Read this link.
whatever you do...do NOT wire money to anyone who claims to be the owner...........especially if they give you some story about being out of the area and not being able to show you the home in person
Yes, that is a scam. The person who posted the advertisement does not own the property and that person does not have a valid Real Estate License.
The advertised rent is less than 1/3 the fair market value of the rent for a similar home in that location.
These scams are often placed to scam the people who try to rent the property out of their money for the security deposit and prepaid rent.
To avoid these scams, I recommend that you only deal with people who have a valid Real Estate License.
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Broker/Owner/ The Butterfield Real Estate Firm
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
California Real Estate Broker License: BRE#00901872
I'm getting discouraged with all these "scam listings" here.