Tell you what: Ask the supposed landlords to e-mail you a copy of their driver's license. It probably should show 1305 W. Pierce as their address. Even if it doesn't, it'll have a picture. Take the picture, show it to the neighbors, and ask if that person really did live at 1305 W. Pierce.
But don't send any money unless you've 100% verified that the people you're dealing with are the owners. And at this point, you haven't.