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Xin, Renter in Santa Monica, CA

I get in a scam by choosing Trulia and I lost a amount of money. I think somebody on Trulia should give me a respond!!!!!!

Asked by Xin, Santa Monica, CA Fri Aug 16, 2013

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Please contact me or any of the other agents that have answered you, so that we may help you.

That is why we are here, to help clients, we do not work for Trulia.

Douglas Lagos
Coldwell Banker Residential
Tel. 310-463-8088
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
Hello Xin,

How are you? I hope you're doing well & that your lost money from the scam has been resolved. If not, I would suggest you go to and they should be able to assist you in getting some answers.

Looking forward,

Christine Gordon
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Cell: 917.881.2924
Fax: 347.328.9352
Apartment updates available at
"Home is where the heart is."
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 29, 2013
Give us some more details and we will tell you where you went wrong.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 18, 2013
I was trying to rent a house, but after I sent that guy money, i knew that was a scam.
Flag Wed Aug 21, 2013

What type of scam? If a law was broken contact your local authorities & report it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 17, 2013
When you are leasing a property, you should check to see if the leasing agent is properly licensed. You can check the status of the license on the Bureau of Real Estate's website. A reputable agent will have his/her license # on business card and marketing materials. Sorry you lost money--I am saddened to hear when people have lost money to scammers. But the public should work with people that are have an active license.
Carmen Hill aka Ms. Sherlock Homes
Licensed since 1981 Lic #00826307.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 17, 2013
You got scammed because you gave a stranger money without ever meeting them at the property to see the inside.

You got scammed because you sent your private information to a scammer to run your credit.

You got scammed because you didn't properly research how scammers operate.

You got scammed because you thought that house would be rented to you for 30-50% less than it should be renting for.

You got scammed because you didn't contact a reputable Realtor / property manager.

Trulia is not at fault. There are warnings all over Trulia to 'Beware of Scammers'.

Had you googled the phrase "Rental Scams" you probably would have come across my 2 blog posts here on TRULIA called "RED FLAGS - RENTAL SCAMS - PUBLIC BEWARE", where if you followed my guidelines you would have had a .01% chance of being scammed.

Sorry though, to hear you got scammed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 17, 2013
I'm sorry to hear you lost money.

if you didn't get what you paid for, then you didn't sufficiently check who and what you were paying for.
I don't mean to be callous. I don't mean to imply you are not intelligent.

what I am saying is that scam artist are very skilled at separating people from their money.

getting scammed can happen to anyone. yes, even to those who say it'll never happen to me.

Make sure you report the scam to the proper law enforcement authority.

good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
This comes up almost every day. Trulia is not in the real estate business. It is a WEBSITE that displays real estate information. It is always your responsibiliyt to check out what you find on Trulia or any other WEBSITE!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
This is realtor Marc Schwartz.
What was the nature of the transaction? Purchase, lease, or home loan?

What happened?

If their was an agent involved, you should report them.

you can email me for advice.
Marc Schwartz
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
What was the scam? Did you purchase a property? Describe the transaction so I can see if I can help.
Carmen Hill aka Ms. Sherlock Homes
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
he gets back to me now, I am trying to get my money back, if I couldn't I would still need your help!
Flag Fri Aug 16, 2013
NO,just house renting, I paid the deposit, and he never reply me back!
Flag Fri Aug 16, 2013
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