Apartment – Condo – House Rental Scams
Thousands of hits to this blog in the past few weeks are related to residential rental scams. Here is a posting from FlakeList.org describing the scam:
This is a simple scam done through affiliate marketing. The scammer will advertise properties for rent all over the nation through popular free websites. The advertisements will look like any other rental property ad, vague and without an address. As people respond to the ad, the scammer will email them a rental application (fake), a request for a credit report (an affiliate link in the email), and a request to set up a time and day to do a walk-through of the property. The scam is the affiliate link to the “free credit report.” After you sign up with the credit report company, you will be told by the prospective landlord/scammer that the property has been rented. You will move on with your house/apartment hunting and be none the wiser until you start getting billed for the “free credit report monitoring” on your credit card. The scammer gets paid for everyone he signs up on the affiliate link.
Some email addresses of scammers reported by users:
Cindy Miller email@example.com
Carl Tyson firstname.lastname@example.org
James Pat email@example.com
Cassie Kimmel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wasim Meshreky email@example.com
A typical link, http://inchlink.com/60895bd2c42c68c22e550f7f37c693b6 , leads to http://creditreportreviews.net , who pays the scammer for each “customer” he brings to the site.
http://cr-review.com/ is another “referrer site” promoted by the scammers.