FORT COLLINS, Colo. — It’s a scam some people have heard of: Fake properties listed for rent on Craigslist.
One Fort Collins man was shocked when interested renters knocked on his door inquiring about his home, saying personal information and photos were online.
“That’s when we knew it was for real, it wasn’t something only we had seen. But it was out there in the public,” Dave Leebrick said.
On Thursday, a friend called Leebrick letting him know his Sedgwick Drive home was listed as a rental on Craigslist.
“Within three or four hours, we had two people. Two girls came up and said this sounds a little sketchy but is this the house for rent? We said no, it’s a scam,” Leebrick said.
Interested renters continued to knock on the Leebrick’s door. He told police, then contacted the person behind the post.
The scammer asked for almost $2,000 to be deposited in his bank account and continued to make excuses as to why he couldn’t talk over the phone.
Leebrick said the ad was likely copied from his Zillow account he recently updated in hopes to soon put the home on the market.
“Your space has been invaded. Definitely not somebody trying to take advantage of you without you even knowing about it,” Leebrick said.