Zillow Craigslist Security Deposit Scam

 

There is a scam going around on real estate/rental sites such as Zillow and Craigslist where a renter offers and awesome place in your area for a really great rental price.

You contact them via their ad and then they tell you that you are accepted!  All you need to do is fill out the documents and send them the security deposit.  There are a couple of issues with this:  It is a scam.

How can you tell?  There are a couple of ways to verify that it is a scam:

Search their phone number.  Their phone number is linked to another scam they did.

Here is an exmaple.  This number “205-319-1346” is linked to a scam on Zillow and a known scam on Craigslist:

$900 / 3br – 1569ft2 – This Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bedroom home (Dallas, TX)

Reported on: Thursday, 26 March, 2015  05:41 Updated On: Thursday, 26 March, 2015  05:42 Reply to: (Not Shown)

Craigslist Post: “This Gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bedroom home has been completely professionally remodeled and is practically brand new form the ground up! Move right in with Granite and hardwood floors throughout! NEW kitchen, NEW utility room, NEW Plumbing, NEW AC and more”We replied to the and were contacted back by Charles Fenske. He claims to own the house and is renting it while living across the country. He is requesting payment by money order only. He sent us a lease to sign immediately with very little information and requested us to send $900 for first months payment and $900 as a deposit.This house is also listed on Zillow. We contacted the realtor associated with the house, and he confirmed this posting is a scam! The house was already being leased to someone else. We also located the deed of the house and it is not owned by Charles.

Charles.Fenske@outlook.com
205-319-1346
House for rent address: 3490 Timberview Rd Dallas TX 75229

craigslist scam report

From Zillow:

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 2:46 PM

wrote:

Hello
Thanks for your email and your interest in this property, I personally own the house, I want my property to be well taken good care of, and there are some rules and regulation in which I do give out to tenant willing to rent my house so please don’t disrespect my order But if you are interested in renting this home, the rules and the regulations goes this way, the surroundings most be well taking care of, you must know the way in which you use the stove so as to avoid fire outbreak,so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on our absent. Don’t be surprise if you find the home with another site with deference price, I have plan to rent it through Real estate agent before, but they are not serious simply because they have a lot of house to lease out And they added some money to the rent while there commission is not fair.
Attn : The rent and Utilities are intact such as Dishwasher,Dryer, Electric Stove, Fridge, Washer,Air Condition,Sewage,Trash,all included in the monthly rent,as i am in a governmental programmer that sponsors my utilities on monthly basis etc.
Please note that, we are a kind and honest family, that spent a lot on property that is available for rent, so in one accord, we are soliciting for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, We want you to keep it tidy all the time so we would be glad to see it whenever we are around on a visit.
SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENTAL APPLICATION.
APPLICATION FORMS BELOW . RENT APPLICATION FORM AND TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU .
1) Your Full Name
2A) Home Phone ?
2B) Cell Phone Number ?
3) Your current address :
4) How old are you?
5a) Are you married?
5b) How many people will be living in the house?
6a) Do you have a pet?
6b) What type
7a) Do you have a car?
7b) What type? Occupation?
9) Do you smoke?
10) Do you Drink ?
11) Do you work at Night ?
12) What is your monthly income?
13) Reference Contact Name and Address?
14) When do you intend Moving in?
15) private email :
16) Picture of you and your family
17 ) When can you pay for your deposit to secure or move in?
Let me know the amount you have right now to secure the home prior your move in, the payment will be send to me or my attorney that will be issue the lease paper work, again if you which to see some pictures of the inside i will more than happy to provide them as soon as i can.
Notice : You can go ahead and do a walk through the property its empty now and the move in is ready anytime, Text me immediately you fill out the application Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that we can have it our file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you..
Await your prompt reply so that we can discuss on the rental terms and agreement, please we are renting the house to you base on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words. We will appreciate your absolute care of this home.
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION………..
Number of Bedrooms: 3, Number of baths: 2, Well trained Pets are welcome!!! Rent: $1000 Refundable security Deposit: $1000 Total move in : $2000 House Address:<home address
Please call me if you have any question or text as i will not be able to meet with you before everything is finalize, if you have any question regarding this do not hesitate to ask when you text 205-319-1346
Thank you
Below are examples of fraudulent emails received by Zillow users.

 

“I’m out of the country and need you to wire me the deposit.”

How the scam works: You find a great rental (it’s usually too good to be true), but the landlord is located out of state or out of the country. They’ll rent it to you and mail you the keys if you just send a deposit.

Tip: Don’t wire money to anyone you haven’t met in person. If it looks like a great deal and is too good to be true, it’s likely a scam. You will lose your money, and the place you were looking at isn’t really even on the market.

Example email:

Hello,
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house.
Property is available for move in at the moment for $1250 for the month rent and $1200 for the security deposit (Refundable After Lease period , As long as there are no damages on property after inspection). For immediate move in you would be required to make a total payment of $2450 but if you are not moving in Immediately, you would be required to make a down payment of $1200 for the security deposit Non- negotiable, to hold property till desired move in date.
Unfortunately, I would not be present in person to show you the property due to my recent job transfer to London, UK, and I do not have a local representative to show the house due to my transfer so if you are interested in renting the property and willing to work with me despite my absence then I would email the necessary papers for the lease to you, for necessary endorsement.
I also want to tell you that the neighborhood is secured and the people staying there are good.
Details of the house is below;
Rent: $1250.
Security Deposit: $1200
3 Bedrooms, 1.75 Bathroom.
Single-Family Home.
Location: Kirkland WA 98033.
Street Address: 12721 Northeast 101st Place.
Pets Allowed: Cats and Dogs.
Size: 1,800 sqft.
Home available for immediate move in.
This is a charming home in Kirkland.
Lovely move in ready 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath, rambler, located on quiet cul-de-sac. Approx. 1800 sq ft., built in 1989. Bright and airy interior that has been beautifully updated and well-maintained.
Exterior Sun Blockers roll-shutters for max insulation & security.
Other features include security system, built-in vacuum system and skylights. High quality throughout. Neutral colors. Master suite with private bath and two walk in closets. Spacious kitchen with tons of oak cabinets and all appliances (refrig, range, microwave). Very light and open, Washer and dryer included. 2-car attached garage with opener.
Yard service included and home is pet friendly!
Regards.
Mark A Ross.
3212579029

Warning: Romance Scam Fiance visa

Jason & Lea the Romance

A year ago, I wrote fiance visa  process and made videos in youtube. A filipino man named Jason (not real name) who is currently working in Saudi Arabia as an engineer contacted me just yesterday (June 03,2015). He just recently met a US citizen filipino women Lea who claims that she is a doctor working in Syria. She said that it is part of her medical practice. She is also saying that she wants to marry and him so that she can leave her job in Syria.  Jason thought it is okay because he is single, ready and willing to marry.

anti-romance scam tip #1:  It is not uncommon to meet an American Citizen who is abroad (many US military people are abroad) however, take your time getting to know them.  Do not rush into a romance.

The fiance Visa Set Up

Jason told Lea that he would rather marry in the Philippines as it is more formal to meet the family first then marry. And so if she could go there it would be better because he prefer a CR1 visa as well. Lea keeps making alibis saying that a fiance visa is faster because it only takes 5 months to process it. She also said that she will need 10 gifts to prove that the relationship and a diamond ring which she sent a picture of to Jason. Lea also demanded of a Samsung 6 as a first gift. Jason asked her if they could meet first since they are talking of getting a fiance visa. She said that it is not necessary yet. She wanted to do the fiance visa first. Get the NOA 1 and NOA 2 before they meet.  He had been asking if they could talk on the phone. Lea reasoned out that she does not have a phone. It is not allowed in Syria. She also said that she does not have a facebook or skype but only email.

anti-romance scam tip #2:  ALWAYS, make sure you SEE your lover via cam.  DO NOT accept alibis on why they cannot do cam.  There is always a way and if they are as serious about you as your are about them, they will find a way to do cam to cam with you.

anti-romance scam tip #3:  In a US fiance visa petition, you cannot petition your foreign fiance if you have not met in person. A main proof USCIS for a fiance visa is a proof of your meeting such as photos together,  flight ticket, hotel room booking and an engagement ring. However, it is not a must to have an engagement ring.

Basically, this is purely a scam. So cautious of who you become serious withDO not be fooled with just the beautiful photos. They may not be what you think they are. Always ask to see them live on skype or any kind of video chat. That is the most guaranteed way to know the person on the other line.

Consumer fraud : Job-Opening-Shopper

written by yuri

I received an email containing the email below.

Date:April 01, 2015

Email: latoyya.myers2@chello.nl

*Job  Descriptions: You Will be  Assigned to visit a shop
You need to “pretend” to  be a normal potential customer who is looking for a particular service or product.
You Will then finish an on-line questionnaire to Share with us your customer  experience.

*Requirements:  17 Years old or above. Can speak local language well.
Can  read and write English. No Experience needed Like Shopping.

*Job Pay: You will get S200  for each.assignment. Most of the time you will only need to Spend 20 minutes on the visit.

Please  reply this-email with the correct information  below to sign up;consumer-fraud

Full Name:
Address:

City:
State:
Phone:

We will contact_you immediately as your Application has been received.

Thank You,

LatoyyaMyers

Notice to Appear – Court Order – malware

Malware detected

Dear NAMEUSER,

You have to appear in the Court on the April 14.  You are kindly asked to prepare and bring the documents relating to the case to Court on the specified date.  Note: The case will be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.

You can review complete details of the Court Notice in the attachment.

Regards,
Hugh Buckley,
Clerk of Court.

State Court <hugh.buckley@ns89.websitewelcome.com>

SHA256: 8889fcc7dca37f2cc23d7f664605578583f4fbfe102435c1cb58fbe9ce60e5fe
File name: Court_Notification_00000677743.zip
Detection ratio: 12 / 57
Analysis date: 2015-04-11 18:05:09 UTC ( 0 minutes ago )
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Good Day – email scam

YANG FENGYE IMPORT & EXPORT CO,LTD, China – Phishing SCAM

Ms.Titi Tian <tititian@une.net.co>

Our Company YANG FENGYE IMPORT & EXPORT CO,LTD, China is in search of a competent individual or firm that will be responsible in handling funds as our agent and sales representative in the United State/Canada region. If interested kindly indicate your interest by mailing back for further details.phishing-scam

Note: It is a part time offer that won’t interrupt your present work or business.

Provide your details

Full Names:
Address:
Country:
Phone No:
Occupation
Date of Birth

Looking forward to your response.

Sincerely Yours,

Ms.Titi Tian

YANG FENGYE IMPORT & EXPORT CO,LTD.
41 WANGJIANG SOUTH ROAD,BAIYUN STREET,
DONGYANG, ZHEJIANG, CHINA

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week is promoted by the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to engage communities and empower victims.  The idea is the stoke the flame within the victims to take back their lives and keep marching forward with courage and resilience.

Victims of crimes are not life long victims.

Recovery can be a long road so on April 19 – 25, 2015, communities get behind the victims of crime to show them they are not alone.

HELP FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME

We at the Postal Inspection Service are dedicated to treating every crime victim with compassion, fairness, and respect while protecting their dignity and privacy. Our Victim Witness Program was established to support crime victims as they begin to reclaim their lives. Our experienced staff can provide victims with services to help them endure the emotional, financial, and physical impact of crime, educate them about the criminal justice system, and provide them with notification about case events.

Our VW Program staff offers a wide array of services:

Contact the U.S. Postal Service for questions about mail service.

Get in touch with a victim-witness staff member:

877-876-2455 (press 2)

IRS

IRS Notification – Tax refund Malware

Every tax year there is a flood of “IRS TAX” Scams/phishing/malware attempts sent to Americans from all over the world.  First of all the IRS does not care enough to tell you anything except to give them money by Snail Mail.

If you receive any scams/phishing or malware report it: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing

From IRS.gov

The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a scam typically carried out through unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function tophishing@irs.gov. Recent scams have used the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to attract potential victims.  Also, if you’ve experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.

NOTE: Please refer to Contact the IRS if you have a tax question not related to phishing or identity theft.

Example of IRS Tax Email Scam/Malware

SUBJECT: IRS Notification

Attachment:  IRS Tax Return (Registration Form).html – malware detected

The IRS is currently reviewing tax payers information in our database.
This review covers all those that have filed for their 2015 tax refunds
and those that are yet to file. Updating our systems becomes necessary
as an added protection against computing errors and misrepresentation.

A document is attached to this message containing the registration form with
all neccessary fields, (*) means field is required.

It is vital you carefully fill out all necessary  fields as it applies to you.
More importantly, it is mandatory to fill all required fields on this form.

You are not required to take any further action after filling and submitting this form via the link provided.

Thank you.

KINDLY OPEN THE ATTACHED FILE FOR MORE DETAILS – phishing

The attachment may hold malware or phishing.  You should NOT open the attachment.  With any luck this email and others like it are going straight to your SPAM/JUNK folder.

http://www.reserve-bk-india@mit.tc

KINDLY OPEN THE ATTACHED FILE FOR MORE DETAILS

Get your own FREE website, FREE domain & FREE mobile app with Company email.

Attachment:  RESERVE_BANK_OF_INDIA_OFFICIAL_PAYMENT.docx

VirusTotal Report

SHA256: b92fe8419718bf0f37f3f29af46aef1aabc61433a68f81f3fbb8482f3bd85460
File name: RESERVE_BANK_OF_INDIA_OFFICIAL_PAYMENT.docx
Detection ratio: 0 / 57
Analysis date: 2015-04-11 17:48:45 UTC ( 4 minutes ago )

E-ZPass Phishing Email

There is a new form of consumer fraud that involves scamming users of highway tolls. It works by telling drivers that they owe money on a toll service.

My question is how in the world do they know who uses the tolls?  More than likely they just blasted it out to everyone.   It looks like many people all over the US are getting these emails.  It comes with an attachment that might contain malware.

You can tell that it is a scam because of the origin:  <phillip.reeves@senseit.com.br>

Dear UserName,

You have a unpaid bill for using toll road.
Please, do not forget to service your debt.

You can find the invoice is in the attachment.

Yours faithfully,
Phillip Reeves,
E-ZPass Manager.

To report a phishing email, forward it to: phishing-report@us-cert.gov.

gagamatch and Interlingvo scam dating translations site

Many “girls” from gagamatch solicit users from other dating sites with elaborate fake profiles feature images of models and artist from all over the world.  You can confirm that the images are from models/actresses by doing a google search on the image.

They try to lure guys to gagamatch where they have a “private” email and profile that you can only access by joining GAGAMatch.  They claim that you must join because they don’t speak English well and Gagamatch has a great translator so you must join.

Most of girls on gaga try to cheat you extort your money..

Gagamatach used to be called Interlingvo.  The organization that runs this actually has many dating sites that do the same scam with a database of fake, pretty pictures and profiles to lure man. Here are more sites in their network:

amasingchina.info
asiancontact.info
asianfriends.info
asiansweetlove.com
BeUtrue.Com
connectasia.info
coolsladies.com
E2space.com
forhonest.com
freespokendating.com
friendmeeting.net
FriendsAllEarth.com
futurewithyou.com
girlsland.info
goldsmartpartners.com
inetcom.info
inetcontact.info
interchinese.info
interdatingzone.com
interlingvo.com
interlovemeeting.com
internationalcontact.info
international-dating.org
interprefectlove.com
langconnect.info
multilingualcupdis.com
multilingualdating.com
newmeetings.info
onestepconnect.info
personaluwant.com
romanticmeetings.com
searchoflove.com
seekingloveclub.com
thebestcontact.info
thebestfriend.info
truefate2u.com
truelove4u.info
u-lover.com
worldinternationaldating.com
worldwideconnect.info
YourFirstDating.com
yournewgirl.com
yournewlover.com
ZoneOfMen.Com

Russian sites
forjobladies.com
theworldofdialogue.com

— from romancescammer.com

The will try to get you to pay for membership and translations of messages for these profiles.. keep in mind some of these are probably NOT women and definitely NOT what you see on the pictures but men want to believe it is true.

 

 

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