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

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

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


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

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


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2013-01-10, 16:28:10
anonymous from United States  
sara.finley09@aol.com,SCAMMERS


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2013-01-26, 01:59:02
anonymous from United States  
Thank YOU for posting these guys it helps out a lot!!!
2013-02-12, 14:58:09
anonymous from United States  
Same number (+44)702-401-9032
SCAM!


Thanks for getting back to me. Basically, I'd have loved to see the room in person but i understand I'm many miles away so with pictures am good. Moreover, I'm interested in renting this room for my forthcoming masters degree program, I'd be coming to the State in three weeks from now and I'll be staying for like a year or more. To avoid any inconvenience, my Dad is ready to secure this room prior my arrival. However, He's wondering maybe we could make a deposit rent via a U.S cashier's check or business check ahead so I can have my car, my luggage and little furniture delivered. Please kindly let me know if that is okay by you so we can proceed... Meanwhile, all the paperwork will be done on my arrival day and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me.

About me; my name is Najat Peillon, I am 24(soon to be 25) single lady. Am Originally from France then move to UK with my family to settled there for some time, I grew up part of my life in Nottingham and Manchester. I'm from a Christian family, I am religious but so not overly in to it. I graduated from University of Nottingham, England. I'm clean, I'm fun, I'm open-minded and I'm very respectful. I don't smoke nor do drugs and for your ease of mind I have no criminal background. You'll enjoy having me in the house. Please I'd like to know a little bit more about you. Thanks, I eagerly looking forward to your response.

Nevertheless, in arrangement to proceed, I'll need your full name as it will appear on the Check, physical address and phone number to issued out the check and mail it to you via courier service as soon as possible. My Dad might also want to contact you depending on his schedule. However, you can reach me on (+44)702-401-9032 but it may be unwise to speak over the phone at long on a distance calls for the details and more also the time difference barrier.

Best regards,
Najat.
2013-02-12, 17:07:02
OJAS from United States  
+44 is UK. The next 2 digits 70 redirects to Nigeria.
2013-02-19, 02:32:01
anonymous  
I received the same exact response as above to a rental add by a Najat Peillon. Then the person wanted me to receive the shipping of their car to my resident and also have me pick them up at the airport for their arrival. After reading these postings I realize it's a scam. The person also wanted me to go pick them up at the airport on their arrival. I believe this is so that they can come and rob my home while I am away on the times they say they are at the airport. This was definitely informative and wanted to make sure others knew it was happening.
2013-02-23, 00:02:23
Soura from United States  
Oh wow!!! I just got an email from this person Najat pellion, and she just wrote me the exact same thing. I was also offering a room for rent at Baltimore!!!! I came across this post while searching for the name in google. May be we should report this somewhere.
2013-02-27, 15:21:01
anonymous from United States  
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Hi. Thanks for this great resource. I just received the same email from Najat Peillon. Having placed ads on craigslist in the past, I've seen a few of these scam emails. Glad to see that this forum could confirm it.
2013-03-15, 13:03:17
fehowington@aol.com from United States  
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I have a room for rent, and I have received about every email that is listed her, I am saving every one because I am going to report them.
2013-03-15, 13:03:17
fehowington@aol.com from United States  
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I have a room for rent, and I have received about every email that is listed her, I am saving every one because I am going to report them.
2013-03-15, 13:03:17
fehowington@aol.com from United States  
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I have a room for rent, and I have received about every email that is listed her, I am saving every one because I am going to report them.
2013-04-03, 13:23:11
anonymous from United States  
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Same here I got this email from Amanda Mc Faden.

1st email was just

Hello,
i want you to get back to me if the room you posted on craiglist still available for rent Get back to me on Amandahnd0@gmail.com


Thanks for getting back to me... My name is Amanda McFaden (F),I am
27yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean and respectful of
others. A non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama
free. I graduated last year in France. I am single and have no
children... I do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night with
my roommate! i go to church every Sunday. Am coming for my masters
degree. I was born in France (Bordeaux), my dad is from USA but my mum
is from Paris...I went to University of Bordeaux in France i speak
both French and English ,am presently on research work at Guam USA),
am almost done with the research. Am doing it because its part of
prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology. I would have loved to
call you but this is a remote area calls is hard to go through from
here and i don't want to waste much time.

Am really interested in renting from you and i don't really love pets
but i don't care if there is any in the house. I would have loved to
see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad. I will also like
you to tell me more about you and if you have garage or parkingspace
because I will have my own car come over, please let me know the total
payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my dad
for him to email you later because he is the one that will be paying
the bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me

Get back to me with the information to facilitate the mailing of the check.
= First Name:
= Last Name:
= Street Address:
= City, State, Zip Code:
= Cell Phone Number:
= Total Amount :

so that my Dad will issue out the payment for the place as soon as
possible,with that you can hold on the place for me till i come. I
will be looking forward to your email soonest. Thanks and have a nice
day.


Amanda.
2013-05-03, 18:11:55
anonymous from United States  
I received an email from James.park200@gmail.com and i gave him my address and all.

>>>> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:07 AM EDT James Park wrote: >>>>
>>>>Hello, >>>> We are greatly in need of a caregiver or a healthprovider who >>>>can provide few hours of care for my Sister.Let me know if you are >>>>competent enough to handle this. >>>> My Sister Dominque, will be coming from Fresno, CA to relocate to your >>>>area and she will be moving down by May 3rd.she is 23 Years of >>>>age.She loss one of her legs and most time on a wheel-chair, she >>>> speaks English fluently,also she is diabetes.We really need you to be >>>>honest and trust worthy in this work. >>>> >>>>The work basis are below:. >>>>***You are to be with her for 3-4 hours in a a day and you checking on >>>> her at least 3 days in a week for proper caring. >>>>***You'll be paid $500/week >>>>***You'll be driving her to hospital for medical check up at least >>>>once or twice in a month. You can call a cab (at my expense) in case >>>> you don't have a car. >>>>***Your working days will be Monday,Wednesday, Friday.You will have to >>>>state the convenient hrs during each of these days so your regular job >>>>won't be affected as this will be a part time work for you and if you >>>> want to live with her in the house for other assistance,there will be >>>>no problem. >>>>***You are not responsible for cooking,we have made arrangement for >>>>that,you will also be assisted when there is need to lift her >>>> So,kindly provide me your full name and mailing address so that we >>>> can >>>>ensure the housing agent get her an apartment which will be more >>>>closer to your house and I hope about 3 miles will not be too far from >>>> you?Also,will be paying you the first week wages upfront via a >>>>Certified Check because you will help her to get some medical tools >>>>like one touch basic machine, acu-check machine and test trips in any >>>>nearest pharmacy store around along with other necessary equipments.So>>>>I want you to feed me with the following details so that we can ensure >>>>you are ready for the work.I want her comfort pls >>>> >>>>1. Full Name >>>>2. Mailing Address,apt number(send p.o box if you receive mail from box) >>>>3. City >>>>4. State and Zip Code >>>>5. Phone Number >>>>6.Age, Sex and marital status. >>>> >>>>I will be sending you her living address very soon ... so that you will >>>>know where you will be working.I will give you her living address once >>>>the rental agent find her a suitable house. I will be awaiting your >>>>email soonest and we can proceed as you can understand that the date >>>>is getting closer. >>>> >>>>Thanks for willing to care




2013-05-03, 18:24:54
anonymous from United States  
I received an email from James.park200@gmail.com and i gave him my address and all.

>>>> On Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:07 AM EDT James Park wrote: >>>>
>>>>Hello, >>>> We are greatly in need of a caregiver or a healthprovider who >>>>can provide few hours of care for my Sister.Let me know if you are >>>>competent enough to handle this. >>>> My Sister Dominque, will be coming from Fresno, CA to relocate to your >>>>area and she will be moving down by May 3rd.she is 23 Years of >>>>age.She loss one of her legs and most time on a wheel-chair, she >>>> speaks English fluently,also she is diabetes.We really need you to be >>>>honest and trust worthy in this work. >>>> >>>>The work basis are below:. >>>>***You are to be with her for 3-4 hours in a a day and you checking on >>>> her at least 3 days in a week for proper caring. >>>>***You'll be paid $500/week >>>>***You'll be driving her to hospital for medical check up at least >>>>once or twice in a month. You can call a cab (at my expense) in case >>>> you don't have a car. >>>>***Your working days will be Monday,Wednesday, Friday.You will have to >>>>state the convenient hrs during each of these days so your regular job >>>>won't be affected as this will be a part time work for you and if you >>>> want to live with her in the house for other assistance,there will be >>>>no problem. >>>>***You are not responsible for cooking,we have made arrangement for >>>>that,you will also be assisted when there is need to lift her >>>> So,kindly provide me your full name and mailing address so that we >>>> can >>>>ensure the housing agent get her an apartment which will be more >>>>closer to your house and I hope about 3 miles will not be too far from >>>> you?Also,will be paying you the first week wages upfront via a >>>>Certified Check because you will help her to get some medical tools >>>>like one touch basic machine, acu-check machine and test trips in any >>>>nearest pharmacy store around along with other necessary equipments.So>>>>I want you to feed me with the following details so that we can ensure >>>>you are ready for the work.I want her comfort pls >>>> >>>>1. Full Name >>>>2. Mailing Address,apt number(send p.o box if you receive mail from box) >>>>3. City >>>>4. State and Zip Code >>>>5. Phone Number >>>>6.Age, Sex and marital status. >>>> >>>>I will be sending you her living address very soon ... so that you will >>>>know where you will be working.I will give you her living address once >>>>the rental agent find her a suitable house. I will be awaiting your >>>>email soonest and we can proceed as you can understand that the date >>>>is getting closer. >>>> >>>>Thanks for willing to care




2013-05-12, 17:35:55
anonymous  
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Hello, i'm checking if the room is still available for rent, i need the room asap...contact me back at stoneleefun@gm. com


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Original craigslist post:


Still operating

I always check for them on Linkedin

Ask for a copy of their passport and US visa
2013-06-11, 13:49:35   (updated: 2013-06-11, 13:55:00)
anonymous from Portland, United States  
I have a room to rent so I was looking at 'housing wanted' ads on Craig's List and a person named Gwye Le Veronika from Vietnam had a post and was looking for a room so I sent her a message. She said that she was coming to my city to work and was sponsored by a company. She sent me photos of herself and her passport.

When I received the check issued by Carberry and Morin from Citizens Bank and the attached letter from the International Labour Organization it said that I was to deposit the check, take out the first months rent, and send her the difference so that she could use it as travel money to the states.

I Googled Carberry and Morin and I think it is just a false front to look like a legit company. Their website is a hack job.

I sent 'her' and email saying that I could not believe people were still falling for one of the oldest scams in the book and to piss off.

I did call Citizens Bank to let them know someone was forging their checks. The letter was mailed from Santa Clara, CA.
~L
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