Almost every home we market for sale becomes victim to a rental scam! These swindlers are copying the information off the internet and creating their own “fake” for rent listings. Time and time again I have reported them to the the IC3 for internet fraud but it doesn’t seem to work or work fast enough.
So here are some warning signals for you that we have seen personally;
– Scam rentals usually have an amazingly low price! So goes the old saying …..If it’s too good to be true then it probably is!
– Imposter landlords will say they can’t show home because someone inside the home that is very ill.
– They will ask you to send a security deposit before you ever see the inside of the home.
– They will promise to fedex keys with your first rent payment.
– Some are clever and look up the property tax record so they know the actual name of the owner and create a fake email account using that name in the e-mail address etc.
Most commonly we see the scams on Craigslist but also Trulia.com, Realtor.com and Zillow.com because all allow individuals to post homes for sale or rent. The FBI has some over all tips that I think are a good review for avoiding internet fraud in general.
Questions about anything real estate related? Just ask us!
All our best, Nicole and Tony
Team Tudisco of Wheatland Realty