A MARKET I AIM TO TAP (crime pays)


I’ve been keeping an eye on Craiglist rentals for a while, trying to get an idea of what kind of house or duplex we can get in Minneapolis or nearby environs. We’re not moving til around the beginnng of November, but I figured it’d be good to be prepared.

Yesterday, we found this place (I’m not sure how long that link will work.) It did indeed seem like far too good a deal to be true, but since houses outside Minneapolis proper are much cheaper, I figured I’d email and see if it was available now or later. I got this reply:

Hello Jenni,Thank you very much for your response regarding your interest in having our house for rent. The house is much available for now. I want you to know that I am the owner of this building.I am presently in ONTARIO (CANADA) with my family for our Church Project that is being going on right now, I happen to be one of the elders that was picked on the roll, called to handle these church project and we shall be staying much longer. So for that reason my family and me decided to lease the house out while we have the keys to the building right here with us. I want you to take your time out to inspect the house, i know you will like it because i have got every necessary thing in place, you can go and take a look of the house, but no access to the apartment since the keys are with us here in Canada.

I will like to inform you that it was due to my transfer that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, We are here in ONTARIO (CANADA), we have with us the keys and the lease documents to the building, we were trying to get an agent that is more reliable who we could entrust this documents to before we left but could not get a reliable agent, so therefore, we don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took the keys and the documents of my family house along with us.

We are only willing to give the home out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the home the neatness it deserves, please don’t contact me. But if you promise me to always take good care of our house, get back to me.NOTE: If you are interested please fill out the APPLICATION FORM and return a copy and also bear in mind that you are to pay for the deposit of $2,300 for two months which will be paid first prior to the receiving the keys and the documents to the building in question. I accept pet and a non-refundable pet fee of $500. And is a fenced backyard.

If you are interested in our home, then i will advice you to have this house in advance, because people are coming for it.

Pastor Mike Smith.

Um, right. I would like to send $2,300 to a Pastor Mike Smith in ONTARIO (CANADA) immediately, and I would also like to fill out the attached form that asks for every financial detail of my (and my boyfriend’s) life. And I’ll get on that right quick, because people are coming for it.

So, I decided to do some research on the house. The tax record lists a company called Molitor and Associates as the owner, not Pastor Mike Smith in ONTARIO (CANADA). Molitor seems to not have a website at all (what??), but the folks on Citysearch don’t think very highly of them. I found the ad for the house actually placed by Molitor and Associates, and it looked pretty legit (the rent is more in keeping with the market, too). I wondered if maybe the place was in foreclosure, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Now, do the scammers just pull information from the actual ad and try to get people to send them all their bank info and a large check in ONTARIO (CANADA)? Or is this Molitor place somehow involved? It’s kind of hilarious, and I want to know how many people fall for it. (Also, check out the sample scam letters on Craigslist.)

More importantly, why can’t scammers learn to spell and use language that actually sounds halfway like a real person? You’d think their effectiveness rate would skyrocket. Scamming classes: totally an untapped market.

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