CROMWELL, CT — Finding a new place in which to live is stressful! Scammers know that people in the midst of moving don’t always have time to do the necessary research. Avoid scams by watching out for these latest tricks.
How the scam works:
The scammer will then create a false sense of urgency, telling you that others are interested, so you must act immediately. They will ask for a security deposit and/or the first month’s rent to reserve the property. The scammer may claim that you can see the property through a rental agent – only after you pay the deposit. In some versions, the “landlord” will require prospective tenants to complete an application form, which asks for personal details like a Social Security number.
One renter reported this experience, “I saw a house for rent on Facebook and reached out… They sent me an application link and requested $50 per adult through CashApp. I sent $100 for two adults and got a confirmation link saying they received the application. After that, they requested $400 to be sent to them to hold the property. I refused since I had not met them in person or seen the house.”