LOCAL SCAM: Bowling Green family finds their home listed for rent on Craigslist

Published: Jan. 28, 2019 at 2:20 PM CST
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A house listed for sale in Bowling Green ended up being used in a scam and posted on Craigslist as a rental.

Laura York said her parents' home on Angelica Street was put up for sale. Someone recently approached the family about wanting to rent the home.

"We had the house for sale; we never intended to ever rent it. And some people from my brother's church called wanting to rent it, and he said, 'No, it's for sale,' and they said, 'Well, you have a listing on Craigslist,' and he was like, 'No, I don't,'" said York.

But it turns out, there was an ad on Craigslist where the home was listed for rent -- but it wasn't created by anyone in the family.

York said they contacted their realtor and the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

"The thing that was most upsetting was they took my father's name. They obviously went back to the tax role, just to make it look even more legit and created a bogus or secondary Gmail account, using my father's name and added four numbers to the back of it," she said.

She said the Craigslist ad had been posted for about a month without them knowing.

York said she's not sure who made the ad, but as of Monday morning, it had been taken down. She said the house is no longer for sale, but the family plans to put it back on the market in the spring.

"The scary part for me really is the fact that they went in and took all the pictures from the realtor's website that I had taken. They took all of our verbiage about the description -- everything was listed from the realtor's website -- and put right into the Craigslist listing so it looked very professional."

The family's realtor, who works for Keller Williams Realty, said she had never experienced anything like this before, but after talking with other realtors, realized it's not as uncommon as someone might think. She said she's glad the sheriff's department was contacted and happy to know the ad has been removed from Craigslist.

Sheriff Brett Hightower is warning the public to be cautious when making any type of payment to secure a lease.

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