By Scammed - Mexico - Mexicali
Today, a week after spending most of my paycheck on a down-payment and rent on a new apartment, I found out the "landlord" I paid was a scammer. Turns out the real owner was away on vacation, and he'd stolen most of her stuff before showing me the place. FML
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Actually I had a landlord that didn't want us to pay by check. And many that I inquired with that said they prefer cash. Must be something about tax evasion probably, though the reason they gave us was they find it more "convenient" or that they didn't want to wait till the cheque cleared. Although it's best to keep away from that, not all who ask for cash are scammers in this sense. But most are not good landlords.

By  james_logan  |  19

When renting or buying, always ask for credentials and building plans and sign a formal contract that you have verified by a lawyer buddy of yours for free. If you don't have a lawyer buddy, I suggest Mike Ross