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brian weadick, Renter in New York, NY

Ever asked by an owner who lives abroad to pay a deposit via Western Union. just to get a key from a realtor in NY to view the apt - thru

Asked by brian weadick, New York, NY Mon Dec 2, 2013

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Scams do exist, and you may have stumbled upon one; for scam related information see link Do not send any money....
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Scam, report it and do not do it. Scam.
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This is a scam. Real Estate professionals never ask for a deposit for keys. They will lie and try to convince you that their story is real. I had a situation where the owner needed a deposit for the keys and a realtor from would then show me the apartment and that they have done this in the past and it works well. They gave me a story about their daughter going to school here in the US so they purchased the property but she has now finished and they wish to rent. They never replied to me when I told them that I was a licensed professional and asked for their realtors information.
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Brian...................................NO- NO- NO.............................. don't do it!!!!!!

it's a scam!!!!!!!!!

There are a lot of scam listings online...on all sites!!!!!

They use REAL listing photos but hijack them (cut and paste them to a fake listing). Then they make the rental price seem too good to be true - too low - that's because it IS NOT true - it's a scam.

They tell you some story about being out of town, out of state or country..........that's why they say they can't show you the home!
Some of the stories can be very creative as they are very sneaky and big liars! Some give you sob stories or say how lucky they are to have found you, and they only want someone to love the house like they do......etc.

They may ask you to fill out an "application" and ask personal information.

In any event...........they ask you to WIRE MONEY for KEYS!

Do NOT do's a scam.
Run in the opposite direction.

Before paying anyone anything.............Find a local agent to verify you're dealing with the legitimate owner.

Best wishes..................
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Thanks sally!!
I appreciate the vote of confidence!!

and ditto!!
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Debbie, you are the best!
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Scam. Run from this one as fast as you can
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The owner also has a bridge for sale.
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And the answer is.... Scam!

And let me guess,,, it's a amazing price, that you will lose if you don't send the money immediately. And it's a great price because... it's not real!

I once dealt with a buyer that was making an All Cash offer on a home that I was the listing agent for. She was a social worker for special needs kids and her story was that she was engaged and her future husband's parents were buying the house as a gift. Except that there was always a delay with the funds. When she showed me the paperwork, i had a friend verify the bank ID number, It was a scam, and the engagement story was the "cover" the scammers gave her. They can be very persuasive.

Bottom line; its's a scam, don't believe their stories, deal with a legitimate real estate agent and ask for a copy of their license.

Good Luck,

David Callaghan
Keller Williams Landmark Realty
32-55 Francis Lewis Blvd
Bayside, NY 11365
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It's a scam! Do NOT pay the deposit by Western Union. The agent should be showing you the apartment. The. There's no need for you to have the key.
When dealing with any agent you should make sure to go to their office. If they won't bring you to their office then something is suspect. Brokers are required to display their license. And we as agents or associate brokers have pocket licenses that we are supposed to carry with us. If an agent or broker won't show you their license then leave them.
Let me know if you have any further questions.

Marilyn Mayers
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Halstead Property, LLC
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It's a scam- don't do it. Find a reputable broker to help with your search and avoid scams.

Let me know if I can be of assistance. My e-mail is

Good luck.
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