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IYC: Craigslist rental scam

MOORE, OKLA. – Our In Your Corner team exposes a craigslist rental scam.

Greedy scammers are targeting families that lost everything in a tornado.

The tornado went right through Amber Harris’ home.

The large family is desperate for a rental house that sleeps 10.

“We have our five children and then three foster children,” she said.

A neighbor suggested she call 323-835-1852.

We traced it to a bogus craigslist post advertising rental properties for tornado victims. 

Builder, Mark Mathews, tells the In Your Corner team his homes are not for rent!

“We have these houses listed. We have them with the real estate agent,” Mathews said. “I’m sorry, but a $200,000 house, we’re not leasing them out for $700 a month.”

We started texting with the scam artist.

He told us he was in California for work, but he would mail us keys and a lease just as soon as we loaded $600 onto a prepaid money card.

Remember, all the thief needs to drain the card’s balance is the serial number on back.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office is investigating. 

“A lot of times Scott, those folks are fleeing and sometimes they’re out of state, even in perpetrating the fraud,” Pruitt said. “We think folks doing the craigslist fraud were actually never in the state, then wires were being made to them at an off shore location.”

It’s not just us Okies they’re targeting.

The In Your Corner team has learned they’ve been running a similar rental scam in at least four states.

  • Never wire cash.
  • Prepaid money cards aren’t tied to a bank account, which means your money won’t be insured against loss.