Victim Location 70607
Total money lost $300
Type of a scam Rental
Looking to move into a house so I went on craigslist in Lake Charles, La there is a house on this site 3 bedroom/2 bath pink and blue house. The names to contact on the website are Mr. or Ms. Wallace, an email, and also a phone number. I contacted who I thought was Ms. Wallace we agreed to meet at the property at 11:00 am that same day, I looked around, told her my boyfriend and I liked it very much. She then told me she would need $350 that day. When I asked her what it was for she told me it was towards the move in cost, but if my application was denied i would receive a refund. I filled out the application while she filled out a receipt for my $350. She told us to take pictures of everything for our own records, during all this a man came and picked up the money. We shook hands and she informed me that I would be hearing from her by 6:00 pm to know if we got approved. At 5:30 that evening I received a text saying our application was denied and my refund due me and the reason why we were denied would be mailed to my address and would arrive by Wednesday. On Wednesday I got an envelope that was confusing because the return name on the envelope was not the same name as the name on Craigslist the lady I thought I gave my money to was Ms. Wallace the name on the envelope was Ms.Maxine Dunn. I opened it to find a check for 50$ from an woman that I had never heard of and a letter telling me in bold print to remember she stated I would get the refund due me and she never said I would get the full amount. Well I knew that when I read the receipt at the house it said our application fee was 150 per person which isn’t strange I did wonder about the extra 50 dollars but it also said I would get a refund minus any fees used to help process my application and I assumed like everyone else I have applied with and like she told me herself, if I was approved the balance minus the fees used would go towards my deposit to move in. All I see that this lady did was try to pull my credit report online it was 5 hrs in between us meeting and her denying my application, I don’t see how she used 300 in fees to process my application. I don’t see how this is legal…I have a receipt and as far as I know you can charge an application fee but if its rejected you must refund what you didn’t use. I have never heard of a person or place that keeps the entire app fee if its more than 50 dollars without telling you what they spent the money on. How can this woman keep my money and say I’m only due 50 dollars and show me no kind of proof of fees used or reason why. Telling me that the application fee is 150 a piece is not saying why she kept the whole thing and spent none of it on my actually processing my application.
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