AARP Rental Scam AlertNovember 15, 2008 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Tips to Avoid Scams | Leave a comment
Tags: Rental Scams, scam information
How can you avoid being that bird? If you know what to look for, fraud can be easy to spot—the Rev. Harrison’s poor grammar and spelling, implausible missionary story from Nigeria and request for wire transfers gave him away. Asking for money upfront or for personal information are big red flags, too. Craigslist.com, a website that carries classified ads, advises doing business only with “local folks” to steer clear of scam attempts.
If you see a suspicious ad, alert the Web administrators (many sites have buttons that allow you to “flag” suspicious ads). If your home is being used as scam bait, tell the website to remove the ad. Then file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, atwww.ic3.gov/faq, sponsored by the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center.#mce_temp_url#