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Craigslist Housing Scams – How to spot them
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:26 Written by Mike Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:15
Robin and I have been looking in earnest for a rental property in Pinellas county. We are gearing up to move July 1st. We are being very careful, making sure we do not rent a house that’s in foreclosure, is in a good neighborhood and is conveniently located in the central part of the county.
What we have found is an abundance of ads that are just too good to be true. Three bedroom houses with 2000 square feet, just do not rent for $700 a month. Not in this market; Certainly not in the last 15 years. After looking over the ads for a couple weeks now. Here is what stands out.
- The ads are usually just a couple lines of descriptive text, like it was copied and pasted from a real estate listing.
- The property has been listed for sale.
- You will get an email response from someone saying that they are out of the country on a Christian mission
- You will get scammed if you proceed.
What is happening is that a Nigerian or Panamanian or whatever foreign national is searching property listings, swiping the photos and descriptions, then re-listing the property for rent on Craigslist. Their response emails are ridiculously laden with poor grammar, mis-spellings and why would they need this information.
Let’s include a couple responses I received so we can compare notes.
$700 / 3br – 3 bedroom house for rent (Safety Harbor)
1000 Chillum Ct, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
This home offers quality, comfort and gorgeous views of pristine ponds. From the minute that you drive into the private cul-de-sac location.
Not a bad place for $700 a month. Guess what you will never see the inside of the home, unless you contact the ACTUAL owner. Knowing full well that this was a scam I sent over this email….
Interested in the house….is the price a mistake? More details please.
Here is the response I received;
I can see you are interested in the ad I have pasted, I am currently in Spain with my family where we work as a volunteer with the Missionary, here is the site (www.missionary-blogs.com) for more details about why we are here in Spain. We spent less time in the States so we could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when we knew how long we are going to stay in Spain that we decided to rent out the house. However, the initial plan was to sell out the house. which we tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell. We are telling you this in case you find the house on another website, that is the old advert So we need a tenant to take care of it but since we are out of the state now, we have received some proposals regarding the rent because it is located in a very good area, but we still have to make sure it is rented out to someone who can take good care of it.The keys to the House are right here with me and i could send it to you after all necessary agreement has been accepted by my family, It includes facilities such as water and heat, laundry facilities, air condition, internet and telephone access and a car park and other necessary facilities, also comes with trash collection. Pets are allowed as well as long as they are not destructive. We also want you to let us have trust in you as we always stand on our word. So if you know you are capable of the task,get back to me so that we can provide you with some questions that we would want you to answer. The rent is $700 per month and the deposit is $700.
Here is the location: 1000 Chillum Ct, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Regards & Remain Blessed.
Here is another response to a different ad. Closer in price to the actual market price.
I received your mail..I am the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and son before we were transferred to Africa on Christian Missionary Work… Presently my house is still available and monthly rent is $900 (rent already includes utilities). Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own. It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy at all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.If you notice, you will discovered that the price we are offering is far below standard price, this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property.
My house have extremely spacious rooms.Very quiet, low traffic area.I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas.
House Address: 3203 San Carlos Street, Clearwater FL
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
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?______________?
HOW SOON CAN YOU HAVE THE DEPOSIT PAYMENT SENT_______________
HOW SOON DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE__________________
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET:_____________?
KIND OF PETS:_____________?
DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you…Await your reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this…
The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $900 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in….This deposit is refundable if at the end of the day you don’t like the House but i am giving you the benefit of doubt that you would definitely like it.Since we are not around to show the House,you can just drive by to see the outside of the House.Its a lovely home everybody would like.Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…
my number are (+234- 808-410-7303 OR 011-234-808-410-7303).The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there…
Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Yeah can you believe that? I hope for everyone’s sake that this screams SCAM and you do not fall victim to a Craigslist housing scam
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How to Get a Website for Free
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 02:54 Written by Mike Thursday, 19 January 2012 09:50
How to Get a Website for Free….Well if you have finally decided to take the plunge and get a website, here is a FREE way to do just that.
Sign up for a free account at WordPress.com . Yes you can do it totally free and have your website be something like http://mywebsite.wordpress.com. Or if you really want to splurge and have your own domain name like www.mydomainname.com then just spend the $8 or so a year at Godaddy to register that domain name. Then point it to WordPress.com. It is very simple and quite cost effective. It’s not exactly How to Get a Website for Free, but damn near the next best thing.
My Clean PC Review – MyCleanPC.com is a TV Scam
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 08:08 Written by Mike Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:12
It’s pretty bad to see this company My Clean PC preying on innocent consumers. They constantly change names and try to swindle people out of money for a worthless product. Buyer beware MyCleanPC is out to TAKE your hard earned cash. This company advertises on cheap national ad slots in bulk, heck for $5,000 I can put my ad out 250 times in front of 2 Million or so eyeballs. Usually late at night and on the more affordable cable networks like comedy central and home and garden TV.
I wrote about this company in early 2010 My Clean PC operates under several different monikers which are all registered to Cyber Defender, You can find more like MyFasterPC , MaxMySpeed and a host of other completely useless and down right rip off scams. Each of them, recognized and known as a source of Malware.. Since I take notice of who and why people come to my site. Noticing the incoming keywords of My Clean PC, I decided to put up another warning with the hopes that people do not succumb to this scam being perpetuated on National TV.
Read this article and some of the comments to understand why My Clean PC should not be trusted. If your PC is running slowly there are several products out there than can do a pretty good job of cleaning your PC. I recommend a combination of Super Antispyware, Malware Bytes, and Spybot seek and destroy. I have used these products and HiJack This, successfully as a Level 4 field tech for Bright House networks Road Runner High Speed online customers. During the 5 years that I worked there I ran over 7500 Service calls.
Be Warned My Clean PC is not worth it. Try AVG, or MalwareBytes first. Then if that does not work take it to a pro. Find them on CL and through WOM. Geek Out!
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American Gold Buffalo Coin Scam – Review Seen on TV
Last Updated on Tuesday, 6 March 2012 03:40 Written by Mike Tuesday, 27 December 2011 07:34
You’ve probably watched the ad on TV and wondered what the deal is. The ad states “This $50 gold piece is the purest gold coin ever struck by the US government.” Call now and you can get your own for only $9.95 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. First off this is not a real government issued coin. It is a replica of the purest gold coin ever minted by the US government. It is merely a collectible coin. It does not have any monetary value. You should not be looking to buy this type of coin to invest in gold coins. You can compare it to those Barack Obama collector plates that were popular when he became president.
But of course the commercial does not make it seem that this is the case. The commercial puts special emphasis on the price of gold skyrocketing past $1000 an ounce. They also emphasize that this Buffalo gold coin has 14 mg of pure 24 karat gold. What? how much gold is that exactly?
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