Five Money Scams to Watch Out for on Craiglist Flint

There has been no shortage in the coverage surrounding the troubling conditions in Flint, Michigan. We have all heard about the toxic water conditions there and the health impact associated with it, and there was recent news that the top medical official in the state will be facing criminal charges associated with the water fiasco. If the people of Flint did not already have enough to deal with, they are also being targeted for scams by way of Craigslist. Craigslist can be a great place to sell and buy all types of products and services, but it has become fertile ground for scammers. To help people in the Flint area avoid some of these scams, we have listed five money scams that people should be on the lookout for.

1. The Rental Property Scam

The rental property money scam has become increasingly common over the last couple of years, and it can be executed in a number of different ways. One of the most common ways that scammer executes this scheme is to list a property on Craigslist that they don’t have the right to rent or sell. When a potential renter responds, they collect application fees, deposit, and the first month’s rent. By the time that the potential renter has discovered the ruse, it is too late, their money is gone. One woman recently lost $1,200 to this type of scammer.

2. The Check Scam

Another very common scam in the Flint and Mid-Michigan area is the use of fake checks to ruse people out of their hard-earned cash. The way it normally works is that the scammers will respond to an ad for a product for sale. They will agree to the price, but when the check from the buyer is received, it will be far more than the asking price. The scammer will say that they accidentally made the check out for more, and that the seller can simply wire back the extra money. Unfortunately, by the time it is all said and done, the seller finds out that the check is fake, but they have already wired the buyer money from their own account.

3. The House for Sale Scam

This money scam takes the rental property scam to new heights. In the rental scam, it never gets to the point of people moving into the property, but in this scam, there are times when families will actually move into a property that think they are purchasing through owner financing or at least entering into a long-term lease. What has actually happened is the scammers have somehow gained access to the house and they are actually showing it. When they collect the money, they allow the family to actually move into the house. This gives the scammer more time to create distance before the scam is detected.

4. The Babysitter Money Scam

Okay, I thought I had seen and heard it all, but this is a new one. A man used his computer to dupe teenagers who were looking for babysitting gigs. He would hold mock interviews at a local Starbucks and he would charge the teens $20 dollars for a background check. Unfortunately these job candidates would never see him again after giving him the money. According to sources, this was being done in multiple states. Despite being from Flint, the suspect is being investigated in Indiana as well. It is obvious that he has been busy, and it is likely that more victims will be coming forth in the near future.

5. Counterfeit Cash Scam

With all of the new safeguards in place when printing money, you would think that counterfeiters would have given up; however, there are stories of teens printed some pretty convincing fakes from their computer at home. With that being said, it should not be surprising that there are people on Craigslist buying items with fake cash. When it comes to Craigslist transactions, the discomfort of dealing with someone you don’t know can lead to hurrying the transaction, and scammer count on that. Another thing that they count on is the naturally discomfort of checking money that someone has given you. People don’t want to act like they don’t trust someone, so they will scan the money with the intent on counting or checking it later. Unfortunately, in this type of situation, there is very little recourse one the perpetrators are gone.


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Johnny Galecki
How Johnny Galecki Achieved a Net Worth of $50 Million
MetroCity Bankshares
20 Things You Didn’t Know About MetroCity Bankshares
Israel Englander
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Israel Englander
Tom Steyer
20 Things You Didn’t Know about Tom Steyer
Portfolio
The Top 10 Mutual Funds by 10 Year Performance
Navy Federal Credit Card
The 10 Best Credit Cards for Military Members
cryptocurrency
The 10 Most Valuable Cryptocurrencies in the World
The 10 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses
solar panels
The Five Best Solar Panel Companies Based on Efficiency
airpods
Why Are AirPods So Expensive? Here’s The Answer
Computer Virus
The 10 Worst Computer Viruses of All-Time
printer ink
Why is Printer Ink So Expensive? Here’s the Answer
The Top 20 Golf Courses in the United States in 2019
Zaika New York
The 20 Best Indian Restaurants in All of New York
The Top 10 Golf Courses in Palm Springs
Florida U.S. 1
The 20 Worst Roads in America in 2019
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 10 Least Expensive SUVs Heading Into 2020
Best Porsche Speedster Models
The 10 Best Porsche Speedster Models of All-Time
The Porsche 911 Carrera RS
10 of the Best Porsche Carrera Models of All Time
Ferrari Testarossa
10 Best Ferrari Testarossa Models of All-Time
A Closer Look at the Hublot Bigger Bang
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
A Closer Look at the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon
Time Traveling: The Hublot Classic Fusion Zirconium