Posted: 18 Dec 2013 10:58 AM PST
Renting a home is a very stressful process. You have to find the right house, in the right neighborhood, at the right price before someone else snatches the home right out from under you.
And the scammers know this, and frequent Craigslist to take advantage of you. Finding the perfect home at the perfect price is tough, and our defenses are down when we get the emotional rush of the perfect home at a great price.
This is what the Craigslist scammers are counting on.
So if you have found this article odds are you got that horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach that your deal might be too good to believe. Read the rest to be an educated and aware consumer, and not a statistic.
Five Ways To Avoid A Craigslist Rental Scam
Do Not Rent The Home Until You Have Met The Person Renting It and Have Previewed the Property
Check And Make Sure The Price Is Right For The Market
Do Not Use Western Union or Wire The Money (or share your bank information)
Check The Local Tax Records For Ownership
Check To See If The Home Not For Sale
BONUS TIP – Use Your Intuition
We have heard hundreds of stories from folks who have been ripped off by these Craigslist Scams since we first started writing about them in 2009. Save your family the pain and anguish by following these simple steps when renting a home you found on Craigslist.
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If you want to share how someone tried to scam you, let us know in the comments. Together we can help stop these evil people praying on others.
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