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#209855 by Mike Wilson Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:43 pm
Welcome to Scamwarners,
Please post the emails from the "landlord" so that we can get a better idea of what is happening here.
I can't imagine a rental company in Washington asking for a copy of your passport because the majority of the people renting in that area do not have passports.
Never send money for a rental without viewing the property inside first.

What was the monthly rent quoted in the email?

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#209955 by Mike Wilson Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:42 am
Standard Craigslist scammer

(757) 828-7152
rtt kl [email protected]

Email originates in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa.

Thank for your email regarding my rental home. the home is still available for rent. I'm looking for a responsible tenant and neat person or family who can treat my home as his or her own. We request first month rent and security deposit fee before move in, also you can go by the home and check it out, I believe you have address in the advert and if you like the home then you can write me back or call me for more details I can be reached at (757) 828-7152

A bit about me...I have recently moved to Virginia to pursue an exciting opportunity I have been given with my job. I work for the Walgreen Co. (Walgreens), with whom I have been employed for almost 17 years. I will be taking the role of District Operations Trainer for the Cleveland District, which stretches all the way through to some other state. It will be a challenge, but one I am very excited about. I support training on new computer system upgrades and on operational process enhancements. I serve as a resource for both Store and Pharmacy Managers to answer and train them on any operations process or change in our company systems. I also do soft skills training on points like basic leadership topics and customer service.

I just want you to get notice that the keys are here with me in Virginia you can only view the home from the outside for now! If you drive by the home you may see a sign there, you have nothing to worry about it belongs to my previous agent so you have absolutely nothing to worry about and you don't have to call them because they do not have access to the premises anymore!

I did not entrust the place in the care of any agent or anyone because I want to deal directly with the tenant myself because of the last experience I had with my tenant.

I tried to look for an agent that I could believe and trust to give the document & the keys before I left but could not find any as a matter of urgency. And I don't want the place to be misused in my absence that is why I took the keys and documents along with me and renting this place will give you access to the rest of the property and you won' t have no one to share anything with.

So I hope you will promise to take very good care of the property when you move in which is my main concern and I'll love a tenant to landlord relationship between us this is why I want to handle this all by myself, whereby you and I can ask questions, get things done and build a good rental relationship, I want a scenario whereby my tenant and I can communicate as family and not strangers, hope you get my points?

Here is an question you need to answer for us to know you more better and use it to fill the original application form with us here in other to proceed on sending the keys and document to you, I'll like to know few things about you and your family such as below

Here is the house address:309 Southcreek Lane Fircrest, WA 98466

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Full Name__________________________________________________ Home Phone ( ) ________________________
Date of Birth_________________________________
Other Phone ( ) ___________________
Current Address_______________________________Apt#________ City__________________ State______ Zip________
Reasons for Leaving____________________________Rent $__________Phone ( ) ____________________________
Are you married____________________________
How many people will be living in the house____________________________
Do you have a pet____________________________
Do you have a car____________________________
Occupation____________________________
Move In Date________________________How Long Did You Want To Stay________________________Scan a copy of your passport and Driver License

I'm requesting for one month of $1460 with $1000 security deposit upfront ( Are you ready to pay upfront to move in?)

Please have this in mind that you are talking to a very nice and good family, if you find any of our question inconvenience please don't be offended but answer it because we want and like to know the kind of family that will be living in our house from day one so nothing from them will be strange to us again.

Thank you and Stay Blessed.
EMERICK TODD
(757) 828-7152

It is ALWAYS a scam
If the pet seller or shipper asks for money to be sent via Western Union, Money Gram, any brand of gift card. Walmart To Walmart , Zelle , PayPal friends and family option, or mentions Cameroon
#210009 by Mike Wilson Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:58 pm
The scammer wants the payment sent via MoneyGram to his mule in Virginia.

> It's nice talking to you on the phone <removed> I'm very glad and happy to hear you say that you are going to take good care of my house once you move in.I really give thanks to God Almighty for allowing me to see a good and responsible tenant like you.Concerning the payment,You will have to go to any walmart close to you to send the payment to my secretary information Below..

Name: <remove.

ADDRESS: 401 Atlantic RD, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

So once you make the payment i will like you to get back to me with your full sender's name and address with the reference number and also the exact amount sent.

Thanks

It is ALWAYS a scam
If the pet seller or shipper asks for money to be sent via Western Union, Money Gram, any brand of gift card. Walmart To Walmart , Zelle , PayPal friends and family option, or mentions Cameroon

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