Craigslist Maine receives a lot of visitors who have items for sale, homes for rent and a variety of other services. However, similar to most Craigslist sites, Craigslist Maine has its fair share of scams and fake ads that are slowly invading the site. Natives of Maine are becoming increasingly wary of ads and listings due to the growing fear of becoming the next victim to these scams. Although some locals are wise enough to sense a scam as soon as they see one, some innocent individuals may still fall prey to the prevalent scammers. Here are some major scams to watch out for on Craigslist Maine.
Rental Scams On Craigslist Maine
Several victims from Maine have reported being ripped off by fake rental ads on Craigslist. When looking for a home, here are some of the clues that you might be dealing with a scammer. First, they find homes listed for sale on other sites and use the stolen information to post fake ads. The so-called landlord will make up an excuse why they cannot meet with you in person. This is a huge red flag. Many of them make up a sob story or claim to be in the service or a missionary in a foreign field.
If they’re not in the area and willing to meet you face to face, it’s probably a scam. Some con artists do live in the area and some have gone to far as to break into vacant homes and have the locks changed. They have you complete a rental application, accept the money in cash and give you the keys. The only problem is that when the owner becomes aware that you’re living in the home, they send the police to have you removed or even charged with trespassing.
The best advice to follow when looking for a rental on Craigslist Maine is to meet with a realtor or a home owner that you can verify is the legal owner and pass on all of the rest, especially if the deal seems too good to be true because it probably is. Never make payments to people you haven’t met through online or wire transfer services.
Fake Check Scams
Sellers on the Craigslist Maine have become victims of scams involving fake checks. When they list an item for sale, scammers contact them posing as buyers. They agree upon a price and then send a cashier’s check to pay for the item, but when the check arrives it is for far more than the agreed upon price. The buyer instructs the seller to deposit the check into their banking account, keep a little extra for their trouble and then send the excess via wire transfer to a “shipper” who will pick the item up. This is a common scam. A few days after depositing the check it is discovered that it was fake and the seller is responsible for repaying the bank every cent including fees. Do not deal with buyers who are not in the area and who will not meet with you in person to look at the item, pay cash and pick it up in person.
Pets For Sale
Here is another scam that has appeared on Craigslist in the Maine area. Scammers post pictures of dogs that are for sale. They usually offer them for a reasonable price, but claim that for one reason or another that they must sell the pet through wire transfer. They offer to ship the animal, but after you make the payment, they string you along for months claiming that you must pay more for medical expenses, for shipping insurance and for other trumped up claims. Never pay for a pet online sight unseen. If the seller will not meet with you and let you see the dog and complete the transaction in person it is more than likely a scam.