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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That is absolutely correct.
Only 25% are legitimate, as they are posted and get rented right away.
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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.
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.
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