Example of a Craigslist Rental Scam
This was an email response to an ad that was posted on craiglist where the information was taken from my MLS posting which was syndicated on other rental sites. Thankfully the would be tenant drove by saw my sign in the window and called to inform me of the situation, The last paragraph  at the very bottom of the response was the most entertaining....
 
From: Ju Hh [mailto:hhju713@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 7:24PM
To: Jillisky, Michael
Subject: Re: $700 / 2br -1152ft² - Condo (Hilliard, OH)

 Thanks foryour email.. The house is still available. I decided to rent the house becausewe are going to spend more time here in Abuja,about 4 years.. Let me start by introducing myself. I must confess that I amvery new in this landlord business. However, My name is Robin A Ostrom. I andmy wife own the house located at (1991  Camino Ln# 17A Hilliard, OH 43026).Due to my job as a civil engineer, I works for a German company called JULIUSBERGER CONSTRUCTION CO, and now i have been transfer to West Africa to work ina branch in West Africa.I spent less time in the States so I could not get ahold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew howlong we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house.However,the initial plan was to sale out the House. which I tried, butsometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell.The houseinclude the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, GarbageDisposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, DiningTable and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internetaccess e.t.c. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person thatcan take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to beclean and for you to take it as if it were yours. I hope you will promise me totake very good care of my home, also i will be come once in 4 months for visitto see how you are taking care of the home, and if any thing need to be repairin the home, i can fix it back!
Information about the house below:
The rent is: $700 Security Deposit: $700
This 2 bedroom home
Parking type: Garage - Attached
Pet are also Welcome.

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATIONFORM BELOW.
RENT APPLICATION FORM.
Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
Phone # : __________?
How many proposed occupants : __________?
List all in addition to yourself including approx age : __________?
Present Address : __________?
City/State : __________?
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 : __________?

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TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY PLACE FROM THE OUTSIDE, BUT IF YOUDRIVE BY THE HOME YOU MAY SEE A SIGN THERE, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT ITBELONGS TO OUR PREVIOUS AGENT SO YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT ANDYOU DON'T HAVE TO CALL THEM BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE HOME ANYMORE!IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE TENANCY RENT APPLICATION FORM FILLEDOUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME. ALSO YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT +2348083043005 OR+2347038114086.
Regards,
Robin A Ostrom