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Before I wire money how can I be sure that the person offering the apartment is actually the owner of the unit?

I have been asked to wire month without the owner asking for references from previous landlords. I am skeptical. How can I be sure this is a legitimate owner?
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Don't do it! No legitimate landlord will ever ask you to wire them money. Read this: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams
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Tam is right, no legitimate property manager will request a wire transfer. Here's our page on it: http://hotpads.com/pages/scams.htm

Please report this listing using the "report listing" icon on the right side of the listing, or send us the address to clientservices@hotpads.com and we'll get it removed and reported ASAP. Thanks!

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DO NOT DO IT. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MORE PERSONAL INFORMATION. Seriously. I'm from Honolulu, and w/the high cost of living there, there are a million con artists trying to pay their bills at your expense. No legit landlord asks you to wire them money. It's just hinky. Also, I'm worried for you about ID theft, if you've put in some kind of application w/these people for the apartment. Call any one of the credit bureau reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, Transunion, etc.) and place a fraud alert on your SSN, immediately. Best of luck to you.

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You CANNOT rely on tax records!! The scam artists will look up the name of the owner from the tax records, open a phony email account somewhere like Yahoo, then post a phony ad on a site such as this. So if you look at the tax records, that only tells you who owns the property, not whether the person who wants your money is truly the person listed. Someone did this to me. The unsuspecting renter showed up at my place ready to move in!! They had wired $4,500 to the thieves. The HPD couldn't do anything about it. AGAIN, BUYER BEWARE!! DO NOT EVER WIRE MONEY, ETC.

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check the tax records

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Check with tax records - this is public information. Some states have this information available on-line.
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Sorry, tax records will tell you who the legal owner is...however, the thieves already know this so they list the legal owner's name and then open a phony email address for that owner. Another form of identity theft.

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