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Online scam targets renters in St. Croix County

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Employees of WESTconsin Realty alerted local newspapers to a scam that plucks home-sale ads from the free site, www.craigslist.org, and presents them as a (fake) rental.

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River Falls resident Dalene Crandall works for WESTconsin in Hudson. Her associate, Mike Giese, works for the company in New Richmond.

He learned about the bogus listing after a woman responded to the scammer's ad for a three-bedroom home for rent in New Richmond.

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