Victim Location 98311
Type of a scam Rental
Here is an email after I made initial contact:
Thanks for the Interest. My house is available for rent located at 361 W Tahuyeh Dr, Bremerton, WA 98312 in quiet and safe neighborhood. I need someone to rent the house in my absence because I just secured a new contract here in Cleveland, Ohio. I couldn’t found a sincere Realtor before left and I discovered they are trying to inflate the rent and their charges which I can’t afford, So I stopped dealing with them beacuse money is not the problem but responsible tenant that would take care of the house.
NB: You are free to check the neighborhood and then get back to me for further discussion, Any Realtor sign post will be removed once I get a responsible tenant because the Realtor is no longer in charge. It is available for a long Term Lease as we would be here for probably 3years or more and we are also intending to relocate and buy my new house here in Cleveland, Ohio.(Security deposit required) which is $800. References needed, Pets Acceptable. The rent fee is $1200 per month including the all the utilities. Get back to me if interested so I can forward you the Application Form.
General house description:
Very unique 3 bedroom 2 bath home with multiple bonus rooms, RV hook ups, small animal/chicken area and pet friendly! Enter from the covered carport and wrap around deck into the dining/kitchen area. Many sliding doors, balconies, patio area surrounding the home. Home comes with washer/dryer.
His response after I told him I was hesitant due to there being so many scammers:
Oh My God! It’s very unfortunate that the world has turned to where people don’t trust each other and i can understand you because of the scammers online today, it’s only Almighty God who can save us from this ungodly people. Am not surprise because the bible says…"When the wold is coming to an end strange things will continue to occur" and this is part of it. Let me assure you that i can’t destroy my integrity that i have built for so long just because of any amount of money.
I promise you with the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ that you will never regret renting my house.
I have more pictures of the house.
I felt a little relieved and gave him some information about my family we then continue to exchange emails about the house. Here is his response:
Alright, The Application Form has been attached to this email kindly print it out to fill and sign then scan it back to me. I would make a copy of it for the record of my own file and also send one of the copy to you via courier service both with the keys and the documents if your Application Form is approved.
Concerning the keys and the necessary documents you have no problem getting them if your Application Form is approved. My family and I would need to review and pray about your Application Form because we need to be concerned about whom we’re giving out our house especially as we are not around. If your application form is approved I would be sending the keys Via courier service to the address you fill on the application form.
You can call or Text me for any questions… phone# 216-816-0180
Our Family went to visit the house and noticed a Rental sign from a Realtor. We took a picture and then started investigating. I called the realtor and she gave me the name of the owner and it happened to be the same name of the person I was emailing. My Husband attempted to call him but could hardly understand him or hear him and they ended up not being able to talk we just assumed the connection was bad.
My Husband and I agreed we should at least turn in the paperwork and see what happens.
Here is another email from the scammer:
Thank you, I got your filled application form. I would go through your Application Form and get back to you shortly if your application is okay with me. Best Regards.
So we waited..then I received this the next day:
Thank you so much for getting back to me with the filled application, Am so happy to inform you that your application form has been accepted. Please I want you to take very good care of the house because many tenants destroy house while they are moving out especially when the landlord is far away and we don’t want to experience such. I would send the keys and documents to you via courier services to the current address you filled on the application form. I would also send you the tracking# for the package immediately I complete the shipping process. We are trusting you please don’t disappoint me and my family because I don’t want a situation I would regret renting my house to you. I promise I will always be a good friend to you and your family as well.
Below are the contents of the documents.
1) Entrance and the rooms Keys
2) The house documentary file
3) Payment Receipt
4) Full address and description of the house.
Do you have any pictures of yourself or family? So I can picture the face whom is renting my house.
Please reconfirm the mailing address where you are to get the package of the keys and documents.
I have also attached me and my family pictures!
You can call or Text me for any questions… phone# 216-816-0180
While we were waiting my husband and I started trying to see if we can locate this person on Facebook and we found only one name of someone here local in the area. Everything seemed to match up the location of where the house was located where they were from so we felt really good about all this and then he sent that picture of his family and new now things were not adding up. We thought maybe if I change the location for Ohio where he claimed to be at so we searched in Ohio and found nothing. I then attempted to contact the realtor place again to try to see if I can get information about the owners and then I was told that people have public access to the owners of the house. She also said that all of their listings through their website have been marked as being scammed and was very frustrated. She took down the information of the gentleman who I’ve been messaging and calling then told me to file a police report. I put the phone number in to Google search and did a background check there is no name listed for the phone number but it is a landline and they’re using some kind of service through Bandwidth.com.