If you are considering utilizing Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or other sites, please heed caution. As with anything, do your research to ensure that you are entering an optimal space for you. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Common signs of fraud include:
- Being asked to send money via Western Union, MoneyGram, or prepaid Visa cards.
- Landlords, property managers, or rental agents who insist that you send money urgently, either before you have had time to explore the unit or before completing a rental application.
- Landlords or rental agents who refuse to provide their information or to meet in person.
We highly recommend that you do not sign a lease, provide personal information, or make payments until you have seen the space, reviewed the lease, and made any changes to/inquired about any clauses that you are uncomfortable with. For your protection, insist that everything be put in writing, including payment receipts, lease agreements, and any promises from the landlord, property manager, or rental agent.