Heads Up, Another RENTAL Scam Alert!

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Heads Up, Another RENTAL Scam Alert!
On Friday I posted   a listing for a rental on Craigslist and Trulia and again on AR yesterday. Fortunately I signed a lease with a client yesterday but immediately afterwards I received this response. Her response came in as a lead referral from another blogging platform.
 
She was inquiring about the rental and when I replied that I had already leased the property but would be happy to help her find something this was the response I recieved. There's so many scams out there nowadays and they can hit you in so many ways. I'm sure we've all received these same desparate messages via email but recieveing one like this through a rental ad is a first for me. Please feel free to pass this along.
 
 


ROYAL 1986
2:29 AM (4 hours ago)
 
to me
 
 
 
 
My Dear

I am more than happy in your urgent reply to my mail. How was your day?. mine was cool over here in  Dakar Senegal.
My name is Royal  Dion from Sudan in East Africa 23 Years old  and presently iam residing in the refugee camp here in dakar as a result
of the civil war going on in my country.

My late father Dr DION WILLIAMS was the personal advicer to the former head of state before the Janja weed rebels attacked my
house one early morning killing my mother and my father.
It was only  me that is alive now and i managed to make our way to near by country Senegal where i am leaving now and a refugee.
I am happy to meet you and i hope you tell me more about you

Your likes and dislikes,your hobbies and what you are doing presently.
I will tell more about myself in my next mail.
Attached here is my picture that is when i am still at my home when i snap them and i hope you will like them ..
Hoping to hear from you soonest,
Regards,Kises  hugssss
 
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Rainmaker
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Doris Freeman
RE/MAX REALTY SOURCE - Jackson, TN
Broker/Agent, Realtor, Madison-Gibson-Crockett

I really don't like Craigs list because you just get to many junk mails/scams.

Have A Great Day

Jun 18, 2012 08:15 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I receive these scam emails at least once a day and report them as spam.

Jun 18, 2012 08:19 AM #2
Rainer
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Joan Valverde
Synergy Realty Group Inc - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI, CDPE, Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Fores

John,  I am not sure why these folks pry so hard on craigslist.  We owned a home in Greeley Colorado for my boys college.  We needed another renter in one room, and got loads of emails from the UK.... all saying they have ALWAYS wanted to come to Greeley... Just cash the check, keep some and mail the rest back...  REALLY GREELEY COLORADO???  It is a nice town, but not thinking to many folks dream about coming to this small farm town, in Northern Colorado.  Have a great day!

Jun 18, 2012 08:21 AM #3
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Inves... - Leucadia, CA
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Doris & Sharon: Craigslist has always worked very well for me and I continue to use it albeit I am very careful and always keep my eyes open for scams like this. That stated, this did not come from Craigslist. It came from another RE blogging platform which I won't name for obvious reasons. I too recieve emais like this on a regular basis but never have I received one like this on an ad. 

Jun 18, 2012 08:26 AM #4
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
ON THE LEVEL General Contractor, Crest Homes Factory Built Housing Dealer & Developer & TAG Real Estate Sales & Inves... - Leucadia, CA
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Joan: One of the best family trips we ever had was to Greeley. We had an Amtrack adventere there to see our old babysitter graduate from UNC. It was truly one of the best vacations ever. Janis and I loved walking through the old historic neighborhoods and looking at all of the pristine and very well preseved homes. Thanks for your comment.

Jun 18, 2012 08:43 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Carol Faaland-Kronmaier
Weichert, Realtors; Hillsborough - Hillsborough, NJ
PhD, e-PRO, Manville, Hillsborough, Somerset NJ Homes

John I have also received many of these spam emails. I have heard that Craigs list is the worst! Good luck with your real buisiness leads.

Jun 18, 2012 12:31 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi John.    It amazes me that the junk continues to flow in and saddens me that some may fall for it.   I find them in my mail box continually, and don't really know where they come from!

Jun 18, 2012 02:10 PM #7
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
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Carol, granted Craigslist is smitten with rental scams and every other scam known to man. That stated I have to say that it's still the best venue I've ever used for rental properties and offing crap that I wouldn't donate to the Boys & Girls Club. You just need to know how to identify and deal with them.

Jun 18, 2012 06:31 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't understand why people use Craigslist as much as they do, but they do, so we need to advertise on it .

Jun 21, 2012 04:31 AM #9
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
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Gabe, I have used it for years with huge success. In fact I've got several ads posted right now. I just think we as RE professionals need to apprise unwary folks about these types of scams.

Jun 21, 2012 12:14 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

We need stricter laws on fraud, my theory has always been STOP a shop lifter and stop the major crimes they commit later. A small crime undeterred creates a bigger crime. Cut their hands off when shop lifting and they want be able to hold a gun later to rob or kill someone.

Jun 23, 2012 06:05 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for your alert.  All of us should expect to be targets for creative scams.

Have an outstanding week!

Jun 25, 2012 07:33 AM #12
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
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Charles, unfortunately we're living in a world where desperate times result in people taking desparate. Not a justification for such behavior. Just a fact of life.

Roy, you're absolutely right. Thanks.

Jun 26, 2012 07:56 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

John, it's so funny that the people sending them think whomever receiving them will fall for the letters... It's unfortunate Craigslist can't be more like AR and control that kind of crap! I even had someone send a come on letter to me via Linked in. Who are these people?!?

Jul 13, 2012 08:29 PM #14
Rainmaker
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John DL Arendsen
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Well, Peg it does ad a little humor to ones day. A bit of a diversion from the mudane drudge of day to day duties. LOL! :). Thanks.

Jul 14, 2012 06:14 AM #15
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