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A reader emailed me that a person tried to scam him. The reader had offered a room for rent. Someone emailed him, stating to come from the UK.

I don't know the exact offer, but scammers on Craigs List work like this:

  1. You want to rent the room for $500/month
  2. They offer to pay $1200 (first + last month, plus $200 overpayment)
  3. You will get the $1200 per Fedex or UPS, as a cashier's check or money order
  4. Then they ask you to send the $200 to a friend whom they owe the money. You are supposed to send the money to that friend with Western Union or Moneygram
  5. You use your own $200 for this
  6. Your $1200 check bounces (it was FAKE!)


You just lost $200.
And your bank is angry at you for depositing a fake check.
The smallest problem would be a $30 fine for depositing a "bounced" check. Worst scenario: you get arrested for this.

There is a slim chance that the person is real, but if he offered to send money upfront, I bet it's a scammer.


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2012-09-19, 11:46:09
anonymous  
***ANOTHER SCAM PEOPLE BEWARE!!! FROM: rachealmorrisson@hotmail.co.uk

Thanks for the cordial response ,I am quite comfortable with the available rental and living environment.I have plans moving in by 21st of October (2012) but won't mind if the rent start counting sooner..

About me...My name is Racheal Morrisson (F),I am 25yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful to others. a non-smoker,i don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in London, I am single and have no children... i do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday .I am coming for my Masters degree. i am from Spain,specifically Malaga but live in London and my Parent are from there too but my Dad has passed away 4year (may his soul rest in peace)...I went to Kingston University in London. I speak both English and Spanish fluently ,am presently on research work and its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology.



I am currently on a research program for my Master ,and i am desperately looking for a place to stay.I read your profile about the room and i would really love to secure the room from you before my arrival,and more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival, So i will like to know the total amount of the room per month and the utility included. Am looking to rent for the minimum of 6-12 months, also i am ready to sign a year lease but i dont mind Month to Month rent as well .All these information are very important so that i can submit my proposal to my Uncle,since my uncle is making the total payment for the first & last month rent plus security deposit and shipping of my car and few of my furnitures he will be mailing out payment to you via Money Order in one of his business trip abroad to hold the room down for me before my arrival.Should you agree to receive payment via Money Order in US dollars,kindly advise me of your Full Name ,Contact Address (either Work or Home Address depends on where you assure to receive it in person )and contact telephone #.




For references reason,kindly contact below:

Former landlord :John Curtis(j.curtis012@yahoo.co.uk)

Roommate:Charles Chod(charles1maker@gmail.com)

Thanks, I will appreciate every of your effort to assist me in this traveling plans as I will be very happy to know you more than just roommates when I get there. Am very friendly and generous.



Again, Thanks and best regards,

Racheal.

2012-09-19, 21:39:48
anonymous from United States  
People please beware of these SCAMMERS! I posted an add on craigslist of a room that I am renting and I received an email from 'Rachael Morrisson' saying:

..

Hello,

Is the room still available?Please let me know ASAP. I ll like to see few pics of the room if available. I can tell you more about myself in my next email.Talk soon!

Thanks.
Racheal.


I replied saying the room was available, and then they said:

..
Thanks for the cordial response ,I am quite comfortable with the available rental and living environment.I have plans moving in by 21st of October (2012) but won't mind if the rent start counting sooner..
About me...My name is Racheal Morrisson (F),I am 25yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful to others. a non-smoker,i don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in London, I am single and have no children... i do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday .I am coming for my Masters degree. i am from Spain,specifically Malaga but live in London and my Parent are from there too but my Dad has passed away 4year (may his soul rest in peace)...I went to Kingston University in London. I speak both English and Spanish fluently ,am presently on research work and its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology.

I am currently on a research program for my Master ,and i am desperately looking for a place to stay.I read your profile about the room and i would really love to secure the room from you before my arrival,and more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival, So i will like to know the total amount of the room per month and the utility included. Am looking to rent for the minimum of 6-12 months, also i am ready to sign a year lease but i dont mind Month to Month rent as well .All these information are very important so that i can submit my proposal to my Uncle,since my uncle is making the total payment for the first & last month rent plus security deposit and shipping of my car and few of my furnitures he will be mailing out payment to you via Money Order in one of his business trip abroad to hold the room down for me before my arrival.Should you agree to receive payment via Money Order in US dollars,kindly advise me of your Full Name ,Contact Address (either Work or Home Address depends on where you assure to receive it in person )and contact telephone #.

For references reason,kindly contact below:
Former landlord :John Curtis(j.curtis012@yahoo.co.uk)
Roommate:Charles Chod(charles1maker@gmail.com)
Thanks, I will appreciate every of your effort to assist me in this traveling plans as I will be very happy to know you more than just roommates when I get there. Am very friendly and generous.

Again, Thanks and best regards,
Racheal.
racheal morisson rachealmorrisson@hotmail.co.uk

AFTER READING THIS BLOG I WAS IN SHOCK!!!!!!
2012-09-27, 21:40:29
ScamsAreReal from United States  
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I posted an add on Craigslist of a room I am renting and I received the following email:

On Sep 17, 2012, at 5:34 PM, racheal morrisson <rachealmorrisson123@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,

Is the room still available?Please let me know ASAP. I ll like to see few pics of the room if available. I can tell you more about myself in my next email.Talk soon!

Thanks.
Racheal.



At the moment, I did not think it was a scam, so I replied saying the room was still available.
Their next email says:

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM, racheal morisson <rachealmorrisson@hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
Thanks for the cordial response ,I am quite comfortable with the available rental and living environment.I have plans moving in by 21st of October (2012) but won't mind if the rent start counting sooner..
About me...My name is Racheal Morrisson (F),I am 25yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful to others. a non-smoker,i don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in London, I am single and have no children... i do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday .I am coming for my Masters degree. i am from Spain,specifically Malaga but live in London and my Parent are from there too but my Dad has passed away 4year (may his soul rest in peace)...I went to Kingston University in London. I speak both English and Spanish fluently ,am presently on research work and its part of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology.

I am currently on a research program for my Master ,and i am desperately looking for a place to stay.I read your profile about the room and i would really love to secure the room from you before my arrival,and more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room before my arrival, So i will like to know the total amount of the room per month and the utility included. Am looking to rent for the minimum of 6-12 months, also i am ready to sign a year lease but i dont mind Month to Month rent as well .All these information are very important so that i can submit my proposal to my Uncle,since my uncle is making the total payment for the first & last month rent plus security deposit and shipping of my car and few of my furnitures he will be mailing out payment to you via Money Order in one of his business trip abroad to hold the room down for me before my arrival.Should you agree to receive payment via Money Order in US dollars,kindly advise me of your Full Name ,Contact Address (either Work or Home Address depends on where you assure to receive it in person )and contact telephone #.

For references reason,kindly contact below:
Former landlord :John Curtis(j.curtis012@yahoo.co.uk)
Roommate:Charles Chod(charles1maker@gmail.com)
Thanks, I will appreciate every of your effort to assist me in this traveling plans as I will be very happy to know you more than just roommates when I get there. Am very friendly and generous.

Again, Thanks and best regards,
Racheal.



Once again, i believed it, and provided them with information. After sending out the email, I googled the emails they give as reference and realized this was a scam. I sent an email saying the room had be rented but they IGNORED that email and kept emailing me. But I never replied.

Hi,

How are you doing?Thank you for holding my room for me. I just touch base on you to keep you inform of my plans.. I will keep you posted with my itineraries as event unfold.

What is the present condition of the room? What paint color is it having now? Is there any floral shop around our place?any church closer to the house? How is the weather there?Its very cold hereSmile Hope there are no leakages in the house(Roof and Pipes).LOL

Please do check in the mailbox today and rest of the week to confirm money order payment delivery.Email me when you receive it.I know you may be worried that you've not read from me sooner than now,I've been very busy with the big travel and sick mother in the hospital but she's getting better.. Please remember to notify me immediately payment comes in..

I really can't wait to meet you as you sound like a very nice person. Have a wonderful day!!!

Sincerely,
Racheal

Thanks a lot for your care and support ..


Hello Jose,is the room still available cos the payment has been mailed out and you will get it by weekend,so let me know if the room is still for rent....




I have not replied to their emails, and today I received two text messages asking me if the room had been rented because they had already mailed out the payment. I plan on returning the envelope to the sender and not even opening it. This SCAM thing is real, good thing I found websites like these to warn me. THANK YOU. And for those who are renting rooms, be careful!!!!!DO NOT TRUST ANYBODY, NOT EVEN YOUR OWN SHADOW.

2012-09-28, 12:28:07
yesitsreal from United States  
i got similar emails for my rent ad..its very similar to the above emails..now iam going to ignore them..

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Thank you for your response, i'm interested in renting this room for my forthcoming masters degree program in which i'd be coming to the State in three weeks from now and i'll be staying for like a year or more. Moreover, my name is Elizabeth Elliot,I am a 25 years old single lady. Born in Scotland, raised in England from a Christian home. I'm clean, i don't smoke or drink or do drugs. I graduated from University of Nottingham, England. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy having me around. I'm fun, i'm open-minded, i'm very respectful.Please i'd like to know a little bit more about you.

Basically, i'd have loved to see the room in person but i understand i'm many miles away so with pictures am good. Meanwhile, for any inconvenience because i'll have my car delivered, my luggage and little furniture if needed, so i was wondering maybe i could secure this room and perhaps make out a month security rent deposit via U.S.Bank cashier's check to secured the room prior my arrival. And to proceed in this arrangement, i'll need your full name as it will appear on the U.S cashier's check, physical address and phone number so that i can submit my proposal to my Dad today without any delay to process the payment and mail it to you via courier service as soon as possible and my Dad might also want to contact you depending on his schedule... Thanks and am Looking forward to meeting you soon

Oops,you can reach me on (+44)702-401-9032 but it may be unwise to speak over the phone at long on a distance calls for the details and more also the time difference barrier, nevertheless if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me, you will enjoy having me in the house. Note; all the paperwork will be done on day my arrival.

Best regards,


Beth Elliot.
My God is my oath.
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2012-10-18, 16:58:28
anonymous from United States  
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Scammers continue replying to NY craigslist rental ads. If you receive an email that says 'Still available?' or 'What is price for the room?' (even when rent appeared in your ad) don't waste time responding. All are sent from 'gmail.com' accounts unless otherwise noted. Here's email addresses from things I've received in a mere 2 weeks.

annthoniaagfred AND helencossy5 a/k/a Helen
arthurpinori089 AND kayfee104
bhydstdg653 AND malloy@lockerbiegroup.com
a/k/a ALLISON CROWE
cherrydelma846 AND helencossy12 a/k/a Cherry
collins.mike03 AND sanita.jendy01, a/k/a Tina or SJ
deanm172 AND ppeterlcs@gmail a/k/a MARY
dr.robbenn AND ridwanabisbod
e.nelson012 AND whitney21
eric.nelson101 AND hongking05, a/k/a Maria Otto
ethel4287 AND ogooluwa.01, a/k/a Sanita Jendy
damsondada AND theodora5pu8 a/k/a Grace
gogatallcost AND frankgrant3 a/k/a Stephen
greylmn96 AND f.mula1000
hbcjbscknk a/k/a Debra
haileybohanan0044 AND amandahnd0
jessyhammy0 @hotmail.com AND reserveforme003
mayramayraalvarado AND pageposter1
olesia.ffx AND wringstub
qpahfkflfkf AND jacson.kate a/k/a Kate Jackson
rectoles001 AND m.longo001
saandyjac a/k/a Sandra Jacobs
scottpollar007@ AND alexbently999
solo7494 AND vivianjhns3
swasdavid6 AND dreddgbj a/k/a Sonia
tiffanydre99 AND nicolebane04
2012-10-23, 15:52:37
anonymous from Phoenix, United States  
I have also received a response to a rental ad from elizabeth elliot that is word for word to the above email. Beth, 'my god is my oath' is a scammer that resulted in a fraudulent cashiers check for $3940. I was to moneygram the balance to the Phillippines after depositing it in my account (I would of got stuck for the money). They sent me the check via priority mail (it looked official) that was phony as well. I no longer respond to emails or texts. Be careful.
2012-11-01, 21:54:06
[hidden] from United States  
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The following was received from 'Allison Crowe' <malloy@lockerbiegroup.com> regarding a $1,400 room for rent in New York City.

Hello,

It's nice hearing from you again,my name is Allison Crowe, 24 years of age,fun-loving,outspoken, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others, a non-smoker,don't do drugs,drink occasionally,and drama free kind of person. I graduated last year from Edinburgh University,Scotland. I am single and have no children, do bible studies on weekends and sometimes Karaoke nights with my roommates.Being a Christian,I've never missed a Sunday without going to Church.I would love to secure the room for myself before my arrival to the state as I'll be moving in with my things.I like my roommate or housemate to be a very caring and friendly person and I promise he/she will enjoy staying with me in the house because I make people smile always.I will be in the States before the end of this Month for the next one year as I am coming for my Master degree program. I was born in Scotland (UK) and my Dad is from Kahului,Hawaii but has been living in Scotland for over 27 years since my Mom is from Scotland.

I attended The University Of Edinburgh and I speak both French and English fluently wish a Scottish accent.I studied International Relations and I'm currently in currently in Prizren (Kosovo) doing some research work which is one of my prerequisite in International Relations .I would have loved to call you and discuss with you about the room but this is a remote area and calls is hard to go through from here and I don't want to waste much time .I'm really interested in renting from you and i do really love pets so I hope you consider renting the room to me.

I would have loved to see the place but I'm very far away which makes it a little harder,but with some recent pictures I think I'll be good.I would love to know more about you and if you have garage or parking space as I will have my own car, please let me know the total payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my Dad for him to email you later since he is the one that will be paying the bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and mailing address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will issue out the payment to you from a United State Bank Cashier's Check.I will need the following information to have my Dad issue out the rental payment to you .

Full Name :
Address (NO PO BOX) :
City,State,Zip-Code:
Phone Number:

You can reach my Dad directly if any need arises on +447024065425

Thanks,

Allison Crowe
2012-11-09, 10:59:50
anonymous from United States  
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I received the Same scam from Elizabeth Elliot.

Man this is crazy.They are scammers! scammers! scammers!

I sent my personal details. I am worried now :(

Here goes temail:

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Thanks for getting back to me. Basically, i'd have loved to see the room in person but i understand i'm many miles away so with pictures am good. Meanwhile, I'm interested in renting this room for my forthcoming masters degree program in which i'd be coming to the State in three weeks from now and i'll be staying for like a year or more and to avoid any inconvenience because i'll have my car delivered, my luggage and little furniture if needed, so i was wondering maybe i could make a deposit rent ahead of time to secure this room prior my arrival and have all the paperwork done on the day of my arrival. However, please kindly let me know if that is okay by you in order to proceed...

About me; my name is Elizabeth Elliot,I am a 25 years old single lady from a Christian home. i am from Scotland but base in England. I graduated from University of Nottingham, England. I'm clean, I'm fun, i'm open-minded and i'm very respectful. I don't smoke nor do drugs. For your ease of mind I have no criminal background and I'm pretty sure you will enjoy having me in the house. Please i'd like to know a little bit more about you. Nevertheless if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me. Thanks, I eagerly looking forward to your response.


Best regards,
Beth Ell.

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2012-11-17, 21:43:09
anonymous from United States  
Wow so shocking. I got this email today !

Hello,




It's nice hearing from you again,my name is Allison Crowe, 24 years of age,fun-loving,outspoken, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others, a non-smoker,don't do drugs,drink occasionally,and drama free kind of person. I graduated last year from Edinburgh University,Scotland. I am single and have no children, do bible studies on weekends and sometimes Karaoke nights with my roommates.Being a Christian,I've never missed a Sunday without going to Church.I would love to secure the room for myself before my arrival to the state as I'll be moving in with my things.I like my roommate or housemate to be a very caring and friendly person and I promise he/she will enjoy staying with me in the house because I make people smile always.I will be in the States before the end of this Month for the next one year as I am coming for my Master degree program. I was born in Scotland (UK) and my Dad is from Kahului,Hawaii but has been living in Scotland for over 27 years since my Mom is from Scotland.




I attended The University Of Edinburgh and I speak both French and English fluently wish a Scottish accent.I studied International Relations and I'm currently in currently in Prizren (Kosovo) doing some research work which is one of my prerequisite in International Relations .I would have loved to call you and discuss with you about the room but this is a remote area and calls is hard to go through from here and I don't want to waste much time .I'm really interested in renting from you and i do really love pets so I hope you consider renting the room to me.




I would have loved to see the place but I'm very far away which makes it a little harder,but with some recent pictures I think I'll be good.I would love to know more about you and if you have garage or parking space as I will have my own car, please let me know the total payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my Dad for him to email you later since he is the one that will be paying the bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and mailing address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will issue out the payment to you from a United State Bank Cashier's Check.I will need the following information to have my Dad issue out the rental payment to you .




Full Name :

Address (NO PO BOX) :

City,State,Zip-Code:

Phone Number:




You can reach my Dad directly if any need arises on +447024065425




Thanks,




Allison Crowe
2012-11-29, 04:46:23
anonymous from Canada  
Hello,
Am Charles Lewis 32 years old.I was born in USA,single with no kid.Because of my business am in UK right but i plan to have my branch in Canada.I do art work design and have clients in Canada as well so i decide to come and establish myself over there.I need your place so i can have a place to stay when i arrive.

Let me know if you still have the place available and the price once again.

Thanks
Reply to charleslewis111@yahoo.com
2012-11-29, 04:52:21
anonymous from Canada  
I received the following email yesterday -


Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 03:28:44 -0800
From: pablosuarez28@yahoo.com




Hello,
I am happy you responded to my email and I look forward to coming over
to Canada alone on December 18th.
My employer will be sending you payment for the first month and/or deposit.
Also my shipper will be shipping my Honda 2011 model and other
Personal effects before I move into your place. I won’t be bringing much
over as I intend to buy most afresh there. But my PC will be coming
with me surely & other personal belongings. If this is ok with you,
kindly mail me back your name to make out the payment in & your
address to have it sent to.Here is my Skype id suarez.pablo3
I will be off to see my sick mum in the hospital who is due for surgery soon.
I look forward to your response.
Yours Sincerely
Suarez

So annoying!
2012-12-03, 02:51:14
darnitgotscammed  
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THOUGH I FEEL EXTREMELY EMBARRASSED FOR BEING SCAMMED, I WANTED TO POST THESE FOR SOMEONE ELSE THAT MIGHT FALL FOR IT. IT SURE HELPED ME. I WISH I HAD CHECKED FIRST BEFORE I GAVE THEM MY LIFE STORY AND MY NAME AND ADDRESS. I WISH THAT CRAIGLIST WOULD ADVICE PEOPLE TO CHECK THE NAMES ON THE INTERNET BEFORE CONTINUING. I JUST NEVER THOUGHT OF DOING IT BECAUSE I SO WANTED TO BELIEVE I FOUND THE PERFECT FEMALE TO SHARE MY PLACE WITH. HERE ARE ONE OF THE FIRST E-MAILS I RECEIVED FROM THE SCAMMERS ALLISON CROWE FROM SCOTLAND AND TINA ANSA JONES FROM FINLAND. I THINK THEY ARE THE SAME PERSON. YEAH, I KNOW I WAS STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!!!!!! I'M LAUGHING NOW SO AS TO KEEP MY SANITY. HA HA HA ON ME.

HERE'S FROM ALLISON CROWE

'Hello,

It's nice hearing from you again,my name is Allison Crowe, 24 years of age,fun-loving,outspoken, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful of others, a non-smoker,don't do drugs,drink occasionally,and drama free kind of person. I graduated last year from Edinburgh University,Scotland. I am single and have no children, do bible studies on weekends and sometimes Karaoke nights with my roommates.Being a Christian,I've never missed a Sunday without going to Church.I would love to secure the room for myself before my arrival to the state as I'll be moving in with my things.I like my roommate or housemate to be a very caring and friendly person and I promise he/she will enjoy staying with me in the house because I make people smile always.I will be in the States before the end of this Month for the next one year as I am coming for my Master degree program. I was born in Scotland (UK) and my Dad is from Kahului,Hawaii but has been living in Scotland for over 27 years since my Mom is from Scotland.

I attended The University Of Edinburgh and I speak both French and English fluently with a Scottish accent.I studied International Relations and I'm currently in currently in Prizren (Kosovo) doing some research work which is one of my prerequisite in International Relations .I would have loved to call you and discuss with you about the room but this is a remote area and calls is hard to go through from here and I don't want to waste much time .I'm really interested in renting from you and i do really love pets so I hope you consider renting the room to me.

I would have loved to see the place but I'm very far away which makes it a little harder,but with some recent pictures I think I'll be good.I would love to know more about you and if you have garage or parking space as I will have my own car, please let me know the total payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my Dad for him to email you later since he is the one that will be paying the bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and mailing address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will issue out the payment to you from a United State Bank Cashier's Check.I will need the following information to have my Dad issue out the rental payment to you .

Full Name :

Address (NO PO BOX) :

City,State,Zip-Code:

Phone Number:

You can reach my Dad directly if any need arises on +447024065425


Thanks,




Allison Crowe'

HERE'S FROM TINA ANSA JONES

'Hello,

Thanks very much for e-mailing me back,i really appreciate it..I would have been kind of happy if we can meet,before making any plans,but am very busy and i have a lot of things to do right now.. I will really appreciate it if you can tell me more about the place and tell me little about you,because my uncle is presently very sick,and i have to travel to Finland to see him,but i want to secure the place down before going..my full name is Tina Ansa Jones
Am still kind of young,i just clock 22 years old... Am originally from Finland,i can speak Finnish,Swedish very well,and as well as English,i love to live in clean environment,to live with clean people,caring ,responsible,and neat type.... I don't smoke or drink alcoholic drink,but i can live with people that do smoke or drink,that is not a problem for me.... And as well,i don't have a pet,but i can live with a pet that is not a problem for me........If there is any form am going to fill,you can send it for me to view,if am ok with it i will let you know,so when i arrive i will fill it in person....it will be best for me to fill it in person ......let me also know if that is Okay with you.
I will be happy to read from you,i will want to move by the Third week of December, depending on the availability of the room....... I will tell you more about me if the room is still available ...
Right now,am in South Dakota,am staying in the address below:::
10 Swanzey St
Keystone, SD 57751, USA
My rent is going to be due in 2 weeks time....
More about me,am a neat type of person,honest,humble and responsible. I like honest,responsible,and hardworking people while i hate the lazy,messy and uncaring people....well,am a quiet and gentle going person to live with....I am 5.7 in height,i like tourism,and i don't keep late at nights,neither i will have overnight guest around,but am ok if you do..
I am very respectful of others' space and opinions.
I strive for a drama free environment. If you want to hangout and go to
a coffee shop, bar, shopping,or just feel like doing something spontaneous
I was born and brought up in Finland,i studied there,i had my university education right there while staying with my uncle.. I lived all my life in Finland before coming down to South Dakota(SD),have been living with my uncle from age 13 ...Then i was member of the Red Cross Association,it really sounds interesting for me...
Why am moving and my work:
Am moving over to your Area because i understand that i'll be doing good over there,as have been told by my uncle's friend who have once live over there. And i will be working with any hospital around you as i am also making necessary inquiries on that now....
Am sure You 'll really like the person that i am ,because i will also do the dishing if you like,I work when i am to and relax when i am to,I also like sharing my thoughts also....paying rent on time will not be a problem as i will also be making the rent fee before the month ends....
Right now.I ve the support of my uncle about my well being,so you shouldn't be bothered about if i am competent of paying the rent ..
I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all about the place,as i can't see it before my arrival but the pictures...I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will be coming over with,and little of my furniture ,please let me know if there will be room for them..
With all that i ve said above,I have told you more about me and more picture of mine will be attach in the next email,Let me also know how i can go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy from next week preparing to come over and let me know if you can take off the ad off the site as i am going to secure the place with a deposit
Feel free to ask me any question and as i ve said,i am looking to move in by the availability of the place,but want to secured it now

Thanks..'



2012-12-10, 07:37:04
Andy from United States  
I got three emails of this sort this past week. They all are slightly different, but have exactly the same pattern: Grad student studying in remote, foreign country with limited communication infrastructure, lots of likable personal characteristics one would want in a roommate (cooking, studying, cleaning), parents are from different countries, has a car and wants a garage, and father will be in touch to pay rent.

It never ends with these jerks.
2012-12-12, 09:59:59   (updated: 2012-12-12, 10:02:32)
anonymous from United States  
You can tell it's a scam if the e-mail address your applying to is different than where it came from, not always, but a lot of times it's blatantly obvious.
For instance, I got an email from Allison CROWE, senders email address is <mmmdddsssmmd@gmail.com> (FAKE!!!!!!!) and the reply email address is <malloy@lockerbiegroup.com>... Ok, that one seems legit, but why would Malloy be answering Crowes emails?
EZ.
If they want to move to your apartment from a foreign country, ignore it.
If they tell you that they want to make a payment ASAP, ignore it.
If you have an apartment with 3 guys, and a female wants to move in, ignore it. (Or do some research, but this is generally a red flag for scams).
If you get a sob story about breaking up and needing to start a new life. Ignore it...
If you get a response within 15-20 minutes of posting your ad, odds are it's too good to be true, and you should ignore it.
If they ask how much the rent is, and when they can move in, and you have either of those already listed in your ad, ignore it..

Just use your head. Don't sell to anyone who can't meet in person, I mean who wouldn't want to come check out the apartment before moving into it?
2012-12-20, 19:53:56
anonymous from United States  
Thanks for this string... out of the country, asking for bank info, and just T.M.I...

From: Allison Crowe
   
8:45 PM (6 minutes ago)
       

Hello,

It's nice hearing from you again. My name is Allison, 24 years of age, fun-loving, outspoken, friendly, clean, caring and respectful of others, a non-smoker(although I can hangout in a smoky bar so I'm not allergic to it), don't do drugs, drink occasionally and drama free kind of person. I graduated last year from Edinburgh University, Scotland. I am single and have no children, do bible studies on weekends and sometimes Karaoke nights with my roommates. I would love to secure the room for myself before my arrival to the state as I'll be moving in with my things. I like my roommate or housemate to be a very caring and friendly person and I promise he/she will enjoy staying with me in the house because I'm lively and easy-going. I will be in the States before the end of this month for the next one year as I'll be coming for my master degree program. I was born in Scotland (UK) and my Dad is from Kahului,Hawaii but has been living in Scotland for over 27 years.

I obtained my bachelor's degree from the University Of Edinburgh and I speak fluent English with a Scottish accent. I have a degree in International Relations and I'm currently visiting a cousin.I'm really interested in renting from you and I hope you consider renting the room to me.

I understand I can't be able to view the place in person so I would prefer some recent pictures of the room and maybe the exterior.I would like you to tell me more about you and also, if you have a garage or parking space since I will have my own car.Please let me know the total payment of the place so I can forward your email and information to my Dad since he is the one to be paying the bills. The payment will be drawn from a United States Cashier's Check and I would need the following information from you to have my Dad issue out the rental payment to you on time.

Full Name :
Address (NO PO BOX) :
City,State,Zip-Code:
Phone Number:

You can reach my Dad directly if any need arises on +447024065425

Thanks,

Allison Crowe
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