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im about to rent a house through this website, how do I know if its not a scam

i have been only texting through my phone and mine and the owners gmail accounts. Since your website has her listing I was wondering if you would be able to reasure me this is not a scam
  • January 23 2012 - Sea Bright
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If you have to ask, it probably is.  
  • March 22 2013
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Don't do a thing!

Always, always, always - meet the owner.  Get their information, and actually view the property!
  • March 22 2013
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You need to meet the owner face to face and tour the property before handing over any money. 
  • March 19 2013
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Always, always, always verify the information before sending any money.  It is very easy for people who only text and email to be scammed.  If you have not yet seen the rental, go with someone to the rental after you have determined the listing is legit.  "If its too good to be true, it usually is".  Do not take anything as gospel, always do the research first and ABSOLUTELY do not send any money beforehand.  If you are looking for rentals, try and go through an agent.  Some rental commissions are paid by the landlord so you do not have to spend extra money.  Don't ever assume anything.  be careful and best of luck

  • March 08 2012
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 Do not trust any site. I recently had someone copy and paste my rentals on this site and they have been rented for 2 years.

  • March 08 2012
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Make sure when you go to view this property that you do not go alone.
You should be able to see who owns the property, online, through public records.
  • January 23 2012
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I am going to assume this is not a property listed by an agent ....and is not on any MLS

Advice:
Do NOT send any money via Western Union...............do NOT rent from anyone who can't meet you at the property and show it to you ......do NOT fall for any sob story about why they can't meet you..............question anything that doesn't quite sound right!

Get a phone number.......name and full contact information........if you want (I know I'd do this for someone) call a local agnt, and ask them to check the tax records to make sure the owner of record is the person you are meeting or speaking to.

If it sounds too good to be true........it probably is.

Be careful..............

Good luck!
  • January 23 2012
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Zillow does not vet landlords/listings.   Here's their FAQ on scams and internet fraud that will give you some red flags.

Never pay money without seeing the place.
  • January 23 2012
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