Saturday, September 14, 2013

International Christian Followers Crusade Scam

Here is another old, but good example of a Craigslist rental scam.  This one is from the dear Nicholas Bailey at phunkyhome111@hotmail.com.

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am Nicholas Bailey, the owner of the house you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $1000 (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i am currently in the (West Africa)for an international Christian follower’s crusade..Pls 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 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.
 
Address of the house.. (2--- W 6-- N, Layton, UT 84041)

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious 3 bedrooms and 2 bathroom throughout with lots of big windows…nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet..Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc...

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.

RENT APPLICATION FORM.
FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
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,
NAME OF PET: _____________?
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
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 urgent 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 and again i will want you to stick to your words,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 my number..(+23480-2971-7275).…A Deposit of $700 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you...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…

Rent:  $1000 Deposit: $700
3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Pet Allowed.

God Bless,

Nicholas Bailey 

Remember to look for a key few points in determining a rental scam:  

  • Are they answering your questions that you've asked in a previous email?
  • Do they only leave an email address (usually Hotmail or Yahoo) to contact them about the rental in the original ad?
  • Do they give you an out-of-the-United-States phone number to contact them at?
  • Do they clearly state that they are not even in the United States right now?
Usually one yes to any of these questions can guarantee that you are dealing with someone who is working on a scam.

1 comments:

Melanie Kendig said...

6/19/15: This scam continues to happen! Please beware. I inquired about a rental property in my area that seemed too good to be true - cheap rent for a beautiful 3 bedroom home. Rent was WAY lower than normal so that was my first indication that something was not legit. When I searched "International Christian Followers" I saw all the others who have gone through the same thing - thank God I checked! Such a shame they include God, missionary work and doing good for others when in all reality they are scammers!! This is the response I got after inquiring about the rental. . . I responded to it asking about a walk-thru before any info or money is given - I'm anxious to see what his response is!! :)

Thanks for your interest and sorry for the late response was due to my wife illness but i thank GOD she is getting better. I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business. However, My name is Ike Lowry, I own the house located at (687 E Market St, Marietta, PA 17547). Due to my job as a missionary worker, we are going to stay in Lagos,Nigeria for an international Christian Followers crusade.that I decided to rent out the house and i will be here for (2-3 years).. However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. Which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the price and it takes longer to sell i am telling you this in case if you find the house on another website, that is the old advert. because of this reason and more we need rental agreement with a responsible person (With good credit) 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 care of it as if it were yours. The rental fee is included in all utilities and Appliances,you would not make any extra charges.... Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc...

Address: 687 E Market St, Marietta, PA 17547

Pets are Welcome!!!
Rent: $600
Security Deposit: $600
Living Building Square Footage: 2,314
Number Of Bedrooms: 3
Number Of Bathrooms: 2.5

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
1)Your Full Name:
2)Your Full Address,City,State,Zip Code:
3)Marital Status:
4)How many people will be living in the house:
5)Do you have a pet:
6)Do you have a car:
7)Occupation:
8)Monthly Income:
9)How long are you willing to stay in the property:
10)When are you ready to Move In:
11)How many months rent can you pay upfront:
12)Earliest possible date of deposit:
13)Phone Number:
14)A picture of occupant:
15)Picture Of Driving License?If Available:

I hope to read from you with more information. Thanks for the time and energy writing me, My regards to your family.

Regards,
Ike Lowry.

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