AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – It’s a rough way to start a new chapter… you’ve paid your first month’s rent, and started moving into your new rental property… only to find out the whole thing was a scam.
Rental property scammers scour neighborhoods and listing websites for the “for rent” signs. Then they create fake listings and fake leases– all to sell you a fake story.
“They’re able to provide the prospective resident with a code, gain access to the property, they do their own self showings, and then they’re pretty much forwarded a fake lease and then they end up CashApping the scammer,” maintenance coordinator for Auben Realty, Jennifer Valentin said.
When the scammers make the process seem so legitimate, how can you know if it’s the real deal? Valentin says there are some things to keep an eye out for.