Spokane County deputies are currently investigating a craigslist scam that originates in Nigeria. A north Spokane County resident was surprised when a couple arrived at her residence inquiring about the rental ad posted on Craigslist for her house.
The problem is the owner is not trying to rent the house; she is trying to sell it and she has never posted an ad on Craigslist. Several other people have also stopped by the house asking about the rental.
The homeowner discovered the posting on Craigslist and after exchanging emails with the poster of the ad, learned the 'owner' was in Africa, had keys to the residence with them and required a minimum of first month rent and security deposit sent by Western Union totaling $1700.00.
Craigslist was made aware of this fraudulent posting by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office as well as by the homeowner. The ad has been removed from Craigslist.
This is a reminder to the public that if a Craigslist offer seems too good to be true, it may very well be.
The Sheriff's Office cannot stress the importance for citizens to take every step necessary to verify the source and validity of any type of sale agreement on this or any other similar type of website.