Scammers Renting Occupied Houses

Scam artists are successful pocketing deposits after renting out occupied houses.
1:51 | 05/03/15

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So, imagine this one. You get a knock on your front door from someone who says you're in the house they rented and it's your house. It is a growing real estate crime. Scammers listing homes online, making off with the deposits. So, how do you spot the fakes? Here's Linzie Janis. Came downstairs. Reporter: Tonight, this Indiana woman still shocked by the rental scam targeting her home. People were getting out of their cars, ringing our doorbell, looking into our windows. Reporter: Those people responding to an online posting advertising a three-bedroom, two-bath house, with a big backyard, for rent for just $750 a month. The only problem -- Amy Hagans's house is not for rent. I opened the door to see a lady standing on my porch, Reading the sign on our front door. Reporter: The Hagans's even had to put up a sign, saying, "Our house is not for rent," to warn renters who had fallen for the scam. One woman even lost a $275 deposit, after receiving the ad on craigslist. It's called scraping. Scammers create fraudulent rental listings using photos and details from legitimate postings already online. In this case, taking images from a real estate company's website where the Hagans's were legitimately selling their home. It's very easy to hijack an existing listing. Reporter: Scams like these costing Americans nearly $20 million in 2014. And the FBI estimates the actual number of cases could be ten times higher. Well, to make sure you don't fall victim, experts say never wire money. Use a credit card instead. Also, try a reverse image search for the listing photos on a site like Google. If they pop up, renter beware. Finally, Cecilia, if a rental price looks way too good to be true, it probably is. Good advice. If it sounds too good to be true, right.

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