Category Archives: Scammers

Rental Scammer Alert

Searching for rentals on Craigslist I found a great one in our price range in the place we want to be. I messaged, then looked up the address on Google and it was listed on Zillow for twice as much per month through a property manager. I then found the property listed on Craigslist twice the next day for even less per month.

Here is what I know about the scammer:

He goes by Bruce Young.

Email address is bruce.young36@aol.com

He may also go by other names and email addresses depending on the property. This particular property was owned by a land trust, so he apparently made up a name. If he can find out the name of the property owner he will use that name.

He told me he is currently in North Carolina (NC). I am in Florida, as is the property.

His phone number (used for texting only) is (919) 588-4405. This is most likely a Google Voice number.

He sent me an “application” to complete via email then told me he would give me account details when I was ready so I could wire the deposit. He was adamant that I be “ready” so I told him I was.

This is the information he then gave me:

+19195884405: Account Number :1459657605 Routing Number:055003201 Account Name: John ishaq odetayo 4:22 PM
+19195884405: That is the info to get the Money deposited into,and you need to make sure you do a cash deposit into the account 4:23 PM
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WIRE ANY MONEY TO THIS NAME OR ROUTING AND ACCOUNT NUMBER. I DO NOT KNOW WHO IT GOES TO AND I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR MONEY SENT TO THIS ACCOUNT AND/OR ROUTING NUMBER.

I AM PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION AS A SERVICE SO THAT NO ONE GETS SCAMMED BY THIS IDIOT.

Scammers: Now on Facebook!

Woke up early this morning, no idea why. I was perusing Facebook on my phone and noticed a post in one of my local resale groups that set off alarm bells.  Someone with a very weird looking name had posted an ad selling a pug dog.  The warning bells went off for me because:

1.  The cadence of the words in the post seemed off.

2.  The name of the person was odd – not in any discernible way, it just seemed like a scammer name.

3.  There was no sob story about why the dog needed to be sold or rehomed.

Several people had commented on the post because the dog was a-fricki-dorable.  I posted a warning that I thought it might be a scam. By the time I got to my laptop to search the pictures the post was gone.  I decided to send an email to the original poster (it was easy to remember) and then do a little more research.  Here’s what I found:

4.  The email address (the portion before the @) was linked via Google search to a Facebook profile that is someone very obviously not in the same country as me, much less the same city.

5.  The Facebook profile of the person who posted was linked to 89 Facebook groups, all of them resale groups of one type or another in various cities around the country.

6.  While I was researching the person on Facebook the profile just POOF – disappeared.

The person who posted the listing has been in touch with me via email and informed me that her sick husband is in the hospital in someplace called Kirk wall?  No idea what that is.  BUT she is willing to send the dog to me via pet transport, at my expense, of course.  Apparently the cost to transport will be $120 and she wants my home address, etc. to arrange the transport.  Good way to get someone to come to my house and rob me, right?

In any case, these are the names and emails associated with the scam post:

Paulson Nuel (the Facebook profile that disappeared)

Chia Valdano (Messi Valdano) (the Facebook profile associated with the email address)

chiavaldano123@gmail.com  – please do not email this person. This person is a scammer.

And here is a picture of the dog in question, just in case someone does an image search instead.

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Don’t get scammed!

UPDATED (10:47 am): I had several lively exchanges with Chia Valdano about the dog.  She insisted that she needed my name, address, phone number and email address and she would “take care of registration” and then make arrangements for payment of the transport.

I came back once asking her to give me the location of the dog and that I would arrange for transport since she was caring for her sick husband.  No response.  I then sent another email asking her if we could just come see and pick up the dog, and I would pay her $120 cash as long as the dog and my daughter got along well.  No response.  She had been responding right away but it has been about 3 hours and I sent her an email asking if she still plans to sell me the dog, but no response yet.  I also sent another query to her from another email address and there has been no response to this one either.  I guess she got tired of me making it difficult for her.  Either that or it was past her bedtime in Nigeria.