At least four become victims in Craigslist rental scam, police say there could be more

CINCINNATI -- Four people were ready to move into their new leased homes, but didn't get the keys on move-in day.

The folks were part of a scam, police said was carried out by Rashawn Jones from Jan. 30 - Feb. 7.

Det. Christopher Wharton of the Cincinnati Police Department said during those weeks, Jones posted several fake ads to Craigslist, advertising a rental property. In the ad, Jones listed a contact phone number of (513) 526-0964.

When each victim replied, Jones met them, provided a lease agreement, took applications and fees, security deposits and gave them dates to move in.

The victims then showed up to find each property's actual owner was unfamiliar with Jones, nor was the property available for rent. Wharton said Jones knew the security codes for each property and showed them to potential tenants. Jones did not know any of the real owners.

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Wharton said Jones may have scammed more victims, and asks them to come forward with any information.

Cincinnati police may be contacted at (513) 352-1614. CrimeStoppers can be reached at (513) 352-3040.


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