That's why you should be working with a Realtor who would help you find true, honest and accurate rentals in the areas your searching for.
Unfortunately this has become very common on a number of consumer websites including Trulia. I fist saw the trend on Craigslist. Scammers from remote locations will take real listing info, often from a real property listed for sale, and pretend to be the owner (living out of state or out of the country of course). Any scenario where you are ask to send money or personal info to somebody you have not met in person is almost certainly a scam. You would be doing yourself a big favor to seek out the services of a professional full time Realtor who has the experience and resources to avoid these situation all together. Trulia and and other consumer RE websites are terrific for obtaining preliminary info on many given markets, but beyond that , you should not rely on this kind of listing info.
Scott G Peterson
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Ali, Community Manager
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There is no free lunch, nothing that is too good to be true is, and there is, as the man says, "one for every seat".
There is no reason you can't find a place to buy, or rent, if you work with a qualified professional.
It is very unfortunate but true. You have to be very careful on who you deal with on this and other sites. That is why the best recommendation we can give you is to hire a licensed realtor or leasing agent. In the state of Illinois you can look them up by going on the Illinois department of financial and professional regulations website to verify if they are licensed. If you need help or have more questions feel free to contact me. Good luck!
Check out my new blog post. It addresses the issue of avoiding rental scams on the internet. I think you might find it interesting.
If I might make a recommendation, contact a local real estate agent (you can find great ones on here.) They will find what you are looking for and it will most likely be entirely free to you.