Zillow Advice: Rental Market - Is there possibility of fraud in Zillow's listingIs it safe to send money to hold a unit??? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate It is good advice to look ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ It is good advice to look up the owner information if you can, but just remember that the scammers can do that too. In that case, many times the scammer will say that they are renting the unit on behalf of the [insert owner name here] as a friend/son/cousin/etc. Don't buy it without seeing the ID for the prospective landlord and a signed contract with the owner showing that "landlord" as an agent for that owner.<br/><br/>If a deal is too good to be true, the "landlord" wants money before you see the property, is out of state or country or is willing to send you keys for money, it is probably a scam. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ 2012-04-22T18:10:00Z Unfortunately scam artist ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ Unfortunately scam artist are good at what they do and exploit every opportunity to scam the public. Using an escrow company is a great idea. Also, most counties make tax records free online. You can go to the counties tax records and view the current owners info. If it doesn't match that's a dead give away. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ 2012-04-22T17:50:00Z Thank You. I wanted to share ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ Thank You. I wanted to share with as many people as possible.<br/>I almost sent a $3000 bank transfer&nbsp; for an apartment that was a scam.<br/>She and her partner? did not own the unit. How sad. I won't be able to ever<br/>trust something from on line contact. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ 2012-04-18T23:56:00Z I would not send any money ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ I would not send any money sight unseen to a private landlord. You need to verify that they own the property. Instead offer to have an escrow company or licensed RE agent hold the money until the apartment is viewed and the contract is signed. <br/><br/>If the "owner" refuses, then you may be dealing with a scam. There are a lot of them so you have to be careful. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ 2012-04-17T15:03:00Z Be very careful - there are ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ Be very careful - there are too many scams online. Private parties can post listing on Zillow and they are not vetted. It's up to you to be diligent and make sure what's offered is valid.&nbsp;<br/><br/>In general, I would always be highly suspicious of parties requesting money prior to showing a property.<br/><br/>Best of luck. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ 2012-04-17T14:59:00Z Yes, every website has some ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ Yes, every website has some scam offerings.&nbsp; You are describing a number of flags related to rentals.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's a link to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/wikipages/Beware-of-Scams-and-Other-Internet-Fraud/">Zillow's FAQ on Internet fraud and scams.</a> <br/><br/> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-possibility-of-fraud-in-Zillow%27s-listingIs-it-safe-to-send-money-to-hold-a-unit/439323/ 2012-04-17T14:28:00Z