Craigslist Maine gets a lot of use by honest people who have items for sale, homes for rent or for purchase and a variety of quality services. Natives of Maine are becoming increasingly wary of the ads that they respond to because of the numerous scammers who have invaded the site and interject plots to deprive unsuspecting victims of their hard earned cash. Although some locals are becoming wise to the host of scam ads that seem to be increasing daily, there are still innocent people who may not be aware of the despicable plots that are interspersed among the legitimate ads. Here are five scams we identified that you need to watch out for.
1. Savvy Craigslist user identifies numerous real estate scams
This is a post that was made by a Maine resident in the York Beach area that is exposing multiple scams identified when trying to find a legitimate rental for a week. Frustrated by hours of searching, not one of the listings was legitimate. They all post rentals that are far too good to be true and they insist on money transfers instead of face to face contact. This person is very clear that they no longer want to be contacted by scammers who are making unsolicited offers through Craigslist and this should serve as a warning to anyone hoping to rent beach property in York Beach…. Beware!
2. 35 Lincoln Street Brewer Maine Scam
This Craigslister received an email after asking for more information about a house posted on Craigslist Maine. The ad included pictures of the property and the contact person went by the name of Steven Evans. He said that he and his wife weren’t interested in the money as much as in finding a good renter that would take good care of the house and property. He claims that they are being very selective about who they allow in as renters. He claims that they just relocated to Sandy, Utah and that they can drive by the location but must prove that they are worthy renters. They offer to throw in the cost of all utilities in the rental price of $800 and a $400 deposit. He claims there is no honest agents or family to show it to them. He said if they want to drive by the house, then contact him they will arrange for the $1,200 payment to be made and he will FedEx the keys. This is a classic scam and Mainers should avoid it.
3. New Rental Scam in Central Maine
A Lewiston couple almost became the victims of a scam that’s taking place in Central Maine. Ricky and Janice saw a home listed for rent in Waterville. The home was colonial with hardwood floors and lots of space for $600 a month with utilities included in the rent. They contacted the poster via email with an inquiry. The scammer was using the name of the actual owner as listed in the assessor’s records. They would only communicate by email and told the couple they must front $1,200 which must be send via Walmart wire service. They were ready to wire the cash and decided to swing by the property. When they saw a real estate sign in the yard, they phoned the agent in charge. He informed them that this was a scam. They had narrowly escaped becoming the victims. The scammer had done his research and used actual pictures of the home and the real name of the registered owner. They’re getting more sophisticated in their attempts to con people out of their money.
4. Portland Police warning Maine residents about Craigslist scams
There is a new scam circulating around Maine. One of the many scams Maine police are warning about is the posting of a 2015 Chev Malibu for sale with a list price of $1,200. The seller claims that they are parting with it cheap because they need to pay rent. In reality, there is no car and the photos have been randomly acquired and included in the ad. They try to lure you into meeting them with cash. They will either take the cash and run or rob and possibly injure you.
5. A Bangor Women is Scammed twice in Craigslist Home rental ads
Michele Dwyer is legitimately trying to sell her home in Bangor. A Craigslist scammer saw her ad and used it to post a fraudulent rental ad, using the information that she posted to attempt to rip people off. Dwyer’s home has been used by the scammers and this isn’t the first time it’s happened to her. It’s occurred twice within a period of 8 years. The old rental scam is one that they don’t seem to get tired of using because it’s so profitable for crooks. Thieves have collected property for illegally renting out her property. When Dwyer was made aware of the phony listing, she contacted Craigslist and they told her that it was posted by a missionary claiming to work in Nigeria. They wanted to rent the house and collect the fees asap after completing a form. They were asking the renters to designate the amount of time they wanted to rent it for and pay the full amount upfront.