It appears scam artists are increasingly using Facebook Marketplace to target “customers.”
Last week, the Windom Police Department took a report from a Madelia resident regarding a Facebook scam that involved a Windom homeowner. The Windom resident has lived in the home many years and has never offered the home for sale or rent.
While looking for a home to rent, the Madelia resident found a Windom home on Facebook Marketplace. Upon reaching the contact person, the scam victim paid $500 of the $800 security deposit, with a note that the remaining $300 would be wired later.
Upon further investigation, the scam victim learned that the home listed for rent in Windom was not truly for rent. Ultimately, the scam victim lost $500.
Windom Assistant Police Chief Cory Hillesheim noted that is becoming more common for scammers to take photos of local houses, list them for rent and then collect security deposits — even though they have no interest in the home.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be the local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential, if you wish).
Send your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in our Thursday morning website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.
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