Today you can find anything on Craigslist: furniture, appliances, jewelry, apartments, housing and more. But watch out! You might also encounter scams!
Across the country, local authorities have been responding to an increased number of home rental scams on Craigslist. The Police Department in Michigan City, Indiana, recently issued a warning to residents about these scams. Posting fake listings, scammers have been successfully tricking people into wiring them money for property they do not even own.
While similar online rental scams are unfortunately becoming more common, there are still simple precautions you can take to stay safe.
First, remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is not true! Second, if the photos in the listing appear to be pulled from generic advertisements, ask for real photos of the property before proceeding any further. Finally, if you have not checked out the apartment in person and confirmed that the person offering the place is a legal representative of the property, think twice before transferring funds online.
Do your research, check business reviews at bbb.org and take your time to ensure your safety and security.