A Craigslist scam targeting individuals searching for RV lots in the Williston, N.D., area has led to one arrest, Williston Police Department officials said.
According to a report by the Williston Herald, Sherri Jensen, 49, was charged in connection with the fraud Aug 17, according to a Williams County Court document provided by Williston Police Detective David Peterson. The charges, conspiracy to commit theft and theft of property, are Class C felonies.
Ramona Palin, originally of Montana, said she was a victim of the scam and sent $300 as a moneygram before realizing that the information in the Craigslist posting was falsified.
Palin said a real RV park – Williston Village – is the Google Map location on the posting, which calls the site, “Williston Valley.” When she went to see the site, which is under construction, she realized the scam after talking to management for the actual park.
When Palin initially asked the individual on Craigslist whether her dog would be allowed and if she could build a mudroom, she was informed that would be fine. But the real rules at the Williston Village park are different.
“They agreed to everything and that is not the park rules,” Palin said.
Palin said one of the individuals involved in the scam was even taking interested people on tours of the construction site of the actual park.
An ad provided by the Williston Police Department and posted Aug. 9 is titled, “$795 Williston Valley RV Park is Opening Soon!!! (2 Miles from Walmart).”
The ad asks for a $300 security deposit and posts a contact number.
Palin said individuals involved in the scam have several 701 phone numbers across more than one Craigslist ad.
Craigslist warns of possible fraud at the top of ads by saying, “Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any arrangement involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, or a landlord/owner who is out of the country or cannot meet you in person.”