Live 5 Scambusters: Woman scammed paying rent for Summerville home

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A woman in Summerville says she is the victim of a home rental scam that cost her more than $3,000.

"I'm crying inside of my soul. I have nothing left. Nothing," Lakishia Fraizer said.

Fraizer said she found a post about a home for rent on Craigslist. The home was listed at Delafield Drive in Summerville.

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Fraizer said she was interested in renting the home, so she began talking with a man who identified himself as Josh Hunt from American Homes 4 Rent. Fraizer said in the police report that she made several payments to Hunt, which totaled about $3,250.00.

After living in the house since May, a representative from American Homes drove by the house and was confused why there was a car parked in the driveway.

The police report from Summerville Police Department said the employee informed Fraizer that the company had no record of her application and that the house was listed as vacant.

"He verifies, he says, 'No, Miss, I don't know this landlord guy;' 'No, Miss, I don't see your application;' 'No, Miss, you have to leave.," Fraizer said.

A representative from American Homes 4 Rent said over the phone that the company has had problems with scams in the past. She said lockboxes, like the one on Fraizer's door, often attract scammers.

Fraizer said the company is telling her she has to pay the appropriate fees or move out.

"I don't have anything now, and I have three children. So my back is really against the wall," she said.

When we reached out the company for an interview or statement, an employee said she would get back to us but did not.

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