Watch out for Craigslist Rental Scam

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Real Estate Agent with Carolina One Real Estate

Watch out for a new Rental Scam on Craigslist

I recently had my personal rental property, 2128 Edisto Avenue, and all of a sudden, I got five calls yesterday about it being for rent at $700 per month when the rent is $1200 per month. Someone had taken the pictures off my post and reposted for $700 a month and created a fake yahoo email address that was similar to my name. Looks like if you email them, you can get a great deal as the tell the renter to overnight a deposit check and they will overnight back the keys. The person has left town and needs to rent the place right away. This is a scam!

 

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Rainer
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Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

bunch o  this going on right now and with way CL works it is impossible to stop. Just need to watch listings and see if someone post then just flag it.

 

good luck

tony

Apr 01, 2009 05:56 AM #1
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Jen Anderson
Exit By the Bay Realty - Chesapeake Beach, MD

Thanks for the info.  Hopefully no one fell for the scam.

Apr 01, 2009 05:58 AM #2
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Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

I use Craigslist quite extensively. I have it set up to flow to my website and I am leery of anyone from there or really anywhere off the net.

Apr 01, 2009 06:03 AM #3
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

This has been going on for a while on Craigs list. I would be very careful on that site.

Apr 01, 2009 07:19 AM #4
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Randall, I've heard of this happening on Craigslist. Thanks for the heads up!

Apr 01, 2009 08:00 AM #5
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Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Randall --- thanks for the information --- I had heard about this --- I will pass this along to my agent/owners.

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Apr 01, 2009 08:40 AM #6
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Yes.  This happened to my GF the caller wanted money right away.  My GF was skeptical and emailed them back and said she will go take a look before any monies change hands.  We went to check it out in MP and it was a home for sale and did not belong to anyone.  My GF wrote back but they never answered!  Be careful, I am glad my GF had sense!

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