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Renter/Roommate Moving In

How the scam works:

(with video below) You are looking for a roommate or a renter for your place. You post an ad online and write a blurb about what you're looking for.

A day later, you receive a message from someone who, surprisingly enough, is exactly what you want. She says she's moving to your town for a job, and therefore money won't be an issue. She's also clean and courteous. Not only that, you both have a ton in common! After a few email exchanges, you two agree you'll make a good team and are excited about it. There are two variations of this scam:

Scenario 1: Check For Shipping Her Possesions

Watch the video below to see in action the Check For Shipping Renter's Possesions variation scam exposed:

Check For Shipping Renter's Possesions Scam Video

Scenario 2: Extra Money for A Few Days

She says she's arriving on the 9th next month, but has no problem paying the full month's rent. She mails you the check--but whoops! She wrote down the wrong amount. Instead of the $450 you asked for, there's an extra zero in there: $4,500! You let her know about the mistake. She tells you to cash it so you can pay the rent, but she asks you to wire her back the extra money, so she isn't completely broke. You do as she asks, only to find that just a few days later that the check bounced, and you're out thousands of dollars.

How to avoid the Roommate/Renter scam:

Either ask for a new check or ask for her to wire you the money. The other option is to cash the check and wait for it to clear before sending her all your money, but that could be valuable time you could be using to find a new roommate who isn't trying to take you for all you're worth.

Use only reputable websites when it comes to classifieds. However, do your diligence and review every person that you want to do business with.

How to report the Roommate/Renter scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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