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By Dan Golden | Agent in Bucks County, PA

What's my listing doing in your scam?


You often hear advice to watch out for scams on the Internet. I heard, but I did not actually believe it could happen to me, until it did. I have a condo listed for sale and rent at Stonebridge Estates on Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia. It's a nice unit, and the photos I took to advertise it reflect that. It is attracting some activity, which is good. But it also attracted someone who tried to make money by using my listing in an application fee scam.

A woman called me inquiring about the listing. She asked me a number of questions, and then told me she thought someone might be using my listing as part of a scam on CraigsList. I looked it up on Craigslist and was shocked to see my listing advertised for rent for $500 (I have it listed for twice that). It also said that cats (meow) and dogs (woof) were welcome (pets are not allowed) and if interested to contact an email address.

The woman who alerted me to the scam forwarded her copies of correspondence with the scammer, who requested a hefty application fee to be considered. I immediately alerted Craigslist, which took down the bogus listing within 24 hours, and the Northeast Detectives in Philadelphia. Have not seen or heard anything about the scammer.

There's a lesson to be learned here. Watch out for scams on the Internet.

Comments

By John Martelotti,  Thu Aug 29 2013, 17:23
I have had this happen to me as well. It seems to be scammers with these internet based phone numbers. I hate to think of how many people have been tricked and really sent these scumbags their hard earned money. I see it a lot on Craigslist, but I have had it happen here on Trulia
 
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