Attorney General warns of rental scams

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas reviews documents related to a lawsuit against one of the nation's largest nursing home chains in his office in Albuquerque N.M., on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Balderas said he decided to pursue the lawsuit following a months' long review of the merits of the case to ensure it was in the best interest of New Mexicans. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – If you’re looking for a new apartment, authorities say to be careful of scammers out there.

The state’s attorney general says there’s been a rise in reports of Craigslist rental scams all around New Mexico. They say when someone is looking to rent on Craigslist, the so-called “landlord” will not be available to show the property, but promises a great deal if the person just sends money to them out of state or out of the country. Then the money is gone for good.

The A.G.’s office says college students, working professionals and families have all been targeted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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