Scam Tip Report #28204 - Rental Scammer

Scam ReporterScam Tips Received
Eboney N Jones
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2016-04-26 12:38:57
Rental Scam
Other Classifieds Site
+1 Rental Scammer 
Rau Wood aka Rev. Wood
Email Address:
Scam Website:
Basically I went online on Padmapper to start searching for other areas to stay in and I cam across 228 N. Vail Ave. a true location on google maps etc. I got in contact with them leaving them with my contact number and the next day they sent me this.

Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. Myself and my wife moved to (IDAHO) for a program called SERVING IN MISSION (SIM), you can view the link for more info: (
We will be away for 3 to 4 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it. However, my initial plan was to sell the house but it was not successful because the Realtor raised the price which made it difficult for me to sell before leaving the States so never mind if you see the for sale sign in front of the house, It has already been taken off the market as for sale so there is no need to contact any Realtor.
I want you to understand that I spent a lot on my property that you have requested to rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and would want you to treat it as your own because
cleanliness they say is next to Godliness. It is not all about the money to be paid on rent or spent; it is all about a good maintenance culture which I want you to adopt on the property. I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I would be full of smiles whenever I come and above all, a good, strong and tight relationship between us when I come for a check up. Please one more thing, I wouldn't like to have any benefit of trust in you because I want to stand in your words that the property would be well taken care of all the time. I believe you have seen how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as you are an occupant.

FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Car Park.
AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer.

Rental Price: $900 per month and security Deposit is $900 (Security Deposit is Refundable) Utilities included in monthly rent Landlord accounts for landscaping and for all utilities.

Pets are Welcome.
Home Address : 228 N Vail Ave, Montebello, CA 90640
Bedroom: 2
Bathroom: 2
Living Building Square Footage: 1,312

I may not be returning to the house because we plan buying another house upon arrival.You can reach me on (812) 266-0521


Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
Phone numbers (home,cell and office line ) # :__________?
Best time to call :__________?
Marital Status:__________?
How many proposed occupants :__________?
Present Address :__________?
City/State :__________?
Will you have pets :__________?
Please describe Breed, size :__________?
Personality of pet :__________?
Preferred move in date :__________?
Intended length of lease:__________?
Do you agree to pay the payment before you move in:__________?
Earliest possible date of deposit payment:__________?
Length of previous tenancy :__________?
Present occupation :__________?
Are you a section 8 applicant
Do you work late night :__________?
Do you smoke :__________?
Do you drink :__________?

Looking forward to hearing back from you with all this details so that i can have them in my file in case of issuing your rent payment receipt to you and for contacting you. Your quick response will be highly appreciated so that we can discuss on how to get the documents and the keys of my property to you via Express Delivery Services. May GOD bless you and your family and if you are finding it

Rev Wood And Family

So I filled out that information and sent it back that next morning so African dude calls me. And is asking me to send him some money for keys and then I would get the lease.. well I didn't trust that because my money is important and I work hard for it. He kept saying it isn't about the money I just want a good family to take of my house while I am away.
Follow Ups/Extra Information. Most recent is listed first.

No Name   (Medina, OH, United States) Added the following extra information on :2016-04-26 14:28:35
Name Unknown

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