Beware of rental scams! There are people out there pretending to be homeowners or landlords, posting rental properties on various platforms like social media and websites. They trick people into sending them money upfront for a damage deposit. Some even go as far as letting people move into the homes, if they’re vacant. So here's what you need to know:
First, if an ad seems too good to be true - amazing price, great location - trust your instincts and be cautious. Drive by the property and watch out for a "for sale" sign, a clue that something is not right.
Second, don't send money to anyone unless you can verify their identity. These scammers will rush you into paying the deposit, tempting you with a great deal that's too good to pass up.
Third, trust your gut... If the landlord won't meet with you, or if they rely on a locksmith to open the doors for you, that's a red flag. I've even seen fake tenancy agreements, so be careful.
And if you’re a homeowner with a vacant property for sale, make sure to check on it regularly. This scam is happening in Regina and across the country, so please be cautious out there.
Let me know if you have questions or want to learn more about how to protect yourself from this type of scam.