New Albany homeowner caught up in Craigslist scam
It is a scam that targets people selling and renting homes and some local homeowners have gotten caught in the middle.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- John Darr recently put this home on the market, but a short time later, someone also put it on Craigslist as a rental property and it attracted the wrong people.
"I heard a couple of guys at the front door, peaking in and looking around and so I just walked over and was like, 'hey, what's going on, why are you on my front porch?'" Darr said.
Earlier this week, he noticed his New Albany home was getting a lot of attention -- even for one that's on the market.
"I thought, 'wow, I can't believe the amount of attention we are getting,'" said Darr.
Eventually, Darr realized both his home and name were part of a scam.
"It didn't click that someone was pretending to be me until a person reached out to me on Facebook asking me was this a scam or was I legitimately trying rent my house," he explained.
That Facebook message was from Shawn Glaab and his fiancee, who had exchanged several text messages with the fake renter and thought they had found their dream home.
"My mouth dropped, I was like okay, this is it," Glaab said. "We had emailed the guy and he said it was $600 a month with a $600 deposit, everything included."
But instead of sending the money, they reached out to Darr on Facebook.
"I'm glad I didn't do it, because that's $1,800 I'd be out," said Glaab.
Darr eventually came to the New Albany Police Department and filed an incident report.
"To make sure that if someone came to me and said, 'I gave you a deposit,' that I could tell them, no, you're being scammed and here's a police report to show you," he said.
In addition to the police report, Darr also put a note on the door warning people about the scam.
"Between guys, I'd like to be able to get this guy and..." Darr said.
Since that's likely not going to happen, Darr has another concern.
"My biggest concern is that no one lost their money," said Darr.
That Craigslist posting has been taken down, but Darr still has the note in the door -- just in case.
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