I Sent My Money To Nigeria & All I Got Was This STupid T-Shirt

(“Classic column Wednesday” while I work on the book)

First please forgive the length but I thought in order to get accurate feedback I needed to show this just as I received it. As you know I’ve been looking for places to live and decided to look in the new newspaper classifieds – Craigs List. A few postings didn’t have contact numbers or emails.   You had to click the link on the listing which would send an email directly to the poster to reply to you. This condo is in Albany next to Berkeley and El Cerrito and for the most part a small, nice town with excellent schools and money.
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Hello,

Showers of blessing unto you and you entire household.My name is Steven Holmes the owner of the 2bedroom Condo you are making enquiry of.I once resided in the Condo with my wife and only daughter before me and my family decided to work for the lord.So presently i am based here in the West africa.My wife could not stay further cause she had to go for a surgery in Mississippi,Cause she has to visit an Otology/Neurotologist for sugery we want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person that can take good care of the Condo for us we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, i am here in west Africa, our new House and put all my worries off concerning the maintenance of the Home for, since i am not residing there for now.I left behind some Facilities and electonics which include the rent, and a DVD player, air conditioning, alarm system. The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary cooking utensils, refrigerator-freezer, four-hob and oven, microwave,dishwasher and washing machine, My Computer Connected with Internet Acess Also the keys to the House are right here with me, and the lease document. Which i can send to you after all necessary agreement has be accepted. Also i will like you to know that the rent charges is not really the issue,Hope you are okay with the price of ($820) with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air condition and so on,but your absolute maintenance of my Home is most important thing so will want you to get back to me with the Application form below.

Here is the Condo address :535 Pierce St, Albany CA 94706 .. Pls note that you will be viewing the House from outside and won’t be able to inspect the Interior because the keys and the documents to the Condo are with me here in Africa and It is located on a cool, quiet and safe neighbourhood.

========= RENT APPLICATION FORM ============
PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL

Also,Pls answer these questions below:

1)Your Full Name______________________________________

2)Present Address(where you reside now) & Phone Number______________________________

3)How old are you _____________________________

4)Are you married ______________________________ _____

5)How many people will be living in the Condo___________________________

6)Do you have a pet _________________________________________

7)Do you have a car __________________________________________

8)Occupation _________________________________________________

9)How long are you willing to stay _________________________________________

10)When do you intend to move in _________________________________________

11)1 month Or 2 month deposit needed ______________________________________

12) Pictures of all the Occupant that will stay in my Condo______________________________________

MORE DETAILS

The accomodation comprises; entrance hall/landing (21’1×5’10), reception room (17’0x16’0), kitchen breakfast room(13×11), bedroom 2 (12’10×10’5), bathroom and separate WC on the first floor.

FURNISHED
PERIOD PROPERTY
SPACIOUS AND LIGHT
KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM
POPULAR AREA
GOOD TRANSPORT LINKS

Landing 22’1″ x 5’10” ( 6.73m x 1.78m )
Reception room 17’0″ x 16’0″ ( 5.18m x 4.88m )
Kitchen 13’0″ x 11’0″ ( 3.96m x 3.35m )
Bathroom 6’10” x 5’10” ( 2.08m x 1.78m )
Guest WC 5’0″ x 2’10” ( 1.52m x 0.86m )

One Mr John called me about the Condo,I told him that I can’t give him the Condo because he loves smoking,drinking and dont want him to get drunked and damaged my property one day so If you are still interested, No extra fees.I will like you to give me a call on this effect to know how serious you are,Here is my Contact Number +2348023554481 or 0112348023554481, I personally will actually come visiting you sometimes during the year as our new tenant.Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt in your name and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the keys and the documents to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i want you to stick to your words,We are putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this property of ours and God bless you more as you do this.

Thanks

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OK, why do I have a funny feeling and think this person is either:

A) a relative to that Nigerian Prince that wants to give me tons of money if I will just send him a fee to get the money released to the bank

B) a serial killer with a really elaborate Nigerian Prince fantasy

C) I call the number and it charges my phone $10,000 for an overseas porn call

D) If it is too good to be real, it probably is.

E) This condo doesn’t even belong to him.

It seems the average rental market prices for that area are:
Studio = $800-950
1 Bedroom = 1,000 – 1,350
2 Bedroom – 1,300 – 1,450 for the average place.

This is not the $450 I paid for a 1 bedroom when I got out of school.  Is this a new scam?  A way for an illiterate idiot to get his jollies?  I reported it to the Albany police and Craigs List because the whole thing stunk like last months hard boiled eggs after being in the trunk, in a plastic bag, in the heat.

Posted on June 9, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yes, it’s a new and fascinating scam. They write and claim they have a room/house to rent. Every single red flag of a scam is there – we don’t have the keys, you can only view from the outside, oh and send money before anything happens, etc. etc. You’re better off sending the money to the Nigerian Prince.

  2. You are so right Pasha! I’m not sure if the scammers are getting smarter or if people are getting dumber. I mean, if it didn’t work at least part of the time, why do the scam?

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