A Lincoln County, Ore., sheriff's detective says a scam artist working the Oregon coast has cheated as many as two dozen would-be vacationers out of thousands of dollars.
NEWPORT, Ore. — A Lincoln County sheriff’s detective says a scam artist working the Oregon coast has cheated as many as two dozen would-be vacationers out of thousands of dollars.
The Oregonian reports that a Spokane woman blew the whistle on the scam several months ago. Melissa Sauther says she contacted a woman through Craigslist who offered to rent her a lavish home in Salishan for $250 a night — over the July 4 weekend. The catch: The woman wanted $800 upfront and only by wire transfer.
Sauther persuaded her contact to give her the address, then tracked the out-of-state owner, who said her house was definitely not for rent. Sauther reported the scam to authorities.
Now Detective Quentin Bendel says he’s getting many calls about similar cases.
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Carole Barkhurst of the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce says she took a call from an older woman who thought she had rented a house in Gleneden Beach, paying $2,200 cash. Barkhurst says the house didn’t exist.