Lebanon Tn For Rent Scam Real Estate Fraud – Fake Owner Leasing Property: How To Avoid
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. In the case of renting or leasing accommodations online, insist on meeting the homeowner in person. Advise them that you must meet with them and see the deed to the home along with identification proving they own the home they are leasing.
The reason many scammers give that they can’t meet with you in person is they’re temporarily out of the country. As the FTC reports on its website, scammers may even put in the effort to make it seem realistic: “It might even involve a lawyer or an ‘agent’ working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys,” and send them to you in the mail.
Also, doing an online search of housing scams will often turn up the names and telephone numbers scammers are using. Just abiding by these simple measures will keep a roof over your family’s heads and your hard-earned money in your bank account, not a scammers.