Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

March 25, 2014

Home renters need to avoid scams

A rental scam utilizing Craigslist has reared its ugly head once again in central Indiana and Indiana State Police warn citizens to be mindful of their dealings.

On Feb. 21, a Plainfield resident answered a Craigslist posting for a rental home in Noblesville, according to a March 6 Indiana State Police Nixle message.

"The interested party inquired if the home was still available and she received an e-mail from Irene Parrish that it was and asked for the woman to fill out an application form. The woman completed the application and received an e-mail from Parrish that she was now residing in Inglewood, Calif., and needed the victim to wire $1,900 to her via Moneygram," according to the news report. The money was to cover the $950 rent and a $950 refundable deposit. The victim wired the money from a Noblesville CVS store.

On Feb. 22, the victim received another e-mail from Parrish telling her that she needed another $950 for an extra month's rent. The victim refused Parrish's request, informing her that she had already sent $1,900. and had not received house keys.

The victim found out later that the house was actually sold by a realty company that had a sign in the yard one week prior to the Craigslist posting.

Waypoint Homes offers these red flags for renters:

• Owner is traveling or working outside of the U.S. and will send you the keys.

• Owner will only interact with you online, not in person.

• Payment of deposit or first month's rent is requested before you see the property or sign a lease.

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