Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Fraud: How It Works
(with video below) You are looking online for affordable housing. After a long research, it seems your efforts have paid off. As you are browsing the web, you come across a link that offers you a spot on the Housing Choice Voucher Program through Section 8, also known as Section 8 of the Housing Act of 1937.
Section 8 authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 4.8 million low-income households in the United States. The largest part of the section is the Housing Choice Voucher program, which pays a significant portion of the rents and utilities of about 2.1 million households. How does the scam work?
Happy to have been offered the opportunity, you click one of the top search results. You are taken tо а wеbsіtе that resembles the real one, including a display of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development logo, contacts and fill out forms. Little do you know that preying on people's needs to get affordable housing, criminals set up this fake web page with bogus registrations for the Housing Choice Voucher.
You start to sign up for the waiting list, but to claim your eligibility you are required to pay a registration fee and provide sensitive personal information, such as your Social Security Number. The fee goes straight to the scammers' bank accounts. Con artists can also use your personal information to commit identity theft.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Scam: How To Avoid
First, you need to understand more details about the Section 8. Watch the video below to see how Section 8 Housing works.How Section 8 Housing Works Video
To register for a Housing Choice Voucher program, you need to go through your local housing authority. You'll find their email and phone number housing regulatory agency website. Authorities do not charge fees for something like this. They also won't reach out to you by phone or email to suggest that you join a waiting list.
Don't wire money or use a prepaid credit card. Scammers often pressure people into wiring money or putting cash on a prepaid debit card. Why? It's like sending cash: once it's gone, you can't trace it or get it back.
Government agenies do not typically ask for money using these forms of payment, so consider that a red flag. Be a skeptical search engine user. Just because something appears high in search results doesn't necessarily mean it's legitimate. Be sure to double check the URL or type it in directly if making a purchase or sharing personal information online.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Scam: How To Report
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