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 Post subject: Within hours of posting I recieved MANY contacts, all scams
PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:31 pm 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Murray [mailto:stevemurray79@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2009 3:10 AM
To: moredd@xxxxx.xxx
Subject: Room Inquiry In Minneapolis..

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Hello,

I'm Steve Murray from the United Kingdom (London) and would like to
get your place for my daughter who is coming to the United States to
continue her educational career. I'm once a doctor but now a dealer in
all forms of cars either used, new or refurbs and my wife a temporary
nurse in the community hospital Fulham right here in London.My
daughter just finished her course in Banking and Finance with the last
Greenwich Session and would like to come to the United States to
secure her Master degree.She's a very nice lady and from a very good
and devoted home so you don't have to be worried about her behaviour
.I would like to know if the environment is serened and secured enough
for a lady of her age(24) as far as security is concerned,a picture of
the place will also be alright if available.I also would like you to
get back to me with the last asking price so that we both can further
on how i can get the deposit forwarded to you ..

Hope to read from you soon,

Dr Steve Murray
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From: Kristar Rudee [mailto:kingahmeds2003@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:55 PM
To: psupovitz@hotmail.com
Subject: I NEED ACCOMMODATION

Hello,
I saw your Room advert on craigslist and am interested in it.Below are some about myself and things i'll like to know about the room.I'm Kristar Rudee 28 years old,I work as writer and am a visual artist,I am a quiet person and can get along well with any body,i am coming over alone,with no family or pets,i do not smoke and i drink very lightly. i based in London United Kingdom but I want to relocating back to the United States.while am curently in West Africa from my office and, i have finish the work here so am about coming back to state as soon as possble.Consequent to this and in order to make settling easier and quicker also looking forward to have my Master degree in a good university around there.I am searching for accommodation early and i saw your add on this craigslist and i want to make a reservation for your place. However i will like to know this details below.
[1)the maximum lease period available,exact amount of payment per
month
(2)deposit fee applicable........
(3) method of payment and other utilities
I will be expecting your reply as soon as possible, Hope to hear from
you soon.
Thanks,
Kristar Rudee..
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-----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Haven [mailto:melshaven14@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:37 PM
To: moredd@xxxxx.xxx
Subject: $550 1 Bedroom in Shared House, lots of Amenities!!! (St Paul) (map)

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Hi,

Good day to you,Hope you are doing fine? I understand that you posted
an ad that you have a room available for rent on Craigslist.com.I am
highly interested in knowing the availability of the place and i will
also want to know more about the neighborhood ,the place and utilities
included...??...

About me...I am a pediatric nurse and a single lady of 30,i don't have
a pet.....I'll let you know more about me if i can know the
availability of the room.I live with my uncle in Australia presently
and will relocate to the united states soon.

I have seen rooms that are okay on the website but the owners are not
easy to get along with,so i will want to know more about you too.A
month to month lease would be perfect..i plan to arrive by the End of
This Month Of April..All that i'll want to know is the availability
and total move in cost before moving in.

Please contact me at my personal email address which is
melshaven@gmail.com or feel free to leave a note on +61 3 9328 4447
and i will be willing to let you know more about me.

Kind Regards,
Melissa Haven.


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 Post subject: Re: Within hours of posting I recieved MANY contacts, all scams
PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:32 pm 
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This is my reply that I am sending out. Should stop them from bugging me.

I would be interested in talking to you about rental, understand that I require a phone interview and references and background check before I can rent as we have been burned in the past. We also require, since your daughter is from out of country, photocopies of any passports ahead of time so that we can check them with our government office to ensure the legality of the person in question.

Also if you are shipping anything ahead you must pay for the shipping in full yourself when you ship it. We do not pay for airline tickets or any other expense that you may incur.

We do not accept any amount over the rental amount + deposit and will immediately return any check or money order sent un-cashed and refuse to continue any other business transactions.

If you are still interested and looking please contact me.


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 Post subject: Re: Within hours of posting I recieved MANY contacts, all scams
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:43 am 
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You probably will not hear back from them after that

Glad you saw that it was a scam! And thanks for posting their emails . . . someone else could google that info and find your post and be saved themselves!

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 Post subject: Re: Within hours of posting I recieved MANY contacts, all scams
PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:58 am 
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This is from the very first one i ALMOST fell for.

I finally got this response. I will be handing over to the police whatever "she" sends. Oh she says she is from Alaska, the phone number is for Nevada (you have to love reverse # lookup).

From: melissa brown [mailto:matuilame_my2008@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:47 PM
To: XXXX
Subject: payment coming...

Dear XXX,

What do you mean (SCAM) XXX,I would have preferd to give you a calls since all this while,but i'm facing a little problem with my cell phone now,so i was planning to buy another phone when i arrive to the state. please kindly bear with me..here is my number 7756675701

Melissa

--- On Fri, 4/19/09, XXXXX wrote:

From: XXXX
Subject: FW: Payment sent !
To: matuilame_my2008@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 4:48 PM


From: XXX
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 11:48 AM
To: 'matuila2008@aol.com'
Subject: RE: Payment sent !

I really need to speak to you via phone before you come down, a friend of mine said that this may be a scam. I really need to be sure it is not. I am very concerned at this point. I will need to call the bank to confirm funds of any check or a company that a money order comes from before I can agree to anything at this point even when we do speak.

From: melissa brown [mailto:matuilame_my2008@yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 4:50 AM
To: XXX
Subject: Payment sent !

Hello XXX,

How are you doing?Guess you are enjoying the present condition of the wonderful day?Anyway am really sorry for not emailing you since.. It's my great pleasure to inform you that the payment had been mailed to you in the name and address you provided for me.I want you to please bear with me as i'm already commited and have much interest in you and the room.I will not give any chance to loose the room...

Please i will want you to please help me arrange the room and hope you did not forget that the money for my shippers as also been included and my things will be shipped over as soon as you get the money..Also i like to inform you that my travelling ducoment has been taken for endorsement.I will let you know as soon as it made available so that you will know my flight schedule...Moreso,i'll appreciate if you can get back to me with the nearest airport (close to your place).And if you will be around to pick me up at the airport or not .


Please am really sorry once again for not emailing you...

Wating to read from you soon and my regards to your family..


Your sincerely


Melissa.


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 Post subject: Re: Within hours of posting I recieved MANY contacts, all scams
PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:30 am 
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And they keep coming in

got 2 within 20 minutes of each other one from Magic Pella and one from Megic Pella, both identical.
Standard reply is now this:

I would be interested in talking to you about rental, understand that I require a phone interview and references and background check before I can rent as we have been burned in the past. We also require, since you are from out of country, photocopies of any passports ahead of time so that we can check them with our government office to ensure the legality of the person in question.

Also if you are shipping anything ahead you must pay for the shipping in full yourself when you ship it. We do not pay for airline tickets or any other expense that you may incur. Nor will we wire money or send money for you or to anyone.

We do not accept any amount over the rental amount + deposit and will immediately return any check or money order sent un-cashed and refuse to continue any other business transactions. We also check directly with the bank that the funds are drawn on to ensure that it is a good check as well insist on 45 day waiting period once funds are verified, delivered and placed in a special account before a move in date to ensure the validity of the funds, if the check or money order is not valid we will immediately turn this over to the police as a scam attempt.


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 Post subject: Re: Within hours of posting I recieved MANY contacts, all scams
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:05 pm 
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I told this person NOT to send money, I told them I wasnt interested, I told them not to contact me anymore, this morning a UPS package shows up with (2) $1500 money orders from moneygram (BE AWARE the MAX a moneygram MO can be for is $1000). SO this is what I am doing about this.

#1 I called Moneygram to confirm that these were fake. This was confirmed, they have these listed as zero dollar issues. (also they said another sign is that there is no phone number listed on the back of the money order, its been taken off carefully)

#2 I called the police and they will be picked up this evening and I will fill out a fraud report.

#3 I will be blocking the IM program that has been constantly texting my cell phone all morning from being able to contact me.

#4 I sent this letter via email to try to scare the hell out of these people:

Melissa,

I trusted you and took the money orders to the bank today.
THEY CALLED FOR THE POLICE TO COME AND I WAS ALMOST ARRESTED!
THESE ARE FAKE!
YOU ARE A LIAR.
DON'T EVER CONTACT ME AGAIN.

THE ST PAUL POLICE HAVE THESE MONEY ORDERS SO IF YOU WANT TO TRY TO GET THEM BACK YOU CAN CALL THE POLICE. THEY HAVE COPIES OF ALL EMAILS YOU HAVE SENT ME AS WELL.

YOU WILL GET NO MONEY FROM ME EVER. DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT ASKING. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME IN MY HOUSE. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME TO CONTACT ME. YOU ARE A LIAR AND A FAKE.


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