If you found this on craigslist, here's their link about scams
You can sidestep would-be scammers by following these common-sense rules whenever using craigslist:
DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON - follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"
NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN - in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.
DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON.
You may consider working with a property management company to help you locate a rental. You can find them on craigslist when they advertise their listings. Call anyone of them. They will ask you to go to their office to get prequalified (yes, you will be asked to complete an application and to agree to a credit check -- after all, landlords will need protection against scams, too)
In this case the property was actually sold last in 2009.
Often the rental price seems too good to be true for the location, and it is. Rents in this area garner premium rents, so it unfortunately looks like this individual is try to see who they can scam.
Never send money directly to anyone for a rental and make sure that the individual can actually meet you and show you the property. If they are not able or willing to set up a time to view the property, then this is one of the red flags to look out for.
It is frustrating that there are folks out there doing this, but hopefully you will have luck finding a rental.
Hope this helps!
Alain Pinel Realtors
Report the email to trulia - I believe there is a report button for that purpose.
Be wary of any far fetched stories like this one. The scammers always claim to be out of the area with elaborate stories.....next you would be asked to wire money for the keys. They come up with all kinds of stories as to why you can't see the place in person..........the biggest tip off that this is a scam is that the rental amount is usually way too low - too good to be true...because it isn't true!
Don't be lured in because you see real photos...they often cut and paste photos from real listings.