resident looking to rent a residence in Portland, Oreg., appears to have
been defrauded by a Craigslist scammer, Chesterton Police said.
police, on Saturday the resident reported that on July 16 he’d made e-mail
contact with a “Stanley Montgomery” in Louisville, Miss., after Montgomery
had represented himself on Craigslist as a property manager for a Portland
listing. Montgomery instructed the resident to wire him or his
“agents”--“Johnny Evans” or “David Philip,” both of them in
Louisville--$1,400 for the first month’s rent and security deposit, then a
further $740 for a background check.
The resident did
so, then became suspicious, and on investigating learned that the Portland
property was legitimate but apparently had been copied by Montgomery and
posted to Craigslist “for the purposes of “illegal gain,” police said.
The case has been
forwarded to federal authorities, police added.