From: Dr Clement James <[email protected]>
Date: 13 January 2013 18:24
Subject: Apartment Needed Reply ASAP !!!
To: Con Warner
I saw your apartment advertised on a classified advert on the craigslist.comand i want to rent it for my family,please let me know if it is still available for rent and the modalities for renting it. Its just me and my pregnant wife. I will be signing 1 year lease for this unit. We intend to move in by 20th January.
Are you the owner of the property ? I will need you to provide with the following information below :
1- Security deposit fee ?
2- Monthly rent fees ?
3- Electricity and Utilities if applicable ?
4- Total cost of rent and deposit fee?
5-what percentage is your broker fee?
I will await a quick response to my inquiry via email.
Thank you and God bless..
This scammer will indicate interest in renting your property but wants to send a cheque for more than the rental rate. He requests that the advertiser cashes or deposits the cheque, sending the excess to a third party, often a supposed shipping company.
The "shipping company" or other third party is either the same scammer or his accomplice.
All the details such as names, addresses, pictures etc. that the scammer uses in order to back up his story, are stolen from elsewhere.
Do not cash or deposit any cheques from this thief!
You will definitely lose your money and may be charged with financial fraud.
If you are at all unsure about a cheque or money order that you have received, you should take it to your bank or local police and tell them you think it may be from a scammer.