You've received some great answers below. I concur with everyone that you should never exchange funds with anyone without first seeing a property in person and meeting the landlord or apartment manager, and if you are being asked to do so, you are likely encountering a scam.
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There are a lot of scams going on now with rentals, and many of them involve deposits. You should be very careful about anything that is "hard to believe" and involves you giving someone else your hard-earned money.
It is a SCAM! Do not send any deposit money or give out your personal information. How do you know that this rental is truly available? How do you know if this person is really the true owner or landlord?
So many scams for rental properties are occurring more and more on real estate web sites; not just Trulia.
A popular scam is where the person takes the information for a property that is listed "for sale" and then turns around and posts it "for rent" in an attempt to get your money or personal financial information. Another is making up a fictitious address and posting it as for rent.
It's best to work with a real estate agent who can verify if the rental listings are valid. You usually do not have to pay a fee to work with an agent and they work for you in YOUR best interests. Something to consider.
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