Crush Craigslist Fraud! Watermark your images.

Denver, CO.  Craigslist is a useful resource for property managers to find tenants.  It is also a useful source for criminals to find suckers.  The most common scam in the rental market is to fraudulently advertise a property that one does not own or manage, and represent that they do.  Often the perpetrator uses legitimate photos of actual properties for sale or rent, and advertises the property on Craigslist for a significantly reduced rent.  Bad guys use Craigslist because it is very rarely monitored and the company relies on the community to police the site.  Usually it does not work, and often the fraudulent ads get through.  Unsuspecting tenants will reply to the ad and be sent on a wild goose chase of shady foreign emails, questionable money order drops, and creepy cash for keys communications.

Many property management companies do not use Craigslist because they don’t like to deal with the fraud.  Unfortunately for many of these managers, their legitimate advertisements are the starting point for these scams.  Property managers use their website, or another legitimate site to advertise a rental and post lots of great photos.  With a few clicks of the mouse, a criminal owns the photos, and a new ad for the exact same property appears on Craigslist for 50% of the advertised price, a deal that is too good to be true.  While most consumers will have the savvy to sniff out the amazing deal, many will not.  Every year a new crop of brand new tenants hits the rental market and enough of them fall prey to the scam to keep the crooks in business.  Even though this property manager decided not to use Craigslist, their properties made it there anyway.  Often the property manager will only find out a few weeks later when their new tenant contacts them to move in.  Then the fun really starts!

If you are a property manager, or investor and want these guys to pick on someone else, just watermark your images.  These guys are lazy, and would rather take a nice clean image and use it for their scam.  If you put your logo, company name and phone number on the image, 99.9% of the time they will move on to the next victim.  In order to successfully rid the internet of unmarked images, you must watermark at the source.  This means that your original photo upload must have the watermark.  If you upload some images with a watermark and some without, those unmarked images can be used for fraud.  Make sure that the images are watermarked prior to distributing them to other websites, or posting on Craigslist.

Our Property Management Website customers that use our Free Rental Site rental marketing platform get watermarking included with their other marketing tools.  As their photos are uploaded, our software attaches a custom logo and custom message like the ones below.  The logo and font sizes can be customized.

 

 

 

This logo and message are now a part of their image as they are passed on to our distribution network:  Zillow, Trulia, HotPads, Vast, Trovit, and on our Craigslist converter.  George Trombley with Blackbird Realty, a Las Vegas Property Management Company recently added watermarking to his website and remarked, “Our Craigslist problem disappeared immediately, and we haven’t dealt with this problem since.”  Problem solved, no more fraud for Blackbird, and they can concentrate on growing their business.  It really is that easy.  If you are an existing customer and want to add watermarking to your listings, just contact us.  If you are tired of Craigslist fraud and want it to stop, we can help.  Contact us to get started.

This entry was posted in Free Rental Site. Bookmark the permalink.

7 Responses to Crush Craigslist Fraud! Watermark your images.

  1. Monroy15 says:

    This is an important news. Thanks for sharing. We should really help each other on staying away from frauds and scams.
    I have also read about a scam artist named, Robert Bonaccolta. He is also known as Bobby Bonaccolta and apparently he is involved in a real-estate transaction where he stole over $300,000 from an overseas investor.
    We should keep our family and friends aware about this. If you want to read more details about Mr. Bonaccolta, you could read this blog.

    • leahlax4president says:

      Could you give me information in this man I was threaten by him in Email

    • erik fulk says:

      this is Robert bonaccoltas cousin erik everything you guys are saying is true if you want to know where he lives he lives at 925 Sycamore Lane Lebanon PA he lives with his mother. for more information don’t hesitate to contact me 717 376 5757

  2. bobbybee69 says:

    Rob rawson then found me……YES ROBERT BONACCOLTA
    BOBBY BONACCOLTA BOBBY BONOCOLTA
    BOBBY COLT….AND ALL NAMES IN THAT AREA……

    WHY? HOW……????
    I WAS on loop net selling my 28,000sq ft warehouse on 30 acres
    For $125,000 and needed an investor to either BUY IT OR PARTNER with me!!!!!
    This SCAMMER …..ROB RAWSON, FROM ……NEW ZIELAND, AUSTRALIA, SINGAPORE, PHILIPINES, UKRAINE, AND CHICAGO USA….WHO KNOWS WHY HE HAS SO MANY ADDRESSES…..CAME TO ME….FLEW IN TO MEET ME, he invested $25,000 in my warehouse….which he is still a partner of…..599 lofty rd llc
    And we bought a few loads for a few thousand that the city took away. OTHER THAN THIS……HE I GAVE TO A BIGGER INVESTOR IN PHILLY WHERE HE GOT BEAT OUT OF $365,000…..

    THATS NOT MY PROBLEM….IM NO PATSY IN THIS…..HE WAS ON HIS OWN. HE IS THE THIEF….ROBBING MAJOR CORPS ….AND NOW…..I SAY…

    THE WAREHOUSE IS MINE……SCREW YOU NOW TO ROB RAWSON.
    HE TALKS BAD ABOUT A GUY WHO HELPED HIM. LOL
    I DIDNT MAKE A RED CENT!!!!!
    Lol…..LOOK UP MY NAME…..IT SAYS UNDER 15,000 DOLLARS AS FINANCIAL WEALTH REPORT. LOL

  3. The Indian real estate market has since a long time experienced a high presence of speculators and investors; however, they will make way for end users in 2014. The New Year will see most of the buyers making a purchase for self occupation due to various reasons like currently staying on rent or there are growing family requirements. Therefore, 2014 may experience a very positive shift from the earlier years and will bring in the much required stability in the property market. The year will be great year for genuine property seekers and money will be the KING. If home buyers have the purchasing power, they will be able to drive a hard bargain in the year. It may not be a good year for investors and speculators as exiting in 12 – 18 months may be difficult.

  4. Should you encounter a problem with your website evenings or weekends, you don’t want to wait to remedy the problem until the web hosts rrgularly scheduled hours.
    Find out if there is a cancellation fee or penalty clause in package agreements.

    With Magento Hosting services, customers get the unique opportunity, to expand the market.

  5. Hi there, simply turned into alert to your blog thru Google,
    and located that it’s really informative. I’m going to be careful for brussels.
    I’ll bbe grateful for those who proceed thjs in future.
    Many other folks shall be benefited out off your writing.
    Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s