Police have recently responded to several residents of the
Bethel and Barnard area who have reported a rental scam on
Craigslist. This scam involves renting a home in
Barnard. The supposed owners have a story that explains that
they had to suddenly leave the area and are renting their
home. They are willing to do all the paperwork through email
and then have the renter send them a deposit through Western
Union. They claim that on receipt of the deposit a key to the
apartment house will be sent to the renter.
This is a scam and prospective renters should be
aware. Whenever an owner or property manager will not meet a
perspective renter in person, people should be wary. Further a
renter should never send money in advance of seeing the apartment
and gaining access. Perspective renters should be aware that
this scam has occurred before in this area and renters should
scrutinize online rental ads throughout the twin states.