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On Your Side: How to spot a potential rent scam

4:26 PM, Jan 2, 2014   |    comments
A "For Rent" sign in front of a house in Chicago.(Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The On Your Side team got answers and solutions to your questions.

How to spot a rental scam

Stephen, of Jacksonville, said he found a house to rent in the city, but that the owner is overseas. He also said the name on property records do not match the name that he was given of the owner.

The On Your Side team found the following information:

This link is from USA.gov on being careful when choosing a rental company.

The Federal Trade Commission shows you how to spot a rental scam.

Here is another link from the FTC on how to spot a rental scam.

Some things a potential scammer might do, according to the FTC:

-Tell you to wire money.

-They want a security deposit or first month's rent before you've met or signed a lease

-They say they are out of the country

The FTC recommends that if you can't meet a person, see the apartment (or house in Stephen's case) or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking.

It is also a good idea to do what Stephen did and cross-check the name of the owner on record with the city's property records

Wheelchair questions

Janet, of Jacksonville, said she was having to pay too much for a wheelchair shuttle service. She asked how she could find a used or new wheelchair shuttle.

If you find yourself in need of a wheelchair like Janet, here are some resources to consult:

Florida Senior Safety Resources

JTA Paratransit

Mobility Works of Jacksonville

Disabled Services for the City of Jacksonville

First Coast News

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