Rental scam hits McCall

MCCALL, Idaho - Finding an affordable rental home in McCall can be a challenge. So when one woman spotted a real deal she jumped on it, but it turned out to be a scam.

"I had been looking for a place to rent for about 4 or 5 months," said Sandra Davis, who lives in New Meadows.

Davis says the home had to be big enough for her kids and pets.

"I found this place on Craigslist for $800, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and thought it was a great deal so I came to check it out," Davis said. "It was awesome!"

That's when the communication began with the person who listed the property on Craigslist. The man posting the advertisement said his family moved to Dallas and they needed a nice family to rent out the house.

"Then he said that if I wire him $1,600 he would mail me the key and paperwork," Davis said.

She felt like something was wrong because the man wanted to do everything from afar and no one locally could show her the inside of the place. So she called the name on the sign, Millie Meyer.

Millie said it wasn't for rent, it was for sale, and she had three or four other people call her," Davis said.

"The guy that ran the ad used one of my photos and write up so it sounded like he know exactly what the house was," said Millie Meyers, with Brundage Realty in McCall.

Meyer says she called the owners just to make sure they didn't list it for rent, and as she suspected, it was the work of a scam artist. She decided to email him telling him he wasn't the seller and he took down the advertisement.

The Better Business Bureau says this is a growing problem so when you see a listing on Craigslist make sure it's legitimate and never wire money.