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3 disabled males ripped off by fake Craigslist rental home

ELK GROVE, Calif. (KTXL) — Three disabled adult men in Elk Grove were being scammed about a rental home that was posted on Craigslist.

Caretaker Jonathan Jones and his two roommates claimed they essential a house in a time of urgency.

They located a property in Elk Grove by Shelby Road and Bruceville Street last thirty day period on Craigslist that was posted by somebody who claimed to lease out the home.

“We had been doing this in excellent faith that this man, whoever he was, was the precise landlord,” Jones claimed.

Jones said they had been informed to pay back upfront in advance of signing the rental arrangement. 

“He was like, ‘I’m likely to have to have $1,000 to choose it off the market and after I get that all set,’ these had been his words, then we could go onto the future stage,” Jones informed FOX40.

They ended up questioned for their photo IDs and other individual details without the need of assembly in person, a approach Jones and the some others believed was normal all through COVID-19.

“Any other time we’d go out and search for a spot, ordinarily they have a minor ‘for rent’ indicator on the doorway or something that you can connect with and meet up with the individual,” Jones mentioned. “But now everybody is panicked, everybody’s frightened, no 1 desires to demonstrate up at the household. So we’re considering Ok, this is just the new matter, we have to do every little thing through web now.”

Numerous much more purple flags arrived upcoming.

“When we received below the lock experienced to be slice off,” Jones said.

Only 5 times after they moved in, a neighborhood real estate agent came by with a dwelling inspector who was just as shocked to see them there and had to give them the poor information.

“She’s like, ‘Yeah, you did all the paperwork, you fellas did all the footwork, but you were ripped off,’” Jones mentioned.

The house was nonetheless mentioned as of Wednesday for hire but at a lower price issue and by the exact same alleged landlord.

FOX40 tried out to connect with him Wednesday afternoon. He claimed, off-digital camera, that he did have the home. The gentleman hung up right after saying, “I said I would fork out them back!”

Jones told FOX40 the so-identified as landlord contacted him a number of times ago saying he was sorry and would send out them again their funds via FedEx.

The home is presently owned by a nationwide brokerage firm and is pending sale for just less than $500,000.

“They inform you that they fully grasp, but you’re not heading to comprehend right until you’re in it,” Jones claimed. “You’re not likely to have an understanding of what it is to be right here in a lovely property, with a great swimming pool, a pleasant yard, and becoming informed, ‘No, you want to transfer due to the fact it’s not for you.’”

A law enforcement report has been filed with the Sacramento Police Section.