Another Craiglist apartment scam?
September 28, 2010 7:58 PM Subscribe
Is this an apartment scam?
A friend of mine is looking for an apartment in San Francisco. He found a posting on Craigslist and the price and location work for him but there are a few warning flags.
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He's actually gone to meet up with the poster who works for an LLC in Sacramento. She showed him the apartment and he filled in an application and provided credit info and references.
Here's the fishy part, she wants a cashier's check in $2000 prior to printing the lease. Her reasoning:
- They want to know that the buyer is serious
- The lease is 40 pages and they don't want to print it if the buyer isn't serious
- A Cashier's Check won't take a long time to clear so they can get through the process quickly
Once he signs the lease she'll send it over to the company in Sacramento and then she'll give him the keys.
Aside from the cashier's check everything seems legit. He's actually seen the apartment and met the woman which are usually the big red flags.
I did a search for the LLC and I found them on city-data.com that showed they were the owner of a property in SF.
He's pretty desperate and is planning on going through with it tomorrow. Should I stop him?