HOW TOSTAY SAFE

Milwaukee Magazine - - Insider -

AC­CORD­ING TO Jerad Albrecht, spokesman for the Wis­con­sin De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Trade and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion, the agency hears about such rental scams oc­ca­sion­ally but keeps no for­mal statis­tics on them. This sum­mer, an in­for­mal re­view by the mag­a­zine iden­ti­fied two such scams out of ap­prox­i­mately 500 house ads on Craigslist, list­ing for less than $1,200 a month. To avoid pit­falls, Albrecht rec­om­mends deal­ing “lo­cally and meet­ing face-to-face with the other party in a pub­lic space.” Don’t wire money to strangers, he says, and never rent a prop­erty sight un­seen. An­other handy way to avoid scams is to Google prop­er­ties and see if they have been listed else­where for dif­fer­ent prices.

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