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Tina, Renter in San Jose, CA

it seems criminal that all of these rental listings have been posted at rates that are not available in this area at all

Asked by Tina, San Jose, CA Fri Feb 22, 2013

and none are really available. this seems criminal to actively try and take advantage of families looking ofr homes to rent. It's too bad it's not prosecutable to post lies.

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This rental issues are such a shame, it is an ongoing situation in many States. Renters BEWARE, many of these cons have set up executive offices, they have fabricated licenses and business cards claiming they work for different financial institutions. If you are lucky they are just in business to make a $100 - $150 application fee, some can take a deposit or even 3 months rent. Renters it is not a good time to venture on your own, make sure you hire a Realtor with verifiable references and credentials.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
The strength and weakness of the internet is that anyone anywhere can easily post "information". Unfortunately things will probably get worse before measures are taken to reduce the fraudulent posts.

One of the most effective ways spam is filtered comes from people marking email they receive as spam. Unfortunately the number of people visiting a website to view a rental in San Jose is probably too small for a similar community rating system to eliminate fraudulent posts. If the number of viewers is too small, a competitor can post negatives hurting an honest listing. --- Have you seen the advertisements on Craigslist for Yelp reviewers?

The best near term hope is that trulia and other sites will manage their community close enough that the fraudulent posts don't last long enough to generate sufficient income to make much profit to cover the cost of posting. Until computers can sort out the fraud always look at who is posting the information.

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I agree Tina. Never transfer money to anyone who asks for a security deposit online before you have met them. Earlier this month, someone copied a rental of mine, lowered the price and it just so happened a young lady inquired about that "rental." Sure enough they e-mailed her over a fake credit application and asked her to mail a check to a specified address and unfortunately, took advantage of her! That was terrible. Always meet someone in person to check out the property and make sure you check out their credentials!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
Hi Tina

That is absolutely correct.

Only 25% are legitimate, as they are posted and get rented right away.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2013
You have to be very careful. Many websites to include Trulia have problems with individuals fraudulently posting homes for rent, just to get security deposit money out of them. Never rent a home from someone you can't meet in person.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
thanks Roland. It makes sense then how a home that is on the market for $1,200,000 can be offered for rent at the price of a 2bed-1bath condo! Makes we wonder about the vacation rental we booked from another site....
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
Hi Tina,
It is in fact a criminal fraud. They are not just messing with people, but trying to fraudulently get a few thousand dollars for first months rent and a cleaning deposit for property they don't even own. Desperate, and unfortunately gullible, renters are sending deposit checks to out of state addresses and PO Boxes. A lot of them originate in Florida. Mostly, they target vacant homes that are actually listed for sale. Call the listing agent to find out the truth. Otherwise, always check to be sure that you are dealing with the actual property owner or their legitimate property manager.

Good luck,
Roland Barcos
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
I agree, where are you finding these listings? Craigslist has many rental home listings
but some appear to be a Hoax or scam to capture email address's
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
Bradley, we found three from the same scammer on Craigslist one one week - StacyLow - Not a real name, I'm sure. he/she is listed on scam alert - and the responses I got from that person were verbatim to the email shown on scam-alert.
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You are correct. It is criminal. It is spammers and scammers doing it. Until the web "police" find a way to weed them out you are going to continue to see these types of offer attempting to take advantage of the uninformed and innocent.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 22, 2013
Thank you Tina for your question:

Yes, as the others pointed out, many of these are scams to steal your deposit money or prepaid rent.

The District Attorney does prosecute these people and send them to prison when they can be caught.

Unofrtunately many of them disappear before the District Attorney can catch them.

Some even claim to be missionaries out of the country. They often promise to send you the keys to the house, if you will mail them a Security Deposit and prepaid rent. Unfortunately when they have you mail your money to a foreign address, they are beyond the reach of our law.

Sadly people are so desperate to find a place to rent, that many people fall for this. Now they not only do not have a place to live, but they have also lost their money for rent and security deposit.

The best way to protect against these rental scams is is to only deal with people who have a valid license with The State of California Department of Real Estate.

I recommend that you always ask for the DRE license number. The rent scammers are not licensed and will not be able to give you a valid DRE number.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
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