Room for Rent and other rental scams
#20996 by Michelle Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:53 am
EDIT ,,,,, Also uses [email protected]

From: Kelly Benson <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, Jan 29, 2010
Subject: About Myself
To: Michelle

Hello ,
Thanks for the email about the place,sorry I didn't email you since I
have been very busy with my projects, am still interested and I like
to tell you a little bit about me and my family,my Name is Kelly
Benson,I'm 26 yrs old,the only child of my parent,I got my first
degree in mining,and I'm also coming back for my masters degree and
some professional exams,I love reading a lot,I am also doing some
little research work for a mining firm in France,the reason why I'm
here to gain field experience and more ,I am an easy going kind of
person easy to get along with I respect other people privacy I read a
lot,I don't keep late night guest,I don't drink but occasionally I do
with friends when having some little get together sometimes and don't
smoke,I like pet but I don't have any yet due to my going and coming
with work,my dad is from ON Canada and live all is life in
Malibu,California were my mom is from.

I will like to know about some things,like what is the rent for the
place?and the security for the Month what do I need when moving into
the place I have already told my parent about it and they are happy
I'm going back to study with my professional exams and master degree
they told me when ever I'm ready I should let them know so that they
will have the payment for the place paid at once . I will be expecting
your email to know if the place is still open so that I will let my
parent know's at once to have the payment mail to you to help me hold
up the place for a couple of days until my arrival and I hoping to
hear from you real soon,sorry I couldn't call you due to the offshore
location where the site is calls can't be received or made out I can
only send e-mail sometime's when the signal so if you don't
hear from me in time that means the signals are lost again bear that
in mind and thanks i look forward to hearing from you with your mailing address
so that my dad can send the payment to you on time .


Sincerely
Kelly

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#21032 by Michelle Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:01 pm
After replying you should receive something along these lines:-

Hello ,
Thanks for the email about the place,sorry I didn't email you since I
have been very busy with my projects, am still interested and I like
to tell you a little bit about me and my family,my Name is Kelly
Benson,I'm 26 yrs old,the only child of my parent,I got my first
degree in mining,and I'm also coming back for my masters degree and
some professional exams,I love reading a lot,I am also doing some
little research work for a mining firm in France,the reason why I'm
here to gain field experience and more ,I am an easy going kind of
person easy to get along with I respect other people privacy I read a
lot,I don't keep late night guest,I don't drink but occasionally I do
with friends when having some little get together sometimes and don't
smoke,I like pet but I don't have any yet due to my going and coming
with work,my dad is from ON Canada and live all is life in
Malibu,California were my mom is from.

I will like to know about some things,like what is the rent for the
place?and the security for the Month what do I need when moving into
the place I have already told my parent about it and they are happy
I'm going back to study with my professional exams and master degree
they told me when ever I'm ready I should let them know so that they
will have the payment for the place paid at once . I will be expecting
your email to know if the place is still open so that I will let my
parent know's at once to have the payment mail to you to help me hold
up the place for a couple of days until my arrival and I hoping to
hear from you real soon,sorry I couldn't call you due to the offshore
location where the site is calls can't be received or made out I can
only send e-mail sometime's when the signal so if you don't
hear from me in time that means the signals are lost again bear that
in mind and thanks i look forward to hearing from you with your mailing address
so that my dad can send the payment to you on time .


Sincerely
Kelly

#23069 by plainfieldNH Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:49 pm
I recently posted an room ad at Craigslist and have received numerous scam inquiries. Thank you for providing the heads of on Kelly Benson. Here is the e-mail she sent:

From: [email protected]
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:05:47 -0500
Subject: Little about me
To -xxxxxxxxxxx e-mail address removed - Michelle

Hi
Thanks for getting back to me ... My name is Kelly Benson,I am 25yrs
old,I am fun-loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and respectful
of others. a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink occasionally,and drama
free.I've been searching and searching for two weeks for a place and
been having no luck,Males/females doesn't matter as well as homes with a
lot of roommates. I graduated last year , I am single and have no
children. However, I dont have dogs .

Am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Virginia Beach in
Virginia.My dad is from there too but my mum is from Canada.Am on
research work at Guam (USA), am almost done.with that bcos its part of
my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology . I would have loved to
call you but I am not mobile.Am really interested in renting from you
and will really want to know everything about the place .I do really
love pets but i don't have any at the moment. I would have loved to
see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad.
I will also like you to tell me more about you and if you have garage
or parking space cos I will have my own car come over,
pls let me know the total payment of the place and more over I
will send your email to my dad for him to email you later bcos he is
the one that will be paying the bills you can contact him via
email ([email protected]) but nevertheless,I will like you to send
me your full Name and the mailing address, your phone number as well,
so that my Dad will issue out the payment for the place as soon as
possible,with that you can hold on the place for me
till I come . I will be looking forward to your email
soonest. Thanks and have a nice day
Kelly.

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I actually responded before I had an opportunity to do an internet search.
Unsuspecting people get taken left and right because we are too trusting and believe in everyone is honest as we are. I really appreciate those who take the extra time to notify the rest of us about these scammers. Eternally thankful that I did not have to waste more of my time with this particular scammer.
#23086 by Michelle Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:09 pm
Welcome to scamwarners plainfieldNH

It may surprise you to learn that this scammer is writing to you from an Internet Cafe in Lagos Nigeria.

If he writes again simply and politely reply telling him that you no longer wish to go along with the deal. You can tell the scammer that you have changed your mind or are dealing locally, etc. and then just completely ignore any and all emails from him. You don't owe him any explanation and confronting him won't have any benefit.

He has no interest in whatever was being advertised, and nobody will be calling. He wanted to send you a (counterfeit) cheque or money order for far more than you were expecting and hoped that you would cash it, and send his non-existent shipping company a large portion of the money before your own bank or cashing agent realised that the cheque or money order was bad and pursued YOU for the return of the FULL AMOUNT, possibly pressing charges against YOU for attempted fraud and money laundering.

#28445 by j-yo Wed May 12, 2010 10:57 am
I too got a reply from Kelly Benson - she/he needs me to send money to a car dealer - I live in NYC - a car is not the first thing you need to buy. I knew something was strange about this interaction

May8, 2010
Hi

I have gotten your information and I've forwarded it to my dad to
send the check to you so i will like you to have little patient for
the check to arrive there ... i will also send you a confirmation
tracking number as soon as the check is mailed out so that you will
know the exact time it will delivered .

Once again you will get the check very soon and i want you to delete
the advert from the CL and email me the nearest airport to you .
My full name is Kelly Benson and my dad name is Jeff Benson , he will
send the check to you on Monday morning and delivered by Tuesday.
Thanks.


May 12, 2010
Hello ,
I just got a mail from my Dad that the check has been sent to
your place through Ups courier service and it will delivered to you
today (this is the tracking # for the payment.....( J223 448 989 9
)...it was sent by Dad's PA...please help me confirm and get back to
me. When I contacted my dad to know maybe the payment has already been
sent ,I got to know that there was a misinterpretation while sending
the money..According to all I explained to him,he was supposed to have
sent you a payment for the place out of the money he was supposed to
send for the room, the car I will need in school.But instead,he sent
all at once.It was a terrible mistake and check will be deliver today
.His PA claimed that he thought my dad said he should send you the whole money
for balance of the car and
the rent.But I know I very well told him to send just the amount for
the rent,but I guess he didn't get it straight.But that should not
disturb my renting your place,the deal is on and we will get through
it .
As soon as you have the check with you,and after emailing me,i will
like you to take it to the bank and
have it cashed,then remove the rental payment and help me secure the
place for me until i come over...then I will want you to help me send
the balance of the funds to car dealer so that he will help me secure
the car until I come...I will be waiting for your soonest reply and i
will give you further information.

Sincerely.
#29740 by naman919 Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:55 pm
Got the same response to a CL ad for a room to rent:

"Thanks for getting back to me ... My name is Kelly Benson (F),I am
27yrs old,I am fun-loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and
respectful of others. a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink
occasionally,and
drama free. I graduated last year , I am single and have no children
... i do bible study, and sometimes we do karaoke night! i go to
church every Sunday .

Am coming for my masters degree. I was born in Virginia Beach in
Virginia.My dad is from there too but my mum is from Canada.Am on
research work at Guam (USA), am almost done.with that bcos its part of
my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology . I would have loved to
call you but I am not mobile .

Am really interested in renting from you and will really want to know
everything about the place .I do really
love pets but i don't have any at the moment. I would have loved to
see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad. I will also like
you to tell me more about you and if you have garage or parking space
cos I will have my own car come over, pls let me know the total
payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my dad
for him to email you later bcos he is the one that will be paying the
bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and
the mailing address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will
issue out the payment for the place as soon as possible,with that you
can hold on the place for me till I come . I will be looking forward
to your email soonest. Thanks and have a nice day

Kelly"

The email addresses were [email protected] and [email protected].

Luckily googled and found this site. I gave my address out ( i know, i'm an idiot ) but will now be expecting the crap mail/check.

Thanks guys!
#29746 by Chris Fuller Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:02 am
Hello naman919 and welcome to ScamWarners.

Thank you for posting the scam mail that you received, and the email addresses.

If you do receive a check from this scammer, please do not attempt to deposit it; it will be fraudulent. You could take it to the police and report it, or simply tear it up and throw it away. If you keep it in your possession instead, please clearly mark it with the word/s 'Fake' or 'Fraudulent' or 'Sent by scammer' so that it can't be suspected that you are ever going to attempt to cash it.

I'm glad that you googled and realised this is a scam, and haven't lost any money.
#35308 by HomeOwner Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:27 am
It seems "Kelly" has expanded the scam to home sales also.
I posted ads for the sale of my home on craigs list and got a query from Kelly.
I don't know what this scam angle will be but these kinds of "prospective buyers" just don't seem to ask the right questions on first contact so, I google them. Kelly Benson was listed with your warning, thanks. I will not reply to her email.

kelly benson
[email protected]
Hi,
You have a beautiful home. Is it still for sale? Also, do you own the land or is it leased? Also, can you swim in the water behind the home, or fish?

Regards,
Kelly
#37633 by jesperskibby Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:35 pm
I have received inquiries from Kelly Benson, using two email addresses.

"Thanks for getting back to me ... My name is Kelly Benson (F),I am
27yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and
respectful of others. a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink
occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in France, I am
single and have no children ... i do bible study, and sometimes we do
karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday .

I am coming for my masters degree. I was born in France (Bordeaux),
my dad is from USA but my mum is from Paris...I went to University of
Bordeaux in France i speak both French and English ,am presently on
research work at Guam (USA), am almost done.with that bcos its part
of my prerequisite for my masters in Microbiology . I would have loved
to call you but this is a remote area calls is hard to go through from
here and i don't want to waste much time .

Am really interested in renting from you and i do really love pets
but i don't have any at the moment. I would have loved to see it but
am very far,but with pictures,I am glad. I will also like you to tell
me more about you and if you have garage or parking space cos I will
have my own car come over, pls let me know the total payment of the
place and more over I will send your email to my dad for him to email
you later bcos he is the one that will be paying the bills but
nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and the mailing
address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will issue out the
payment for the place as soon as possible,with that you can hold on
the place for me till i come . I will be looking forward to your email
soonest. Thanks and have a nice day.

"
#37940 by sciencelady Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:31 pm
She has a new name and email address

[email protected] wrote:

Thanks for getting back to me ... My name is Amber Johnson (F),I am
26yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and
respectful of others. a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink
occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in UK, I am single
and have no children ... i do bible study, and sometimes we do
karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday .I need
to secure this room for myself before i arrive to the state as I'll be
moving in with my luggage.You seem to be a very interesting person to
be with and I must confess to you that you will enjoy staying with me
in the house because i make people smile always.I will be in the
state before the ending of this Month for the next one year and during
my stay.I will be in the state before the ending of this Month for the
next one year and during my stay I am coming for my masters degree. I
was born in England (UK), my dad is from USA but my mum is from
England ...I went to Greenwich university in London i speak both
French and English ,am presently on research work at Guam (USA), am
almost done.with that bcos its part of my prequisite for my masters
in Microbiology . I would have loved to call you but this is a remote
area calls is hard to go through from here and i don't want to waste
much time .Am really interested in renting from you and i do really
love pets but i don't have any at the moment. I would have loved to
see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad. I will also like
you to tell me more about you and if you have garage or parking space
cos I will have my own car come over, pls let me know the total
payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my dad
for him to email you later bcos he is the one that will be paying the
bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and
the mailing address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will
issue out the payment for the place as soon as possible,with that you
can hold on the place for me till i come . I will be looking forward
to your email soonest.

Regards.

Amber....
#38124 by peepshow Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:00 am
new name same game.

Thanks for getting back to me ... My name is Amber Johnson (F),I am
26yrs old,I am fun loving, personal, friendly,clean, caring,and
respectful of others. a non-smoker, don't do drugs, i drink
occasionally,and drama free. I graduated last year in UK, I am single
and have no children ... i do bible study, and sometimes we do
karaoke night with my roommate! i go to church every Sunday .I need
to secure this room for myself before i arrive to the state as I'll be
moving in with my luggage.You seem to be a very interesting person to
be with and I must confess to you that you will enjoy staying with me
in the house because i make people smile always.I will be in the
state before the ending of this Month for the next one year and during
my stay.I will be in the state before the ending of this Month for the
next one year and during my stay I am coming for my masters degree. I
was born in England (UK), my dad is from USA but my mum is from
England ...I went to Greenwich university in London i speak both
French and English ,am presently on research work at Guam (USA), am
almost done.with that bcos its part of my prequisite for my masters
in Microbiology . I would have loved to call you but this is a remote
area calls is hard to go through from here and i don't want to waste
much time .Am really interested in renting from you and i do really
love pets but i don't have any at the moment. I would have loved to
see it but am very far,but with pictures,I am glad. I will also like
you to tell me more about you and if you have garage or parking space
cos I will have my own car come over, pls let me know the total
payment of the place and more over I will send your email to my dad
for him to email you later bcos he is the one that will be paying the
bills but nevertheless,I will like you to send me your full Name and
the mailing address, your phone number as well,so that my Dad will
issue out the payment for the place as soon as possible,with that you
can hold on the place for me till i come . I will be looking forward
to your email soonest.

Regards.

Amber....


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BEWARE!!
#38454 by Jillian Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:38 am
Welcome jery78 and thanks for posting. :D Depending on where the scammer is, he may actually speak French. If he doesn't, me might use babelfish or Google translate.
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