The Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report they are looking at "several incidents" involving people who made payments for apartments advertised online that were not, in fact, available for lease.
After making payments for apartments advertised on sites such as Craigslist:
The victims would later arrive at the residence prepared to move in, only to find the property already occupied and the rightful owner unaware of any lease agreement.
DA Dan Conley and Police Commissioner William Evans urged people to not transfer money to just anybody with a Craigslist ad. Instead:
Consider working with a licensed real estate professional to avoid phony apartment listings; Massachusetts licensure can be checked here.
Meet in-person with a prospective landlord to view the apartment yourself.
Don’t send payments unless you have independently confirmed that the recipient is the true owner of the property.