How to unmask rental scammers

Here’s an informative video about internet rental scams that’s relevant no matter where you’re looking for an apartment, be it London, Paris, New York or small town America (courtesy of pickrent.com).

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  • Dharnae  On November 17, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I just got scammed by them!! ARGHHH
    If my name comes up in any add please do not respond (also I stupidly sent a scan of my passport which is not ideal)

    • suzanne  On March 30, 2011 at 5:30 am

      Same email for me – Ottawa Canada
      March 2011!!

    • Andrea  On April 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Hello,
      I just received an email from David Coleman with a UK email address which I believe is a scam.

    • Roisin  On August 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      This guy is now using Ronald Ross:

      Thanks for your interest in my apt. The apartment is available for
      long term/short term and the building is in a great location situated in the quiet and
      safe area and offers secure access. internet, cable, laundry in-suite, storage facilities, heat, water, electric and parking is included in the rent and pets are allowed..

      I tried to look for an agent that I could give the document & the keys before I left but could not find any as a matter of urgency before i left for Philippines. And I don’t want home misused in my absence that is why I took the keys and documents along with me and you would be the only occupant of this unit as renting the apartment and you won’ t have no one to share anything with. So I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the apartment always.

      Attached are the interior pictures for you and address to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks, I will like you to get back to me with your final decision after viewing the interior pictures and let me know if you are interested in proceeding with the rental so that I can forward the application form to you.Be free to take a walk by or drive by to check out the outside of the apartment please

      Address:
      1636 Massachusetts Ave, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138

      I look forward to hearing from you ASAP.

      Regards.

  • C. Morrison  On September 8, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I believe that I have been scammed regarding a rental property found on Craigslist Kamloops. I responded to an email for a 2BDRM suite that was $800.00/month utilities included. I received an email back from a DR. WILSON COOK as follows:

    “Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 150 Kitchener Crescent, Kamloops British Columbia, V2B 1B8 Canada

    when i come back to Canada, i will not be leaving in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that
    I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024021835 or +447024054967
    Regards
    Dr Wilson Cook.”

    He even sent pictures of the inside of the apartment. My husband and I went to have a look at the address and discovered that it was a apartment/condo complex. We phoned the landlord of the property and asked if any of the units were owned individually, or if they were all rentals. He told us that they were ALL rentals. I made a long distance phone call to “Dr. Wilson Cook” this evening and he had a unique, NON-Canadian accent. This lead to believe that this was perhaps not a legitimate ad that I had responded to. I have googled and searched and have discovered that Dr. Cook has responded to others regarding a rental flat in Paris that he also owns with the same email. PLEASE BEWARE OF THIS RENTAL SCAM. Fortunately, my husband and I did not fall for it and had not sent our personal information as of yet. Thanks and good luck to everyone.

    Candace Morrison

    • David  On October 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

      I received this exact same e-mail from a David Coleman (ddcole_11@hotmail.com) when I inquired about an apartment on Craigslist in Boston, MA USA. Luckily I recognized it as a scam and did not follow up.

    • Nicky  On October 25, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      I just got scammed by him as well. Fortunately for me, I did only followed through with one email saying I would get back to him…I did some research and discover the fraud. Be careful. If it is too good to be true…it probably is!

    • Luda  On May 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

      He now uses the name thomas wood I almost fell for the trap thanx to u!

    • Shinead  On August 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

      I just received this exact same email from a Thomas Wood claiming to be in the UK… asking me to drive by the address and check it out from the exterior, etc. It is for a rental at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON. The rent seemed ridiculously cheap and the english was so poor for someone claiming to be a neurologist and molecular researcher that I just had to google him! Plus when his name and email address didn’t quite match…. it made me second guess it altogether! Thank goodness for this blog! Thank you for saving me from what could have been a disaster!!! The email address he used was ddcole@live.com
      Good luck!

      • EE  On October 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

        Hi guys,
        Thanks for your posts.

        Thomas Wood from Toronto, ON is also Thomas Cole from Cambridge, MA.

        Who knew there were so many “Research Associates in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology” who “travel a lot” and rent their places. Amazing!! :))

        It’s all a SCAM. Be cautious. If they can’t meet with you to show you the apartment, don’t send them money. It’s a scam.

      • peter en  On October 8, 2013 at 6:49 am

        The 140 simcoe st scamer I’d back, now he is an engineer in Portugal working for TAP Maintenance (Oct 8-2013)

  • Dave Dugdale  On September 11, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I am so glad that you liked my video so much that you included it on this page. I enjoy when people use my videos, but I was wondering if you could provide me credit linking to my pickrent.com site. Thanks, Dave

    • ruedeseine  On September 11, 2010 at 6:38 am

      Dave, the credit to pickrent.com has always been there. Your video appears here because you enabled the “embed” feature on Youtube, which allows third-party websites to embed your videos. You also have several other links on this site for your scam detection quiz.

  • jesper  On October 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I also received this exact same e-mail from a David Coleman (cc.cole4@hotmail.com) when I inquired about an apartment on Craigslist in Whistler, Canada.

    • Marshall  On April 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

      I also received this exact same e-mail from David Coleman about an apartment on Craigslist in Boston, MA,,,
      Thanks people for let me know before I do anything,,,,,

      Thanks thanks thanks,,

      This is his e-mail big cheater
      Hi,
      Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
      The apartment is located at 1782 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

      • High Speed Internet
      • In-Suite Laundry
      • Large in-suite storage
      • Cable

      Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

      I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $500 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
      I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024064376.
      Regards
      David Coleman.

  • trick_jm@hotmail.com  On December 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I recieved the same email from a David Coleman ddcole_12@hotmail.com for an apt in Ottawa.

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 370 Metcalfe St Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1S9

    when i come back to canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities, i require fist and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Once you have seen the exterior of the building and wish to continue so that i can send you the rental application form to fill and return to me.
    i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    David Coleman.

    • N  On March 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      I got this same email. I knew it looked way to good! I Google mapped it and the inside, really did not match the outside. The cost was way too low for the quality of the interior. Also, there is no company building in Ottawa like the one in the window of one of the pictures. I’m so glad I found this site. Thanks!

  • Niki  On January 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    It’s all the same [scam]. I knew right away it had to be a scam and googled his name and this site popped up.

    This is what he sent me from “david coleman (ovicole9@hotmail.com)”:

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 989 Richards Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 6R6

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be ocupying 1 bedroom and 1bathroom, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the room and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $400 per month including utilities, i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • Veronik Plamondon  On January 20, 2011 at 8:37 am

    David Colman is a scam ,
    i was just about to send him 1600 $ for first and last buti kept tellig my boyfriend is was to good to be true. and i reaserch and put him number on google and here i see this site tanks guys ! you saved me

  • Katherine  On January 21, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Darn! The place looked so nice…was ready to start packing! I also did some research when attempts to liaise with a contact person in Victoria BC lead no where. Seemed a bit odd. And yes, I received the same emails as above. Son of a….!!!

  • another person  On January 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Yes, I almost fell for David Coleman too. even filled out and sent off the application (sans any numbers); i then acted on my “too good to be true” sense and googled.

    Thank you for your website. I have posted a link to you on my local craigslist.

  • someone  On January 27, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Why doesn’t someone contact the UK police? I believe this would be considered wire fraud, and I think they’d take it seriously.

  • someone  On January 27, 2011 at 4:57 am

    One other thing- apparently if any phone number starts with 4470 it’s likely a scam. It is called a ‘personal number’, and it can be redirected to any other phone number anywhere in the world, and the caller (you or I in this case) pays all of the fees associated with it. So if you see 4470 in the phone number, beware!

  • Veronica  On January 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Hi,I got scammed by a Harry Suara from Nigeria, well almost scammed I was able to figure it out before it was too late. How many people do you think they have stolen from. I just dont understand humans anymore. The same thing he is a missionary but the above listings are very similair in saying how they want you to take care of the property like it was your own. He requested that i send $100 to have the keys sent. What is wrong with the human race these days i just dont get it. Thank you for this website I really hope that it saves others.
    Cheers!
    V

  • someone  On January 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Oh no got scammed by him.

    Sent him 1600$, and now i know it is a scam. What a loss, wish I would come across this site before.

    Is there something that could be done.

  • Bernard Shakey  On February 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Now it’s in San Francisco, and he goes as Herbert Kelly, renting a place in/near Chinatown. 520 Grant St.

  • Sal  On February 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    He is now claiming to be in Campbell CA.

    Here’s the email I received:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Rev David Cook,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry on.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $450 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in London United Kingdom and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Melissa,on (melissa.cook12@yahoo.com) and she will attend to you better.

    ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 2275 N Bascom Ave Campbell, CA 95008

    Thanks for your interest.

    Rev David Cook

    • Sarah  On May 2, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Can he scam me if I told him where I lived? I didn’t give him any money but im freaked out now.

  • Nick  On March 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    The s.. o. b… is posting in Santa Maria CA now
    Be aware!!!!
    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Rev David Cook,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry on.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $450 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in London United Kingdom and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Melissa,on (melissa.cook12@live.com) and she will attend to you better.

    ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 1004 West Cook Santa Maria, CA 93458
    Thanks for your interest.

    Rev David Cook

    • trinity  On May 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

      He’s posting for San Mateo now..

      From: Rev David cook
      Subject: Re: San Mateo 1 bdroom apt for rent $450
      Date: Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:32 AM

      Hello,
      Thanks for your email and it is my gladness to hear from you.I am Rev David Cook,the owner of the Apartment you are making inquiry on.Actually I resided in the apartment with my family,presently we moved away due to my transfer from my working place, my apartment is still available for rent for $450 per month including the utilities like hydro,washer and security,it is furnished.More so Now, I went for a Crusade in London United Kingdom and i will like you to get in touch with my wife in the states for more discussion as She is with the keys and the documents to the Apartment.Pls i want you to note that,i am a kind and honest man and also i spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own,is that taken,I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I do that once in a while.I want have trust in you as i always stand by my words.Where are you located? let us know how soon you are willing to move in.Email my wife Melissa, on (lady.meliss12@yahoo.com) and she will attend to you better.

      ADDRESS TO THE APARTMENT : 1034 Shoal Dr San Mateo, CA 94404

      Thanks for your interest.

      Rev David Cook

  • Kathleen  On March 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

    He’s now working in Nanaimo, BC:

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 280 Cypress St, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

    when i come back to canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month, i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Once you have seen the exterior of the building and wish to continue, fill the attached rental application form and return it to me as soon as possible.
    i can be reached on +44702 404 5950
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • chiara  On March 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    oh my god! on march 7, 2011

    It’ my answer..:

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 1782 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $500 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +44702 404 5950.
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • Judy  On March 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hello,

    Thanks for your interests in the position, I will appreciate all
    genuine efforts to help me monitor and keep up to date with all my
    activities.I have had a previous PA who has been very commendable in
    her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months,
    she has since returned to her country. I sincerely hope I will be able
    to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been.But
    this offer is open to both male and female that resident in the states
    and they can come from states in the united states.

    I’m David Coleman, 55 years old,I have spent my whole life here in
    United State. I was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
    Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. from 1997 to 2001. Chief Executive
    Officer and President of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. from 1995 to
    1996 and I have been pretty successful in a handful of ventures I get
    involved in, from the Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. in Canada and
    United State to various welfare and community service programs, I’m
    most very often get my hands occupied, so it is imperative for me to
    have a worthy assistant who can monitor and keep me up to date with my
    activities.

    As my assistant, your activities amongst other things will include;

    *Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.
    *Scheduling programmed, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
    *Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when I’m away.
    *Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
    *Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities.
    Basic wage is $ 550 a weekly

    I’m currently in the Mexico now for a Business Contract and would be
    back to the state in about 2 weeks time, however, I do have a number
    of things you could help me with next week if you will be available
    for me. This can act as a stable foundation to our working
    relationship. Please note that this position is not office based for
    now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it’s a
    part-time, work from home basis and the flexibility means that there
    will be busier weeks than others, so it’s a little difficult judging
    the exact number of hours you’ll be doing per week.If you can manage
    your time properly, this job may even give you some extra while you do
    something else on the side..As I have said, I’d want us to get a head
    start with things as soon as possible.. I do have a pile up of work
    and a number of unattended chores which you can immediately assist me
    with, I hope we can meet up with the workload eventually. Permit me to
    use the coming week to test your efficiency and diligence towards all
    this, also to work out your time schedule and fit it to mine… I
    really need to find the perfect person for this job, I’m confident you
    can take up the challenge and on the long run we should have a
    relatively sound working relationship between us. I’m online most of
    the time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer we contact each other
    through E-mails,but if there is need for me to call, I will be glad to
    do that. I am glad you are willing to work with me and i promise to be
    a good boss. I am also glad on the commitment in working. It may be a
    little difficult working out the time difference between us initially,
    with time however, we should get used to it. Do try to keep a date.I
    have been checking my files and what i would want you to do for me
    next week is to run some errands out to some of the orphanage home,I
    do that every month .The funds will be in form of Cashier’s Check or
    Money Order and it will be sent over to you from one of my clients and
    i have some list to email you once you received the funds,You will
    make some arrangements by buying some stuff for the kids in the
    nearest store around you so you can mail them out..

    I will get you more information on that,I will like you to get back to
    me with your Contact Details such as:

    Full Name:……………………..
    Mailing Address(Not PO Box):……..
    City:State:Zip-code:……………..
    Phone Number:…………………..
    E-mail Address:…………………
    Occupation:…………………….
    Sex:…………………………..
    Martial:……………………….
    Age:…………………………..

    Once i receive your contact information i will get back to you with
    the task for this week,Understand you will also be paid as well as its
    important for me to make the necessary steps before i get to the
    state.Hope i am clear with that.

    Get back as soon as possible.

    David Coleman

    • Kasha  On March 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      I got the exact same email (in San Francisco) this morning!

    • Sarah  On May 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Can they get you with this information I’m so worried.

  • Patrice  On March 11, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Total Fraud! So happy I looked at this website before moving forward with this! Too bad, the fake pictures were beautiful

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 1782 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $500 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +44702 404 5950.
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • Farrell Siemens  On March 11, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 989 Richards Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 6R6

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    o High Speed Internet
    o In-Suite Laundry
    o Large in-suite storage
    o Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $400 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +44702 404 5950.
    Regards
    David Coleman.

    and the one after i phoned and talked to him….

    Hi
    Congratulations!!! Your application form as been approved. I really appreciate your willingness in renting my place and i promise you that you will never regret taking my place. I have taken time to go over your application form and i am so impressed and can’t stop having the feeling that my place will be well kept by you as promised, and moreso, could you provide me with one or a couple of your picture so as for me to have an idea who my new tenants are and how you look like.
    I’m willing to keep this as a means of recognition pending the time we’ll meet as this will even make it easier for me to quickly identify you by the time i come for a visit in the nearest future. Also in the attachment you’d find a recent picture of me. I wish you all the best and good fortunes as you move into my apartment.
    The total cost for you to move into the apartment is $800. $400 for the first month rent and $400 for the last month rent. I would be sending the apartment key’s and documents to you via DHL EXPRESS to the address you sent to me and the shipment tracking number will be emailed to you so that you can track it to know the exact time the package will be delivered to you the nextday. Below are the document I will be shipping to you once i have received the payment from you.

    Here are the contents of the document.
    1)Entrance and The Rooms Keys
    2)The Apartment Documentary File.
    3)Payment Receipt.
    4)A Copy Of The Lease Agreement Form

    I have the keys and the documents ready for shipment. I will like you to go ahead and make payment of $800 being payment for the first and last month rent to me at the below information via Western Union..

    David Coleman
    10 Liverpool Road,
    Islington, London, N1 0RW
    United Kingdom

    Kindly get back to me with the below information as soon as you send the money via Western Union.

    Sender’s Name:
    Sender’s Address:
    MTCN # (10 Digit):

    Before going to make the payment, i need you to reconfirm the address you want the package delivered to once again. Once I receive the payment confirmation from you, I will get the keys shipped to you through DHL courier service {Overnight Delivery} and the shipment tracking number will be emailed to you so that you can know the exact time the package will be delivered to you so that you can move in at your own convenience time.
    Regards
    David Coleman

  • Natalia S  On March 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hi,I just got this email and it seemed to good to be true so I started googling this guy and sure enough this site came up. here is what he wrote me which is much the same as everyone else:

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share the same sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $400 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +44702 404 5950.
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • shadi  On March 14, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I was browsing through Craig’s list Toronto temporary residential listings while I came across an add that stated ” I am a professional bachelor male looking for a female room mate!” and the rest of the add indicated that he is a very disciplined person (which makes you trust in him). So I sent him an email inquiring about the room and here is the response I received last night:
    “Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $400 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +44702 404 5950.
    Regards
    David Coleman”
    The attached pictures showed a luxurious room and I was surprised that he is asking for this up scale room in downtown Toronto for just $400!!!!
    As I am a researcher myself as well!!! (luckiliy!!) I know most of the people around in “Molecular Biology” in Toronto, or at least I can have people who know them! I started a google search on him and his publications and whereabouts of his work. I pulled a Dr. David Coleman who is actually a Neurology scientist and “director” of Montreal Neurology Institute!! However, it does not make sense to me that a director downgrades to “Research associate” as this guys indicates in his email! I stared searching more and I came across this website.
    I am so happy to have responsible people making other aware.
    I would suggest people take this matter very serious and go to the police as there are lots of predators on Craig’s list (similar to the case in States who used to murder women). I personally will follow up with the case and would suggest you do so as well. Interestingly, he is only looking for female room mate now!!!

  • matteo  On March 22, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Again… David Coleman! Is there anithing that we can do to stop this disonest person? Now he is in Toronto!

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $400 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +44702 404 5950.
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • bitz  On April 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Urg I got that toooooo… But from a george lamm

    Saw thru it tho, and probably didn’t help when I called him on it and told him people can rent out a 5th floor unit in a 4 story building:s

    Here’s a few of the buggars e-mails…
     Thank you for your interest. The Apartment located in 17712 57A Ave, Surrey, BC is still available. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I am looking  for someone to live in it, as soon as possible, because my company has won the auction for a project, in construction, for a building that will rise up in London, United Kingdom. I am a civil engineer, so my accommodation period in England will be about 4 years. The renting period is from 1 month up to 4-6 years. As a result of this I want to rent, for this period, at this price and also to find the perfect person for my apartment. I`m the owner of the apt and it’s like in the pics.The apartment is unfurnished but if you want you can use my furniture from the storage unit. The rent for 1 month is 650CAD$ (for the whole apartment) including all utilities (water, electricity, Internet, cable, parking, air conditioning, dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, refrigerator). You can move in the apt in the same day when you receive the keys. The only problem is that I`m the only person who has the keys but I hope that we will find a compromise.

    Any further questions please contact me back by e-mail.

     

    Thank you for your interest and i`m waiting for your answer 
    —————————–
    Then…
    —————————–

    Hello ,

      Thank you for your reply. Like I have informed you before, the price you have to pay for one month of rent will be 630CAD$  with no extra fees you will have access to all facilities provide by the building. The utility bills are paid directly from my bank account. The price will not increase monthly, it will remain the same for the whole period that the contact will be signed for. We can start with a basic 1 year contract with the possibility of renewing it or with the period of time suitable for you.About the payment, I would like to receive it monthly into my bank account and I hope there will be no problem for you to wire the money to it. The apartment is ready for you, you only need to receive the keys and the contract so you could check it out, and see if you like it. The apt will be unfurnished but it can be rented very easily with the furniture at the same price. Also pets are allowed. Since I’m in London, United Kingdom we need a way to complete this deal that will allow us to make sure we receive what we are asking for. I have found a way for us to complete the deal safely and fast, and in this way you will receive the Keys in less than 2 days. The solution is provided by a company called Globe-Shipping-Services which will handle the payment and delivery of the Keys. I have found a procedure that will allows you to pay for the rent of the apt only after you will receive the keys, and through this way you will see it and decide if you like it or not, before sending the payment. Please click on the link bellow to the Globe-Shipping-Services web site to see how we can complete the deal safely and fast directly from the web site of the company where this procedure is explained in the SAFE EXCHANGE SERVICE: http://www.globe-shipping-services.all.co.uk ( if the link is not working please try and copy it in your web browser)

    Let me know if you are interested !
    —————————–
    Then…
    —————————–
    Hello again,

    If you are ready to proceed with this transaction I will need to inform you with the steps on how this service works and how we can make it happen. You will only have to deposit to Globe-Shipping-Services the first month of rent 650CAD$ so they can proceed with the shipping, and you can receive the keys and the contract. I will pay for a 2 days delivery so you will receive the keys and the contract signed by me right away. I will explain you step by step how this process will work:

    1 – To start the process all I need is your full shipping info.

    2 – I will go at Globe-Shipping-Services to deposit the keys and the contract on your name as the intended receiver. 

    3 – Globe-Shipping-Services will check the envelope to see if everything is in order and also the legal papers that will come along with the keys and proof of ownership. 

    4 – Globe-Shipping-Services will send you a delivery notification to let you know they have the keys and the papers in their custody and that I am the real owner of the apartment I am renting to you, in which you will also have all the instructions to complete the Western Union transfer to the Globe-Shipping-Services Agent.

    5 – At this point you will have to go to a Western Union Location and make a money deposit on the Globe-Shipping-Services Agent Name for the amount we agreed, the total amount you shall deposit for the first month of rent. 

    6 – After you make the deposit you will have to send the transfer information to Globe-Shipping-Services.

    7 – Globe-Shipping-Services will verify the payment information and if everything is in order they will proceed with the delivery of the keys and the contract. 

    8 – After you receive the package, you will go and check the apartment and in 5 days you must contact Globe-Shipping-Services to inform them if you keep the apt or not and if all is in order you will instruct Globe-Shipping-Services to send me the information about the money deposit and I will be able to receive the funds. If you don`t like the apartment they will be sending the money back to you and you will send back the keys and contract. Also pay the Western Union transfer fees from the total amount you need to deposit and send the rest in balance.

    Let me know if we can move forward and e-mail me all your full name and shipping information so we can proceed with this deal.

  • fatima  On April 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I got same e-mail from david coleman this morning.

    thanks very much guys .

    boston , Ma

  • McKenzie  On April 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Rev. Dave Cook is now posting for Berkeley, CA too. Be very careful!!

  • Sam  On April 14, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I have the exact same issue for a place in Toronto. How do we get this guy caught?

    Warning all his aliases… as well as another “couple” I’ve already met: William and Donna Butler.

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    when i come back to canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month, i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Once you have seen the exterior of the building and wish to continue, email me asap so that i can send you the rental application form.
    i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    David Coleman.

  • Neha Mehta  On April 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hey, I got a similar reply from thomas wood. Im luck to have come across this site. Thanks!

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    when i come back to canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month, i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Once you have seen the exterior of the building and wish to continue, email me asap so that i can send you the rental application form.
    i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    Thomas Wood.

  • Chris  On April 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Thomas Wood must think he is a smart buggar. He replied to a criagslist posting about a condo unit in Toronto. I got the exact same message as many of those who have already posted their comments on this site. Clearly he does not do his homework, and cannot keep it straight. In the first email he signed his name as Thomas Wood, later he signed as David. He has a bunch of different email addresses similar to those mentioned above. Look out for ddcole_2@hotmail.com, and cmandav3@live.com ……. he has many other email addresses BEWARE!

  • Andrea  On April 19, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Hello,
    I just encountered another scam: Thomas Wood at 1782 Washington St.
    Email is in name of ovicole5@hotmail.com, reply to ontheman2@hotmail.com.

  • Joey  On April 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    THANKS GUYS…I’ve got the same this morning
    NOW It’s on craigslist in Boston, MA.

    BE AWARE!!!!

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 1782 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $500 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024064376.
    Regards
    Thomas Wood

  • Dennis  On April 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Coleman is Wood. Wood is Coleman!!!!
    He’s touched down in Toronto………..Craigslist is creepy.

  • Jane  On April 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Rev David Cook strikes again in San Francisco!!!!!

  • Kristen  On April 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    He is now in Regina, Sk. Watch out everyone!

  • Kristen  On April 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Thomas Wood, that is!

  • Kristen  On April 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Thomas Cook’s email is: cmandav3@live.com – Beware!!

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 2121 15 Avenue, Regina Saskatchewan, S4P 1A1 Canada

    when i come back to canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable
    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    Thomas Wood.

  • Kristen  On April 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thomas Wood’s email: cmandav3@live.com
    I received an email from him this morning. He removed the ad he had on Kijiji shortly after having posted it. He now currently has another ad posted once again. He’s hitting the Regina, Saskatchewan area it seems! Beware.

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 2121 15 Avenue, Regina Saskatchewan, S4P 1A1 Canada

    when i come back to canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable
    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    Thomas Wood.

  • Aris  On April 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Thank god for the internet.
    **

    thanks for the email,My husband own the Apartment, also want you to know that it was due to my husband’s transfer that made us to leave the apartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time So for now,I am in Fairview Oregon in the United States in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the apartment,we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but we could not see and we don’t want the apartment to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us here and as you know that,my husband was transfered to London United Kingdom for a mission of God,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment,So get back to me on how you could take care of our apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting a home,Hope you are okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection and I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can email you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the apartment for rent.

    Hope to read from you soon

    Melissa

    ***

    Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:58:23 -0700
    From: davidcookr@ymail.com
    Subject: Re: Posting $450 Immaculate Furnished One Bedroom Apartment For Rent ASAP!!! (daly city)
    To: @hotmail.com

    Email my wife Melissa,on (lady.meliss12@yahoo.com) and she will attend to you better.

  • Sherri  On May 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    He’s back to Thomas Woods and he’s in the UK again. Thanks so much all for keeping me from losing cash I can’t afford to lose!

  • Laura  On May 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Same Cook guy, now going by Woods. Thanks for warning me!

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 1782 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furnitures be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be using one bedroom one bathroom while we share thesame sitting room. Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $500 and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me. i can be reached on +447024064376
    Regards
    Thomas Wood

  • tamtam  On May 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    beaware…david coleman is looming around on craigslist in the employment section in SOUTH FLORIDA…almost fell for it..BEAWARE ALL

  • Dan  On June 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

    He is also going by Gotten Samson gottensamson@yahoo.com.

  • Anne  On June 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

    He has posted on craigslist in Victoria, BC. I had replied with a negative when I noticed that the reply address (cmandav3@live.com) didn’t match the sender’s (“Thomas Wood.” ). So add those two addresses and the name Thomas Wood to your ‘blocked’ lists. Hopefully I don’t endure too much spam as a result. Good thing he picked a crappy neighborhood to pretend the apartment was in.

  • Marianne  On July 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Oh my God!!! Thank you so much guys for this! I almost send him money! He’s Thomas Wood and has a place at 1015 Pandora in Victoria BC.
    I’m so sad, how can people be like this?

    Thanks though!

    • kyle  On July 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      I just had the exact same thing happen to me, with the same address and name! I am so glad that this article exists otherwise I would have been out a lot of money.

  • geonna  On July 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Oh my god! too late. I already sent him the money. I am just waiting for him to send me the tracking number for the keys now. wow! I wish i could’ve googled him first. I actually did try to google him and his number but this didn’t come out. I want to cry. I am just a student who got scammed. ugh! I paid him $1200 cad. This is sad. Can we do something about this? maybe call the uk police and inform them about it since i used western union money transfer, you think they could trace the guy?

  • amanda  On July 12, 2011 at 4:04 am

    he’s in Atlanta too! in the employment section hiring for a personal assistant as well as an executive and administrative assistant. I applied for both positions and got an email back from David Coleman at davidcoleman45@live.com and from Paul Smith but the email showed up as Richards Cole at richie_cole602@hotmail.com. he said pretty much the same exact thing in both emails, contradicted himself a few times and seemed like he was trying to sound smart but his the way he chose to word things just seemed a little off to me, so thank God I googled him!!!

  • kyle  On July 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This scam is now hitting Victoria, Canada. The Pacific Monarch building specifically.

    Please be careful!

  • Farha  On July 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

    now he is in simcoe street, toronto, ON, Canada. ad appears both in kijiji and craigslist. BE AWARE FRIENDS!

  • Sheryll  On August 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    its a good thing also i was able to see this site , this time he is using William James living in texas and will be assigned here in france but still with the same type of job in Research Associate on Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology.

    but this time its not about rentals , its about a job offer of me being a nanny to his 2 kids.

    after watching the video and reading others blogs , i had goosebumps !

    thanks soo much for this site .

  • Tara  On August 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I had been looking for a place in Boston and cam across an ad from Steve Hoyt he used two different e-mail addresses and the e-mail he sent out sounded way too impersonal and weird. I’ve used craigslist many times before to find housing and never had a problem and only have personable friendly contacts before. This seemed like a form letter which I found odd since it was just one place he was renting out. Anyway, I tried googling his name and found nothing as well as the email addresses but again nothing. I filled out his tenant application form with only phone numbers of references and my name and b-day…do you think he can do anything with that information? I did this before I decided to just check one more time and google his letter he sent to me and then I found this site! I hope he can’t do anything with the info I’ve provided but I won’t be sending him any money. Here’s my version of the letter:
    *****************************************************************************************************
    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to the States that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 345 Franklin Street Cambridge, MA 02139
    The apartment is furnished. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 1-bedrooms 1bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $700 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $500. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Steve Hoyt.

  • Martin B.  On August 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

    too good to be true-Mr.Albert Wilson offering work for nanny ,housekeeper,driver. He suposed to be from New York, ip trace leads to Illionis, email header trace leads to Nigeria.
    Hello
    Thanks for getting back to me I really appreciate your kind interest in working for me and my family, My name is Mr. Albert Wilson and my wifes name is Angela Wilson I work in a Research Associate as a Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology, Presently I am in New York, USA and I will be arriving on the 15th of September with my wife and 2 kids James and Tracy.
    I have inform the house agent to get me an apartment ,I will be sending you a secure payment of 500euro to assure you job/ position and to assure my arrival The position is 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday’s to Friday’s excluding weekend, I will be paying 700euro per week but if you are not okay with weekly payment we can negotiate.if you are willing to work with me kindly get back to me with these information of yours.

    I will be waiting for your CV/RESUME and I am willing and ready to employ you so I need you to get back to me with the required details below.
    Name:
    Address:
    Phone number:
    Are you okay with the weekly payment: Yes/No
    How many days do you wish to work:
    How long do you wish to work for us:
    Do you have a bank account:
    Would you prefer your salary to be paid before and after taxes: Yes/No

  • Viv  On August 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I got the very same, suspicious email from a Thomas Woods- he was using the email address: methoms1@hotmail.com
    I found him on Kijiji. Super sketchy. I’m very glad that I took the time to ask my friends their opinions, because they found this site and voila! Scammer.

  • Jer  On August 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Same suspicious email from Thomas Woods, same address as Viv (methoms1@hotmail.com). Beware, Canadians. This one was from Regina, SK.

  • Erica Carleton  On August 16, 2011 at 10:04 am

    We just got the same ad on KIJIJI in Regina, SK from Thomas Wood (methoms1@hotmail.com). BEWARE people in Regina.
    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 2121 15 Avenue, Regina Saskatchewan, S4P 1A1 Canada

    when i come back to Canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas Wood.

  • tom  On August 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    same scam mailed to me regarding housing in cambridge, MA…

    from Thomas woods wilsoncook11@hotmail.com
    reply-to ttwood2@yahoo.com
    to
    date Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM
    subject Regarding the 1bedroom 1bathroom suite for sublet.
    mailed-by hotmail.com
    hide details Aug 15 (1 day ago)

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to the states that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 345 Franklin Street Cambridge, MA 02139
    The apartment is furnished. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 1-bedrooms 1bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $700 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $500. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas woods

  • Tania  On August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!! we almost fell for it too…. :(

  • P. Bonds  On August 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I was scammed by KELLY WOOD & JANINE DOLLMAN, a Canadian couple, who offered a studio apartment at 8 rue Rampon in Paris. He sent me a photos of him and his wife and requested that I wire the deposit via Western Union to his wife in Canada. The address is a small hotel. I was also scammed by an individual who offered a room for rent at 32b rue Peition in Paris. To the best of my knowledge this address doesn’t exist. However, 32 rue Peition is a hotel. The individual used a U.S. passport (likely stolen) of a STEPHEN PHILLIPS. Lastly be forewarned of a MARIE MATHIUE. She comes across as a person who has been scammed. Then she attempts to close the deal with the Western Union ploy.

    • Janine Dollman  On January 14, 2012 at 5:16 am

      I am the real Janine Dollman and the guy tried to scam me when I was looking for a suite. It just sounded too good to be true so when he asked me to fill out his form, I requested his references in exchange. He tried to dodge the question so I told him I was going to report him to Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, which I did. I guess he decided to use my name to get back at me. Unbelievable!!!

  • erik  On August 19, 2011 at 7:47 am

    BEWARE.. BOSTON…
    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to the states that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i dont want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 345 Franklin Street Cambridge, MA 02139
    The apartment is furnished. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 1-bedrooms 1bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $700 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $500. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards

    Thomas woods
    the other one..

    Thanks for your interest in my apt. The apartment is available for
    long term/short term and the building is in a great location situated in the quiet and
    safe area and offers secure access. internet, cable, laundry in-suite, storage facilities, heat, water, electric and parking is included in the rent and pets are allowed..

    I tried to look for an agent that I could give the document & the keys before I left but could not find any as a matter of urgency before i left for Philippines. And I don’t want home misused in my absence that is why I took the keys and documents along with me and you would be the only occupant of this unit as renting the apartment and you won’ t have no one to share anything with. So I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the apartment always.

    Attached are the interior pictures for you and address to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks, I will like you to get back to me with your final decision after viewing the interior pictures and let me know if you are interested in proceeding with the rental so that I can forward the application form to you.Be free to take a walk by or drive by to check out the outside of the apartment please

    Address:
    1636 Massachusetts Ave, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138

    I look forward to hearing from you ASAP.

    Regards.

    Ronald Ross
    Subject: Re: $650 / 1br – 800ft² – Perfect one bedroom apartment for sublet (cambridge)

  • chicki  On August 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Philip Liu is the new name. Scam scam scam.

  • initzio  On September 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Be careful, Toronto!!
    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in Philippines for research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i don’t want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    when i come back to Canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas Cole.

  • initzio  On September 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Be careful Toronto
    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in Philippines for research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i don’t want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    when i come back to Canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas Cole.

    Also another message ——————————————————————————

    Thanks for your email. The rent is $800 per month for both bedrooms together. the security deposit is a one time fee which is refundable at the time of you move out. You can live with you friend as i don’t expect you to sleep in 2 rooms at the same time. Find attached, the rental application form, have it filled and returned to me as soon as possible.
    Thomas.

    When I was trying to talk about a manager who is managing the apartment, He avoided it.

  • S. Mouse  On September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Add Peter Brown to your list of scammers . . .
    pbrown00192@yahoo.com
    peterbrwn031@gmail.com
    His message was remailed to me via: hous-89vrj-2505088358@craigslist.org
    His “shipper” is easyshipping001@gmail.com Finley Adams.
    He wants you to use Western Union to refund his overpayment. He wants your Paypal account info. The certified cheque his employer sent bounced . . . weeks later! He says he’s in England, but his accent is more African. His arrival date kept getting later and later, as we weren’t sending the refund cheque. He never did show, and he stopped emailing and phoning. His personal crisis was grandma was having surgery, then died, all just before he was moving to Canada.
    Scam, scam, scam!

  • pmcruz  On October 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

    lol just talking with him. He is Thomas Cole now (no, not the painter, the scammer!) and he has (he says) a very nice flat in Cambridge for as good as $500. The email comes from Thomas Cole with reply to ttcole22@yahoo.com. Here is my version:

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my roommate. I am looking for a responsible & clean roommate that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in the United kingdom for research. The room is available for long term and short term is also accepted.
    The apartment is located at 345 Franklin Street Cambridge, MA 02139

    The room is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms furnished apartment which you will be occupying 1bedroom 1bathroom, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..

    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $500 per month and i require first and last month rent. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like.
    I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas Cole.

  • lang  On October 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    got the exact same email from thomas cole … sad that i really do need an apartment to move into though lol

  • Stephanie L  On October 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks to this website, I was able to confirm that the following email, from Kevin C. Loh in Poland is a scam (note it has the exact same wording as some of the previous scams):

    Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Kevin C Loh, the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $700 USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West African)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

    ADDRESS OF MY HOUSE:4088 Cottage Paseo Ontario, CA 91761

    It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet…..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc….

    SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.

    RENT APPLICATION FORM.
    Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
    Phone # : __________?
    E-mail : __________?
    Best time to call : __________?
    How many proposed occupants : __________?
    List all in addition to yourself including approx age : __________?
    Present Address : __________?
    City/State : __________?
    Will you have pets : __________?
    Please describe Breed, size : __________?
    Personality of pet : __________?
    Preferred move in date : __________?
    Intended length of lease: __________?
    Earliest possible date of deposit payment: __________?
    Length of previous tenancy : __________?
    Present occupation : __________?
    Are you a section 8 applicant : __________?
    Do you run a business from home : __________?
    If so what kind of business : __________?
    Do you work late night : __________?
    Do you smoke : __________?
    Do you drink : __________?

    Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $700 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call my number is ( +234-802-859-3562 OR 011-234-802-859-3562 ) me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…

    God Bless.
    Kevin C Loh .

  • EE  On October 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

    A “Thomas Cole” from Cambridge, MA used these 2 emails:

    ttcole22@yahoo.com
    tttwood3@hotmail.com

    Do not reply to this criminal. It’s a scam.

  • J Almost fell for it  On November 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    from: garry mathew garrymath.g@gmail.com

    Craigslist PostingID: 2689220651 $700 / 2br – Newly remodeled 2 bd condo (Redondo Beach)

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United Kingdom for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to the States that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i don’t want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 530 S. Francisca Ave. Redondo Beach, CA 90277 when i come back to US i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.

    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed. Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $700 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $500. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that
    I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.

    Regards
    Dr Garry Mathew.

  • S. Pawley  On November 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    This is what I got, from kijiji:
    —————————————–
    Thomas Cole ✆ tttwood3@hotmail.com

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United kingdom for research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i don’t want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    when i come back to Canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas Cole.

  • Carrie  On December 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Good hearing from you that you are promising us that our apartment will be well taken care off , and I really appreciate your expression. So, like I told you there’s none of my friends or relatives to show you the apartment .I want you to stick to your words. Is that okay with you? And the below is the final question that you must answer to qualify for the rent. Hope you had a nice working day, In fact I will like to meet you when coming to visit you soonest, You will not be able to see inside of the apartment. We do a long term and short term renting anytime you which to leave the place will be grateful and we are ready to rent as long as you want. Note that you will are not allowed to enter the apartment now until everything is being finalize as the keys/document is here with me in Fairview Oregon.

    *******RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
    (Private & Confidential)
    Also, Please let me get these answers.
    1) Your Full Name :
    2) Present Full Address (where you reside now) & Phone Number to Reach You
    3) Age:
    4) Are you married:
    5) How many people will be living in the house:
    6) Do you have a pet:
    7) Do you have a car:
    8) Occupation:
    9) Citizen of which Country:
    10) When are you ready to Move in:
    11) When are u planning to leave the apartment:
    12) How many months rent can you deposit upfront (plus security deposit.

    Looking forward to hear from you with all this details for approval so that I can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting you .Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys to you, Please we are giving you all this transaction is based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you to stick to your words, We are putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.

    N:B : We are doing this because of God as a good Christian, If you can pay two months, you will get one month free , I had an accident which affected my hearing and my legs , I am currently on a wheel chair right now, I do not use a phone that’s why I am always online, if you are interested, you can fill out the rent application below and get back to me as soon as possible.You can also reach my husband at +447024044187

    Note:- we’re only looking for someone who is ready to move in as soon as possible since our apartment is free right now and we will be giving out a month free .
    Thanks so much and have a nice day.

    Mary

    From: mary.colema1247@yahoo.com
    Subject: Re: FW: homeTRADER: E-mail Lead
    Thanks for the email,My husband own the Apartment, also want you to know that it was due to my husband’s transfer that made us to leave theapartment and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the apartment, we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time So for now,I am in Fairview Oregon in the United States in our new home and also I am with the keys and documents of the apartment,we tried to look for an agent that we can give this documents before we left but we could not see and we don’t want the apartment to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us here and as you know that,my husband was transfered to London United Kingdom for a mission of God,so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment,So get back to me on how you could take care of our apartment or perhaps experience you have in renting
    a home,Hope you are okay with the price per month with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition, internet connection and I am looking forward to hearing from you ASAP so that i can email you an application to fill out and discuss on how to get the apartment for rent.

    Hope to read from you soon

    Mary
    Email my wife Mary,on (mary.colema1247@yahoo.com) and she will attend to you better.

    Dear Rev Tom Rams,
    You have received an e-mail lead for the following property:
    Property Address: 140 Simcoe Street
    City: Toronto
    Province: ON
    # of Bedrooms: 1
    # of Baths: 1
    Rent: $500 / mo.

  • Bob Delamurian  On December 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Trust and Security @ HomeAway.co.uk
    Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:00 PM
    To: noreply@homeaway.com
    Subject: HomeAway.co.uk Case 03177011 [ ref:00D78VtP.5007ITj0E:ref ]

    Dear Customer,

    HomeAway.co.uk, 834229, 3 bedroom luxury villa with private pool in
    Polkovnik Sveshtarovo, Bulgaria.

    You recently made an enquiry for the above referenced property.

    Although this rarely occurs on HomeAway Inc websites, we identified this property as suspicious. The above referenced property may not be legitimate or in compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Accordingly, the property is
    no longer active and has been removed from our website(s).

    We advise you to stop communications with this owner immediately and to not
    make any payments.

    - If you already made a payment, contact your payment provider immediately
    to stop payment and/or seek reimbursement.

    - If you have not booked this property, we suggest you search our site for
    alternative properties.-

    Please be advised that at this time, this property is ineligible for
    participation in the Basic Rental Guarantee from HomeAway.

    If you need further assistance, please feel free to visit our Support page
    at:
    http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/info/a … er-support

    Trust and Security Manager

    HomeAway UK Ltd
    Hythe House
    200 Shepherds Bush Road
    London, W6 7NL
    United Kingdom
    Company Registration No. 03152676 (England and Wales)
    Tel: +44 (0) 208 827 1971
    Fax: +44 (0) 207 821 9388
    Website: http://www.homeaway.co.uk

    Email received from http://www.homeaway.co.uk

    Dear Bryan,

    I appreciate the time and effort made to send us the documents for your property.

    After careful review of your account and your situation, we have made the decision to refuse the publication of your adverts on our site(s).

    At HomeAway, we aim to delight our customers by creating a trustworthy marketplace. We cannot risk confusing our travellers as they are likely to check the identity of owners and their properties on the internet before making a booking.

    Stéphanie Meyer

    EU Trust and Security Administrator

    [unrelated content removed]

    • Bob Delamurian  On March 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      If you believe this which has been added here by George St Clare who is under investigation by the British police then you will believe anything. that’s posted he is known with so many alias’s and has posted this all over the net for a reason I can not state here because of the ongoing investigation, my advice is to ignore the post above as it’s simply malicious. Or better still contact HomeAway UK Ltd and ask them.

  • Aquary  On January 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks alot for posting!! was kicking myself that i did not respond on Wed …..nice photoshop(or whatever it is) job!!

    sent :Wed 04/01/2012

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in United kingdom for research and I don’t know when I will return back to Canada that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i don’t want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E9

    when i come back to Canada, i will not be living in the apartment as i am about to buy a new house. The apartment is furnished but if you need it unfurnished, i can order for the furniture be moved to storage. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 2-bedrooms 2bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $800 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $400. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    Thomas

  • David Nelson  On January 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    The scammer is now (as of Jan. 11, 2012) also using the name John Powell, claiming to be in Manilla.

  • Anonymous User  On February 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Google, you saved me yet again!

    Beware, the user now also goes by thomasfields96@yahoo.com (as Thomas Fields) =(

  • Courtney  On March 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I responded to an ad on craigslist today in Stillwater, OK. Thank you so much for this site because it potentially saved me and my family from a lot of problems. After receiving a strange email back from the owner of a property i googled the name and Harry Suara and this is where it led me. Here is a copy of the email…
    Hello,

    Am very happy to read from you are interested in my single-family home and it is still available and vacant as of today…..I want you to know like i said in my Advertisement that, i needed a responsible person that i can totally rely on, I worked with the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club and i got a letter that i needed to visit our branch in West Africa, that is why i want to give the single-family home out, am married and 52 yrs old age, who is honest and faithful,I attended catholic and i thank God for all He has been doing in my life and family…..Am here together with my wife and please i need someone that will take the single-family home as if it were there own and once you can promise me this, am ready to rent this to you……Am not after the rent at all, that is why am renting for a $700/month with the utilities which i must confess that, you will never regret from renting this, due to my absent right now, we look for an agent but unable to see one while leaving.
    I spent a lot on my property that i want to give you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this single-family home and want you to treat it as your own, it is not the money that is the main problem but want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up anytime. I will go for a short or long lease term.

    The Single-family home is situated at Details:

    Address: 3521 East McElroy Road, Stillwater OK 74075
    ……………………….
    Bedrooms: 3
    Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 partial
    Property type: Single-Family Home
    Size: 1,744 sqft
    ………………………
    Come enjoy country life on 2.5 acres at the edge of Stillwater. Very cute 2- story home built in 2001 with 1744 sq ft of living space. This home has it all, 2 nice sized bedrooms upstairs with a full bath and a very large Master Bedroom downstairs that has a walk-in closet. Master bath has been updated, there is also a 1/2 bath downstairs for guests.
    Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the downstairs and carpet upstairs. Kitchen has been updated with tile countertops, undercabinet lighting and updated appliances. Living room has a wood burning fireplace for those chilly evenings. The french doors lead to a large deck that over looks the. . . acreage. Plenty of room for some animals. Home also has a RV hookup on the side of the house. Property sits outside of the city limits but is just minutes from shopping and OSU.

    Feel free to drive by as I have the keys with me,
    Thanks very much for the assurance that you have given me, May God bless you and here is the application,the single-family home will be rented to you, Hope your family is doing well and have a nice day..

    Here is the application to fill out for your grant.

    Your First Name?……………….
    Last Name?……………………..
    single-family home Address?……………………………..
    Occupation?…………………………
    DOB?…………………………………
    How many people will be living?…………………………….
    Any Pets?……………………………..
    Do you have a car?………………………
    Reference?………………………………………
    Hobbies?…………………………….
    Religion?………………………………………..
    Nationality?……………………………….
    Moving Date?……………………..
    First month required?……………………

    Awaiting to hearing back from you so that we can move further

    Thanks very much

  • Lisa  On March 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

    OMG…..thanks for this site, just sent an email with more info on the house!!!! Thanks for the info!!!!!! NO scam TODAY a$$ hole (Charles C.Coleman) the name he is using on craigslist in Fort Woth TX.

  • Linda  On March 28, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Hi. I believe the guy tried to scam me. A flat in Cape Town South Africa. He used the name Curtis Freeman. Stay Away. He dodged all my questions and I told him I’m going to phone DHL to hear if they know what he’s talking about. He kept quit after that.

  • pele  On April 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    OMG, cant believe i almost got scammed, but the deal was too good to be true thats why i googled the address. Here is what he replied after inquiring abt the 2bdrm apt for $1000 dollars in cambridge he was advertising in craigslist. He is using the name michael wong email:michael_wong57@yahoo.com
    Thanks for showing interest in my place.. Let me start by saying a little about me, I am an Artist, self employed and the owner of my own company. I have just opened a new outlet here in Philippines and moved so i am looking to rent this unit out for a long term purpose. Located at: 1636 Massachusetts Ave,Cambridge, MA 02138

    Available for immediate move in. Modern 1 bedroom & 1 bathroom with five (5) appliances including dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted and immaculately clean.

    The rent is $1000 per month including utilities and $500 for damages deposit….I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located and get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures to you to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks and we can proceed to the next step which is the application process…

    Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you

  • Erica  On May 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Here is another one. I received this last night. These people are real jerks, people put postings up that are serious about finding a new place to live by themselves or with their family, then these people take advantage of someones need for housing. Well, what comes around goes around. The Single Family House is still available for rent.I work in a
    Research Associate as a Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology, I am
    renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has
    the fear of God and can treat my house as his or her own, Iinitially
    wanted to sell the house but I later changed my mind after getting out
    of the State to rent it out because of my recently disabled sister in
    Georgia, USA so that she can be collecting the money for the rent as
    she really need the money. I could not get a hold on any Realtor to
    handle this rent issue since I recently changed my mind to rent it out.

    Presently I will be away for 4 years or more which means the house is
    going to be available for the minimum of 4years so if you are
    interested and will take good care of my house then I will be ready to
    accept you as my future tenant and family friend.

    Please if you are ready now to occupy the house and believe you can
    assist us in maintaining the house, kindly provide the information
    below for record purpose.

    Please note if you are really interest in my house and you want to
    rent it from me you are to make the payment of the rent through my
    sister in Georgia, USA via western union money transfer because she
    really need the money for her health, so that is why i am renting the
    house out, before i decide to sale the house out, but the buyer are
    not coming in time and i need the money for her health. so if you are
    really interest Please kindly get back to me with the the full fill
    application form

    Awaiting to hear from you soon

    KINDLY FILL THE APPLICATION FORM:

    Full Name__________________________________________________
    Home Phone ( ) ________________________
    Date of Birth_________________________________
    Other Phone ( ) ___________________
    Current Address_______________________________Apt#________
    City__________________ State______ Zip________
    Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone (
    ) ____________________________
    Are you married____________________________
    How many people will be living in the house____________________________
    Do you have a pet____________________________
    Do you have a car____________________________
    Occupation____________________________
    Your Exact move in date____________________________
    How soon can you make the deposit payment________________________
    How soon do you want to receive the keys and documents of the
    house________________________

    Address: 11921 Royal Road, El Cajon CA 92021

    Price / Rate: $520 Per Month
    Security Deposit: $520
    Pets Allowed: Allowed
    Features: Garage.
    The cost of the utilities are included in the monthly rent, we left
    out gas cooker, AC, refrigerator, snow blower, stove, furniture and we
    the house has a propane heat. In case of any emergency damages, all
    the expenses will be on me.

    so if you are still interested let me know by filling the form above.
    Concerning the maintainance we only mean the proper upkeep of the
    house.

    Thanks and God Bless

  • Marc  On June 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for your interest in wanting to be my tenant. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in the United Kingdom for research and I don’t know when I will return back to the states that’s why am looking for a Tenant who will live in the apartment and take care of it as i don’t want to sell it. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted. The apartment is located at 345 Franklin Street Cambridge, MA 02139

    The apartment is furnished. The rent is inclusive of the below listed utilities.
    • High Speed Internet
    • In-Suite Laundry
    • Large in-suite storage
    • Cable

    Its a spacious and lovely 1-bedrooms 1bathrooms and 1 storage furnished apartment, Utilities are included and Pets are allowed.
    Kitchen completely equipped, Kettle – Toaster – Dishwasher – Freezer – Microwave – Oven – Dryer – Heat – Water – Washing Machine and Electric..
    I want you to note that I am a kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of the apartment and I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I always stand on my word,the rental fees is $700 per month including utilities and the security deposit is $500. I will like you to drive by to the building at your convenient time to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located. Find attached, some of the interior pictures of the apartment for you to know what the inside looks like. I will be shipping the keys and documents of the apartment to you through DHL express next day delivery as soon as we have concluded. Get back to me with your final decision after viewing the
    exterior features and let me know if you wish to proceed further so that I can forward you the rental application form for you to fill and get back to me.
    Regards
    David Loris

  • Daniel Kretchman  On August 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

    August 30, 2012 – He’s still at it in Cambridge MA – similar name – same MO

  • Eland Wayme  On September 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Yea this missionary is renting a place he owns in Venice, Ca. Very high end condos a friend of mine lives in one …in fact he have me the address said go by and look at it but he gave me my friends apartment number I’ve been there for parties ….anyway he sent pictures fully furnished for $900.00 said his wife is in Australia and he would come back every three months to check on how clean I was keeping it and they would send the papers and keys as I wired the money western union as the deposit was $550.00 it all seemed to good to be true aspst in this building are lofts but theirs was a one bedroom …!!!!!???? Sounds like the same M O as the other stories of cheap rent in a high end area..!!!! Don’t think I’ll hear back from them…!!!!??????

  • linda  On December 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Well tonight he has a key west rental… davidcole734@gmail.com
    Trying to rent a property that this rented by a realtor in the area at a fraction of the cost.

  • Stacey  On February 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Hello,
    I responded to the same ad but only in Sunnyvale, CA. The name that he is using now is Harry Collins and is working in LA for 2 years. I was inquiring about a 2 bed/2 bath condo for $1000.00 a month. It did seem too good to be true so luckily I found this website and was able to read about the same stuff everyone is going through. Thank you all for posting so people are aware of these scams. I asked if we can see the condo in person and she said he had the keys with him in LA and no one was around to show us the place. I almost fell for it. Just be careful out there.
    Thanks,
    S

  • Nick  On March 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Avoid a guy by the name of Robert Perusse. Total scammer.
    Hello,

    Thanks for your interest in my apartment .The apartment is still available for rent and is available for long term/short term lease. I’m a Mechanical Engineer and I just got a job with S & W Engineering Company in Manchester, England. I work as a Senior Project Supervisor and i will be here for long that is why am putting up my apartment for rent.

    The apartment is located at: 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON M5H 4E9, Canada

    This unit is available as long as you want it.furnished 1bed/1bath apartment ,The apartment is strategically located in a very cool and lovely environment with many appliances including dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted.The rent is $650 per month including utilities and security deposit of 500 which is refundable at the end of your stay…I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located and get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures for you to have an idea on how beautiful and spacious the inside looks and we can proceed to the next step which is the application process..

    Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.

    • Michelle  On May 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

      I received the same details for 140 Simcoe in Toronto under the name: Robert Wilson – wilson_r0ca@yahoo.ca through kijiji

      I probably would have sent the money if I didn’t receive a similar email from Diana David hartrichy@gmail.com regarding another unit at 208 Queens Quay West on craigslist for $ 550

      Subject: Re: Reply to your “Lovely Fully Furnished Apt. to call home in Downtown Area…” Ad on Kijiji
      Reply-To: Robert Wilson

      Thanks for the mail and the interest in my apartment, the whole flat cost $650 per month including utilities, meanwhile, the refundable deposit is $500. The flat is freshly painted, neat and fully furnished with all your needs including internet computer with printer, ins-suite laundry as well as 1 parking space, attached to this email are the interior pictures of the apartment, because the apartment is currently locked up at the moment and i will be happy to rent out my apartment to you for the period you want it, if you do promise me that you will take care of the place once you move in and i want you to know that i moved out of the my apartment with my family due to the new job i secured here England, so like i told you i am not in Toronto to show you the apartment in person, am now in England, that is why i stated you will have to drive by the apartment to view all the exteriors for you to have a better idea where the apartment is located then fill out the rent application form in order for me to proceed on how the keys and document of the apartment will be delivered to your current address and how you will make payment to me Via Money Transfer agent at any moneygram local store agent nearest to you, so get back to me with your rental form so i can get the lease prepared forward it to you, so you can sign and get back to me and i will make delivery arrangement immediately.

      ********RENT APPLICATION FORM*******
      (Private and Confidential)
      FIRST NAME: __________________
      MIDDLE NAME: __________________
      LAST NAME: __________________
      PROFESSION: ________________
      PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
      PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
      PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
      MARITAL STATUS: _________
      KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
      PRESENT ADDRESS: ___________________________
      CITY: _______________
      STATE: ______________
      POSTAL CODE: _____________
      WHAT IS YOUR MOVE IN DATE______________
      HOW MANY MONTH RENT CAN YOU PAY UPFRONT TO SECURE THE APARTMENT NOW ? ___________
      HOW LONG ARE YOU STAYING IN MY HOME? ____________

      Await your respond so i can proceed with change of names and address of new tenant on the lease form and making delivery arrangement to your current address via DHL Express Courier service.

      Many thanks

      ___

      Robert Wilson wrote:

      Hello

      Thanks for your interest in my apartment .The apartment is still available for rent and is available for long term/short term lease. I’m a Mechanical Engineer and I just got a job with S & W Engineering Company in Manchester, England. I work as a Senior Project Supervisor and i will be here for long that is why am putting up my apartment for rent.

      The apartment is located at: 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON M5H 4E9, Canada

      This unit is available as long as you want it.furnished 1bed/1bath apartment ,The apartment is strategically located in a very cool and lovely environment with many appliances including dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted.The rent is $650 per month including utilities and security deposit of 500 which is refundable at the end of your stay…I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located and get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures for you to have an idea on how beautiful and spacious the inside looks and we can proceed to the next step which is the application process..
      Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.

      Many thanks

  • Jaclyn  On March 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Apparently he is still in Boston but he is now using the name Franklin Jimenez. THANK GOD FOR THIS SITE BECAUSE I WAS IN SUCH A HURRY TO MOVE THAT I ALMOST FELL FOR THIS!!!
    Here is the series of emails:

    1. FROM HIM
    Thanks for showing interest in my place. Let me start by saying a little about me, I am Franklin Jimenez, self employed and the owner of my own company. I have just opened a new outlet here in West Africa,and moved so i am looking to rent this unit out for a long term purpose.

    Available for immediate move in. Modern 1 bedroom & 1 bathroom with five (5) appliances including dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted and immaculately clean.

    The rent is $800 per month including utilities and $800 for damages deposit….I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located and get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures to you to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks and we can proceed to the next step which is the application process…

    Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.

    2. FROM ME
    My name is Jaclyn and I appreciate you sending me an email so quickly. I currently live in Atlanta, GA, but just received a job offer to move to Boston. I am a recent graduate and as I start my young professional career, your property sounds well suited to my needs. I will not be able to physically view the space for about a week or so, when I make a trip up to check on multiple places before committing to a residence. If it’s not too much trouble, would you mind going ahead and sending me all of the pictures, inside and outside, that you have so that I can get a better idea of what I am going to see? Your ad also states that your rent is $800/month which includes utilities… what utilities does that include? Also, if you could please provide the exact address of your property… as I am not from the area, I am looking to GoogleMaps to determine how far away various properties are from my job.

    3. FROM HIM
    Thanks for your interest in my apartment. The apartment is available for both short and long term and the building is in a great location situated in the quiet and safe area and offers secure access. internet, cable, laundry in-suite, storage facilities, heat, water, electric and parking is included in the rent and pet are allowed..

    I tried to look for an agent that I could give the document & the keys before I left but could not find any as a matter of urgency. And I don’t want home misused in my absence that is why I took the keys and documents along with me. So I hope you will promise me to take very good care of the apartment always.

    Attached are the interior pictures for you to have an idea how beautiful and spacious the inside looks, I will like you to get back to me with your final decision after viewing the interior pictures and let me know if you are interested in proceeding with the rental so that I can forward the application form to you.

    I look forward to hearing from you ASAP

    4. FROM ME
    I was also wondering if the apartment was furnished (as shown in the pictures you sent) or unfurnished? Either is fine, I just need to know what to expect. With you being out of the country, have you set up any sort of maintenance arrangement with the building should it need it?

    As you stated, you have not left documents or keys to an agent… I am wondering how I am going to see the apartment before I rent it? I am moving from far away so I need to see the property before moving in. I can view the apartment in about a week or so and I was wondering if there was a super or landlord that we could make arrangements with to *SEE INSIDE* the apartment while I am there? This also brings into question how I would get the keys should I decide to move in.

    In order to help expedite my finding an apartment BEFORE 4/1, I need to go ahead and fill out any necessary paperwork before I come to see the apartment. I will be choosing an apartment IMMEDIATELY after viewing my options and moving in at that time. Basically, when I arrive in Boston, I am moving in somewhere!

    5. FROM HIM
    Thanks for your mail. I am glad you are willing to proceed with the rental. I have the keys and the apartment documents here with me and I will be shipping it to you through UPS courier service but before the shipping arrangement. I will like you to answer the questions below and email it back to me asap for processing in case you are unable to open the attached form.

    RENTAL APPLICATION FORM

    FIRST NAME:__________
    MIDDLE NAME:__________
    LAST NAME:__________
    (CELL)PHONE__________
    (HOME)PHONE__________
    KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________

    PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
    CITY: _______________
    STATE:______________
    ZIP CODE: ____________
    WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
    HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
    HOW MANY MONTH RENT ARE YOU WILLING TO PAY UPFRONT_________

    DO YOU HAVE PET _________
    KIND OF PETS: _____________

    HABITS
    DO YOU SMOKE ______________
    DO YOU DRINK ______________
    DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT _________

    REFERENCE
    NAME_____________
    ADDRESS_____________

    Once I received the filled copy of the rental application form, I will make an arrangement on how to get the apartment keys and documents shipped to you through UPS courier service without any further delay. Please I am renting the apartment to you based on Trust & Honesty and again I want you to stick to your words, I am putting everything into Gods hand, so please do not let me down. God bless you more as you do this.

    I await your swift response.

    6. FROM HIM
    Hello ,

    How are you doing today and i hope all is going fine, mailing you today is to know your decision because since i mailed you i have not read back from you and so please i will like you to kindly keep me posted with your plans of movement so that me and my wife i will like to get back to us in time so that it can get delivered to you in 24 hours after i confirm your payment via UPS Express Service and when you get to my Apartment you can get to move in directly…

    Awaiting to read back from you Asap.

  • Michelle  On May 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thank goodness I found this page – I received two emails for two different properties in Toronto. If they didn’t sound so similar, or recieved them around the same time I would have surely sent money to secure a great priced apartment.

    From: Diana DAVID
    Date: 20 May, 2013 8:58:39 PM EDT
    Subject: Fwd: – $550 / 1br – (York/Queens Quay) – Move in IMMEDIATELY (York/Queens Quay)

    Thanks for the email,My name is Diana David respect of my
    husband David Moyo who owned the apt you are intrested in but
    due to the fact that my husband was transferred to WEST AFRICA on a
    Business transfer, and we now reside here for the time being, We have
    decided to put our apartment for rent to someone neat, honest and
    trustworthy we will be here in WEST AFRICA for a while and very busy
    with construction. and also want to give it out for rent and looking
    for a responsible person that can take very good care of it we are not
    after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and
    the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own.So for
    now,Am here Africa in our new house and also with the keys of the flat
    ,we try to look for an agent that we can give this document before we
    left but could not see because my husband had to leave Canada urgent
    for his contract in West Africa and as well as don’t want our house
    to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along to us
    here and as you know that, after you have filled the rent application
    form and made payment for a month’s rent and refundable deposit and
    damage fees, the keys and documents will be sent to you through DHL.
    The application form is subject to approval. I want you to note that I
    am kind and honest man and also I spent a lot on my property so if
    eventually we give you our apartment, I will solicit for your absolute
    maintenance of this apartment and want you to treat it as your own.I
    want to know if I can trust you to handle my property with care.
    Please note that we don’t have anyone over there to show you the
    apartment, So we will have to send you the keys & Documents via DHL
    Courier Service on a next day delivery after you have made payment for
    the first month’s payment and security deposit so you can move in
    asap. If you are OK with this and you are ready to proceed fill the
    tenancy application attached .

    The rent is made very affordable because I am seriously looking for a
    clean and reliable person to take care of the apartment. Once again we
    are not after the money, what we are after is the welfare of our
    apartment. You can drive by to the address to view the exterior of our
    home for you to get a better view of the building
    and also see what the neighborhood looks like and get back to me If
    you loved the location I attached the Tenancy Application Form to this
    message fill it and email it back Asap

    THE LOCATION: 208 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J, Canada
    Convenient and centrally located: Walking distance to Union Station,
    the PATH, the financial district and TTC.

    Rent: $550 per month
    Damages and Security Deposit :- $550 (Refundable once you’re
    evacuating the apartment.)
    Total: $1100

    Hope you are okay with the rent fee of $1100 per month which includes
    hydro,heat, laundry facilities,air condition, internet, electricity
    and so on I look forward to hearing from you ASAP so we can discuss
    on how to get our home for rent.

    Thanks and God Bless.

    __ another below ___

    Robert Wilson wrote:

    Hello

    Thanks for your interest in my apartment .The apartment is still available for rent and is available for long term/short term lease. I’m a Mechanical Engineer and I just got a job with S & W Engineering Company in Manchester, England. I work as a Senior Project Supervisor and i will be here for long that is why am putting up my apartment for rent.

    The apartment is located at: 140 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON M5H 4E9, Canada

    This unit is available as long as you want it.furnished 1bed/1bath apartment ,The apartment is strategically located in a very cool and lovely environment with many appliances including dish washer with in-suite laundry room and plenty of storage space and parking space . Professional and mature neighbors ensure peaceful living arrangements. Freshly painted.The rent is $650 per month including utilities and security deposit of 500 which is refundable at the end of your stay…I will like you to drive by to the building today to view the exterior of the building for you to know where the apartment is located and get back to me so that I can forward you the full interior pictures for you to have an idea on how beautiful and spacious the inside looks and we can proceed to the next step which is the application process..
    Thanks for taking your time in writing me and hope to hear back from you.

    Many thanks

    Hope these details help

  • Concerned!  On July 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

    ANother scammer John Willey johnwilley39@yahoo.com

    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/sub/3895414088.html

    Hi,

    Thanks for your interest in wanting to sub let my apartment. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in Staten Island, New York for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to the house that’s why am looking for a responsible tenant who will live in the house and take care of it while am away. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.

    The house is located at: 1764 U St NW APT 1, Washington, DC 20009

    I’d have actually left it vacant, but my wife advised that I must rent it out. It’s a huge 2 bed room with 2Bath, furnished, electricity, water and garage are included in the monthly rent.The rent, which includes all utilities is $1500 per month. A Refundable damage deposit of $1500 will be paid alongside the first month’s rent before you move in.I will like you to tell me about yourself because I am interested in knowing your capability of funding the rent and taking care of my apartment.I’m sending you some images of the apartment.
    Hope to read from you soon.

    Thanks,
    John Willey

    • Sara Kozel  On July 31, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Wow–I just got the exact spam from him on an apartment located in San Francisco!

  • Alex  On July 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    He’s now posting on Craig’s List for washington, DC as John Willey. Received an email for an apartment on U street with the same wording as many of those above.

  • Tina  On July 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for this site! The person who claims to be a “research associate in molecular imaging” is still trying to scam people! He now uses the name John Willey. He advertised a place in Worcester on Craigs List for 2 furnished beds at $970/mo. It seemed a little odd and his use of English wasn’t great, so I was cautious. When I googled his name, I came to this site. Please beware!!

  • Romina  On July 24, 2013 at 8:55 am

    “John Willey” is also posting ads in craigslist Boston: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/sub/3949980385.html
    Same words… Be careful!

  • Robyn Lillehei  On July 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    John Willey a supposed molecular imaging researcher is now posting on Craig’s List in Seattle, WA with the same old same old

    • Doug  On August 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      And in Austin. Going by John Wiley using the same routine. Unfortunately I didn’t read this in time.

  • A. van B.  On August 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Same thing juts happened to me.. Arg what a mess.
    This was the add: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/sub/3990544631.html

    This was the message:
    > Hi,
    >
    > Thanks for your interest in wanting to sub let my apartment. I am looking for a responsible & clean tenant that will be able to take good care of my apartment because I work as Research Associate in Molecular Imaging Research/Neurology and I do travel a lot, Presently I am in Staten Island, New York for a research and I don’t know when I will return back to the house that’s why am looking for a responsible tenant who will live in the house and take care of it while am away. The apartment is available for long term and short term lease is also accepted.
    >
    > The house is located at: 108 Peterborough StAPT 5H, Boston, MA 02215
    >
    > I’d have actually left it vacant, but my wife advised that I must rent it out. It’s a huge studio/1Bath, furnished, electricity, water and garage are included in the monthly rent.The rent, which includes all utilities is $800 per month. A Refundable damage deposit of $800 will be paid alongside the first month’s rent before you move in.I will like you to tell me about yourself because I am interested in knowing your capability of funding the rent and taking care of my apartment.I’m sending you some images of the apartment.
    > Hope to read from you soon.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > John Willey

  • Simon  On December 15, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I just received this scam in Cambridge, Boston from Joe Kelvin Fulton joekelvinfulton@yahoo.com

    I got a 1 year contract to work with a major printing firm in Alaska. I
    still have 8 months lease at my Cambridge, MA apartment. The unit is
    currently vacant and locked while I’m seeking to sub-lease it out for that period.

    Here is the unit address: 159 Concord AveAPT 1A

    I will be happy lease the apartment to you for as long as you want. I will
    not be able to show the apartment to you in person, since I’m in Eagle
    River, Alaska. I took some pictures of the unit before leaving and i will send them to you in my next email to see if its okay and I also have the keys and
    documents right here with me, So you can only view the unit from outside at the moment..

    I’d
    I actually want to leave it till am back from Alaska, but my wife advised that I must rent it out.
    The rent, which includes all utilities like water, electricity, car parking space, cable, WiFi, and 24 hour internet.

    rent is $1,700 per month. A Refundable damage deposit of $1,700 will be paid
    alongside the rent before you move in. I will like you to tell me about
    yourself because I am interested in knowing your capability of funding
    the rent and taking care of my apartment.

    Please
    let me know if you would still like to proceed to sub-lease the unit so
    I can speak with the landlord for the rental form and agreement.
    Let me know if you need anything else.

    Thanks and best regards,

    Kelvin

  • Simon  On December 15, 2013 at 12:53 am

    He followed up with this email:

    Here the attached pictures of the unit and the rental form.
    Here is the unit address: 159 Concord AveAPT 1A, Cambridge..
    I will send the key down to you or to your parent any address was provide when you are filling the Application form.. after we both agree on the Application.. i might send it through Fedex or any other services…

    If you wanna pay 3 month upfront then take the 850 out since you are not going to end the last month..

    Please return the filled application at your convenience time, and with your ID copy. and if am okay with the Application you fill, then i will forward you the bank information to make the deposit you are paying to my landlord account not mine.. looking forward to hear from you..
    Kelvin

  • farauanu gabriela  On February 25, 2014 at 5:16 am

    My name is Farauanu Gabriela 26 years old from Romania and I was recently involved in a scam, where I just lost 1020 €. There was a nice announcement on this website http://www.justlanded.com/ on category Housing / Flatshare.

    The announcement sounded like this.
    I NEED A FLATMATE IN MY APARTMENT
    • Price: EUR 470 / MonthCurrency converter
    • Bills included: Yes
    • Sex: Any
    • Smoking: Any
    Address: Luxembourg
    Hello everyone!
    My name is Elodie and I have one room vacant in my apartment so i need someone to rent it. the apartment is furnished already.
    I am an easy-going and fun person, and will like to have such a flatmate too :)
    Looking forward to your message if you are interested.
    Feel free to e-mail me for any additiona info.
    Here it`s my conversation on yahoo mail:
    Hi,
    You have received a reply to your ad: I NEED A FLATMATE IN MY APARTMENT – EUR470 / Month posted in Housing > Flatshare in Luxembourg.
    ________________________________________
    From: Gabriela Farauanu, farauanu_gabriela@yahoo.com
    Telephone: +352 621 532 349

    Hello, my name is Gabriela, is this announce still available?
    I am 26 years old , i am romanian but i speak english and french too.
    I come in Luxembourg for a job on 24 February.
    Please let me know if you are interested in more details or if your announce is still available.
    Thank you,
    Gabby

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 10
    Hi Gabby,

    Yes my room is still available and the apartment is a well furnished 2 bedroom apartment which i want to rent out 1 bedroom and the second bedroom is occupied by me. the apartment is located at 64 av. de la Gare, 1611 Luxembourg which is in the city and very close to transport.

    There is a very attractive living room,dining,kitchen with Internet (wi-fi). there is also washing machine,dryer and the rent is 470EUR all bills inclusive and deposit of 550EUR is required and will be refund to you after your stay in the apartment.

    I also attached the photos of the apartment for you to know what it looks like.

    Hope to read from you again soon and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any question.

    Elodie.
    ________________________________________
    Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:19:50 +0000
    From: no-reply@justlanded.com
    To: elodie_p90@hotmail.com
    Subject: New reply to your post: I NEED A FLATMATE IN MY APARTMENT
    Me
    To elodie_p90@hotmail.com
    Feb 10
    Hello Elodie,
    I am sorry but i did not see any photo with apartament. Where did you atached them?
    And the final sum that i need to pay would be 1020 euro ?
    I am 26 years old and your age what is ?

    Thank you for relpy,
    Gabby

    To Me
    Feb 10
    Hi Gabby,

    I attached the pictures again and i hope you’ll see them now.
    And yes the amount you’ll pay is 1020EUR no extral fee.
    I am 23 years and will be 24 in 3 few weeks :)
    Also you mentioned earlier that you want to rent the room from 24th February no problem but now that you are interested in renting the room and you’ll like me to securely reserve it for you till your arrival then you’ll have to send me the following details..

    1) Your full name and address 2) Your move in date and move out date 3) Any means of your identity (Passport or ID card).

    I will be needing this details to prepare the lease contract as we need to legalize the rent by signing a contract after that you’ll proceed with the payment of the deposit and the first month rent to confirm the reservation and an assurance towards the renting of the room. after that you’ll have the rental payment receipt in return for the payment made which you’ll have with the lease contract as a legal tenant and you can easily move in when you arrive.
    Hope you understand this? so i will look forward to read from you again soon.

    Elodie.

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    Me
    To Elodie Poulin
    Feb 10
    Hello again,
    I saw the pictures now.
    I see one picture with Bedroom and one with Living room.
    Which one you propose for rent ? And are both closed? I guess just the Bedroom is closed.

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 11

    Hi,
    Yes the bedroom is the room you’ll occupy and the living room is for us to share. i have my room too. so the living room is general room for us, maybe for discussion, watching tv together and all :)
    I hope you understand better now? so i’ll look forward to read from you again soon and we can proceed with the necessary arrangement if you want it to be reserve for you.

    Elodie.

    Me
    To Elodie Poulin
    Feb 11
    Hey Elodie,
    Sorry, I was out all day and as soon as I arrive home I send you the details you asked and copy of my id.
    Gabby

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 11
    Okay i’ll look forward to receive it.
    Elodie.

    Me
    To elodie_p90@hotmail.com
    Feb 12

    Finnaly i got home,

    Here are the details you asked for :

    1) My name Farauanu Gabriela
    2) Move date and move out : 24 February- 24 August, but with possibility to stay more after.
    3) I will attach my id card in this e-mail.

    I did not understand how will we proceed with the payment but maybe you can add me on skype or facebook to talk more.

    Gabby

    To Me
    Feb 12

    Hi Gabby,

    I received the details but you forgot to include your address.

    And about the payment, it would be via bank transfer. i have deactivated my Facebook account for personal reasons but yes we can have a Skype chat or yahoo chat as you said in your first email.

    Let me know when you’ll like to chat and don’t forget to send your address.

    Elodie.

    Hey,

    Well my adress from my Id Card is this :

    Str. Bucegi (…)

    I am on skype online whenever you want cause i am mobile, but i arrive home after 6. You can add me and we talk.

    Gabby

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 12
    Okay i recieved your address and yes we can talk tomorrow night on Skype. i’ll add you.

    Good night and talk tomorrow!

    Elodie.

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 13
    Hi again Gabby,

    Can we talk on Skype in like 20-30 minutes time? let me know. i will send you a Skype request soon.

    Elodie.

    Sure, i am on Skype whenever you want. I am at home. I wait for your request.

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 13
    Yes i am on Skype now too and i have sent you a request.

    Let Skype now.

    Elodie.

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 16
    Hi Gabriela,

    How was your weekend? i presume good.

    You’ll find attached to this email the lease contract. you’ll have to print it, sign it and have it scan back to me.

    Also below is my mother’s bank account details for you to make the payment so once the payment is confirmed, you’ll have the rental payment receipt too which you’ll have with the contract.

    Bank name: Lloyd TSB bank
    Account Name: M. Poulin
    Iban: GB18LOYD77913425580868
    Swift/Bic: LOYDGB21J35
    Branch: Rye lane Peckham

    I hope you understand this better? so i’ll look forward to receive the signed and the transfer confirmation/receipt soon.

    Elodie.

    Me
    To Elodie Poulin
    Feb 20 at 1:19 PM
    Hey. I don t think you see my messages on skype. Give me your nr mobile again. The one you gave me before its not correct.

    Me
    To Elodie Poulin
    Feb 20 at 10:03 PM
    Hey Elodie,

    I texted you on Skype, i tried to call you either but it`s not working.

    Let me know what`s going on please.

    Elodie Poulin
    To Me
    Feb 21 at 9:29 AM
    Hi Gaby,

    Can you compare my number again, i don’t know what is wrong. +352661487635

    And i have discussed with my mother and she agreed that you’ll pay it 2 weeks after you arrive.

    So you don’t have to worry, its all sorted,

    Have a nice day and see you soon :)

    Elodie.

    Me
    To Elodie Poulin
    Feb 21 at 12:36 PM
    Hi Elodie,
    I arrived in Luxembourg. I am at the office at work. Let me know how can we meet please.

    You can come on skype maybe?
    The number you gave me now its correct but its not calling. What time you get out from work so I will wait you.

    We also talked very much on skype with audio either:
    She added me on 13 February 2014 then we talked about the apartament and payment.
    She told “ I`ll be sending you the contract soon you`ll sign it and I`ll provide you with my mother`s bank account details for you to make the payment . So once the payment is confirmed you`ll have the rental payment receipt in return too which you`ll have with the lease contract. “
    Then we talked by voice in same day for 6 minutes telling me this: “ I actually have to meet someone soon. It will be faster “
    She did not gave me her webcam, she said she broke her laptop last week and she is using her mother`s old computer to chat with me.
    On 17 February I sent her the contract she gave me signed. So she/he had my signature and my copy Id card too.
    After this we agreed to send the payment rent trough Money Gram and not trough bank.
    I sent the money in : Uk city Peckham
    Name: Maria Poulin
    In the same day I asked her mother`s number to call her, but she only gave me her number:
    +3526614876635.
    On 18 February 2014 I made the transfer trough Money Gram.
    On 20 Thursday 2014 she contacted me again for asking me more money.
    She said as long as I stay 6 months I am supposed to pay for at least half of the rental period. I didn`t send her more money, but then I started to worry. She also gave me her mother`s number from Uk +447404846561.
    When I asked about her work she said : “ I work with the marketing department of a online private marketing company here. I will send you my passport later, give me some minutes please, I have to do something now. “
    Also on 21 February at 13.00 she/he made a transaction of 49.99 $ with my Ing Bank Romanian ( they just knew I have an opened account on Ing Bank but no other details ). They made a transaction on this website https://filmlair.com/ I can not explain how could this happen but I closed all my accounts from banks.
    From 21 february 2014 I texted on skype and yahoo mail but no response. I went to police in Luxembourg and gave them all details about this.
    Gabriela

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