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HARBOR SPRINGS — The Harbor Springs Police Department recently has received multiple reports of someone using information and photos from local real estate listings to create fraudulent rental property listings on Craigslist.

Kyle Knight, Harbor Springs Police Department chief, said over the past several weeks two such reports have been submitted to his department, while recently another person from Montana had fallen for the same scam.

“What they do is take a real estate posting from one of our local Realtors, and they’ll take all the pictures of the house and they list it on Craigslist or some type of social media platform as a rental,” Knight said. “Then they’ll ask for … all of your (information), you can do a down deposit by paying through PayPal or one of those electronic financial apps.

“They’ll ask for a deposit and then the person will find out the house isn’t for rent, it’s for sale,” Knight said. 

Knight said the scam is similar to those of credit card scammers or “somebody calling and saying that their grandson has been injured and they create this bogus account and for the most part the money they get is shipped overseas, that’s where the money goes.”

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