Craigslist scammers target renters
People looking for a place to live may want to watch out for scams on Craigslist.
Vicki Brunyer, realtor at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, said a relative — who she wanted to keep anonymous — was almost a victim of a scammer while looking for a place to live.
“He didn’t have a lot of credit background,” she said. “So he applied to several places so he could establish better credit.”
Her relative found a possible place to live on Craigslist, and Brunyer said his lack of credit is partly what attracted him to it.
“They did ask for a name, where they worked, but did not ask for any credit reference,” Brunyer said.
When he brought the lease to Brunyer, she saw several red flags.
“The first red flag was that they would pay no repairs on the property, and we thought that was just a little bit strange, so we started looking further into it.”
Brunyer found out that her relative would not be able to look at the property unless he first sent money to a certain address.
The people who are scamming on the website do not just target people who are looking to buy or rent.
Cheyenne Gay, a College of Southern Idaho student, wanted to get sell her contract so she could move out.
She posted on Craigslist, and within a day, someone contacted her. They corresponded through e-mail.
She replied quickly and said that she’s currently traveling abroad and wouldn’t be able to have any cell service to call me or do anything like that to get paperwork.
The scammer told Gay that if she signs for a car, the scammer would send money back as reimbursement.
Craigslist has listed advice for dealing with scammers including not doing business until meeting face-to-face.