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Huntingdon Police Warn of Rental Scam

Walter Smothers, Director of Public Safety Police, Fire & Rescue, Huntingdon, Tennessee
Posted 2/6/19

The Huntingdon Police Department was made aware of a scam that is new to the department.A young couple searching online for a home to rent in the Jackson area made contact with a man who had posted a …

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Huntingdon Police Warn of Rental Scam

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The Huntingdon Police Department was made aware of a scam that is new to the department.
A young couple searching online for a home to rent in the Jackson area made contact with a man who had posted a house for rent. He included pictures from the inside of the house. It may have been in real estate at some prior time and he saved the photographs. Authorities are uncertain how he obtained the photos.
Upon contacting him they were told that other people were interested in the house and that if they wanted it that they had to wire $500 to his bank. Upon receiving the money he contacted them again and said they would also have to put up another $500 as a security deposit. They then discovered that he did not own the home. Further communications with him were unsuccessful.
HPD encourages readers who are interested in renting or buying property to ask to inspect it yourself before any money is paid. Another safeguard is to  check public records to see if the person you are dealing with is registered as the owner of the property. Be wary of any person asking you to transfer money to a bank account that is far away.

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