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Nichols, Robbie

Julius Berger Construction LTD

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Scammer!

Since: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Email Address: robbie.nichols13@yahoo.com

Post Title: house for rent

Location: elmira-corning

States affected: NY - new york    

Notes:
I was searching Craigslist for apartments when I came across a 3bedroom house for rent in Elmira NY. It was only $800 includes everything. So I emailed the guy, and this is what he sent me...

Greetings!
Thanks for your email.. The house is still available. I decided to
rent the house because we are going to spend more time here in West
Africa, about 5 years.. Let me start by introducing myself.
I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business..
However, My name is Robbie S Nichols. I and my wife own the house located at (972 Hoffman Street, Elmira NY 14905).Due to my job as a civil engineer, I works for a German company called JULIUS BERGER CONSTRUCTION LTD, and now i have been transfer to West Africa to work in a branch in West Africa.I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house. However,the initial plan was to sale out the House. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell.The house include the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c. 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 , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

The rent is: $800
Security Deposit: $800
For this 3BR



PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

RENT APPLICATION FORM
FIRST NAME:__________________
MIDDLE NAME: _________________
LAST NAME: __________________
PROFESSION: ________________
PHONE (____) __________
(CELL)PHONE (____) __________
(WORK)PHONE (____) __________
(HOME)
KIDS _____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY ________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE: ______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? IF THIS APARTMENT IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN? ______________
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________
KIND OF PETS: _____________
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE? ______________
DO YOU DRINK? ______________
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT? ____
..................................................................................................................................

TAKE NOTE: YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY HOUSE FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME.
Robbie S Nichols.


Now I told him about myself but I didn't give him any personal information like my last name, address, or phone number. I looked him up in the white pages, and his name was found that he lived at the address that he said he did. When I put the address of the house in google, it came up as being for sale....so far everything checked out!!! He wasn't asking for money or a SS#, so I thought maybe I was wrong about this guy. I emailed him and told him that I would fill out the application form only AFTER I viewed the house. He emailed me back and just said "PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF" and the application form again. I googled this guy's name, and he comes up as some hockey coach in Elmira NY. So I called the real estate company selling his house and they knew before I even told them the address. They said 972 Hoffman is a scam! We have told the police about it. Robbie Nichols is real, but someone created an email address using his name, copied the pictures online of the house, and posted a fake rental on craigslistt!!! It is hard to tell because everything checked out...other than him not letting me see the house. BEWARE of who you deal with. Never fill anything out until you see the inside of the house! I just want this guys email address out there so no one gets hurt and people know that THIS IS A SCAM!!!!
THANK YOU!

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melaniehurst
Mar 11, 2011
omg!

so i was looking at criagslist for a house for rent! i came across the same guy with a house in orlando fl! he said exactly the same thing to us but used the name "Daniel J Lovett Jr.) i did the same thing google him and googled the company! i fond the house listing and saw that he took pictures remax and even copied and pasted what they had writen about the house! i am going to report him to the police also... this is crazy!!! -melanie

lostpear
Mar 15, 2011
Yes, St. Louis too!

The key give away was the same construction company name:

JULIUS BERGER CONSTRUCTION LTD

There were a lot of tell signs to this... my favorite in our reply was the "YOU CAN ONLY DRIVE BY AND SEE MY HOUSE FROM THE OUTSIDE AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RENTING GET THE APPLICATION FORM FILLED OUT AND SEND IT BACK TO ME."

The email also had specific variables that were in BOLD and underlined. The name of our home "owner" was Mark L Green.

Same letter:

Thanks for your email.. The house is still available. I decided to rent the house because we are going to spend more time here in West Africa, about 7 years.. Let me start by introducing myself.I must confess that I am very new in this landlord business..However, My name is Mark L Green. I and my wife own the house located at (1122 Lorien Court, Saint Louis MO 63131).Due to my job as a civil engineer, I works for a German company called JULIUS BERGER CONSTRUCTION LTD, and now i have been transfer to West Africa to work in a branch in West Africa.I spent less time in the States so I could not get a hold on any Realtor to handle this rent issue, although it was when I knew how long we are going to stay in Africa that I decided to rent out the house. However,the initial plan was to sale out the House. which I tried, but sometimes the agents inflates the prize and it takes longer to sell.The house include the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c. 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 , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours.

~HH

St. Louis, MO


FlakeMistress
Mar 15, 2011

http://flakelist.org/page/viewpub/tid/1/pid/4439

Stupid scammers...UGH!!!

2Good2BTrue
Apr 12, 2011
This is so crazy....

However it is a prime example of everything that glitters is not gold. I JUST had the same thing happen to me today except the scam artist is now using the name DIANE ELSON (a male) and posting a listing for a house 2730 Chain Bridge Road Northwest, Washington DC 20016. He's using the same exact message posted above but just changed his name and the rental price ($1300/mth w/$800 deposit). I Googled the address and saw that the home is listed for sale at $3,250,000. Clearly there's no way the rent could be $1300. However, just to be sure (since I was not asked for my social or any money either) I Googled "Julius Berger Construction, LTD" and thankfully I came across this posting. Thank you so much for posting this as reading it erased any doubt that this might be a scam. I KNOW for sure that it is. Public Service Announcement: If something sounds too good to be true, more than likely it is. People please STAY VIGILANT AND TRUST YOUR GUT.

 

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