Lakeland, Florida -- Detective are warning people about Craigslist adds for Lakeland homes that are not actually for sale.
The Lakeland Police Department has received four cases recently where the victim reported homes as listed for rent or sale on Craigslist.org by unknown persons.
Reportedly, although the ad looks legitimate and is actually for a home in the Lakeland area, the home is not for rent. The suspects list the residence with pictures on Craigslist.org and then after they receive a response from an interested party, they ask for a deposit to be paid via Western Union.
Everything about the listings is made to appeal to as many people as possible, in the hopes of victimizing as many people as possible. In one of the Lakeland cases, the house was listed as vacation rental at a reduced monthly price.
The Lakeland Police Department wants to remind residents of ways to avoid becoming a victim:
- Do not send anyone money for a rental property unless you have personally inspected it and met the landlord
- Do not send money to a foreign country for a rental property that is local
- Never wire funds via Western Union, Moneygram or any other wire service.
Report any suspicious information to the police department.