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Rental Scams and Listings Hijacked on Craigs List
Ive had the recent displeasure of having a listing "hijacked" while posted on Craigs list. The listing, taken over by a mortgage broker, which means they "bounced" me off craigslist to do it, was then copied and re-posted under their mortgage company. Flattering but since it was a Countrywide REO NOT good for MY public relations with Countrywide!! Worse yet is the following scenario:
REO agent, one who has many, many listings in this vein, had a call from 5 really ticked off "accidental" tenants! One of his out of the way REO listings had been hijacked off of Craigs List and re-posted as a "rental" at a deep, dark discounted rental rate! It needed to be rented out THIS WEEKEND!! as the landlord was leaving for an extended trip overseas (to Nigeria no doubt!!) and needed to rent it this weekend, hence the cheap rent!
He then met these 4 NEW tenants, took first, last, security deposits from each, and said meet me back here on the following Monday at noon to move in! He also needed either cashiers checks or cash as he had not settled in with a new bank in his future destination! Yup! So ... more
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