Con Targets NWA Renters

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A local property management company is warning people about a scheme targeting renters. 

Tina and Brandon thought they had hit the jackpot – a 3-bedroom house for just $700 a month. 

“In the back of my mind, I was like, yeah this is too good to be true, but I’m just going to go with it,” Tina said.

After they responded to an ad on Craigslist, they were contacted by a man who gave them the code to open the lockbox on the house. 

“Oh it was beautiful,” Tina and Brandon said “I loved it,” Tina added.

Tina and Brandon said the man was very accommodating and didn’t have a problem with six people moving into the house. 

“He was actually really cooperative…and we’re low income and he said okay we can work with that.”
 
They sent the man $720 as a security deposit but when they went to move in, they realized they had been conned. 
 
“We went over there that same night that we paid the money…the code wouldn’t work…Brandon called the number and it was Allred and they said it was a scam going on,” Tina explained.
 
Allred Properties allows prospective renters to request lockbox codes online so they can view properties on their own schedule.
 
The company became suspicious when a man calling himself “John” requested several lockbox codes using different phone numbers and email addresses.
 
“When you see the same name and alias pop up on multiple listing sites and asking for generated codes within a short time period, it’s kind of a couple red flags there,” said Hayden Rasmussen, a leasing consultant at Allred Properties. 
 
Tina and Brandon filed a report with Fayetteville police, but so far they have yet to get their money back. 
 
“We thought we were making a good investment and that’s $720 that we don’t have to live for the rest of the month,” Tina said.
 
Allred has taken steps to prevent this from happening again.  
 
“We’ve added a couple different verification spots and security programs in the systems themselves and so we’re hoping now that that will be able to deter them,” Rasmussen said. 
 
Tina and Brandon are now working with Allred to find another rental within their budget. 
 
“I’ve never been scammed in my life until now and I was thinking oh it could never happen to me, well it did,” Tina said. 
 
Fayetteville P.D. says these cases can be difficult to investigate because cons often take place across state and international lines. Their advice is to always request a face to face meeting when renting or buying property. 
 
 

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