Nevada AG Laxalt warns of rising rental scams in Nevada

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) With the increase in demand for places to live in the Reno area, comes and increase in rental scams. Attorney General Adam Laxalt is warning you to be on the lookout for them to protect your money and identity.

• The listed rental offers an unbelievably low rental price. Scam artists often list rentals as unrealistically low in order to attract as many potential renters as possible.

• The landlord or property manager urges you to act quickly. Scam artists often attempt to create a false sense of urgency in order to get prospective renters to send them money without first conducting research.

• The landlord or property manager asks you to send money via a wire transfer or reloadable card. Sending money through these means are virtually untraceable and unrecoverable.

The Office of the Nevada Attorney General also gave out the following tips to avoid falling victim to these scams:

• Always conduct an internet search of the landlord or property manager’s name, as well as the listing. If you find the propertied listed for sale on another website, or the lessor’s name or phone number associated with several other listings, this may be a sign of a scam.

• Visit the local assessor’s website to verify who owns the property you are looking to rent.

• Avoid renting from those who will not meet with you in person. If the listed landlord or property manager has a photograph, ensure that the image matches the identity of the person you are renting the property from.

If you believe you have been a victim of a rental scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency to complete a police report. Home Again: Nevada Homeowner Relief Program may also be able to assist you by calling 1-885-457-4638. You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission for more details and assistance.