The San Marcos Police Department is warning residents of a Craigslist scammer who is falsely claiming to be a rental property agent.
According to the July 18 press release sent by The City of San Marcos, the scammer is claiming to be a rental property agent in order to illegally obtain money from individuals.
SMPD describes the individual as a 40 to 50 year-old male, with a heavy-set build and white hair.
The individual has been falsely listing properties for rent on Craigslist. When prospective renters call to meet with the “leasing agent,” he provides the renter with a lease agreement and takes their money.
A variety of homes have been listed by this individual including single-family homes and mobile homes.
To avoid being scammed, SMPD says prospective renters should:
- Ask for photos of the property, both interior and exterior.
- Ask for a walk-through of the property with the leasing agent. If the “agent” doesn’t have access to the property, it should raise a red flag.
- Ask who owns the property. Property searches can be done online through the Hays County Central Appraisal District at http://propertysearch.hayscad.com
The San Marcos Police Department, located at 2300 S IH-35, is a Craigslist safe exchange point and is open 24/7.