Rental Scam

On June 4th,  HBPD was notified of a scam targeting renters.  The owner of 41 and 43 East Main Street has his property "For Sale" and it is listed at Zillow and Trulia online.  A scammer has listed the property as "For Rent" on craigslist.  

To avoid being a victim of similar scams when renting a property, the below tips may help;

  1. Avoid dealing in cash.
  2. Never rent without looking at the property in person with the landlord.
  3. Always sign a written lease.  This protects you and the landlords interests.
  4. Search online to find the property owners name.
  5. Beware of the Middleman scam.
  6. If the rent price is too good to be true, it probably is.
  7. Try to make contact with neighbors to be sure property is for rent.