Craigslist Scam Strikes Again -Beware of Craigslist Ads For Rent - Ozark Mo Real Estate
Several times throughout the year, I've received calls from consumers asking questions about one of our listings that they found on Craigslist for rent.
This scammer is taking the photos of my listing off the MLS, researching the address to find the seller's name, then sets up a bogus email address to be contacted.
Today, I received another call from a consumer letting me know they drove by one of my listings for rent, talked with a gentleman from my team and was getting ready to send the first months rent and deposit......a total of $1800. We immediately tagged the ad and turned in the information to the local police. Knowing they might have given too much personal information, we worked together to hopefully get this guy blocked from the internet.
If you are looking for rentals in Ozark Mo, here's a few tips to know you are working with the seller direct:
1. Never pay money to someone without seeing the house first. If the home is occupied, with a real estate sign in the yard, call the agent to verify the home is for rent......or sale.
2. Be aware of email scams that want all your personal information and request rents and deposits in advance.....with a promise of sending the keys later.
3. If you think you've been scammed, contact the police as soon as possible.
The consumer was smart enough to contact us before they lost their money today. With the help of the police, we might just catch this guy.