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Christopher…, Renter in Long Beach, CA

the owner posting the listing i have pretty much closed the deal to rent with is in new york with nobody in california to meet us and sign the lease.

Asked by Christopher Wayne Kittrell, Long Beach, CA Thu Mar 20, 2014

he wants us to transfer the money and he will DHL us the keys how can i verify that he is the property owner

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Currently, there are rental scams where a person, who is not the rightful owner, pretends to be the owner and then takes the unsuspecting person's money and disappears. You should at least check with a Title Company and find out the owners name and address. You might also want to have the owner email you a copy of his Drivers License with his picture and current address before you send the money to him.You might even want to check with his place of employment .There are Rentals listed in the MLS and working with a Broker might be a safer way for you to rent an out-of-state property.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 20, 2014
You can call a local Realtor to help you research the owner of the property. This has SCAM written all over it. I am sure that the rent is really low too, right? BE careful!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 24, 2014
Christopher,
Chances are you can't. If you send money you probably won't see it again or a key. If you really believe this is legitimate, have someone you know in California meet and verify who this person is and handle the exchange in person.
I had a listing cloned and posted as a rental that wasn't. They created an email like ChristoherKittrell@XYZ.com, with a legitimate mail host, but it wasn't my client. It was the scammer.
Please do whatever you can to protect yourself, the odds are not in your favor.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 20, 2014
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