The Capital Area Association of Realtors is warning about an online scam targeting people hoping to rent property in Springfield.
The scam is carried out on Craigslist… as the scammer takes local listings of homes for sale and then posts them as available for lease.
The victim is instructed to send the lease payment to a P.O. box… and then the scammer disappears.
In one recent twist, the scammer actually obtained a key to the property, and the victim didn’t realize they had been duped until they were moving their belongings into the home.
The realtors group recommends working with local brokers and using caution with listings on Craigslist.