Thank you for your question, Carol:
Yes, the advertisement that you have linked to is is a scam.
The advertised rent is less than half the fair market rent for this property. No legitimate property owner rents their property for less than half the fair market rent for that property.
Also, no legitimate property owner leaves the country without making prior arrangements with a licensed property manager to make certain that the property is properly maintained and rented.
The contact person listed in the advertisement does not have a valid, active California Real Estate License and is not the owner of the property.
Unfortunately a number of scammers have placed fake advertisements for properties for rent to collect the deposits and prepaid rent. The scammers then disappear with the deposit money and prepaid rent.
I have flagged the advertisement as suspected fraud.
I recommend that you also flag the advertisement as suspected fraud and report the advertisement to The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, The San Jose Police Department and The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Email Address: email@example.com