I have a friend who has been looking for a home to rent using Craigslist. She has a reported this scam twice.
PLEASE BEWARE! DO NOT make deposits on any home without confirming the identity of the owner! Both homes reported were listed for sale on the market. I’ve contacted the listing agents and reported this to the Realtor’s Association of Maui. If you see this or anything like it, feel free to contact me and I’ll check it out for you. Never send money to a source without verifying the owner’s identity. I feel it’s risky to rent someplace if the owner is off island and is not using a property manager. Beware little oddities like 2.1 baths! I’ve heard of lots of bath combos but I’m not sure what .1 would be; maybe a sink? Beware of people who seem to feel the need to tell you too much about themselves. Beware of mispellings and poor grammar “very specious and neat”. Beware of “too good a deal”.
Here is a copy/paste of the Craigslist ad…
We are pleased that you have an interest in our house, Our lovely home is still available for lease and we want responsible adults/family who are neat and also believe that they have what it takes to take care of our house as if it were theirs. My wife and I initially had it up for sale but had a change of mind in leasing it out ourselves because the agent that was in charge of our rental property was asking too much of an agent fee and also making it difficult for people who cannot afford the rent, stay away from renting my house.
The reason why our house is up for lease is because I got transferred from my place of work to LOS ANGELES CA, I will be away with my family for at least 4 to 5 years because of the love I have for them, I have decided not to sell our house and also assuring them that we only have few years to spend here and will be willing to lease it out to person/family who is willing to assure us of taking absolute care of our home and pay their rent on time. I will start by telling you more in regards me and my family. I have a daughter named Leslie (20yrs) who attends University of LOS ANGELES CA as a medical student, she has a lot going for her and she is also down to earth in all that she does to keep us happy and when she is back home on vacation, she also assist her mom in the house work when am at work. I work as a Robotic Programmer & Welder/Fitter here in LOS ANGELES CA and got married to a lovely wife who is a member of Joyce Meyer Ministries . We will be very pleased if we can find the right tenant to rent our home, a person who is a clean freak and does not tolerate anything that has to do with dirt… we also would like to know more about you and your family, your renting experience and how long and when you plan moving into our home. These 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths home are very specious and neat. 1,774 sqft
Below is the rental property address:
947 Haawi Loop, Wailuku HI 96793
Pets allowed: Yes
The rental fee is inclusive with utilities and my home available as at this moment.
Mr. & Mrs. Carrick Jones
Note from Kathy: This property is indeed listed; here is the MLS information.