A local resident responded to a rental classified ad on Kijiji, an eBay classified engine targeting the real estate market. The website advertised a home for rent in Sarnia. Lisa Mayo contacted an individual who she believed was the owner of the residence via the online ad and negotiated a rental price, but when the con artist demanded a wire transfer be sent for the first month's rent- she began to get suspicious.
Mayo contacted a local real estate agent in the area who was able to track down the name of the home's actual owner.
Mayo contacted the real owners, who said they'd heard from others also claiming to have rented their home.
If you are searching for a home rental, it is always wise to utilize the services of a licensed real estate professional to ensure you protect your family from online rental scams. In most cases, when using a realtor- the buyer or renter does not have to pay anything extra since the broker's commission is normally paid by the property owner.
If you would need a referral to a licensed brokerage in your area, the Progressive Real Estate Agency offers a free client referral service to assist with any type of real estate transaction within the United States and Canada. You can contact a licensed agent with the Progressive Real Estate Agency by phone at 800-868-8290 or by visiting http://progressiveresales.com.