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Rental Fraud Cases and Safety Concerns Persist

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Rental Fraud Cases and Safety Concerns Persist

Editor’s Note: Managing Brokers are encouraged to share the following article with their agents. 

Late last summer, MIBOR posted information about an ongoing rental scam in which listing information is scraped from online listings and fraudulently promoted as a rental property in an attempt to gain deposit money and/or confidential identity information from consumers. At that time, we produced a video aimed at consumers regarding warning signs. The video, featuring MIBOR member Dan Baldini, was posted to the MIBOR Website and promoted to members to increase awareness of the problem. Click here to view.

A new version of this problem has recently emerged. In the last week, we have been alerted to four to five rental fraud situations of an extremely alarming nature. Now beyond just a request for information or funds, some of these reports include a scammer who is asking to meet the potential renter at a listing. In at least two cases, money has been exchanged. There are several cases where the scammer has targeted a vacant home, broken into the lockbox and obtained entrance into the property. MORE

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