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Montana Woman Gets Surprise Visits from Strangers Looking to Rent Her House due to Fake POSTLETS.COM Post

7/18/2011

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Montana Woman Gets Surprise Visits from Strangers Looking to Rent Her House due to Fake POSTLETS.COM Post

Woman Has No Current Offer to Rent Her House

Over the weekend, BBB received a scenario from a Montana woman stating the following:

SCENARIO

Someone at postlets.com listed my house for rent without my knowledge, and they are corresponding with people using my name. Today I had 5 people show up at my door saying they wanted to rent the house and that they were told the house was empty. I'm very concerned that people are being told the house is empty and are coming around the property when I'm not here. I'm also concerned that someone will send them money and try to move in here or accuse me of taking their money when it is not me listing the property. Please let me know what I can do to correct this problem and protect myself and my property.

This is the type of fraudulent activity that Craigslist gets plagued with, as postlets.com is a legitimate web site for posting real estate offers. A scammer has lifted the profile of our MT woman’s property, and is misusing it to purport a scam via postlets.com.

BBB ADVICE

If you find yourself in this type of situation, BBB suggests that you:

*Depending on where you live, file a police/sheriff’s report ASAP.

*File a complaint with the FBI’s Complaint Center at: www.ic3.gov for the misuse of online platforms.

*Contact postlets.com ASAP and file an abuse complaint with them, seeking the resolve of removing the post.

*Post a sign on your property door explaining to people the situation asking them not to bother you.

*Contact your local favorite news outlet and ask them to do a story warning people of such scams.

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