Need 18.91 – Family Scammed On Craigslist – Goal Met!

We alert you, for the last time this week, to a family that is in need because they fell victim to a house rental scam on Craigslist. The family of five (kids are 9,6,4) moved from one state to another so that the husband could attend school to earn his CDL and begin his career driving commercial trucks. They found housing on Craigslist. They visited the rental home and gave the man, that they thought owned the house, their deposit and first months rent. However, when it was time to take the keys a few days later, the man was nowhere to be found. The home remains empty, and the family filed a police report. Law enforcement said that there was little they could do because the man does not own the property and did not give them his real name. This scam sent the family into survival mode. The CDL school is on hold, and the father secured two jobs. He works his first job from 10 am to 5 pm and his second job from 10 pm to 7 am. The wife/mother has been able to secure a part-time job working three days per week but can not work much more than that due to the lack of childcare.

The housing scam caused them to move into a one-room motel that is very expensive compared to standard rent. They are approved for an apartment, but the motel rent is so high that they can not get out of the financial trap. We want to reverse this injustice and help them secure the apartment. They need to pay the administration fee of $100, the security deposit of $1,000, and the first month's rent of $952. I know many of us would have a family to turn to if something like this happened to us but the truth is many of us do not. They do not, and we have an opportunity to come alongside them and correct this injustice.

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