You already know that you can get scammed on Craigslist. However, you might not know which types of scams are the most prevalent in the Santa Cruz area. Below or five of the more recent issues that seem to occur with overwhelming prevalence. Make sure that you don’t become a victim of one of these.
1. Do you really want to use Craigslist to find your next house to rent?
It becomes somewhat discouraging that there are so many rental scams on Craigslist. It seems like this is something that is quite prolific in every city. You could practically throw a dart at a map of the United States and wherever it lands, you can almost bet that the biggest issue with Craigslist scams in that area is going to be something related to rental property, or maybe even buying a piece of property. This is not something new. It’s something that’s been happening for a very long time. That doesn’t change the fact that people still go to Craigslist to find a place to rent. That’s largely because they’re enticed by that possibility of finding a place to rent that’s a lot less money than what they would otherwise expect to pay. They don’t stop to think about the possibility that the reason it’s listed at such a discount is because it doesn’t exist in the first place. That’s precisely what happened in this particular case. If you want to know more, click on the link above.
2. The police have been warning people about the rental house scam issue
Things have gotten so bad in the area that in an unrelated case, police have even taken to social media in order to warn people not to fall for these rental scams. Unfortunately, there hasn’t really been that much difference in the number of people that have been scammed out of money on Craigslist when they’re trying to find a place to rent. In the cases involving these warnings that the police put out on Facebook, it was because the scammers were going around picking addresses at random and then saying those addresses were available for rent on Craigslist. They didn’t even own the property and the actual owners had no idea that their property had been targeted until people started showing up wanting to rent a piece of property that was never for rent in the first place.
3. Now there’s also an issue with vacation rentals
This really shouldn’t surprise anybody. There’s been such a problem with rentals on Craigslist for years and now vacation rentals are the popular fad. It really only serves as the natural progression that these types of scams have finally progressed into vacation rentals that are listed on the site. The same advice goes for this problem as virtually everything else. If it seems like you’re getting something really great for next to nothing, you need to investigate further because it probably isn’t a legitimate deal to begin with.
4. Know who you’re giving your money to
If you’re going to give money to somebody, whether it’s for housing or anything else, know that you’re giving it to the right person. This is a rental scam but it has a rather creative twist attached to it. The person in question went around masquerading as a property manager, saying that people who rented at specific addresses needed to give their rent money to them. They weren’t a property manager and the whole thing was nothing more than a scam for them to get money. Somehow they managed to pull it off for quite a while before anybody got wise and started asking questions. It just goes to show that you have to be a little more cautious about who you hand over your cash to or who you start giving personal information to these days.
5. There’s a problem with apartments, too
If you think that the only issues when it comes to rental properties exists with houses for rent, think again. You’re not any safer when you’re renting an apartment. The best thing you could do would be to avoid Craigslist when you’re looking for a rental property but whether you use Craigslist or some other site, take the time and make the effort to ensure that you’re dealing with somebody that is legitimate and has a piece of property that is legitimately for rent at the it’s being advertised. Don’t get over excited when you see something that seems too good to be true and jump at it, only to realize that you’ve been scammed out of your money later on.