CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The typical scammer disappears once caught, but when a property manager in Clarksville confronted a Craiglist scammer, she was met with a death threat.
More and more, renters are turning to Craigslist for their next move.
So too though are scammers, posting fake rentals online, hoping to make a quick buck.
Megan Boudreaux, with Conrex Property Management, says the majority of legit listings are spoofed somewhere online.
These include her property on Margrave Drive, in Clarksville.
“I check Craigslist all the time, and I came across one the other day,” she explained. “Started messaging him, but I called him out on it, and things went south.”
Megan suggested the person remove the fake listing while threatening legal action.
The fake owner, responding “Who dare you”, while later threatening legal action of their own. The mysterious poster soon asked Boudreaux for personal information.
“Then he asked for my address,” she added. “So, I gave them the police station’s address.”
Their conversation was cut short, with the person on the other end of the line responding
“Okay just watch your back when moving cus I’m gonna make sure I kill you”.
“So I was like OK, well we’re not gonna respond now,” said Boudreaux.
So how can someone looking to move know a listing is legitimate? If you’re not using a verified company website, it can be tricky.
The Craigslist listing was a carbon copy of the Conrex listing. The only difference was a $20 drop in rent.
“They know our process,” Boudreaux said. “And they prey on people who are vulnerable.”
So, keep an eye out for warning signs, such as a property manager who’s persistently out of town. Also always be wary of wiring money under suspect circumstances
“Don’t ever wire money to somebody off of Craigslist that can’t even meet up with you,” noted Boudreaux.
All in all, do everything in your power to authenticate because you never truly know who’s on the other end of the phone.