We use Craig’s List all the time to advertise our FOR SALE listings. Most times its a great tool. In the MLS we are unable to advertise the individual property website because of the agent rules governing IDX, but on Craig’s List and Backpage we can re-direct people to the home’s individual website which has much more information (floor plans and disclosures) than the brief post.
HOWEVER, last weekend someone stole one of my posts. They took the photos and description of my listing for 2631 Nebraska and posted a FOR RENT ad. Then they proceeded to correspond to inquiries using an email address yahoo email address. dawngriffin94@yahoo is NOT my email address. Most people figured it out quickly and contacted me personally (Thank you!) And someone forwarded me the correspondence so that I could report it to Craig’sList. Below is a bit of the message.
How are you? Thanks for the interest in my House,my house is still available for rent and is located at :2631 Nebraska Ave St Louis,MO 63118,quite and safe I only need someone that can take good care of the house at my absence because right now am not around i just secured a contract in London .of which i will not be back until after 2years. And am here with the house keys and document, i tried to look for managent before i left but couldn’t get any in time.If you know that you have a good reference and a good crediential you can email me back to secure and occupy my house at my absent.
I believe they were trying to get people to submit their personal info in the form of an application. Possibly they were trying to collect deposits as well. I guess the lesson is to be VERY VERY careful when responding to posts for rent and insist on meeting someone personally at the property before giving up any of your personal info.
P.S. 2631 Nebraska is UNDER CONTRACT after only 45 days on the market. A testament to what an amazing house it is!