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Looking for a place to rent around Anchorage? All three of these listings, which were active on Craigslist as of earlier this week, are scams.
In each case, the home is actually for sale, not rent. Someone — likely someone outside of Alaska — hijacked the description and photos of the real estate listings to make fake rental online.
In Alaska, real estate and rental scams are among the most common internet crimes reported to the FBI, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. The large of rentals that are handled over the Internet, combined with the influx of military families and others looking to lock down housing before moving to Alaska, makes the Last Frontier particularly vulnerable, said Eagle River-based real estate agent Raney Hardman. We looked into the scams after speaking with Bell, who realized that the rental deal she was considering was too good to be true and the listers were a little too eager to hand "their" house over to a stranger.
Bell had wondered why the price was so low, but figured she would ask the owners when she met them. That, of course, never happened. The people who listed the ad insisted on communicating with her solely by and text. They used the name of one of the real homeowners, and claimed to be out of state for a church mission in Nigeria. We responded to the ad too, simply asking if it was available. We received a reply similar to the one sent to Bell A tale of a mission overseas and the need to find a reliable tenant to stay at the house in the meantime.
Bell even mentioned the possibility of a scam to the lister, only to have the person act offended and claim to be a pastor. Tabler, the Better Business Bureau manager, said that homeowners who are out of state and only communicate in writing should be considered a red flag for potential tenants.
Craiglist fails to prevent more than half of rental scam postings and some stay online for as long as 20 hours before they are removed, according to the BBB. One we found in Anchorage had been online for weeks, the listing says. In one fake rental ad for a home in Anchorage, the real estate agent trying to sell the house said she sees this scheme often, particularly with vacant homes.
We ed the person who listed that rental too, and immediately received a reply. The er said he was a doctor who had nearly lost his legs in an accident and moved from Alaska to Virginia. But he stopped ing when we began asking questions about ownership of the property. Following those rules helps avoid 99 percent of scam attempts, the company says. Craigslist did not immediately respond to questions for this story. Bell, meantime, is still looking for a real rental. While she realized the deal was a fraud before sending money, she is worried because the scammers do have personal information she sent as part of the application process.
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