We are continuously monitoring the latest scams and tactics used by fraudsters. We take these matters seriously. On every listing we warn customers about common scams - the most common "i am out of town" - I agree with Kim, people who are real owners don't rent homes like that - they hire local pros to help them.
Keep up the good work protecting consumers and educating them on what to look out for. Also, check out our webinar this wednesday where we teach pro's how to protect their listings from being stolen by scammers and being posted on other sites, as well as other apartment renting tips for professionals.
1. Rent is lower than it should be for the subject property.
2. Property cannot be seen because
3. The owner is out of state or out of the country. Just drive by and peak in the windows.
4. Sent money (wire good funds, no personal checks) and the keys will be mailed to you.
Often accompanied by a story that the owner had to relocate suddenly and they are looking for a good family to watch over their beloved house until they returnâ€¦thus the low rent.
Also, watch out for similar scams in which the â€œlandlordâ€ wants you to fill out a rental application which provides information of a personal nature which the scammer can use to steal your identity.