Montgomery Police Warning Against Rental Scams

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By CBS-8 Reporter

Montgomery Police are warning residents about what they call an elaborate scam targeting those looking for a rental home.

Joelen Vaughn says she came close to becoming a victim after find a home she thought was for rent on hotpads dot com in the Deer Creek subdivision. She contacted the person who claimed to be the owner and she says he told her to send the money for the first months rent and deposit and he would send her the keys. She says that's when the red flags went up. "What if this was someone in desperate need of getting out of their home, it takes a lot to save up enough money to be able to move" said Vaughn.

Montgomery Police say this growing scam is being investigated by the FBI. The website hotpads.com is not being investigated just those posing fake rental ads. If you have been a victim of any internet scam go to the FBI's crime complaint website www.Ic3 dot gov.

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