A MOM was left in despair after putting a deposit on a home before realizing a family was living inside.
Kimberly Causey found the property on the real estate website Zillow and even toured the house.
The parent of two, from Roanoke, Virginia, wired $4,700 via Zelle but it emerged she had fallen victim to a scam, per the CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV.
Causey thought the payment would’ve secured the home she wanted to rent.
She claimed she was even given a time to meet and sign the necessary paperwork.
Causey turned up to the property with all her belongings before realizing a family was living there.
“We talked to the owners, and they said they’d been there exactly a month. It was the week after I gave my security deposit,” she said.
Causey admitted she’s cried a lot since the ordeal happened.
Property experts at Avail have revealed a series of red flags prospective renters should be aware of
Renters should be cautious of adverts that have grammar errors.
Landlords should carry out a screening process before accepting a potential tenant.
Prospective renters should make sure they meet the landlord in person to reduce the risk of being scammed.
They should also make an effort to see the home in person.
Prospective renters should make sure the listing is legitimate and has been verified.
Renters and buyers should also be wary if the price seems too good to be true.
Landlords shouldn’t ask for deposits before leases are signed.
The U.S. Sun has approached Zillow for comment.
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