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    Clay County Sheriff's Office warns about recent rise in reported rental home scams

    Clay County Sheriff's Office warns about recent rise in reported rental home scams



    By: Sarah Thompson @WOKV_Sarah

    August 7, 2018 1:32 PM

    Jacksonville, FL - If you're in the market to rent a home-- or know someone who is-- you'll want to watch out for this. The Clay County Sheriff's Office is warning about a recent rise in the number of reported rental scams, many of which involve Craigslist.

    According to deputies, scammers are using screenshots of legitimate homes that are for rent and then re-posting the home on Craiglist using a different phone number.

    Deputies say the scammers then use a stolen credit card to gain access to the home's key box, allowing them to show potential renters the home.
    After viewing the home, deputies say the scammers then offer to email a rental agreement, requiring one month's rent up front as a deposit and the first month's rent. But instead of cash or a check, deputies say the scammers ask for the deposit to be paid via gift cards-- especially Apple iTunes cards.

    But after moving in, deputies say the victim then learns they're actually trespassing.

    The Clay County Sheriff's Office has released 6 tips to avoid being ripped off:

    1. Do NOT send any payments using gift cards.

    2. If the rent seems low for the house, investigate.

    3. Request to meet with a representative or agent before sending over any money.

    4. Investigate online to see if the property is for rent on multiple sites.

    5. Talk to the neighbors, as they may be able to provide information about the legitimate owners.

    6. If the home's "owner" seems pushy and in a hurry to rent or refuses to meet in person, take that as a red flag.


    https://www.wokv.com/news/local/clay...qMy5trWaYLfxO/

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    This scam can happen ANYWHERE, not just Florida, so I posted this notice as a "Heads Up". alert.
    "To go bravely forward is to invite a miracle."

    "Worry is the darkroom where negatives are formed."

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