How Can I Spot and Avoid Rental Scams?

Below is a list of best practices on spotting and avoiding scams. Renter beware. Be vigilant in protecting your private information and review these tips:

  1. The easiest sign of a rental scam is when someone asks you to wire money via Western Union or Moneygram. Scammers usually ask for a deposit or first month’s rent before you even see the property. Don’t send money for whatever reason.

  2. The owner is out of the country on a mission, job opportunity, or military service. Always meet the landlord or agent in-person and at the property. If they can't meet you there or show you the property, then it's possibly a scam. 

  3. If it seems too good to be true, then chances are that it’s a scam.

  4. Always better to deal with a Real Estate Company.

  5. Research the email address and phone number of the landlord or owner on Google. You might find that someone else has already posted a report on this individual.

  6. Don't fill out an application until you've seen the property. Some apartment communities will offer legitimate applications via a property's website, but don't submit an application with personal information until you've verified the property exists.

  7. Never, under any circumstances, send money to anyone without securing a lease and confirming the property manager has legal right to rent the property.

  8. Ask to see there Real Estate License, and or Driver License