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09:42 am: Nigerian Housing Scam
Iris and I saw this housing ad on Craigslist and decided that it looked to good to be true, but we would investigate.

Here is the response we got:


My name is Mac Donald  the owner of the 2bedroom Cottage  and also
want you to know that it was due to my transfer and also  due to my
wife's Sickness that made us to leave the Home and also want to give
it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take
good care of the Home that makes me my wife and Son to leave the House
and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible
person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the
money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person
that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are
here in west Africa, our new House and put all my worries off
concerning the maintenance of the Home for, since i am not residing
there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which
include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils,
arefrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and
washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the
keys to the Apartment are right here with me, and the lease document.
Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted.
Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the
issue,Hope you are okay with the price of ($845) with hydro,heat
laundry facilities,air condition and so on,but your absolute
maintenance of my Home is most important thing so will want you to get
back to me with the Application form below.

Here is the House  address :5459 Poinsett Avenue, El Cerrito CA
94530.. Pls note that you will be viewing the House  from outside and
won't be able to inspect the Interior because the keys and the
documents to the House  are with me here in Africa and It is located
on a cool, quiet and safe neighbourhood.

          ===========  RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
                                  PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

Also,Pls answer these questions below:

1)Your Full Name______________________________________

2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone

3)How old are you _____________________________

4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

5)How many people will be living in the Home___________________________

6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

8)Occupation _________________________________________________

9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

12) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my


The accomodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21'1x5'10),
reception room (17'0x16'0), kitchen breakfast room (13x11),

bedroom 1 (12'10x10'5), bathroom and separate WC on the first floor.

Landing  22'1" x 5'10" ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
Reception room  17'0" x 16'0" ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
Kitchen  13'0" x 11'0" ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
Bathroom  6'10" x 5'10" ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
Guest WC  5'0" x 2'10" ( 1.52m x 0.86m )

One Mr John called me about the Home,I told him that I can't give him
the Home because he loves smoking,drinking and dont want him to get
drunked and damaged my property one day so If you are still
interested, No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this
effect to know how serious you are,Here is my Contact Number
+2347089897727 or 0112347089897727, I personally will actually come
visiting you sometimes during the year as our new tenant.Looking
forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it
in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting
you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the
keys and the documents to you,please we are giving you all this based
on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are putting
everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this
property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.



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Date:March 3rd, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Using the MLS listings to give an address...wow.
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Date:March 23rd, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
I just got the same email from a "Chris Donald" about a house in Santa Barbara for $866/month-- I am a grad student desperately looking for housing and was SO PISSED this was a scam. Thanks for posting this-- I Googled one of the phone numbers and this was what came up. Grrrr.
Date:April 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)

housing scam

I just received this exact e-mail today about a condo in Monterey. I'm glad I googled the number and found this!
Date:May 13th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

same story, different name...

i saw an ad on craiglist for a house in ventura for $900. i replied to the ad and a Chris Donald replied and sent me the same e-mail! i was so mad! i wonder if the owners of the house knows...
Date:June 7th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)

similar scam in Vancouver

I saw a similar scam in Vancouver, also on craigslist... The rent is $1480 while similar apartments in the building cost more than $3500. He also claims he has transferred to west Africa. The only difference is some word using and he did not provide any extra contact info.
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