BBB: Rental Listing Scams

Wichita Falls, Texas - Rental listing scams are a ploy that scammers have used is to advertise rentals that don't exist or aren't available in order to trick people into sending money before they find out the truth.

Unfortunately, a local apartment complex has been the victim of this scam as their information was used by the scammers to advertise a false rental listing.  These scammers have been known to often hijack a real rental or real estate listing by changing the email address or other contact information, and place the modified ad on Craigslist. The altered ad, in this case, used the name of a local apartment complex.

Renter Beware:
· There's never a good reason to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee, first month's rent, or vacation rental fee.
· That remains true even if they send you a contract first. Wiring money is the same as sending cash - once you send it, you have no way to get it back.
· They say they're out of the country, but they have a plan to get the keys into your hands.Some scammers even create fake keys. If you can't meet in person, see the apartment, or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking.
· Area businesses should be proactive in checking for these false ads possibly using their information. Once identified, be sure to contact Craigslist to point out that the post is fraudulent.

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