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Queensbury house used as bait in Craigslist scam

September 26, 2018 07:01 PM

QUEENSBURY -- Cindi Vandenburgh got quite a surprise. 

"A friend of mine called me and said, 'Your house is for rent on Craigslist.  It's a scam!'  So I looked it up and there it was," she said. 

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The ad looks great:  a well-manicured home with three bedrooms, hardwood floors, deck, and patio, fully furnished, all for $950 a month.  

There were many photos of the inside and outside. 

To sweeten the pot, all pets are welcome. 

But there's a big problem. 

"I've owned this house since it was built.  Never been for rent," said Vandenburgh. 

It's a scam. 

Vandenburgh is not renting out her house, but she is selling her home in the family-friendly Herald Square neighborhood in Queensbury and recently put it on the market, and that's where the scammers got the pictures. 

"I kind of panicked that people were going to be knocking on my door and looking for money that they put for down-payments on my house for rent," said Vandenburgh.  "And I emailed the person and told them it was my house, to take it off.  And within an hour, the ad was gone."

Vandenburgh has since put up her own ad on Craigslist, alerting people to the scam involving her property. 

But this scam -- and variations of it, are all over. 

"I've seen others on there because I started looking through them and there are others that I know are for sale around here because I've been watching the homes for sale in the paper and there are others on there," she said.
 
Vandenburgh was lucky; the post with her house was only up for a few hours. 

Craigslist has a number of safety tips:  
     -Do not pay anyone you haven't met in person. 
     -Do not rent without seeing the place.
     -Do not give out personal or financial information in advance. 

And if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Credits

Kumi Tucker

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