By: Rip off report Google | posted in News & Stories |
Date: May 13th, 2011
If you are planning to place an ad on Craigslist to sell your old TV, camera and even renting out your home. You will be in for a surprise.
Here’s how the rental scam work. A couple from Philadelphia is renting out their home and places a free online advertisement for their Wildwood Crest duplex on Craigslist.
One day after they place their ad, someone named Ben Harry from England responded to the rental ad. Ben told the homeowners that his wife works in the U.S., he is coming to visit her and wanted to rent out their home for three days.
The cost of staying for the three days was $300 dollars and Ben’s wife will send the homeowners the $300 dollars. However, Ben said his wife mistakenly sent too much money and Ben told the homeowners that they will need to send the overpaid money to him so he can book his flight.
When the homeowners received the check, it was for $5,500 and they wonder how someone makes a mistake of overpaying at $5,200. That is when the red flags went up and bells went off.
The check was a fake and it’s worth nothing. The man Ben Harry was not from England, according to the homeowners he sounded like he was from somewhere in Africa.
The homeowners’ advice is – don’t be too anxious to cash the check. Scam artists understand that it takes banks several days to clear the check. While you already send the overpaid money, usually by Western Union – that is the money you will never take back.
For more information on Craigslist scam and how to protect yourself from scams, read the Craigslist scam list.
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