It has been going on for years: Rental scams posted on various websites.
Typically, it works like this:
A legitimate home is listed for sale or rent by a real estate professional.
Scammers then take that property’s information, including the photos, and places ads for the home as a rental for much, much less than the fair market rent for the property.
Usually, when people inquire about these false ads, they are told to drive by the home and then if they like it, to wire money to that fake “landlord.” I have had consumers do this, see our Fab Real Estate For Rent sign in the yard, and then call us. Most often, they have been told the rent will be half of what the home is worth. Fortunately, if they call us, we can clear up the issues and save them from sending any money.
This has been going on for years. Always remember: If it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.
Do your due diligence.
The City of Danbury Police Department has now issued a warning.