Rental Scam

I have recently responded to a rental ad on Craigslist and got a reply from a scammer. He hides behind the identity of a TV personality.

image[3]To be clear, the HGTV guy has almost certainly nothing to do with all this, but if a silly person is about to fall for the scam and googles this (fake) name that the perpetrator give, they will surely find something (i.e., the real guy), except that who they find is not who sent the email.

With no further ado, here’s the email I got.
Absher Jonathan Scott mam*****@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest in my Property. I am a professional
piano/music theory teacher, I'm easy going and friendly. I like Music
and have deep interests in traveling. I respect every religion and
love to hang around with people and i am definitely not a trouble
maker and very helpful in nature. I am currently living in South
Carolina and I will be here for long that is why am renting out my
Property. I want you to note that I am a kind and honest person and
also I spent a lot on my property that I want to give you for rent and
I would want you to treat it as your own, I would like you to keep it
tidy all the time I also want you to let me have trust in you as I
always stand on my word. So I hope you will promise me to take very
good care of the Property always as i am away.
My job even paid very well, requires that I move a lot and without
notice. You can move in the Property in the same day that you will
receive the keys. The only problem is that I'm already in South
Carolina because we started the work, but you don't need to worry
because I've made all arrangements to rent the Property from here. i
would like to know a little about you. Don't be offended but i must
know to who i will rent my Property to. I will tell you from the
beginning that I don't have a problem if you are a student or if you
would like to keep pets there, as long as you clean up after them. The
minimum lease is available for Long and also Short Term Lease, very
important, the utilities are included in the price per month. Kindly
get back to me with the Below information..
Rent :$500 per Month
Last Month Rent: $500
                                         *****RENTAL APPLICATION FORM****
                                           ( Private and Confidential )
                                    PLEASE COMPLETE IN BLOCK CAPITALS
CORRECTLY ...
Please answer these questions below if you are Interested
1)Your Full Name_________________________
2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone ________________________
4)Are you married _  _____________________________
5)How many people will be living in the property _________________________
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)How Many Month Rent Are You Willing To Pay ( First 1 month rent +
Last Month Rent) or If You Pay (First 2 month rent + Last Month Rent
And Get 1 Month Free)...So which one do you prefer ________________
                                         Get back to me as soon as you
fill the application form, FILLED UP.
I can guarantee you that this is a great home so looking forward to a
future collaboration and friendship.
                                                     Thanks for taking

I was able to find the exact text above previously reported on a forum named “Scam Warners” (dm-photo).

An email address is not just the body text. What can give some info about the sender is the “headers”.

Here are the email headers.
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From: Absher Jonathan Scott <mam*****@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:57:53 +0100
Message-ID: <CANZaeFPt6rAp9XCh=Yuk8G=+846CETw9Q0uGXVnRrR01HsuopA@mail.gmail.com>
Subject: 15 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN TORONTO
To: [my email; removed]
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

Obviously, I am replacing my own email with a placeholder for privacy purposes and extending the same courtesy to the scammer, as he or she (but probably he) may have stolen someone else’s identity. Yes, even if they are using a stolen identity, they email is most likely theirs and disposable, but that is just speculation with no proof and I’d rather err on the side of caution.

He had emailed me at this email after having specifically requested it.
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From: craigslist 5827857296 <*****-5827857296@hous.craigslist.org>
To: [my email; removed]@reply.craigslist.org
Subject: Re: 15 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN TORONTO
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Thanks for the interest.Can i have your email address because it
doesn't show up?


On 10/15/16, ************
<[my email; removed]@reply.craigslist.org> wrote:
> Hi, I am interested in your place and would like to see it. I'm at
> 647-******* but my phones are mostly on
> mute - it's best to text me or email me your number and when to call and
> I'll call you back.
> Thank you.
>
> http://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/roo/5827857296.html
>
>


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Original craigslist post:
http://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/roo/5827857296.html
About craigslist mail:
http://craigslist.org/about/help/email-relay
Please flag unwanted messages (spam, scam, other):
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The ad may disappear, so here’s a screenshot:

image

And the actual text:

$500 15 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN ***

available now

private bath
private room

THIS APT. IS DESIGNED AND FURNISHED BY A DESIGNER (OWNER) IT IS IN THE PRIME AREA OF THE BEACHES. LOWER LEVEL OF A LARGE HOUSE WITH SEPARATE ENTRANCE. ALL UTILITIES AND INTERNET ARE INCLUDED. ON SUITE LAUNDRY, PARKING ON PROPERTY. SUITABLE FOR ONE PROFESSIONAL. CLOSE TO PUBLIC TRANSIT. 15 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN ***. USE OF LANDSCAPED GARDEN.

After sending him the “completed form” I got the following email, requesting money.

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<CAN93ciksRp2QUB8tZwaHA=5h2rvY1GpXPGb+XoHuo1Q5=OT4dw@mail.gmail.com>
From: Absher Jonathan Scott <[his email (removed)]@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:26:07 +0100
Message-ID: <CANZaeFN_eb6MkT1NSCamyaQj88KCnWcedhsgJhzB2ssrzxJ1Xg@mail.gmail.com>
Subject: Re: 15 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN TORONTO
To: *** [my email (removed)]>
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Hello,
        Thanks very much for your reply and also i can see your
willingness in this rent and how is work ?Hope great!!! So as i shall
be giving you my property and you can move in when you are ready,pls
again take care of the property also the rent is $500 which include
all the utilities such as heat,electricity,cable,
TV,phone,internet,hydro, washing and drying machine.I have attached
the interior pics.Below is the address..

102 Dixon Ave
Toronto, ON M4L 1N7
Canada

However, if you are ready to rent the property now, then that will not
be a problem but i will advice you due to a responsible like you, to
be able to afford the monthly rent .Also i would like to send the
following document to you via the Dhl to the address you send to me
and the tracking number will be sent to you so that you can possible
occupy my property,Pls once again,i am giving you this on trust and do
not disappoint me and i promise you that,you will love the
property.Also, you are going to send the rent payment through Check or
Money Gram.

      So i am with the below document here with me and i will like to
know whether you are ready to make the payment now so that i can
arrange on how the document will get to you in the next 48 hrs after
the payment confirmation.

Here are the contents of the document..
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2)Paper/Permanent apartment form(Containing your reference details)
3)The property documentary file.
4)Payment Receipt.


So pls get back to me as soon as you can.. I await your reply ASAP

I responded with a few innocuous questions.

Then came this reply, with a photo of a driver's license.

First i must say that i am highly disappointed with this message i
just read from you, after letting you know how much i appreciate your
effort in renting my place even with my predicaments. I have attached
my driver's license for more prove.This process has been fair enough
for you to know because either you or myself has been through a
situation like this but man propose they say but God dispose but its
okay as i have everything under control.My family has also relocated
to California,i want you to know that this is legit..i want you to
know i have to be carefully this days cause i send the keys to someone
and they stole all my belongings so that is why i don't want to do
that anymore and i swear to almighty God that if you send the payment
you will surely get the keys and the documents so that you can be able
to move in,You sound skeptical from your last email, and that is very
wrong, if you are thinking that I just wanted to take your money for
nothing. When I known how people worked and earn their money, I will
never think of taking some advantages over you and your money, please
take that out of your mind, that is really awful thing on the earth
that I will never think about doing. Please understand me better, I
was not trying to lure you into this, everything about me is 100% real
ok, i will like you to know one thing i am a Man of God and i so much
believe in his words and i can never tarnish my name and image all
because of money and i wouldn't do such a thing when i have blood
running through my vein,So I shall be shipping out the keys and the
document to you as soon as you make the payment.

If you are thinking of replying to a similar ad, in another city, don’t! The scammer is providing fake data in order to take your money.

Sources / More info: dm-photo, scamwarners-scott

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