BeWare of Craigslist Rental and For Sale Scams

Real Estate Agent with Samson Properties Broker/Realtor DC,MD/VA

Be careful if you are using Craigslist to find rentals or homes to purchase.  The scam artist are back and they are praying on victims.  Remember if it sounds to good to be true. "Then It probably is."   There MO is usually listing a home for rent or for sale for a loss less than normal and stating they are just temporarily moving and are looking for someone to cover the payment etc...   They are trying to get the victim to give them personal info usually requested for in application form and in most cases they will try to get the victim to send a deposit check....

BE VERY CAREFUL.  They are very slick usually copying and pasting real ads into dummy ads and changing minor contact info.  I recommend you stick to legit listing sites for Hampton Roads Rentals and Homes for Sale such as or my direct website  which imports directly from our local MLS and covers the Areas seven cities.  Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, and even Williamsburg.

I had stopped advertising on craigslist but it is a necessary evil,,,,  

This is the link I wrote on the subject almost 2 years ago that landed me an interview with the news:

It may be time to take another break from Craigslist.

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Comments (4)

Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


I had it happen to me a couple years back.....hard to believe some are taken in by the truly non-sense ads, but it is meant to prey on the truly desperate......

Jun 13, 2012 05:06 AM
Cindy Hallas
Amerifirst Financial, Inc. - Scottsdale, AZ
Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS # 334571

Fantastic blog DeAndrea!  This is timely and useful info and I thank you!  :)

Jun 13, 2012 05:16 AM
Randy Dodd
Rosanna's Realty - Abilene, TX

I do not use Craigslist at all and had it happen to me just a few months ago. The posting is very much the same at yours from 2 years ago. Some of it I'm sure is for the quick grab or the sale, but with the info they are wanting can also be used for Identification theft. I could go on and on about my feelings about C-List & people that use it, but its nothing nice....

Jun 13, 2012 05:20 AM
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

I have both sold and bought stuff off of Craig's list. You are right, there are some bad people out there... you gotta be careful!!

Jun 13, 2012 05:49 AM