Authenticity of a listing

Asked by Akshay Nair, 94109 Mon Apr 14, 2014

Hi Trulia team,

I came across this property for rent:…

Can you please confirm this is a genuine listing? I got in touch with the landlord 'Paul Hart (415) 658-5207' who asked me some questions regarding my intentions to rent his apartment and also these details: full name, current address, expected date of move in, and phone number.

He mentioned there will be a viewing fee as in the past he has been burned with interested tenants who haven't made appointments / couldn't afford the listing but still went ahead and requested a viewing.

I also came across this link:… Pine Street&cross_street2= Powell Street&searchMap=899 Pine Street and Powell Street,San Francisco
that strangely has the exact same photos as listed on Trulia but for an apartment in Nob Hill. Now,I'm a bit confused!

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Nora King, Renter, 94103
Fri May 9, 2014
I am in contact with this guy right now... is it legit? What did you find out?
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Mon Apr 14, 2014…

The above link is from Trulia to caution the public about scammers. If something is too good to be true it usually is someone looking for a way to extract money or identity from you.

Rental advertisements are one of the largest scams on real estate websites. Until web owners make changes to only allow licensed property managers to post ads this will continue. Until then the general public, scammers and others will continue to post rental ads. Please proceed with caution.

I wish you all the best.
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The funny thing is that he just rang me and told me he isn't a scammer and that he needs to travel from Houston so the deposit money he'll need will be protected by a legal contract - returnable if I don't like the apartment. Scammy arrangement I'd say!
Flag Mon Apr 14, 2014

I have shared my full name, address and telephone number with the scammer. Is there something I can do to safeguard my identity from being misused?

No money or bank details were shared. Thanks in advance for your advice.
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