The Muskegon Craigslist is a great resource for posting items that you have for sale. It’s also a resource for finding items that you’re looking for when you don’t want to pay a new price for it. You can find everything from cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, furniture and books to electronics, appliances and homes for rent or sale on the site. Although most people who use Craigslist end up getting a square deal, there has been an increase in scams taking place on the site. Some are posted from other countries throughout the world, and others are from dishonest people who live right here in the United States. Here are five money scams that you have to watch out for on Craigslist Muskegon.
1. Trailer scam on Craigslist Muskegon
This scam is the same one that robbed a Niles woman of her money and then it showed up on the Muskegon site. It’s an ad for a horse trailer that has a value of $4 to $5 thousand. It’s offered in the classified ads for just $1,750. The woman from Niles made a deal with the seller who would only communicate by email, claiming a disability that would not allow her to talk on the phone. She claimed to be selling the trailer through Amazon’s buyer protection program. The email she sent looked authentic and had Amazon and Walmart logos on it. They were even trademarked. The woman sent the money through the links only to discover afterwards that she had become the victim of a scam.
2. Craigslist car scam
Melinda Gutierrez responded to an ad for a car that was posted for sale on the Muskegon Craigslist site. It was a 2005 Chrysler and the buyer was Justin Langeland, also of Muskegon. What she didn’t know was that Langeland had been arrested for two felonies earlier in the year an had a sketchy past. She met with Langeland and she paid him $300 as a down payment. He told her he’d hold the car for her. She met with him a few days later and he told her he needed another $500 to complete the paperwork on the vehicle. They signed the paperwork and exchanged drivers licenses. When it came time to make the final payment he would make excuses and then he stopped answering her attempts to contact him. He ripped her off so she filed a suit against him in small claims court. He didn’t show up and she won the case, but she was still out $800. She discovered that he posted the car for sale again. After an investigative news team confronted him, he made arrangements to pay Melinda back. He did pay her the money that he stole but it was only under duress.
3. Craigslist Muskegon Rental Scam
A couple who was looking for a house to rent found what they thought would be an ideal starter house. The rent was just $400 per month and it included utilities. They contacted the seller who called himself a reverend. They tried to find him online and nothing came up. The two completed an application they sent him through email. It was approved but thy had never seen the house. They were instructed to wire $400 and then the keys would be sent to them. They drove by the place and saw a sign in the front yard with a realtor’s number. They contacted her and discovered that the home was not for rent, but rather listed for sale on a different site. The con man had stolen pictures and details to create a fake ad to rip people off.
4. Fake check scam on Craigslist Muskegon
An ad that offers a job that pays for caring for a dog for $100 per day is a scam that you need to watch out for. A reader responded to the ad and was sent a check in advance that was to be deposited in the bank and upon receipt, the new employee was to contact the payroll department so they could make the funds available. The worker was to use the money to pay a supplier for a dog crate, bedding and food. The amount of the check was large and the recipient was not sure if this was a scam or not. The truth is that it’s one of the more common scams that take place on Craigslist these days.
5. Rental home being sold
A woman and her mother discovered that the rental home they were living in was being sold, so she found a new home to rent on Craigslist. The person posting the ad said that they couldn’t see the house until they had moved out. So the woman drove by the address given. They saw boxes and assumed that it was the truth. The rent was $725 per month and they completed a rental app and emailed to to the poster. They were approved two days later and was told to send them a security deposit along with the first month’s rent. She sent $1,450 via wire transfer to Samu Ogbimi. The keys didn’t arrive as promised and so they drove to the home. They knocked on the door and a woman answered telling her that they had just bought the home and it wasn’t for rent. It was then that she realized she had been scammed.