Nobody here can verify if a rental listing is legit or not. Unfortunately there is no way to police bogus listings. A good sign that it is NOT legit:
1. It's too good to be true.
2. You can't view the property in person.
3. You inquire about the property and you get a lengthy email back explaining how the owner is out of the country, doing "God's work".
4. They tell you to wire $$ and they promise to send you keys.... more
Lately, those scams been lurking around Mid-South for sometime.
Please refer to below contacts to report.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a consumer alert affecting real estate listings in a rental housing scam. Criminals are searching Web sites that list homes for sale. They take the information in those ads lock, stock and barrel and post it, with their own e-mail address, in an ad on Craigslist (without Craigslist's consent or knowledge) under the housing rentals category. The houses are almost always listed with below market rental rates. The listings may also be posted on other rental sites.
Potential renters might then be asked to fill out credit applications asking for personal information like credit history, social security numbers, and work history. Criminals can use this information to commit identity fraud and steal money from their victims.
Realtors are encouraged to check to see if their listings are appearing on any of the following sites:
- www.memphis.craigslist.org/apa (try searching by address or zip code)
Agents may wish to consider signing up for Google Alerts (http://www.google.com/alerts) for each of their listings in order to get an e-mail anytime that address is posted on a Web site.... more