A Marietta man was arrested Wednesday for an alleged scam he conducted using the website Craigslist.
Luis Catron, 56, was charged with theft by deception for attempting to rent homes he did not own or manage.
According to an investigation by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Catron posted an ad on Craigslist for a rental property without the owner’s knowledge. He contacted potential tenants responding to the ad and even accepted a $300 check as a down payment on the property.
“Unfortunately, with the growth of social media, this type of scam is becoming more and more common in our community,” said Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren in a news release Thursday. “I would strongly recommend that prior to signing a contract and making a down payment on a rental unit, the tenant verifies the owner of the property by checking tax records or contacting the Cobb Superior Court Clerk’s Real Estate Division.”
Catron is being held in Cobb County Jail on a $2,500 bond.