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There are those who are praying on us who are simply trying to find a place to live. It's hard enough looking for a new place then the whole process of moving and hoping you'll fit into your new environment. Now we've got to watch out for scammers who advertise fake ads. The best way to tell is to rely on that old saying, if it's too good to be true...then it always is. Never send money to anyone, always meet whomever is renting the apartment or home to view the place, meet your neighbors and ask questions about the manager/owner, ask to see legal documents of home ownership or if apartment a renters application with complex information on top. These asshole are getting more and more better at this so contact your local police for additional help. Don't be afraid to ask for proof thinking that it may prevent your chances of renting, it definitely will prevent your chances of losing and never getting back your hard earned rent money. The other scam is legal but nonetheless a scam, it's comes from the person(s) renting or some type of business acting in place of the manager or owner. They want $35 to $50 for a application/background check fee which is non-refundable. They say they will be in touch after they review the information but your chances are 50/50 that you will get the place. Meanwhile these assholes are sitting back collecting these so called applications fees over a month or longer until they decide to finally let some poor soul rent the apartment or home or not, nobody is the wiser. Ten applicants times $50 is $500, not a bad legal scam. It's tough out here but reply on your instincts, friends and your local police if necessary.
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