Woman Rents Out Home... That She Doesn't Own
4 students forked over $1.8K, moved in, then got kicked out
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2013 12:36 PM CST

(Newser) – Four students thought they got a good deal when they found a home to rent in South San Francisco for $450 a room. Just one problem: After paying the woman they thought was the landlord $1,800 and moving in on Nov. 1 ... they were kicked out last Thursday when the people representing the real owner of the house arrived, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The students learned about the supposed rental on Craigslist, and the woman who posted the ad even gave them a tour of the vacant home.

Police think she ran her scam by finding vacant homes, breaking in, and changing the locks; she even checked property records so she could assume a name listed on the official paperwork. On the day the owner's representatives arrived, one of the renters had left the door open as she carried in groceries, "and some people just barged in and started yelling that they wanted us out," she says. Of course, the suspected scammer has since disappeared and is wanted by police, the San Jose Mercury News reports. It's not clear what the students will do; the property agent wants them out, but as of yesterday they were still there.

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Tom Flores
Nov 14, 2013 9:09 PM CST
Hey if they catch the woman lets sic Nancy Grace on her! :)
Tom Flores
Nov 14, 2013 9:03 PM CST
Bush! Please I know the man was not that great but please! Why not blame Obama he is in office now! I blame Flip Wilson "The Devil made her do it!" :) Why do you think the Police Department have a Fraud Dept. people have been getting scammed for a long time. I read about some guy in Colorado who payed some lady in Colorado to cleanse his soul. She just walk up to him in a Walmarts parking lot and baffled him with BS and he went for it over $500 PT Barnum said there is a sucker born every min. and he died in 1871.
Nov 14, 2013 3:13 PM CST
In other news Donald Trump is looking to hire this mystery woman.