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By Tina Hoffstetter | Renter in Yorba Linda, CA


 Please be aware of a Yorba Linda Property that is stating it is for Rent for $1500 a/mo with $700 deposit. This is a scam. He is portraying himself as Timothy Cary. He is stating to send money Western Union and the name he is stating to send money to is Lwazi Madondo in Dallas TX.

Please remove this listing on 20010 Livorno Yorba Linda, CA


By Cyndi Mino, ePRO, SFR,  Mon Dec 10 2012, 18:46
Tina, thanks for posting this warning. As a Real Estate Agent, I put a lot of my leases and listings on Trulia, Craigslist and many other online sites and at least 90% of them have been scammed from Craigslist by people like this. I place a very professional ad and they take the owner info off public records and then take my pictures, but place the price substantially lower and ask for the money to be sent upfront before seeing. These people say that they are from Africa, Great Britain, France - everywhere outside the US. Luckily, I've had people who see these listings also see mine and then call to let me know. I have reported each and every one of these, get them shut down and they start back up the next day with a different name Anyone can place a lease on online sites such as Trulia, Craigslist and others, as individual homeowners.

Yes, beware of anything that looks too good to be true and especially for an ads that state to send the money to get the keys. Never send any money upfront without seeing the inside of the home and all paperwork required for a lease.

Cyndi Mino
First Team Real Estate
DRE 01453215
By Tina Hoffstetter,  Mon Dec 10 2012, 20:50
Yes Cyndi,
When he didnt want to talk in person and only email and text that was really ODD to me. Being an Sr. underwriter mortgage industry I was doing a lot of research. Hope this helps. I do I email Trulia to take that listing down?

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