New Craigslist Scam.... Somone took my listing and posted it as a rental!

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Real Estate Agent with Gold Key Real Estate

I am used to getting spam from my postings on Craigslist.  I ignore them.  Last Sunday someone took my listing and made a for rent posting on it..... When I became aware of it I reported it as spam and the sellers put a notice on my sign saying it wasn't for rent and they were being spammed.   Yesterday another person called me and the ad is still there.  They are asking people to fill out a rental agreement on the home on the basis of a driveby..... That is a lot of personal information that can be used to steal someone's identity.  The real estate agency seems to be fictitious as does the agent herself...  At first I was afraid it was someone who had access to the lockbox and could show the place but that does not seem to be the case.   I posted another rental add using the address on craigslist and saying that it was not for rent it was a scam.  Anyone know what else I can do.  I am thinking a big sign in the front yard for the drivebys.... Not pretty but it might save someones identity.  This makes me wonder if I even want to use Craigslist anymore.

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  Debbie Holmes

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(208)761-2551 Email: d5holmes@msn.com

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Rainer
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Nicole Kraus
Signature Realty Associates - Dover, FL

Don't you just love people who have nothing better to do, Thanks for the FYI!

Jul 20, 2010 03:59 AM #1
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Frank Beckendorf
Beckendorf Realty Group - Abilene, TX

Here in Abilene, Texas, we were warned that this could occur...

Jul 20, 2010 04:05 AM #3
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Judi Boad
SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE - Scottsdale, AZ

Craig's list scams are rampant. Glad you caught them quickly on your listing.

Best regards,

Jul 20, 2010 04:13 AM #4
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Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA

Debbie,

I live in the Pullman Moscow area.  And it has happened to me...they even set up an email similar to mine and used my name.  Here is what they say to do on Craig's list.  I called the police. I also got their phone number....

Here it is I think...

Craigslist phone and fax numbers Phone: 415-566-6394 Phone: (408) 988-6395 Toll Free: 800-664-0633 FAX: 415-504-6394 2.

I sat on the line forever and made them take it down while I was on the phone....

They say it takes a couple of folks to flag...you could try that to.  I know in our area some young man lost some money due to this...

Jul 20, 2010 03:08 PM #5
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Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA

Debbie,

And I too decided it wasn't worth it...

 

Jul 20, 2010 03:08 PM #6
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