Some scammers will pull the tax records and claim to be the owner on title. These types of scams have been going of for years. I've actually had a few of my rental listings copied and posted hundreds of dollars below our list price and similar comparable homes. One tip: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
West USA Realty
As you can see from the other responses, this home is actually listed for SALE on the MLS, NOT for rent.
As Trulia states: Beware of rental scams! Situations involving wire transfers or a landlord who is traveling and can't meet you in person can be red flags. Read more here:
What you're describing is a known scam that's been running for a few years here throughout the Valley. Here's how it works:
A scammer takes a property listing from the web, copies/pastes the description, pictures, etc on Craigslist, Backpage, etc. and they act as the owner trying to rent it out. They give you a story that 'they're out of town at the moment, but you can mail me a deposit check and I'll just send you the key and lease paperwork.'. Of course, the check is sent by an unsuspecting renter and it's cashed, only to never hear from the phony owner again.
If you haven't already, PLEASE have a real estate agent pull properties direct from the MLS and send to you. Whether you're buying a home or looking for a rental, it doesn't cost YOU anything to have an agent represent you; our fee/commission is paid by the SELLER/OWNER of the property.
You'll have someone working FOR you and WITH you to find a nice home that cares about YOUR interests and well-being. Wouldn't that be great?
Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions!
Realty ONE Group
Often the properties are legitimate but someone is using the actual property for something illegal or a scam.
It often does not cost you as a tenant to represent you. I would consider that.
Here are all properties for rent in Scottsdale: http://link.flexmls.com/x4hxcq8rtpc,12
Call me with questions.
Jeffrey Masich, Realtor, GRI, MBA
It appears to be a flip property.
Here is a link to all the listing information and tax records
Let me know if you need anything else.
This property is for sale MLS 4926435. It is listed for $337,000. It is a flip, and has an offer and is accepting back up offers. The number you texted is not anywhere in the listing. I would have to say that person is trying to scam people.
If you would like help in finding a home, please contact me. I will be happy to help you find a wonderful home.
Thanks for the question,