By TODD GLASSCOCK
Mineral Wells Police have learned of a scam involving a local property for sale.
Scammers using Craigslist’s Dallas-area real estate listings had posted an ad for a local property, claiming the property is no longer for sale on the market, but up for rent, said Sgt. Patrick Adams. The ad stated the property was $600 per month and required a $600 security deposit.
He said the ad also claimed the first month’s rent and deposit needed to be sent to the purported owners immediately, and instructions were provided about how to contact them.
The purported owners claimed to be leaving for a mission trip or three to four years in Malaysia with a group called Serving in Mission, which had a link in the ad that police believed to be fake.
A Malaysian email address and a California phone number with a 707 area code was listed on the ad, but police believe the phone number is forwarded to a number outside of the country, he said.
The ad has been removed from Craigslist.
Adams said any ad listing a contact outside of the U.S. should be verified before sending any money.
He said the property for sale in question is legitimate and listed by a local real estate agent, who had been alerted of the scam.
No one has reported being victimized by the scam yet, but if anyone has to please call the Mineral Wells Police Department.