GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Many of us turn to the Internet when looking for rentals, it's simple, it's easy, but is it safe?
Misti Prater has a son in high school and wanted to move closer to Montrose for her son's after school activities. And she found a great home in a community for rent on Craigslist.
"There was a listing for 900 dollars in Cobble Creek," said Prater.
A low price for country club living, so she responded to the listing and one week later, received a reply back. The homeowner claimed to be in Africa, helping children with HIV and wanted to rent the house. The ad said the house was up for sale, but they recently decided not to sell it. The rental ad asked for money and personal information, which set a red flag for Prater. That is when Prater decided to check the house out for herself. When she did, she discovered someone was living in it.
"A young lady who saw the ad on Craigslist came by the house and told me there was apparently a scam going on Craigslist using my house. So I went on Craigslist and sure enough, there was my house for rent on Craigslist," said Bill Scheoewe, the homeowner.
Scheoewe's home is up for sale, not rent. He responded to the ad, informing the person behind the phony ad, it was his house being falsely advertised.
"I got a computer generated response, that said 'thanks for your interest and inquiry about my house'...it's my house," said Scheoewe.
Prater says she feels lucky Scheoewe was home, he may have saved her quite a bit of cash.
"I am glad he was home, so I could talk to him and find out that it wasn't for rent, because I would have sent that money and I don't have that money to just give away basically," said Prater.
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