Posted by: RAPV | November 19, 2011

Report Craigslist Rental Scams to FBI

Has your seller been victim of a Craigslist internet scam?  Listing information including photos are gathered from an agent’s or brokerage firm’s website and a fake Craigslist ad is created advertising the property for rent, typically at a bargain rental. The ad is accompanied by contact info which includes an email and a phone number, which may be the agent’s or the owner’s phone. Email inquiries receive replies with an elaborate story concerning the “owner’s” necessity of renting very quickly. Of course, the scammer then makes off with the deposit for the “rental.”  Be careful of putting too much listing information out on the internet. REALTORS® may wish to reconsider advertising on websites that do not provide security measures to weed out ads that are not identified.  Report the scam to www.ic3.gov, an FBI-affiliated site.  For further information contact the MAR Legal Hotline at 800-370-LEGAL or visit www.realtor.org.

 

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