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Scam Alert: Rental Cons Cash in on Stressed Out Movers

MovingThis summer moving season approaches, BBB is seeing an uptick in reports of rental scams. Finding a new place to live is stressful, and scammers know that people in the midst of moving don’t always have time to do the necessary research. Don’t be one of them! 

How the Scam Works:

You respond to an online rental listing that touts a beautiful home, low rent, and great amenities. It looks legitimate; con artists often use real photos and descriptions stolen from other websites. The “landlord” replies to your message claiming to be out of town and unable to show the property. One common scenario is that the scammer pretends to have been transferred suddenly for work.

Read the full article to find out how the rest of the scam works and tips to avoid it! 

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Scams, May, Rental Scams, Renting, Moving, National Moving Month

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