12 Signs of a Rental Scam You Should Be Aware of

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4. The Listing Asks for Serious Inquiries Only

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A landlord telling you they need to run a credit check on you before showing you the property or asking for cash or wire transfers before you can see the property because they are only interested in “serious inquiries” is a clear sign that you’re being scammed.

Yes, a landlord will run a credit check on you, but this is before closing the deal, not before showing you the property. And, they won’t ask you for money until the application process is complete.

3. They Tell You That You Can Pay the Rest Later

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You should expect to pay the full amount of the security deposit all at once. If the owner tells you that you can pay some now and the rest later, get out of there as quickly as you can.

“A scammer will likely not ask for the full amount due for a traditional move-in — such as the first month’s rent, a security deposit, and a pet deposit.

Instead, they’ll only ask for an amount that is quick money,” Seth Stephens, director of sales for Renters Warehouse in Seattle, told Reader’s Digest. And, “be wary of someone who is pushing to have funds wired or mailed to them quickly,” he added.