- The scammer pretends to be the homeowner or listing broker
- The contact email address in the fraudulent ad may include the name(s) of the actual owner or listing broker
- The scammer claims to be out of the area and asks the renter to inspect the property on their own rather than meeting in person
- The scammer claims that the keys will be sent after a rental application, application fee, deposit, or first month’s rent is received
There are numerous websites (including mine) that make it easy to research a home address to see if it is actively for sale. If it is, call the listing agent and ask if the property is actually for rent.
Taking a few extra minutes to research a rental listing can help you avoid rental scams, saving you untold heartache and $$$$!