Bogus Home Rentals – the Latest Scam Leading up to the 75th Sturgis Rally
The pressure to find a place to stay for the week long Sturgis Rally is building. Over one million people are expected to attend the 75th annual event in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and dishonest opportunists are looking for creative ways to scam money.
According to the Rapid City Journal, bogus home rentals are the latest target. Properties have shown up on Craigslist that claim to be for rent during rally week, but instead are private residences with no knowledge of the listing.
Some homeowners are worried that come rally week, bikers will show up on the doorstep ready to move in.
Police Chief Jim Bush said this is the first time in his 35 years overseeing the rally that he's seen phony home rental listings.
This year will stretch the imagination on everything, but I haven't seen that one." - Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush
The state Attorney General's Office is aware of the listings and are working with Craigslist on resolving the matter.
The 75th annual Sturgis rally is will be held August 3-9, 2015.
The Associated Press contributed to this report