Yet Another Rental Scam

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty
Yet Another Rental Property Scam

This is The Post That Was Going to Go Here from yesterday.  You'll have to click that link to read about that saga, but anyway on Saturday, I was contacted by a potential renter.  Apparently he had thought that he had been corresponding with me back and forth via email, but after talking with me the first time, I guess he went back and did a little research.  After having done so, he called me back to alert me to a scam involving one of the units that Bham WIiRE Rentals manages and currently has listed for rent.
 
I asked prospective tenant to send the communication to me so that I could report it to Craigslist and I suggested that he do the same.
 
Here is the correspondence from the imposter: (My comments are in red or purple).
 
"TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE, BUT IF YOU DRIVE BY THE HOME YOU MAY SEE A SIGN THERE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT BELONGS TO OUR PREVIOUS AGENT SO YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO CALL THEM BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE HOME ANYMORE! IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE TENANCY RENT APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME. ALSO YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT +2348083043005 OR +2347038114086.
Regards,
Charita H Cadenhead"
 
Notice that the impostor actually signed off using my name.

Here's another message:
"Thanks for your email.. The house is still available. I decided to rent the house because we are going to spend more time here in Abuja, about 4 years.. Let me start by introducing myself. I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business..However, My name is Charita H Cadenhead. I and my wife own the house located at (address was inserted here)."   (Note that the impostor uses my name (obviously a female name) and then begins the next sentence by mentioning his wife.  That's clue if I ever saw one).  " Due to my job as a civil engineer, I works for a German company called JULIUS BERGER CONSTRUCTION CO., and now i have been transfer to West Africa to work in a branch in West Africa.I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house. However,the initial plan was to sale out the House. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell.The house include the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours. I hope you will promise me to take very good care of my home, also i will be come once in 4 months for visit to see how you are taking care of the home, and if any thing need to be repair in the home, i can fix it back!"
 
Thank good the prospective tenant had the inclination to call the number on my yard sign after he did a drive by.

Prospective tenants please be aware that no respectable company would ask you to send money without having viewed the property and Bham WIiRE Realty would not accept any money (not even an application fee) before you have seen the inside of the property.

Bham WIiRE Realty is a local Birmingham, Al company and you can Google Charita H. Cadenhead or Bham WIiRE Realty and realize immediately that we have a strong internet and local Birmingham area presence.

Be careful and by all means always report scams.
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Charita H. Cadenhead
Bham WIiRE Realty, LLC
712 29th Street South, B2
View homes for sale
(205) 321-1200 - Office
(205) 527-1112 - Direct
(888) 371-8221- Fax
          

 

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Rainer
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Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Ugh!  That is awful!  Thankfully, you were tipped off. I would hope that most people would sense something fishy because of how it was worded.

April 09, 2012 06:52 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
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Charita:  By the time I was half way through the second line in the advertisement, I smelled a scam.  You're doing a service by bringing these Craigslist Rental Scammers out into the open and I'm sure where-ever Craigsist is popular Craigslist Rental Seekers will benefit by reading this post!

April 09, 2012 07:22 AM #8
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Charita - We had that happen on a couple of our listings - almost exact same wording. It's amazing that people would get taken in by this, but they apparently do.

 

April 09, 2012 08:19 AM #9
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

Hi Charita, Thank goodness you were contacted before any money or important personal information was given to the scammer.  Hopefully they can track him down with the telephone numbers listed. 

April 09, 2012 12:14 PM #10
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Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

Charita,

The scammers are like cockroaches. They could survive a nuclear winter

April 09, 2012 08:27 PM #11
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Lori the really sad part is that the reason that such scams have lasted this long is because some people continue to fall for it.
April 10, 2012 12:17 AM #12
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Thanks John.
April 10, 2012 12:17 AM #13
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Same here Kathryn, but that isn't always the case. Not everyone can read between the lines. And in some case there are no lines to read between (the entire text is a blatant tip off).
April 10, 2012 12:19 AM #14
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
That's exactly how I felt Jane. It just reeked of a scam.
April 10, 2012 12:21 AM #15
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Dick it is just a case of preying among the most unfortunate and needy. People just need hope and that sets them up as victims.
April 10, 2012 12:22 AM #16
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Paula I would hope o but I just don't know how much effort is put into tracking these people down.
April 10, 2012 12:24 AM #17
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Scott no matter how much better things get, scam artist will always exist. It's too bad.
April 10, 2012 12:25 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

We have never seen this before and all the emailing back and forth...Oh my ~ Good for the potential tenant to drive-by and then call you...

April 10, 2012 04:35 AM #19
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Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

You constantly have to watch your back, and this was a new one for me, too.  Thanks for the alert, Charita.

April 10, 2012 10:09 AM #20
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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Absolutely sad that folks do this.  Good thing they called you Charita or they would have been out some money for sure.  It's amazing that people fall for this stuff, but obviously they do or else the scammers would stop.

April 10, 2012 07:27 PM #21
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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - - Sharon, MA
Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA

Charita, the same thing happened to me with one of my rental listings in January. I had two people call me from craigslist who suspected a scam.

April 16, 2012 08:41 AM #22
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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - - Sharon, MA
Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA

Unfortunately, I also had two people try to extend the scam in person. They showed up at the property (a duplex). Banged on the neighbor's door insisting to be let in to see the apartment. When the other tenant said the apartment had already been rented, the scammers mentioned me by name and insisted that they had an appointment to see the apartment. A quick call to the police from the tenant got them out of there.

April 16, 2012 08:43 AM #23
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Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor
Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824

I've never seen this before but am glad you brought it to our attention.   I learn something new here every day.

April 16, 2012 08:07 PM #24
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Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

How scary is this?   Lots of red flags for most of us but some people will fall for it. 

April 16, 2012 09:49 PM #25
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro

Wow, Charita.  That scammer has gone to a lot of trouble to get somebody's money.  He obviously likes your listings.  8-) The Internet has provided a whole new world for scammers.  

April 22, 2012 08:32 AM #26
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