GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) – Georgetown police are bringing attention to rental property scammers and how to avoid being ripped off by these scammers.

According to Georgetown police, scammers offer a room or house for rent and often deploy high-pressure tactics to get their targets to pay the rent in advance. In these cases, the scammers are either not authorized to rent out the property or the property might not even exist.

Scammers have also taken another approach. Georgetown police have also pointed out how scammers will pretend to be interested tenants looking to rent a place.

Scammers will claim to have made a payment for the deposit and targets will receive fake PayPal emails asking for a fee of some kind before releasing the funds to them. Sometimes, the scammers will even ask the landlord to help them pay for their moving fees.

Georgetown police urge anyone renting a new property to make sure to do the following:

  • Meet the property owner in person and do so at the rental property
  • Do not pay using an app
  • Call phone numbers on the listing
  • Insist on meeting in person
  • Do not give in to the immediate push to move in without first seeing the property
  • Avoid the push to sign an incomplete lease
  • Make sure there is a screening process
  • Avoid places where the price is too good to be true

They also request that all prospective renters to do their homework on the rental property before renting.