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How Trulia misleads Chicago renters

Trulia screen cap

Rental apartment listings at Trulia surface a bright “Contact Property” link that badly misleads renters. When you submit information via the link, you may or may not be contacting the property. If the property’s in Chicago Trulia may be connecting you to one of the sleazy rental services on YoChicago’s do-not-call list. Trulia could easily ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 25, 2014

What you can do about rental scams

Division Street

It’s a common story. A renter finds a bargain apartment on Craigslist, Trulia or another online site, communicates with a fraud artist posing as the owner, agrees to rent the place and winds up swindled out of what they’ve paid. I recently received the following email from a real estate broker: Currently I have [a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 19, 2013

The Silver Gold Apartment short-term housing scam

Silver Gold Apartment scam screen cap

Not long ago I heard from one of Chicago’s newer high-rises that people were arriving at the building believing they had reservations for short-term stays. They presented print-outs of their reservations to the building staff, who informed them that they were the victims of a scam. Several days ago I received an email from an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 22, 2013

Never send a nickel to a Craigslist poster

Craig Newmark

Craigslist posters often scrape photos from Realtor listings and use them to enhance the credibility of fraudulent offers. The most common form of fraud is rental service agents advertising listings with which they have no connection, and then advising respondents that the property has been rented but that they have many similar offerings to show ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2012
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Trulia rental scam watch and American Realty Pros

Kingsbury Plaza Chicago

We recently wrote about Trulia’s doomed efforts to cut back on apartment rental scams in its listings. The scams continue, as they always will wherever the slimy rental services we routinely refer to as bedbugs are allowed to have a presence. We have yet to find a rental service that operates its business in an ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 3, 2011