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Kim Robinson, Real Estate Pro in Jurupa Valley, CA

Scams on Trulia too. I am a Trulia agent who has had 2 calls today about rentals.

Asked by Kim Robinson, Jurupa Valley, CA Fri Aug 10, 2012

the person is asking me if the person they are speaking with about renting a property is the owner. If an owner is "out of state" he is for sure going to have an agent/property manager for his property who is local. Someone who can meet you at the property and even show it to you. If they cannot, run for the hills!

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We are working on fighting fraud everyday here at Trulia. The best thing a consumer can do is flag the listing so we can block the user from Trulia and take other actions. Fraud is horrible experience for anyone, when you are online NEVER send money to anyone via paypal, or pay "fees" to get access to Keys, etc.

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.

http://pro.truliablog.com/webinars/2012-8-22/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 18, 2012
Hallmarks of a typical on-line rental scam:
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 return…thus the low rent.

Also, watch out for similar scams in which the “landlord” wants you to fill out a rental application which provides information of a personal nature which the scammer can use to steal your identity.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012
With so many scammers out there people really need to be extra, extra careful. Very sad with so many looking to take advantage of others. Especially in this down economy.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 11, 2012
Yes, Renters don't even talk with out of state owners and out of country owners are surely a scam. Think - if it stinks its trouble so just avoid them.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 10, 2012
I'm very glad to see Trulia Staff posting on different questions. It shows that Trulia is attentive and looking out for their users. Way to go, Trulia!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 18, 2012
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