Craigslist Fraud Reported in Hopatcong
DATE: 09/20/14 CASE: 14-10837
WHERE IT HAPPENED: Winding Hill Road Hopatcong
NAME OF ACCUSED: Unknown
VICTIM: No money was sent
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: A resident has his home for rent through a Realtor on Winding Hill Road. Someone found out the owners name and posted an ad on Craigslist to rent the home. A person answered the ad and was told to send the money to Nigeria. The criminal was using the owners name. This prospective renter thought that suspicious and drove to the home. There she saw a sign on the door that the owner wrote stating that the home is not for rent on Craigslist. There was another prospective renter who also looked at the home on 9/16/14 before the owner put the sign up. The ad on Craigslist has been removed. The owner has put an ad on Craigslist stating that he is not renting his house on this site.
You MUST do everything you can to ensure you are not being scammed these days. Yes it stinks. But this is the world we live in. Here the red flag which should have hit you right across your face is “to send the money to Nigeria”. But what if it was California? Would you just think that the owner has moved there? See how easy it is to be scammed? It is all in your mindset at the time. ALWAYS THINK SCAM! Do your research. Never trust anyone. (Except for me of course).
Leave a comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.