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FinFin86

@sbcglobal.net
reply to leiolanisad

Re: [Scam] Tenant Verified Scam

Wow! I'm glad I came on here. The above ad is the exact one (with minor changes) to the one that was sent to me. I wasn't going to pay for this, so I kept asking the "renter" to show it to me without and we will go from there. Haven't heard from them since.


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reply to leiolanisad
said by leiolanisad :

If you have a criminal record or poor rental history, I am flexible and I'll work with you.

There are so many obvious red or yellow flags that it's rediculous. They have been eloquently covered in the OP and other posts.

However, for anyone understanding renting and dealing with an experienced reputable landord knows that the above is in its own way the biggest give away to the fraud of this ad.

There is NO WAY a mainstream reputable landlord will do what I've quote above. They wouldn't even consider you for a single second.
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jtjunkie

@verizon.net
reply to leiolanisad
Wow, I just got the same exact e-mail from a rental posting I was looking at in my area. Thankfully before doing the background check I found this site first.


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reply to Phoenix22
said by Phoenix22:

yup......was readin' w/ 70-442 w31.....i meant cutlass w31........sorry

Cute, but W30 is what it clearly shows.... If it was that distracting to you, one would think you'd get something somewhat close to accurate.
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hey.....it was joke relax;=))

JVC516

join:2013-04-25
Trumbull, CT
reply to leiolanisad
I keep finding the same scams all over Craigslist. It's frustrating because one can't even search for an apartment these days without seeing 5 scams for every legitimate apartment being offered. I constantly FLAG them on Craigslist but they seem to remain day after day. Occasionally I'll find one a week later that says it's been flagged for removal. Craigslist should require a means of identification (such as a non pre-paid credit card on file) to verify an advertiser in the case of fraud.

A couple of ways to recognize these idiotic scams is when you find a 4 bedroom colonial with marble flooring, a chefs kitchen, a jaccuzzi, 3 bedrooms and a fireplace for $700 a month in an area you can barely afford to drive through. It's obviously a scam.

Frequently there is just some jibberish written in the lower details of the ad. Nonsensical words that have no bearing on real estate or to the ad itself. Also, the poster will use a name followed by some digits such as ChrystalWilson.45633@yahoo.com. You'll see the same type of e-mail address, just different names and digits for most of these scams.

Also, when viewing the listing of apartments (before opening an individual ad) you'll see the description followed by something like *fwiuf. When you open it, it's a scam. The best thing to help us all out is to open them and FLAG them. I wish Craigslist would simply give an option for FAKE, but it doesn't. Here's an example:

Apr 24 rent to own or rent*fwiuf $265 / 3br - 2165ft�‚² - (new haven) img

Craigslist should have their own moderators scanning their pages and blocking IP address from repeat fraudulent posters if necessary. Well, I could go on and on about what Craigslist SHOULD do. But since they don't, we have to use a bit of our own caution. It's just such a time waster (and an insult to ones intelligence) to have to be slowed down by the endless fake listings.

Most legitimate landlords will use Craigslist's repond option or provide a phone number to call. Also, most of us renters should know better than to submit to a background check (for which we have to pay) before even seeing the apartment. It's just ridiculous that a prospective landlord would even expect you to do that before having met with you and deciding if there exists a possible tenancy between the two of you.

I'm glad I found this page. I received the exact same e-mail today from a name different than the name on the advertising e-mail. I (like all of us here) just have the foresight to run names and search for matches via the internet. Another quick caution, sometimes when you run a name from an ad, you will find it is the name of a legitimate real estate agent. Don't suddenly put your caution at ease. Use any contact options found on-line through the agent's agency or any direct phone numbers. Most of the time they will tell you that the ad is a scam and that they have he house on the market for sale. Also be cautious when the pictures have the small MLS logo in the bottom corner. It means the house is listed for sale through the real estate Multiple Listings Service.

I hope everybody finds the rental they are looking for. I am searching myself, but with every possible caution. I'll keep checking this board to see whatever great updates and pointers are provided from these great posters and readers.

Thanks everybody.

John


Mllakajdhdb

@comcast.net
reply to leiolanisad
I have just recieved the same

The property is a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath with garage and washer / dryer. Cats and dogs are accepted with a $100 additional deposit.
The requirements to lease our property are as follows:
1. PhotoID
2. 1st months rent and optional pet fee
3. Rental Agreement, I'll bring this to the showing
(It is month to month, 6 month or one year)
4. Background check for each applicant
The provider we use is Tenant Verified: link.
This is an easy way for me to screen applicants based on prior rental history and job history. If you have a criminal record or bad tenant history, I am flexible and I'll work with you.
Let me know once you've completed your background check. It is in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the showing or email it to me. I am looking for serious tenants not window shoppers or tire kickers, right now I have 3 rentals and a full-time job.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
Enjoy your Thursday!
Yesenia Clayton


zzzaaa

@thewalkercenter.org
reply to leiolanisad
It just happened to me too. I've been trying to get the "leasor" to give me the address of the "house for rent" for 2 days. The ad was on craigslist and had the exact wording as the ones posted here. No tire kickers... Dogs and cats allowed with $100.00 fee...a copy of your drivers license. The email was sent 2 times from 2 different people. Same wording though. I've encountered 3 other scams from ads I have posted on craigslist in the last 3 months. One scamer wanted to buy my bird and ship her to another state because he really, really needed a bird!


mkest275

@ptd.net
reply to leiolanisad
Omg i literally just recieved this! So happy i read this now!


tired of it

@comcast.net
LMAO! a bird?? too funny

received the same message a few times smh


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reply to leiolanisad
anyone that's going on vacation be careful. saw a news story recently in the area of people renting vacation rentals (paying up front) only to get here to find out they've been scammed. Apparently this one is pretty slick.
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Hello

@mycingular.net
reply to leiolanisad
I replied to a posting for a 3 bedroom house in Independence LA and the email reply went to a brittany, however i received email replies from poeple with 2 different names regarding the same listing which made me skeptical so I started searching phrases online and realized it was this scam!! Here are the emails I have received.

On Apr 30, 2013, at 8:17 PM, "LillianFuller.93038@yahoo.com" wrote:

Hey Rachael,
Did you get my last email?
The property is a 3 bedroom 3.0 bath with garage and washer/dryer. Pets are allowed with a $100 pet fee.
The requirements to lease our property are the following:
1. Drivers license
2. First months rent and optional fee for pets
3. Rental Agreement, I'll bring it to the showing
(Options are month-to-month, 6 month or a 1 year lease)
4. Completed background check for each applicant
The provider we use is Tenant Verified, here is a link.
This is an easy way for me to screen applicants based on previous tenant history and employment information. If you have a felony or bad rental history, I am flexible and I'll work with you.
Contact me when you've completed your background check. It is in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the showing or email it to me. I am looking for serious tenants not window shoppers or tire kickers, I have 3 rentals and a full-time job.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Lillian Fuller

Hey Rachael,
The property is a 3 bedroom 3.0 bath with garage and washer + dryer. Pets are accepted with a $100 pet fee.
Requirements to rent our property are as follows:
1. A copy of your ID
2. 1st months rent and optional pet fee
3. Rental Agreement, I'll bring it to the showing
(It's month to month, 6 month or a 1 year lease)
4. Completed background check for each applicant
The provider we use is Tenant Verified: link.
This is an affordable way for me to screen applicants based on prior tenant history and job history. If you have a criminal record or bad tenant history, I'm flexible and I'll work with you.
Contact me once you've completed your background check. It is in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the showing or email it to me. I'm looking for serious tenants not window shoppers or tire kickers, I have 3 rental properties and a full time job.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
Enjoy your Monday!
cristina chastain


Sw

@rr.com
reply to leiolanisad
Can't believe this! Contacted someone about a 3 bedroom 2 and a half bathroom. They said the same thing everyone else posted and told me to bring the background check to the showing! Glad I didn't wanna spend the 80$ on the background check before even seeing the place. I feel terrible for people who fall for this, that site needs to get shut down!!! Thank god for forums like this. People need to do their research!


FML

@rr.com
UGGGHHHH. I fell for this scam. Luckily I caught the charge before it went through and was able to cancel the charges and cancel my card. The charges were for $39.95 each (I ran 2 background checks ) and they were still pending. FML, they now have all my info.

I placed a 90 day fraud alert on my credit report through Equifax (which should notify Transunion and Experian) and a security freeze on my credit files. There was no theft, so I don't even know if I can file a police report. I'm going to make a complaint at the websites listed and pray my husband and I don't become the victims of identity theft.


Questions

@communications.com
reply to leiolanisad
I have a questions for those of you have seen this posting on craigslist. I found one recently in my area it had pictures and seemed very legit. In the posting I say there were pictures, were there any photos on the craigslist postings that you saw with this Scam. If so what were they of?


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just because there are pictures doesnt necessarily make it legit. those pictures could have been copied from another ad.
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reply to Questions
said by Questions :

I have a questions for those of you have seen this posting on craigslist. I found one recently in my area it had pictures and seemed very legit. In the posting I say there were pictures, were there any photos on the craigslist postings that you saw with this Scam. If so what were they of?

It doesn't really matter what the pictures are of since there is no property to rent at that price being a scammer posted the ad, but the important part is that all ads that tend to ask you to use Tenant Verified (»tenantverified.com ) are a scam. Then Tenant Verified makes it look like you will only spend $39.95 but in fact they have charged as high as $3,995.00 using people's credit card which is a separate scam. Of course that leaves you cleaning up the mess if you can.

Plus you have given them everything they need to now steal your identity if the money theft isn't bad enough the scammers go forward and try to ruin your credit.

Other info.
»www.ripoffreport.com/r/tenantver···-1019202
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JessP

@handarendall.com
reply to leiolanisad
I just came across this add in the Alabama Craiglist for the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas. I received the same email but I knew it was fishy.


stactris

@sbcglobal.net
I just got the same thing today in the Cleveland area. I was able to stop the charge on my credit card. I also called the company and they said they will cancel the temporary membership. Now I will just keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.


Angry renter

@optonline.net
reply to leiolanisad
I got the same email... and when i didnt respond the first time she emailed me AGAIN! How ballsy can you be? Obviously I recognize a scam when I see one... and then to email me again... Its aggravating! Thank You for having this available for people to confirm their suspicions!!! Excellent post!!

Did you get my last e-mail?
The property is a 2 bedroom 2.0 bath with garage and washer + dryer. Cats and dogs are allowed with a $100 cleaning fee.
Requirements to lease our property are the following:
1. A copy of your ID
2. First months rent and optional pet fee
3. Rental Agreement, I'll bring it to the showing
(It is month to month, 6 month or a 1 year lease)
4. Background check for each applicant
The service we use is Tenant Verified, here is a link.
This is an easy way for me to screen applicants based on prior tenant history and employment information. If you have a felony or bad tenant history, I am flexible and I'll help you out.
Let me know once you've completed your background check. It's in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the showing or email it to me. I am looking for serious tenants not window shoppers or tire kickers, I have 3 rental properties and a full time job.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
Enjoy your Saturday!
Kimberly Wolf

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Copy a large file from your Windows (or whatever OS you're using) directory, rename it [last name]_background_check.pdf and send it to them. Tell them you need to know right away when you can move in.


feelingsilly

@myvzw.com
reply to leiolanisad

Question

said by leiolanisad :

Someone is placing apartment/condo add on Craigslist EVERYWHERE in the US. The wording they are using is as followed:

The property is a 2 bedroom 1.5 bath with garage and washer and dryer. Dogs and cats are allowed with a $100 cleaning charge.

Requirements to rent our property are as follows:

1. A copy of your drivers license
2. 1st months rent and optional fee for pets
3. Lease Agreement, I'll bring this to the showing
(Options are month to month, 6 month or one year)
4. Background check for each applicant

The service we use is Tenant Verified, here is a link.

This is an easy way for me to screen applicants based on previous addresses and employment information. If you have a criminal record or poor rental history, I am flexible and I'll work with you.

Contact me when you have your background check. It is in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the showing or email it to me. I am looking for real tenants not window shoppers or tire kickers, right now I have 3 rental properties and a full-time job.

What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Leida Gruesbeck

Once you click on link it tells you to use for tenant background it places you on their fraud website. When you charge your card they don't take $39.95 they take $3,995! How can I shut their website down? After seeing google looks to me they are truly traveling with this. How is it possible after having so many reports, complaints? Why are they NOT in jail?? Using a merchant machine it take 3 working days for money to get in their account which is direct deposit. Once it is wired it should be known who and where to catch them? Please help me shut this website down.

Did anyone get an error on the website saying unable to accept credit card? If so, were you still charged? I just fell for one of these but the site would not take my card.


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it's possible something may have gone wrong (error on their end, site getting shut down or something, etc), but to be on the safe side, CONTACT YOUR BANK and have your card cancelled IMMEDIATELY.
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fenix_jn

join:2006-12-28
Miami, FL
reply to feelingsilly
It would make sense that it failed... that way you can try another credit card, have that one failed and try another... until you run out of cards... mind you, the site might have recorded the details for every card you tried for use later...


Lioness

@qwest.net
reply to leiolanisad

Re: [Scam] Tenant Verified Scam

Thanks so much for sharing this. Found it straightaway as my scammy senses were tingling about a reply I got to a craigs listing. Reported the nimrods, too.
The verbiage in their reply is exactly what you listed (well, other than date/day. Which was even in different colored font.

Sure hope you didn't get punk'd out of nearly $4000. If so, hope you get it back multiplied.
Would that these miscreants get a LONG lasting smackdown! But alas, they apparently continue to train for a job in Washington D.C. ahem. .


ironbird

@verizon.net
reply to leiolanisad
I too responded to an ad on Craigslist and received this e-mail. Seems Tenant verified is now operating under Rental verified. May have been shut down and using a different name but the site logo and site looks virtually identical and the charge is the same :

We appreciate your interest in our home for rent.
The rental we have that?s currently vacant right now is a 3 bedroom 1.0 bath with garage in an amazing neighborhood. The property has a full size washer and dryer.
There have not been any pets in the home so there are no smells, stains or odors. The home is pet friendly with no breed restrictions, we do not charge a fee or require a deposit but if your pet damages the property you are responsible for repairs.
To rent our property we require the following:
1. A valid Driver?s License or Photo ID
2. The first months rent
3. Completed background check for each applicant
4. Rental Agreement (month to month, 6 months or 1 year), I will bring it to the viewing
You can complete the background check online using Rental Verified: link.
This is an affordable way for me to screen applicants based on prior tenant history and job history. If you have a felony or bad rental history, I am flexible and I will help you out.
This property rents quickly, contact me when you have your background check and are ready to schedule a viewing. It is in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the viewing or email it to me.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
I will be available tomorrow, Wednesday morning.
Victoria

This is the link to the new site, what is the easiest way to get this one put to a stop ?

»rentalverified.com/pricing?i=89


Adobows

@verizon.net
reply to leiolanisad
Got this one this evening. It's still active!

Thank you for your interest in our property for rent.
The home we have available for rent right now is a 2 bedroom 1.5 bath with garage in a high demand neighborhood. The property has a full size washer and dryer.
There have not been any pets in the property so there are no smells, stains or odors. The property is pet friendly with no breed restrictions, we do not charge a fee or require a deposit but if your pet damages the property you are responsible for repairs.
To rent our property we require the following:
1. A valid Driver?s License or Photo ID
2. The 1st months rent
3. Completed background check for each applicant
4. Lease Agreement (month to month, 6 months or 1 year), I will bring it to the viewing
You can complete the background check online using Rental Verified: link.
This is an easy way for me to screen applicants based on prior tenant history and job history. If you have a felony or poor tenant history, I am flexible and I will work with you.
This property rents quickly, let me know when you have your background check and are ready to schedule a viewing. It is in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the viewing or email it to me.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
I will be available tomorrow, Saturday morning.
Gianna


bkay1984

@comcast.net
This is a copy of an email I received.. The scam is still going! Who doesn't ask for a deposit anymore? Especially if they allow pets! It definitely sounds too good to be true! Alarms were going off in my head at that!

"coffeyfaith44@yahoo.com
Jun 4 (2 days ago)

to me
Betty,
We appreciate your interest in our property for rent.
The property we have available for rent right now is a 3 bedroom 1.5 bath with garage in an amazing area. The property has a washer and dryer.
There have not been any pets in the property so there are no smells, stains or odors. The property is pet friendly with no breed restrictions, we do not charge a fee or require a deposit but if your pet damages the property it is up to you to complete all repairs.
To rent our property we require the following:
1. A valid Driver?s License or Photo ID
2. The 1st months rent
3. Background check for each applicant
4. Rental Agreement (month to month, 6 months or 1 year), I will bring this to the showing
You can complete the background check online using Rental Verified: link.
This is an affordable way for me to screen applicants based on prior rental history and employment information. If you have a felony or poor tenant history, I am flexible and I will work with you.
This property rents quickly, contact me when you have your background check and are ready to schedule a viewing. It's in a .pdf, you can print it and bring to the showing or email it to me.
What's the best contact number for you? Are you available tomorrow?
I will be available tomorrow, Wednesday morning.
Faith"


Colorado Apt

@nhmccd.edu
reply to leiolanisad
I received the same email when I replied to an ad on Craigslist. I was a bit suspicious when I saw the ad since the price was so low and the wording was a bit odd.

Thanks for posting about this scam. We need to get the word out there so that no one else gets taken advantage of.


Fell for it

@comcast.net
reply to leiolanisad
Also just a heads up there is another company name they are using now, it is Rental Verified.com. I fell for it today, but then thought about it and found this forum. Called my bank to dispute the charge, we called the company and got a refund. I clicked the one time only report, but they were planning on charging my account every month. That is what the rep said. Be aware!