Breaking News

Craigslist rental scam victims lose money, send personal information

DENVER (KDVR) — Saturday afternoon, Lawrence and his fiancée Juli ended up gardening in their front lawn when a motor vehicle with two persons pulled up asking to talk to them and see their residence.

“They had been like, ‘We’re going to be renting this dwelling. We are coming for a walkthrough on Monday,’” Lawrence mentioned.

The few purchased their residence in the Athmar Park community again in 2020. They told FOX31 that the two women who confirmed up at their doorstep identified their dwelling mentioned for lease on Craigslist.

“We ended up in essence like, we have this house so you could be having ripped off,” Juli mentioned.

The two women then explained to the few they both equally paid the man stated on the Craigslist advert $50 each and every for an software, alongside with a single other roommate, in whole paying the suspected scammer $150.

“They even loaded out a rental application with the scammer, so now he has all their particular data,” Juli explained.

Juli and Lawrence appeared up the listing on-line. Sure enough, there was their home listed for hire. The few attempted calling the quantity associated with the publish, but when the suspected scammer answered and they asked him why he had their house shown, the man on the other conclude hung up.

“He’s just going to place up a further listing of one more location and go on with his life,” Lawrence explained.

FOX31 also tried out contacting the suspected scammer a several periods and the call went to voicemail.

How to steer clear of Craigslist rental ripoffs

The couple warns those wanting to hire: If it appears as well excellent to be real, it almost certainly is.

“They ended up listing this as a 3 bedroom with the hire appreciably lower than the other comparable spots about town,” Lawrence mentioned.

But the few understands why the advertisement on Craigslist was so plausible. They mentioned the scammer pulled all the photos and details from the Zillow advertisement initially posted when the house was for sale back in 2020.

“All the photos from the listing are however on Zillow from two yrs in the past, and the description they took was phrase for word in the Craigslist advertisement, so it seems super legit,” Juli mentioned.

The few did contact Denver Police, who they reported pointed them in the course of the fraud department. But the pair understood due to the fact they didn’t shed any revenue in the rip-off, they cannot file a report. FOX31 also reached out to Denver Police but hasn’t heard something back again.

“I indicate, persons are getting roped into a fraud. What, are they likely to consider I had a little something to do with it and show up at my doorstep upset?” Lawrence claimed.

The couple warns renters to not use Craigslist to discover a put to rent, to by no means shell out funds or send out private information and facts ahead of looking at a area, and that if it seems much too superior to be true, it most likely is.