Unfortunately, this happens very frequently. It's almost never the fault of the listing agent, but routinely an act perpetrated by someone out of state or out of the country.
Generally the scam artist will steal the photos and property description from a place like Trulia or Zillow - or even just the MLS - and create a fake ad for a rental. They'll then post those ads to Craigslist, back to Trulia, and various other places. The scammers hope to convince you to send them a fee for rental application or worse yet a security deposit.
Unfortunately, the scam works too many times.
I highly encourage you to work with a local real estate agent or property management firm to assist you in your search.
Principal Broker, REALTORÂ®
MacDuff Realty Group, LLC
It's good that you did your homework and contacted the actual listing agent. An excellent source for rentals would be on MIBOR.com (which is our local MLS) or right here on Trulia.
I wish you the best of luck on your rental search. If you need any additional assistance in locating a rental, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'd be more than happy to assist you.
Century 21 Diversified