4/22/2014 8:43 AM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorney
General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginia residents about a rental
In the scam, people post fake rental
ads on Craigslist or other websites. Consumers who respond receive information
about properties that don't exist, are not available or are owned by someone
else. The supposed landlords often ask for rent up front and promise that keys
or a lease will be mailed upon receipt.
In other situations, scammers are
hacking into the emails of property owners and sending fake, forged contracts
through a website for vacation rental property owners. These contracts direct
the renters to send money either through pre-paid debit cards or money order to
bank accounts owned by the scammers.
Morrisey says it's important to verify
that rental property is legitimate before sending money.
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