Orlando,FL – May 28, 2013 – Better Business Bureau of Central Florida is reminding students of the importance of doing their homework to ensure online listings for rental properties are legitimate to avoid falling victim to scams.
With the school year winding down and warmer weather just around the corner, many students are planning on moving out of college dorms - or their parents' homes- to find apartments or rental homes for the summer and beyond. Though the Internet has made it very easy to search for rental properties, it has also made it easier for scammers to create fake ads on sites like craigslist, which attract victims with promises of low rent.
Victims of fake rental listings lose their deposits and may be at risk of identity theft if they provide personal information for a lease application. The scammer may offer an address and even send a key, however, the property may already be rented to someone else and the key doesn’t work.
In an effort to help students avoid rental scams, BBB offers tips when looking for rental properties. Be wary if:
You will find additional consumer tips and information at http://centralflorida.bbb.org/bbb-news.
Founded in 1983, BBB of Central Florida is an unbiased not-for-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. BBB helps consumers find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust, offers objective advice and a wide range of education on topics affecting marketplace trust. BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses. Today, 114 BBB's serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring more than three million local and national businesses and charities. For more advice on finding companies and businesses, start your search with trust at http://www.bbb.org.