Unfortunately these types of scams are common on many rental websites - and yes, this does sound like a scam.
Please access the link below to read our PSA about rental scams to be sure that you can spot the red flags in the future. And if you do suspect that a listing on our site is a scam, please use the 'Report error' button on the property page to alert our team about it.
The landlord "Needs to rent it ASAP." He is targeting renters without representation and little knowledge of the market. The landlord is overseas and took the keys and lease overseas with him instead of leaving them with a local property manager.
You were, I would guess, not able to view the property in person and based your application entirely on the photos.
The price offered by the overseas landlord is probably substantially lower than the one listed here on Trulia.
The overseas landlord may be claiming to be a Pastor or other religious leader.
I doubt that the landlord has any right to rent out the property that he is listing.
Please do not send money. Flag the ad on Craigslist as a scam. Keep an eye on your credit report for unusual activity over the next 6 months. If you have any other questions please follow up with me!
-Kay Cleaves 312-929-7077
As noted, you've already provided a lot of information and if it's a scam to steal your identity, the scammer may already have succeeded. If he's just after the money he expect you to send him, don't send it.
FYI: Craigslist posts all sorts of warnings about just this sort of scam. It's important to read those.
Century 21 Marino Realtors, Inc
You don't want to lose your money. And even if you get the keys, you don't want to have some situation where someone comes knocking at the door - like the police - saying you are tresspassing, etc. if it is a scam.
Be safe, be sure.
It is a SCAM! Do not send your money!
A popular ruse is for scammers to take the listing information and photos for a property that is "For Sale" on real estate web sites and post it as "For Rent" in an attempt to gain an individual's personal information and money.
Check out who the true owner is of the property at the City or County Clerk's office or check the tax records at the tax assessor's office.
Be very cautious!
Good luck to you!
Prudential Connecticut Realty
Best of luck -
The Marie Souza Team- Top Selling on Cape Cod
If you tell them those are your rules, my guess is they go away.
As a general rule of thumb, you should never engage in a real estate transaction of any type without face to face communication and a physical visit by the end user to the property prior to any lease or sale.
Find a local renter, in this market you should not have a problem finding a tenant.
And if you gave up your personal information on the credit report such as your social security number, you have other reasons to worry as well.