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Colorado Springs woman finds own home on Craigslist for rent

By: KKTV
May 16, 2018 Updated: May 17, 2018 at 6:14 am
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photo - Woman finds own home on Craigslist for rent (KKTV News)
Woman finds own home on Craigslist for rent (KKTV News) 

Sherry Morfitt-Shumway and her wife thought their search for a rental home was over when they found a cute two-bedroom home just blocks from downtown Colorado Springs.

The house listed as "cozy" and "quaint" was well within their budget. The problem? It was never for rent at all.

Someone had made a phony listing using images of a property that did not belong to them, even going so far as to ask for hundreds of dollars in rent and a deposit.

Morfitt-Shumway and her wife are like several others in the Riverside Mobile Home Park in Fountain -- they need to move out fast. The park is washing away at the base of a 30-foot cliff that leads to Fountain Creek. El Paso County has bought the land because of those landslides.

So they turned to Craigslist.

Morfitt-Shumway said interactions with the Craigslist poster named "Joyce" seemed unusual right off the bat.

"We kept asking for her phone number over and over and over again, and she just wouldn't give it to us," she said.

Eventually "Joyce" agreed on a deposit, rent amount and said she'd meet the couple at the house on Mother's Day.

Read the full story at KKTV News.

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