Police warn of rental scam

Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 10:55 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2022 at 8:07 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Finding affordable rent can be hard with recent inflation rates. Police say some are taking advantage of this.

The Jonesboro Police Department warns a new scam is making the rounds on Facebook Marketplace.

A “landlord” will take photos from popular realtor websites and post them to the site at a too-good-to-be-true price.

When potential tenants message about the property, they’re told to complete an application and pay a “processing fee” before seeing the property.

After receiving the payment, the listing and the landlord account are deleted.

“Always err on the side of caution when sending money electronically to someone you do not know,” JPD said in a news release shared on social media. “Often, companies like CashApp, Venmo, and PayPal do not reimburse for fraud.”

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