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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Craigslist scammers - Apartment hunting

You've got to love craigslist scammers. These guys are so bad, I feel like they're not even trying. I almost feel insulted.

I've replied to two apartment ads recently and received these set responses back. They've just taken the info and pictures from a previous ad and posted them as their own. The second response is my clear favourite. "Due to my job as a missionary" He also signs it, "Frank Hilary". You'd think someone named Frank Hilary would have a better grasp of the English language.

First ad response
From: Sand Bruno (sand_bruno777@yahoo.com)
"Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my home.Yes the property is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the property now that we are not around.Myself and wife just traveled to FRESNO CA for a programme called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the programme is taking place in major countries in America,Europe and Africa which are..USA, UK, Spain,Germany,South Africa,Ghana.(Miiockm: "See I'm not a scammer, I've got a heart of gold") We will be away for 3 t0 5 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my property for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.Also how long do you intend to stay? How soon do you intend to move in?
Here are details of the property:

Rent: $850 including utilities
Security deposit:$500 (Miiockm: Come on, at least research the appropriate security deposit in the area) Please feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and i will be looking forward to recieve your email as soon as possible.I am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the property and the neighborhood from the outside (Miiockm: yup, no red flags here at all) and get back to me if you really like it for more information.
"

Second ad response
From: Thh Fdg (thhfdg31@yahoo.com)
"I must confess that its my first time of renting out my apartment.However,My name is Frank Hilary (Miiockm: awesome) ,I own the apartment located at .Due to my job as a missionary
(Miiockm: I only rent from Nigerian Princes, sorry) I spent less time in the province so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the Suite. However, the initial plan was to sale out the apt. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the apartment on another website, that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

The Rent is $800 and 400 for Security Deposit (Miiockm: he got the security deposit right and also said "province" instead of "state" so he must have done at least a little research)
Pets : Dogs, Cats Allowed!!!
Below is my phone numbers
+2347043527597 (Miiockm: Looks legit. Is it toll free?)

LEASE APPLICATION FORM
FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
SEX:__________?
DATE OF BIRTH:_________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
WHICH NUMBER IS THE BEST TO CALL YOU ON__________?
MARITAL STATUS:__________?
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
Province:__(Miiockm: look he forgot to fully capitalize Province. I assume he quickly changed State to Province when he saw it was a Canadian ad. Though, he did forget to change zip code to postal code. Sloppy work.)
ZIP CODE: _______
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS APARTMENT 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: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____?

Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications.
I know you would want to see the Suite before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable.We can make arrangement for the keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you, this will give you the opportunity to view house.
Regards,
Frank Hilary"

Brilliant work guys.

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