Many of us turn to the internet to find an apartment or house to rent, but there are some dangers associated with that. Camille DeLongis is taking a deeper look at online rental scams.
She spoke to a local real estate sales person who says there are a handful of times per year when someone poses as a homeowner, lists a property that does not belong to them on a rental website, and tries to get people to wire them money for a security deposit.
Here are some warning signs to look out for when you're searching for a rental:
- The home or apartment is listed under market value
- The property is currently vacant, making it impossible to knock on the door and talk to someone face to face
- The property is also listed "for sale" on another website with a listing agent
- The person you're corresponding with says they are are no longer selling the property and have turned to renting instead
- Being asked to wire or mail money without ever seeing the property or meeting the renter in person
If you believe you are being scammed, you should alert the website the scam is posted on. If possible, you can also contact the real estate agent who is actually listing the property.
When you're searching for rentals, remember to do your research, and if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.