Unfortunately, this type of scam is rather prevalent these days. If you find yourself interested in another rental where the owner cannot meet in person I have a few suggestions:
a) See if you can find the property using the â€œownersâ€ name at http://www.blockshopper.com
b) Check the Countyâ€™s online public tax records to confirm the property's ownership.
c) Drive by the property for clues regarding the propertyâ€™s habitation.
d) Contact a RealtorÂ® and ask if they can confirm any recent transaction history by the "owner".
If you do meet the "owner" in person ask to "take a quick peek" at their Driver's License to confirm identity (although, if they are a "Scammer" they might a fake one!)
Finally, and most importantly, stay safe and don't let the need for finding a rental overpower you gut intuition!
There are a lot of rental scams online,.
Also, if the price seems too good to be true.....it isn't true!
I would like to know how to report him. Any suggestions?