For what I know, only your social security number is asked to submit. I rarely heard that the copy of your SS card is required. Please be careful.
Helen Chen Marston, realtor living in Temple City.
Keller Williams Realty
However, that still doesn't address whether it's a scam. If the deal seems too good to be true, it's likely a scam. If the "owner" is out of the country, it's a scam. If you have to provide substantial money up front (more than a few dollars to run the credit check), it's a scam. If you're supposed to pay by mail order or wire transfer, it's a scam.
Hope that helps.
Please read " RED FLAGS - RENTAL SCAMS - PUBLIC BEWARE" ----if you have any conversations with or emails to & from the person trying to rent you a property that sound ANYTHING like this, you're chances of being scammed are very high.
Be safe & good luck finding a place.
Shoot me an email if you want to talk about this some more. I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
Realtor Since 1996
Main Street Realtors
As a property manager, I request to see a photo ID to identify the person I'm renting to. You provide a SS# that matches the ID and address and I'll run your credit.
That is common, because the landlord/management company would need your SSN in order to process the credit report.
However, always proceed with caution because there are some scam companies out there.
Next Level Realty