Glad you didn't wire any money - that's a big red flag, along with a rental amount that seems too good to be true!
There is a system in place to report it there, and they remove those scams quickly..........so, if you see it and report it - you will help some other unsuspecting person so they won't be caught up in the scam.
I bet that you can review the email exchange that you had with the pretend landlord and you will see what you will now identify as some red flags. It is fortunate that you did not wire funds. Rental ads for rents that are way below market are the first sign that the offering might be a scam. Stories from the â€œownerâ€ that attempt to justify the low rent are the next sign. A request to wire money â€“ and get keys in return â€“ is the last sign that you are dealing with a scammer.
This is a common scam that first appeared on Craigslist and has migrated to Trulia and other sites where anyone can post a home for rent. Be very cautious with anyone who won't meet you in person or have a licensed agent assist them.
Debbie gave you great advice, report them and flag the listing.
Thanks, Lisa Buchanan
Prudential California Realty