There has been a major scam regarding rentals for several years. They mostly targeted illegal immigrants in the past as t hey do not call the police. It is one of the cruelest things I have ever seen. They usually take all the money a person has leaves them penniless and no where to go.
Here is how it works
1. They find a vacant house.
2. The pretend to have the authority to rent it and usually offer it real cheap.
3. They collect first last, in a money order or cash.
Keep in mind often times these people have the keys to the house.