Don’t get scammed by a real estate scammer, they are prowling around on Craigslist and have been stealing lots of potential property buyers and property renters out of their hard earned cash. How do they do it? Well there are several different versions of the scam going around but they tend to have a common strategy and that is to get you to wire them money for either a deposit or earnest money. Gloria Frazier, a well respected real estate broker in Destin Florida said “it is best to deal with a legitimate company, especially when renting a home because you never know who you are dealing with. Using a property management company can make sure both the lessor and the lessee are protected, it is not worth the risk not to use one.” Gloria is the broker for ERA American in Florida.
Here is a scam from Sgt Peter Klein about renting a home, here is the email message which can vary depending on the home he is supposedly trying to rent out. He does similar for vacation rentals.
Hello, It’s my great pleasure that you are interested in our lovely 4BR/3BA Single Family home for rent. I am Sgt Peter T Klein the owner of this home former US Marine Sgt. served in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment that Patrols the Anbar province, Iraq.Before now we resided in this home and presently we have Moved out due to my transfer as a matter of my profession,where I work as a volunteer with Catholic Revival programmed at the Ermita de San Antonio (St. Anthony Hermitage)here in UKRAINE(Kiev)And my wife who is a missionary’s dealing with Bible Translation and literacy worldwide. As soon as we settle down here I had a thought of selling the house so I have to look for an agent, after getting one, we got a deal but later my wife advised against that. I reasoned with her and accepted her advise. So I contacted the agent back and requested for my keys and documents. Later we decided to have the house rent out, we would have give the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him later. If you notice, you will discover 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.We will be serving for a long term and now our home is locked up now and presently we have found a new home here which we will be staying for a very long which might last 5 years in (Ukraine) and presently our lovely home is still available for rent for (1350)as first month rent and the Security Deposit payment which is (850)including the utilities like washer,dryer,fireplace,internet access and garage. More so,Now that we on Retreat program over here.Please I want you to note that all we will want is a very honest and neat person,so i will solicit for your absolute understanding and maintenance of this home and want you to treat it as your own,i am with the keys and documents here with me which will be sent to any responsible and interested tenant through FedEx further more you have to undergo some processes before i could be willing and convince to let my home to any tenant. The money is not the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy always. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i have always stand on my word. ****RENT APPLICATION DETAILS**** Please if you are ready now to occupy the house kindly provide the information below for record purpose PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF Full
Here is an example of a landlord rental scam that is really making its way around the internet. And this is just one of serveral versions of this rental scam which is done through emails and UK Western Union that we have gotten in the last few days. But they seem to mention paying through Western Union in the UK even if the rental unit is in another country. Don’t fall prey to this rental scam. Here is an email we recieved from a possible victim.
“I was looking for a share accomodation in Hobart Austrailia on shareaccomadation.net. I got a reply from Rachel Peter(firstname.lastname@example.org). After several email communications and reviewing the lease aggreement and her sending me a copy of her passport I felt comfortable to send her my finacial obligations of the lease. This was sent to the Uk via Western Union as she said she was visiting there. She then said her lawyer advised her to have 2 months more in advance rent than the lease required. I said no and to return my money. I doubt I will see it. For a loss of $1200 AUD”