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January 13th, 2010 3:18 PM by David W. Welch
Fred Thompson www.OrlRent.com heads up our property management division here at Remax 200 Realty. In our business meeting this morning Fred spoke about a rash of hijacked Craigs List ads. In the fake advertisements, the rents are too good to be true (first red flag), and require the prospective tenant to send money to them (second red flag), in West Africa (third red flag) and also e-mail their personal information (fourth red flag) before they can even get a key to see the place. Your best protection as a tenant is to deal with a reputable property management company. If you do decide to rent directly from an owner you may want to run a public records check to make sure the property you are about to lease is not going into foreclosure.