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Beware of Rental House Scam

A local woman was excited after seeing pictures of two Colorado Springs homes featured on a couple of well-known rental home websites.

Brittany Radcliff says the prices were affordable, all utilities were included, and they were available right away.

But then the so-called homeowners asked for her personal information, demanded cash upfront, and promised to Fed-ex her the keys.

Brittany says, "I knew it was a scam right away, but it made me angry because I know that some people are naive enough to fall for this. That's why there are so many people obviously doing it."

Brittany says one alleged owner claims to be a missionary, the other a humanitarian doctor working in Malaysia.

But when we knocked on one door we learned the owner wasn't in southeast Asia at all. His house info had simply been hijacked from a "for sale" website and stuck on several "for rent" sites. We talked to his tenant.

William Cowan told us, "It worries me because every day we have at least 2 or 3 realtors showing the house and they're in our house without either of us being home and that concerns me."

Beware of red flags like too-good-to-be-true rental prices, deposits that must be wired, and no face-to-face meetings with the landlord.
If you're selling a home consider putting up a sign that says "not for rent, for sale only.


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