Beware of Craigslist rental scams

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A post that’s been shared over 500 times on Facebook is calling attention to a new real estate scam.

You may have seen the post, which shows a random couple parked in the driveway of a Bethlehem home.

The homeowner told 7News she didn’t know they were coming.

Meanwhile, the potential tenants said they saw the house listed for rent on Craigslist. Unfortunately, Ohio Valley realtors said they’re seeing this type of scam happen more and more often.

Scammers are taking actual listings and pictures, then falsely advertising them on Craigslist with new contact information.

Prospective tenants will then see the ad and reach out. From there, communication is mostly through email or text.

If they like the house, prospective rentors are asked to wire money while the fake realtor promises to mail them the key.

To prevent this from happening to you, here are a few safety tips:

  • Prospective tenants:
    • Don’t wire money.
    • Don’t pay for anything without seeing the inside of a house.
    • Be smart and do your business face to face.
  • Homeowners
    • If you see your home in a false ad, call your agent immediately. 
    • If you don’t have an agent, contact Craigslist to have it taken it down.

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