Whew…I’ve been so busy in the past couple of weeks that my blog has been neglected. With the tax credit ending soon, buyers are out earlier than usual this year searching for deals… and so are the scammers. I reported before about the Craiglist scam that hit Salem Oregon regarding rental properties. True to form and just like the seasonal flu, the scammers are back out in full force for real estate season.
I received a call yesterday from someone wanting to confirm if my listing was for sale or for rent because it was advertised for rent on Craigslist. Trying to scam some money out of folks here is what the scam said.
your email, I personally own the house, we want our property to be well taken good care of, and they are some rules and regulation in which i do give out to tenant willing to rent my house, so please don’t disrespect my order ,but if you are still capable of renting my house the rules and regulation goes this way. You must keep my house clean including the surrounding, you must know the way in which you use the stove so as to avoid fire outbreak,you must not disturb the neighbor. We decided to rent out the property due to our transfer to (West Africa) on a Missionary Work because, in a church here named World Mission Center, so we are renting it out since we need someone to take good care of the property on my absent.
Have this in mind you must know the kind of person that i am,but nevertheless i am giving you this rules because of what corresponded between me and my last tenant. the keys and documents are with us here in West Africa… so i will need to ship them to you before you can occupy the house but you can drive by the house anytime to take a look.
You might notice a for sale sign, We plan on selling the home before our departure, but after our mission we decided to rent it out so that we can still have the property upon arrival.
2 br | 2 ba
Square Footage:1,218 sqf
House Type: Single Family Home
Pets are welcome!!!
Location:760 Liberty St SE, Salem OR.
So for folks looking to move to Salem Oregon, please be careful of Craigslist scams. I strongly suggest that if you are planning to rent google the address and see if the house if for sale. If so contact the listing agent directly to find out if it really is for rent.
I was inspecting a home that had fraudulently been placed on Craigslist as a rental the night before. It was a very nice home and in the 3 hours I was there 27 cars had stopped by to look!! If the price is unusually low it probably is a scam……
Jim I felt bad for the sellers because people were knocking on their door all confused about the rental.
Thanks for posting this! We were looking on Craigslist just the other night for houses to rent when we first get to Salem.
Pam just be careful since they are hijacking listings left and right.
I just found the same scan in Bston, MA. Thanks for the heads up here! http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/1646485451.html
Well Jenny I’m glad that got flagged.
Same Scam In Napavine WA right now
Guy just sent me simular email in response to my inquiry of his rental