Rental scams. Forrentbyowner stole my listing. Hoedown I report this company as a scam?

Asked by Traci, Colorado Sun Mar 10, 2013

Rental scam. Forrentbyowner stole my listing. How do I report this company as a scam?

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Christina Ha…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Morristown, TN
Mon Apr 22, 2013
Sadly that site doesn't even have a phone number.

Here is there whois info:

Best of Luck;

Christina Solorzano,
CEO & SR Credit Repair Specialist at
Everlasting Credit Repair
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Go to the FAQ, phone numbers 610-385-9793 and emails are provided
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Jon Roberts, Agent, Denver, CO
Sun Mar 10, 2013
Very common scam, as Cory mentioned below, has been going on for years (since the rental market starting getting strong). I'm not aware of anyone to report this to. Question: did you post your listing on Craigslist? That is where I find most scammers farm. If you do/did, one tip is to NOT post the actual address in your Craigslist post. You can post nearest intersection, block & street, etc, but not the actual address. That is one way to avoid them stealing your listing. Best of luck.
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Dave Watts, Agent, 80104, CO
Sat Jul 27, 2013
I'm the owner of ForRentByOwner. If someone stole your rental ad and posted at a lower rent, report it as FRAUDLENT on the site and it will be removed automatically. Or you can call us at 303-663-0000, Colorado, USA

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=-=-=-= Visit for more information about FORRENTBYOWNER.COM AboutUs: FORRENTBYOWNER.COM Registered through: eNom, Inc. Domain name: FORRENTBYOWNER.COM Registrant Contact: For Rent by Owner, Inc. Dave Watts () Fax: 200 South Wilcox Street #445 Castle Rock, CO 80104 US Administrative Contact: Michael Likens ( +1.3038819418 Fax: +1.3036882227 4208 Ashcroft Court Castle Rock, CO 80104 US Technical Contact: Zaz Corporation Kevin JT Binder ( +1.3034435200 Fax: +1.9259050457 P.O. Box 105 Boulder, CO 80306-0105 US Status: Locked Name Servers: Creation date: 11 Nov 1997 05:00:00 Expiration date: 10 Nov 2020 05:00:00
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I recently found my property on Someone posted my property on this site without my consent. When I requested to have this listing remove immediately, the lady refused and hang up on me. Not only they posted my property without my permission as the owner, they hijacked my photos and removed the copyright watermarks from my photos.
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Mon Apr 22, 2013
Buyer beware.

It's so easy, and occasionally, the scammer snares someone.

Someone hosts that web site if there isn't contact information that you can find. Ask them to take it down.
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I came across their website yesterday; when I clicked the link in one of the ads, it directed me to a page where the prices are too good to be true. You have to become a member in order to "see the full address". Membership isn't free; it's $39.99 (I didn't pay enough attention to know if that was a one-time or monthly fee). All of the pictures have the GLVAR proof mark on them. I reported the ad, citing the fact that all of the information that they're charging for can be found on Zillow, Trulia,,, etc. The response I got instructed me to go to the website or call the 800 number (again, it was BS, so I can't remember which because I don't plan to do either). He then claimed that those websites pull listings from his website. Really? Trulia, Zillow, and the likes are pulling listing from dinky site?? They pull from the MLS listings; Realtors report/post their listings with MLS and THAT is where Zillow and the likes are pulling from.
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Ron Rovtar, Agent, Boulder, CO
Wed Apr 3, 2013
I don't know much about the particular website, but this is happening on numerous other websites also. The scammer usually is not the site itself, but someone who pulls pictures from a home that is listed (or elsewhere) and uses them to try to get an unsuspecting renter to send a deposit and first months rent. It must work because it has been going on for years. The main thing we professionals should do is inform as many people as possible that these things are going on.

Property management is not one of my areas, but we do get a lot of rental walk-ins at our office and I always suggest that they be careful when looking on line. If the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't go to an appointment to see a property alone. Stay away from anyone who sounds suspicious on the phone or who does not answer your questions directly. Be very careful if the phone number is not local or if someone won't meet you at the property, tells you to just look in the windows, asks for money up front, suggests you not worry about the "For Sale" sign in the front yard, or does anything else out of the ordinary. Trust your instincts if your instincts tell you something sounds wrong.

Kind regards,
Ron Rovtar
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
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Cory Fitzsim…, Agent, Golden, CO
Mon Apr 1, 2013
Thought this was good info and appropriate for this stream.…
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Yolanda Vare…, Agent, Denver, CO
Mon Apr 1, 2013
I have come across a few listings that were advertised in Craigslist for rent. I don't know how we can control that, usually they make it sound too good to be true type of thing. When I see them I call the agent right away to let them know and post another add in same source with same title but Scam next to it. Hope it helps. Share with us if you find out some other option to deal with this. Thanks for sharing. Yolanda Varela
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Jody West, Agent, Denver, CO
Sun Mar 10, 2013
Try posting it at ... I have a vacation rental that was subject to various scams from people posing as renters. Both Scammers and Phishers are getting a lot more sophisticated. I hope this helps--Jody West, GRI 303-929-2242 cell
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Robert McGui…, Agent, Denver, CO
Sun Mar 10, 2013

You should also contact the police department in your area. It may be limited what the DA will be willing to do or can do; but the more cases they have like this, the more chance of them taking some definitive action. I have seen scammers hold 'open houses on vacant homes and collect multiple rents and deposits until the first of the month when several people come to move in on the same day.

Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
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Cory Fitzsim…, Agent, Golden, CO
Sun Mar 10, 2013
This is a common scam! This has been going on for some time. Not sure how to combat it though other than contacting the site that is posting it and communicate with the seller.
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