Jan Hackney
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My new landlord wants me to send him $500 security deposit Western Union. We've communicated by email only. He'll send me the rental key and rental packet when he get's the money. Is this typical? ...

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Jan Hackney
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Absolutely, I agree and have moved on.
Thank you, thank you!

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Brad MacLay
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It's not very typical. Your gut is telling you that something isn't right so please do some of the following to research.
look up the tax records and make sure he is the owner of the property. You can probably find that on the county assessor's office online. Also, check his address he gave you with the mailing address that the assessor has.
You may also want to tell him that you prefer to deliver the check to him in person.
You might also check with a local realtor to see if the house has recently been on the mls. that way you can talk with the listing agent to verify you are working with the owner.
good luck!
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Jan Hackney
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Thank you so much. My gut says no so I'll go with it.

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Do NOT wire or Western Union any funds!!!! We found an add on Kijii a couple years ago for a home and communicated by email only. They also wanted us to Western Union money to them. I did a search of the property history and found the home had been sold- and NOT to them. In addition, the realtor advised us that another family had sent the people money and showed up at the house with everything they owned in a truck only to discover they were scammed. They lost all of their money, sadly. We reported the scam and the add was removed. NEVER send funds to someone you have only communicated with via email! Have a friend go the property to check it out for you and if you can not do that, contact a realtor in the area and see if they can help you determine the validity of the rental/owner. Good luck!

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Don't send anymoney,it's a scam.you have no way of knowing he will keep his word.

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You must be very careful! My husband & I were robbed and had to hire an attorney,but never got a cent back! Be very careful! We not only lost our home (that wasn't livable) but our new SUV was stolen as well by the very people who were also the managers! Always trust your gut & pray over the situation.
Good Luck & God Bless You.

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Scam!!!

Call us or visit our site to see what rentals are available through an agent where you are guaranteed not to run into things like this.

Jerimiah Taylor
http://jtaylorrealtor.com

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