Craigslist can be THE spot to sell or find something you need to get rid of or are looking to buy. Within minutes of posting or responding to an ad, you can find yourself either buying or selling–just like that.
But Craigslist is also a place where, if you’re not careful, you can get scammed the hell out of all your damn money. A Georgia couple learned that lesson the hard way recently.
Chandler Bass said he and his family responded to an ad for a house for rent on Craigslist. They visited the home, thought it was perfect for them and wired more than $1000 for a so-called deposit.
It turned out to be a scam.
“It just makes me sick to my stomach, me as a hardworking parent, my wife as a hardworking parent. (We) don’t deserve it,” Bass said.
Bass said he should have paid attention to the warning signs but was lured by his need to have a place for his family to stay.
“They kept sending us emails about going out and making a key, and I felt like that was preposterous,” Bass told WSB-TV. “There’s a key in the lockbox, so why can’t you just give me the code on the lockbox?”, he said he asked, but was given excuses that he took for granted.
Bass advises any prospective renters to make sure you “do your homework”, and be sure you’re renting from someone who is actually the landlord or their representative.