Lincoln woman says she was scammed on Craigslist
A Lincoln woman is sharing her story after someone tried to scam her on Craigslist.
It's a follow-up to a story we brought two weeks ago. Then it was a realtor speaking out about fake rentals. Now it's a homeowner trying to sell on her own.
After 13 years in their northwest home, the Millers are taking steps to move on. Melanie Miller says, “We want to try and sell it by ourselves to save some money, but at the same time you don't want to go through the headache of people messing with you.”
But Melanie says mess with them they did. “I had nine phone calls in less than 24 hours and they were all for rent.”
Melanie listed her home for sale on Craigslist on Monday. Just a few hours later, someone had hacked in and changed it to for rent.
The hacker said the house was empty and for a $500 deposit mailed to a listed address, interested leasers could have the keys to the Miller's home. Melanie says, “I think people called because they saw this nice house for $800 a month with all utilities paid, so they were excited and thought, 'Oh, we can get in this house for cheap.'”
Melanie contacted Craigslist and the Federal Trade Commission. She also took her home off the site before relisting it through another, more secure website. Now, she says the last step is to make sure everyone can see anyone can be scammed. “If it seems too good to be true, it is. Do not give your personal information if you question it at all and don't give any money without actually having the keys in your hand.”