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Tip: To detect whether it's a friend or accomplice, here's what you do. Let's say the tenant says he/she paid $1,000 in rent. You call the reference and say, "I understand that [tenant] paid $1,100 a month in rent. Is that correct?" An accomplice--figuring that's what the would-be tenant said--will say that the number's correct. A real owner/landlord is very likely to say, "No. Actually, [tenant's] rent was $1,000."
Hope that helps.