Be mindful…

The con artist takes information about an MLS® listing from public websites and uses it to advertise the property for rent. When the con artist receives an enquiry, he or she asks for personal information and then requests a “security deposit,” claiming that after receipt of the deposit the keys will be couriered to the new tenant. There is never an opportunity to view the interior of the home before payment is requested, and the rent amount may seem very low. The person posting the ad may claim to be temporarily residing outside of the country, and the ad may be very poorly written. This scam has been common on Craigslist for some time now and appears to be spreading to other online classified services such as Kijiji and Used Ottawa.