Agreed! It seems all of my properties get "hijacked" by these scammers. DO NOT EVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE PRIOR TO PHYSICALLY WALKING A PROPERTY!!! If you drive by and there is a sign in the yard, call the agent on that sign and verify. Best of luck!
There are a boatload of scammers out there using nice houses and cheap rent to hook suckers. Don't be one - dig deep and call local agents to ask. Out of state owners are a dead giveaway or owners that can't show you the house or are over seas. Red Flags