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Denver Police Issue Home Rental Fraud Alert

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The Denver Police Department wants to warn the public about a rental scam. They report that last Thursday, a woman called police, explaining that a couple had come by her house earlier in the evening, in hopes of renting it. The woman told the couple that the house was for sale, but not for rent. The couple then explained that they saw her home on Craigslist, listed as a rental. The couple called the number on the add, and the person on the phone told them to electronically deposit $1000 for a month’s rent into his account. The couple decided they wanted to see the property first, which is when they encountered the woman who owned the home. After realizing that the ad was false, the home owner reached out to police.

Friends, always proceed with caution when using Craigslist. Do not electronically wire money to anyone. If you are asked to do so, it is more than likely a scam. Meeting sellers/renters in a public place, to make sales is the best way to do business.

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  • I seen a similar ad on craigslist but for Florida back in February. My fiance and I were planning on moving back to Florida in which we seeked rentals off craigslist as needing a place set up for when we got there due to having children. We came across an ad. Seemed promising and too good to be true really nice house and property well that was until I got the email stating to wire money which had a different name in the email then listed on the ad and when I searched for the address where he wanted me to wire the money it wasn’t even on the map it was in the middle of the ocean. The only thing that came close enough to the name of the town was a church on the other side of the world. I never contacted them and posted on craigslist that it was believed to be a scam. If something seems to be too good to be true then it probably is.