Craigslist scam leaves four ski-resort workers from Argentina homeless in Vail – The Denver Post

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By Randy Wyrick, Vail Daily
The four people from Argentina with visas to work the ski season in Vail and Beaver Creek are in remarkably good humor for being the victims of a Craigslist rental scam.
Juan Monasterio, Victoria Semensi, Agustina McLean and Rosario Burgos traveled more than 30 hours from summer in their beach-resort towns in Argentina to work this ski season in Vail and Beaver Creek.
“We came here to earn money. We came to work,” Semensi said.
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If the e-mail has a majority of these commonalities, then the chances are very good it is a scammer. If you are unsure, it is best to not reply to the e-mail.
They left Argentina Monday night and landed in Denver Tuesday evening. They caught a ride with CME to East Vail where they thought they had nailed down a place to live.
They were familiar with Craigslist scams and had done their due diligence, McLean said.
They knocked on the door expecting to be at their ski season home, Unit 22. A young woman opened it and grew increasingly more confused as they told her that they were supposed to live there.
It was news to her.
“This is my place,” she told them. “I rented it.”
That’s when they realized they might have been the victims of a Craigslist scam.
They hung around for half an hour, but Unit 22 would not be a permanent solution.
The CME driver knew a guy who knows an Argentinian guy who lives in Vail. He took a chance and drove them to their place. They knocked on the door, explained their problem and asked, “Please! Can we stay here?”
It might have helped that they were exhausted and crying.
“We’ve been planning this trip for almost a year, Monasterio said. “We left everything for this trip, family jobs, everything.”
Read more of this story at The Vaily Daily
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