BARRE, Vt. — A Vermont home that was scheduled to be sold has been subjected to a scam that cost at least two of its targets hundreds of dollars.

City officials say the property was made to look like it was up for rent through an ad on Craigslist when it was actually wasn’t. The Times Argus reports (http://bit.ly/2wITyVZ ) two people were scammed by the ad.

City Clerk Carol Dawes says one of the victims says she wired money to California for the security deposit but never got the keys to the home.

Dawes says the city sees the scam once or twice a year, as it is fairly easy to create a fraudulent online listing. She says would-be scammers can also provide the property owners’ names since it is public information.


Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

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