Wichita woman loses hundreds in Craigslist scam

Published: Aug. 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM CDT
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Wichita police say they've been getting calls about three popular scams targeting people in the area. The scams include callers posing as IRS agents, the use of fake checks and a scam involving Craigslist.

With the Craigslist scam, you see an ad posted on the popular site that may sound like a great deal, but in the end, you can be out a lot of money, which is just what happened to a Wichita woman.

The woman says she's looking for a new place to rent and wasn't having much luck finding an affordable option. She found an ad on Craigslist that sounded promising, so she contacted the man who posted the ad and began communicating with him.

The man said he worked for a company taking over rentals from people getting evicted. He asked the woman for an application fee and a deposit, telling her the property in the ad could be hers.

The woman met the man at a Walgreens store where she handed him the money and even got receipts in return.

However, it turned out the man never actually owned the property. Now, the woman is out $450, money she was hoping to use for essentials.

"I get so much a month and need groceries and school supplies, and I had to use that for rent (for) the place I'm at now," she says.

The woman says she's disappointed in herself for falling for the scam. Looking back, she says the ad did sound too good to be true.

Wichita police have tips for avoiding this type of scam.

First, they say to do your homework. Research before you make any type of payment.

Also trust you instinct, police say. If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't.