October 20, 2021

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3 disabled adult males scammed by phony Craigslist rental home

ELK GROVE, Calif. (KTXL) — 3 disabled men in Elk Grove were cheated around a rental house that was posted on Craigslist.

Caretaker Jonathan Jones and his two roommates mentioned they desired a property in a time of urgency.

They found a residence in Elk Grove by Shelby Road and Bruceville Highway final thirty day period on Craigslist that was posted by an individual who claimed to hire out the residence.

“We have been executing this in very good religion that this person, whoever he was, was the true landlord,” Jones said.

Jones explained they were being advised to spend upfront in advance of signing the rental settlement. 

“He was like, ‘I’m going to will need $1,000 to just take it off the current market and once I get that all set,’ those were being his phrases, then we could go on to the next phase,” Jones explained to FOX40.

They had been requested for their image IDs and other own facts without meeting in particular person, a method Jones and the other folks assumed was normal all through COVID-19.

“Any other time we’d go out and look for a position, typically they have a minor ‘for rent’ sign on the doorway or a little something that you can phone and meet the particular person,” Jones claimed. “But now all people is panicked, everybody’s fearful, no a person would like to show up at the residence. So we’re contemplating Okay, this is just the new factor, we have to do almost everything via world-wide-web now.”

Many a lot more crimson flags came future.

“When we acquired here the lock experienced to be minimize off,” Jones claimed.

Only 5 days soon after they moved in, a local real estate agent came by with a home inspector who was just as astonished to see them there and experienced to give them the bad information.

“She’s like, ‘Yeah, you did all the paperwork, you fellas did all the footwork, but you had been scammed,’” Jones stated.

The residence was even now stated as of Wednesday for rent but at a lessen price place and by the very same alleged landlord.

FOX40 tried using to phone him Wednesday afternoon. He claimed, off-camera, that he did very own the property. The gentleman hung up after indicating, “I explained I would shell out them back again!”

Jones instructed FOX40 the so-termed landlord contacted him a number of days ago expressing he was sorry and would send out them back again their cash via FedEx.

The house is at the moment owned by a nationwide brokerage organization and is pending sale for just below $500,000.

“They convey to you that they realize, but you are not heading to recognize right until you’re in it,” Jones explained. “You’re not heading to comprehend what it is to be right here in a lovely home, with a good swimming pool, a great backyard, and staying advised, ‘No, you want to move because it’s not for you.’”

A police report has been filed with the Sacramento Law enforcement Section.