Its crazy to think that some people can get away with this. Unfortunately, sites like Trulia are viewed often by buyers/renters. So, for this to happen there does not look good.
Michelle gives all the details below about what happened. Scary to think that a Renter would have to double/triple check on the Rental Management Company or Individual Homeowner.
I guess the only thing to do is that while the landlord is doing a background check on you, you should also do one on them before you write a check for anything.
BEWARE of Scammers on TRULIA!
Friday I receive a direct e-mail from a tenant questioning the list price of my new rental listing in Smithbrooke because they saw it on another website for less.
Since it's my rental listing and we've never had a price reduction on the property there is no way it should be listed elsewhere for less.
I ask the tenant where they saw the property listed for less and her response TRULIA.
The listing is $1,100 a month and this scammer took my content (description and pictures), then posted it on Trulia for $750 a month. I know this happens on craigslist all the time, but I had no clue it was happening on Trulia too.
Below is the response I received from the scammer when I inquired about MY listing:
How do you do ? Thanks for the interest in my House,my house is still available for rent and is located at :### 6936 Crooked Fence Drive, Lake Worth, FL 33467 ###, quite and safe I only need someone that can take good care of the house at my absence because right now am not around i just secured a contract in Westminster, London of which i will not be back until after 2years. And am here with the house keys and document,i tried to look for management before i left but couldn't get any in time.If you know that you have a good reference and a good credential you can email me back to secure and occupy my house at my absent.
Address:6936 Crooked Fence Drive, Lake Worth, FL 33467 (map)
Great 2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom Townhome for Rent in Smithbrooke. This two story townhome features brand new appliances, brand new carpet and the entire interior has been freshly painted. The first floor has tile throughout the living room, dining room, kitchen and half bathroom. The kitchen has a pass through to the dining area, which could also be used as a breakfast bar. The living and dining room have sliding glass doors that lead out to the covered and screened patio, which has a storage closet. Two master bedrooms are located on the second floor, each with a private bathroom and walk-in closet.
Pets Allowed: Yes
Hope you are Okay with the rent fee of $750 per month and a $400 Earnest security Deposit to Hold Property , get back to me asap because i need a tenant urgently and i can also forward the application form to you, if you are interested. Have a nice day.
I've already reported it to Trulia on Saturday morning, so let's see how long it takes to be removed.
UPDATE: I just received an e-mail from Trulia, they have removed the posting and recommend reporting it to the FBI @ http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
Originally posted at http://wellingtonhometeam.com/beware-of-scammers-on-trulia/
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