Hmmmm…something smells

On Dec. 8th, I saw a listing on craigslist for a 3bd. home in Pasadena for $1050 a month. Sounds great, right? So, I emailed the listing asking when we can see the house. My husband, unbeknownst to me had made a phone call to the 626 number on the ad to ask the same thing. That was on Tuesday. That night, we decided since it was close by to drive by and look.  There’s a sign outside, but it was obvious someone is living there, you know…since we could see them walking around inside the house. Today, I got this email:

Thanks for your response regarding your interest in having my house for rent.The house is much available for now and it a 3 bedroom home..I want you to know that i am the owner of this building situated at [redacted].But i am now presently in West Africa for my Hospitals Project prayer crusade with my wife and we have the keys right here with us.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 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 West Africa,NIGERIA our new house and also with the keys of the house,we are trying to look for an agent that we can give this document before we left but could not see and we are as well as don’t want our house to be used any how in our absent that is why we took it along with us here..We are only willing to give the house out to a lovely and caring family only, so if you know you cannot give the house the neatness it deserves please don’t contact me.But if you promise to always take good care of the house,get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting a home.Hope you are okay with the monthly price of $1050 with hydro,heat laundry facilities,air-condition Etc.I am looking forward to hear from you ASAP,Our house number is[foreign phone number] OR
[foreign phone number], below is the application form for you to fill and discuss on how to get the house for rent..
Kindly confirm your interest by filling the form below:
FIRST NAME: __________________
MIDDLE NAME: __________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________ (CELL)
PHONE (____) __________ (WORK)
PHONE (____) __________ (HOME)
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
Home ADDRESS: ___________________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? _______________________________________________________________________
Looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file incase of issuing the receipt for you and contacting  you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the key to you,please we are giving you all this base on t r ust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that,we do not see yet and only putting everything into Gods hand,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.

Yeah…i think we’ll pass.

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  • You should have written back saying that you had found other accommodations, but that you are a social media expert and you could help them advertise their house by providing them with the secret to getting millions of Twitter followers. Of course, you'd need to create a Twitter account for this purpose that had NO Twitter followers whatsoever...
  • I have this going on right now, sounded too good to be true, so I copied and pasted th phrase and landed here! Thank you for posting, the guy says he is on mission work doing GOD's calling. I am oging to take John's spin and say I can get him some media attention through my blog(which will just take one MILLION dollars to get the passwod to which doesn't exist) :).
  • LOL Glad to be of service, Julie. I say run with it!
  • ROFL I love that idea, John!
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    I bet if you responded they would eventually ask you to send them the first month's rent and 1.5 month's security by western union and they would send the key right out to you as soon as they get it. (and you'd never get a key, of course)
  • Ah yes, that would make sense, despite the "giving you the house" part.
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