Beware Scams

So in the process of applying for study abroad and finding a subleaser for my apartment, I decided that making a Craigslist positing would be a great idea to get the ad out. I got a few replies about it so far, but last night’s texting conversation was possibly my favorite. It started off pretty well, the person, who said their name was Jesse, and they told me they had seen my ad for sublease. We talked about payments and whatnot and they told me that they could sign the lease tomorrow (today).

And then things got sketch.

It was seemingly harmless, “Jesse” asked me for my name and email that my apartment complex had on file, so I sent it.And then they asked if I registered for an account to do online rent payments. I told them I had an account, but I normally pay by check to avoid online fees. “Jesse” then asks me “Do you know your login information?”

I paused for a second. Any time someone asks you for your login information for anything, it should definitely raise an eyebrow. It was made worse because I had no idea who this “Jesse” was and had never met her (I assumed cause I posted for females only, but since it was a scam, it was probably some creepy, old dude) and “Jesse” had never even seen the apartment, but was so gungho about leasing from me asap.

I avoided giving out my information directly, saying that I couldn’t remember off the top of my head and I could talk to the office about it tomorrow, even though I did know my information already. I tried to say “I can help out when we meet to sign the lease tomorrow” and Jesse just said that her mom was handling everything by fax and email. #Sketch.

Then “Jesse” proceeded to do a “forgot your password” attempt and asked me to check my email. I did so anyways, but avoided telling Jesse what I changed the password to. She asked if I got the reset, and I proceeded to ask for her mom’s phone number, as a test of whether or not this was true. She gave me a phone number, which is 813-320-1298 in case anyone wants to uphold justice for me and spam this person (Jesse’s number is 727-777-4178 – which just sounds so fake now that I think about it).

Afterwards, they asked about my password reset again, and I basically told them that I would want to have the paperwork signed first and they can get their own account to deal with payments once everything had gone through. I figured that if this was a legitimate deal, they would reply to it and set something up. Surprise surprise, they stopped texting me once I had sent that message.

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to assume that whoever this Jesse was, they were just trying to scam me out of money. So as often as you hear these sketchy stories of people scamming innocents for money, etc. Keep it in mind that if it could happen to me, it could definitely happen to anyone.

The search for a subleaser continues, hopefully I won’t have to waste a few thousand dollars to go, but chances are, that’s how it’s gonna work out. #yayme

永远爱,

Catherine 凯瑟琳