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craigslist Scam Alert

This scam originally surfaced about four (4) years ago and for some time has been out of circulation. It has resurfaced again regarding a home for rent in Ocean County.

The ploy is to copy information from homes that are actually listed for sale on Internet websites, and then repost them as rental opportunities on craigslist. Of course, the homes are not actually for rent and the person responsible for the post is not affiliated with the listed property. The crime occurs when the prospective tenant sends money as a deposit or other rent for the dwelling, and then never actually gets access to the property. THE PROPERTY OWNER IS NOT THE VICTIM OF THE CRIME.

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