Are you putting down a rental deposit that allows you to move in --- or will someone move on with your money?
Real estate scams are prevalent today and are showing no signs of going away. A common form of these scams involves a con artist advertising a house as a rental when it is not. In fact, it’s a house that is actually for sale and being advertised on a legitimate real estate company’s website.
The con artist takes the picture from the website and puts it on his fraudulent website. He advertises on craigslist that the house is for rent, asking for first and last month’s rent. A web address is given to view the house. The prospective tenant checks out the house online and sends the deposit. Many times con artists ask their victims to wire the money.
Once the money is gone there is no getting it back. The con artist is probably in Canada and the website is gone. He’s moved on to his next victim.
Being proactive is your defense. Do your homework before sending any money to anyone you don’t know.
Today’s housing problems coupled with con artists ability to use technology to deceive consumers, makes it a necessity to do your homework before sending rental deposits.