Ballet student’s NYC arrival soured by Craigslist rent scam

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jul 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 22:51:30-04

MANHATTAN (PIX11) – Finding out their daughter was accepted to the Joffrey Ballet was a happy occasion for one Texas family, but it exposed them to a rent scam leaving them out of $2000 and struggling to find a place to stay in NYC this week.

PIX11 News is withholding the last name of the Texas family as an investigation is underway. Shelly, whose daughter was accepted into the prestigious program, planned a family vacation around getting her daughter acclimated to New York. Going online she looked on Craigslist, and found a site that claims to be a management company for properties in cities around the country including here in New York.

Zeroing in on an apartment at 55 Wall Street, she exchanged several emails with the imposter who said a $2000 deposit was required to hold the apartment. Shelly sent it in.

As their Monday flight neared, their excitement grew. But just hours before their flight, they would receive an email from the imposter saying they had been scammed and that he was “sorry for the inconvenience,” and that he has left the country so they’ll never find him.

Shelly and her husband along with their two children have been struggling to find a place to stay for the month. Also saying the kindness of New Yorkers who have offered to help upon finding out their situation has redeemed their faith after this experience.