Room for Rent and other rental scams
#62377 by Con Warner Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:27 pm
From: [email protected]
To: Con Warner
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 11:11
Subject: Re: 5921 Sorrel Ave, San Jose, CA 95123

Good day, I am Jeff Robinson , the owner of the home you are making inquiries. 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 in Warsaw,Poland. As soon as we settled down here i had a thought of selling the house but later my wife advised against it. Presently my house is still available for rent for $800 (rent already includes utilities). More so, i’m currently in the (West Africa )for an International Christian Follower’s Crusade. Please i want you to know that i spent a lot on my property and it means so much to me, so i will solicit for your absolute care of the house and want you to treat it as
your own, Please we are never after your money but the absolute maintenance and upkeep of the home are all we ask from you and your lovely family.. I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word...

Address location is 5921 Sorrel Avenue, San Jose.

It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms 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....


Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname )
Phone # : 408 936 915
E-mail :
Best time to call :
Present Address :
City/State :
Present occupation :
Are you a section 8 applicant :
How many proposed occupants :
List all in addition to yourself including approx age .
Pictures of occupants:___________?
Preferred move in date :
Earliest possible date of deposit payment:
Do you have pets :
Please describe Breed, size : __________?
Personality of pet : __________?
Intended length of lease:
Length of previous tenancy :
Do you run a business from home :
If so what kind of business : __________?
Do you work late night :
Do you smoke :
Do you drink :

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…A Deposit of $700 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call my
number is ( +234-813-457-0361). for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents would be delivered to you…

NOTE: The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend sm/property.

Thanks And God Bless You
Jeff Robinson

This person asks for a deposit payment via Western Union or MoneyGram with a promise that he will send the keys through a courier company.

Sounds safe. It's not!

At other times, he will ask for proof that you are able to pay the deposit and rent due to a string of time wasters.
This proof is in the form of a Western Union or MoneyGram payment to a lawyer,a friend or family member.

In either case, if payment is made and you give this person the details, they will collect the money.
You will not hear from them again.

If you are reading this because you are looking for property to rent, and you are in contact with this thief you are probably searching Craigslist, Gumtree or similar listing sites. If you receive any requests from 'Landlords' asking for some kind of payment before viewing, then it will also be a scam. Please forward the mail to me at the address in my signature line and I will investigate and list them if necessary.

I will make arrangements to ship the keys and documents to you via FedEx Next Day Delivery Courier today. The package has already been schedule for shipment and will be shipped once i have confirmed the payment so i can proceed. To make payment you should look for the nearest Western union or Money gram and make payment to with the information :

Receiver`s Name:- Jeff Robinson
Receiver`s Address :- 19 George duke Way,
City :- Ilorin
Zip Code :- 23401.
Country :- Nigeria
Text Question :- 1
Text Answer :- 2

I will be waiting to hear from you.
Best Regards,

Email: [email protected]

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