Rachel Kim, Renter in Honolulu, HI

There are scammers on here asking for a deposit before even viewing the place in person. definitely a FRAUD. SCAMMERS.

Asked by Rachel Kim, Honolulu, HI Fri Jul 5, 2013

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I recommend to report the scam immediately to Trulia. I had the same on one of my listings in Fort Myers Florida, except it was posted on hotpads. A realtor colleague made me aware of it. I contacted the poster and ask them for removal, they replied that I am mistaking. I find out that the scammer set everything up with Google phone # and Google email, so I had to deal with hotpads to get the scam listing removed.
I myself deal with quiet a few rentals in Florida and in all my transactions the tenants are required to pay a deposit upon signing the lease agreement, after viewing and inspecting the place and upon approval of their tenant application. I can't speak for Hawaii, but a tenant should not pay a deposit before even viewing the property.
Best regards,

Kirsten S. Prizzi
FL Lic Real Estate Broker / Realtor
Immobilienfachwirt / Immobilienmakler
Telephone: 239.248.1667
Residential & Commercial Real Estate
TMB Realty, Inc.
Email: Kirsten@RealEstateFloridaUSA.com
Location is just the beginning
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 19, 2013
came across the same...thinking 1717 Ala Wai Boulevard Honolulu Hi# 96815Honolulu, HI 96815 is a scam!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 18, 2013
I had someone try this on me as well. Wasn't going to happen. Definitely not worth your time.
Flag Wed Sep 18, 2013
you should never pay for a deposit before you even have seen the place in person and have a contract to sign. The internet is great tool to find a home, but unfortunately also a place for scammer.
Be careful!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 5, 2013
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