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[updated 6/29/2015] I want to explain a common craigslist scam that targets people renting out property.
If you are not aware of this scam, you may fall victim to it.
They may even cash it if you have an account with them.
When you send them back the amount that was “overpaid,” you’re really sending them your own money, and the bank will deduct the full amount of the fraudulent check from your account when it fails to clear. Simple Ways Not to Fall Victim to This Scam Last thoughts This scam not only targets users of craigslists, but other roommate subscription sites as well.
How the Scam Works The scammers or purported roommates make initial contact with you, stating that they are interested in renting your room, but cannot visit because they are overseas or have a tight time constraint and can’t make the time.
The scammer insists they are easy going and would like to move. They might be a medical school or college student, or perhaps starting a new computer or modeling job, and they might even be arriving with their parents.
Somewhere in the exchange of e-mails, they ask you for the total amount to secure the room for them to move in.This is where I stopped the e-mail conversation, as it was getting too sketchy and just didn’t feel right.I, myself, have been targeted by this scam but have never been a victim.I unsuspectingly replied to these fraudulent e-mails thinking they were legitimate roommates, but after several exchanges, my gut instincts told me better.
Some of the scammers would just contact you, stating that they made a mistake and overpaid you. The scammer sent you a check or money order that looks genuine, but it’s actually counterfeit.In any case, they would always request that you send the difference back to them via Western Union or Moneygram. The bank will accept this fraudulent check, as you are depositing it into your account.