A Boynton Beach man hoping to rent his home for $1,600 a month while he tried to sell it was surprised to see it listed on Craigslist by an alleged scammer for half that price.
Boyd Boggess, 49, enlisted the help of two realty companies, one to rent his home until the other was able to sell it. Yesterday, the man contacted Boynton Beach Police after a Realtor saw the property listed for rent on Craigslist.
Boggess told officers he and his wife were out of town and were trying to sell their house, in the 700 block of 23th Terrace. While they sought a buyer, they wanted to rent the property for $1,600.
An officer sent an inquiry to the Craigslist poster, and received a response from someone claiming to be Boggess.
The incident report said the Craigslist poster told the officer that he and his family moved out of the house because he was transferred from his job. The poster said he was in London for an international Christian follower's crusade and that he needed "to get a very well-behaved person to take occupancy of my house and take good care of it for me."
The poster added that he brought the keys and documents for the house with him when he left for London, because he had not found a tenant. But he said the house was available for $800 rent and a $700 security deposit.
Neither Boggess nor the realty companies authorized the Craigslist post.
Boynton Beach Police are investigating the case as a suspicious incident.