Online Rental Property Scams

From the Sioux City

Sioux City police say renters should be on the alert for an online scam dealing with rental properties in the Siouxland area.  The scammers will take legitimate rental property listings on websites and use the information to create fake listings on another website.  Police say the fake listings will read that the owner is out of town or the country and looking to rent his or her property.  The scammer then asks the prospective renter for personal information and money to be sent to a bank account to pay for a security deposit and building key.

This has also been an issue in the Iowa City area in the past.  Landlords should check their listings online on a regular basis.  Fraudulent ads can be reported to the website administrator for removal or to local authorities.