Before you send any deposit or rent checks to, any one you should check, if this person is really a licensed real estate agent in Hawaii. You can easily find this at http://pvl.ehawaii.gov/pvlsearch/app and if you been a victim you should contact Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs at 808 586-3000 and /or HBR at 808 732-3000. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me
Hope that will help
Kris Borko (RA)
They ask for your paypal email and then they use a hacker program to figure out your password and drain your account dry. I applaud the other agents for adding there advice here.
One way to see if a rental is too good to be true is to look at average rental rates for like properties within that area. rentBits has a rental rates tool that currently offers rental rates for over 4,000 cities in the US. The only way to defeat scammers is by eliminating their economic incentives to continue scamming.
There are commonalities with all rental scam emails. Below are some tips when dissecting a rental scam email.
1.Does the email start out with Sir / Madam?
2.Are there misspellings in the email?
3.Are there character mistakes in the email? i.e Hello,my nameis Susie.
4.Is there excessive capitalization?
5.Does the email reference God, UK, Cashiers Check, Doctor, Nigeria, Reverend, etc.
6.Is the email from a free email provider. i.e gmail, yahoo, aol, hotmail.
7.Does the email refer to another person or agent?
8.Does the email reference wanting to move in site unseen?
If the email has a majority of the, these commonalities, then the chances are very good it is a scammer. If you are unsure, it is best to not reply to the email.
To verify a homeowner, send me the address and I'll look it up, or go to:
http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com/Search/GenericSearch.aspx?m (not uer friendly)