Nathan from Trulia here. If you find a listing you feel is fraudulent on our site you can flag the property. Flagging the property will alert our fraud team and they will investigate the matter further. The flag button can be found on the upper portion of the listing display page under the address details.
We are actively working to filter out fraudulent listings from our site and appreciate your patience as we continually refine our process. If you continue to find similar properties or have additional questions, please contact our Customer Service Team at 1-888-466-3501 or email@example.com
To better understand the warning signs of fraud, please review Truliaâ€™s fraud overview here: http://www.trulia.com/blog/discovertrulia/2010/06/trulia_psa
Anyone who finds that a "home for sale" or a "home/unit for rent" listing is a scam here on Trulia, you can click on the small words "flag" at the top of the page. For rentals, and because scam listings are so prevalent, there is a drop down reason for flagging the site as "fraudulent listing". Click on this one, and the listing will be sent to a Trulia moderator. You'll get an email from Trulia acknowledging receipt of your complaint, and then about 24 hours later, you'll get another email from Trulia telling you what happened to the listing.
I spend about 1 hour per week going through all of the rental listings in Santa Clara County, California, and I flag and tag all of the rentals that are scams. Hopefully, this way, I can keep most of the consumers from having to go through what you have experienced in running into someone who wants money before seeing any homes.
Just remember, "flag" the listing, and it will be removed.
Allison James Estates & Homes
Santa Clara, CA
1. Low price compared to similar properties in the neighborhood. Too good to be true, it usually is.
2. No questions asked about income, credit, criminal background, number of family members, an over-all inappropriate "no problem" interview that any Realtor or Landlord will usually conduct over the telephone.
3. Easy terms to move in, low or no security deposit or last month's rent.
4. Unable to meet you to show the property, may be able to provide you with lock box combination so that you may go visit on your own.
5. Out of City/County phone number.
6. Asks to wire money in exchange of the keys to the property.
7. Repairs needed on the property or missing appliances that the tenant will have to assume cost.
I will finally would like to add that visiting a "Real Estate" office or meeting with a "Real Estate" agent does not exempt you from becoming a victim of fraud, you must check the credentials of every "agent" which is easily done by visiting the web page of the DBPR, make sure the licensee is who they say they are and that they do hold an active real estate license. Unfortunately I have seen just too many scams performed by these so called "agents" sitting in a nice office or that have met the prospective tenant or buyer and have provided them with a real estate business card.
This already sounds like scam. Your best option is to visit a real estate office of your choice and interview a couple of real estate agents. You can also interview a couple over the phone. Please feel free to email or call me if you have any further questions.
The Keyes Company