Renter/Roommate Moving In
New Renter/Roommate Scam: How It 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 precisely what you want. She says she's moving to your town for a new 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: Cheque For Shipping Her Possesions
Watch the video below to see in action the Cheque For Shipping Renter's Possesions variation scam exposed:
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 cheque–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 cheque bounced, and you're out thousands of dollars.
Renter/ Roommate Scam: How To Avoid
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 a 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.
New Renter/Roommate Scam: How To Report
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