Trends With Tricia: I'm Sick of These Scams!!! Renters Beware!!

I'm Sick of These Scams!!! Renters Beware!!



I am always amazed at the gall of some people.  This isn't the first time that one of my rental listings has been hacked and placed on a third-party site in an effort to rip others off.

I have a townhome for lease in Plano, TX for $1350 a month.  The owners just happened to go to the house yesterday and found a woman walking around the outside looking in the windows.  She explained to them that she was looking to rent the house for $500 a month and a $400 deposit.  Then she showed them this email correspondence:


Not only are they trying to swindle money from people, but they are using an excuse that they are missionaries!  What is the scum beneath scum?!  

If you are a potential renter and you see an ad on a website (this was Craigslist), do your homework!  A quick Google search of the property address and the given number and email will tell you A LOT!

In this instance, a search of the address would reveal several websites that advertised my listing for $1350 and included my contact information, not some random person.  I Googled the number that was in the email asking for text communication only and it revealed it was a land line.  Fishy.  And take a look at the verbiage and language.  Who uses USD when describing money?  People who are not from this country.  Even fishier.  I love that you can also do a Google search for an email address and this is what I found, the original Craigslist post.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsTricia Hoffmann • June 01 2012 09:59PM


Ill rent it fast, sounds like a great deal honey. where is the check book, oh wait it says money order. 

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Its sad the length people will go to steal a buck. Good luck renting it and good job catching the scam.

Posted by Janine Boulay-Seibert, NC & GA Real Estate Broker (Remax Town & Country) almost 7 years ago

Wow, what people wont do.  I'm sorry that happened.  Thank you for making us aware!

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida) almost 7 years ago

How fortunate for all that the owners just happened to go by at the right time that day!  I've heard this happens a lot on Craigs List even for properties listed for sale that the thieves try to rent out!

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Tricia.  Please report this to the proper authorities.  This is absolutely horrible!  Thank you so much for getting the word out there.

Posted by Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR (Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087) almost 7 years ago

You would think that by now people would know that you avoid 99.9% of these ripoffs if you deal with people you can meet in person.  Good thing you saved that person from losing their money!

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach ( (757) 560-0881) almost 7 years ago

Tricia, I am pleased you shared this with us on Active Rain. We all need to be aware of this kind of scam.... I also agree with Linda above that you should report this, at least to Craigslist. Thanks for posting.

Posted by David Burrows, No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate (Classic Realty) almost 7 years ago

I, too, am glad that my clients happened to show up.  If it's not one thing, it seems to be another when talking about scams.  

Linda and David, both my client and I reported it to Craigslist but it is still up there.  I am tempted to call the number today :)

Not the type of blog posts I like to write but important information everyone needs to be aware of.

Posted by Tricia Hoffmann (Your Home Free) almost 7 years ago


I've experienced this as well. It's so prevalent here that I'd be surprised if my listings weren't being scammed somewhere. I love how they state on your letter that they "hope" the tenant is okay with a $400 security deposit. Lol. Ridiculous.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 7 years ago