RENTAL SCAM

Re­al­tor warns of on­line money grab

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When it comes to real es­tate — some deals are just too good to be true.

Re­al­tor Sandy Kapeller has been work­ing in the field for more than 20 years and is warn­ing Hat­ters look­ing for a place to rent of a new on­line scam.

“The site is called prop2go.com and it re­ally looks like a le­git rental page, which is re­ally scary,” said Kapeller. “There’s pic­tures on the site and lit­tle de­scrip­tions on the site of each house.

“They have a lit­tle but­ton to ask for more and they do have some­one get­ting back to you.”

Kapeller was hold­ing an open house Satur­day for a house on Ross­land Rd. SE, a home that is also listed for rent on the site.

“This house I’m stand­ing in, that we have for sale, is up for rent on this site — I’ve had a few peo­ple email­ing me ask­ing me what’s go­ing on,” she said. “It’s ob­vi­ously a scam be­cause I’m sell­ing this house — it’s not up for rent.”

Kapeller sent two emails to the com­pany to see what re­sponse she would get as some­one in­ter­ested in the prop­erty.

“They got back to me and the first red flag was pretty bad gram­mar,” she said. “They sent a form over ask­ing for driv­ers li­cence and pass­port in­for­ma­tion — peo­ple need to know to never give that in­for­ma­tion to any­one. It’s not some­thing a re­al­tor is go­ing to ask for.

“They’re ei­ther try­ing to scam you for a de­posit or for your in­for­ma­tion _ whichever one you give up first, I guess.”

NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER

Lo­cal re­al­tor Sandy Kapeller stands in front of a house she is sell­ing. She is warn­ing Hat­ters of an on­line rent­ing scam of­fer­ing deals on houses that are too good to be true.

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