CLEVELAND – An area actual property agent says somebody is utilizing a home they don’t even personal to con individuals out of cash.
“They’ve put adverts on Craigslist saying they’re renting out this home in Cleveland, however they don’t personal the home,” mentioned Dennis Bergansky, a realtor with Keller Williams and a retired police officer. “The proprietor isn’t renting the home. We’ve been contacted by 4 individuals and at first we mentioned contact the police after which the house owners acquired contacted by one other. I’m certain there are much more on the market.”
Steveie Argirakis says she is among the victims. After studying the advert, she contacted the individual.
“We needed to fill out a rental software and he mentioned we may drive by and have a look at it,” Argirakis mentioned.
She famous that because of the COVID-19 disaster they didn’t push for an in individual tour of the house.
“He instructed us after we ship the cash, he’ll ship the keys and we are able to have a look at it and if every part is OK, we are able to ship one other $750 and transfer in,” Argirakis mentioned. “So we undergo chatting with him all week, ship the $750, after which he simply disappeared.”
Bergansky mentioned one the adverts was flagged and brought down. Nevertheless, one other was posted this week.
Craigslist advises individuals on the rental adverts to not wire funds or purchase or hire “sight unseen.”
“It’s a superb alternative to remind individuals to please, please watch out,” Begansky mentioned. “Earlier than sending any cash ask to go to the house. And ask the one who is exhibiting the house to supply you some identification.”
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