Tips to Avoid Would-Be Scammers
Invalid Phone Number -
Beware of listings that do not answer their phone number, or have a disconnected number.
Beware of any Un-Verified Listing -
Any listing without the verified seal has a chance to be a possible fraudulent posting or scam attempt. Proceed with extreme caution when dealing with any listing that is not verified. To avoid scams all together only deal with
Deal Locally and with people that will meet in person -
If you receive a response and the party is unwilling to meet with you beware that this could be a scam.
NEVER wire funds via Western Union, MoneyGram or any other wire service -
If you receive a response and the party wishes you to wire money using a wire service the listing is likely a scam.
Beware of Fake Cashiers Checks & Money Orders -
If you are asked to cash a money order or cashiers check beware that the bank will cash those checks and hold
responsible when the fake is discovered.
NEVER Give out Financial Information -
Never send out your financial information to a source
do not know and trust.
Avoid Deals involving ESCROW ACCOUNTS -
will "guarantee" your transaction
DO NOT Rent Housing without seeing the interior -
in all likelihood a housing unit that you are not permitted to view before renting or if the rental price seems to good to be true the listing likely doesn't actually exist.
DO NOT submit to credit checks or background checks -
never submit any information without meeting the landlord or agent in person.
Who should I notify about fraud or Scam attempts?
Internet Fraud Complaint Center
FTC Video: How to report scams to the FTC
FTC online complaint form
FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
Consumer Sentinel/Military (for reports from services members or their families)
SIIA Software and Content Piracy reporting
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
or 888-495-8501 (toll-free)
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
If you suspect that a listing may be part of a scam, please
send us the details
In General Scams involve one or more of the following:
Inquiry from someone far away, often out of the country
A wire transfer request through Western Union, Money Gram or Cashier's check money order or escrow service or a "guarantee"
An inability or refusal to meet in person before executing a transaction
Example of Scam Email Response
How are you? Thanks for the interest in my house, my house is still available for rent and is located at: 5318 Cape Seville Drive Anchorage, AK 99516,quite and safe I only need someone that can take good care of the house at my absence because right now am not around i just secured a contract in
Manchester,united kingdom,of which i will not be back until after two years
. I had a Realtor company help me get a tenant, but they were handling things too professionally and were extorting the tenants, so i took the job of their hands and tried doing this myself, but couldn't find any tenant while i was still in the state as at last week.So as a matter of urgency for my travel. If you know that you have a good reference and a good credential you can email me back to secure and occupy my house at my absent.
General house description: 3 bedrooms,3 baths Single family home,2 full,0 partial , Bathrooms Square Footage: 2,261 (Approx)3BR/3BA on Main Level,Carpet,CO Detector(s),Dishwasher,Disposal,Electric,Family Room,Fireplace,Jetted Tub,Range/Oven,Smoke Detector(s),Telephone,Washr&/Or Dryer HkupCompleting this home is a 2 car garage.All appliances included. Nice cul-de-sac location.Available for immediate occupancy.Unit also includes it's own washer/dryer all utitilies included.Yard service included in rent.Tenant must have good credit and proof of employment.Great location.A Must See. Hi-speed Internet access, cable, laundry in-suite, storage facilities, heat, water, electric and parking are included in the rent.Pet is permitted with the necessary pet security deposit, etc. Rentals will be required to pay first month $900 and a $700 security deposit prior to occupancy.This is a new listing in a highly desirable location. All email correspondence will be answered.Please walk by first.There is also high speed wireless internet access.Pets acceptable (deposit required)full time employment or rental reference needed.Hope you are Okay with the rent fee of $900 per month and a $700 security deposit, get back to me asap because i need a tenant urgently and i can also forward the application form to you, if you are interested. Have a nice day.
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