"ADORABLE craftsman... 3 bedroom 2 bath" craigslist rental listing for $750 in North Knoxville is a scam, this house is actually currently FOR SALE ONLY. Please do not send these people money! The scammer was (until today) going by "BlevinsO" or BlevinsO333 and has scammed many others - don't be his next victim!
"Popular Crestwood Hills" for rent ad: This is the SAME scammer, continuing to prey upon the ACTIVE listing for SALE of 600 Hardwicke - in that rental post he goes by "RITCHEY DONALD" or ritcheydonaldcarter03. You MAY have seen this one on Facebook Marketplace but the "Facebook Mule" (real person whose FB account was hacked and used for trying to scam you out of your money) was alerted and has removed the Marketplace ads (there were several all around the US, not just in Knoxville!)
In the scam he was running on the ACTIVE listing for SALE of 2443 Jefferson (so, no, that one isn't for rent either), he goes by WEAVER GRANT or Johnschlesinger58.
2337 Fine Ave is professionally listed for SALE by Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, REALTORS. 2443 Jefferson is professionally listed for SALE by Trotta Montgomery Real Estate.
600 Hardwicke is professionally listed for SALE by Keller Williams Realty. This scammer (in addition to FRAUD) has violated FEDERAL copyright law by stealing licensed photos for his own use and we cannot wait to prosecute for this when we catch him! Be warned "Blevins" or "Ritchey" or "Johnschlesinger" or whoever you are, we are hot on your trail and you are going to go to jail!
2003 E Glenwood is CURRENTLY professionally listed for rent for $945 by Asset Realty Management (Marie Sharpe) - search directly by the address in your Internet Browser to find the LEGITIMATE listing for this rental by that firm!
6340 Cadbury is CURRENTLY professionally listed for SALE only by Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, REALTORS.
Many, many people have fallen victim to the scam, which goes like this:
You: I'd like to see the house.
Them: Oh I live out of town - oh I'm in the military overseas - or some other excuse why they can't just let you in the house.
Them: Just go look in the windows and see if you like it. But I do have other people who have said they want it already.
You: (worried because it's really cute and such a good deal) Oh, you do.
Them: Yes, but I feel like I can trust you. Send me 1st month's rent and deposit and I'll send the keys directly to the house addressed to you. (Sometimes they say they will send you an "application" to the house's mailbox, and you must complete it and send it back before they get to the "send me the money" part.)
You: OK, where do I send the check?
Them: You can just wire it to me or use SendMoney (or some other service.) I can't cash a check here.
You: OK, I'm so excited.
Them: Great (I can't wait for your money that you will never see again to arrive! Cha-ching.)
Don't fall victim to this scam - PLEASE flag any Craigslist ad where they say they can't personally show you the house for rent!! And never send ANYONE money - get checks and USE them, and only with people whom you've personally met. Wire fraud (that's when they steal your money by having you send it electronically) is a HUGE problem right now across the country. Get informed, and inform others!!
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