BBB: Beware of 'too good to be true' rental ads

BBB: Beware of 'too good to be true' rental ads

(Toledo News Now) - As we move toward warmer weather, many families are considering a move. But the Better Business Bureau wants to remind people to be cautious of ads on Craigslist for homes that seem too good to be true.

The ads often list homes for rent with descriptions that seem too good to be true – because they are.

The poster of the ad claims to own the property but is out of town. He or she will ask you to send a deposit, possibly by Western Union, saying they will mail the keys afterward.

What's really going on in these cases is that a crook has taken photos and information about a home for sale from other websites and posted it as a rental on Craigslist. They don't own the home and it was never available to rent.

The BBB suggests driving by any home you see advertised and call the realtor on the sign to verify whether it's for sale or rent.

You can report any scam ads to Craigslist, the realtor involved, and the

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