rentalscams.org has seen traffic increase 120% YoY. A vast amount of this traffic is from users searching to see if their gut is correct about a certain email they may have received about a rental property. In some unfortunate cases, searches have already been scammed and are verifying if the unthinkable is actually true.
Because of the popularity of Craigslist and the lack of proper measures to filter out scammers, a majority of the rental scams originate on Craigslist. Monthly traffic on rentalscams.org shows an increase in rental scam interest.
Google search has also seen an increase in rental scam related searches:
The top rental scam keywords according to Google are:
Rental scams are on the rise and it is extremely important to know when to spot a potental rental scam. Below are some helpful tips: