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AandA2VI
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SERIOUSLY?!?!?! Whats the deal lately? Are people really dumb enough to give these scammers their information? I emailed 10 places this week and all but 1 were scams. I really hate to do it, but Ive gotten so fed up that I created a virus to attach to their reply emails. Hopefully it will put them down for a while at least. Im just sick of the waste of time and feel bad for people who fall for it.. Ugh. Sorry had to vent - Beware to others using CL, most seem to be scams these days. And to those who do have legit posts, watch out they seem to be using your text in the reply emails to make it sound legit. Frustrating to say the least.

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AandA2VI
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Just noticed that text and quite a few pics are being taken from seaglass properties. If anyone knows any of the agents working there, give them a heads up. Maybe a good idea to watermark the pics.

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Mytcar34
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You are exactly right we have had the same results.It seems rentals in the VI are a little different from what people are accustom to. The advise given to us, since you are now on island and can go look for your self, let everyone you meet know what you are looking for, a lot of nice places are found this way also check out telephone post advertisements, local papers, and some are listed on this site by various posters.CL does get frustrating, ads have no telephone numbers,many telephone area codes do not match, ad sounds to good to be true, etc.Maybe someone from this site can PM you if they hear of any rentals available. Good luck

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speee1dy
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i hope you are also reporting them as scammers

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islandlola
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As someone who sometimes advertises rentals on Craigslist, allow me to observe that scam rentals almost always offer feature-filled housing (sometimes fake features such as finished basements and heat) for a good deal less than the market price of apparently similar units. Of course, this alone may not signal a scam, but after encountering two or three such postings, this pattern very easily emerges. There are sometimes legitimate low priced units with many features and better than average deals sometimes. But, for the most part, there is no such thing as something for nothing (or too close to nothing).

I sometimes hear from scammers working the overpay scam--they want to send more money than is needed and want to receive "change" back before arrival. Sometimes what they ask to receive as change is not all the money they would be due, thus allowing the recipient to apparently benefit. This usually signals a bad check. Again, it is a too good to be true situation that begins with someone who wants to quickly rent sight unseen, a clear tip off. Even when such people manage to sound fairly authentic, one has to wonder why, if "money is no problem" as one person wrote to me recently, the inquirer wouldn't take a hotel or other short term housing upon arrival and then look around.

In short, it pays to be *very* cautious about deals that seem too good, whether from the perspective of a potential tenant or landlord.

Best,

Islandlola

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