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BEWARE!!! This is a scam artist.. they are trying to fraudulently rent out homes.. this is the email they sent me... swing by to view from the outside,i currently move back to,Hyattsville, MD with my family,i work with a construction company my wife also is a nurse she also work here as well, i am renting myself i don't have any agent or relative around i want to rent it myself,we are also God fearing family,you need to drive by to look it from the outside first,there is the water,heat,trash,are include with the rent am only looking to rent the house and not selling it anymore.washer,dryer,hookups and all appliances included,good and quite neighborhood. I have the keys here with me i am renting myself not dealing with the agent anymore, i can mail it to you and secure the house for you asap,do you have good credit and reference?the deposit is 1000 the lease will be for 1 year with an option to renew it do you have work and landlord references and you can provide pay-stub?the house is in a perfect condition.If anything goes wrong with the pipe or anything just contact me i will make arrangement for repair.You can reach me at 2147167463. After this i was wary and called a real estate agent and found out the house was up to be demolished!!!!! BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Florida
 Apr 10th, 2014
In Feb of 2014, this person claimed to have property for rent at 1293 Helliwell Street NW, Palm Bay, FL 32907. This person sent me a series of unprofessional/antagonistic text messages after I inquired about the property via a web site called Hotpads.com. The text messages went like this:

Them: "Home still availble and for rent" (Note: this is not what I asked nor is it useful information since I replied to their ad)

Me: "Who is this and what property? Please call me. Thanks." (By now I've looked at a lot of properties so getting a text from an unidentified caller who provides zero information, including their name, does me no good. Also, I don't have a smart phone and was in the car running errands and away from a computer.)

Them: "Sorry your number show UT which area are you looking to move into?"

At this point, I call the number and an outgoing automated message instructs me to speak my name in order to be *possibly* connected to the Google Phone/Voice customer. Google Phone? That's a free service, and anonymous to boot. But I call, identify myself, explain that I've shopped for a lot of houses and would appreciate a call back since I'm on the road and don't know which property they are talking about. Then I text them back.

Me: "Please call me. Just left u a voice mail."

Them: "Which area are you looking to move into? Will call you back soon am at work"

Me: "Call me when ur off work. I'm driving."
Me: "U have heard of relocation right?"

Them: "Yes i will call you, answer my question so i knew we are on same page, which area are you looking to move into?"

Me: "No longer interested. U r too difficult. I inquired about a specific property and if u cant keep track of that then forget it"

Them: "Am not difficult i just want to know what state you looking to move into that all am simple man"

Me: "Stop harassing me"

Them: "Get lost"

When I returned home, this person had replied to my inquiry via the HotPads site and used a return email address of dumbie40@gmail.com.

The e-mail says:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: dumi bieplo
Date: Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Subject: Re: Lead for 1293 Helliwell Street NW, Palm Bay, FL 32907


The property is still available for rent and ready to move in,do you have pets? how many adult and kids will be moving in? when are you looking to move in?Have you swing by to view from the outside,i have relocated to Hyattsville,MD with my family the water,heat,trash,and electricity are include with the rent you need to look it from the outside first, am only looking to rent the house and not selling it anymore.I am renting myself i don't have any agent or relative around i want to rent it myself,there is washer,dryer,hookups and all appliances included.Pets are allowed.

I have the keys here with me i am renting myself not dealing with the agent anymore, i can mail it to you and secure the house for you asap, do you have good credit and reference?the deposit is 1000 the lease will be for 1 year with an option to renew it do you have work and landlord references and you can provide pay-stub?the house is in a perfect condition.If anything goes wrong with the pipe or anything just contact me i will make arrangement for repair.Call me at 2147167463.

(end of e-mail)
Needless to say, I'm not interested in dealing with a person who is probably a scammer.
anonymous
 Feb 03rd, 2014

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