January 6, 2017
This scam is usually seen on Craigslist or other websites. Recently, a Maine homeowner discovered his house, as well as photographs of the property, were listed for rent on Craigslist without his knowledge. The ad listed a Nigerian email address for responses and payment for the fictitious rental. One shopper was ready to rent the home by sending her money to Nigeria. Fortunately, the shopper contacted the Maine homeowner and discovered the scam before sending any funds to the scam artist. Other consumers haven't been so lucky only to arrive at their paid vacation home for the week or new apartment to find out that it isn't for rent at all.
Remember - never send money in response to an internet or rental offer without first confirming that the ad is legitimate or from a known and trusted business.