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Yet Another Craigslist Scam!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com 1-16940-1B

Let me start by saying I will not use craigslist again. It is clearly too easy to steal partially valid information and comingle it with fraud. If you ever see Tanya Van Blake-Coleman or  Van Blake-Coleman Realty associated with Craigslist, know it is a fraudulent post and report it immediately. The above photo was taken either from, my website or the Listing agent's and used in an ad for a one bedroom for $900 a month. The FTC and the FBI have been notified. It is also frustrating that you cannot contact a "person" at Craigslist, the most you can do is click on "report" at the top of the listing. This thief was a little more clever than the last combining information from two different companies. this is the second time either a listing of mine for my company name was used that I know of. 

An eager customer looking for an inexpensive rental on St. Croix responded to the ad and after having given personal information realizes it was a scam and called me after contacting his financial institutions. 

If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it is a duck. This home is for sale at $1.2M. In speaking with the office of the listing Broker, the photo of this home has been used repeatedly in Craigslist scams. 

It is sad in that so many people are struggling to find affordable housing in the Virgin Islands. We are still very much, still in recovery from the hurricanes of 2017, either from damaged homes, hotels that have not been able to re-open and the many workers who have come down to assist with our recovery ( they have absorbed a lot of existing housing and driven up the prices). We are happy and excited to have the relief workers here to assist with our recovery but their living allowances have driven up rental prices beyond what many people, who live here year-round, can afford.

Please use your head and not your heart when looking for housing, don't give your personal or financial information until you have actually seen a representative and the property in person.


Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Tanya Van Blake-Coleman - This is such a shame. I hope those looking for rentals in the Virgin Islands get a real estate person to help them to avoid another scam like this. 

Apr 24, 2019 11:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

This is exactly what was happening to my listings when I put them up on Craigslist. And it's for that same reason I stopped putting my listings up there years ago.

Apr 24, 2019 12:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Tanya - sad but not uncommon. Craigslist is rarely used as a legitimate advertising tool in our market. Most who see a CL property listing think "too good to be true" before anything else comes to mind.

Apr 24, 2019 05:15 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Tanya Van Blake-Coleman 

Just had a caller tonight who was looking at a CL rental. But it was my listing and not for rent! Sent the info to the seller who is reporting it. Thinking about doing my Sunday Radio Show on this topic.

May 17, 2019 08:10 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Tanya,

Scammers lurk everywhere but it's good that you emphasized Craig's list in your post as I was contemplating on posting my lakefront listings here. 

Thank you for the warning. 

Jun 29, 2019 04:15 AM
Foster Smith Summerville
Carolina One Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor

Thanks for the warning Tanya. Sorry this is happening with your photos.

Jul 18, 2019 01:15 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

If it's too good to be true....

The best we can do is report and warn others. Thanks for doing that.

Jul 26, 2019 07:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Tanya! Just popping in to see you - it's been awhile! I hope you're doing well and that business is great for you!

Jul 28, 2019 12:06 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Unfortunately it happens everywhere.  We no longer advertise in Craig's List, so when we get a "Craig's List" call, we know it was from a scam!

Aug 31, 2019 03:31 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I hope you got this home sold by now and it's not causing any more grief with Craigslist.

Jan 27, 2020 04:36 PM