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Craigslist scams are rampant, and even after all the news and widely publicized Craigslist scams, people are still falling to these scams. The major scam that many Sequim residents are seeing involves Sequim homes that are for sale being fraudulently offered as rentals by con artists. Today I’ll share how this scam works so you won’t get caught by it.
Con artists using this scam have been using it for about a decade now, and it continues even today. They have a few scripts that they use over and over again. One Craigslist ad will promote a local Sequim home that is for sale in the MLS as a rental home at a substantially reduced rental rate. They even steal a photo from the MLS to advertise it. You have to email them through an undisclosed Craigslist email, and there is no other contact information. These con artists are often in Ethiopia, India, or some other remote location. When you email them, they will email back that they are out of the country (sometimes on a “Christian missionary trip”) and that if you send the deposit of $1,250 (or a similar amount), they will arrange to have the keys delivered. Of course, they never deliver the keys.
By the way, you might wonder why Craigslist doesn’t stop these common Craigslist scams that have been going on for years and continue to this day. Craigslist does not have a customer support phone number or a direct email, and they never respond to support complaints reporting these scams. My suggestion is to simply avoid Craigslist altogether. If you want to look at 100% of all the local Sequim real estate listings for sale in the MLS with 100% accuracy and no scams, you can so that at Sequim-Homes.com.
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What is Sequim like? That’s an involved question, but here’s a little glimpse into Sequim’s lifestyle, a vignette, if you will, of a two-week span in the life of Sequim, represented by these “farm and garden” posts on the Sequim section of Craigslist. Need I say more? I love living here.
Jun 23 – craftsman self propeled push mower, runs good – $60 (sequim) pic
Jun 23 – Chicken Tractor An Affordable Coop – $250 (Sequim) pic img
Jun 23 – 3 inch irrigation pipe with risers – $30 (Sequim Washington)
Jun 21 – HORSE BOARDING – $400 (SEQUIM WA.)
Jun 20 – SAVE THE DUMP FEE WE WANT YOUR METAL SMALL & BIG – (P.A. SEQUIM)
Jun 20 – Pullets, Fryers, Cockerels – (Sequim) pic
Jun 20 – 5 wine barrels – $60 (Sequim/PortAngeles)
Jun 19 – Lawnmovers – $15 (Sequim, Port Angeles)
Jun 18 – Good horse for lease – (Sequim)
Jun 18 – WANTED EGGS – (Sequim)
Jun 18 – guinea fowl wanted – (sequim)
Jun 17 – Beautiful, Organic, screened Sequim Valley topsoil – $25 (Sequim)
Jun 16 – Hydroponic Growing System – $250 (Sequim, WA 98382)
Jun 15 – DR 10 hp Wood Chipper – $500 (Sequim) pic
Jun 14 – Sheep Shearing – $8 (Sequim Wa)
Jun 14 – Pigs – $2 (Sequim)
Jun 12 – Pinzgauer Heifer – $800 (Sappho)
Jun 11 – Dump Trailer – $4000 (Sequim WA)
Jun 10 – HORSE BOARDING/LEASING – $400 (SEQUIM WA.) pic
Jun 9 – Can I incubate some eggs for you? – (Port Angeles/Sequim)
Jun 8 – Female PIG with FREE FOOD, good for 4H too! – $290 (Sequim)
Jun 8 – Looking for Mini Saddle – (Sequim)
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