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Get a Real Job, Scammer
By Donna Hale Chandler
Monday, November 21, 2011

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I'm not completely stupid. I know there are crooks out there in the big bad world but I had no idea that there were sooooo many!


Several months ago I moved from my comfy little one-bedroom condo into the home of my sweetheart. We did not make this decision on a whim and had discussed the pros and cons for quite a while. For Dick, the most rewarding ‘pro’ was that he would no longer be forced to make the long 10.9 drive to see me. Yes, I’m serious. He truly checked it and it was exactly 10.9 miles from his driveway to mine, and this very nearly was a deal-breaker when we first met.
But that is not the purpose today’s
rendering. Today I want to let you know that crazy, bad guys are out there walking amongst us. Scammers who spend more time and energy on their latest and greatest scam then most people do at their ordinary job. It’s a sad state of affairs that some of these people are very smart and if they’d only use a portion of that intelligence in a positive way, the world would be a much safer and happier place.
After the move into Dick’s home with a real front and back yard, I investigated the cost of listing my little condo for rent in the local newspaper. The price was amazingly expensive so I instead listed it, complete with pictures, on Craig’s List. Ahhhh, I can see that some of you are already clicking your tongue and saying, “Silly woman, what was she thinking?” I’ll tell you exactly what I was thinking. I was thinking that Craig’s List costs exactly $0.00 for a 30 listing and that was exactly what I was willing to spend.
I read all the instructions and warnings, but I was only offering a rental. How could that bring any unsavory characters into my life?
First my email box was immediately filled with offers to list my property here, there and everywhere else. Spam flew my way like bees to honey. I had a few inquiries that seemed legitimate and I diligently answered each question, offering to make that 10.9 mile drive to show my condominium to anyone interested.
Then came the email that seemed almost frantic in the writer’s need to find a residence. It seems that this young man (or old, oily, deviant for all I know) was working in a foreign country.   He was employed with a major corporation of some sort and even provided me with an impressive-sounding name of the business. He stated that he was thrilled to find my ad because he was being transferred to my area within the next few days and would need a home immediately. He went on to tell a little about himself, that he was a non-smoking executive and very able to pay the amount of rent I was asking.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! This major corporation that employed him would be paying his moving expenses, the security deposit and his first month’s rent. (Now, isn’t that just wonderful?) HOWEVER, the company would be issuing him ONE check for the total amount of the cost of his move. Being the nice guy that he was and wanting to put me at ease that he was trustworthy; he was willing to send me the entire check. I could keep the security amount and first month’s rent and wire the remaining back to him. And please, Mam, keep enough to cover any wire transfer fees. 
My mamma would have been proud of her eldest daughter because I immediately saw through this ruse. Anger consumed me and steam started to creep from my ears. How dare he?!? I’m just an ordinary old lady, trying to get through each day. How dare he try to cheat me?!? The longer I stared at his slimy email the madder I became. I finally hit the Reply Key and sent my response to him: GET A REAL JOB, SCAMMER AMD STOP TRYING TO CHEAT YOUR WAY THROUGH LIFE.
Note: A few days later, after I’d calmed down a bit; I thought it would probably be wise to alert the local authorities of what had happened. The response from law enforcement, “I believe that Craig’s List warns against scammers.” I’m not quite sure what I expected but that callous response wasn’t quite it.
Moral of the story: Sadly, we have to be on constant alert. Complete trust needs to be earned and should be reserved for only our very best of friends.

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Reviewed by Janice Scott 1/27/2012
A timely warning, and thank goodness you spotted him in time. Great piece.
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 1/17/2012
Donna, yes, your mother would be proud. The creeps out there are many. I had my entire identity stolen from me three years ago. To make a long story short...I was robbed BLIND!!! The lessons to be learned on the internet are many. In my case, it was an email asking me to confirm my email address and PASSWORD no doubt. Boy, did I regret not checking with the service I had at the time. I wish the bell would have sounded for me before I answered the darn email and not after! In your case you were both smart and lucky. Good for you!

Victoria Taylor Murray
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 12/18/2011
Love your response....your mamma didn't raise no fools....

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 12/6/2011
The elderly and the young, naïve, easily get caught up in these scams. You have to be on your toes to spot them, sometimes. I found a good helper by using Craigslist within a day after I posted the ad.

Reviewed by J Howard 12/3/2011
good story. i sell my "stuff" successfully on craig's list know- my trash, their treasure...hope you get your rental, rented out. as for the scammers...they exist and until i read your story...thought they kept a part of our law enforcement employed...guess not!
Reviewed by Kathryn Perry 11/23/2011
I am so glad you saw through his attempt to cheat you! When I get email similar to that I always shake my head---so many trusting people are easily taken in. I think the older we get, the easier it is too fool some of us----I'm so glad you weren't one of them! Good for you Donna!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/22/2011
My twin sister's best friend got scammed about a month ago; she lost several thousands of dollars because her best friend's husband thought it was legitimate and it wasn't. So now they're in the hole. A painful lesson learned; her friend is still beating herself up over that one. Lessons to be learned in this story, Donna; those scammers are EVERYWHERE. And you are right, they need to get a REAL job instead of hurting others or making their life miserable while they seemingly reap the benefits! Sad!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 11/21/2011
Coincidently my sweetheart moved in with me about seven weeks ago, except the drive from her garage to my garage was about twelve feet because we're in attached units and she was my next door neighbor.

Regarding your story, there are a lot of crooks out there and, though it will cost some money, using a reputable realtor would save you lots of worry and travel as he/she will only show your property to realistic, qualified renters. And with the economy what it is, there are a lot of now vacant homes for rent and the competition for a good renter is mighty fierce, and an owner that tries to do it on their own, will be facing a lot of time and trouble.

Other than giving my two cents worth, this is a very good article written in a very interesting way.

By the way, even with a really good broker, it took nearly three months and a lot of interior work to get my girlfriend's unit rented.

Good luck in finding a proper tenant for your little condo.
Reviewed by baz busbe 11/21/2011
Mmm yes they are everywhere, does make what should be a relatively simple task fraught with danger. Thanks for sharing. God bless. Baz

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