So I am posting this because I want you to cautious and safe out there especially with Craigslist posts.
So during sometime last week we have been searching for an apartment or house to rent.
We found a listing in Craigslist about a house right around the corner from where I work.
The guy "James parrish" was asking for $700 everything's included ( which where I live is to good to be true)
Here is what he emailed me
Hello sorry for the late response,
We are pleased that you have an interest in our house, Our lovely home is still available for lease and we want responsible adults/family who are neat and also believe that they have what it takes to take care of our house as if it were theirs. My wife and I initially had it up for sale but had a change of mind in leasing it out ourselves because the agent that was in charge of our rental property was asking too much of an agent fee and also making it difficult for people who cannot afford the rent, stay away from renting my house.
The reason why our house is up for lease is because I got transferred from my place of work Lancaster PA now to Elpaso TX I will be away with my family for at least 4 to 5 years because of the love I have for them, I have decided not to sell our house and also assuring them that we only have few years to spend here and will be willing to lease it out to person/family who is willing to assure us of taking absolute care of our home and pay their rent on time. I will start by telling you more in regards me and my family. I have a twin daughters named Leslie and Lydia (4yrs) . I work as a Robotic Programmer & Welder/Fitter here in Elpaso TX and got married to a lovely wife who is a member of Joyce Meyer Ministries . We will be very pleased if we can find the right tenant to rent our home, a person who is a clean freak and does not tolerate anything that has to do with dirt... we also would like to know more about you and your family, your renting experience and how long and when you plan moving into our home.Please note that you will only be able to drive by the House for now but can't have a look at the interior until I have sent the keys and documents of the House to you.
Immaculate/Beautifully maintained Carothers 3-bedroom/2 full bath home. Open Floorplan, Split Bedrooms, Separate Utility Room with Maytag Washer & Dryer and a Cabinet,Sprinkler System, Storm Doors on both Front&Back Doors with locks inside, Security System, 2 Garage Door Openers. Speakers on the ceiling, Double Vanities with 2 Walk-In Closets in Master Bathroom.
219 E Frederick St, Lancaster PA 17602
Monthly Fee $700
Security Deposit: $700
Available :Available Now for move in.
The rental fee is inclusive with utilities and my home available as at this moment.
As soon as you get back to me I will email a rental application form for you to fill and get back to us with your information so that we can know you better.
If you can take a tour to see the exterior part of my house and its environment that will be lovely as we have set aside a way in getting the keys and other relevant duplicate document shipped to your present home address once you have been approved as our tenant. Hope you understand where we are coming from.attach the rental application form so you could get them filled and we can go from there and if all goes well you will get approved.
Below is the Rental Application form, fill it and get back to us, I can see your willingness in leasing our home and hope we will never have regrets in leasing our home to you.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
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?______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
KIND OF PETS:_____________?
DO YOU SMOKE______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?
WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU WISH TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE:_______________?
I want you to also know that we will let you stay in our home till the period of time you wish to as long as you pay up your rent on time. We also want you to know that the rent fee covers the utilities, you can use them and take proper care of our home.
All we ask for is making sure you fill the rental application form properly so that we can approve you as our ten,ant, we will also advise you secure our home by paying for a refundable security deposit so that we can take our house off market and let other renters not to contact us anymore for the same house you are about renting.
Here are the contents of the package that will be shipped to your present home address via a courier service upon receiving your application form filled by you.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2) Paper/Permanent House form (Containing your reference details)
3) The duplicate of the House documented file.
4) Payment Receipt.
God Bless You.
Mr and Mrs James parrish and Family.
He eventually calls me after a brief replay. He sounds foreign defiantly no James Parrish.
He asks me to send money via Walmart money gram even more shady especially after I ask why not a money order. Which he had a hard time answering.
So after our phone call which I put on speaker phone so Justin could hear the guy (during conversation I asked Justin do you think this sounds like a scam... He was unsure.) So we googled the phone number and saw tons off people's comments stating that they were scammed or almost scammed.
Glad we looked up the number. It sucks to know that there are people who would take money from families...
So if you ever see something like this and you get a call from this number (443) 982-1868
IT'S A SCAMMER!
HE HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.
And we need to keep reporting him until he is found.
Well I need to keep house searching now. You all have a lovely day. And watch out for scammers.