MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – A Marquette County man says he lost nearly $1,000 in a real estate scam.
Kevin Teehan and his roommate found a Craigslist ad for a house on West Crescent Street in Marquette. Needing a new place to live by the end of the month, Teehan says they jumped at the chance to lease the property.
“I filled out the rental application and sent it back to him,” said Teehan. “The next day, he said we were approved for the house, and then we started making arrangements to send the money for the deposit so he could send me the keys.”
That’s when he says the situation took a turn for the worse.
“When the guy started delaying sending me the tracking number for the keys that he was supposed to send me after I sent him this $980 for the security deposit, then I started thinking something was wrong,” Teehan said.
By then, it was too late. Teehan eventually received a fake tracking number. He saw the “for sale” sign outside the house and contacted the realtor. He found out the scammer did not own the property, and according to the realtor’s office, he wasn’t the only person who tried to rent it.
“I know of two that actually sent money and said unfortunately they were in a time constraint to find a new piece of property,” said Erick Brooks, assistant to RE/MAX realtor Breck Tonella. “Once we found out that it was on Craigslist, we flagged the ad and I put up signs on the house saying, ‘This house is not for rent. It’s a scam on…