Hi, I am happy that you have a realtor friend who can help you. Craigslist is notorious for rental scams, too. These scammers are everywhere and steal legitimate listings (for sale) and make up email addresses and a "story" using the name of the seller. Some of my listings were stolen a few months ago and I learned that one guy sent a check for $1200!! The police are too busy to really do anything about it, so BUYER BEWARE, or in the case, RENTER BEWARE.
Prudential Tropical Realty