The amount of scammers found on Facebook is alarming. But, what is even more disappointing; no matter, how many times a scamming profile is reported to Facebook, they will not remove them. We can help!
Hackers (highlighted for emphasis) - Notice they are telling you to login with Facebook - this is how they hack your account - if you click the link - change your password immediately!
Check the URL of the profile and compare to the name of the profile, if it does not match - that is a red flag.
Most scammers will hide their friends. But, look at the pics and notice who is "liking" the photos.
Google is your friend! Search everything. Google the rental property, Google the phone #'s - you just never know what you will uncover.
Never, ever, send $ without seeing a rental property. You will be told one of a multitude of excuses why they cannot show you the property. Understand, you can still be scammed even when you are shown the property. Run, don't walk, when someone wants to send you the keys!
If you are asked to pay a deposit via Cash App or Venmo, this a red flag. These apps were designed to ONLY be used with parties you know. Ex: you are having dinner with a group and you want to split the check, so you send your friends your portion via an app. The reason scammers request payments via these apps is because there are NO consumer protections for you. Beware and steer clear!
In most States, you can view the legal owner of the property by searching the property address on the County Property Appraiser (Tax Collector) website. Keep in mind, so can the scammers and they can pose as the legal owners. If you want to know, without a doubt, if you are dealing with the true owner of a rental property - order a rental check.