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blowback from stolen ads (by David [MI]) Jun 22, 2022 2:17 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by Allym [NJ]) Jun 22, 2022 2:23 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by Still Learning [NH]) Jun 22, 2022 2:31 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 22, 2022 3:08 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by plenty [MO]) Jun 22, 2022 7:07 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by Tonia [RI]) Jun 22, 2022 9:33 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by Vee [OH]) Jun 22, 2022 10:31 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 23, 2022 1:02 AM
       blowback from stolen ads (by David [MI]) Jun 23, 2022 8:26 AM
       blowback from stolen ads (by Jim in O C [CA]) Jun 23, 2022 8:56 AM
       blowback from stolen ads (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 23, 2022 1:46 PM
       blowback from stolen ads (by jonny [NY]) Jun 23, 2022 3:46 PM

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blowback from stolen ads (by David [MI]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 2:17 PM
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I've had the pictures from my zillow ads stolen in the past and put on Facebook by scammers.

But today had a new twist. When I called two people to follow up on their zillow inquiry, they informed me that someone had tipped them off on facebook to the scam and were no longer interested, even after I explained what happened.

So while I can monitor facebook for my house pictures, any tips on how to convince applicants that my zillow ad is the real deal?

--50.4.xxx.x




blowback from stolen ads (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 2:23 PM
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If they are that stupid that you can't explain, you don't need them in your unit. --108.24.xx.xx




blowback from stolen ads (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 2:31 PM
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Try advertising an open house, assuming the rental is vacant. Scammers wouldn’t have an open house. --75.67.xxx.xxx




blowback from stolen ads (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 3:08 PM
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A much bigger scam is done by Online Professional Rental sights were the Renter pays the sight a fee for a list of rental. I've had two dozen potential rentals show up at my open house with downloaded lists they paid a fee, $200, thinking I was getting that money. I directed them to my ads- free for all to see. --47.156.xx.xx




blowback from stolen ads (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 7:07 PM
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Just write in the ad, don't be scammed, this is a real house and we are real people. Scammers don't ever seen to claim they are real scammers. I've also notice they put very little copy in the advertising and fewer pictures. --172.56.xx.xxx




blowback from stolen ads (by Tonia [RI]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 9:33 PM
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What amazes me is that these scammers never seem to get busted by the authorities. Yet, they continue to target us landlords. --71.117.xxx.xx




blowback from stolen ads (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 22, 2022 10:31 PM
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Be sure to watermark the photos --76.190.xxx.xxx




blowback from stolen ads (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 1:02 AM
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David,

Our highjackers seemed to stop when we started watermarking our website on the photos.

They are clever and it's a lot of money for them.

When I give them our Deposit Only account number I tell them to ask the bank teller if this account is legit. Even the tellers who do not know is can see the large balances on our a counts - something scammers probably do not have.

Or have them call your police officer - someone with credibility who knows you.

But then again, we had a scammer print out a lease with my name on it and sign my name then walk away with the money.

A local LL says "I will meet you at the house with my master key. "

BRAD

. --73.103.xxx.xxx




blowback from stolen ads (by David [MI]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 8:26 AM
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"Or have them call your police officer - someone with credibility who knows you."

Brad, I would think that if the police knows you, there's something wrong with either you or your tenants ... in ten years I have interacted with police regarding my rentals, twice (after a water heater was stolen in a vacant rental).

So the police don't know me because they have no reason to. --50.4.xxx.x




blowback from stolen ads (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 8:56 AM
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When I’m questioned I suggest the applicant talk to the neighbors on both sides to verify I am the real owner. I know my neighbors and have owned the rentals for over 40 years. --99.23.xxx.x




blowback from stolen ads (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 1:46 PM
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Davis,

Good catch!

In our county of 65,000 people I make it a point for the police chief and sheriff, and their staff to know me.

We in invite EVERY govt official to our annual Christmas luncheon. I also show my face at local political rallies. Makes a big difference when I pick up the phone and ask questions etc.

I have not come up with a fool proof way to protect prospects from scammers.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




blowback from stolen ads (by jonny [NY]) Posted on: Jun 23, 2022 3:46 PM
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I did a few watermarks back a few years ago to help "stop" them. The scammers don't care ... they still just take your photos and put them on. What gets me though is that the prospective tenants don't even pay attention to them (the watermarks) ... they still act surprised that they were scammed.

I have yet to have any scammer actually call people. It always seems to be an email "story" they send back to the inquiry. They may have stepped up their game though.

I had one tenant tell me about a year or two ago that they actually saw the apartment, was shown around in person by someone, paid them money to hold the apartment... and then when they went to meet them to move in on the first of the month (or whenever) there was a line of people doing the same thing.

The owner was there (not the person that showed them around) and said "I have no idea what you are all talking about. This apartment was spoken for a few months ago. The previous tenant moved out and we're cleaning it for the new tenant."

I don't know if it was the owner that scammed people or the previous tenant (since they claim it had furniture in it and the person that showed them around was in a suit or dressed nicely, etc and spoke like the landlord / owner).

Now if that is all true... that is a good scam. --69.201.xx.xxx



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