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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

So I listed my apartment on Craigslist (trying to move out, so I can get a place with my cousins). I got an email from "Ravi" yesterday, and this is what it said

My name is Ravi and im a male age 30 moving to fargo on Dec 6th which is this saturday. I am a consultant and will be working in fargo for a while i guess. At present im in Washington DC and will get there on 6th. So if you could share some more info of the appt like some pictures that would be great.


Now, on first read, I thought it was a typical Craigslist scam, but then I read it again. His english is fairly decent, and not nearly as bad as other scammers on C/L. Also, he doesn't offer me money or anything, he simply just wants some pictures of my apartment.

I replied back to him, telling him the details of the apartment, how much rent is, etc. His next email was this....

thats fine
can i come and see the appt this sunday? Are you still living there? did you sign any lease ? I would appreciate if you could give me your phone no where i can reach you.


Once again, he says nothing about money, although this time he asks for my phone number to discuss the apartment (a reasonable request for someone looking for an apt I guess). I didn't give him my number, as I am still kind of weary of this whole thing.

I told him a few more details about the apartment, and told him I would be home all day Sunday, so that he could come check out my place. He replied:

sunday morning 11 am would be fine please send me your address

Now, this is when my scam radar started going off again. Nobody would say "Sunday morning, 11 a.m." I did give him my address (just in case it is a legit offer). Was there any harm in giving this guy my address if it turns out to be a scam?

This one is really tricky. It seems like it could quite possibly be a scam, but then again, it doesn't contain all of the broken English, or offers of money like all the other scams.

So what does everyone think? Is this legit? Or is it a scam? [/b]

Also, I find it suspicious that he wouldn't already have a place lined up. He would have obviously known he was being shipped out from DC to Fargo, so why wouldn't he have had a place picked out already? Instead of "moving to fargo on the 6th, and I want to check out your apt on the 7th".
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Can you quote the email headers (without your email address)? They may show where he really is.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

This is a double-post of the one in Main (which has gotten more attention), so I'm locking this one.


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