House for Rent ( from Scammer)! or How to Spot a Fake Ad on Craigslist

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Earlier today, I was checking the Craigslist appliances section for my area and found a rental ad which caught my eye.

A 1235 Sqft , 3 BR 1 and 1/2 BA house for rent in New Haven, CT. Nothing wrong there until you see the price: $600.00!!! I thought, that's way too cheap, almost impossible ( at least for New Haven, CT) unless it is a completely run down house. When you see the pictures, the house is actually in fantastic shape! So, I decided to dig in a little more. It took me less than 5 minutes to find out the owner's name and that the house was actually listed for sale on 9/13/14 for $179,900.

The Craigslist ad listed a phone number which I called out of curiosity. It was a google phone number out of Houston, TX. I was able to find the name attached to that phone # which didnt match the name of the property owner. I left a message showing strong interest in the rental. Maybe I will get a call back. Below are the Craigslist link and Trulia listing link. What do you guys think? Scam or not?

http://newlondon.craigslist.org/app/4671706200.htm...

http://www.trulia.com/property/3148590261-45-Brook...

I doubt the owner meant 600/mo at least since taxes are over 4600/yr

The owner appears to be Oscar Louis McLaughlin, age 71

15 103rd St
Troy, NY 12180


Phone Numbers: 

203-397-8990
518-432-5863
939-1056
845-432-5863

Found the info using beenverified.com

Originally posted by @Victor N'Guessan:

Earlier today, I was checking the Craigslist appliances section for my area and found a rental ad which caught my eye.

A 1235 Sqft , 3 BR 1 and 1/2 BA house for rent in New Haven, CT. Nothing wrong there until you see the price: $600.00!!! I thought, that's way too cheap, almost impossible ( at least for New Haven, CT) unless it is a completely run down house. When you see the pictures, the house is actually in fantastic shape! So, I decided to dig in a little more. It took me less than 5 minutes to find out the owner's name and that the house was actually listed for sale on 9/13/14 for $179,900.

The Craigslist ad listed a phone number which I called out of curiosity. It was a google phone number out of Houston, TX. I was able to find the name attached to that phone # which didnt match the name of the property owner. I left a message showing strong interest in the rental. Maybe I will get a call back. Below are the Craigslist link and Trulia listing link. What do you guys think? Scam or not?

http://newlondon.craigslist.org/app/4671706200.htm...

http://www.trulia.com/property/3148590261-45-Brook...

This kind of think happened to us two or three times (at least it is from what I can tell). It's probably a scam. Someone copies the ad and posts their number at a ridiculously cheap rent. Then they ask people to wire them a deposit and they can move in in a week. As you might expect, the scammer just pockets the money. I can't believe people would wire money without seeing the property or anyone associated with it. But we got several calls from people who had been scammed. Flag the ad. We reported it to the FBI Internet crime reporting center: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx, although they aren't likely to do much about a "small" crime like this unfortunately.

This is more than likely a scam. The fact that the number listed is a Google number and does not match the property owner's name. I'd be surprised if they actually respond to your inquiry. 

Move forward with caution. 

Barry

@Jassem A.  , the owner on record is a different person than the one you have.

@Account Closed  , they didnt respond. I only called because I wanted to play detective!

I plan on informing the listing agent tomorrow.

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