Why am I finding so many scams on Trulia. I am trying to rent an apartment and many times I have been asked for money before viewing inside of house?

Asked by Patrick Anderson, Chicago, IL Mon Sep 30, 2013

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:


Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
Never never never - pay anyone any money before viewing a home.

Work with a Realtor to assist you with your search.
1 vote
Geralyn Hops…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Wed Oct 2, 2013
Hi Patrick ~
There are scams on Trulia and other real estate related websites because people fall for them and the scam artist makes money. You are lucky in that you are astute enough to recognize a scam when you see one.

If you are looking to rent in Chicago, please do contact me at geralynsellshomes@hotmail.com. I would be more than happy to chat with you about neighborhoods in which you would like to live, costs and availability of units in those areas.

Again, my contact info is geralynsellshomes@hotmail.com.

Best to you

0 votes
Chicago Apar…, Landlord,
Wed Oct 2, 2013
Hi Pat... Yes, do not work with people who are trying to get money out of you.. If you want to talk about what you are looking for, call me and I can share with you the latest deals the buildings are starting to offer. There are some buildings offering 1 to 2 1/2 months free rent now

EXIT Realty
0 votes
Bernie, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Oct 1, 2013
Hey Patrick,

Sorry to hear about the time wasters. I am willing to schedule a complimentary consultation with you if you need help searching for an apartment.

Bernie Small
4 Sale Realty
0 votes
Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013

There are so many scams everywhere. Would you send money before purchasing a car?

Whenever you have a public forum to buy and sell there will be scams. Use common sense and you will be fine.
0 votes
Pete Burke, Agent, Schaumburg, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
You should be working with a professional Real Estate Agent. A REALTOR can help find a property efficiently and without the scams you are encountering.
0 votes
Tom Olandese, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
Patrick if you need help please contact me. Let me know the area you are looking to rent and I will see what I can do for you. There is no upfront charges.

Tom Olandese
Hometown Real Estate
0 votes
Andrew, , Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
Patrick go to Craigslist and look for apts. You can also higher a realtor that will pull your credit, which will cost $25.00 to $50.00 for a processing fee to make sure you are a good tennant with good credit. Its a landlords market right now and the landlord wants proof you are a good risk to live ihn there building. Good luck!

Andrew Mabadi
Production Manager Primelending
847-612-8756 Cell
0 votes
Cindy Wilson, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
It has become way too easy for scam artists to populate these sites with bogus listings. I had one of mine stolen and it showed up on several sites. I have also reported bogus listings that I know have been scammed from a real listing. Renting off the Internet is still a risk. If you're looking for good properties downtown, work with an agent. It's no cost to you. I'm happy to help if you need assistance...cwilson@koenigstrey.com.
0 votes
Jacqueline S…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
There are so many scams, because they work until they shut them down, then they just pop up on another property. Work with a leasing real estate agent who specializes in the area you want to live.
0 votes
Santiago Ken…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
There are a lot of fakes ads , they are trying you to wite money via western Union etc.
Hire a realtor and be in the safe side
0 votes
Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
Yup, tons of these out there. Drives you insane.
0 votes
Matt Hoyt, Agent, Highland Park, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
Work with an agent. We have the inventory and protect you from the non legit. Its free. If you use a "rental service" They sometimes charge you for various things($100 to run your credit is B.S.). Use a Realtor.
0 votes
Laurie Chris…, Agent, Oak Park, IL
Mon Sep 30, 2013
Unfortunately it's because people fall for these scams and they're hard for authorities to catch. You might have better luck using a local leasing agent or real estate broker who can help you identify properties that are legitimately being rented out. What areas are you looking in?
0 votes
Search Advice
Ask our community a question

Email me when…

Learn more