Woman warns of Craigslist rental property scam - WKRN News 2

Woman warns of Craigslist rental property scam

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

With demand for Nashville rental properties at an all time high, people are looking to take advantage of renters through scams.

A Nashville woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, almost became one man's latest victim when she inquired about a west Nashville home listed on the Web site, Craigslist.org.

"He told me to go look at the house, and see if I liked the house and we would proceed after that, so it's like the next day he called and text and he was very aggressive," the woman told Nashville's News 2.

The woman said the ad listed the two bedroom home for only $500.

She thought the deal was too good to be true and it turned out, it was.

"When he told me to Moneygram the money to him, wire the money, I thought that was kind of odd and it threw up a red flag," she said.

In most cases, like this one, the scammer said he was out of town, wouldn't be able to meet in person and a Moneygram was the easiest way for her to rent the house.

Despite a legitimate "For Rent" sign outside, put up by the company that actually manages the home, this scam artist had an excuse for it.

"In the email, he had stated that he had gone through a realtor but they were asking too much for the rent so he was going to do it on his own," she said.

As of Thursday night, the fake ad was still posted on Craigslist.

The woman said so far she knows of one other person who has fallen for this man's scam, but there could be others.

"I don't know what she's trying to do to get the money back so it's probably just gone," the woman said.

This woman hopes other renters will be cautious.

"If you have to second guess, it's not good at all," she warned.

Craigslist allows consumers to report any suspicious ads.

Renters should always check for a valid business license of property management companies, or check the tax records when dealing directly with the homeowner.

These tips to avoid rental property scams are especially useful for people renting a home out of state.

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