Beware Rental Scams

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Moving is stressful enough without someone conning you out of your money. The Better Business Bureau warns of a scam in which potential “landlords” con prospective renters. It works something like this. The renter answers an ad for an apartment or house that looks like a fantastic deal.

The “landlord’ asks for an application fee, and a deposit. They create a false sense of urgency, telling the potential victim the proprty will be off the market quickly because it’s such a great deal. When asked about viewing the proerty, the scammer claims to out of town working, or in the hospital with a health emergency.

The BBB says don’t transfer funds without seeing the property or having it viewed by someone you trust. Don’t give out personal information, like account numbers or social security numbers. Remember, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

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Source: BBB