Fraud Alert – Downtown Renters Victimized by Craigslist Fraud and Identity Theft

The Craigslist fraudsters have returned once again, impersonating real estate agents and stealing the identity of innocent prospective Downtown renters by using Craigslist posts with fake phone numbers, and fake real estate applications to obtain social security numbers and profit from them on the black market.


The L.A. Loft Blog has received confirmation from the San Bernardino Sherrif’s Department that at least one would-be Downtown resident had her identity stolen by these Craigslist frauds perps. Many others have come forward to admit that their identities may have also been stolen from the scammers.  The LA Loft Blog has increased its warnings and fraud alerts to warn all potential renters not to provide personal information to anyone online.

Thank you to those who have flagged the offending Craigslist scam by clicking prohibited on Craigslist. The latest offending Craigslist post has been removed.  The fraud has been reported to FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center IC3.

craigslist-prohibitedFor 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 213-256-0864 to tell them what you think about fraudsters.

Thank you for helping to slow down or at leaset remove some of the profitability the identity thieves.

Online application links from Craigslist
Landlords, managers and agents who communicate solely by Craigslist and text
Craigslist points to 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
Follow Craigslist safety guidelines

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