Web scams focus on property rentals, death threats | SummitDaily.com

Web scams focus on property rentals, death threats

Two new online scams, one involving Craigslist rental listings and the other email-based death threats, have recently come to the attention of law enforcement, according to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Victims of the email-based scam receive a message in which the scammer claims he or she was hired to kill them and promises to send the victim a tape of conversations with the person who wanted them killed for $3,000. Authorities believe the scam originated overseas.

The Craigslist scam was first reported in Steamboat Springs, but a similar post was put up on the site regarding a property in Breckenridge, according to the sheriff’s office. In Steamboat, the scammers charged a $150 credit card “deposit” from potential short-term renters of a property that had been posted online. But when the renters arrived to check in, there was no record of the rental, according to the statement.

The sheriff’s office connected the Steamboat scam with a similar posting for a Breckenridge property, but the listing was taken down before they could pursue the lead. Steamboat Springs authorities have a suspect in the case, according to the statement.

“Unfortunately, because these scams originate from international locations, there’s not much we can do locally,” sheriff’s office detective Kris Brady stated in the release. “So we’re warning people to remain vigilant and trust your instincts.”

Victims of one of these fraud attempts or other online crime can file a complaint with the FBI at http://www.IC3.gov. Reporting scams allows law enforcement to follow trends. Individuals can also sign up for email notifications about new scams on the FBI’s IC3 website.

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