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Mackalvee, Renter in Evanston, IL

My husband found a great deal on an apartment on Trulia. The lister said she lives in London and we would handle everything via the internet. Is?

Asked by Mackalvee, Evanston, IL Thu Mar 27, 2014

there any way to check her validity & make sure we're not getting scammed?

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We called lots of places & even went by the place. My husband reported them & we walked away from it all unharmed :-) Thanks y'all!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
Be aware that many scams do exist, therefore if you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds to good to be true, it is. For scam related information see links.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud/family-home-c…
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=20482759
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Do not EVER send money or give your personal information to someone enlisiting business online,
BE aware of the scams that are on the internet!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
It definitely sounds like a scam. Contact a local real estate agent and ask them to check on it for you. They should be able to tell you if the apartment is really listed or not. DON'T SEND THEM ANY MONEY!!!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
We run into this all the time on our foreclosure listings- it's a scam. Report them to the police.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 28, 2014
It's a scam. Walk away! If you want to find something in Chicago, feel free to contact me and I'll show you REAL properties.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Let me guess, great deal, and they want you to wire the money upfront before seeing the property? DON'T DO IT!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
Mackalvee,
This has the hallmarks of a scam. Any legitimate overseas landlord would have a local person you could meet with, open the home and finalize arrangements. Please tread very carefully and do not send money in exchange for keys. The scam listings are often more common that the legitimate ones.
You may want to find a local property manager to help you and avoid the risk.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 27, 2014
She said we would work through Realtor.com to see the apartment and get keys & do payments. Still leery about it all...
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