Would like reassurance that Rental Homes displayed on Trulia site are researched and a safe bet for potential tenants.?

Asked by Mari And Lawrence Kircher, Lincoln City, OR Fri Sep 14, 2012

Recently inquired about a rental of interest. Are out of the country until November. Was contacted by the owner with verbal agreement to rent, but insisted on immediate cash pmt. via Western Union. Apparently the party was unable to provide a valid bank account to have requested funds direct deposited. Asked for our trust without any further personal information. After much ado, we sent the funds as requested, but the party was unable to pick them up. Didn't give a reason. Possible I.D problems?? Are feeling now as if this may be some kind of scam. Are very concerned whether or not to proceed. Any helpful advice?? Please??

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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Sep 15, 2012
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Western Union??
OY.....................

RUN in the opposite direction........it's a SCAM!

Do NOT proceed!

Any rental situation with convoluted stories about being unavailable......out of the country..disabled..............in a nursing home....etc, etc........(they can be very creative, and try to pull at your heart strings)...............means stay away......

Let me take a stab at this.....the rental amount seemed low - almost too good to be true? (that's because it wasn't true!!)

NEVER send money that way............always make sure you meet with the landlord at the property.....or an agent..........and ask for identification....

So...have I made myself clear?

:)
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Debbie, thank you so much for your kind and immediate response. We absolutely bought his story about being on a mission trip in Georgia and sending the $$ to his representative. The $2000. that we sent was indeed received, as verified this AM by the South Korean Bank that issue via W.U. Have been out of touch for far too long, and yes we are those suckers born in this moment. However, he has the continued audacity to ask for additional funds to now be sent via Money Gram. He said that he had a problem picking up the previously sent $$. Which we have verified is not so. I see that he has pulled the listing from this site on Sept. 12, which is the day that the funds were received. I just wish that I had been aware of such scams in advance. There was a time when a mans word was Golden, and indeed his bond. Really wanted to believe him when he asked us to trust that he is 100% honest person. Oh well, lesson learned. Would have been really nice to have had that beautiful home waiting....
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Sat Sep 15, 2012
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just because a property is listed here or craiglist or anywhere online doesn't assure you that it is genuine.....unfortunately..........beware and do your due dillgence.these scammers will use real listings and hijack them....use the real photos but usually slash the so called list [rice and they always have a story about being out of the area..........

by the way.........did you actually send money for a home you didn't get to see?

did you get your money back?
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Hello again Debbie!
Once again to reiterate that we were the newest poster children for Internet fraudulent scams. We did lose the $2000. that we sent via Western Union, without recovery, but have since discovered that a person who has been on the receiving end of such activity can file a formal complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, which is an FBI NW3C Partnership. Hope that this is helpful to others in the similar circumstances. Also aides as a warning to potential home renters. Like Debbie recommended, do thorough research on the interested property. Pre-check for liens, forclosures etc before renting. Check the Public Records.
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