Local Rental Property Scam Going OnFeatured Stories, News Monday, February 11th, 2013
If you are looking to rent, watch out for a scam that has been going on with some Bryan-College Station properties listed online at Hotpads, Trullia, and Craigslist.
Bill McGuire with the Better Business Bureau says there have been at least two reported cases where a scammer using the name of the real owner lied about rates and tried to trick potential renters into wiring him money.
McGuire says the properties were a three bedroom, two bathroom house in Bryan with rent supposedly for $800, and a three bedroom, three bathroom house in College Station for $900, which he says are pretty low amounts to be charging for that type of rental property.
He says the scammer was the same person in both cases, and that he sent emails saying that he was looking for a God-fearing family, with one email claiming that the utilities were included in the $800 price.
McGuire says his accent sounds foreign, although it could be a disguise, and the emails he sends are strangely written.
McGuire says the good thing is, the people who contacted the BBB didn’t send any money, but anytime the price seems too good to be true, that should be a red flag.
He says you should contact the listed realtor to make sure the price you’re being given is the actual price for that property, or call the BBB at 979-260-2222.
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