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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:

Cheque For Shipping 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 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

Warn your family and friends about the New Renter 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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I listed a room for rent on Craigslist and a supposedly deaf woman answered the ad and of course we couldn’t talk on the phone since she was deaf, right? So "she" agrees to send first week as a deposit. Her "uncle" sends me a check for ten times that amount, and she explains I can use this money to pay her shipper or something via MoneyGram, then keep my share for the deposit. I found this a clever one because I automatically was very lenient with the brave deaf woman. I did lose money on potential rent for the… Read more »


I had an agreement with a lady from liverpool that she would rent me her flat in singapore. After i transferred a sum to their agent, no news


Linda Myles is still scamming. I just went thru the same scenario, with deaf, Linda Myles, saying that she was shipping things, and sent extra money for me to forward for her shipping. The Check was from Arizona Keybank National Association, which has a place online about their checks, and fraud. Linda, supposed to be from Georgia, wanted me to Western Union the money for shipping to Georgia, but her stuff was supposed to be in San Diego, plus the priority envelope was sent from Connecticut. The Banker that tipped me on the scam, basically said that any deposit sent… Read more »

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