Recently there have been several cases involving fake landlords and fake leasing agents attempting to scam customers interested in leasing properties in the Colorado area. In one of these cases, a fake leasing agent stood outside of one of 8z Rental’s properties and greeted two interested customers. The two customers reportedly found this “leasing agent” through Craigslist, and were skeptical of him from the start. Luckily, these interested customers sensed that something was not right with the leasing agent and reported the issue straight to 8z Rentals. While Craigslist and other similar sites can often be trusted for finding available rental properties, the best way to avoid getting scammed is to go through a more direct and professional property-leasing source.
How to Avoid Scammers: The 8z way
By finding a rental property or leasing agent through a more direct and professional source like 8z Rentals, one can avoid potential scammers in the rental business. As a professional property rental company, 8z Rentals carries authentic information for customers on our website and at our offices. At 8zrentals.com, customers interested in renting properties can view all of the company’s available properties and can also access all of 8z’s leasing agent contact information. There is no chance of getting scammed when one searches for a great property directly through an experienced, professional, and informative rental company like 8z Rentals because the company offers direct, authentic sources of information on all of our properties and agents.
If Nothing Else, Check Your Sources!
Still convinced that the best way to find a rental property is through Craigslist or a similar site? Then check your sources! Even 8z Rentals posts properties on Craigslist because the site offers the great opportunity to advertise the company’s properties to the masses. However, if an interested customer cannot match rental information posted on Craigslist with information posted on a rental company’s site, then the Craigslist post could be a potential scam. The good news is that 8z’s website makes it easy to verify our posts on Craigslist because our website stays up-to-date with information about our properties and agents. Additionally, 8z Rentals leasing agents and staff are always available by phone to speak with customers about our properties and connect interested customers with our professional leasing agents.
Report and Remove Scammers!
If one does happen to come across a rental scam on Craigslist or a similar site, it is best to report this scam to the website. This way the website can ban the user at fault and eliminate future scamming from this user. In reality, most Craigslist posts are not scams, but getting scammers reported and removed is the next step towards a safer Craigslist environment.
Protecting Our Business and Customers
8z Rentals is always on the lookout for potential scammers, and we do our best to protect ourselves and our customers against them. While scammers represent a very small threat to our company, we are still doing everything we can to completely eliminate them as a threat. There have been no more than one or two scams total involving someone pretending to be an 8z Rentals agent leasing an 8z property, and these scams did not get far at all. Rental scams have not been specifically common for 8z, but have been more common in the rental industry as a whole. We shall continue to protect our business and our customers against scammers, and hope that other rental companies will do the same.
by Justin Schultz, at 8z Rentals
Justin@8zrentals.com (303) 563-4104