Update: Local Renters Scammed on Craigslist

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- All three families victimized by a scam artist on craigslist say they although they'll likely never get their money back, each have landed on their feet.

You may remember back in December three families all thought they were moving into the home at 2626 Hanson Street in Rockford only to find out the person posing as the home owner online was a fraud who collected deposits and left the families out in the cold. This all happened just weeks before the holidays leaving these families temporarily homeless.

The City of Rockford, after seeing the story, helped the families with money for down payments on other rental properties and all now are living in new places.

Police say warrants have been issued for the scammer, but there is no word on arrests.

We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.


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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