Complaint: I placed an ad on Craigslist looking to rent a room for myself and my service animal. I live on SSI so my income is limited. Russell Scott Bowman sent me an email through Craigslist stating that he had a room to rent in his home & that my service animal was welcome. I met Mr. Bowman the following day (August 16, 2015) at his home…..1006 Main Street Roseville, CA 95678. He stated he was Gay, Navy veteran, retired Roseville business man. Now living on SSI income. He also stated he had a law degree & that his main home is a Condo on Maui. He also stated that his Brother was a well known attorney in Placer county. That he grew up on a ranch in Placer county. The interior of the home is very dark & cluttered with collectibles & mismatched furniture. The backyard was pretty much all pool (green water). He has 2 little dogs. He stated he’d rent the 2nd bedroom to me for $400.00 a month (utilities included) with a $150.00 refundable Security deposit. I asked him about grocery stores nearby…He stated that he goes to the local Food Bank in Roseville. I sensed something was off about him but I couldn’t figure it out. I didn’t need the room until 8/31/15. He said that I would need to give him the $150.00 Security deposit to hold the room. He gave me a hand written receipt for the $150.00 Security deposit stating that it was refundable. I called Mr.Bowman the following weekend August 22, 2015 , no answer left message. I texted him, no reply. I wanted to move some of my personal property into the room. I called and texted him again August 28, 2015, no answer or reply. I finally figured it out that Russell Scott Bowman is a Con Artist scamming retired men (gay or straight) living on a fixed income. I did some research and found out that he’s listed the home at 1006 Main Street for Sale. Unfortunately, I’m out the $150.00 I gave him as a Security deposit. I filed a Police Report against him on August 29, 2015 for getting money under false pretenses. Stay away from Russell Scott Bowman he’s a Con Artist, Scammer, Liar. He’s a parasite in the Sacramento Gay community.
Address: 1006 Main Street Roseville, California USA