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The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a rental scam on November 10th, 2014, and we wanted prospective renters to be aware of it. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a rental scam on November 10th, 2014, and we wanted prospective renters to be aware of it.
SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're looking to rent a home in the area, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has a warning for you. Recently the department received a report of a rental scam. The potential victim told deputies she was looking for a home to rent and found one she liked on Trulia. 


The renter made contact to get more information and was told the home was being rented out because the owner could not find a buyer for it, but because it was located in a gated community, the renter could not see it until she filled out a rental application. 

The potential renter filled out the application and was approved, but she needed to send the "owner" $1,100 for the deposit, along with the first and last month's rent. The woman was told as soon as payment was received, she could move in. 

The woman had a bad feeling about the situation so she drove by the home, contacted the actual listing agency and found out the house was actually in a senior living community and was not for rent. 

The woman received texts and emails from the "owner" asking her to send money to a location in El Campos, Texas, but did not reply. 

The Sheriff's Office wanted to take this opportunity to remind potential renters and buyers to be vigilant and always verify people claiming to be employees of a company, any purchase or any financial transaction before you allow someone you don't know into your home or make any payment. 

The Sheriff's Office said these scams may have different stories, but one thing is always the same, they want to fraudulently take your money. 

More information regarding scams and consumer information can be found on the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ 

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