Craigslist Rental House Scam


After being homeless for several months, Lynette Diesen is finally getting back on her feet.

"We've been looking for a house for about a month now. We have been living at the Lydia House since December 2nd, and one of the case managers here gave me a stack of houses to go look at," said Diesen.

She called one of the names listed on a property, then drove out to see it. Loving what she saw, she contacted the supposed homeowner.

"And he said well, I need your money and I will send you the keys," said Diesen.

The supposed homeowner claimed to live in New Jersey, which made Diesen uneasy. She went to see the home again, this time running into a neighbor, Dee Harold.

"And I said I think it is another scam, I said before you do anything please check it out.," said Harold.

Not only was it a scam, the scam artists was using the name of the previous homeowner; a man who has been dead for a few years.

"He just apparently looked up in the public record, and then made up a fictitious email account using that fellows name to give himself credibility," said David Rosacker, true homeowner.

Rosacker took a few extra precautions of his own. He placed a for rent sign out front with the correct number, then two signs warning people of the Craigslist scam.

Diesen said she's thankful she listened to her instincts, but is sad it was too good to be true.

"I felt like I had gotten punched in the gut, because we had been homeless for so long, and that is all I want for me and my children is to have a house," said Diesen.

The Craigslist rental listing has since been taken down. We called the two numbers listed, no one answered.


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