FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.,- A man living in Fort Myers Beach says he's afraid to answer the door. People keep showing up thinking his home is for rent, but its all part of an elaborate scam. We've learned the scheme has been going on for months.
"We're horrified! We are afraid to leave the home because we don't know who is going to be at the door," said Al Corricelli
There are no signs outiside this home saying it's available to be rented, but online their are fake ad's saying it is. Two families showed up on the door step last week ready to start their vacation. "A lady on a Friday night in a minivan, drove all the way from Rochester, New York with her family, with a travel unit and all their luggage on top to spend the week here, I mean they didn't have any idea," said Corricelli.
Al Corrcelli, the owner of this four bedroom, beach front home says it's is an online scam.
"He's using my name as the owner, he's renting it out with full contracts and everything else; we just don't know what to do."
In fact, when we stopped by this afternoon, Corricelli thought we were there to rent his home.
"I thought you were another one and I thought, oh no, not another one! I mean it's just constant; thank god you don't have your luggage with you because we don't know who we are opening the door too."
We also went on Craigslist and saw these ad's posted by the owners and the latest victim letting people know this is a scam.
"I'm telling you, I hope it does stop because we love where we live, but for me it's to the point where I might just put a 'for sale' sign on it and just move," Corricelli tells WINK.
The Lee County Sheriffs Office tells us, the Economics Crime Unit is looking into this online scam. We've also learned Pay Pal has refunded the money to the latest victim.