My name is shawn and I work full time in Salinas California.
Recently my girlfriend lost her apartment due to a drunk ex trying to get back together with her and causing problems with her neighbors. After being together for awhile and her losing the apartment, we decided to move in together.
We were looking into houses for rent with around 3 bedrooms and was planning to share the house with my sister, her fiance, and both my girlfriend and sisters kids. We found one that was cheap, looked nice, and close to my grandmother so we can still help take care of her.
My sister got in contact with the man claiming to be the owner who said he was a pastor living out of state in Texas. He claimed that he wasn’t in it for the money, that he just wanted someone to take care of the house. Rent was going to be $700 and the deposit was $800. Altogether was $1,500 although he said to just send the deposit and rent could wait till April.
Later he told us that he spoke to a lawyer and they told him to get the first months rent as well which we sent the day after the deposit was sent. Since my sister was moving in with her fiance we were planning to split the rent but at this point her fiance wasn’t in town and she hadn’t saved up any money, I put forth the deposit and first rent myself.
At this point plenty of red flags appeared showing this was a scam. The reason I went along with it was because he had us send it through walmart 2 walmart and I assumed that since they needed the information of the person picking up the money and a valid I.D. that they would be able to help us get the money back if anything went wrong.
After the man got the money he told us that he was sending in the keys and they should be here between a day or two. We didn’t receive the keys so my sister messaged him and he started making excuses saying the FedEx network was down, they never gave him a confirmation number to send us, and that he wanted to send it through another means
Of course we are at this point meaning we never got the keys and walmart was no help since they had already collected the money. Now I am looking for the cheapest place possible for just my girlfriend and I to stay but I need help with the rent and deposit. My savings were lost and soon the store I work at will close on March second. My girlfriend works as well but most of her money goes towards her six year old son.
I’m not asking for a crazy amount just about $3,000 – $3,500 in total to help cover first months rent and security deposit. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this and possibly donating.