Scammers posting fake rental properties on Craigslist
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A local landlord is finding out the hard way just how shady some people can be on Craigslist. His house was put on the rental market, but he didn’t put it there.
This house was once up for rent on Craigslist. All the con artist did was take the ad, put his information on it and re-list it. Presto, he has an ad where he can try to collect a security deposit. We found the home owner, and we also found the scam artist.
It is a nice two bedroom house in a quiet south city neighborhood. The ad on Craigslist says it’s well maintained, and it got a lot of people’s attention, only $450 per month. That was particularly important to the man who owns the place, since he didn’t post the ad, and certainly didn’t offer that price.
One perspective renter clicked the email on the ad, and made contact with a man calling himself Kevin Good. Good responded, claiming to be a pastor doing mission work in Africa, needing someone to keep an eye on his home. The fact is, he’s a con artist.
In fact, in Good’s email he said the deposit would be a month’s rent and a $400 security deposit.
We called an international number and spoke to the man claiming to be Kevin Good. He told us how great the house was, and then we put him on the spot, silence. Good hung up, apparently knowing he was busted.
Craigslist sent us a written response to this story saying they try to keep their marketplace safe. But they recommend you never make a rental agreement sight unseen, and you never, ever wire anybody money. It’s like handing over cash that you’ll never see again.
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