New Haven residents use local Craigslist online classifieds to post items they want to sell. You can find homes for rent or for sale, used cars and trucks, RVs, motorcycles, furniture, electronics, and much more. It is a site that has served many sellers and buyers well for decades, but recently there has been an increase in the number of scams that have appeared on the site. Scammers make many of their ads look authentic and are getting more sophisticated when it comes to finding ways to scam people. Both buyers and sellers have been affected by these criminals. Here are five money scams to be aware of on Craigslist New Haven.
1. Rental Foreclosure Scam
A scammer was taking advantage of people approaching foreclosure in a sophisticated operation that lasted nine years before he was caught and prosecuted. He posed as an agent for a company that offered to buy homes that were in foreclosure from the owners. What they were really doing was buying enough time to have access to the vacant properties and instead of buying them they rented them out to more innocent victims who would pay their rent and then would be forced to move out when the real owners of the house found out they were there.
2. Connecticut Man Arrested In Craigslist Appliance Sales Scam
A 28-year-old man was arrested after fraudulently accepting money from his victims after advertising gadgets for sale on Craigslist. He advertised a refrigerator that was owned by a house he was renting. He took money from buyers who responded to him on Craigslist. He told them that he would send the device home. When the appliance never arrived, the victims went to the police for the deal. They found out that the seller was evicted from the house just before selling the appliance.
3. Craigslist New Haven Car Buying Scam
A 19-year-old woman was the victim of a car sales scam that cost her $ 2,600. Fox 2 News reported on the incident. After the woman bought the vehicle, she went to the licensing department and tried to register it in her name. It was then that he discovered that his car had been stolen and that the scammers had taken his money and left. Additionally, this incident was found to be just one part of a larger stolen car operation that was based in Detroit, Michigan.
4. Home rental scam on Craigslist New Haven
A house for rent was advertised on the local Craigslist site. The scammer posing as the landlord said he lived out of state and offered to send the keys to interested parties via FedEx after they send the money for the deposit and rent via bank transfer. After making the payment, the keys never arrive. When tenants show up at the property and contact the homeowners, they discover that the home was never for rent. The scammers had hijacked the ad information about the house from another site and used it to advertise it as a rental by giving a fake email address and name. When the tenants find out about these facts, the scammers have left with the money.
5. Various money scams circulating on Craigslist New Haven
Police are warning residents of Hartford and surrounding areas, including New Haven, to beware of a number of scams that have recently been posted on Craigslist throughout the state of Connecticut. They range from people advertising the sale of kittens and puppies to concert tickets and houses for rent. When victims show up and pay, the scammers literally take the money and run. This is becoming more common and it is important for buyers to watch out for strangers when trying to buy something on Craigslist.