I found an ad on Craigslist for a house for rent in Aurora, CO. The owner had a sap story about an accident/physical disability and how she had to go stay with her mother (saying this number was the text line at her mother's house) in NYC to get further treatment for her injuries. She said she lost her hearing during the accident (presumably so that I would not ask to talk to her on the phone). The name used was Kimberly Kloak (and husband Brian Kloak), email address: email@example.com. She said she didn't want to go through a realtor because she didn't trust people. When I asked to see the place, she made the excuse that she was out of town and couldn't, but told me to go check out the exterior of the place to see if I liked it. She even went so far as to tell me to peer in the windows and then tried to send me the rental agreement. I asked her if she could send a key to a relative, friend, or old neighbor so I could look inside.
In the meantime, awaiting her response, my friend found this lady's name on FB. It is either a real, live person that the scam artist knows, or a very elaborate set-up. On the page you can see a picture of the lady, that she is married to the man she said she was, and a picture of her and her supposed sister with a ton of comments from different people offering their condolences. I wasn't concerned until she responded to the email. She said she didn't feel comfortable doing that (sending a key to a relative, friend, or former neighbor to show me the place) because she didn't really trust anyone... but then she sent me pictures of the inside of the house and told me how much I'd like the place. I flat out told her that this sounded like a scam and that I wouldn't commit to anything until I had either the keys, or a tour. She still hasn't responded, but I just checked and the link to the Craigslist ad was taken down as spam already.