IS THIS RENTAL FOR REAL OR IS ALL OF THESE JUST SCAMS? THEY SOUND TO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Asked by Alma, Thu Oct 24, 2013

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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Fri Oct 25, 2013
Hi Alma,

Thank you very much for your post. I check the rental listings on this site everyday to flag and remove scam listings, but still the scammers often beat me to the punch and consumers do see the listings. Just remember if it seems to low to be real, it often is not real. Also avoid any listing in which the respondents telephone number is out the area code.

Good luck!
Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates
4 votes
Linda Baker, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Thu Oct 24, 2013
BE especially careful if they talk about leaving the country. Often, scammers copy a listing of a active or pending house for sale. I have received many calls over the years from renters thinking my listing was available for rent because they saw it on Craigslist.
And Terri is right - if it sounds too good to be true, then it is!

Cheers,
Linda Baker
Alain Pinel Realtors
BRE 01373033
408.712.3432
LBaker@apr.com
3 votes
Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Thu Oct 24, 2013
Generally speaking, if something is too good to be true, my red flags get raised. Do your homework and investigate everything you see online.
2 votes
charles butt…, Agent, san jose, CA
Thu Oct 24, 2013
Thank you for your question, Alma:

Yes, there are many scams out there.

These scams are generally designed to steal your money, your identity or both.

The best way to protect yourself against scams is to make certain that the person that you are dealing with is licensed by The State of California Bureau of Real Estate.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Broker/Owner: The Butterfield Real Estate Firm
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Email Address: charlesbutterfieldbkr@yahoo.com
California Real Estate Broker License: BRE#00901872
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2 votes
Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Thu Oct 24, 2013
http://www.trulia.com/blog/discovertrulia/2010/06/trulia_psa…


http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf

You didn't include the details. But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Check out the links to help answer your questions.
2 votes
, ,
Mon Nov 4, 2013
Why isn't anything being done about this scam?

These scammers devastate the lives of real poor people. Taking all of their money and make homeless people out of them.
1 vote
Michelle Car…, Agent, Coppertino, AL
Sat Nov 2, 2013
Scam, scam and scam.

Try working with a property management company to get valid rental info.
1 vote
Lindie, Renter, Santa Cruz, CA
Tue Mar 17, 2015
Total scam. I’m finding that at least half the listings on this site are fake/fraud.
0 votes
Lauren Carter, Renter, San Jose, CA
Fri Dec 12, 2014
I found the original realtor for this property as it was also on Craigslist. I've informed her on the phone and as well email. She is fully aware of the Craigslist scam and I've emailed her regarding this one as well.
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