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There is a continued rental scam going on accross the USA, and it could affect you as an agent and all potential tenantsThe problem is that people both in this country and other countries are trying to rent out houses that do not belong to them. The find vacant homes, list them online in such places as Craiglist and offer them for less than market rent to attract more potential victimsWHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: First thing is if anyone asks you to wire money, it is a red flag. If you are being asked to rent a house without being able to see it. If anyone says they are renting it for soemone and they are not licensed by the Real Estate commission in that state.If anyone asks you to leave money in the mailbox and pick up the keys the next day.If there is a "for sale" sign, contact the listing agent to check if the house is or is not for rent. You can easily check the who the owner of the house is with the assessors office in the town or city the house is located in, most have online databases.
REMEMBER IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABILY IS...PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS, QUESTIONS OR EXPERIENCES WITH THIS SCAM.Updated August 8, 2010Blog Written by:Scott GodzykGodzyk Realty Group
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I also had this happen recently with one of my listings. I posted the listing For Sale on Craig's List and my seller suddenly had strange cars driving by constantly. This listing was copied as a "for Lease" listing on Craig's list. People started to knock on my sellers door which was very unnerving. The part that really alarmed us is that this scammer made a email address using the current owners legal name. I had numerous calls requesting information and had this listing removed over and over before this stopped. A month later the scam continued on other sites. This was very disturbing and scary for the seller. We reported this to each site and also to an online investigation company.
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