Money Monday: 4 Craigslist Rental Scams to Avoid
Even in Davis’ superheated rental market, this year the competition for Davis apartments has never been hotter. Having such high demand for Davis apartments can lead to some getting scammed on Craigslist. The folks over at Making Sense Out of Cents, have written about 4 Craigslist Rental Scams to Avoid. Here’s just an excerpt.
3. A scammer wants your information or money before you view the home.
If you are asked to fill out a rental application before you view a home, then you might be in the middle of one of the many Craigslist rental scams. The scammer is hoping that you will give them personal information, such as your bank account number, social security number, or something else. They will then disappear once they receive all of this information. This is a bad situation because you basically just gave your identity away.
Also, if you are asked to give money before you are allowed to view a home, then something is not right. This is most definitely a scam and you should avoid it. You should never have to pay loads of money in order to just view a home.
My rental search tip: You should always do your research, view the home, and more before you give out any extremely personal information. Occasionally, you may have to give your ID to the landlord, but other than that they should not need anything from you just to show you the rental house or apartment.
Here’s another Craigslist rental scam e-mail I received. This person sent me two e-mails so I just copied and pasted both e-mails into one so that you can easily read them both: