For Immediate Release
June 16, 2020
Brandon H. Garod, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
(603) 271-1217 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald warns New Hampshire residents about several recent reports of property rental scams through Craigslist. The scam involves an apartment or house that is offered for rent on Craigslist. The post will often contain significant details about the property, including photos, in an attempt to convince the consumer that the offer is legitimate. Often, the scam artist uses photos and information that are copied from a legitimate posting by the owner of the property.
When the consumer contacts the person posing as the landlord, the consumer is asked to pay a reservation fee upfront through a bank transfer, Cash App, Pay Pal, or another electronic money transfer service. If the consumer asks to visit the property before making payment, the imposter "landlord" creates an excuse for why physically visiting the property is not possible.
Victims of these scams are at high risk of losing their reservation fee.
Attorney General MacDonald offers the following advice to avoid falling victim to this scam:
If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, report it to your local police department and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. You can file a complaint at: https://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer/complaints/index.htm or by calling the Consumer Hotline at (603) 271-3641.
New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301