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2/9/2011 9:45:00 PM
Craigslist home rental ad scam resurfaces
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Prescott police continue to investigate an incident in which a Prescott home that a woman had listed for sale with a real estate agent was posted by someone as available to rent on Craigslist.

The woman told police on Tuesday that she and her husband were doing repairs on the home when a couple walked by asking about renting the home and said they found it in the rentals section on Craigslist, according to the police report.

When the woman went home, she found the ad on Craigslist with several photos from a real-estate flyer that lists her property for sale. She notified her real estate agent and sent notice to Craigslist advising the ad was a scam and needed to be removed, according to the police report.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Local Yokel

I see these scammers have expanded their repertoire. Landlords and vacation rental owners have been harassed by these same criminal minds for several years. They answer "for rent" ads, claiming they want to rent, wish to send a check for all fees and expense, and all we have to do is deposit it and send them the difference (it's always for way more than the rental amount). They usually pay with overnighted fake cashiers checks or stolen or fake regular checks, which, of course, are worthless. If a landlord deposits them, they implicate themselves in the crime, so watch out!!!

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Article comment by: Just Asking

My husband and I found our current apartment on Craigslist. There was a phone number provided to set up a walk through (or whatever you call looking at an apartment). No money was turned over until we had viewed the apartment and signed the lease (in the complex office). I just don't get how these rental scams get anywhere. Who rents a home or apartment sight-unseen? Who wouldn't notice the supposed landlord/owner breaking into vs. unlocking the door to let you in to look around? Who would sign a lease off premise or hand over money BEFORE signing a lease? I'm glad the couple wasn't victimized in any way, but these sorts of things sound more like pranks/revenge than an actual scam where someone is profiting off it.

Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012
Article comment by: Dawn Dyke

I answered an ad that had a rental price to good also. they said that they were out of the country as missionaries. they wanted me to send money and they would send me the keys and paper work. I knew it was a scam but wanted to see how far they would go. then I just emailed them to stop running scams. We are not all that dumb.

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012
Article comment by: Back again BEWARE!!!

We are looking to rent a home at the moment and found a too-good-to-be-true gorgeous home on Craigslist. The story is the similar to others she owns the home and had to leave the country on business in a hurry before being able to hire a company to manage it. The home is listed as being half of what a home in that area should be. We didn't get in far before figuring out this is scam. Don't send money Western Union or give out any banking info. These people know how to work it so check things out.

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Article comment by: Selena Wilson

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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire

Hell Harry,
Minds like yours really scare me. There are scammers worldwide, so perhaps we should just do away with the WWW completely -- and snail mail and telephones, too, because they still get used a lot for scams. (Hope you never get forced into a position where critical thinking is required, like on a jury.)


Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire

Hell Harry,
Minds like yours really scare me. There are scammers worldwide, so perhaps we should just do away with the WWW completely -- and snail mail and telephones, too, because they still get used a lot for scams. (Hope you never get forced into a position where critical thinking is required, like on a jury.)


Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011
Article comment by: B N

we came across the same scam...beautifull home 3 bd 2 bath in PV for 700.00 so of course we responded and got the same email from a couple who were last minute sent to Africa because they were missionaries. We went to Zillow.com and discovered it was pending sale..there just was something off about it. "to good to be true" .Worst part is its says at the top of craigs list...to avoid scams deal locally...glad we didnt fall for it..

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

I've seen this several months ago too. Can't we just cut the worldwide web coming out of Africa, especially Nigeria?

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Article comment by: dumb scam

craig isnt a person its a website www.craigslist.com

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Article comment by: Who's Craig anyway?

Some scam artist no doubt. Steer clear of that Craig dude.

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Article comment by: These People are Crooks!!

I got a response that included a link to click on so you could get your credit report and print it out for them in order for them to show you the home. Because they do not want to waste their time showing to people with a below 500 credit score!
Yes sure let me give you my social, name, address and phone along with everything else so you can never contact me again but steal my identity.
This is scary because people actually will do it.


Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Article comment by: dumb scam

we found a house too on craigslist that the person sent us email back sayin the dame thing... i hope people are smart enough not to fall for that crap

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Article comment by: Jamie Bannister

I recently was looking for a house to rent and found 2 on craigslist that were listed for rent. I responded to both ads and both the replies came from people saying they were missionaries in Africa and didn't know when they'd be back. They, of course, asked for money to be sent to such and such place and they would then send the keys, etc... Well, I'm not THAT dumb, so I sent replies back saying that I know this is a scam, and no thanks. People just need to wake up and realize if something seems too good to be true, then it most definitely IS too good to be true!



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