How the scam works:
You've been renting a house for a few months now and have finally unpacked everything. One day, you come home and find new locks on the door. "That's odd", you contemplate and try contacting the landlord with no success.
As you are walking around to the front of the property, there's a sign on the front of the house that says the property is in the beginning stages of foreclosure. After doing some research, you discover that the house you are living in dropped drastically in price within the last year.
What happened was the owner decided the investment wasn't worth it and stopped making the payments; at the same time finding a way to make some money off the property – looking for someone that was willing to pay rent in advance for 6 or 12 months. You are that victim. The landlord took off as soon as you paid.
How to avoid the Renting a Forclosure scam:
Whenever you rent, always make sure the mortgage is up to date, and the payments are actually made on time. This may be an awkward conversation, but in the long run, you'll be much better off.
How to report the Renting a Forclosure scam:
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