Craigslist Scam Hoax Leads to Woman’s House Being Gutted

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A scam hoax on Craigslist has led to a Tacoma woman, Laurie Raye, having everything stripped – even the fixtures – from one of her houses. It all started with a seemingly genuine post on the popular Craigs list site.

Laurie Raye of Tacoma had recently evicted a tenant from one of her rental properties, and shortly thereafter a hoax ad appeared on Craigslist, inviting people to help themselves to anything in the house. And not just in the house – even the front door and a window were removed!


“The instigator who published this ad invited the public to come in and vandalize me,” explained Raye. “In the ad, it said come and take what you want. Everything is free. Please help yourself to anything on the property,” she lamented.

And help themselves they did, stripping everything that wasn’t bolted down, and even taking things that were, such as the water heater.

When contacted by Raye, Craigslist indicated that they could only tell her who the culprit was with a subpoena.

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4 thoughts on “Craigslist Scam Hoax Leads to Woman’s House Being Gutted

  1. Just another example of people looking to blame anything but themselves. The beauty of Craigslist is the ease of use and un regulated transactions. Instead of crying about others responsibility, take some of your own. You wont be happy till you are plugged into a Matrix like world.

  2. Let’s not overlook the Carigslit fiasco with a 17 year old and others who are advertising sex services who just gut busted.
    I think the website should bare
    responsibility for authenticating the people placing the ads, and I agree with the previous reader that the laws are either weak or not enforced in the cyber world as wel as they should be.

  3. Just one morew instance that proves our justice/legal system is ill-equipped to handle internet-based crimes and Craigslist is part of the problem. This case should go to court to nail the perpetrator AND Craigslist, to expose that resource for the fraud it is. Obviously, Craigslist condones the subject behavior, and, by its inaction, encourages such scams. As such it warrants development of a major list or waall of shame. Net-patrol: stay on this case and eep us posted of all the other sordid twists and turns which would be expected consdering wt has evoled so far. Thanks for bringing this scam o our attention.

  4. The first person I would suspect is the evicted tenant and/or his/her freinds and family. I would also serve Craigslist with a subpoena for the identity of the person who posted the hoax ad.

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