Woman renting vacation home in Texas victim of fraud

When Lucy Quintana was planning a vacation to Texas to visit family last week she wanted to rent a beach house in Galveston for the weekend. She thought she found the perfect one on Craigslist.

"It was a five bedroom, right next to the beach," said Lucy Quintana.

"We wanted to have some friends over and my sister, and just have a good time," she said.

Lucy contacted the rental company listed in the ad and transferred $750 to rent the home for two days, including a security deposit.

When the family was 30 minutes away from the home, Lucy got an email from the scammer. Saying in part, "I'm sorry to let you know this has been a scam all along. I got the money a couple days ago, and I am giving you an open invitation to call the cops if you wish. The bank account you sent the funds to is a fraudulent one, it was opened with a stolen identity and was closed right up once we got the funds, leaving no trace. You see, everything has been a fraud all along. Have a nice day, and be careful when you next rent through Craiglist."

"How much should that house have rented for? $3,600 for two nights, three days," said Quintana. 

The real company rented another house for the weekend, and Lucy says from now on she will only go through property management companies when it comes to vacation rentals.

"We did a fraud report with our bank, but we're not going to get our money back," she said.

Lucy says she is working with Bank of America, and hoping to get her money back. But as for the person who commited the fraud, it is very likely they will never get caught.
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