Craigslist Scam Targets Simpsonville Couple

Ryan and Erin Cross never imagined they could end up at the center of a Craigslist scam simply by placing their Simpsonville home on the market. Now they know otherwise.

So far, two people have stopped by the home on Ontario Court asking to rent it. The problem is the home isn’t for rent, but a posting on the free classifieds Web site Craigslist says it is.

The Crosses say someone copied information and even pictures of the home from a Realtor’s Web site without anyone’s knowledge. The posting asks those interested to reply through e-mail. The couple has been told the fake owner wrote back asking to be wired a deposit and $650 in rent money to Nigeria, where the fake owner is supposedly working.

Ah, yes, Nigeria: proud birthplace of pantybomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and online scam capital of the world.

The Crosses have alerted Craigslist by flagging the fraudulent post, and are hoping their story will raise awareness about this type of scam.


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