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Scammers Looking to Rent out Homes They Don't Own

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If you are looking for a new home to rent, watch out for people trying to steal your personal information or money. If you are looking for a new home to rent, watch out for people trying to steal your personal information or money.

PASCO, WA - If you are looking for a new home to rent, watch out for people trying to steal your personal information or money.

Two local women that were looking for a rental home responded to a listing for a house in Pasco.
     
But, as the women found out, somebody was trying to rent out a house they did not own.

Barbara Hane explained that she was glad the two young women looking to rent the house next door came to her with some questions.

"I said to the girls, I don't believe that's correct," Hane said.

The scammer's listing described a three bedroom home for rent for $700, in Pasco.

The house is for rent and is correctly listed by Tri-Cities Property Management, but the house hunters did not see that listing, they saw one on Placeofmine.com, posted by a scammer.

The actual home owner in this case explained she was shocked to hear someone else was trying to rent out her house.

"They just take the photos all the information and they change the phone number and they lower the price and they make it a really sweet deal," said Traci Wagner, Homeowner.

According to renterscams.org, one way to tell if scammers are trying to rent a home they do not own is to look at the average rental rate for the area. If the rent looks too good to be true, it probably is.

The women shared the emails they received from the scammer with the next door neighbor.

"Scammers will try to rent a property without a tour, they will mention moving last minute to Africa or some other country. Some scammers give reasons like they are doctors or surgeons there as the reason they cannot show the property. 

Renterscams.org says scammers often mention being Christians.

Experts suggest landlords place a sign on the window giving potential renters specific contact information so that they are not fooled by scammers.

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