Homes Sales In And Around Corpus Christi

4153 Harry Street Used In A Rental Scam

4153 Harry Street used in a rental scam.  I recently had one of my listings used as a potential rental home in a rental scheme on Craigslist.  This property was NEVER going to be a rental, the folks selling the home were doing just that...selling, not renting their home.  I have had so many calls from interested renters that went by and saw my name on the sign that I have lost track, but it numbers over 50. 

The people (just being polite) using my listing in their rental scam even used my pictures and verbage from the MLS in their fraudulent rental ads.  One of the potential victims forwarded me some of the information sent to them by this scammer, I have removed my client's name but the rest is verbatim:

From: craigslist 3776845089 <pzjcs-3776845089@hous.craigslist.org>
To: 3b5c4392022e36beafc95edeef3cbd2f@reply.craigslist.org
Sent: Wed, May 1, 2013 10:01:06 CDT
Subject: Re: - $800 / 3br - 1703ft² - 3bedroom-2bathroom home for rent (corpus christi)

Hello,
I am XXXXXX XXXXXX, I still have the house available to rent, I am totally new to this landlord business because this will be my first time to rent out a house, I work as a missionary with a catholic church in assisting the community here in Georgia. I am the owner of the house located at (4153 Harry St Corpus Christi, TX 78411) you can drive by to view the house but you wont be able to look at the inside because i am here with the keys..However, the initial plan was to sale out the house. which I tried, but sometimes the agents increase the prize and their commission is too much so it takes longer to sale i am letting you to know this because if you find the house on another website or you found a sign board in front or at the backyard of the house that show a for sale sign, that is the old advert. because of this reason and more i need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as i am not really after the money,but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours. I also hope you dont have problem renting from the deaf? but we can text if thats okay with you.
Thanks
XXXXXX

From: craigslist 3776845089 <pzjcs-3776845089@hous.craigslist.org>
To: 3b5c4392022e36beafc95edeef3cbd2f@reply.craigslist.org
Sent: Thu, May 2, 2013 16:53:05 CDT
Subject: Re: - $800 / 3br - 1703ft² - 3bedroom-2bathroom home for rent (corpus christi)

Okay...get back to me when you have drive by if you are still interested in the house then we can text further on this

From: craigslist 3776845089 <pzjcs-3776845089@hous.craigslist.org>
To: 3b5c4392022e36beafc95edeef3cbd2f@reply.craigslist.org
Sent: Fri, May 3, 2013 11:22:22 CDT
Subject: Re: - $800 / 3br - 1703ft² - 3bedroom-2bathroom home for rent (corpus christi)

Here is the renter application..i am working on the lease right now

 

The scammer is telling potential renters to send the damage deposit by mail and they in turn will receive the keys to the home by return mail.  This home has now been sold, it closed April 14th, but the ads continue to appear, I just finished flagging another ad yesterday.  Once again, another VERY GOOD reason to use a REALTOR® in all your real estate transactions even if you are only planning to rent!

22 commentsSuzanne Taylor • May 16 2013 02:26PM
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