Real estate agents warn renters of increased housing scams online | #phishing | #scams


Lauren Wisniewski was scrambling to help her friend find a place to live in March when she came across a listing on the online classified site Craigslist.com that seemed like the perfect fit. 

The Craigslist poster claimed to be a real estate agent who connects prospective renters with tenants who are looking to sublet their apartments. He said he had a one-bedroom apartment in the Domain in North Austin that was available for an affordable price.  

Wisniewski’s friend has a disability, lives on a fixed income and receives federal housing assistance. She was not able to renew her current lease, and there was a two-month gap before she could get into a new permanent housing situation. 

Wisniewski, who also has a disability, said she emailed back and forth with the poster and spoke to him over the phone. He sent her photos of a California driver’s license, a state of California real estate broker’s license and a certified property manager title all under the same name, and she looked up the license numbers online.



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