BBB: Lookout for Online Roommate Scams


Online scams are becoming more and more common, and the Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a scam that has been affecting individuals around the country looking for a new home.

The BBB warns roommate seekers to be careful. They say one scam circulating the area is for an ad to be posted online for a home that is not actually available. The scammer will ask for money and personal information before "sending out the keys."

To avoid falling victim to this scam, the BBB offers this advice:

  • Look-out for spelling and grammar mistakes. If there are a lot of those mistakes, the scammer is probably from outside the U.S.
  • Discontinue communication immediately with anindividual that is asking you to wire transfer funds or send funds to them oranyone else.
  • Contact the BBB for guidance at 800-649-6814 if you feel you have been dealing with a scammer.

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