Staunton Woman Almost Scammed On Craigslist

STAUNTON, Va. - Last October, Leslie Forsythe was in the process of moving to the Valley from Baltimore. She found a house in Staunton on Craigslist, and decided to contact the poster.

"He said we were definitely approved and that if we sent him the money, he would send the keys, the deed, and all other things through the mail," says Forsythe

Things started to get weird as the guy asked her to wire $700 dollars, down to Florida.

"When we got the address, my fiance looked is up on the USPS website and it was an empty lot," says Forsythe.

That's when Leslie decided to do some further investigating.

"When I drove up to the house, I'd seen the 'For Sale' sign and I called the number and they said the house is under contract," says Forsythe.
Leslie was shocked when she found out.

"It made me feel mad, we really liked it from the outside," says Forsythe.

According to police, Craigslist scams like this happen all the time. Experts warn to be cautious of overly nice or eager emails, any emails that are sent from another country, and warn against wiring money.

Leslie wants people to beware of the kinds of scams out there.

"Just go with your gut. That's all you can do," says Forsythe.


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