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For every great marketing and consumer educational tool on the Web there are scammers lurking to see if they can make a few bucks.
This is not isolated to trulia.
The best advice I can give you, is never give any personal info to any one you come in contact with online. Meet with them at their offce, not at Starbucks or any play other than their office.
Even we Realtors have to be careful. Sometimes crooks pose as renters, sellers, or buyers and lure agents to homes and rob them or even worst.
If you are looking for a rental get yourself an agent . Have him/her search for homes for you.
Best Of Luck To You!
Kawain Payne, Realtor
I think it's pretty easy to see if something is a scam (e.g. new 2bd mission bay condo for 3000/mo sitting there for more than a month - why?), but it's just enormously annoying and tiring to dig through all the scams.
For some reason, competitor site Zillow seems to have less scammers than Trulia. Why is that? I am not saying that people should use Zillow instead (the most properties are on both sites anyway), but for some reason, of the two sites, scammers seems to have an affinity for Trulia.
The real rental price of the 2 br condo I listed was $1400 - the scammer put a price of $700 on it so it's no surprise that low number drew a lot of interest.
Then the scammers tell them they need to wire money asap in order to hold the house ..and unfortunately, there are people desperate enough who will send that money...........oh yes, and the scammer who hijacked my lisitng even had the nerve to bring God into it..........told the callers that he knew "God had sent them to him"........ so they didn't have to worry about credit checks or employment verification.
The SCAMMER finds a vacant, foreclosed house, without a FOR SALE sign in front:
He makes up a realistic Real Estate SIGN, for a fictitious Brokerage, and a FOR RENT sign, and sticks them in the front yard. He places an AD in CraigsList for a rental and fields phone calls and makes appointments. He schedules 4 appointments for one afternoon, spreading them apart. He takes applications for all 4 along with checks for 1st and last, ($2,000 each). After the last "tenant" leaves; he pulls up the signs and walks off with $8,000!
The SCAMMER and a friend drive through a neighborhood that has MAILBOXES at the curb: Timing it before the Mail truck comes, they hit every mailbox that has the FLAG up. OR, timing it just after the mail truck come by, they empty all the mail boxes. This works best for a working-class neighborhood, where people are at work.
Makes you think.
If the answer is yes..........run in the opposite direction.
Unfortunately, Trulia cannot possible verify every posting......and Craigslist is certainly overrun with rental scams..........so..........be alert, be aware and be careful before ever giving out personal information or wiring money.........sadly, the internet is a ripe breeding ground for unscrupulous people who try to take advantage of others.......be smart and it won't happen to you!
My name is Rory Matthew.I'm a project manager in civil engineering. I
just moved in Manila, Philippines because my company has won an
auction for a big construction project. I'll stay here for the next
3-4 years or more so I won't come back. I'm looking for someone to
live in my Apartment from there.
I will tell you from the beginning that I don't have a problem if you
are a student or if you would like to keep pets there, as long as you
clean up after them. The minimum lease is available for Long and also
Short Term Lease, very important, the utilities are included in the
price per month.
My name is David Gary . am on the missionary assignment here with me and my family I just relocated to (New Jersey). because my company has won an auction for a big construction project. I'll stay here for the next 4-5 years or more so I won't come back soon. I'm looking for someone to live in my House from there.I will tell you from the beginning that I don't have a problem if you are a student or if you would like to keep pets there, as long as you clean up after them. The minimum lease is available for Long and also Short Term Lease, very important, the utilities are included in the price per month.