Rental Scams are on the Rise in Palestine TX
Folks searching for rentals in Palestine are being scammed—these criminals are scamming renters, agents and landlords. This is something to be aware of for everyone, as it is getting more common and is especially prevalent this time of year. The internet is an easy way to pre-screen your next rental, but always beware when searching online. Remember that anyone (anywhere) can post anything online with a quick click of a button. Use some of these tips to avoid a rental scam:
It’s sad that this is even having to be discussed. I have caught several scraped/fraudulent listings lately. These are local “listings” and sadly, it is happening here every day. If you catch a scam, report it to the website immediately!
The bottom line in avoiding this type of scam is to use common sense. Trust, but ALWAYS verify. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The majority of ads are not scams, but these types of cons are on the rise, so it pays to do a little homework to make sure that it’s a truly a good deal.
Lisa E. Priest hates a thief and is an East Texas Area Broker/REALTOR® and Property Manager with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at BuyPalestine.com.
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