Looking for a Rental Home on Craigslist? Renters BEWARE

Craigslist scammersCraigslist is a great site for getting the word out about something you have to sell or rent. It’s also seems to be a site scammers are finding attractive.

Yesterday I received an email from a past client who is out of state was checking out a rental home on Craigslist.  He wanted me to check to make sure the home wasn’t scheduled for foreclosure in our tax records.  He also provided me with name of the “owner” who had responded to him on Craigslist.

When I checked out tax records I saw the owner’s name was different than the name he provided to me.  When my client asked the Scammer to provide proof he was the owner, he never heard from him again.

Here’s the story:

Apparently the Scammer placed a rental ad taken from an old rental listing.  When my client inquired, the Scammer said he was a civil engineer who worked for Petrolis oil & was going to be in West Africa for 2-3 years so he was renting the home for that time. He also called from a international number and said he would fedex the keys as soon as he had a signed rental contract & he had the rental deposit via a money order or western union.

More and more people are using the Craigslist site to find a rental home as rentals have become a little more scarce here in the Valley.  Please be aware that if you’re shopping on Craigslist and are asked to send a money order or moneygram out of the country.. you should run like the wind that’s blowing every single red flag in your brain.

About Amy Jones Group

Amy Jones is the owner of Amy Jones Group Keller Williams Integrity First. The Amy Jones group has been recognized as the #1 Real Estate Team in Chandler by the Phoenix Business Journal and voted Best of Our Valley for 4 years.

The Amy Jones Group specializes in real estate in Chandler, Sun Lakes, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, and Phoenix.