Craigslist Fraud and Scam Warning!

Mortgage and Lending with Value Shield Financial Services

Please read and tell everyone you know!  My wife was helping her sister find a new place to rent and started to search Craigslist.  She found a wonderful 4/2.5 in the Bay Hill subdivision here in Orlando for only $1,000 per month.  She then emailed the person doing the listing and they emailed back about how they were traveling oversees with their church group and the home was given to them after their father passed away.  That was the reason they only wanted $1,000 for rent and they also wanted know that my wife's sister was a good Christian woman who would take care of their home.

I found the email and the low price to make me feel uneasy.  I asked my wife to send an email to the person who was renting the property for the address so her sister and her could check it out.  She received an email back with the address and gave it to me.

I proceeded to enter the address on Google to try and find some more information on the home.  And I did... The property was listed on for $2,400 per month in rent and had the listing realtor's number right there.   I called him and he told me that only 2 weeks ago another person had called and sent $1,000 over to the U.K. as a deposit and never received the keys. 

Please let your friends and family know this before they start to look on Craigslist.  It almost happened to my wife's sister and I dont want it to happen to anyone else. 

Good luck out there and take care!

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C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Wow-- thanks for the heads up!

May 21, 2008 07:14 AM #1
Kristin Mason
New Market Title Agency - Independence, OH

GReat post, you can't be tooo careful!

May 21, 2008 07:14 AM #2
Dennis Beckner
Beckner Mobile Notary - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

A friend of mine is selling a laptop computer on Craig's List and got a very fishy offer yesterday. The buyer lives in Michigan, but wants the computer sent to her daughter in Nigeria. We've convinced him not to do it. One thing to watch out for in scams like this is that the person can pay with a credit card through a service like Pay Pal and then call the credit card company to cancel the transaction after the product has been mailed. My advice is to always have the cash in hand. Another friend of mine got scammed on Craig's List, but I've got to keep this short. He lost $4000 because he sent the money back to the buyer when she backed out. The check she sent him hadn't cleared yet and turned out to be bogus.

- Dennis

May 21, 2008 07:19 AM #3
Korina Hilding

Wow that's scary!  Thanks for the feedback!

May 21, 2008 07:24 AM #4
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Chad,

Thanks for the info.  We always have to be cautious.  Have a great week.  Michael A. Caruso

May 21, 2008 07:28 AM #5
Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+

What a shame!  Craigslist is such an awesome place to advertise.  Too bad deceitful people get into areas like that and mess it up for everyone.



May 21, 2008 07:40 AM #6
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

I put a listing on Craigslist the other day and noticed they now have "Scam Warnings" all over the site. I'm glad you wife's sister didn't get caught up in it. Thanks for the heads up.

Good Post!

May 21, 2008 08:38 AM #7
Chad Wille
Value Shield Financial Services - Windermere, FL

Thanks everyone for your comments.  I am glad there are few more people out there who will know about this. 

May 21, 2008 11:52 PM #8
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