Yes, this is a very common scam and I have had it happen to a buyer client who saw a VERY nice home for rent on Craigslist for half of what it should rent for. The fraudulent owner said he had to be out of the country immediately and if the buyer/renter would just wire him the money, he would "save" the house for him and he could come to the house the following Saturday and move in. There were six families who showed up at this person's home. The house had been listed for sale and three of the six families had wired the money to an offshore account. If you see a really nice home advertised for rent for a very small amount, beware! The more publicity this scam can get, the better, so prospective renters will not be victimized.