At SeattleRentals.com, we try our best to monitor scam accounts and advertisements.
However, not all scam and fraudulent advertisements get detected by our team.
The best way for you to avoid being a victim of fraudulent advertising are:
- Deal locally, face-to-face: following this one rule will avoid 99% of scam attempts.
- Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
- Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union).
- Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a “guarantee.
- Never give out financial info that isn’t on a secure, known platform (bank account, social security,
PayPal account, etc.).
- It is best not to rent sight-unseen – It is a good idea to have someone assist you in this search
if you are not currently in the Seattle area. Either a friend or relative , whose opinion you trust,
or a Real Estate professional that specializes in Residential Rentals, like our sister company Seattle
- Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.
If you suspect that a SeattleRentals.com ad may be connected to a scam, please send us the details.
If you suspect you have been a victim of a fraudulent or scam account or ad, here are some helpful links
you may need to resolve the issue:
If you are defrauded by someone you met in person, contact your local police department.
Keep an eye out for these red flags:
- You’re asked to send money without having met anyone, seen the apartment, and/or signed a lease –
It is not normal for a landlord or leasing professional to ask for deposit or holding fee before
you have had a chance to view the property. If you are looking from out of state it is best to
work with a leasing specialist or to have a friend or relative in the area assist you to make
sure the property is as described.
- The landlord seems too eager to lease the apartment to you. – Most landlords want to know your
credit score, and the may also want more information about you, including but not limited to
criminal background check and employment verification. If a landlord does not seem interested
in any form of tenant screening, or seems eager to negotiate the rental rate and other lease
terms, it’s suspicious.
- You’re asked to pay an unusually high security deposit or too many upfront fees – In the
Seattle area the general rule of thumb is the security deposit should be equal to the first’s
month’s rent. Additional fees that you could pay are Application fees (between $25 – $60),
Utilities fees ($50-$80 per person), Parking Fee ($100 - $200 and could be monthly or a flat rate),
Pet rents and fees. If the landlord wants a higher security deposit than what’s required by law, or
if there are multiple upfront fees, it could be a sign that the landlord wants to take your money.
- If you feel sales pressure from the landlord, it could be a red flag as well.