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Craigslist Housing Scam

This morning I was looking for an apartment or house to rent on Craigslist and I came across this ad that seemed like a really good deal. After sending the e-mail inquiring about the townhouse I got a response almost immediately and it had this paragraph long story about how this person was a doctor and is working on and off in Africa to help with AIDS for the Red Cross, it seemed OK and I asked my husband what he thought and he agreed to ask for an application and see what happens. Well, I requested the application along with their name and how rent would be sent. The next e mail was annoying to me because they never even sent their name, they just sent a thank you and a list of info that was needed for their process. After seeing the e mail I decided to look up the user name on yahoo and find out something about this person but, I found nothing. I talked to my co-worker and she agreed that it could be a scam and I one more time sent a reply asking for their name again and said that I was more comfortable if they told me their name. Another reply and they sent me the same e mail in response, I was mad and realized that it was a scam, I wanted to let you guys know because people who do this to families and anyone trying to get somewhere just makes me angry. I am attaching the original e mails of the conversations and a link to the ad.
I wanted to give warning about this scam and make sure that NO ONE gets caught by this scam.

Link to the ad:
http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/apa/770444780.html

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TAUD COFFMAN says ... on Tuesday, Mar 26 at 5:59 PM

IF PORTLAND DOESN'T WISE UP, THEY ARE GOING TO BE KNOWN AS THE CITY OF HOMLESS PEOPLE PRICES THEY ARE ASKING FOR RENT..BIG TIME SCAM...4 BD-ROOM 2 BATH $7250.00M A MO. 3 BD R- 2 BATH $1850.00MO. A SINGLE I B R. $850.00MO.WAKE UP CITY HALL.

Brie says ... on Friday, Mar 16 at 9:12 AM

I was looking for a house with cheaper rent. I found one on craigslist and contacted the "owner." He said he was in London 5 yrs and needed a "responsible tennant." Looked him up on county assessor's website and he didn't even own the house. Beware!

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Aug 23 at 6:05 PM

Even with meeting someone in person- you are still at risk- we met with a man who had the keys to two different condo apts and he didn't even work there- he was a dry-cleaner who was scamming people- never trust anyone- always check THEM out FIRST !'

MAYRA says ... on Sunday, Mar 22 at 8:52 PM

This is a suggestions learn the lesson never send or anything by email or in the internet because just they just want to get your money and if you are going to pay your bills call the bussiness that you are paying on it but not in the internet .

Valarie says ... on Monday, Oct 20 at 10:27 AM

Thanks to all of you for taking the time to warn others, it reminds one that good people our still out there. I just started looking for houses for rent when I had seen KATU add and this was one of the clips so I ended up here.

Elyssa says ... on Friday, Aug 8 at 8:16 PM

I actually almost fell for this scam! If it hadn't been for people like you that posted comments, I probably would have wired the money. THANK YOU!

Debbie says ... on Thursday, Jul 31 at 8:37 PM

Interesting . . . I got the same response for a rentaI I called about that I found on craigslist. Didn't request the application because I thought that a $600/4br/2.5 bath rental was too good to be true. Knew that had to be a scam.

slturner71 says ... on Tuesday, Jul 29 at 1:27 PM

A similar thing happened to me. I got very suspisious and decided not to waste my time. I have the emails if anyone cares to check it out, but I am not sure what can be done other then flagging the ad.

Tootoo says ... on Tuesday, Jul 29 at 12:33 PM

wow...this shows how far Nigerian SCAMS can go to get the dollar! People are unawre but if one is careful, do not send money at ALL!

David says ... on Sunday, Jul 27 at 7:36 PM

Thanks for posting this type of information on your website. I gets the information out right away and put a stop to the scams.

Bryan Dorr says ... on Sunday, Jul 27 at 5:11 PM

Story update: The link to the ad now displays a Craigslist page with the statement: "This posting has been flagged for removal."

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