Housing scam making its way around Bryan-College Station

POSTED: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:03am

Apartment hunters beware; a housing scam is currently making its rounds in Bryan-College Station.

"As in many scams this is cyclical scam," said president of the Bryan-College Station Better Business Bureau, Bill McGuire. "It's going to come around the time when people are moving or looking to move "

McGuire says the scammer is listing properties already on the market on websites like Hotpads, Craigslist and Trulia for a cheap price.

"That's the driving factor here," McGuire said. "One of the properties was a three bedroom, two bathroom house for $800 a month which should make you go, 'Hmm that seems a little low for that kind of house.'"

Once you're interested in leasing the property, the scammer then asks you to wire money to them in exchange for the keys.

In reality, you'll never get the keys and more importantly you'll be out $800 to $900 bucks.

"They baited the hook with the price," McGuire said. "But in this case, once again it's too good to be true."

In both cases the victims realized they were being duped before it was too late.

McGuire says if you have any concerns about a listing you should check with a realtor first to make sure it's the real deal.

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