Beware of Rental Home Scams

Right now crooks are working overtime.  

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This Colorado Springs home near Palmer Park and Powers is for sale, not for rent. But recently crooks hijacked its photos and information.

The bad guys created this internet ad and are now trying to get people who are interested to not only email their personal information, but wire them money as well.

Monique Vollmer, the listing agent, heard from one woman who didn't fall for it.

Monique tells us, "This scammer was harassing her. This scammer continued to call her and email her, was sending her bogus leases, was trying to encourage her to sign up with him and to put a deposit on the house."

Monique says she knows the scam works because she gets several calls a week from folks who are looking to rent one of her listings.

We talked to the National White Collar Crime Center which tracks these kind of incidents. They gave us this information. Last year more than 10,000 people in the U.S. lost more than $18 million to crooks in rental scams by wiring them money and giving out their personal information."

These are the signs a listing is a scam. The price is too reasonable. You can't meet the landlord face to face. He is either out of town or out of the country. You're asked to wire money to someone you've only texted with or emailed and you're also asked to give a lot of personal information to a stranger.

If you're ever suspicious about a scam, call us first. Our Call for Action team will be happy to check it out.

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