Avoid Scams In Rental Housing - Tips To Avoid Rental Scams
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    Tips to avoid a scam in rental housing:

    If you are aware of a rental listing scam you can report it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Compliant Center (IC3) by clicking here.  Or you can contact the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here.

    If you suspect or are aware that a rental listing posted on Turbo Tenant is a scam please click the “Report Listing” link on the listing page or email us the details at:  badlisting@turbotenant.com

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    Here is an example of an actual scam advertisement:

    Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. I am Purcell Emmett the owner of the house you are making inquiry of. Actually I resided in the house with my wife and before and presently we have moved out due to a missionary calling for a period of 3-5 years. Presently my house is still available for rent (rent already includes utilities). I attended a course in theology at the South London Christian College. Presently I am in the ministry working for God as a missionary in West Africa, due to the mass decision by U.S churches to promote the gospel to reach people in the West Africa region.
    The house was previously listed with a Realtor but we decided to handle it on our own in order to know who we are renting to. Also, due to the fact that a Realtor agent would want to handle it professionally and the occupant may not be able to reason along with him/her later. This is one reason the price we are offering is far below standard rental price and this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the utmost care and maintenance for the property. I know there may be no way we can be sure of the right person to live in the house because we won’t be able to meet before hand regarding sending you the keys and the documents to occupy the space and since we don’t run credit checks.

    So if you believe you can take good care of the house and handle it like yours then I will be more than willing to let you rent the house.

    This 3 bedroom 2 bath house has been recently updated and features a large finished basement with bonus room. 2 fireplaces. Attached 1 car garage, fenced yard and children’s play area are some of the great features this house offers.

    Rent: $700
    Security Deposit: $700

    Name (First name/ Middle name/Surname ) : __________?
    Phone # : __________?
    E-mail : __________?
    Best time to call : __________?
    How many proposed occupants : __________?
    List all in addition to yourself including approx age : __________?
    Present Address : __________?
    City/State : __________?
    Will you have pets : __________?
    Please describe Breed, size : __________?
    Personality of pet : __________?
    Preferred move in date : __________?
    Intended length of lease: __________?
    Earliest possible date of deposit payment: __________?
    Length of previous tenancy : __________?
    Present occupation : __________?
    Are you a section 8 applicant : __________?
    Do you run a business from home : __________?
    If so what kind of business : __________?
    Do you work late night : __________?
    Do you smoke : __________?
    Do you drink : __________?
    Please feel free to ask any questions you do not understand and I will be looking forward to receive your email as soon as possible. As I am not around to show the inside, you can go check out the house and the neighborhood from the outside and get back to me if you really like it for more information. Please respond ASAP.

    Emmett M Purcell.