The Craigslist fraudsters are back to impersonating real estate agents and stealing identities of renters again by using fake videos, fake phone numbers, and fake real estate applications to get social security numbers and sell them on the black market.
The L.A. Loft Blog has received confirmation from the San Bernardino Sherrif’s Department that a prospective Downtowner had her identity stolen by these Craigslist fraudsters. Several others have come forward to admit that their identities may have also been stolen from the scammers. The L.A. Loft Blog has increased its warnings and fraud alerts to notify all potential renters not to provide personal information until after the landlord or agent has been positively identified.
Thank you to those who have flagged the offending Craigslist scam by clicking prohibited on Craigslist.
For more details on the fraud, click here. The most recent fraudulent post has been flagged and removed by Craigslist, but you can call and text the fraudsters at 213-263-7613 to tell them what you think about them.
Thank you for helping to stop the identity thieves.
WARNING SIGNS OF FRAUD:
Online application links from Craigslist
Landlords, managers and agents who communicate solely by Craigslist and text
Craigslist points to video on vid.me and pictures on Imgur
Landlords, managers and agents who claim to be out of town
Craigslist posts with rent prices that are substantially below prices of similar rentals
Read and follow Craigslist safety guidelines
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