Craigslist Rental Scam

The Email I had received:~~~~~~~~~~~~~[[ On Tue, Sep 18, 2018, 4:30 PM andy_hopp223 wrote:Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. Myself and my wife just traveled to Las Vegas NV for a program called SERVING IN MISSION (SIM), you can view the link for more info: (www.sim.org/index.php/).We will be away for 3 to 4 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it. However, my initial plan was to sell the house but it was not successful because the Realtor raised the price which made it difficult for me to sell before leaving the States so never mind if you see the for sale sign in front of the house, It has already been taken off the market as for sale so there is no need to contact any Realtor.I want you to understand that I spent a lot on my property that you have requested to rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and would want you to treat it as your own because cleanliness they say is next to Godliness. It is not all about the money to be paid on rent or spent; it is all about a good maintenance culture which I want you to adopt on the property. I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I would be full of smiles whenever I come and above all, a good, strong and tight relationship between us when I come for a check up. Please one more thing, I wouldn’t like to have any benefit of trust in you because I want to stand in your words that the property would be well taken care of all the time. I believe you have seen how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as you are an occupant. you can reach me at my cell phone number or text me at any time (775) 863-8599FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Car Park.AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Fireplace,Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer.Rental Price: $500 per month and security Deposit is $500 (Security Deposit is Refundable) Utilities included in monthly rent.Pets and cat are Welcome.House Address:2404 Fairbanks Ave Yakima, WA 98902Bedroom: 2Bathroom:1SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW:RENT APPLICATION FORM.Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?Phone numbers (home,cell and office line ) # :__________?E-mail :__________?Best time to call :__________?Marital Status:__________?A Picture of your self if possible______________________?How many proposed occupants :__________?List all in addition to yourself including approx age :__________?Present Address :__________?City/State :__________?Will you have pets :__________?Please describe Breed, size :__________?Personality of pet :__________?Preferred move in date :__________?Intended length of lease:__________?Do you agree to pay the payment before you move in:__________?Are you ready to make the payment today :__________?Earliest possible date of deposit payment:__________?Length of previous tenancy :__________?Present occupation :__________?Are you a section 8 applicantDo you work late at night :__________?Do you smoke :__________?Do you drink :__________?Looking forward to hearing back from you with all this details so that i can have them in my file in case of issuing your rent payment receipt to you and for contacting you. Your quick response will be highly appreciated so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys of my property to you via Express Delivery Services. May GOD bless you and your family and if you are finding itBest Regard,Mr/Mrs Andy Hope ]]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~[[ Hello (MY NAME),At this point we will like to say “Congratulations" We are happy to take you as our new tenant. We are satisfied with your Application and also believe l can put my trust in you in terms of taking good care of the house. We can also let you stay in the House till the period of time you wish to.We will Schedule a good time ,maybe when we are less busy to pay you a visit after you have moved in, to see how the maintenance is.However if you are ready to rent the house now then that will not be a problem but i will advice you to provide the payment for the refundable security deposit of $500 now so i can hold the house for you pending when you are ready to move in, as soon as the payment is been confirmed,i will send the keys and document of the house to you via FEDEX or DHL next day delivery service to your current home address (MY ADDRESS),So you can have access to view the interior of the house asap.Mean while the package will be addressed to (MY NAME) and you can reach me at my cell phone number at any time (775) 863-8599I wish you best of luck in your Job, from what i saw in your application ,you must be a very responsible and hard working person, may the almighty Lord guide and protect you in whatever you do. AMEN!Here are the contents in the package that will be sent to you through FedEx or DHL1) Entrance and the rooms Keys.2) Paper/Permanent House form (Containing your reference details)..3) The House documented file.4) Payment Receipt.5) Signed Lease Agreement Form (sign on both copies and send one back to me)I had two tenants who were ready to make 3 months Upfront Payment, But i rejected the offers, because they party alot and smoke in doors ,that was the info i got from their current landlord. So please promise me you are going to take good care of my house. Kindly get back to me today so I will give you instructions on how to make the payment. Please note that the deposit is fully refundable you will love everything about this lovely home ]]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ive asked numerous times for inside pics, and info on w/s/g, rental terms, lease terms… Avoided answering me.Also asked if they’d come back out this way so I could see the inside before making any decisions, that way I could pay them directly with signed papers for proof… Also avoided those questions.Now luckily I was only dumb enough to give my address and phone number. Not any legal info.But I started to feel like this wasnt real, so I Facebook and Google searched for the name Andy Hope. Nothing came up.So I took a drive to the property today (09/20/19) saw the sale sign, took pics.Texted him that I went and check out the property. He asked to call me. A poor English speaking man was on the other end. He didnt sound like an "Andy Hope". Which made me eerie. And then texted asking me to send money to his son in NY.So I decided to Facebook and Google search his son’s name. That came up with a few faces.This is the text he sent me as to where I send money:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~[[ Here is my son information for the payment through western unionName-Oscar khanState-New YorkZip code-11221 ]]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~So I googled the guys phone number, which brought me to this sight.I then did a search for the sale sign’s website. Called the numbers on there and found out its a scam.Which sucks because its a super cute home, but unfortunately I cant afford to buy it. And that did seem like a too-good-to-be-true rental price. But still…. this isnt ok.

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