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Advice on how to look out for false rental ads

bySultan Newman GroupSeptember 28, 2018

IN DENVER’S SIZZLING HOUSING MARKET, BE AWARE OF FALSE RENTAL ADS!

In Denver’s red hot housing market, finding an affordable rental can be difficult. This makes potential tenants ripe for a variety of scams that are plaguing renters across the nation.

A recent New York University study looked at more than 2 million rental listings on Craigslist over a 5-month period. They discovered several swindles, reported by the Joplin Globe, including scammers who:

Ask a potential tenant to click a link and purchase a credit report. The scammer then gets a referral commission from the credit reporting site, and the would-be renter is out of luck, since there is no actual property for rent.

Ask potential tenants to pay an upfront fee and a monthly membership fee to access listings of pre-foreclosure rentals or rent-to-own properties. “In the majority of cases,” reports the Globe, “the companies leading the scams have no connection to the properties listed.”

Duplicate rental listings from other sites and post them on Craigslist for a lower price. Scammers then request a rent deposit via wire transfer for property they don’t own.

To protect yourself from such schemes, the Joplin Globe offers the following advice:

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