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 Post subject: Almost a victim of potential renter scam
PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:18 am 

Joined: Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:24 pm
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I posted an email on Craig's list about a room for rent. I received an email from jessica smith <> below is her email. Pls read. The 3rd email brought me to speculate. So I googled the email address and found out it is a scam.

1st message:
Thanks for getting back to me and I read your posting on Craigslist,
and I am very interested in the room. It’s in the perfect location for
me and it sounds like we could be great roommates. I will be arriving
the state by earlier of the next month just let me know when we can
start the lease although i wont arrive the state until 10th of
About me: I'm Jessica Smith female from Spain, 27, am currently
working with the Federal Agency of Works and Natural Resources . I am
pretty quietand neat, but not obsessively so. I’m responsible and will
pull my weight around the apartment and pay bills on time. I like to
cook, and it would be great to have people to cook with or eat with,
but it’s definitely not a requirement in a roommate. I don't smoke and
I don't have any pets. I've got a lot going on this year, so i won't
be around the apartment all that much. Mostly, I’d just like a place
that I can come home to and chill at the end of the day. I am social,
though, and get along well with most people. I probably won't have too
many house guests, but I would like to feel comfortable
bringing friends over once in awhile.
More so i would really want to secure the room before my arrival, and
more so to know if it would be possible for me to pay for the room
before my arrival,So i will like to know the total amount of the room
per month and the utility included. All these information are very
important so that i can submit my proposal to my Organization.My
Organization will be responsible for all the fees and the payment .
Please let me know if I can give you any more info that would be
helpful for making your decision. I will be more than happy if you can
tell me little about you too. I will also like to see more picture of
the room if possible.
Thanks & God bless
Jessica Smith
2nd message:
On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM, Jessica smith wrote:
Thanks everything sound good to me. Then concerning the payment, I have a financier that will be handling the rent deposit payment on my behalf,i will instruct him to make the payment for this as soon as you give me the go ahead to make payment to you.Kindly get back to me with your full name, contact full address your contact phone number home phone and cell phone and also remind me the total deposit fees so that the check can be sent to you and you can get it on time.and This will give me strong prove that the room will be hold for me.... cant wait to read from you. I would have love to call you but i dont have access to international call on my phone becos we are in remote area
3rd message which brought me to speculate. The grammar and spelling not correct compared to 1st message which is properly written. Then asking me to accept car delivery for her. Fishy!

Thanks so much for the information Am here to let you know that Please consider the room is rented to me and the payment will be mail to you asap. As regards my car,i am planning on having it delivered to the house before my arrival so that i can settle in comfortably,you can understand that transiting cross Atlantic is not easy so i am making arrangement with the car dealer ,and i want the car to be delivered before my arrival .after the rent and security deposit has been paid to you by my financier. I will ask you for a favor here, can i rely on you to take delivery of the car for me when they are delivered?
I will instruct the person in charge of the delivery of the car to contact you to schedule a delivery time that will be convenient for you to receive the car for me .As you will be handling the delivery of the car with the rent and deposit to be sent to you so that you can help me to make the payment when they are delivered. I will really appreciate if you can do this for me and promise to compensate you adequately for your time and efforts on my arrival in your place.

God Bless

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