For the past few weeks now, I’ve been looking for a roommate to fill my vacant room, which has been empty for nearly 4 weeks. With advertisements posted on craigslist and various other online mediums, I’ve been getting a fairly good number of e-mails from scammer posing and roommates. By the looks of sender’s e-mail address, one can almost determine the legitimacy of an e-mail.
For instance, I received an e-mail from Michelle Taylor, but when I hit the reply button, the e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org appears. Now I know some people have funny and cute nicknames as e-mail address, but come on, what the heck does bondmicheal and Michelle Taylor have in common? I suppose micheal and michelle could have something in common.
There’s no way to tell solely from an e-mail address if it’s from a scammer or not, but you can easily tell from the body. If it’s trying to ask you to do something along the lines of sending money, it’s probably from a scammer. If you’re unsure whether an e-mail is from a scammer or not, follow these two simple steps:
- Do a Facebook search with the e-mail address, if the search doesn’t return a valid profile, proceed to the next step.
- Do a Google search on the e-mail address and scan through the search results, if anyone of them appears to contain scam e-mail or excerpts related to scam, it’s probably from a scammer. If you’re still unsure proceed to next step.
The following is a list of e-mail address from scammers posing as roommates. The sole purpose of this is for the e-mail address to appear in a google search so that when a homeowner or land lords does a google search, this post will appear and inform them that the e-mail is indeed from a scammer.
List of e-mail address from scammers:
As you can see in a matter of four weeks, I’ve received a good amount of scam e-mail in attempts to lure me. I hope this blog post helps other landlords to avoid scams.