Local Renters Scammed on Craigslist


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A group of families is outraged tonight and demanding a man who scammed them while posing as the owner of a property for rent is brought to justice.

Michelle French, Melissa Aurand, and Kristin Hultgren all say their families were fooled by a man on craigslist who posed as a property owner and collected money from each of them individually ahead of telling each of their families they could move into the home that sits at 2626 Hanson Street in Rockford.

"And I don't even know if this is all of [the victims], there might be more," says the actual property manager Buddy Byrne. "This is Christmas time. It's hard for these families. They have no place to go. From the bottom of my heart I feel sorry for them."

Rockford Police say they have solid leads in this case and are encouraging folks to be cautious when shopping apartments online.


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