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How do so many sites allow rental scams?

You know, where someone says they're out of the country on Missionary Work and that if you send them money they'll send you the keys to the house that isn't even theirs?
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Dear B____ B_____,
Hotpads reserves the right to inform you that the transaction with Mrs. Melanie Dawn Peterson is a perfectly legal and authorized by our site.

This was the email I received from you company. Turned out to be scam and cost me a great deal of money. I would advise anyone reading this to avoid this site at all costs. Horrible security procedures and all around shitty site.


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2 years ago
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I am glad I found this comment because I was just emailing with this mrs melanie dawn peterson about an apartment in new york. Do you know more about this or could you maybe tell me what happend to you?
Thank you.
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2 years ago
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If you sent money to a woman named Rosemary Longoria money please email me at alaska18_2@msn.com. Luckily I discovered a rental listing was a scam but I am still trying to get evidence against a woman named Rosemary Longoria showing that she collected money for scam rentals. Also if you had contact with a man who claimed to be Donald Mciver please let me know. How much money were you taken for? Hotpads may be liable for damages.
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I've been in search of a rental for a few months so I did what every busy logically person do--I hit google! I came across a 2bedroom 2bath in Miami FL for $550 a month on hotpads.com & real realrentals.com. I contacted the "supposed" lister on hotpads.com and immediately received a response, the emailer stated that his name was Linda Stroy, I only asked the emailer when can I come over to view the property?; that seemed to have triggered a bullshit long rambling email about him & his wife being out of the country because they are on missionary work so I won't be able to view the inside but I can ride by and see the outside of the home and if I'm interested respond back to him. When I questioned the emailer about taking the keys with him to the UK he went on to say that he's been screwed by people he allowed to rent out his home so he's more comfortable renting it out himself, so he wanted me to send the money to his aunt who resides in the US than he'd send me the keys--?! I told him no person in their right mind would send their hard earned money to people they have never met for a property they haven't seen. That stopped their email. Today 05/05/13 I received another email for another property I found on hotpads.com 9221 NW 15 Ave Miami, FL 33147 it's a 3 bedroom 2 bath single family home for $600 a month! The email was basically the same word from the first scam email --- word for word ( I still have both emails) right down to missionary work aunt residing in the US! I think it's the first guy from the first email! I did as hotpads.com requested and reported the listing, it's still there! I have no doubt that the person I've been communicating with does Not own the property because I've researched it. The scammer even stated in his email that the property was furnished it was-- not ! I searched a legitimate real estate site and both properties are in foreclosure, the first one was own by the bank, this recent one is also in foreclosure. The man wanted me to send him money first than he'd send the keys & lease through fedEx.... I'm thinking about reporting hot pads itself to the FTC , BBB and the police station because its their website they are using to screw people out of their hard earn money and hotpad can't just put a disclaimer on their website and think their obligations to protect consumers are done.
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4 years ago
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We do everything in our power to keep scammers off the site, but do have some tips on avoiding scams: http://hotpads.com/pages/scams.htm

If you see a suspicious listing, if you could forward us the emails you received to clientservices@hotpads.com, we can block and report the user. We can also look it up and block the user based on the address.

We also have a button on the listing page to "report a listing" if you feel that it is suspicious (it's the red envelope). We'll take a look at the listing and pull it immediately.

Thanks for letting us know about the scams and we'll be sure to remove it as soon as we get that info!
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1 year ago
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I've been having the same problem with hotpads.com. I love the layout of the site and how you can see the map and click on houses, in which let you know on the map that you've already viewed or fav'ed it. But I cannot use this site anymore because the only responses I'm getting back are from some scam artists claiming they are in another country on some missionary trip. I've even Google some of these houses and they are for sale on other sites. NO OTHER sites list them as "for rent". So I must move on from this site now. I have wasted so much precious time and time is running out for me to move! Thanks a lot, hotpads.com!
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If you sent money to a woman named Rosemary Longoria money please email me at alaska18_2@msn.com. Luckily I discovered a rental listing was a scam but I am still trying to get evidence against a woman named Rosemary Longoria showing that she collected money for scam rentals. Also if you had contact with a man who claimed to be Donald Mciver please let me know. How much money were you taken for? Hotpads may be liable for damages.
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Hi all -
I am so sorry no one from HotPads officially responded to this earlier. As you all know, the rentals industry is ripe with fraudsters trying to steal money from honest people like yourselves.

We have recently been taking big steps to fight fraud on our site and have drastically reduced it. We also now email people like yourselves when we discover a listing is fraudulent, to warn you about it and asking you to cease contact with the person. We are always open to other ideas of how to fight fraud as well!

John
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