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Claudia Gaudy, Renter in San Jose, CA

Trulia is advertising a 1/1 on Randol St., 95126, for $400.00 a month. The phone number listed for the landlord/agent is in Texas. Is this real ?

Asked by Claudia Gaudy, San Jose, CA Mon Apr 14, 2014

Is the above property for real? You have several listings that claim to be unusually inexpensive.

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Be aware that scams do exist and you more than likely stumbled upon one. Such sites are third party sites and the information is fed by various sources, so data is not really verified. If you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds to good to be true, it is. For scam related information see links.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud/family-home-c…
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=20482759
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I am finding half the house in my are in florida are scams. The site is getting be a waste of time. All these peope cant be on mission trips to africa.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2014
Hi Claudia,

If you can see the agent's name, you might consider looking up the agent's information up on the California BRE (Bureau of Real Estate) website to see if the person is a real agent.

Even then, if you think it is too good to be true, it probably is. Be very careful; there are a lot of scammers out there. Proceed with caution.

Find a licensed agent you trust to show you properties that you can enter, check out for yourself, and research with your agent. Protect yourself.

Good luck,


Huey Nguyen
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 26, 2014
Claudia,
Trulia and other sites are inundated with scam rental listings, so you are right to be skeptical. If the landlord is out of state or the country and will send you keys when they cash your check, don't send it. Only trust people you can see and talk to in person, either the owner or their licensed agent.
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