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Craigslist scams

It has come to our attention that many of our listings are being used by con artists using Craigslist.  The scammers use Realty Unlimited’s pictures and text to lure unsuspecting customers into sending them money.  Please pay attention to the following guidelines if you are not going to use us or another professional property management company:

  • If a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
  • Be careful with your personal information, so that you are not the victim of identity theft.
  • If anyone ever asks you to wire money, you should not. Most scammers will ask for money to be wired and this should be your first red flag that something is not right. Keep in mind that if you wire money, you CANNOT get it back. Too many people think you can get wired money back.
  • Does the listing and/or e-mail communication with the “landlord” have many misspellings? Does the e-mail refer to you as Sir or Madam? Do they say they are out of the country and cannot show you the home until you pay? Do they claim to be a missionary or a reverend? If any of these are true, then this is usually the sign of a scammer.
  • Always trust your gut instinct as there are always other places to rent in the world.
Posted by: realtyunlimited on February 2, 2016
Posted in: Uncategorized