Looking for an apartment or house to rent? That online listing may be a scam

Jan. 15, 2020, 5:34 PM EST By Herb Weisbaum

Most people looking for a place to rent start their search online. Internet listings provide a wealth of information beyond price — pictures, floor plans, amenities, perks and a detailed description of the property.

But many of these listing are bogus, created by scammers who hope to steal thousands of dollars in upfront fees for a place they don’t own or don’t have the right to rent. Some properties may not even be for rent.

A report from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) calls it a “massive” problem, that’s getting worse.

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