The owners of a Hazelton Road home got some unexpected visitors late Sunday afternoon, June 24 – a couple looking to rent their house.
The Barrington homeowners, however, are not renting their house. They were surprised when the visitors told them it was listed on Craigslist as a rental property.
The visiting couple spotted the Hazelton property on a Craigslist posting, they said, which was reportedly tied to an address in Nigeria, according to Barrington police.
The would-be renters said they were told to send a $900 deposit to the Nigerian address if they were interested in renting it, police said. It is unclear if the couple sent the money and were scammed by the ad.
The Hazelton homeowners contacted the police to report the scam at 3:48 pm. By that time, the ad for the home could not be found on craigslist, said Police Chief John LaCross.