The Boston Globe features MySmartRenter.com in “How to protect yourself from renter fraud” article

MySmartRenter.com was featured in the April 9th, 2020 edition of the Boston Globe in a fantastic article entitled “How to protect yourself from renter fraud.” The article does an excellent job detailing the common types of rental fraud, including ways to protect oneself from it. 

George Genel, CEO and founder of MySmartRenter.com, is featured in the article describing our services and the reasons tenants should use them. “We designed the app so that renters don’t have to request permission from a landlord to run a check on them,” said Genel. “A renter just needs the name of the landlord and address of the rental, then we are credentialed and compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act to pull nationally available information on someone.”

There are many great resources in this article, including ways to report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission, local law enforcement, or the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs. 

Read the full article at http://realestate.boston.com/renting/2020/04/09/how-to-protect-yourself-from-renter-fraud/

Beware Red Flags of Apartment Rental Scams During the Pandemic

The AARP has released an extremely resourceful and timely article about how to spot rental scams during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Below-market rents, unusual payment methods, and other common tactics are among the warning signs for rental scams during the pandemic, with an increase in the numbers of seniors being victimized. AARP has noted in increase of calls to their toll-free Fraud Watch Network Helpline, 877-908-3360.

Read the full article for all the details and an excellent list of “Red Flags of Rental Scams” at https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2020/apartment-rental-ads.html

Lifehacker features MySmartRenter.com in “How to Avoid Rental Scams Now That So Many Viewings Are Virtual” Article

MySmartRenter.com was featured in an August 23rd, 2020 article on Lifehacker.com that educates readers on how to avoid rental scams during the COVID-19 pandemic now that so many viewings are not done in person. 

Being told one is not able to see a property prior to signing a lease is one of the primary strategies of rental fraud. The article details ways renters can protect themselves by still insisting on virtual viewings, and safe methods to view a property in person. The article recommends using MySmartRenter.com as an additional strategy to ensure that renters can find out exactly who they are renting from. 

Read the full article at https://lifehacker.com/how-to-avoid-rental-scams-now-that-so-many-viewings-are-1844813577

Looking for an apartment or house to rent? That online listing may be a scam

NBCNews,com has released an extremely resourceful guide to how one can recognize online property listings as potential scams.

Some remarkable statistics, such as “ 43 percent of those who shopped for an apartment online have encountered a bogus listing” and “5.2 million people have lost money to rental scams in the U.S.” showcase the seriousness and pervasiveness of this problem. 

By sharing the stories of renter and landlord victims of these crimes alike, one can get a clearer picture of how they can also protect themselves from being a victim in the future, as well as educate those around them. 

Read the full article at https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/looking-apartment-or-house-rent-online-listing-may-be-scam-ncna1116496.

Over 5 million renters have lost money in rental scams

Martketwatch.com has penned a must-read article about the severity and pervasiveness of the growing number of rental scams facing renters searching for property online. 

Shocking statistics are shared about how many people are being affected by this trends, but also some very useful strategies regarding how best to avoid rentals scams in the future. 

Read the full article at https://www.marketwatch.com/story/over-5-million-renters-have-lost-money-in-rental-scams-2018-07-19

Is That Rental Listing Real? A BBB Study of Rental Scams Involving Apartments, Houses and Vacation Properties

A must read for anyone looking into renting property, the Better Business Bureau has published this remarkably useful article that introduces readers to:

– the details of rental scams

– how common they are

– who they are targeting

– what cities are seeing the most rental fraud

– who the most common perpetrators of these scams are

The article provides fantastic tip to help avoid rental scams for not just home and apartment rentals, but also vacation rentals as well. Additional resources are listed to educate readers on how to report rental scams. 

Read the full article at https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/21033-bbb-investigation-rental-scams.

Scam Alert: Rental Cons Cash in on Stressed Out Movers

The Better Business Bureau has published an extremely useful article about a specific scam targeting renters as the summer moving season approaches.

This scam always features a landlord who is “out of town”, cannot show the property, and creates a false sense of urgency to get renters to advance deposit money to them prior to seeing the property. 

There are additional details of the scam and strategies for renters to protect themselves in the article.  

Read the full article at https://www.bbb.org/article/news-releases/16908-scam-alert-rental-cons-cash-in-on-stressed-out-movers