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Tue Mar 31 20:14:05 PDT 2015
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Rental scam reported in Grand Junction, tips to avoid property scams
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Nick Rothschild

When making big (and expensive) decisions, the phrase "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" can keep you from being the victim of a scam. The Grand Junction Police Department received a report of a substantial rental scam involving a home at 2908 1/2 Walnut Avenue. The reporting party told police officers the home was being listed for rent at a price that was a fair amount cheaper than other comparable houses. A man that identified himself as Williams Lindah Alexander claimed to be the landlord of the property. He wanted interested parties to fill out a rental agreement form on Google (view the false tenancy agreement by clicking the link to the right). According to the GJPD the fake listing is still active; to avoid being the victim of a scam, take into account these tips: - Be aware of geographical distance. If you are dealing with someone in another city or country, be aware that it might be a scam. - Know who you're dealing with online, including by email and websites. It is best to buy/rent from a local property management service or individual. - Avoid buying or renting without seeing the property first. There have been instances where people have signed contracts for properties and find that people already live there. - Avoid unusual forms of payment or being rushed. NEVER sign a contract or lease over the internet.


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