Beware of Craig's List

I wanted everyone to be aware of what has been happening lately. I have had several calls from people finding and answering ads on Craig's List, especially rentals, DO NOT, send them any personal information by email or through the mail, most will also ask for your bank accounts, ssn's etc, and some also want you to send a deposit to hold the house.

Most of these homes are listed with realtor's for sale and not rentals of so called owner's. Please drive by the property and check, or look on various websites to see. Also always meet the so called rental people in person, check them out first, check out the property first, then if you feel comfortable fill out a form, and then give a deposit, however only in Check form and please make copies for your files and proof, including any money orders, etc.

Just be careful of who you deal with, I have had 3 calls from people that have seen my for sale signs and called.

Be Safe
  • April 10 2012 - Staten Island
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Really good advice Becky. Zillow has a page on scams that might be helpful to read before people go looking for a rental. There is also a guide on avoiding rental scams here.
  • April 10 2012
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We are a large real estate company in Manhattan and often use Craigslist to list our rentals.  

We do, however have people show up at our office to pick up keys with fake leases they have for one of our buildings.  100% of the time they have spoke to someone over the phone, who used pictures of our units they found on the internet and posted it for really low price.  

Make sure you see the apartment in person, or can guarantee that the company you are dealing with is reputable.  If you are on the fence, and are trying to secure an apartment in another town, then send a friend to check out the apartment in person.

If it sounds like too good of a deal to be true then it almost always is.
  • May 23 2012
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