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FROM SUBMITTED REPORT

The San Marcos Police Department is warning residents of a Craigslist scammer who is falsely claiming to be a rental property agent and making off with people’s money.

Police say the man, described as a 40-50 year old white male with a heavy-set build and white hair, falsely lists properties for rent on Craigslist. When prospective renters call to meet with the “leasing agent,” he provides the renter with a lease agreement and takes their money.

The scammer has listed different types of homes—one in a single-family subdivision and another in a mobile home community.

To avoid being scammed, prospective renters should ask for photos of the property, both interior and exterior, and ask for a walk-through of the property with the leasing agent. If the “agent” doesn’t have access to the property, it should raise a red flag

Also, prospective tenants should ask who owns the property. Property searches can be done online through the Hays County Central Appraisal District.

The San Marcos Police Department, located at 2300 S Interstate 35, is a Craigslist safe exchange point and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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