I have been getting mostly scammers replying to my ad--they probably can see that it has taken me a while to rent the place so I fit the "desperate" profile. Here are a few of the letters.
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 01:56:41 -0700
Subject: RE: I "m Interested In Your Place
How are you doing today, hope all is well with you over there i really need the place okay and i want you to pls and pls keep it for me till the time that i will be in state okay and this all what i will need from you so that the payment can be sent out to you .
I will now need your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS AND CELL PHONE NUMBER so as to prepare the money orders/Cashier's Check. I will also like to know the
nearest airport to the house. I will also like to know if you will be available to come pick me up at the airport and show me around or if I should make alternative arrangement. I'll be so glad if you can reserve the Place for me and remove the adverts about the place as I'll love to rent the place..
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:12:57 +0200
I saw your roommates ads, I am willing to rent a room or seek a roommates who is nice and honest.
My name is betty and I am 29yrs, Single and looking, never been married, I am originally from austria, but I spent most of my life in the London, UK, I am honest, trustworthy and caring person, who enjoy making good friends, I dont smoke and I dont drink.
I would have loved to come and look at the room, but I am not in the States yet, besides I'm familiar with how a normal American homes look, so I will trust you on what you tell me regards the room.
I am currently working in the UK, working on a Project(Biosphere Expeditions), for 24-26weeks, while I should be rounding up my program next week, I have plans to come to the States and start a branch for my compa ny, have thought about it carefully and I want to move to friendly city, where I can start my own life different from the one I have lived in the UK.
So I just want you to confirm the rent including utilities and if there is any deposit, whats the amount to move in all together? as soon as I pay the rent and deposit, when do I move in? I wont be able to come see it since I am not in the US at the moment.
What is the closest international airport to the house? I will ask my company's client in the US to send you a payment to cover for 2 months to confirm my willingness to occupy your space.
Will be looking forward to your full details where you would want the payment be mailed to:
City, Zip Code:...
Thanks, I will be waiting for your details so I can proceed with the payment, my picture is attached to this email.
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 09:46:21 -0400
How are you doing? Guess fine I presume. Am writing you in regards to your advert on Craigslist.com and I'm interested in your room apartment, Am from Australia and I will be having some seminars coming up soon in US. Right now am working for a Non Government Organization on a program on children with=2 0orphans and heart related probs.
My next program/seminars will be in US and I will need a room to stay for these seminars, so I want to secure a room before my arrival to the states. I can't wait to arrive to US cause Iâ€™ve heard a lot about US.Moreso I will be staying for the period of 11-12 months h, Pls do get back to me with the room description, move in rent fees for the first
month, Utilities and deposit if included. And if any picture of the room is available, kindly attach it with your reply please.
Hope to read from you. Have a wonderful and productive day.
Subject: I'm highly Interested In Your Place For Rent
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:44:28 +0000
How re you doing? I hope all is well. I'm Belen Martinez, am 26 yrs old and Am originally from Barcelona, Spain Graduate of Huelva University on the Costa de la Luz , I have a master degree in interior fashion and I work as a professional fashion designer. I moved to Phoenix , AZ two year ago for work and that's where am living. I'm am not in the states right now, i am presently in West africa . I am currently working on contract for a company call (African Family Home Fashions) here in West Africa ( Nigeria ) which the contract will be ending soon. I will be returning to the states in two weeks time and I don't want to go back to my where am living in Phoenix because my house rent has expired there. I enjoy traveling, It is very interesting to get more knowledge about the new countries, new people and traditions. It's great to have such a possibility.
As i was searching through the web i saw the advert of your place . I would like to know maybe it's still available becasue i'm extremely interested in it. Here are the questions i would like to know about the room before planing to move in to the following questions below:
A}I will like to know the major intersection nearest your neighbourhood.like shopping mall,Churches,bus line e.t.c
B}I will like to know the total cost for the my initial move as in first month rent and if you accept deposit.
C}I will like to know if there is any garage or parking space cos I will have my own car come over.
D}I will like to have the rent fee per month plus the utilities.
E}I will like to have the description of the place, size, and the equipments in there.
F}I will also like to know Your payment mode.
G}I will like to know if I can make an advance payment ahead my arrival
that will be stand as a kind of commitment that I am truely coming over and for you to hold the place down for me. I will be very glad to have all this questions answered with out leaving a stone unturned... Now a little about myself;I am from Barcelona, Spain : that means i am Spanish and had all my education in Spain . I am 26yrs old and very much single,the only child of my only parent,my mother alive, i lost my father and my only brother years ago while i was still a kid in an auto accident.I am currently living with my mom who's a catholic volunteer worker,but also manages her antique business. She is a volunteer at the sister's of the eucharistic heart of jesus convent,here in Barcelona , Spain . I have been wanted to relocated to the US longtime ago even while i was a little girl growing up and my mom is in support.It' been a long dreamed come true for me when i finnally settled in the US now. I have chosen your city for me to live when i arrive. I am easy to get along with and well mannered. I do not use people's items without permission and consideration. Kindly get back to me ASAP with the your monthly rent and the deposit i need to pay to enable you turn down other interested parties and keep the place for me until i arrive,because i will like to pay for the deposit before my arrival and i will like to know the total amount the rent for a whole year would be,as i am more interested in a long term lease,but still open to any form of lease you want. But i will like to pay the deposit first of all before i arrive to show my seriousness and so that you can hold the place for me until i arrive.I am single as i said and i am not attached to anyone at the moment. I do part time modeling; i call myself an amateur though,LOL,just something i take as a hobby and also i have a masters degree in interior fashion which i bagged from the Huelva University on the Costa de la Luz in Spain . I will be looking to pick up Fashion Designer jobs once i arrive in ur city, Fashion Designer is my life and i love it. I am new living all alone as i have lived with my mom alone in the past but i have no doubs in my mind about my ability to live peacefully with as i was raised to be a lover of peace. A friend just introduced me to this thing and i really wish that i am able to find the good cultured kind of Place i am looking for here. I hope i am doing it right anyways.LOL. Well,i think we will get along well because am a easy going person who respects ones privacy,like i said i dont do drugs or smoke but i drink only occasionally,i strongly believe there will be any problems rent the place to me as i was raised by strong catholic Christain parents and have inbibed such good qualities from childhood. I will love to see your pics and those of the place as well.I'll be so glad if you can reserve the place for me and remove all your the adverts abt the place as i'll love to rent the place. Get back to me ASAP
Thanks and have a good time.
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 23:41:57 -0700
Subject: Extremely Interested
Thanks for your prompt email,I'm so glad and happy to read from you...Thanks for letting me know about the place and the neighborhood,I'm okay with the price and i will love to rent the place from you even without seeing the place,cus you sound very interesting through your letter..I would have love to come and take a look at the place,but right now I have to be on a trip to Germany to take care of a patient,but really want to hold a place down.....More about me again i am a Dentist. I am the neat type,I like honest,responsible,trustworthy and hardworking people while I dislike lazy,messy,uncaring people and I love pets so much,am quiet and easy going person to live with.. I'm 5"8' straight. i like tourism and,i don't keep late nights neither will i have overnight guest around, but i am okay if you do,I Lived all my life in Madrid(Spain) as there was where i had my university education and stays with my Mom,before coming to stay with my uncle in UTAH..I was looking to move over to your state because i understand that I'll be doing good over there as i ve been told by my uncle's friend who ones live over there...And i will be working with any hospital around as i am also making enquires about that now..
I must confess am comfortable with the price and I will want to secure the place down before my arrival so i will want you to tell me all about the place,as i can't see it before my arrival but the pictures .I also will want you to know that i have my car that i will be coming over with,and little of my furniture's,please let me know if there will be room for them..Let me also know how i can go about securing the place down before my arrival as i will also be busy from next week preparing to come over and let me know if you can take off the ad off the site as i am going to secure the place with a deposit
Feel free to ask me any question and as i ve said,i am looking to move in as soon as its available,but want to secured it now