Don't fall for it. This is one of many rental scams being done on Trulia, Craigslist, and other sites around the Denver area right now. It is good to do your homework and due diligence on all such proposals.
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Not a phishing scam; that's different. You responded to an ad on Craigslist (most likely).
But, 100% guaranteed, it's a scam. There is no James Howell and he does not own the property you were asking about.
Next step is they will ask you to wire money!
DON'T do it.
RUN in the opposite direction!
Those scammers often have that same kind of long, convoluted sob story.......funny how many of them are missionaries !
Make sure you verify you are working with an actual landlord - reach out to a local agent for verification.
Run away from this one!
Just be careful. Do not give anyone any money until you see the property and have a lease in hand. Be careful they do not want you to wire money and want money back, etc. Also, check for ownership of the house. You can do that by going to the county assessor's website.
Just be careful.