Scammers will try all kinds of things to rip you off and take your money. One of the recent scams, and not the only one, is on Craigslist and more specificity rental properties. A person claims they own a house they are offering for rent and will demand a deposit before they will send the keys in the mail. This is of course a scam and you should know what to look for.
The rental scam looks like this, someone is offering a house for rent typically cheaper than it should go for. They want you to make a deposit on the house before they send you the keys in the mail. Why in the mail? Because often times, in this scam, they claim they own the house, but live outside of the country, so they will have to send you the keys in the mail. How convenient for them, they can’t meet you and you can’t see the house because they have the keys and don’t live in the country.
People don’t do business this way! If they do they are dumb because how would you manage a property without a third party. If there were a third party you would be able to verify the house is in fact for rent and they were the owners.
A couple of things to remember when looking for houses for rent on Craigslist. Only deal with local people who can meet with you. Only deal with people who will allow you to pay a visit to the home, which is a good idea anyway. Why would you rent something you have never seen? These things should prevent you from being scammed on Craigslist.