Real estate scam hits Bellbrook

Renting a home in Bellbrook? Be sure to know your prospective landlord

The catch is that the homes are listed for an attractive rental price that’s “too good to be true.”

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Scammers will attempt to “rent” the property to you by creating a false internet ad, then pressuring you by collecting security deposits and rent in advance, all while managing the paperwork/lease by emails.

To protect yourself from property scammers:

  • Know your prospective landlord: Ask to see the property in person and meet the company or landlord you’ll be renting from and ask to see their credentials
  • Don’t get pressured into wiring or sending cash deposits before you see the property in an effort to secure a home; if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is
  • Don’t sign a lease for the property before you see it in person
  • Consider using a licensed real estate professional to help you in your rental home search

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