The scam takes information and photos from a real house for sale, and claims it is for rent. The scammer then takes money and personal information from the renter.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — A scam is targeting renters looking to lease a single-family home in the current competitive housing market. 

It works like this: The scammer steals photos and information from a real house for sale, then creates a fake online ad for the house for rent. Then, the scammer communicates primarily online, where they request money for first and last months rent and personal information. 

“The person who is truly looking for a first time home or looking to rent an apartment or single-family home,” said Julie Rietberg, CEO of the Greater Regional Alliance of Realtors…

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