Scammer Database

Apartment – Condo – House Rental Scams

Posted in database, scammer by Chief on April 13, 2012

Thousands of hits to this blog in the past few weeks are related to residential rental scams. Here is a posting from FlakeList.org describing the scam:

This is a simple scam done through affiliate marketing. The scammer will advertise properties for rent all over the nation through popular free websites. The advertisements will look like any other rental property ad, vague and without an address. As people respond to the ad, the scammer will email them a rental application (fake), a request for a credit report (an affiliate link in the email), and a request to set up a time and day to do a walk-through of the property. The scam is the affiliate link to the “free credit report.” After you sign up with the credit report company, you will be told by the prospective landlord/scammer that the property has been rented. You will move on with your house/apartment hunting and be none the wiser until you start getting billed for the “free credit report monitoring” on your credit card. The scammer gets paid for everyone he signs up on the affiliate link.


Some email addresses of scammers reported by users:

Cindy Miller cmiller.realestate@hotmail.com
Carl Tyson awefolujilamyl@hotmail.com
James Pat jamespat7791@yahoo.com
cmiller.realestate@gmail.com
Cassie Kimmel: cassiekimmeln467@yahoo.com
jenna@gravity2012.com.com
jenna@gravity2012.com
jenna@phx1-ss-2-lb.cnet.com
paulaeckg093@yahoo.com
celinaarellano5@gmai​l.com
Wasim Meshreky meshrekywasim@yahoo.com
jennifer@ciffordproperties.com
jenniferreed@ciffordproperties.com

A typical link, http://inchlink.com/60895bd2c42c68c22e550f7f37c693b6 , leads to http://creditreportreviews.net , who pays the scammer for each “customer” he brings to the site.

http://cr-review.com/ is another “referrer site” promoted by the scammers.

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  1. Kelsie Johnson said, on April 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I think I may have gotten scamme by the “jennifer Reed” character. If I followed the link through her email and did the credit report, what kind of trouble am I in? I googled her email address and thank goodness, this site (the only one!) came up. I didn’t send any money, but I’m still really nervous.

  2. Diana Lao said, on April 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    OMG! i am talking to this same “jennifer reed”! she sent me to this “cr-review.com” thing too..i was going thru it and puted my name, address, and phone number and just really had that hesitating feeling so i didnt finish it n submit it..just went back and started to do a reaserch about the “property company”..and guess what, NOTHING of its so call “Cifford Propeties” pop out in google. saw this link post on google with her name and claim of being a renter and is a scammer, i quickly knew and clicked on this cite.im glad i did and is very helpful. i wish there are more stuff like this..she so claim for me to submitted it and send her my phone number and she’ll give me a call when i believe i ask for her fone number but ignored my request. yes, she replies like a regular person and wouldnt giv the exact loction.so i figured..people,be careful out there for scammers like this.. such a bummer..take care!

  3. Jen said, on April 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I am going through the same thing right now! I just got her email! Beware she’s still out there and exists!

  4. Tee said, on April 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Wow, after receiveing a email reply from Jennifer I had to Google her. My first red flag was when she used “wanna see the house” (who talks like that in a professional setting? I guess a not too bright scam artist!) and also that she could not show me pictures of the front of the house. I’m glad I found this site when I googled her fake company. Thanks for the heads up everyone!

  5. Tee said, on April 19, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Here is a copy of the email from Jennifer Reed. Another red flag was when she said utilities included. I can see an apartment listing saying that but not a home rental.

    Hey, did you get my previous email like this? I sent it but I don’t see it in my outbox so maybe it was unsuccesful or something….

    How are you doing? We had a few people interested, but unfortunately, they lost their job.

    This property looks like a model home. We don’t have any other images, except those that we listed, and they really don’t do justice. I know most possible renters wanna walk the home at first to view, regardless, our policy is to not to divulge the address, as there are some lunatics on CL. The last time we gave away the address out before verifying they are legit, they were angered that we didn’t pick them and they vandalized the property. This saddened us since it’s a high rated neighborhood and never happened before. That’s why this time we have taken a few more precautions. I’ll confirm what you probably already know, this home is just wonderful! A house like this would normally be priced much higher, but we need to rent it as soon as possible since it’s been empty for the past 2 months.

    You don’t have to worry about paying any utilities, but we do ask that you be conservative about it. Only thing you will be responsible is TV, high speed internet, and phone… should you decide to keep these. This home is pet friendly, since we got a couple ourselves. And the yard has a fence as well. This is 6 or twelve month rental agreement. If you decide this is too much we might be able to accommodate that for special reasons. We just need a 30 day notice before hand.

    If you want to set up a time to meet, you will need a copy of your credit score. The unaffiliated website attached has reviews of different free trial credit scores, we always suggest our tenants to pick one of the proven, higher rated ones. We aren’t too concerned about the score, we understand in this economy it’s tough. But for insurance purposes, we are required to have a report on file from every prospective tenant and is absolutely required. Here is the site that we have been using for 7 years, it has the most accurate scores, and shows rental history, if applicable to you, unlike others: http://cr-review.com

    One important thing is that you don’t send the report to me through email, just email us when you have it so we can schedule an appointment over the phone. We only need it when we meet in person and on file.

    I get busy, but with an appointment I can create a time slot between 9am-8pm. Please respond back soon.

  6. sulljd77 said, on April 20, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Thank you SO SO much for this blog.. I too just got an email and saw the “company” name so I quickly googled because honestly… I couldn’t remember what property I had contacted about. When I saw this.. I was bummed (because I had thought I had gotten somewhere in apartment searching) but I am BEYOND happy that this site was here with this information, BEFORE I proceeded. Thank you!

  7. Nora said, on April 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Just got one today as well. They are also going under the name Cindy Miller at cmiller.realestate@hotmail.com. With the link to a credit reporting company.

  8. MJ said, on April 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I just received an email from this idiot too. She basically demanded a credit report before allowing me to see the property. I hate people.

  9. David said, on April 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Add raebruess@yahoo.com to the list

  10. terri said, on April 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I was so excited about finding a place to live,” a decent one” Its so sad how people will stoop so low to get a $,Thanks for letting me know terri April 23 12;45

  11. Heather said, on April 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Their postings are all over Craigslist for Raleigh homes. I emailed a bunch of ads trying to find out where they were and I have gotten her email three times now. All I wanted to know is if the place is close to campus before I did anything or pursued the location and she keeps basically sending me the same email without answering my question. This is horrible, I just need a place to live!

  12. kh. said, on April 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM, wrote:

    Hey there, did you get my previous email like this? I sent it but I don’t see it in my outbox so maybe it was unsuccesful or something….

    Thank you for the response for this home, how are you doing? We had a number of people very interested, but it turns out, they became unemployed.

    This property has zero issues. We only listed a few images… all that we had, and they really don’t do justice. I know most possible tenants want to walk the property at first, regardless, our policy is to not to divulge the address, as there are some lunatics on CL. The last time we gave away the address out before verifying they are legit, they were mad that they didn’t qualify financially and they vandalized the home. We did catch them, but it was still a huge inconvenience. So this time we have to take some precautions. I’ll confirm what you probably already know, this home is just stunning! A house similar to this would normally be much more expensive, but we need to rent it as soon as possible since it’s been empty for the past two months.

    You don’t have to worry about paying any utilities, but we do ask that you be conservative about it. You would however, need to take care of TV, high speed internet, and phone… if you decide you want these. This home is pet friendly, since we got a couple ourselves. And the yard has a fence as well. This is 6 or twelve month rental agreement. If you decide this is too much we might be able to accommodate that for special reasons. We just need a 30 day notice before hand.

    If you are interested in setting up an appointment, you will need a copy of your credit score. The unaffiliated website attached has reviews of different free trial credit scores, we always suggest our tenants to pick one of the proven, higher rated ones. We aren’t too concerned about the score, we understand a lot of people have lost their jobs in the past. But for insurance purposes, we are required to have a report on file from every prospective tenant and is absolutely required. Here is the site that we have been using for 7 years, it has the most accurate scores, and shows rental history, if applicable to you, unlike others: http://cr-review.com

    One important thing is that you don’t send the report to me through email, just email us when you have it so we can schedule an appointment over the phone. We only need it when we meet in person and on file.

    I don’t have much time available during the day, but with an appointment I can create a time slot between 9am-8pm. Please get back to me soon.

    -Jennifer Reed

  13. Helen said, on April 26, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Yes, I just got the same email as above from Ms. Jennifer Reed. Seems she is one busy lady. I too had forgotten which apartment/house I had looked at, but the wording seemed off in her little email so I Googled the company and found this site. Explains why yahoo tossed her email in my SPAM folder, never doubt Yahoo’s Spam guard again 🙂

  14. Jessica said, on April 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    She’s scamming in Louisville, KY today and yesterday 4/25 &4/26 I flagged her post

  15. Laura said, on April 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I got an identical email yesterday morning. I used CreditKarma instead of her link to get my credit score before emailing her back. I still haven’t heard from her, and now I know I never will. Thank you to everyone who put this out there for me to find. I am so angry, but also so relieved I never clicked her link!

  16. Chelsea said, on April 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I was also scammed by Jennifer Reed, she never answered any of my questions in her emails. I did follow through with her credit score link and submitted all of my information. When I found out it was a scam, I immediately cancelled my credit card because I was nervous. I called the same credit score company the next day and found out they are a legitimate company, so any of you that also used her link, your information is safe. But, you should cancel your membership because you might start getting charged. Jennifer Reed is not very bright especially with her wording in her emails. The apartment of hers I was looking at said it was a studio apartment, a few days ago I was on craigslist again and saw the same exact apartment again and it was listed as a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment and listed with a different price so I also flagged it. So I guess my apartment search continues, good luck to all of you!

  17. Dannie Herz said, on April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    This scam is made by a guy from Murrieta, CA! I’m tracking him and he’s friends over the sea!


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