MOSCOW - Over the past several weeks, the Moscow Police Department has reportedly received three reports of fraudulent Craigslist ads advertising properties for sale or rent. Victims have reported being scammed out of approximately $2,000.
The ads are reportedly being copied from legitimate real estate websites in order to entice prospective buyers or renters.
The scammer may seem legitimate by providing a copy of their driver’s license, or by providing an application for the property. The driver’s license is most likely stolen or fake and the scammer is using an application to convince potential victims of their legitimacy and obtain personal information. The scammer will ultimately ask that a deposit or down payment be paid via an unsecure or unprotected internet method such as Zelle, Western Union or Google Pay.
The Moscow Police Department would like to remind citizens to be vigilant and look for red flags. Do not send social security numbers, bank account information or money to unknown individuals over the internet.
If you believe you have been a victim of a scam please contact the Moscow Police Department at 208-882-COPS (2677)