, you could care less if I am married, have a really cool dog, or what I paid for rent at my last place. No, these details are not significant to you... unless you are trying to also access all of my personal accounts as well. I really don't doubt that at all. Oh well. The deposit will be on your doorstep in Nigeria tomorrow, for sure.
PS ...YOU SUCK
PPS That's a real nice fake name ya got there. Taha Jamal? Taj Mahal!? Hah. I googled your phone number, and found that you like to impersonate a vast selection of people- men, women, American, Pakistani, African...etc.
PPSS That means you double suck.
I posted this in an effort to bring just a little more awareness into the Craigslist community. Not too mention I wanted to add to the google results when you type in the phone number on the email.