BEWARE – Looking to Rent – Don’t be Scammed!!!!
By · May 15, 2015
BEWARE - BEWARE - BEWARE!!!!!!
I just received a call on one of my 2 listings . The caller was looking for a home to rent and said my listing was listed for rent. He wanted to see it right away. Only thing is I do not have any properties for rent, only for sale.
He told me he just talked with the owner and the owner decided not to sell but wanted to rent his home out instead. He was able to see all the pictures of the inside of the house. He said the owner told him to send him a check for the rent and he would leave him the key!! Now that should have been a red flag right away. He suspected it might be a fraud.
This is not the first time this has happened. A couple of years ago, about 6 months after I sold one of my listings, the buyer called me and asked if I had ever had the property for rent before it was for sale. I told her I did not. She said she came home one day to find people all over the property and in her backyard. Apparently these scammers are offering the property for rent at a lower than market rent in an attempt to get someone to send them money.
So be careful - if it is too good to be true, it usually is.