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Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana is warning you about rental scams

There is a rise in fake rental listings.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 7:29 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2019 10:15 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - So you've found the perfect place to live, great location and an even better price.

That was the case for John Paschall until some red flags started flying.

"He said I'm out of state. I'm working out of state. I'm taking care of my father's estate, working jobs out of state so I won't be able to show you in person," Paschall explained.

Paschall and his wife liked the $600 a month rent at a home in Historic West Central Neighborhood, but the landlord refused to let them inside to see it.

Once the landlord found out Paschall works for the Better Business Bureau, the listing disappeared from Facebook Marketplace.

The BBB sees this and similar scams all the time.

"The worst is if they ask you to wire money to them. Most likely this fraud is probably somewhere not even here in the United States. It's generally someone in a different country," CEO Marjorie Stephens said.

Things like asking for money upfront, getting people to buy online directories of homes supposedly for rent, and tricking victims to sign up for credit monitoring are all a part of fake listings.

If you suspect a suspicious listing contact the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana at 800-552-4631.

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