BBB Warns Renters: Beware Of Fake Landlords On Craigslist

RentalHouseBy Jerri Stroud, BBB Editor

Rental scams have been around for years, but it never hurts to warn consumers to be vigilant about keeping their personal information safe.

Today’s BBB press release details the experience of a St. Louis man who says a Craigslist advertiser tried to trick him into revealing sensitive personal information when he responded to a too-good-to-be-true ad offering to rent a two-bedroom home here for $410 a month. The ad included photos “borrowed” from a legitimate ad from an owner selling the house.

The “landlord” sent the potential renter emails asking him to fill out a form to obtain a “free” credit report, allegedly to assure the landlord that the renter was an “eligible” renter. In these scams, the “landlord” stops communicating with the consumer as soon as the information is entered into the form.

Similar schemes have surfaced in states stretching from Virginia to Alaska.  Today’s release includes tips for consumers seeking to rent homes or apartments.

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