Hanover Police are investigating two fraudulent housing rental scams over the
last two weeks.
The internet scam involves downloading photos from the MLS Real Estate site
and posting them on other real estate rental sites, offering to rent them
without the homeowners knowledge.
Police Chief Chris Knoll strongly urges those in the market to rent a home or
cottage to do their homework before wiring any money to anyone.
He says some of the red flags to be aware of include high pressure tactics to
close the transaction as well as providing excuses as to why the would be renter
cannot enter the home or cottage to view prior to payment.
Knoll says renters should never wire money without first visiting the rental
property and going through the home.
While this real estate scam is not a new one, Knoll says it has been quite
sometime since this has happened in Hanover.
Knoll suspects the scammer is from North America, however he or she could be
from anywhere in the world.
Knoll calls it extremely frustrating for the victims who wire a month's worth
of rent to the scammer only to arrive and find out the home belongs to someone
The public is encouraged to research real estate listings beyond just the
face value before entering any type of transacton.
HPS investigating 2nd fraudlulent housing rental scam @TownofHanover in the last two weeks. Suspect using #MLS to download #Hanover homes and offering them for rent without homeowners knowledge. #SCAM. pic.twitter.com/zXTWlInKEi— Christopher Knoll (@ChiefKnoll) July 2, 2019