Craigslist con artists busted in New York City apartment scam


Daily Real Estate News reports that four New Jersey and New York men were charged with "felony fraud for a scheme that enticed people in search of rentals to pay hundreds in bogus search fees."

Using the name "Innovative Apartments", they claimed to have access to "exclusive apartment listing" and told prospective clients that they would need to to pay $200 for a "credit and background check."

You can probably guess what happened next: $200 paid, and then nothing except for links to apartments listed on numerous other free sites. The New York Attorney General's office accused the foursome of scamming people out $1,000,0000 over the past 3 years.