Now you’ve posted to Craigslist, Facebook, or Sumu for an available place or roommate. There are some sure fire ways to tell if the person reaching out to use is a scam. We can’t stress enough, always use your best judgement. If that’s not enough, here are other sure signs that the apartment you’re looking at is a scam:

  • If someone sends you an e-mail and it has awful grammar, often times misused commas, it could be a scam
  • If the landlord or currents can’t be reached or conveniently unavailable, it could be a scam.
  • If they say suggest to commit after you “check the neighborhood out and see if you like the area”, it could be a scam.
  • If their email goes to your Spam folder, it could be a scam.
  • If you meet the person face-to-face and they won’t show you the apartment themselves, it could be a scam.
  • If the landlord or person renting says that they are traveling, or in another state, or can’t be there for a showing, it could be a scam.
  • If you can’t find any sign of the landlord’s name on the City of Boston’s Assessing Search, it could be a spam.
  • If the apartment is beautiful, and too-good-to-be-true AND they are asking way below asking price, it could be a scam.

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