INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It appeared to be a good deal. A man in need of a place to stay found a home to rent in the 6500 block of Coyote Lane. The renter paid an alleged property manager a security deposit and two month’s rent to move in the home.
But on Thursday, the tenant got a few unwelcome visitors. At his door were representatives from a bank informing him he had no rights to be inside the house. The property is owned by the bank and the person who took the money had no legal ties to the home.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB), has warned renters to be watchful for scammers online when searching for a place to rent.
According to Waypoint Homes, before renting a house from individual, ask for proof that they own the property. Check public records at the county assessor’s office to be sure, and to verify that no notice of default or notice of a trustee sale has been issued.
The banks also adds renters should be skeptical of anyone who asks you to pay cash or wire money.