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Posted on January 15, 2016 by Bush Johnson in Property Management
The following story was shared by a landlord about prospective tenants being scammed by “pretend landlords”. This sample story continues to become more and more prevalent throughout the country.

“Listed a property on Postlets this week. Received two calls from prospective tenants saying they found my ad on Trulia being pushed by a scammer to get people to wire the security deposit in exchange for keys. Both prospects almost fell for it given their sense of urgency and the great deal being advertised ($300 less per mo). Postlets said to take it up with Trulia. No response from Trulia yet.”

A fellow landlord shares the following tips on how to prevent your rental house from being used by scammers.

“Just happened to me – an alert local Realtor saw it. I had watermarked, but not large, and the scammer managed to blur it a little. Here’s what to do: Go to the Trulia listing. Under the listing photo, hover your cursor on the word “more”. In the dropdown, chose “flag”. Next, email, giving specifics that you are the owner, and this is fraudulent. They took it down within 10 hours, but in the meanwhile, I put an alert on my real ads to look out for “Keisha Jones”, the name the scammer gave.

(In the future)… get at least your main photo watermarked with a phone number and email address, fairly prominently. I use picmonkey – choose “Edit”, upload your photo, then select Tt on the far left to create a textbox. Pretty easy, even for non-photo-editing savvy me.”

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