From: Anisa Saeed <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 4:12 AM
Subject: Re: House for rent on craigslist
To: Michelle Banks
I am very happy to read an email from you,showing interest in my home.Thanks for your email and I am very glad having receive an email from you regarding my Home, I am Kenneth Saeed
,the chief surgeon for the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and my wife and I we are the owner of the Georgeos Home For Rent..Available to move in today In...(Tuscaloosa AL )3Br/2Bath Single Family Home you are making inquiry of.
Previously, we reside in this particular house with the rest of our family, which are our two wonderful children (Michael and Erin) ,we lived there before and presently we packed due to an emergency transfer to Head the Surgery department of a General Hospital,here in west african and this transfer is temporary but will last for at least 51months (4years+),this house is available for an amount of $600 per month (All Utilities also Included)and a security deposit of $500. I want you to know that the House is furnished, so you can move into the house with your own Personal furniture but the Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent,as i am in a governmental programmer that sponsors my utilities on monthly basis etc.
Please note that, we are a kind and honest family,that spent a lot on property that is available for rent, so in one accord,we are soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own.
We want you to keep it tidy all the time so that we shall be glad to see it whenever we are around on a visit.
House Address: 2810 26th Street, Tuscaloosa AL 35401
You can give me a call on +234-815-504-8380
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE
RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
HOW LONG?___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
DO YOU AGREE TO PAY THE FIRST MONTH RENT & DEPOSIT BEFORE RECEIVING THE KEYS_____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND SENDING THE PAYMENT_____________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET
KIND OF PETS:_____________?
DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it our file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you..
Await your prompt reply so that we can discuss on the rental terms and agreement, please we are renting the house to you base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words.
So please do not let us down in maintaining this our property and God bless you more as you do this.
Thanks and you are welcome.
The thief will tell you that you can rent his accommodation only if you can prove that you have genuine interest. He will ask you send money by wire transfer (normally Western Union) to yourself or a member of the family to show that you have sufficient finances and that you are not a "time waster".
Another variation of this scam is that you need to send (by Western Union) money in order that the keys and other documents can be couriered to you
He will ask you to send him the transfer details.
Make no mistake ! Western Union Transfers can be picked up virtually anywhere in the world and with the minimum of identification. They are almost impossible to trace once the money has been collected. You will never get to see the accommodation or your money again.
If you are reading this because you are looking for property to rent, and you are in contact with this thief you are probably searching Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment by Western Union before viewing, then it will also be a scam. Please forward the mail to me at the address in my signature line and I will investigate and list them if necessary.