Craigslist rental scam
Thanks to the Internet, it’s possible for anyone to create convincing rental ads since there’s tons of public information online for properties anywhere in the United States.
Here is a small example of Fox 11 Los Angeles confronting a scammer
Back in January 2012 I was made aware of a listing that my broker had listed for sale. I made post warning people of the scam and here I am again making you aware of it ones again.
Craigslist Rental SCAM ALERT! Victorville, CA
Today I got and email requesting information on one of the listing we have.
So I send the information to the the person who requested .
This is the Property in the MLS
Here is the craigslist ad
Here is the email that the client shared with me.
From: Hh Njg firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 21, 2012 5:19:19 PM PST
To: victim email@example.com>
Subject:Re: House for Rent
Reply-To: Hh Njg firstname.lastname@example.org>
i tried calling you but it was not going through
From: victim email@example.com>
To: Hh Njg firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, 22 January 2012 1:43 AM
Subject: Re: House for Rent
Yes we are very interested in it.
750 sounds great and we not definently would treat the house as our own, you don’t have to worry about that.
It would be me, my husband and my 4 yr old daughter. My parents live on the next block over where we have lived for 8 yrs. I would love to stay in the area.
Question is, the windows that have been broken and are now boarded up, will those be fixed?
I would love to talk to u but my phone can not call long distance. Can you call me at my house at
Sent from my iPhone
On Jan 21, 2012, at 3:23 PM, “Hh Njg” email@example.com> wrote:
Thanks for your interest regarding our House. The 3 bedroom is still available for rent, we renting this house to a responsible and neat person or family who has the fear of God and treat the house as his or her own. Well our house has been for sale before my husband advices me to put it out for rent that’s why we put it out for rent.
The main reason why the house is for rent is that I got transfer from my place of work to West Africa Nigeria to preach the gospel to the unbelievers and even reaching out good things to the orphanage children, and I will be away for good 3 years or more that is the main reason I had to take my family along with me, and we cant leave the house for 3 good years, that’s why we really want good people that can take very good care of the house so that we will be very happy when we get back home and we will still be good family friends, so if you are interested in taking good care of our house, then my family will be ready in accepting you as our new tenant who be fully in charge of our house. If you really impress us by taking good care of our house then you will be allowed to stay as long as you wish okay…..This 3 bedrooms and 2 baths is very specious.
Below is our address of the House:
ADDRESS:7082 Loma Vista Avenue, Hesperia CA 92345
Pets Allowed: Yes (Dog Cat)
Monthly Rent: $750
Security Deposit: $500 (Refundable)
Rental/Lease Spouse Full Names:
Rental/Lease Kids Full Names:
Rental/Lease Relatives or Friends Full Name:
Rental/Lease Mobile/Cell Number:
Rental/Lease Telephone Number:
Rental/Lease Present House Address:
Rental/Lease Present Work place name and Address:
Rental/Lease Present work Tel. Number:
Rental/Lease Numbers of Cars:
Rental/Lease Pet type:
Rental/lease Picture of you or Occupants
Rental/Lease proposed date of Move in:
Rental/Lease months budget to deposit before move in:
Rental/Lease Reference contact info:
Rental/Lease present Landlord Contact Info:
So get back to us on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting. Hope you are okay with the price of US$750/month with heat laundry facilities, air condition, Etc… and the security deposit fee is $500… PETS ARE FULLY WELCOME! We are looking forward to hear from you ASAP. Stay Blessed
BE CAFREFUL. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is!
End of email
Please if you see an ad with no phone number and with a price to good to be true, craigslist scams in the real estate rental are very common.
This property could be rent for $1000 to $1300 and not for $750 per month
Fortunately they called me after receiving my email with the real information, but how many people fall for this??
you”ll be surprised! or maybe not!!
My advice is, when looking for a rental to call a local rental management company, is safe and 99% of the time ends with a good ending.
If you are looking for a rental please meet the owner or their representative in person and please ask if the property is for sale as a short sale or if is on is way to foreclosure, because that is another scam that is been getting popular
Please if you have any questions call your Real Local Real Estate Agent.
And remember if it sounds to good to be true… Well it might be!!