Rental Scams are on the rise. Renters Beware. Report scams to the FTC.

Scammers often advertise rentals that don’t exist or aren’t available to trick people into sending money before they find out the truth. Scammers know that finding the right apartment or vacation rental can be hard work, and a seemingly good deal is hard to pass up. They’ve been known to game some vacation rental websites and bulletin boards. Here are some signs you may be dealing with a scam:
They tell you to wire money
They want a security deposit or first month’s rent before you’ve met or signed a lease
They say they’re out of the country – But they have a plan to get the keys into your hands
If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment, or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking. What if the rental itself is overseas? Paying with a credit card or through a reputable vacation rental website with its own payment system are your safest bets. If you find yourself the target of a rental scam, report it to your local law enforcement agency and to the FTC. Read more.