SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police are warning about a house sale and rental scheme that has so far led to two arrests.
Springfield Police Department Ryan Walsh told 22News the scheme involves someone saving photos of houses for sale from online database websites and re-posting them on classified websites like Craigslist, as their own property.
Walsh said in one case, a scammer broke into one of the homes and replaced the locks to be able to give keys to an unknowing victim.
On Monday, Walsh said a realtor went to a house on Jordan Street to put up business signs when three people showed up to move into the home, followed by two suspects who showed up to let them inside.
Thirty-three-year-old Alberto Ramirez and 26-year-old Yaliber Aguiar were later arrested and charged with larceny $1,200 by a single scheme. Ramirez was also charged with a default warrant for armed robbery, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and operating a vehicle with a rejection sticker.
Walsh said although only two arrests have been made, Springfield police believe more people are involved in the rental scheme.
“If you notice your home or a home that you are selling/renting is receiving suspicious inquiries, the locks have been changed or you see your home for sale/rent on a website that you did not approve, you need to call your local police department and make a police report,” Walsh said.