Alert! - Scammers Use Craigslist for Real Estate Scam

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

The FBI is warning homeowners and/or prospective renters to be cautious of a new scheme being perpetrated by fraudsters utilizing Craigslist. The scheme involves taking listings from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or other listing sites, and then posting the information onto Craigslist under available housing rentals, without the consent or knowledge of the owner or Realtor.  

Real Estate agents in the Charleston area have been effected by this scam. I received an email, see below, from an unknown party after my son requested more information for a rental he found on craigslist.

 

Hello, Thanks for the email. I own the house and also want you to know that it was due to my transfer to ( West Africa , Nigeria ) that makes us to leave the house and also want to give it out for rent and looking for a responsible person and God fearing person who can take very good care of the house in my absence.we are not after the money for the rent but want it to be clean all the time and the person that will rent it to take it as if it were its own. So for now, I am here in West Africa and will be staying here for the next 3years in our new house and also with the keys of the house for rent, we try to look for an agent that we can give this documents and the keys before we left but could not find, and we as well do not want our house to be used any how in our absence that is why we took it along with us. We came over to Africa for a missionary work, so i hope you will promise us that you will take very good care of the house. So get back to me if you know you could take care of our house or perhaps experience you have in renting home.Hope you are okay with the price of $700 per month and the security Deposit is $350.Get back to me for the rental application.You can go and view. Here is the address bellow:

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