This sounds like a good possibility for a reality show. Maybe you could pitch some of your old time news / show biz friends into developing a TV show where the scammers get stung like the "48 hours" stings of child predators, or "Mystery Diners" stings of dishonest restaurant workers. Companies like Trulia, Postlets, Property managers, and others business victims could participate.
On another thought you may even want to consider contacting your local TV station as most have a consumer advocate segment and are always looking for good scoops. Catching one of these scammers in action is great TV fodder.
I know I was a consumer advocate for "Marty Emerald" who produced and starred in a daily ABC TV Channel 10 San Diego program called "The Troubleshooter". I had a blast doing several undercover sting operations for her, the California State Contractors License Board, the local DA, the State Attorney General and a few others and helped break up a bunch of so called "Mobile Home Contractors" trying to sell bogus home improvements i.e. roof and driveway coatings, phony earthquake bracing and releveling scams, etc.
Several bad guys went to jail and many more had their scams shut down. It was one of the most fun things I ever did and I'd do it again in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself. There's so many rental scams going on out there it would be great if someone in your position had the nuggets to move this ball down the field.
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So it looks like John has figured out that the person trying to get funds wired to Indiana is crooked.
So after looking up the house on the internet and looking up the name Jeff Bird and the address in Monticello. I found that there is a hairdresser, Jeff Bird, at a different number on E. Hudson Ct. in Monticello, IN.
Often the recipients of the wires in these scams are not the ringleaders, but dupes that are recruited to "work at home" receiving payments, then forwarding those payments after a small processing fee to the huckster that is running the scamming operation, Sometimes it is orchestrated from overseas. The dupes are often unaware that they have been conned into working in a criminal enterprise.
Or has Mr. Birds identity been stolen?
I would guess the FBI has many of these cases already to investigate, but I also guess the boys can always use more work.
Below is the persons personal information that he wants the money sent to. ....
I have not sent him anything, I told him the banks were closed and couldn't get the money till monday. He is going to contact me monday morning.
Name : Jeffery Bird Address: 422 hudson ct City ; Monticello State; INDIANA. ZIp Code : 47960