People use Craigslist’s online classified ads to sell a wide range of items on a site that gets a lot of visitors. It has been one of the most common ways to sell used items for a long time. The site has helped both buyers and sellers, and most of them have had good experiences, but not everyone can say the same. There are a lot more scam ads on the site than there used to be. These are put up by con artists who want to rip off innocent people. Here are five money scams on Craigslist Oregon Coast that you should watch out for.
1. A rental scam on Craigslist in the Portland area
Be careful of a fake rental scam that has shown up on the Oregon Coast Craigslist ads. A con artist got pictures of a house that was for sale on another website, as well as the address and other information. He put it on Craigslist as a place to rent.
This was a clear scam because people who contacted the fake owner were told to send the deposit and rent through a wire transfer to an account. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but the con artist is looking for someone who really wants to rent the house but may not know how these tricks work.
2. A rental scam in Cannon Beach on Craigslist
Carolyn O’Brien owns a house in Cannon Beach. When she got a phone call telling her that her house had just been rented, she was shocked. She had never put the house on Craigslist as a rental. The renter found the house on Craigslist, where a fake owner named John Robson was advertising it for rent. The renter found out that no one by that name lived in the house, so he put them in touch with the real owner.
This was not the first time something like this had happened at the vacation home. The renter had paid with a check, but it had been cashed and was now almost impossible to find. The con artist took their money and ran away.
3. Newport, Oregon Craigslist rental scams
A con artist used a fake ad for a beach house in Sallishan to cheat at least two dozen people out of their hard-earned money. The price per night was $250. To hold the house, the woman who was renting it out asked for $800 to be sent via wire transfer. When one of the interested parties asked for the address of the house, she gave it to them.
A smart renter found out that it was owned by someone who lived out of state, and she was told that the house was not for rent. She told the local police about the scam. Law enforcement said that they had gotten calls from victims more than once.
4. A man from Portland, Oregon, was caught in a scam
A man from Portland was arrested for sending things from his mother’s basement in what looked like Best Buy boxes. In this case, the man was charged with more than one crime. He not only put up fake ads, but it was also found that he had done computer crimes, stolen identities, and had illegal drugs on him. You should be careful with who you deal with because this guy pretended to work at Best Buy and sold items that were still in the box.
5. Craigslist Job Scam
On the Oregon Coast of Craigslist, there is a new type of money scam. This one gives you a chance to get a job. People who agree to the terms get a pay check that is for a lot more than what they agreed to. They are told to put the check in their bank accounts and send the extra money to someone else through a wire transfer. A few days later, the bank calls them to tell them that the check was fake and that they have to pay back the full amount plus any fees.