Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a consumer alert warning Kentuckians of scams related to property listings. With housing demand outpacing supply in many communities, scammers are altering property listings in order to take advantage of Kentuckians seeking rental housing.
Cameron’s Office of Consumer Protection has received reports of scammers impersonating real estate agents or property owners. In these schemes, the scammer alters a property listing made by a legitimate agency or owner by listing it as a rental home on a social media or classified advertisement platform under their name and contact information.
“In this tight housing market, Kentuckians should be on guard for scammers who post property listings that don’t belong to them in order to collect deposits,” said Attorney General Cameron. “We encourage anyone who encounters a possible scam to report it immediately to our office by visiting ag.ky.gov/scams or by calling 1-888-432-9257.”
Once a consumer expresses interest in the property, the scammer often claims they cannot provide a walkthrough due to health concerns related to COVID-19 and asks the consumer to make a security deposit before viewing the rental. Scammers typically request payment through an online platform or peer-to-peer payment applications.
Before renting a property, Attorney General Cameron urges Kentuckians to follow these tips:
• Visit the property before paying a security deposit or signing a lease. If…