This landlord is all too willing to please everyone too. A slight variation of this scam occurs when the crook rents a house or apartment with the intention of re-renting it to dozens of people.
Sometimes the story is that the owner of the home or apartment is sick, out of the country, or otherwise unavailable and his friend is helping out by renting the place for him. This is called the middleman scam because renters never come into contact with the real owner of the property.
This scam can also be pulled off by people overseas. They do it by finding a photo of a cute house, then listing it for rent. They target landlords too. The most common is the typical Nigerian scam where a person will agree to rent a house or apartment and then send the landlord a check or money order for the deposits, rent, and fees. They ask that the excess be wired to them right away.
What the landlord may not realize, however, is that the check or money order is no good.
Whatever money they wire the scammer will be their own money, never to be seen again. Some car owners have found out the hard way that after they release their car to such a buyer, the check bounces or comes back as a fraud. This usually happens with buyers who are overseas or otherwise unable to meet with the seller in person.
The buyer will then ask the seller to just wire them the overage. Then the seller will arrange to have the car picked up by a middleman, or pick-up agent. Some sellers will list a car at an unbelievable price and then tell the buyer a sob story to go with it. But because the seller is out of the country, the buyer will have to wire funds to them in order to take possession of the car. You can imagine what happens next — the seller disappears with the money and the car is nowhere to be found.
They will tell the buyer to send funds via Western Union to the escrow where they will be held until the buyer picks up the car. The problem comes when a spoof one that mimics a legitimate site is sent to the buyer from the supposedly secure escrow site.
The seller is never heard from again and the buyer is left with no money and no car. It can be a great way to get those hard-to-find event tickets or save money on travel. But beware — the scammers have figured out how to steal your money with deals like these. Con artists have figured out how to use a printer, which is bad news for people buying event tickets.
The thief will print out fake tickets that look like the real thing and then sell them to unsuspecting buyers. Depending on the event, these tickets can cost hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of dollars. Some scammers will sell complete season tickets for a sporting team or concert series.
The seller will buy airline tickets with a credit card, then list the tickets for sale.
As soon as they have a buyer, they will cancel the sale which renders the tickets worthless. And chances are that person will never be seen again. Anyone buying a big-ticket item online wants to know the transaction will be safe. Out of that worry were born escrow service sites, which are companies that will legally hold money until both parties in the transaction are satisfied.
It can be a great way to feel comfortable dealing with the buying and selling of big-ticket items.
When negotiating a deal for a large-ticket item, the seller will reassure the buyer that their money will be safe until the item is received. They deposit the funds into an on the site and then wait for their item to arrive. But it never does. What happened? It was a phishing site — one that is set up to look just like a legitimate business.
Many times these scam artists will mimic a well-respected site in an effort to make the buyer trust it. And too many times it works. The seller will be out their money and have nothing to show for it.
Looking for a job is tough enough, but if you get scammed in your job search, it can be downright disheartening. Some scammers post jobs for nannies and babysitters, targeting the young and inexperienced. They generally offer a nice salary, but not outrageous enough to ring any alarm bells. These instructions might be things like buying groceries for the new house, taking out an amount for their salary, and paying the rent to the new landlord. The employee, who thought she had landed a great job, is now out the money and on the line for all of it.
Of course, the received payments will bounce or be fraudulent and the person will be out any money they wired. Job scams often revolve around an employer who asks the employee to wire money somewhere. This is always a scam. Still, many scam artists have devised a way to make a buyer feel comfortable by making them believe the purchase has been approved and is protected by Craigslist.
A potential buyer will receive an official looking from Craigslist saying they have researched the seller and approved the transaction as safe. Next, it will guide the buyer through the steps to complete the purchase, such as sending money. If you get an like this, the seller is definitely a scammer and you should report them to Craigslist so they can remove the listing. Buying and selling on Craigslist can be an awesome experience.
As long as you pay attention to the details of each transaction and stay aware of the s that alert you to possible scams, you should be fine. If you believe you have come across a scam, mark it as such at the top of the and Craigslist at abuse craigslist.
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Content. The Middle Man Sometimes the story is that the owner of the home or apartment is sick, out of the country, or otherwise unavailable and his friend is helping out by renting the place for him. The illegitimate landlords will seem to make renting and qualifying as easy for you as possible.
Fake Tickets Con artists have figured out how to use a printer, which is bad news for people buying event tickets. Escrow Fraud Anyone buying a big-ticket item online wants to know the transaction will be safe.
The Safe Buy When negotiating a deal for a large-ticket item, the seller will reassure the buyer that their money will be safe until the item is received. Job Scams Looking for a job is tough enough, but if you get scammed in your job search, it can be downright disheartening. The Nanny Job Some scammers post jobs for nannies and babysitters, targeting the young and inexperienced.
Final Word Buying and selling on Craigslist can be an awesome experience.