September 2, 2014 - 12:44 AM
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If you are looking on Craigslist to
rent a home: Beware.
Recently, reports of scams on the
craigslist housing market have been surfacing in Casper. In a handful
of cases, homes for sale have been fraudulently listed “for rent”
on craigslist complete with fake emails and phone numbers.
“People will put houses that are
actually for sale and make them appear as if they are for rent,”
said Josh Kalinowski, President of the Wyoming MLS. “They'll
require a deposit that will be sent to them via mail, with the hopes
a key sent in return.”
Such a case happened to Kevin Rogers
and Monica MacMillan, who are selling Rogers' house on Maple Street.
One night the couple got a call from their real estate agent, who saw
their home listed as for rent on craigslist for $700 a month. The
posting had a fake phone number and email address. Rogers then
contacted craigslist, and the listing was subsequently taken down.
Kalinowski said that these scams are
not new to Casper, and that people looking to rent have lost money to
However, realtors are doing their part
to prevent the scams from happening in the first place. The MLS has
begun the practice of placing watermarks on photos on online
listings. The group also makes calls to craigslist if any scams do
get posted. “Our number one priority is protecting the public,”
Casper Police say that users going on
craigslist should not give out more information than they are
comfortable with, and that if an offer is “too good to be true,”
chances are it's probably a scam. Police also said people looking to
buy, sell, or rent a home should use a realtor whenever possible.
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