Craigslist has been an online advertising site that people from Columbus, Ohio have been using successfully for several years. You’ll find everything from furniture to cars, trucks, RVs, event ticket and much more. Some realtors and private parties even list homes for rent or sale on the site. Although most transactions that are conducted on the site go smoothly, there has been an increase in nefarious activity on the site. Scammers have discovered that they can use the site to use a variety of ways to scam people out of their money. Here are five money scams to watch out for on Craigslist Columbus.
1. Homeowner and police warn of Craigslist rental scam
Kourtney Denning and the local police are warning everyone on Craigslist Columbus to be aware of a nasty rental scam that is circulating. A con artist that goes by the name of Aron Donald posted a home for rent and was asking for a security deposit of just $700 to secure the home as a rental. The problem is that he has an out of state phone number and it’s not his house. It’s Kourtney’s. She’s had several people come by her house claiming that they had rented it. She had listed the home for sale but not for rent. Scammers hijacked her ad, altered the financial conditions and contact number and scammed people out of the deposit money they had sent. She posts this ad to warn people to be careful and not fall for this rotten trick.
2. Apartment scam on Craigslist
Police are warning Craigslist users to watch out for yet another lousy rental scam. This operation involves an apartment that is listed for rent for an incredibly low price. It sounds too good to be true and it really is. The person placing the ad says he is out of town but he makes arrangements for people to wire deposit money to him and he promises to show them the home when he gets back in town. Believe it or not, there are innocent victims that are too trusting and they fall for these lies, so police are trying to spread the word that these scams are active and everyone needs to be on their guard.
3. Car scam on Craigslist
A Craigslist user is posting a warning about a car scam. He bought a vehicle from a seller on Craigslist and the process went very smoothly. When he went back to look for another good deal, he was appalled by the number of scams that were posted on Craigslist Columbus. When he inquired and was told that the vehicles were not actually in Columbus but were in different parts of the country and the owner was in the military, he knew right away that these were scam ads. They offer to ship you the car after you wire them the money and then they disappear and you’re out your payment. Be warned that this is one of the oldest scams in the book and you’ll find quite a few of them on the site now. Craigslist removes them as soon as they’re made aware of the issue, but they keep reposting more when the old ones are taken down.
4. Rental scam in Columbus leaves a family homeless
A woman from Michigan moved to Columbus with her daughter, son, and mother. She responded to an ad for a rental on craigslist. She wasn’t asked for references, there was no credit or background check or anything. This gave her a bad feeling, but she still proceeded to tour the house that the men who were offering it for rent were showing her. She was at the property and everything looked legitimate so she gave them the $2,200 they were asking for. She moved into the home but a week later, HUD officials came to the door and informed her that they were the owners of the home. They informed her she had been scammed. They changed the locks and removed everything from the home and trashed it. They said that nothing in the home would be returned to the family because it was theirs. The family ended up staying at a church after losing everything in the scam.
5. Robbers use Craigslist to perpetuate their scam
When sellers listed electronics items that they had for sale on the Craigslist Columbus site, they were contacted by people who said that they were interested in buying the goods. They made arrangements to meet at a house to allow them to inspect the goods. When the sellers arrived, the house was empty and armed robbers met them instead of buyers. They did not intend to purchase the goods, they just used the ruse to lure them into a situation where they could commit armed robbery.