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Here’s What You Need To Know About The Latest Scam Targeting Homeowners And Renters

ileana by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Dana Samartine and her family were excited to move earlier this year, but they wanted to rent out their old house to help pay for the mortgage on the new one.

They posted a rental ad on Zillow, but she quickly got alarming messages from people who saw the ad.

Many people reached out to Dana to let her know that the Zillow listing was also up on Craigslist, event though Dana hadn’t posted it on that website.

A scammer had stolen Dana’s photos and information from Zillow, then listed it on Craigslist for a cheaper price.

The scammer told potential renters to just go look in the windows before deciding if they wanted to rent — but Dana and her family were still living there!

The scam didn’t just hurt Dana, though. It could also harm potential renters; if they follow the links on Craigslist, they end up at a form asking for their social security number and a security deposit, which would go straight to the scammer’s pocket.

If you’re planning to rent in the near future, be vigilant: always make sure the listings on different sites are listed for the same price. If you think someone has stolen your listing, contact your local authorities and Craigslist.

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