House Listing Used As Bait In Rental Scam

Frightening moments the past week for a young Omaha mother. She's seeing strangers at the door and roaming her backyard. In this fact finders investigation Mike McKnight tells us it’s because the family house has been made a lure by con artists.

Jamie Agnew’s house is for sale so she's shocked to see it for rent on several websites. Jamie says, " You feel vulnerable and almost violated they're using your house to steal someone's money or identity."

Con artists claim to be the owners living in Illinois and renting the house for $950 a month. So a real for sale sign with a phony ad has potential victims showing up day and night assuming the house is empty. Five times in five days potential renters came to look around. One couple at eleven thirty Friday night. Jamie says, " They looked shocked her and her husband. She asked me if I already moved in the house and I said this is my house. So the husband said I told you this was too good to be true."

Though nobody answers now Jamie says she did make contact with someone about the ad renting her own house and was promised a rental application. Jamie says, " My guess is they’ll bee wanting my personal information like my social security number or bank account number."

The ad for Jamie’s house has been removed. But this is a warning for anyone looking for rental property on line. If the owner lives out of town and can't show you the place until you pay or provide personal information, that's a red flag.

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