Hope Mills, NC – A mother of four in Cumberland County has no $ 2,700 and is seeking asylum after falling victim to a Craigslist rental scheme.
Evande MacDonald thought she had rented the house for a year – until the property owner showed up and evicted her.
She gave $ 2,700 to a man who claimed to own a house in 754 Precision Court.
“I got the rent, gave them my money, they gave me the keys,” MacDonald said. “That same day we started driving in.”
MacDonald said she thought her lease began in late February.
Apparently someone broke into a mobile home on Precision Court to swap door handles and locks and then rented out the house on Craigslist.
MacDonald says on Feb. 26, a man who said his name was Christopher Betty, led her through the house and took in her application for rent. On March 1, Betheya said she had been approved and had to pay a two-month rent and bail. She gave Bethey remittances to make a deal.
“Could you think of doing something else to avoid this situation?” MacDonald asked. “Doesn’t go into Craigslist.”
About 10 days after McDonald and her four children moved into the house, Carson Bethea, the property owner, appeared and wanted them out. Carson Bethea told McDonald that she did not know Christopher Bethea or anything about the lease she had signed with him.
“I gave him the lease just as you keep it now,” MacDonald said.
McDonald had hoped it would be 30 days to leave, but she said the homeowner had done things that made it impossible.
The McDonald’s family is seeking refuge in Cumberland County.
WRAL News left telephone messages to Carson Betty and could not find Christopher Betty.
Mother, 4 children, lost home and thousands of dollars in Craigslist rental scheme :: WRAL.com
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