Post # 1
I have my house for rent on Craigslist. Someone took the description and pictures from my ad and re-posted them with a much lower asking price and a different email address.
Apparently the person is telling everyone who responds to drive by the house, and if they like it, to wire him $400 and he will send them the keys.
Luckly, I have a sign out front with my phone number on it, so most people are calling me to setup a showing. I have to then tell them the bad news that the rent is actually $500 higher than they think it is.
People have been calling me all day (it’s would be a VERY good deal for the area if it were true). It’s getting so frustrating.
Has anyone ever heard of this before? If so, is there anything I can do to get the ad pulled besides flagging it??
Post # 3
I would call the police department… that is really serious!
Post # 4
Is there any way to call a non-emergency local police number to see if they have any advise?
Post # 5
Wow I hope there is a way to flag it. Sounds like that guy is just trying to scam people and I’m afraid someone will fall for it and then get mad at you!
Post # 6
Very common, to have issues on Craig’s List. I didn’t know, either, untill I started looking for a job on there, and found out that more than hlaf the listings were “phishing” for personal info. Not sure how it works, but you email your interest, and somehow they end up with info. Also, my aunt found a house on there that she was interested in, and it seemed too good to be true. She called the town’s clerk, and sure enough, no such address even existed!
There is a “help/faq” section on Craig’s list, maybe you can report it and get it pulled. Good luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
That guy is definitely scamming people. This happened to my old roommate who moved to London. Someone was “showing” an apartment that wasn’t his (he was subletting it for a month I guess), took deposits from people and left.
Just let htem know it’s a scam when they call.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
I agree with the other and think you should call the non-emergency line for the police and possibly contact Craigslist directly.
Post # 9
Unfortunately, this is quite common, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do. They try to make money off of these people by offering them low rent, not letting them check out the house, demanding the first couple months rent upfront, and then they dissappear.
If you can find where the guy reposted your ad, you could contact the service and let them know. Other than that, just let the renters that contact you know what’s going on, so they can avoid it in the future.
The police can’t really do a whole lot about it.
Post # 10
Yea, this really isn’t that uncommon for CL. Best you can do is flag their ad and contact CL and local authorities. Maybe on your sign you can put the rent so people can see what the rent really is and not bother you with so many emails.
Post # 11
one of my firends was looking into a house to rent that it had happened! he almost sent the money!!
Post # 12
flag it and usually there is contact information on the side or within the flagging to explain why. I’ve flagged several things that were completely fake and they usually disappear almost immediately.
Post # 13
Oh wow. Ppl are crazy!! I had that happen but just the opposite. A few years ago…the hubs and I were looking at renting and ppl were running scams just like this on there. That is just terrble. I hope you flagged it and called the police.
Post # 14
That is horrible but are people not smarter than this? Would someone really wire money to someone they dont know on CL to rent a house when under normal circumstances you should sign some type of lease? I would defintely call someone to notify bc obviously it is a scam.
Post # 15
Flag it on Craigslist. It’s the easiest option and will be removed immediately.
Ugh. What a loser. I’m sorry you have to deal with all of those phone calls, but I hope this all clears up for you soon.
Post # 16
I flagged the post and had it removed. I also emailed the address on the fake post to see what he would write back with.
I received a LONG email explaining this guys whole “situation”. He was transferred to West Africa for a job, renting out the house while oversees…yadda yadda.
The email is barely in conversational English. It obviously looks like something which has been fed into an English translator and spit back out.
He sent me a “Rental Application” which requests all of my personal information, including social security and bank information.
I feel really, really bad for anyone who fell for this scam, especially because I was inadvertently involved. I think that most people were probably so excited about the fantastic deal that it clouded their better judgment.