We have had an increased frenzy of rental scams again lately. It's a real pain for everyone.
What happens is-- someone steals a listings photos, property description, and details from a legitimate posting online, reduces the price, and tries to intercept potential tenants and steal their deposit money while posing as a property owner, investor, or property manager. I had someone steal one of my rental listings this week, and here's even a cell screenshot of how this has been playing out via text between me (AKA "Susan") and the person who stole my listing and is trying to pass it off as their own.
So, how do you protect yourself from being scammed?
1) Ask the landlord to describe the property. Do they know the complete address and zip…