Craigslist Scam Warning
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT
The Attorney General's Office has issued a consumer warning for New Yorkers to be on the lookout for Craigslist rental scams.
So what are some signs an ad could be a scam?
According to the A.G Eric Schneiderman, scammers use actual listings to make their ads seem real.
They switch out the contact information and offer the rental at a much lower price than the original listing.
If the scammers offer a phone number, there's often no voicemail which forces you to respond by email and give up your contact information.
The response you get back is often poorly written, and it asks for money up-front in exchange for a key.
Another new potential scam has also surfaced on Craigslist that the Attorney General's Office is now investigating as well.
For this scam, instead of asking the potential renter for money up front, the scammer directs the person to click a link and fill out a free credit report in order to get the apartment address.
The Bottom Line: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says if the offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.