Craigslist Rental Scammers Costing the Consumers Thousands

Reblogger Emily Medvec
Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty LLC NM Broker License 16161
https://activerain.com/droplet/yj6

This post by Susan Hilton on how Rental Scammers are using Craigslist to scam people by falsely advertising property for rent is beyond important!  It is easy to cut and paste real estate listings and place them in the rental section on Craigslist. This is what scammers do every day. The public, sellers and their agents need to be more informed as long as Craigslist continues to appear to ignore this activity.

Original content by Susan Hilton

We are having issues with Craigslist Scammers taking advantage of renters!

·        Scams are becoming more prevalent and tenants are losing money by sending down payments or rent to individuals who are not actually the owners.
·         There are sometimes clues you can look for in documents to tip you off that the advertiser is actually a scammer.
·         Most scammers make their living off of scamming and are good at making their victims feel comfortable.
·         Fraud is increasing on Craigslist, and money and identity is at risk.
·         Scammers have some common tactics, but not all tactics are known.
·         Therefore, it is becoming increasingly more important to work through a Realtor or agency with a good reputation. 

For more information about Rental Scams.

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Teresa Cooper
Home Solution Real Estate Services - North Charleston, SC
SC Lowcountry - Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley

Emily - can't post this enough!  Also prevalent in our market!  Had one client call me when her niece tried to rent a property from Craigslist, and thought it was "odd" that the "owner" wanted cash, and would give them the keys that day at the home. 

 

Yes, we need to keep spreading the word!

Apr 02, 2012 02:00 PM #1
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning,  Em..... I soooo dislike craig's list.... I submit nothing to them....and our single family resale listings are somehow on Craig's list as rentals....we are always getting calls from potential buyers calling on our listing that are for sale and saying they saw it on craig's list for rent...and a very cheap rent ....

Apr 02, 2012 08:38 PM #2
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
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The ANSWER is SIMPLE * WATERMARK the listing PHOTOS!  My HERO hosted website does this automatically so my html that I post to CL has my company NAME across the photos....our local MLS watermarks in the corner which can be cut out and the photos scammed.

Apr 02, 2012 09:10 PM #3
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Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Teresa, I agree with you 100 percent. Welcome to ActiveRain.

Barbara, I schedule a routine search for our listings being added to Craigslist by scammers. Like you, we do not use craigslist or backpage.

Wallace, excellent idea to stop the scammers. However, I still will not post on Craigslist due to their repeated failure to address this issue. My first email to their legal on this issue was in 2007! It appears they are protected by the Communications Decency Act of 1996 which makes them distributors rather than publishers. The net is the wild west and the law is certainly far behind the reality of how it is used today.

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