Rental scam reported in Grand Junction, tips to avoid property scams
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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