The fraud persists. I've received at least 6 phone calls from potential renters. I also received an email from a very nice reader who sent me the following email. It's unbelievable. Yahoo did answer my email but I haven't heard anything from Craigs List. This is bull honky!
I just received this 'reply' - I thought, after seeing your blog post you would like to see they are persisting. Please let me know if I can do anything more to help you catch these scammers.
Also, if you know of any good (real) rentals, I'd love to hear about them. I'm sorry for the trouble, but I'm glad you became aware of this before anything truly awful happened.
All the Best,
P.S. Bella is adorable, we have a Black lab (Baron) who just turned 1 - just so your husband knows, condo life with a dog isn't all *that* bad :)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jen Angotti
Date: Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: 4009 Cole Blvd. SE
Good day Applicant,
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house. I am Jennifer Angotti, the owner of the house you are making enquiry of. Actually I did reside in the house with my family, my husband and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my official job transfer or posting, whatever you may call it, which has now found me in Warsaw, Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $900 USD per month (which includes utilities), though i intended selling it off but on a later thought changed my mind and have decided putting it on rent. More so now, I’m currently in Lagos, Nigeria for an international Christian follower's crusade taking place at the Nigeria national stadium, by one Pastor Chris of the Christ Embassy Ministry.
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.
Here is the address of the House again: 4009 Cole Blvd SE, Washington DC 20032 as to really see 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 an occupant.. Please note than you will only be able to drive by the house for now but can't have a look at the interior until i have sent the keys and documents of the house to you. Reason because, i couldnt find someone trust worthy to drop the keys with as my call down here was so sudden. I do hope you understand.
It has a dramatic entry foyer with ceramic floor. Extremely spacious rooms throughout with lots of big windows...nice and light! New neutral paint and some newer carpet. Very quiet, low traffic area. New fridge (7/07)...I believe it’s absolutely a perfect home for you and your family. Utilities include Water, Trash, Sewer, Gas etc. Please note that, a deposit payment would be required if accepted to have the property rented.
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
ARE YOU MARRIED: __________
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN ______________
IF YOU HAVE A PET: _________
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
DO YOU SMOKE ______________
DO YOU DRINK ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT ____
HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE MOVE IN DEPOSIT ($900) REQUIRED: ____________
WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU WISH TO RECEIVE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS OF THE HOUSE: _______________
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that I can present it to my family, pray over it (because I consult the Almighty God before making any decision) and if accepted, and then have them stored in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you, please we are giving you all this based on trust and again I will want you to stick to your words, you know that we are very far apart now and only putting everything into God's hands and hope that you will not let us down.
The house will be available for rent for a period of five and a half years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there.. Here is my number 011-234-803-080-9184 or +234-011-803-080-9184, I will be expecting to hear from you.
Feel free to call me for more information and arrangements.
--- On Sat, 7/25/09, annemarie spadafore
> Subject: 4009 Cole Blvd. SE
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009, 1:40 PM
> Ms. Angiotti,
> Good morning. I am contacting you in reference to your
> Craigslist posting at 4009 Cole Blvd. SE. I will be starting
> a new position in Washington on 31 August and I am very
> interested in renting this home. Is it still available? Can
> you provide me with a little bit more information (i.e. on
> the neighborhood, what else is in the area as far as grocery
> stores/Target etc.) and which metro line is closest?
> Thank you very much.
> Dr. A.M.