The price in this ad was way beyond suspect, it was nothing short of laughable . Therefore, anyone who has even a cursory knowledge of the rental market in Manhattan should be able to tell at a glance that this is not an apartment it is a bad joke as well as a scam. plain and simple. However, there are lots of people who are quite clueless regarding the market, and they see lots and lots of "great deals" on CL as well as other on line shopping venues. When these individuals attempt to actually view the aforementioned "deal" they generally become frustrated, as they are never actually able to view any of these "great deals" .In a worst case scenario the only thing they "succeed " is in getting scammed.
This is, of course, unfortunate for both the public as well as the industry, as we both get hurt by this situation . i suggest that a group of realtors, such as myself, brainstorm a way to form a focused coordinated effort to actually expose scammers, by posing as prospective customers, make an inquiry, and then immediately report the info o the State Attorney General. We may be able to make some sort of coordinated effort here, that could help, and it may also offer a bumper crop of pr for the industry. If any fellow realtors out there want to brainstorm a bit give me a call anytime, my cell# is 917-995-5064. Is anyone out there?
Licensed Real Estate Agent