Recently, a home we have listed for sale ALSO popped up as “for rent” on Craigslist; offered for rent by
someone neither the owners or ourselves have ever heard of!!
The scam is they give you a story about how they were recently transferred, and need to rent the home out
quickly and for below market rent to someone who will take good care of it for them. Since they’re
already “gone”, you have to send them a rental application (and possibly mail them a deposit check) over
the internet. If you send them a check, you’ll never see or hear from them again. If you don’t mail a
check, they still benefit from having your name, address, social security number, date of birth, driver’s
license number, etc. That information is on all standard rental applications. Plenty of information for
identity theft, opening credit cards in your name, etc.
So, before renting ANY home, make sure you meet the owner AT THE HOME. This will help eliminate the
chance of your getting scammed out of your money or your identity.