Beware of fake online apartment ads

Many colleges offer reliable landlords and real estate agents to work with

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Better Business Bureau is advising colleges to beware of fake apartment rental ads targeting local students.

Online advertisements may be a convenient way for students to find rental properties but it’s not always the safest. Students are falling victim to fake ads that appear to offer great places for unusually cheap prices.

22News learned what steps students should take before putting down a security deposit.

Kevin Sears, a broker at Sears Real Estate, told 22News, “Never send money out of the state or out of the country, they can verify information as to who the legal owner of the property is through public resources online. And if they’re not talking to the actual owner they should try to meet the person, get into the property.”

Sears recommends comparing the price to similar properties and being extra careful before sending money online.

Many colleges offer reliable landlords and real estate agents to work with. Students should also do their own research before signing a lease.

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