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
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
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.
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