Woman Catches on to Housing Scam

HARRISONBURG, VA-- "It's very sad, very sad, and it's scary, it makes you think and makes you question your fellow man," says Deanna Boomer.

Deanna Boomer is from Ohio and is moving to Harrisonburg for a new job. Little did Boomer know what she would run into while looking for a new home. It all started online after she saw a house "For Rent" on Kelley Street in Harrisonburg. She looked for it online and contacted the seller on Craigslist.

"He told me that the house was for rent, gave me the price and told me what the deposit was," she says.

That deposit was 750 dollars.
Deanna went forward with filling out an application.

"He later emailed me and told me, congratulations, that I was approved to rent the house," says Boomer.

Things started to get strange to Deanna.

"I became leary when he asked me to Western Union the funds to his lawyer. I thought he was going to come to Virginia or be in the Virginia area to handle the transaction," she says.

Feeling suspicious, Deanna decided to go back to the house and call the number on the "FOR SALE" sign, that's when she got shocking news.

"I contacted the realtor and they proceeded to tell me that he was not the owner of the house and the house was actually up FOR SALE and under contract to be sold, " Boomer remembers.

In the end, Deanna says she noticed a few red flags when the seller wouldn't meet her in person for a transaction.

Luckily she didn't send the guy any money, but she has since filed a police report and is hoping to prevent something like this from happening to other people.

"There are people who are out there to deceive us whether it be this type of situation or another," says Boomer.

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