Profile picture for finan.emily

So, I've been looking for a house to rent and I'm pretty sure I've ran across a scam. What do I do?

The "home owner" claims to have moved to the UK.  She will not let us view the inside of the house until we send her the deposit ($850), and then she will send us the key to the house.  We have not sent any money, but I want to make sure she doesn't scam anyone else.  How do I report her and get her entry off Zillow?
  • July 18 2011 - Colorado Springs
  • 0
    0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Be a Good Neighbor. Be respectful and on-topic. No spam or self-promotion! See our Good Neighbor Policy.

Answers (8)

The UK scam is several years old. It began with Craigslist where scammers would search for properties that are for sale and basically 'hijack' the information and use them for their own malicious purpose. I have encountered 2 of these cases. One of which they were using MY (selling agent) name as the email contact. These thugs have gotten very creative.

There is really nothing you can do on Craigslist except be very attentive when you decide to advertise there.

Since you have to sign up and sign in with Zillow, it would seem that their is more care and interest to discover these spammers.

As a consumer you have to be diligent - NEVER send any money anywhere, to people that you don't know. NEVER accept any checks, NEVER believe that the Nigerian Government is contacting you ;-)

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
  • November 23 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Profile picture for MIchael Schaffer
Anyone that won't show a house until you send $ is certainly a scam artist.  Good awareness not falling for it.  More sophisticated scams can be harder to detect - you can research properties and landlords by using [promotional website removed by Zillow moderator] 
  • July 19 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Profile picture for shasta_steve
Sharon I know you are just doing your morning board spam but did you even look down to see what Emily wrote?  Great attention to detail there. 
  • July 19 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Profile picture for Sharon Lewis
Call the police.....and let them know.
  • July 19 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Profile picture for finan.emily
Thanks everyone, did what you asked and also contacted the Colorado Springs police.  They seemed to appreciate it, although they said they can't do anything unless someone actually gives their money away.  Sad times, but I hope that everyone is smart. 
  • July 18 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Like Michael Emery said, you can flag it as "problem with this listing" in Zillow, but if you want to take that a step further...

In most states, there the Attorney General has a consumer protection department.  You might want to contact your State's Attorney General and report this.  Hopefully everyone will know that you don't put up your money before you even see the home.  In Minnesota, believe it or not, there is a lot of this going around, especially when foreclosures are involved.
  • July 18 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Profile picture for wetdawgs
Yes, it has all the marks of a scam.  

Two things to do:

1.  Under the "edit" on the property details page, click on "report problem with listing" and describe the details (can't see inside, send deposit to UK etc).  

2.  Read Zillow's FAQ on scams with some phone numbers to report

Thanks for being a good neighbor!
  • July 18 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.

Yeah. That's a scam.

Go back to the listing and flag it. Under the photo on the listing there is an 'edit' pencil icon. Click on that and scroll down to 'Report problem with listing' Click on that leave comment  like scam listing.  Chances are it's posted onto Zillow via Postlets.com and they will have to go back to Postlets to remove it completely.
  • July 18 2011
  • 0Yes

  • Report a Problem

    Please enter a valid email address.

    Content flagged

    We will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.

    We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.