Trulia does not do any kind of check on owners who wish to list their homes for rent here. Nor do most other sites except those who only allow listings from licensed professional real estate agents. The result has been rampant internet fraud.
You can check with the property tax authority to verify the name of the owner, but a scam artist has probably done that already. NEVER wire money, period. If your gut says walk away, walk away. Insist on meeting face to face, at which time you will both sign the lease, and you will exchange certified or bank checks for keys.
If you do suspect fraud, please take a moment to go into the rental listing and scroll down to the MORE drop down menu that is just below the photo in blue. Click on FLAG you will get a dialogue box called listing error. Click on the down arrow called ERROR TYPE and choose suspected fraud. In the dialogue box, tell Trulia why you suspect this is a scam. The listing will be pulled down and if it is confirmed to be fraud it will NOT be put back up. And thank you in advance for making the world a better safer place.... more
If you have a verbal lease in SC County, either party is supposed to notify other party with 60 day notice. With a written lease it is normally 30 days. Since you got your deposit back the time line may be formality.... more