Scammers scour the internet looking for attractive houses to try to rent.....really cheepcheep to suck you in.
Many local scammers will try to meet you in front of the house with some story like the present renters won't be out for a few weeks and they will need a deposit to hold it for you.
If it seems to be too good to be true, IT IS!!!!!
you were smart to be cautious! How much can you spend? I have a 2-BR, 1.5 BA, approx 1550sf townhouse style duplex in the Irvington area of Portland that will be available April 16th, 2013 for $1595/mo. Hardwood floors throughout, forced-air gas heat & AC, large closets, 1-car garage, full private basement, small fenced backyard area w/flagstone patio. Walking distance (4 blocks) to NE Broadway shops, restaurants, pubs. Email me if you're interested at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send photos....
Janeese Jackson, Principal Broker
Real Estate Resource
Keller Williams Estates Calabasas