Police Warn Of Home Rental Scam

A rental scam left a central Indiana woman losing nearly $2,0000 and the Indiana State Police want to warn the public to be mindful of their dealings.

On February 21, a Plainfield, Indiana resident answered a Craigslist posting for a rental home in Noblesville.

The interested party inquired if the home was still available and she received an email from Irene Parrish that it was and asked for the woman to fill out an application form. The woman completed the application and received an email from Parrish that she was now residing in Inglewood, California and needed the victim to wire $1,900.00 to her via Moneygram.

The $1,900 was to cover the $950 rent for the house and a $950 refundable deposit. The victim wired the money from a CVS store in Noblesville.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the victim received another email from Parrish telling her that she needed another $950 for an extra month’s rent. The victim refused Parrish’s request informing her that she had already sent $1,900 and had not received the keys to the house.

The victim never received keys to the house found out later that the house was actually sold by a realty company that had their sign in the yard one week prior to the Craigslist posting.