I recently received a couple emails from a 'Janet Burrows' inquiring about my apartment I've been trying to sublet. The email address she used was: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, which is slightly different than the others she's used. The first email said:
I came across your AD posted on http://www.Craigslist.org
that you have a sublet space available...I am Janet burrows,25,female,from USA but lived and work in China,I am a graduate of Buffalo University,NY where i studied Economics,I worked as a sales Representative in a fast growing Industry,Goliath Industry,China.so i will be coming to USA middle of this month to advertise some of our products.I will want you to confirm the availability of the space,what price does it goes for?and how long you are willing to rent it out?Waiting to read from you Asap.
I emailed her back and told her that it was still available, and I gave her of all the information she asked for. She emailed me back saying:
Thanks for your prompt responses and am okay with the price and
explanations and i want you to consider it rented to me ok...I am
very happy for your reply that shows the kind of person i am
thinking of renting from and how kind you are..For the payment
that is not a problem at all...Because my boss will be highly
responsible for all the expenses of the payment all i have to do
is to confirm the amount of the space including the utilities and
then get it sent to him including the information in which the
payment will be issued to....So all i require of you is for you to send me
I will need you to get back to me with this information asap so
that i can forward it to my boss to issue the check and i also
want you to know the check will be more than the deposit for the
rent,The remainder of the money will be for my travel expenses and
all other things which i might need you to help me get in the
house,You will have to transfer part of the money to my travel
agent so he would be able to take care of my travel arrangements
ok.I hope to read from you asap.
This email sounded really sketchy to me, so I called someone and they told me to leave her alone, because it sounded like she was trying to scam me. Sure enough, when I googled her email address, this site popped up. I followed the advice someone on this site said and emailed her back saying the place had already been rented. Thank you SO MUCH for posting to this site. You saved me!