Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I WAS ALMOST SCAMMED ON CRAIGSLIST!

As much as I read, research, and watch television, I never in a million years would have thought something like this could have happened.  In fact, I'm still sort of reeling from the shock and unmitigated gall of this scam!

Recently, I've been apartment/house-hunting, with a concentrated focus in Wake County, NC.  I've been checking out the newspaper, driving around certain areas, and of course, I've perused Craigslist.

I found what I thought was the perfect home in an affordable price range, and was super excited.  Suddenly, a red flag popped up in my head, screaming "Warning, Warning!"  The "owner" told me to ignore the "For Sale" sign found at the property and after he received payment, the keys and necessary paperwork would be sent to me via courier because he was out of town.  Huh?


This is the actual home listed on Craigslist as a Rental, but is actually For Sale!
I did a search and found out that this home was in fact for sale, and had never been on the market to be rented!  When I asked the owner for inside pictures, no response. When I asked to do a walk-through, no response. The listing provided on Craigslist also did not match what was listed on-line. Finally, I told the scammers that before I would provide payment, my friend, an attorney, would need to walk through the property to take a quick peek just to ensure I was moving into a safe neighborhood.  A woman responded, (I had previously been speaking with a man) asked me what I needed, even though all the e-mails were concise and detailed.  I don't have to tell you that I never heard back from these people, and I wonder why? (lol)

House-hunters beware!  Of course, I'll be passing this info on to the necessary people, but I'm sure it will amount to nothing. These con artists are long gone. The good news is of course, that

Inside pic listed on-line

I just wasted a little of my valuable time, and no money.  By the way, the posting has been mysteriously deleted-lol. Meanwhile, I'm still searching for that perfect location. *heh*. Any ideas?
This is the Let's Make A Deal Zonk I would have received! (lol)

17 comments:

  1. Oh wow, so glad you saw through that scam and didn't give them any money.

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  2. Wow, you dodged a bullet there! Did you inform the agent of the house that someone is trying to scam people? Quick thinking on your part.

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    1. I notified agent, Craigslist and Fraud Bureau, but I'm sure nothing will happen with it. Just want people to know there's a new scam out there. BIG Hugs...

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  3. I've heard of this before. They were also doing vacation rentals that way. They'd find a house that was for sale and use the photos posted online by the real estate site. People would send a deposit and the people would vanish. I used to rent houses from VRBO.com...I always made sure there were numerous reviews before I'd rent. Those work best in areas with lots of vacationers, though, like the beach or the mountains.

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    1. Wow! Amazing, Stephanie. I guess those vacation spams is where it all started. Good tips to look out for, for sure and I thank you! Hugs

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    2. Wow! You won't believe it, but they just sent pictures of themselves and said I can move in right away! The pics are from the Internet!!! These people are amazing.

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  4. Thanks goodness you listened to your warning bells Ro.

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    1. These peeps are something else! They just sent pics of themselves and said they trust me so I can move in right away once I send the deposit! The pics are from the Internet, and they still have not honored my repeated requests for a tour. Crazy!

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  5. I'm so happy for you that your brain sent out those warning bells, Ro! Even for houses now, there are scams? That's so not good! I hope you'll find the perfect house for you in the neighborhood where you're looking.
    Hugs.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Thanks so much Lexxie. They are sending e-mails now with family pics asking for payment so I can move in. Even though I've asked to tour the house repeatedly! I pray I find something soon! Hugs...

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  6. Glad this post had a positive ending.

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  7. Oh wow. People can be so terrible. I'm glad you listened to your gut and it ended well for your side. How frustrating though!

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    1. True, Anna - totally frustrating!

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  8. Whoa! So glad they didn't get you. Good thing your radar caught something odd and you were able to take a step back and spot the 'for sale' vs 'for rent' discrepancy.

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    1. True that, Sophia! Hope all is well! Hugs...

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