A new CraigsList scam with home defense implications
There's an interesting CraigsList scam going on in Central Florida that has home defense implications. Basically, the scam goes something like this:
1. Scammer lists a home (perhaps your home) for rent at an attractive price.
2. Victim(s) contact scammer, and the scammer claims to be out of the country and wants to set up the deal via email. Scammer sends victim rental contract to fill out, and money and (fake) keys are exchanged via mail.
3. Victim shows up to house to find it occupied, and leans they got hosed.
Half a dozen new "tenants" have shown up at one guy's house here locally because the scammer picked it as his bait.
Brings about a few potential home defense issues.
1. You're at home and hear someone trying to unlock your front door with the key they were sent (most home locks are Schlage or Kwikset, and there is a good chance the bogus key that was sent fits one or the other).
2. You're at home and an irate victim begins pounding on the door, demanding to know why you are in "their" house.
Bad JuJu all the way around....
Just some food for thought.