Author of questionable Craigslist ad confronted

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A posting for a three-bedroom home that rents for $650 per month sounds like a great deal. Until you find out the owner of the actual home says it’s fake.

“How low can you really go?” said Brandi Mullet, during an interview with KAKE News on Wednesday.

She listed the house for sale on Kellogg and Edgemoor weeks ago and was surprised when she found a Craigslist rental that she never posted.

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“We contacted Craigslist and probably spent a good 45 minutes to an hour trying to get in touch and tell them look – we didn’t put this ad online,” she said.

The ad had every red flag you could think of.

“They’ll get you wrapped up in this conversation, of this story of emotional appeal as to why the price was low,” said Denise Groene with the Kansas Better Business Bureau.

KAKE News On Your Side replied to the ad asking for more information. The post’s author said he was in a car wreck that affected his spinal cord and couldn’t walk away.

He insisted that an application form be filled out. And immediately responded, writing that they had reviewed and prayed and that his approval had been granted. The poster, who said his name was Alan, said that money needed to be wired to a lawyer in Tucson, Arizona.

That was immediately a red flag.

“They all like wires or cash,” Groene said. “They can’t be traced and once you send the money – it’s gone.”

That’s when the post’s author called a number given.

After trying to convince KAKE On Your Side Investigative Reporter Greg Miller that the deal was genuine, he was confronted with details from the property’s true owner. The post’s author cursed and hung up the phone.

The Federal Trade Commission warns prospective renters to compare prices, run image searches when looking at online posts and never to sign anything before touring a property in person.

If you’re a seller whose photos were stolen, report it to the websites involved immediately so the postings can be pulled.

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