If someone is asking you to send them money via Western Union, Moneygram, or Prepaid Visa card, be suspicious, it’s likely a scam. If the listing owner says something like “the owners have moved to another state and I can’t show you the property”, or you have found a rental that’s really too good to be true, it probably is. According to Trulia, these are some possible signs of rental listing scams used to defraud users into wiring money or giving up personal information.
Scammers use a variety of tools and methods to post fraudulent listings on many internet listing sites. One method includes manually listing available properties by copying existing listings and posting them with new prices. They also take existing for-sale properties and post it as a rental listing. Lastly, they use listing management tools and syndicate the fraud across many different sites.
Once you’ve contacted a scammer, they usually ask for a few things — information, urgency, and money through Western Union, Moneygram, or a Prepaid Visa card. Stop there.
If this happens, or you are suspicious in anyway, notify Renters.com support and can we can remove the user and listing from Renters.com and/or look in to the matter a bit further for you. To protect your rental experience, always use our integrated Paypal system, as this verifies the Listing Owner, and provides protection during the rental process.