LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Lehigh Acres resident contacted the Lee County Sheriffs Office on Monday in reference to a property scam.
The victim responded to an ad she found on Craigslist advertising a duplex on Benton Street. She met with the supposed property manager on July 7th, whom she realized she knew prior to this transaction. The victim gave him a money order in the amount of $300 for the security deposit.
A second meeting was planned for July 13th, when the victim was to receive keys to the residence, but the manager never showed. When she tried to reach him, her phone calls and voice messages were ignored.
A neighbor to the residence told officers this isn't the first time this has happened. She accuses the property manager of collecting multiple deposits from several people and then disappearing.
The victim stated the advertisement is still listed on Craigslist.
The investigation is ongoing.