Victim Location 90028
Total money lost $2,300
Type of a scam Rental
The website, Craigslist, there was a house for rent for 1000 a month and 800 deposit. The housing address was 421 Jacobs Dr. Merced, CA. The scammer pretended to be reverend/father. This what the scammer sent through email
" Greeting Blessings to you and your Family,
I must confess that I am new in this landlord business and the home is still available and ready for move in However, My name is Rev Todd E Mclean, I own the house located at (421 Jacobs Dr,Merced, CA 95348)This home has been totally remodeled. All wood floors, new appliances RO System and soft water. Great home has it all.due to my job as a missionary I spent less time. My family and I are currently in New Haven, CT for missionary call. and due to the inability to g et a good Realtor management to help us with the property of me and my family had to leave with the keys and document of the house when leaving., I’m willing to rent out the home to a good and God Fearing tenant because of this reason and more we need a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money ,I’m giving out the home with such a reasonable amount because I am only paying God back for his kindness and mercy over me and my family with what I have that`s why I asked for such a reasonable amount. It`s also a pride for me to work for him on a missionary work. Also I need someone/a family that will take good care of the house as their own property. If you can assure me that you can take proper care of the property as if it were yours.
Note" Have work with an Realty Company but i notice the month fee is to much for normal family to afford an d i believe that God created us purpose which my wife understood then we got advise from my Attorney that we should find someone that can sacrifice their willingness to take care of the house rather than to have someone with no passion but money, do not contact the sign in front of the house and i also wrote it is for sale (But it is rent to own option) i don’t want any agent to take advantage of my property i indicate Realty Company Acclaimed Properties to scare them away.
Bed & Bath:4 Bedrooms,2 Bathrooms
Please make sure this questions are fill correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to accept your applications. I know you would want to see the house before making any kind of rental payment , which is understandable..We can make arrangement for t he keys and documentation including an Authorization letter to be shipped to you, this will give you the opportunity to view house.
I’ll be looking forward to hear from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you. The Lord
Almighty has been good to me, I am paying him back with my missionary call. I could let you remain in the house till I come back if you are a good tenant. I will email rent terms as soon as I receive your reply.
Feel free to contact me at 203 584 7313 as I will be waiting to hear from you.
God Bless You.
Rev Todd E Mclean. And Family
Todd E Mclean
[email protected] ""
This scammer has the guts to use the God’s word and name. after that he sen this
Hello *** *** ***,
We considered you as favorite Tenant because we give you benefit of the doubt that you will take good care of our house, Please don’t let us down. We have all the documents with us, want you to get back to me asap to ascertain how you are going to make the payment. Let me know when you are ready to make the payment so that i can direct you where to send the deposit to and i will be going to the courier service to register the package with your name and address found in your application form,please advice if that is the correct destination where you want it delivered,and as soon as i confirm the payment over here,the shipment for the package and document will commence and its a two days delivery.
HERE ARE THE KEYS AND DOCUMENTS WE ARE GOING TO SEND TO YOU VIA COURIER SERVICE.
1)Entrance and the room Keys
2)Paper/Permanent house form(Containing your reference details)
3)The house documentary file.
We will like you to answer the questions below so we can know how soon you want the documents and keys to get you and as well know when you intend making the payment for the house.
1)Will you take good care of the house?
2)Where do you wants the keys and the paper work to be ship to?
3)Who will be receiving the keys and the paper?
4)How soon do you want the keys to be ship you?
5)How much can you pay to secure the house till your moving date?
6)Are you ready to pay for you to have the keys and the documents asap?
7)Are you ready to pay for the security deposit asap?
Below is my Personal Assistance Bank details for you to send the security deposit and first month rent by CASH DEPOSIT ONLY once you are ready to let me proceed with the shipment.
ACCOUNT NAME: Ari Lawson
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 305006021092
Banks Name:Bank of America
Beneficiary Address:321 Circular Avenue; Hamden, Connecticut 06514
Please get back to me so i can provide me the above information so i can send you the sign lease agreement for you to sign,
Await your reply soon.
May God bless you
Todd E Mclean
Sooo good to be true. If y’all encountered this type of thing, it’s a scam.
The person on the picture obviously not him, but I hope this person will be aware that someone is using his physical appearance.