UNDERHILL, Vt. (WCAX) A new warning about rental ads on Craigslist. Our Dom Amato spoke to a woman who came across a pretty convincing post by a scammer and found out how she avoided getting ripped off by the con artist.
"I was looking online on Craigslist and saw a place that is fantastic," Chris Gluck said.
Gluck was browsing online for a rental home for her daughter.
"It's hard to find a place anywhere," she said, "especially out here in Underhill and Jericho."
She came across a listing for a three-bedroom rental for $900 a month.
"They just want somebody really nice to take good care of it and they're away doing what sounded like missionary work," Gluck said.
She reached out to the "owners" of the home she thought was up for rent but started to get suspicious during the process.
"I did a search for their names in Jericho," Gluck said. "Nothing. And I'm like, yeah, OK."
But their story sounded convincing-- an older couple who wanted to keep the property in the family. She called the number they gave in an email.
"Well, if you've lived here, there so many years," Gluck said, "could you tell me a little bit more about the area? Click."
The man on the other end of the call hung up.
"If something is too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true," warned Charity Clark of the Vermont attorney general's office.
The Vermont attorney general's Consumer Assistance Program has received about 40 complaints since last October regarding Craigslist rental scams.
"They will post a fake rental, and sometimes they will hijack someone else's rental and repost it somewhere else," Clark said.
She says to never wire money to someone without meeting them in person first, and always stay cautious when it comes to Craigslist ads.
Gluck is still looking for a rental for her daughter. But she's found a plus side about warning others of this scam.
"One of the good things is people are responding to me with places they have for rent," she said.
The fraudulent post on Craigslist was removed shortly after.
After posting her warning online, Gluck says many people reached out with similar stories, including property managers and realtors.