News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, June 26, 2012
AIKEN, SC. -- Simmie Moore enjoys turning the old into the luxurious.
"They're all from about 1925," she said as she showed News 12 some of her properties.
"It made me feel angry and upset," Moore said. "We put a lot of hard work and effort into this and someone was trying to steal our ideas and property and then try to put a scam on someone else ... for a very much reduced rent."
News 12 On Your Side emailed the scammer on Craigslist to ask about the rental. He emailed back that he "personally owns the house," is out of the country for "missionary work" and that the keys are with him in West Africa. He says that we may see the rental listed on other sites because he used to use a real estate agent.
"Luckily, Aiken Public Safety was very proactive and came here right away and I feel that helped me alert other people to the possibility of the scam," Moore said.
Here are a few ways to spot a rental scam:
Finally, do you homework, cross reference and verify information online. It's as simple as a Google search.