I can't say that it is a scam, but you shouldn't have to pay anything to see any place for rent so it seems fishy. I would contact someone else or look at other listings where someone will show you the home. If not, it's likely a scam. Some scams involve sending a deposit because the listing person is "busy" or their spouse is "sick" so they can't show you. No legitimate company will expect you to pay anything, including an agent's fee, just to view a home. I'm a licensed realtor in Louisiana, so I know about the scams out there. Lake Charles is a wonderful city with very low crime rates and very nice people.