The posting is generally accompanied by a fictional story that has similarities to the following information: The rental belongs to a person/couple out of the country on some emergency. Originally the house was for sale but the person/couple changed their mind and now only want to rent the property. The rental price is far below the comparable market rate.
The consumer is instructed to fill in what appears to be personal information qualifying the person to rent the home. The consumer is told to send the rental deposit out of country (thus, the reason for the explanation that the posting is by someone who was called out of the country on an emergency). In cases that involve a posting where the property is indeed for sale, the consumer is encouraged to drive by the home but advised that any sign in the yard belongs to the “former realtor company.” The scam posting then warns the consumer NOT to contact the realtor company as it no longer has keys to the property.
This type of scam is designed to make the consumer part with money and/or personal information. Be wary as these types of postings are almost always scams.
For additional information on protecting yourself from these crimes, contact the Consumer Fraud and Economic Crimes Division of the District Attorney’s Office at (316) 660-3653 or visit the District Attorney’s website at http://sedgwickcounty.org/da for helpful links.