Apartment Scam Warning

If you see an apartment listing these images and possibly the video below, it is most certainly a scam. Many users have found this scammer across craigslist in different cities and states. They all seem to point to a similar pattern: I’m renting my expensive apartment for city X. I am a traveling nurse/aid-worker/whatever and I am unable to show you the apartment. Send me money.

During my communication with the scammer, he used the name “James Dawei[email protected] and had a “Landlord’s” phone number: 469-205-5670

Others are reporting the following name, emails, and addresses:

If you receive communication from this scammer and it fits the pattern identified here or identified in the comments by other users, please post the scammer details (email, phone number, scam messages, etc)! It will help other people find this scammer and not send money to the wrong people!

If you have already sent money to someone you suspect is running a scam contact your bank immediately!

IP tracing has to lead me to see this particular scammer is located in Benin, West Africa.

If you see connections between this webpage and a post on craigslist, you are probably dealing with a scammer.  In order to slow them down and prevent other people from being scammed, click the report button in craigslist. It looks like this:

Craigslist Prohibited Report Button

Here are some emails the scammer sent me while communicating about this apartment:

Hello Luke, How are you doing?

Thanks for showing interest in my sublet apartment.
Some info about me- I’m a 29 y.o travel Nurse, I have just been
transferred to start my new rotation in Louisiana for 11 months, i
recently came down here to join my colleagues for orientations,
conferences, I’m also trying to have my accomodation situation sorted
asap as well as get myself familiar with the area.

I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have
along term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord
permits me subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment
empty when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay,
I decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would
occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same
time, getting some money for myself

The apartment is exactly like in the pictures posted on craigslist. I
made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to
show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward
you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

I’d like to know if you will be having any pets and if so would like
you to share some information about the pet,I would like to know a
little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live
in the apartment? and for how long? where are you presently,I look
forward to your email and Should you need more information, I am at
your disposal.

Best, James.

Google Account Picture

A YouTube commenter got as far as preparing to submit a depsot on the apartment and recieved the following bank details from their scammer:
Name: Ariel R. Banks
Account Number: 661670963
Routing Number: 111000614

Supposed address: 400 Boren Avenue North, Seattle WA

This commentor was dealing with a least in Seattle, WA — showing the scammer has a pretty far reach all up and down the west coast. The specific ad text was:

My apartment is fully furnished and spacious with everything, from living room appliances and furniture w/pull-over sofa, to TV/cable DVD player, with access to Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. Bedroom consists wardrobes and drawers and new sheets as well. Also you have access to all house amenities! Essentials; including kitchen(6 burner gas stove, microwave, cooking pots, pans, dishes, glasses, electric kettle, etc) with free parking space on premises.. You can consider moving in with your personal belongings only.
House rules :
*No smoking
*Not suitable for pets
*No parties or events
*Not safe or suitable for children’s (0-12)
My expectations is that you treat this house with respect. If you’re not sure, feel free to ask me anything.
AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Here are the included pictures for this ad (to help people find this page):

Please report the contact details of your scammer below. This will help others find this article!

72 thoughts on “Apartment Scam Warning”

  1. Just attempted the same thing now. Henry Friedman is his name…. but he doesn’t sound like someone from Philly, PA .

  2. I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due
    to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it
    is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit
    and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person
    that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for
    the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will
    rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in
    our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not
    intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term
    lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me
    subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty,
    when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided
    to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy
    and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance
    of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out
    for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want
    our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the
    keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle
    for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good
    care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care
    of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like
    to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 55 Janet Circle, Bridgeport CT 06606

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in June, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 March,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and
    a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed
    application form enclosed and any more information you require if you
    are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more
    about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to
    live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will
    take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby

  3. He just attempted this on me too! He was Gabby Takers this time and the address he used is: 253 Cumberland St, Brooklyn NY 11205

      1. This person and website, “Gabby Takers” is likely not associated with the scam and only a is a name the scammer is using. Thanks for reporting though!

        1. The website itself is also fake. If you look at his “gallery”, all you see are professional photos stolen from the internet, including some Annie Leibowitz works 😛

      2. I got a response from Gabby Takers at [email protected] for 206 Bell St in Seattle. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/sub/6579976684.html
        I found this page by Googling “Gabby Takers”.

        They wrote:

        I’m currently in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, myself and the Red
        Cross Disaster Relief Team came down to Texas to help displaced
        persons with shelter, food and help rebuild affected communities, I have to make sure all this event is filmed for memories as requested by the American Red Cross.

        I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

        I am looking forward to renting out my apartment for 6 to 12 months (from now until the End of May 2019). I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months.

        Centrally located on  206 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121

        Kindly specify the dates you need the place for to be sure to
        accommodate you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the unit for the remaining term in-between afterward.

        I look forward to moving with the next steps.

    1. Exerpt from the ad: “The apartment is well furnished with a nice frangace and includes living room tv cable,WiFi, and DVD player fully stocked kitchen with plates and utensils microwave coffee maker etc. With a king size bed chair nice tables chest and tv please contact for more information , a/c,central air system, microwave, modern bath, new aplliances, new renovated bath, st,parking professionally managed building.”

    1. Be sure to monitor your credit, I’d stop all communication. Maybe tell him you found a different place. Good luck! At least you didn’t send him any money!

  4. Also he just posted in tiburon ..thx forbyour warn8ngs ..i was suspicious that’s why I searched..here thk u

  5. Gabby Takers is Back !
    He’s on Craigslist trying to rent a fully furnished apartment in CT!
    You can read his two emails below.

    “I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty, when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 545 Bedford St, Stamford CT 06901

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in June, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 May,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed application form enclosed and any more information you require if you are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby ”

    We then received a SECOND EMAIL :

    “Your contract has just arrived.

    Attached is the agreement/contract and payment details for the
    total rent of your stay and security deposit which is your move in deposit.

    Here’s the landlord bank account that you will be making the payment of $2000 ($1150 First month rent and $850 Refundable security deposit) via Bank deposit/Instant Bank transfer

    Bank: Bank Of America
    Name: Myles Gilford
    Account Number: 334040212656
    Routing Number: 026009593

    So my presupposition is as follows:-
    – You read and sign the sublease Contract/Agreement
    – You make the payment and send the confirmation slip and signed paperwork
    – I give you instructions and directions on how you get to the apartment
    – You move in on your move-in date, enjoy your stay and take good care of my apartment.

    Get back to me with the payment confirmation as soon as you get
    it done, so i can setup how you will be moving in and everything could be in perfect place.”

  6. AT IT AGAIN. BEWARE.

    I nearly got scammed by “Gabby Takers” ([email protected]) for an apartment listed in Stamford, CT for $1150 fully furnished. The pictures of the apartment have changed, but the wording he uses in emails is identical to that posted above.

    I can no longer find the link to the listing on Craigslist and the pictures he used have changed.

    I was sent the following banking information:

    Bank: Bank Of America
    Name: Myles Gilford
    Account Number: 334040212656
    Routing Number: 026009593

  7. OMG!!! I wish I could have seen this post early!!!! We have transfered 850 to Gabby Taker. I thought I had been cautious enough to only transfer the security money instead of full rent requested by him. We are so stupid

    1. See if you can contact your bank and cancel the transfer (be sure to tell them the receiver was conducting fraud). Sorry about your loss 🙁

  8. Same happened to me in Costa Mesa, CA. “James Dawei” ([email protected]) listed the apt address to be 2332 Elden Ave Costa Mesa, CA. I won’t list the bank account info he sent me, since I am not sure if it hasn’t been stolen from a real person (supposed bank was Woodforest National Bank). The phone # of the supposed landlord (who I actually spoke with) is (469) 205 – 5670 (Grapevine, TX). I reported him to the FBI (internet crime division); I would suggest everyone do the same – http://www.ic3.gov

  9. Just got this for Denver area…be careful folks

    ——

    From: Gabby Takers
    Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 12:46 PM
    To: *******
    Subject: MY SUBLET APARTMENT

    Hi ******, Thank you for your interest in my sublet unit.

    Some intro about me – My name is Gabby and I’m a Professional photographer.

    I’m currently in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, myself and the Red
    Cross Disaster Relief Team came down to Texas to help displaced
    persons with shelter, food and help rebuild affected communities, I
    have to make sure all this event is filmed for memories as requested
    by the American Red Cross.

    I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to
    show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward
    you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    I am looking forward to renting out my apartment for 6 to 12 months
    (from now until the End of May 2019). I am also open to a short
    term sublease between 1 to 2 months.

    Centrally located on 2960 Inca St, Denver, CO 80223

    Kindly specify the dates you need the place for to be sure to
    accommodate you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the
    unit for the remaining term in-between afterward.

    I look forward to moving with the next steps.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby

  10. Hi, my girlfriend sent over $2K to this scam. Her bank is in Mexico and she is in the U.S. now and the bank said she 90 days and must go to the branch to make a petition. What are the chances of her getting her money back, has anyone here been able to reverse the transaction? Is it helpful to call the police/consumer protection agency? These people are terrible, hoping for some help.

  11. You guys saved my life. He’s back and this time its in Davenport Iowa.
    https://quadcities.craigslist.org/sub/d/all-amenities-included-in/6581558239.html
    Here’s the listing. Please watch out my peeps.
    “I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due
    to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it
    is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit
    and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person
    that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for
    the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will
    rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in
    our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not
    intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term
    lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me
    subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty,
    when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided
    to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy
    and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance
    of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out
    for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want
    our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the
    keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle
    for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good
    care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care
    of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like
    to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 2700 E 53rd St, Davenport IA 52807

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in June, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 May,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and
    a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed
    application form enclosed and any more information you require if you
    are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more
    about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to
    live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will
    take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Gabby”

  12. Argh … so glad I had a gut feeling so I did a search of this dudes email [email protected] & came across this page. Figured it was a scam since he will not tell me the location after requesting it 3 times. Currently in Costa Mesa on the Orange County Craigslist .. this sucks cause I need to find a place soon .. anyway to play with this guy & get him caught?

    1. Unfortunately, he’s in West Africa, so it would be quite difficult to get the authorities there to track him down.

  13. A girl posted a Craigslist AD for a 1 Bedroom Apartment in DC Titled: $1300 / 1br – 800ft2 – Cozy Furnished Apartment For Rent In Decent Neighborhood

    (Now $1300 for a 1 Bedroom in DC is unheard of – I knew the chances it wasn’t real were high but I thought you never know. It’s also a Sublease so it wasn’t the full year)

    Emailed Gabby Takers ([email protected]) to schedule a tour and she replied: “You will hear soon from my uncle (Nicholas Bendtner) whom I helped post the ad due to his busy schedule. ”

    I received an email from this said to be Uncle: Nicholas Bendtner ([email protected]) that said:

    “Hello Matt,

    I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I and my wife is a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,
    and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced
    We are visiting the major areas of Washington (state), around Seattle,
    Tacoma, etc and I am and will be away for approximately 10 months due
    to my current assignment.

    I personally own a lease (In my name) and also want you to know that it
    is due to my work transfer that made me and my wife to leave the unit
    and also want to give it out for sublet and looking for a responsible person
    that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money for
    the rent but want it to be clean at all times and the person that will
    rent it to treat it as if it were its own. So for now in Seattle in
    our new apartment and also with the keys of the unit. We did not
    intend to give the apartment out for sublet, but since I have a long term
    lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me
    subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty,
    when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided
    to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy
    and take good care of the unit while I am away and also due to maintenance
    of the apartment my wife strongly advised we should give the place out
    for sublet to a good and clean tenant and we as well don’t want
    our property to be used any how in our absence that is why we took the
    keys and documents along with us. I and my wife would be in Seattle
    for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us to take very good
    care of the apartment. I only have pictures as an option for viewing
    as the pictures on the post is the exact way the apartment is and was
    taken recently by me. Kindly get back to me on how you could take care
    of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting homes.

    I am also open to a short term sublease between 1 to 2 months as I’m
    keen to sort out my apartment situation as soon as possible so I will like
    to confirm the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate
    you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the place for the
    remaining term in-between afterwards.

    Below are key details of my apartment you should be aware of
    Centrally located on 1350 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC 20009.

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone,
    internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no
    restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to
    have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed,
    but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties.

    Standard One Bedroom Apartment (Sitting Room, Balcony, Dining,
    Kitchen, Guest Toilet, Bedroom w/ Bathroom).
    Rented in 2016 (under my name).
    Fully Furnished, Naturally Illuminated, Large Windows w/ Cordless

    Window Blinds.
    Included Utilities: Cable, Internet and Telephone, Electricity, Water.
    Renovated in November, 2017.
    Available for short/long- term sublease till – 31 October,2019
    (That is when my existing lease in the building ends)
    Features / Appliances:

    Living Room
    Modern Sofa, Massaging Chair, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Home Theater

    System,
    Cordless Blinds, Center Rug etc.

    Bedroom
    Real Bed, 32″ LED TV, Cable, Wardrobe, Drawers, Vanity Area,

    Bathroom
    (with bathtub, double shower, vanity unit) etc.

    Kitchen
    Refrigerator, Oven, Microwave, Electric Kettle, Smoothie Smart

    Maker,
    Cooking Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses etc.

    That being said, find enclosed some more pictures of my apartment and
    a Sublease Application Form. Kindly write back to me with a completed
    application form enclosed and any more information you require if you
    are willing to sublet this apartment. Also, I would like to know a little more
    about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to
    live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will
    take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    I would give you a feedback at my earliest convenience.

    Best Regards,

    Nicholas”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    ^He attached a few pictures and a sublease application. I immediately searched his name and job title and Gabby’s name and came across this post! I wouldn’t have done anything rash if even nothing popped up on my search, and I’t’s never a good sign when someone says they don’t live here and cannot show you the apartment – all huge Red Flags – but I’m happy to see someone made the time to make sure this pops up in searches!

  14. Henry Friedman at it in San Diego. Thank you Google and for everyone who posted here. Saved me a lot of time and trouble.

  15. https://denver.craigslist.org/sub/6754093435.html

    I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    Intro about me, My name is Gabby, i am a 40 years old Registered nurse, i have just been transferred to start my new rotation in los
    angeles California for 11 months at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
    (tie) I recently came down here to join my colleagues, and just having
    introductions, orientations, conferences I’m also trying to have my
    accommodation situation sorted asap as well as getting familiar with
    the environment for now.

    I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have
    along term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord
    permits me subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment
    empty,and am also open to short term sublease between 1 to 2 month ,
    Since there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I
    decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would
    occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same
    time, getting some money for myself. The rent covers utilities likes
    (electric, water,gas,cable,telephone, internet and garbage disposal
    and 1 car parking space)There are no restrictions to having pets in
    the unit, My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed, but I
    could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with
    your personal properties. The apartment is exactly like in the
    pictures, fully furnished from the living room w/pull-over sofa,
    television set, cable/high speed internet ready, table, center
    carpet.The kitchen has a micro wave, electric kettle, oven, gas cooker
    frying pans and cooking pots, dishes and various sets of cutlery.
    there is a big wardrobe in the bedroom which has drawers, duvet, and
    bed sheets etc.

    Before we go any further I would like to know a little more about
    you,and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to live
    in the apartment, and Will like to confirm the dates you need the
    place for to be sure to accommodate you or if I’ll have to find
    another renter to occupy the place for the remaining term in between
    afterwards and also a promise that you will take very good care of the
    place and the facilities.

    Should you need more information, I am at your disposal.

    I look forward to moving with the next steps

    Best regards,

    Gabby

  16. He’s at it again in San Diego on Craigslist.

    Some info about me- I’m a 29 y.o travel Nurse, I have just been transferred to start my new rotation in Louisiana for 11 months, irecently came down here to join mycolleagues for orientations, conferences, I’m also trying to have my accommodation situation sortedasap as well as get myself familiar with the area.

    I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have along term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment, instead of leaving the apartment empty when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same time, getting some money for myself

    The apartment is exactly like in the pictures posted on craigslist. I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    I’d like to know if you will be having any pets and if so would like you to share some information about the pet,I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live in the apartment? and for how long? where are you presently,I look forward to your email and Should you need more information, I am at your disposal.

    Henry

    Address: 3259 Bramson PI, unit 208 San Diego

    Also here is the landlord number 469-205-5670.

    Bank Name: Chase Bank.
    Account Number 782033927
    Routing Number 021000021
    Account Name: Mensah Abigail

    I will appreciate if you can get back to me with the signed copy of
    the paperwork and payment confirmation slip, so I can have everything
    setup on how you will be moving in and get the rent receipt ready.

    ——-

  17. At it I’m Phoenix as Robert Smith :

    I appreciate your intent of renting my apartment.

    I am a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced. We are visiting the major areas of Columbus and will be away for approximately 7 months due to my current assignment.

    I recently came down here to join my colleagues, and just having introductions, orientations, conferences and getting familiar with the environment for now. I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have along term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment, instead
    of leaving the apartment empty, when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, I decided to make my apartment affordable, look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same time, getting some money for myself.

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone, internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed, but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with your personal properties.

    The apartment is exactly like in the pictures, fully furnished and renovated, from the living room w/pull-over sofa, television set, cable, table, center carpet. The kitchen has a micro wave, electric kettle, oven, gas cooker frying pans and cooking pots, dishes and various sets of cutlery. there is a big wardrobe in the bedroom which has drawers, duvet, and bed sheets etc.

    Before we go any further I would like to know a little more about you, and also, I will like to know how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    Should you need more information, I am at your disposal.

  18. He’s at SF as Henry Friedman..

    [email protected]

    Thanks for showing interest in my sublet Apartment.

    Some info about me: I’m a 32 y.o Russian American military photographer. I have been in the U.S Army for about 11 years now.I was
    recently transferred from our Military base in California to a Military base in NYC. I arrived NYC a few days ago to start my new enlisted assignment.

    I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have along term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment,I decided to make my apartment
    affordable, look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same time, getting some money for myself

    The apartment is exactly like in the pictures posted on craigslist. I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    I’d like to know if you will be having any pets and if so would like you to share some information about the pet,I would like to know a little something about you, like how many persons you intend to live in the apartment? and for how long? where are you presently,I look forward to cccchfyour email and Should you need more information, I am at your disposal.

    Best,

    Henry.

  19. He’s in Boston as John William Patterson.
    https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/sub/6782758331.html

    Glad I found this post before I wasted more time (or $)

    It is an honor having you as a prospective subtenant of my apartment. To introduce myself, my name is JOHN WILLIAM PATTERSON I’m originally from Washington DC, I’m in my late 56’s, i currently occupy an apartment located at 657 E India Row # 21A,Boston, MA and have been on a long term contract over the years. I am a committee member in Lifelong AIDS Alliance,and we are on a campaign program that recently commenced. We are visiting the major areas of Houston,Tx , leaving my apartment open for sublease as i had to leave with my Husband and kid. My apartment is available for any duration within the next 15 months that i will be working out of town. You can rent month to month or weekly if that is your preferred option and you can rent for a short or long term for 15 months at maximum.

    I am a neat freak, and will love to handover my apartment to someone who will take care of my property like its theirs. Like you may have seen in the pictures and my description on my Craigslist AD, my apartment is a private 1 bedroom/bathroom fully furnished from the living room, to the bedroom and the kitchen with the most updated utensils. The building is wheel chair accessible and the apartment has its own patio. The rent covers all the utilities (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone, internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space). Pets and visitors are allowed but I will prefer a limited number of pets and visitors in my apartment at a time and not more than 3 adults living there at once. Our community is very safe, has business centers, emergency maintenance, extra storage, fitness center, green community, on site maintenance, trail for: biking, hiking, or jogging. With a very high walk and transit score my apartment is a walkers paradise, so daily errands don’t require a car. Our pet policy allows dogs and cats. There is a parking space for one car, and all the utilities are included in the rent (Internet, Cable, Garbage disposal etc).

    Before we move forward, i will like to know how many people you intend to live in my apartment? If you want my apartment furnished as it is at the moment or you will prefer me moving some or all of my properties to storage as either option is feasible, if you will have more than 1 car at any point so we can discuss on the charges for an extra parking space as the rent covers parking for just 1 car. I will also like to know a little about you.

    Kindly get back to me on whatever you will like to know as i will be happy to get a feedback from you.

    Apartments link : https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/sub/6782758331.html

    Regards


    LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE

    JOHN PATTERSON WORKING AT ” LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE ”
    website: http://www.lifelong.org/

  20. Just came across this person via craigslist in Portland, OR – glad I googled the name!! James Dawei https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/sub/d/portland-1bd-and-1bth-apartment-for-rent/6832916576.html

    That’s the listing info – he corresponded with me for several emails and I got suspicious. He also send a video link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T-Rpgg5hsm4LwZmRCEbyxWH3kwL8pQmA/view and a full sublease rental app he asked me to fill out! Having been thru something like this before I had to google the name. This is crazy! People like this need to be prosecuted!!

  21. Just came across this person via craigslist in San Francisco, Ca– glad I googled the name!! Henry Friedman
    [email protected]

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/sub/d/san-francisco-1bd-1bth-apartment-in/6838899272.html

    That’s the listing info

    he corresponded with me for several emails and I googled his name and came across this string.
    He also sent me a full sublease rental app and I started asking questions, he gave me this number as the ‘landlord’ number for me to verify 469-205-5670.

    I haven’t called the number, but wanted to put it here just in case people saw it.

  22. I couldn’t find anything on Alan Wheatherspoon ([email protected]) when I Googled his name, but after some weirdness in trying to submit my deposit, I remembered that his “niece” had reached out to me and Googled her name: Gabby Takers ([email protected]).

    I was searching for an apartment to sublease in Mountain View, CA. The emails I received were a little different, but essentially used the same wording throughout. The wire transfer is currently pending and I’m now working with my bank to get it canceled. Our communications also listed Eric Rundle and Fredrick Antwan Duncan Martin as the unit’s “landlords.”

  23. In San Francisco as John Michael.

    Hello Julie, thank you for your interest in my sublet unit.

    Some intro about me – My name is John and I have worked on a few photography projects in documentaries with NGOs as a freelancer to help document unique social stories. I like difficult subjects and multi-dimensional subject.

    I was recently offered a Job with UNICEF USA to be the official photographer for the (Saving grace Lives and Building Futures 2019 project) I will be creating a documentary for this UNICEF project. Within the project period we will be going to 10 states here in the Us, starting from Chicago. This project is to last for 12 month so my apartment will be vacant throughout the project period.I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    I am looking forward to renting out my apartment for 2 to 11 months (from now until the End of January 2020). I am also open to a short / Long term sublease.

    Kindly specify the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the
    unit for the remaining term in-between after ward. I look forward to moving with the next steps.

    Best regards,

    John.

  24. He’s back for San Francisco, CA

    “Some intro about me – My name is Henry And I’m a Professional photographer.

    Currently in Mozambique’s, after Tropical Cyclone Idai, myself and the Red Cross Disaster Relief Team came down to Mozambique to help displaced persons with shelter, food and help rebuild affected communities, I also have to make sure all this event is filmed for memories as requested by the American Red Cross. I made a short video of my apartment knowing I would not be around to show you my place. If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    I am looking forward to renting out my apartment for 3 to 8 months (from now until the End of May 2020). I am also open to a short term sublease.

    Kindly specify the dates you need the place for to be sure to accommodate you or if I’ll have to find another renter to occupy the
    unit for the remaining term in-between afterward.

    I Look forward to moving with the next steps.

    Best regards,

    Henry.”

  25. This time it was listed as an apt in Mountain View, CA. The name used was McAllister Ledwith Nicholas, email . I almost gave my information on the rental application! He/she dosesn’t know that I’m wise to the scam… should I try to bring ’em down?

  26. Same behavior in Des Moines. He used the name Alan Wheatherspoon, and his nephew Brady Wayne was also named. Be careful, We almost believed him.

  27. I almost got taken by this lair, while looking for a place to stay in the Bay area.

    His email: [email protected]
    His Name: “McAllister Ledwith Nicolas

    Hi *****,

    This is Ledwith. I am writing regarding my listing.

    Centrally Located at:- 877 HEATHERSTONE WAY, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94040.

    I am a Professional Software Architect, in my early 50s. Recently relocated by my employer and presently working at it’s subsidiary plant in Fairfield, CT.

    For the next 12 months (until ending of May 2020) I would be engaged down here as a Lead Engineer, guiding an engineering team of young employees through and around reliability/latency pitfalls with their products, serving as a voice of caution, assisting them in explaining the impact of their project to on-call operators, choosing the correct production design and implementation.

    In lieu of my relocation, I am interested in sealing a sublease for 1 to 2/3 months or the whole 12 months (if possible) with two applicants at the very most.

    I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have a long term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment. Instead of leaving the apartment empty, when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, i decided to look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same time, getting some money for myself.

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone, internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed, but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with your personal properties.

    The apartment is exactly like in the pictures, fully furnished and renovated, from the living room w/pull-over sofa, television set, cable, table, center carpet. The kitchen has a micro wave, electric kettle oven, gas cooker frying pans and cooking pots, dishes and various sets of cutlery. there is a big wardrobe in the bedroom which has drawers, duvet, and bed sheets etc.

    Before we go any further I would like to know a little about you, and also I will like to know how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promised that you will take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    Should you need more information I am at your disposal.

    Thanks,

    Ledwith

  28. Another one:

    [email protected]
    https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/sub/d/portland-awesome-1-bedroom-1-bathroom/6918280637.html

    His message:
    Thanks for showing interest in my Home?

    Some info about me, I’m 31yr and professional I am a freelance/travel writer and Photography working on my first travel memoir, And Currently in Bogota Colombia.

    I have worked on a few photography projects in documentaries with NGOs as a freelancer to help document unique social stories. I like difficult subjects and multi-dimensional subjects.

    My Hope to share my personal travel trips and to inspire everyone to follow their dream of travel. In addition I will not shy away from
    politics, as each cultural fabric is woven by decisions governments make.

    I made a short video of my home If you feel comfortable with this, I would forward you the video and also pictures to serve as guide with full details.

    Do let me me know how you want to proceed.

  29. Found someone on a dating app (Badoo)whose name lead to this forum site. “Her” name is Gabesdawei. The story they are giving me is they are trying to upload some apartment listings for their aunt and can’t do it due to phone problems and have left their computer at home. They are asking me to click “accept terms” and post the listings which is all they have left to do. This of course will lead any forms of fraud straight to me ID address and instead I am uploading the link they sent me onto here.

    https://post.craigslist.org/u/fixpSdis6RGBdV7y4aKmg/b4zx8

    Thanks! Great meeting you all.

  30. Found on Craigslist (already flagged)

    Sublet 1 bedroom apt for $1500
    Search results in Mountain View, CA

    Name used: Macallister “Ledwith” Nicholas.

    Email used: [email protected]

    Initial response email:
    This is Ledwith. I am writing regarding my listing.

    Centrally Located at:- 877 HEATHERSTONE WAY, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94040.

    I am a Professional Software Architect, in my early 50s. Recently relocated by my employer and presently working at it’s subsidiary plant in Fairfield, CT.
    For the next 12 months (until ending of July 2020) I would be engaged down here as a Lead Engineer, guiding an engineering team of young employees through and around reliability/latency pitfalls with their products, serving as a voice of caution, assisting them in explaining the impact of their project to on-call operators, choosing the correct production design and implementation.

    In lieu of my relocation, I am interested in sealing a sublease for 1 to 2/3 months or the whole 12 months (if possible) with two applicants at the very most.

    I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have a long term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment. Instead of leaving the apartment empty, when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, i decided to look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same time, getting some money for myself.

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone, internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to have more than 2 pets. The building has a big swimming pool and the unit is perfectly furnished and designed, but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with your personal properties.

    The apartment is exactly like in the pictures, fully furnished and renovated, from the living room w/pull-over sofa, television set, cable, table, center carpet. The kitchen has a micro wave, electric kettle oven, gas cooker frying pans and cooking pots, dishes and various sets of cutlery. there is a big wardrobe in the bedroom which has drawers, duvet, and bed sheets etc.

    Before we go any further I would like to know a little about you, and also I will like to know how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promised that you will take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    Should you need more information I am at your disposal.

    Thanks,

    Ledwith

  31. Another one, Mountain View :

    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sby/sub/d/mountain-view-nicely-furnished/6950121239.html

    This is Michael. I am writing regarding my listing.

    Centrally located at:- 555 W MIDDLEFIELD RD, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043.

    I am a Professional Software Architect, in my early 50s. Recently relocated by my employer and presently working at it’s subsidiary plant in Fairfield, CT.
    For the next 12 months (until ending of August 2020) I would be engaged down here as a Lead Engineer, guiding an engineering team of young employees through and around reliability/latency pitfalls with their products, serving as a voice of caution, assisting them in explaining the impact of their project to on-call operators, choosing the correct production design and implementation.

    In lieu of my relocation, I am interested in sealing a sublease for 1 to 2/3 months or the whole 12 months (if possible) with two applicants at the very most.

    I initially had no plans of renting out my apartment, but since I have a long term lease with the building, and my contract with the landlord permits me subleasing my apartment. Instead of leaving the apartment empty, when there are a whole lot of people in need of a place to stay, i decided to look for someone who would occupy and take good care of the unit while I am away, and at the same time, getting some money for myself.

    The rent covers utilities likes (electric, water, gas, cable, telephone, internet and garbage disposal and 1 car parking space) There are no restrictions to having pets in the unit, but I would prefer you not to have more than 2 pets. My apartment is perfectly furnished and designed, but I could move all my furniture into storage if you want to move in with your personal properties.

    The apartment is exactly like in the pictures, fully furnished and renovated, from the living room w/pull-over sofa, television set, cable, table, center carpet. The kitchen has a micro wave, electric kettle oven, gas cooker frying pans and cooking pots, dishes and various sets of cutlery. there is a big wardrobe in the bedroom which has drawers, duvet, and bed sheets etc.

    Before we go any further I would like to know a little about you, and also I will like to know how many persons you intend to live in the apartment, and for how long, and also a promise that you will take very good care of the place and the facilities.

    Should you need more information I am at your disposal.

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