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What is the best way to check on the legitimacy of a rental posting?

Found an ideal rental, however, the owner is overseas (red flag) and the property is still occupied (kind of a red flag).  I've been in contact with the owner both by email and phone, however, now we're at the deposit and contract stage.  He's requesting the deposit by Western Union (HUGE red flag) and I'm not opposed to this if I can determine this is a legitimate posting.

Any ideas?
  • March 08 2012 - Bellevue
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At this point, anytime that you have a landlord or owner overseas run like wind because 99% of the time it's a scam. No self respecting owner would rent a house without professional management to someone that they did not know when they are out of the country.
  • March 09 2012
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SCAM!!   Everything you mention is typical of the scams.

Here's a link to the FAQ from Zillow on the subject.

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  • March 08 2012
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