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Mason City, IA – Carmen Tickel and her husband Mike have been working hard to sell their home through a local realtor.
But Carmen was in for quite a surprise when she recently received a phone call from a friend.
“She found out we had our house up for rent and she was real interested because they could afford the rent and she quoted me the price and I’m like no I don’t think so,” said Tickel.
And after looking into it, she couldn’t believe what she found.
Someone had put their house on Craigslist, and listed it as a rental property.
Carmen tells us, she and her husband had no part in that post.
“I was upset because the scammer created a fake I.D. using my husband’s name and then the letter and the application also included his name with his correct middle initial,” said Tickel.
Mike Hegtvedt, is the President of the Greater Mason City Board of Realtors, and says it was really only a matter of time before this type of operation started popping up in North Iowa.
“Around here in Mason City you don’t hear about it a lot because it’s a smaller community but obviously it can happen,” said Hegtvedt.
Hegtvedt says if you’re looking for places to rent, make sure to follow the proper steps.
“You should make sure that you are at the location, talk to the person, and get the keys from them. Make sure they really are the owners of that home before you go and give them a bunch of money,” said Hegtvedt.
Carmen does not know who posted up her home on Craigslist, when she spoke with the police department, they told her to flag the page, but there was really nothing they could do.
So Carmen has some advice to whoever is listening.
“If its sounds to good to be true it is,” said Tickel.