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Traci, Real Estate Pro in Colorado

Rental scams. Forrentbyowner stole my listing. Hoedown I report this company as a scam?

Asked by Traci, Colorado Sun Mar 10, 2013

Rental scam. Forrentbyowner stole my listing. How do I report this company as a scam?

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Christina Solorzano’s answer
Sadly that site doesn't even have a phone number.

Here is there whois info:

http://www.whois.com/whois/forentbyowner.com

Best of Luck;

Christina Solorzano,
CEO & SR Credit Repair Specialist at
Everlasting Credit Repair
http://www.everlastingcredit.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
Go to the FAQ, phone numbers 610-385-9793 and emails VCO@ForRentByOwner.com are provided
Flag Tue Jun 10, 2014
Very common scam, as Cory mentioned below, has been going on for years (since the rental market starting getting strong). I'm not aware of anyone to report this to. Question: did you post your listing on Craigslist? That is where I find most scammers farm. If you do/did, one tip is to NOT post the actual address in your Craigslist post. You can post nearest intersection, block & street, etc, but not the actual address. That is one way to avoid them stealing your listing. Best of luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 10, 2013
I'm the owner of ForRentByOwner. If someone stole your rental ad and posted at a lower rent, report it as FRAUDLENT on the site and it will be removed automatically. Or you can call us at 303-663-0000, Colorado, USA

Current Registrar: ENOM, INC.
IP Address: 98.129.230.16 (ARIN & RIPE IP search)
Record Type: Domain Name
Server Type: Apache 2
Lock Status: clientTransferProhibited
WebSite Status: Active

=-=-=-= Visit AboutUs.org for more information about FORRENTBYOWNER.COM AboutUs: FORRENTBYOWNER.COM Registered through: eNom, Inc. Domain name: FORRENTBYOWNER.COM Registrant Contact: For Rent by Owner, Inc. Dave Watts () Fax: 200 South Wilcox Street #445 Castle Rock, CO 80104 US Administrative Contact: Michael Likens (gopixel@msn.com) +1.3038819418 Fax: +1.3036882227 4208 Ashcroft Court Castle Rock, CO 80104 US Technical Contact: Zaz Corporation Kevin JT Binder (domainscontact@zazcorp.com) +1.3034435200 Fax: +1.9259050457 P.O. Box 105 Boulder, CO 80306-0105 US Status: Locked Name Servers: a.cloud3x.com b.cloud3x.com c.cloud3x.com d.cloud3x.com e.cloud3x.com f.cloud3x.com Creation date: 11 Nov 1997 05:00:00 Expiration date: 10 Nov 2020 05:00:00
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 27, 2013
Buyer beware.

It's so easy, and occasionally, the scammer snares someone.

Someone hosts that web site if there isn't contact information that you can find. Ask them to take it down.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
I don't know much about the particular website, but this is happening on numerous other websites also. The scammer usually is not the site itself, but someone who pulls pictures from a home that is listed (or elsewhere) and uses them to try to get an unsuspecting renter to send a deposit and first months rent. It must work because it has been going on for years. The main thing we professionals should do is inform as many people as possible that these things are going on.

Property management is not one of my areas, but we do get a lot of rental walk-ins at our office and I always suggest that they be careful when looking on line. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't go to an appointment to see a property alone. Stay away from anyone who sounds suspicious on the phone or who does not answer your questions directly. Be very careful if the phone number is not local or if someone won't meet you at the property, tells you to just look in the windows, asks for money up front, suggests you not worry about the "For Sale" sign in the front yard, or does anything else out of the ordinary. Trust your instincts if your instincts tell you something sounds wrong.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
info@rovtar.com
http://www.rovtar.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 3, 2013
Thought this was good info and appropriate for this stream.

http://rismedia.com/2013-03-31/stemming-the-tide-of-data-mis…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
I have come across a few listings that were advertised in Craigslist for rent. I don't know how we can control that, usually they make it sound too good to be true type of thing. When I see them I call the agent right away to let them know and post another add in same source with same title but Scam next to it. Hope it helps. Share with us if you find out some other option to deal with this. Thanks for sharing. Yolanda Varela YVproperties.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Try posting it at http://www.scambook.com ... I have a vacation rental that was subject to various scams from people posing as renters. Both Scammers and Phishers are getting a lot more sophisticated. I hope this helps--Jody West, GRI http://www.moosepads.com 303-929-2242 cell
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 10, 2013
Traci,

You should also contact the police department in your area. It may be limited what the DA will be willing to do or can do; but the more cases they have like this, the more chance of them taking some definitive action. I have seen scammers hold 'open houses on vacant homes and collect multiple rents and deposits until the first of the month when several people come to move in on the same day.

Robert McGuire ASR
Realtor/Consultant
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
http://about.me/robertmcguire33
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 10, 2013
This is a common scam! This has been going on for some time. Not sure how to combat it though other than contacting the site that is posting it and communicate with the seller.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 10, 2013
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