By: Alexa Williams
MIDLAND- Homes for sale are hard to come by in the Basin but before you commit and make your first payment, you need to make sure the keys are in your hands.
A local man, John Burkholder, is selling his house and he got quite the surprise when he looked out his window and saw people walking around in his backyard.
"A few days ago, I had an individual that we caught in the backyard and I asked him if I could help them out. I didn't know anything about it being for rent but I told him it was for sale, they were kinda baffled by it and they took off and left," Homeowner, John Burkholder, said.
The homeowner later discovered that his house was listed on Craigslist by someone pretending to be him so NewsWest 9 decided to email the scammer saying we were interested in the home.
Shortly after, a man claiming to be "John R. Burkholder" responded and said he owned the house but he's currently in West Africa serving as a missionary. After a few paragraphs explaining who he supposedly is and why his home is up for rent, he asked for $1,800 to get the keys and move in.
The scammer also told NewsWest 9 to go to the neighborhood and check out the surroundings, he even said to go and peak through the windows so you could see what it looked like inside.