Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Stranger’s House on Craigslist

Here’s a hint: Don’t try to buy a house on Craigslist. If you are buying a house, do your research before handing over any money.


A man was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to sell a home that didn’t belong to him on Craigslist.

John David Seiberling, resident of Golden Valley, Ariz., was taken in custody “on suspicion of fraudulent schemes and theft,” the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press and Kingman Daily Miner.

A couple gave the suspect a $3,000 check as down payment and was told lease payments would be $300 a month, according to the Kingman Daily Miner. Police said when the keys to the house did not work, the couple reached out to the owner on the lease agreement — a completely different person who said the house was not for sale in any way.

Seiberling is being held on a $5,000 bond, the money for which he hopefully does not get by selling anything else on Craigslist.

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I am a 43-year-old, single mom of 19-year-old boy/girl twins living in an extremely small town in rural Texas. Currently, I am employed as a Site Supervisor for a prominent corporation that provides security officers for homes and businesses.

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