Maria Ramirez, Renter in Lawndale, CA

How do I know when someone is scamming me??

Asked by Maria Ramirez, Lawndale, CA Thu Aug 22, 2013

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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sun Aug 25, 2013
How do you know?

1. they give you some story (maybe even a sob story) about why they can't show you the home in person.....they claim they are out of the area, out of state................... out of this world!
2. they ask you to fill out a "lease" application with lots of personal information
3. they ask you to WIRE money for keys! DON'T do it!

Bottom line - the rent amount may/will seem too good to be true...........that's because it isn't true!

Understand that the6y often use real listings - maybe active or expired listings.;they "hijack" the photos and make them look like legitimate listings............

When in doubt, ask for proof of ownership, and to see the home in person!
Ask an agent to check it out for you.

Good luck!
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Thu Mar 27, 2014
if you THINK you are being scammed, most likely you are.

Here are some warming signs:

Party wants you to send money to another state
Party wants everything done electronically
Party only gives you a cell#. no office number

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Karen Peyton, Agent, Chandler, AZ
Sun Aug 25, 2013
Maria. There simply NO reason NOT to use a real estate agent for a rental property! I know others have written "when the deal seems to good to be true," but the objective of a scam is to appear legitimate. Anyone can recognize a deal where something is "off" - it's when it all makes sense that you'll find yourself in trouble.
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Ron Rovtar, Agent, Boulder, CO
Sun Aug 25, 2013
If you are suspicious, there are a number of things you can do to help you decide what to do, but there is no absolute answer. But pay attention to your instincts and:

Ask lots of questions. Check into the background of the person you are dealing with. Check with the police or sheriff to see what they know. Ask the police what they think about the deal you are being offered. Talk to an attorney. Ask for references and check them. Never go unaccompanied to a meeting place where you will be alone with the other person. Google the other person. Google the service being offered and the company offering it. Get everything in writing. Never wire money via a service like Western Union or Moneygram. Never give private or financial information. Never give the names of your children (in case it is a preditor). Also check out the link below. Craigslist.

In other words, please be extremely careful if you have any misgivings.

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JR Thrasher, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sun Aug 25, 2013
If it sounds too good too be true then it's probably a scam. Most of the scams I have seen on Trulia are people posing as landlords and offering homes for rent. They say they are out of town and ask you to send them money before showing you the home.

J.R. Thrasher
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