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Rental Scams: How to Avoid Being a Victim

Shutterstock By AJ Smith For most of us, the largest chunk of our income goes to paying for a roof over our heads. Whether you are renting or buying, you want to make sure you aren't being taken advantage of. If you are a renter, there are some popular scams you need to watch out for. Situations to Avoid: Illegal... Continue Reading »

Rental Scam Allegedly Bilked Dozens Out of Millions [Video]

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Woman Allegedly Fooled 6 Families Into Renting a Home She Didn't Own

WDAF-TV It might be the boldest variation yet on what's becoming a classic Craigslist scam. A woman in western Missouri is accused of bilking at least six families out of thousands in rent and deposits on a house that she pretended to own, promising each that they'd be the sole occupants when she moved out this fall.... Continue Reading »

Craigslist Rental Scam Reportedly Strikes Again, Fleecing Family of 5

Despite repeated warnings from authorities and continued media coverage about the rental scams that have become epidemic on Craigslist and elsewhere, many continue to fall victim. Among the latest apparent targets of a now-familiar con game -- a family of five in Southern California who say that they found a... Continue Reading »

Scammer Impersonates Real Estate Agent to Snare Renters, Police Say

It may not be a new trick, but it's apparently still managing to snare many unsuspecting renters. Police in New Orleans are searching for a man whom they say pretended to be a real estate agent on Craigslist so that he could trick renters into paying him deposits a home that was actually for sale. As seen in the video... Continue Reading »

How 'Accidental Landlords' Say They Fell Victim to Nonpaying Tenants

A Minnesota couple who signed rental agreements on Twin Cities-area homes reportedly managed to live rent-free for months after moving in and allegedly refusing to pay rent. By the time their eviction made it through the court process, though, their landlords were out thousands of dollars, says a local TV station. When... Continue Reading »

Alleged Thieves May Have Collected Rent on Someone Else's Foreclosure

Alleged thieves apparently broke in to a foreclosure home in north St. Louis, changed the locks so that they had keys to the house, forged ownership papers, and then rented the place out to an unsuspecting family. Police have charged suspects Winston Clay and Todd Edwards with forgery and stealing. Renter Bertha... Continue Reading »

Renters Beware: Scammers With Very Believable Listings

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Online Rental Scams to Avoid

Sure, we've already discussed how to avoid a Craiglist rental scam. But there are even less obvious ones to be concerned about. You know the ones -- they don't immediately send chills, but seem like a very tempting, rare opportunities. These are the "lure listings." They will bite you if you aren't careful! Here are five... Continue Reading »

Landlord-Impersonation Scams Rise in California

This month, Los Angeles' D.A. warned citizens to be on the watch for scams when renting apartments due to an increase in rental fraud. Unfortunately the increase in foreclosures and empty properties means there are more places for the dishonest to swindle would-be renters. Though a San Francisco assemblywoman is pushing... Continue Reading »

Dallas Hit With New Wave of Real Estate Scams

What if that real estate agent you are working with is a phony baloney? Or an impostor tried to lease your house right out from under you? From the annals of believe it or not real estate news, this is happening all over the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, warns the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) in this pdf. The Internet,... Continue Reading »

Craigslist Roommate Nightmares: Spliffs, Nudity and Doorless Rooms

Time for more nightmare roommate scenarios from San Francisco. In this edition we found several potential-nightmare situations found in ads on Craigslist. Take your pick. Do you want to rent the room without a door where the guy wants to use you for eye-candy? How about the psychedelic explorers who smoke pot all day? Then... Continue Reading »

Craigslist Roommate Scam, Definite Nightmare

Do you believe in doppelgangers? Say, in different cities there's another version of you that's a complete, exact replica. And that person would be living a parallel life to yours -- even when it comes to searching for a roommate? Well, in this Craigslist Roommate Nightmares, we found an uncanny similarity between... Continue Reading »

Flaming Lips + Bath Tub + Google Streetview = Wha?

Sure, you've used the Google Maps Street View feature to scope out potential rental digs, and who among us hasn't zoomed in on a neighbor's house in hopes of catching a voyeuristic peek? But users poking around for street-level views of Oklahoma City's Gatewood Avenue get a bit of a surreal surprise: Wayne Coyne - avant... Continue Reading »

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