Craigslist scams – a never ending but predictable story

It is always interesting to see scams online. As I’m about to graduate and thus (finally) on the job market. One such a consequence is that I might have to move. Finding a new place would certainly be helpful. And then you find an offer on craigslist that just sounds a bit too good to be true.

Here is the reply by “Alexander J Beaton ” to me showing interest in a house.

Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am the owner of the Home you are making inquiry of…Actually I resided in the Home with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the (West African)for an international Christian follower’s crusade.Pls i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word..

This is the address of the House is : XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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 I believe its absolutely a perfect home for you and your family.Utilities include Water,Trash,Sewer,Gas Etc….



Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?

Phone # : __________?

E-mail : __________?

Best time to call : __________?

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: __________?

Earliest possible date of deposit payment: __________?

Length of previous tenancy : __________?

Present occupation : __________?

Monthly Income: __________?

Are you a section 8 applicant : __________?

Do you run a business from home : __________?

If so what kind of business : __________?

Do you work late night : __________?

Do you smoke : __________?

Do you drink : __________?

Picture’s of All Occupant if Available: __________?

A Copy of your driving license : __________?

Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it 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 have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this… The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to…A Deposit of $1000 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in…Feel free to call my number is ( +234-810-659-6344 or 011-234-810-659-6344).me for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you…The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend sm/property.

Thanks And God Bless You

Alexander J Beaton

Not surprisingly a quick google search finds some interesting articles about craigslist rent-a-scam plots. This email by this “Alexander J Beaton” fits the profile.

Just to confirm if this indeed was a scam, I replied with the question to see the house in person. You can guess the response:

Not possible only if you can drive by from the outside

Scam confirmed and my search continues.

2 thoughts on “Craigslist scams – a never ending but predictable story

  1. I’m sorry. My sister-in-law ran into the same problem. Clearly people are falling for it though or else they wouldn’t waste time doing it. West Africa appears to be a popular destination. I guess Nigeria’s been taken.


    1. Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I was suspicious from the beginning about this posting, but I wanted to be sure. A few years back I found a similar case in San Francisco, but this time the ‘person’ said to be from Greece. The life skills required to live these days; if it isn’t an international scammer it is someone trying to get your identity.


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