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  • Fraudulently trying to send checks through room rental

    $0.00Unresolved

    ITS A SCAM, THIS IS THE LAST MESSAGE SHE SENT ME. SIMILAR TO EVERYTHING OTHERS RECEIVED. WHAT A IDIOT. NOONE SHOULD ACCEPT OR CASH A CHECK NOT FROM YOUR JOB OR SOMEONE YOU PERSONALLY KNOW. IF THEY SEND YOU A CHECK, WHETHER IT CLEARS AT FIRST OR NOT, ITS NOT GOOD!!!!
    Hello again, Hope you are doing great?People do meet somehow, and i feel we will get along very well as It feels like i have known you for long. So far with emails exchanged, i am willing to move ahead with this as i feel most comfortable with you. I know its hard to rent without meeting, and to make you comfortable, i can put up in a hotel there for few days for you to see if you'll be comfortable with me and run a check on me, i am sure you will be okay with me. Like i said, I just want a rental secured before i start with this move. I also think it's best to secure the place with either a deposit or first month rent with deposit, with that i'd feel comfortable knowing that i have a place secured and i wouldn't have to worry about loosing the rental, Not that i dont trust you, but im leaving everything here. So i've to have a place secured before leaving. And being here now, the most reliable way of making payment is through certified check from my account, as it will be best/safest for both of us and there will be paper trail. So if it is okay by you and you are looking to rent to me, kindly provide me with your full name as it will appear on the payment and mailing address or P. O box. And i will need an email/text receipt as soon as you get the money. And within the first week of moving in, meeting you and after running checks on me, i'd be willing to making few months advance rent payment so we both don't have to worry and i can concentrate on getting settled in. So please let me know the amt you'd like me to pay now. And you can also text me @ 6059878231 till i get my new phone next week. And i will be calling you as soon as the phone arrives. Thanks again.

    Addie.
    Add: 1920 Monte Vista Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702

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    • My demands: 500
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    Psa1212
    Apr 18, 2018
    Complaint #: 2825
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  • Mystery Shopping Cashier's check

    $0.00Unresolved

    Received an official priority mail envelop with a letter and a check for $2350.00. The letter had the BBB logo and logos from McDonald's and MoneyGram. The letter had very distinct directions on what was needed to be done and what the evaluation should include with an email address to send the report. I deposited the check and was waiting for it to clear the bank prior to removing any funds to do the assignment. the bank did some investigation on the check and realized it was fraudulent. They closed all of my accounts without notice.

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    • My demands: Information
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: James Smith
    • Phone: 725-333-4164
    • URL: [email protected]
    Dr4cul410
    May 27, 2017
    Complaint #: 2664
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    MSPA Mystery Shopping Providers Association
  • Fake checks, stealing money

    $1,200.00Unresolved

    I inquired about a job on Craigslist to repost ads for another person (Julie dykes). Well I reposted 3 ads of hers and they all got flagged immediately. She said it was due to having a wrong cell phone number on the account blah blah blah. Well so she said she would send me a check of $1,200 and she did! So as she asked me to I went and deposited the check and then sent her the $800 out of the $1,200 she said she would reimburse me once she bought the decals that were supposed to go on my car (advertising the same thing that was on Craigslist) and since then I have not heard a word from her. Numbers are disconnected and I can't reach anybody. Well so ultimately somehow she found out my bank account info and wiped it clean.

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    • My demands: $1,200
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $1,200.00
    • Agents: Julie Dykes
    • Phone: 201-257-6431
    Danielle_16
    Mar 08, 2017
    Complaint #: 2516
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  • Bad checks written and bank account emptied

    $5,880.00Unresolved

    I received 2 checks from an employer, chashed them at the bank . Checks bounced and the money was taken from my account

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    • My demands: Return all money
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $5,880.00
    • Agents: Daniel Fin
    • Managers: Daniel Fin
    • Phone: 424-243-6941
    • URL: [email protected]
    Luluinclan
    Feb 16, 2017
    Complaint #: 2431
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  • Emptied bank account

    $450.00Unresolved

    Sent me a check and told Ms he wasn'ta scammer. Sent the check today. Cleared my bank account and I missed a payment on car insurance

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    • My demands: 678.76
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $450.00
    • Phone: 614-517-1536
    Cruh26
    Jan 30, 2017
    Complaint #: 2395
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  • Received a phony cashiers check and asked to send two money grams

    $0.00Unresolved

    I received in a priority mail envelope from
    Peter Hudson
    Latern Corp
    199 Water St #2800
    New York, NY 0038

    In the envelope was a letter claiming they were the #1 employer of mystery shoppers. I was to be evaluating two different MoneyGram outlets. I received also in my envelope what was claimed to be a certified check, but was a very bad copy for the amount of $2,865.00 from remitter Leroy Martinez. This was on an account from 1st Bank of 10403 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215.

    Check number: 013412871
    Routing Number: 107005047
    AccountNumber: 2160200336

    Dated December 20,2016

    I received this on January 24, 2017.

    I was instructed to send one Moneygram for $1,250 to
    Eustace Watkins
    1372 Chestnut Trl
    Rockwell 75032

    Through an internet search, I found a 59 year old Eustace D Watkins at
    3830 Chestnut Trl
    Rockwell, TX 75032

    I was also instructed to send another Moneygram for $1,250 to

    Timothy P Singer
    139 W Wabasha St
    Winona, MN 55987

    Through an internet search I found a 46 year old

    Timothy P Singer
    427 W Wabasha St
    Winona, MN 55987

    Upon receipt of my checks I was asked to confirm receipt with an email and a text to [email protected] and phone number 215-664-7786. I would have to then check my email inbox and spam/junk folder for follow-up email instructions.

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    • My demands: Stop them from actually victimizing anyone who could fall prey to their scam.
    • User Recommendation: Stay away
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Monetary damages: $0.00
    • Agents: Peter Hudson
    • Phone: 215-664-7786
    Smeeme123
    Jan 25, 2017
    Complaint #: 2383
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    Latern corp
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Comments:

Steph Maida

May 23, 2018 10:00 PM

Adeline McMartin from Rapid City, SD is how she presented herself to me. I live in Iowa City, IA, and am trying to find a third roommate for the house my friend and I are about to move into. She had posted an ad on Craigslist that I responded to, saying she was looking for roommates to move in with. So strange, what benefit does this person gain from this? Anyway, she used the email [email protected] and even attached a couple of photos of a lovely young woman in her third reply. This was her original email: "Hello, I am looking to rent soon and i think its fair to let you know about me, Name is Adeline McMartin, 27y/o single female, easygoing and fun to be around. I don't smoke, drink nor do drugs. I clean up after myself, as well as my environment, I am respectful of other people's privacy and opinions. I am pet friendly but do not own any. I'm from Rapid City, S.Dakota and the reason behind my move is simply because of change. And this is about time as i just lost my mother to cancer (I have been putting off my move just because she's been sick for long). I have been wanting to try a new place, have new experience, and most importantly achieve my goals. I was a travel Nurse by profession, but teaching yoga is what i love doing and i have broad knowledge of yoga/wellness as i had the opportunity to learn from Baron Baptiste Sch and i have been teaching people here too. I am a christian, and yoga to me is about the purity of the body and mind/improving health and I will never bring it home if you object to it. About rent, I have money saved up, so you wouldn't have to worry about me paying rent/bills on time till i get settled. I am financially reliable and it has been a plus making money from teaching yoga as a lot of people are doing yoga these days. I also plan making my own yoga videos and I also will be looking to rent a space in the area(or maybe studio/gym) when i move, as i planned giving yoga classes to people there when i move. I would like to find a place before i start looking around for position at hospitals there too. I choose to tell you all about me as i need no drama, so please email me back if you are looking to rent ASAP and let me know if i am someone you'd like to rent to. I will provide my number, pics as long as i am sure that you'd be renting to me in next email. Thanks for your time and i await your next email with details, pics too. Addie" I replied asking her if she had a Facebook or something like that to check out, and asked about when we could meet up or talk over the phone. Her reply: "Hi again, Thanks for responding, I'd have loved to see and meet you but it will really be hard making a trip overthere and coming back here. I hope you understand that im still here but i'm very serious about this move. How soon can i move in as i am looking to move in ASAP and can put down a deposit. I also tried sending you my pics so as to put a face to the messages, Not sure why its giving me message failure or did you get it? If not, i'd be glad to send it to your direct email because your email only shows @reply.craigslist.org. I will also be calling you next week as soon as i get my new phone because the old one dropped and it's broken. Thanks, Addie" Big red flag that she's got plenty saved up for rent and opening a studio and all that but can't get a new phone in a timely matter. Asked again about a social media profile. Her reply: "Thanks for getting back to me, I'd like you to know that i am good with values and i'll always respect you and your space. Again, the reason behind my move is because of change and doing what i really believe in. I plan making my own yoga dvds, renting a studio to teach, and have people come there to meditate and de stress. About rent, i can do monthly rent or lease and i promise you wont regret it if you choose me as bills will be met on time. I own a toyota camry, i hope parking wont be a problem?, though i can park at a safe place. Moving forward, We can exchange messages on my small phone till my new phone is delivered next week, and i also want you to know that i am not a fan of the social media but i would consider it if you want me to open one. Please understand that i am just trying to make this work for me, so i need to decide on this move soon. Get back to me to move forward. Thanks, Addie" And then I found all of you lovely people. Thank you all!!!!

Jill Nelson Robinson

Apr 17, 2018 3:46 AM

Thanks for posting this! You saved me from making a mistake. I got that same "my mother died, I'm a yoga instructor" story, today I got the pushy email saying she wanted to send a "certified check" (who does that these days?) and offered to pay in advance to rent a room in my house and would pay several months in advance once she arrived. It suddenly smelled fishy and I'm pretty desperate for income so renting my rooms, and not finding any renters, so wondered if ignoring her was a mistake. Glad I googled her address 1920 Monte Vista Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702 and found these posts. There's a special place in hell for people who take advantage of others in their financial desperation.

Shawn C.

Feb 21, 2018 12:04 PM

Well Adelaide Mcandre aka Addie M is at it again. Contacted me stating all the same stuff about renting a room at my place, mother died shes a yoga teacher just got accepted to a training place in India. Sent me a check for 2960.00 for several months rent moving expenses etc. I did not deposit nor going to try. I looked up on here and found all this info. Thank you for telling your story, hopefully these persons are caught and dealt with with proper authorities. Her address is 1920 Monte Vista Dr Rapid City, SD 57702 Cell# 605-204-3141 I am turning the envelope n check over to the FBI today. BE AWARE !!

Jj Ahuna

Dec 26, 2017 11:53 PM

This Scam is still happening as I had just been emailing this Adalyn McLennan person who gave me the exact same story to the tee. I shut her out and now looking for ways to report to authorities. I am grateful for this site and all of your reports to have prevented me from another online scam. You all be careful and take care.

Mikayla Foster

Dec 10, 2017 3:56 AM

So if this Adaline/Adalyn/Addie/Adeline woman is actually sending checks, what good does she get out of it?!?! and if we get checks can we hand it over to authorities?

Mikayla Foster

Dec 10, 2017 3:42 AM

I received the same email, except as Adalyn Mclennan! She wanted to rent my room to share with another roommate! She kept repeating herself in several emails about re-location plans and her "3 day yoga trip that she applied to late" She offered to come stay in a hotel to get to know her and said i could background check her and nothing came up on all these background check sites until i googled her address and email. Why is she doing this?!?!?! Her emails were very long and not very personable.

Tsvetomir Tsvetanov

Dec 02, 2017 7:23 PM

EXACT SAME email for renting a place in Philadelphia, PA. The name is slightly different -- Adalyn McLennon -- apparently the scammer is not very creative. originator email: [email protected] CL post which I flagged to be removed as a scam: https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/sha/6353614762.html

Rache

Sep 27, 2017 2:07 PM

I literally just got the same email as you S Turner--word for word. I live in Wisconsin and saw her ad on Craigslist looking for a room to rent. I am so grateful that I did some digging. When I could not find any info on Adaline McFarlane from Rapid City, SD all of this information came up. She would not share her date of birth with me when I was looking to get a background check on her. There were several red flags in her second email, telling me she needed to move ASAP, that she didn't have a smart phone (who doesn't have a smart phone?) and that she would stay in a hotel for a couple days first. I am so disappointed in people. It makes me really angry.

sansnomme

Aug 23, 2017 9:33 PM

I got the same for Flagstaff, AZ. Lots of red flags, but she also seemed to respond to my comments directly (albeit with rather poor grammar). I also checked her name and she does come up as a yoga instructor (Adaline McCormack, in my email) who did recently lose her mom. For now all I've wasted is time. I did give her a phone number and address...so I hope she can't do anything with that. It wasn't until I searched on her phone number that I was able to run across this information.

Elizabeth Messer

Jul 26, 2017 12:03 AM

I received the EXACT SAME e-mail about her wanting to rent my room in Columbia, MO. I continued to tell her I would not proceed with the rental agreement until she sent me a copy of her photo ID so I could run a background check. Sent me a fraudulent check for almost $3000 then realized she needed the money back to fund her re-location a different way and wanted me to wire it to her. Lots of red flags. Obviously I didn't do it.

Makayla S.

Jul 14, 2017 1:00 AM

I'm in New Orleans. Got the same exact thing. So glad i googled her.

Makayla Ann Steiner

Jul 14, 2017 12:54 AM

She just tried to get me too. Everything seemed and she wanted to rent my room in New Orleans ASAP. Her emails seemed real, they were detailed and she didnt contradict herself, but then she seemed a little too pushy about sending certified check in the mail for deposit and first months rent, which was a red flag, that would take FOREVER! What tipped me off, and made me search for her, was that she was quick to reply until I suggested she send the money electronically using venmo or something similar. Then she went silent. I'm so glad i found this post.. The number she gave me is 605 368-8452 She also talked about opening a yoga studio, that her mom just died, and that she would come down and stay at a hotel for a few days before moving in. The address she gave me was 1920 monte vista dr, Rapid City South Dakota.

S Turner

Jul 09, 2017 3:24 AM

I am in Oregon she has wrote me twice the same letter LoL: Hello, I am looking to rent soon and i think its fair to let you know about me, My name's Adeline McKinney, 27y/o single female, easygoing and fun to be around. I don't smoke, drink nor do drugs. I clean up after myself, as well as my environment, I am respectful of other people's privacy and opinions. I am pet friendly but do not own any. I'm from Rapid City, S.Dakota and the reason behind my move is simply because of change. And this is about time as i just lost my mother to cancer (I have been putting off my move just because she's been sick for long). I have been wanting to try a new place, have new experience, and most importantly achieve my goals. I am a travel Nurse by profession, but teaching yoga is what i love doing, I have broad knowledge of yoga/wellness as i had the opportunity to learn that in India 3 years ago and i have been teaching people here too. I am a christian, and yoga to me is about the purity of the body and mind/improving health and I will never bring it home if you object to it. About rent, I have money saved up, so you wouldn't have to worry about me paying rent/bills on time till i get settled. I plan making my own yoga video and I also will be looking to rent a space in the area(or maybe gym) when i move, as i planned giving yoga classes to people there when i move. I am financially reliable and it has been a plus making money from teaching yoga as a lot of people look after themselves now in an easy way. I will like to find a place before i start looking around for something physical/permanent at hospitals there too. I choose to tell you all about me as i need no drama, so please email me back if you are looking to rent ASAP and let me know if i am someone you'd like to rent to. I will provide my number, pics as long as i am sure that you'd be renting to me in next emails. Thanks for your time and i await your next email with details. Addie

Michael R. Padilla

Sep 23, 2016 5:12 AM

she tried to get me too.

Thrasher

Apr 30, 2016 5:41 AM

The best thing you can do is post all the details of the scam online and file a complaint on www.ic3.gov You must give more details.

DamnRinos

Nov 10, 2015 5:11 PM

Jennifer in Texas 1-209-645-1082, thank you for your angrycitizen post! I got the same offer on Craigslist, googled the phone number and found your post. Thanks for posting it. (I told the guy to call me and they replied saying they were hearing impaired and preferred to text, so I told him to have his movers bring cash, he disappeared!!! LOL!!!!!!)

Donna Pearce

Sep 01, 2015 1:25 PM

Wouldn't that be nice! Please let us know what happens.

M.P.

Sep 01, 2015 6:31 AM

I received a cashier check from Susan and deposited it in my bank. Do I get $2,900 for free?

Donna Pearce

Aug 08, 2015 12:28 PM

She's still around. I was very suspicious about being contacted out of nowhere and figured it was too good to be true. Glad to have found this site before going any further.

FREDERICK FORD

Aug 03, 2015 9:57 AM

HERE IS MY 7 RULES TO LIVE BY IN EMAIL AND CAN NEVER BE SCAMMED. READ AND UNDERSTAND MY RULES THEY ARE THERE TO STOP ANY AND ALL SCAMS MY RULES 1) DO NOT ASK FOR BANK DETAILS FOR I DO NOT GIVE THAT OUT TO ANY FREE EMAIL ACCOUNTS MUST BE FROM BANK OR OTHER OFFICIAL BUSINESS EMAIL ACCOUNTS 2) ANY AND ALL COMMUNICATIONS ARE TO BE DONE BY EMAIL ONLY 3) ANY AND ALL FEES ARE TO BE TAKEN FROM WHAT I AM TO RECEIVE ONLY!! 4) I WILL NEVER PREPAY 5) ANY AND ALL FUNDS I RECEIVE ARE VERIFIED 1ST BEFORE I CASH THEM 6) I DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS (7) I DO NOT GIVE PERSONAL INFO TO ANY FREE EMAIL ACCOUNT

FREDERICK FORD

Aug 03, 2015 9:55 AM

BE LEARY OF ANYONE YOU DO NOT KNOW PERSONALLY WHEN YOU GET A CHECK IN THE MAIL GO TO WHERE THE CHECK IS DRAWN FROM AND VERIFY THE CHECK.MOST CHECKS YOU GET IN MAIL FROM UNKNOWN PEOPLE ARE BOGUS

IrishMami

Jul 30, 2015 7:25 PM

She just texted me about an item I have for sale on CL. I googled the # she texted from and found this site. Thank you

Jeanette

Jul 28, 2015 3:31 AM

I was just contacted by this person as well. I called the title company who told me of the scam! These people need to be stopped. Luckily I researched this before falling for it. Beware!

ann

Jul 20, 2015 7:43 PM

I have this same exact thing happening to me right now.

ann

Jul 20, 2015 7:41 PM

I have this same exact thing happening to me right now. I want to get these people. They are disgusting.

Marcia

Jul 13, 2015 11:36 PM

My scam came from Susan Wasak [email protected], her broker was Samuel Barnes 407-745-1448 same amount and hearing excuse - checked with First American Title - They told me they have had several using their name. next step - checking with Attorney General.