Renters beware: Nashville market so hot, Craiglist scams abounding

Nashville Craigslist rental scam
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville couple said they signed the lease for their rental and paid the deposit, but when they showed up to move into an east Nashville home, they found they had been ripped off.

Lhnay Dryden, 22, says she thought she found the perfect home on Craigslist, a three-bedroom, two-bath house on Chicamauga Street for less than $800 a month.

“What drew me to the house was the kitchen. What drew my fiancé to the house was the amount of bedrooms,” said Dryden. “It was a too-good-to-be-true home.”

Nashville Craigslist rental scam
Photo: WKRN

Dryden says she answered the ad and the man on the other end told her to wire him $1,400 and then he would mail her the keys.

Against her better judgment, she had her fiancé sent the money. Four days later, the man stopped answering her calls and she didn’t have the keys.

Finally, Dryden went to the home and called a locksmith to open the doors. A curious neighbor called the real owner, who was shocked to hear someone was trying to move into his home.

Realtors say the Nashville market is hot and potential renters should be on guard more than ever.

Mike Carter with Carter Reality says to make sure to have somebody meet you at the property to do a walk-through.

He advised that renters know the market so they know what a target price should be. Be wary if the price is too low.

He also says never wire someone money because you can’t get that money back. If someone is asking for money upfront, that’s a red flag.

News 2 looked up the number associated with the ad and it is linked to other Craigslist scams across the country.

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