Real Rental Property Craigslist Scams & How Landlords Can Stay Alert | Landlord University

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  1. How did the scammer get a copy of the keys? Are they implying that they changed all the locks and were able to completely pull that whole transaction off. I guess if I were a landlord I'd try and get to know my neighbors well enough that they would keep an eye out for activity like this. WOW!

  2. This is happening more and more. I listed a rental property through Postlets and included my cell phone number. Just a few days later, CL in San Antonio had a posting for my property! The scammer had looked up who owned the property on the county tax website (public info here in Texas) and created a gmail account using my husband's name, so the last names matched. It was a "too good to be true" listing, asking $950 for a 3 bedroom house in an area where the rent ran about $1700.00. CL couldn't do anything about it, as a "crime" had not yet been committed. I posted a scam alert on CL. I received several calls from people who had contacted the CL scammer and then found my listing. He was telling people he was in Kansas, that nobody locally had keys, please send XXX dollars and he would send them the keys. People who are desperate will do just about anything and ignore all warning signs. I now keep the alarms on my properties active even when empty. I can't stop somebody from posting on CL, but I can prevent them from getting in the house unnoticed.

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