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If partial security deposit was paid to an out of state property owner and it turns out to be a scam

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how can a prospective tenant get their money back?
  • January 08 2013 - Naperville
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Thank you all for your answers.  A police report has been filed and the website where the property was first seen and the response came back from the scammer, has been noted!  This won't happen again!!
  • January 08 2013
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Here's a link to Zillow's FAQ on scams and internet fraud.
  • January 08 2013
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You really need to report the scam to the real estate site that you found it an contact the police department as soon as possible.  Sadly, those are the only two thing that you should be doing. We always recommend prospective tenant to contact real estate agents and deposits, rents or any kind of money should be send to a real estate btokerage.

Maria Cipollone

  • January 08 2013
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Yes, file a police report.  Let me guess, they asked for a partial deposit BEFORE you were able to see the place right?  There are several sites that 'skim' information from reliable sites like Realtor.com and create fake listings on their sites.  Note to anyone looking to rent if it's too good to be true, it is.
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You should file a police report and report the listing to the website where you found the ad... But chances are, your money is gone.
  • January 08 2013
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