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Craigslist scammers targeting potential renters: The Real Deal

People looking for a place to live should be aware of a scam going around on Craiglist targeting potential renters.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - People looking for a place to live should be aware of a scam going around on Craiglist targeting potential renters.

The scammers take real estate ads from other sites and posts them on Craigslist asking people to send money before they even get to see the place.

Real estate agent Cindy Paquette started getting phone calls from people responding to a Craigslist ad last week, which listed an Eastwood home for rent.

Paquette is the real estate agent for the home, which is currently for sale, but she never posted an ad putting it up for rent.

“It was very misleading. They were renting it for $600 including utilities, which is why I was getting a lot of phone calls because it was a great deal - and he wanted people to send him money and he was supposedly in Africa,” Paquette said. “I feel bad for the people who may be sending him money and then try to go in the house.”

She says someone stole her listing and is trying to swindle potential renters into sending $1,200 - first months rent and a security deposit - in exchange for the keys.

If someone is asking you to send them money without you first seeing the residence with them, it’s most likely a scam.

Other red flags include typos in an ad and especially if someone is asking you to send money overseas.

NewsChannel 9 checked Craigslist for the ad and it had been flagged and removed.

Even though that particularly scam has been removed, experts warn that there are similar scam listings still out there.

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