Local woman loses thousands of dollars after booking fake property on what she thought was Airbnb – FOX13 News Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –A woman in Memphis said she was scammed for $ 2,600 while trying to rent a house listed on what she believed to be a reputable site.
“Raccoons are coming out of my attic, a paw got stuck and there is a hole and my owner is not doing anything about it,” said Eboni Weakley.
To get away from pests, Weakley has been looking for a nice place to rent for several weeks. So she said that an ad that appeared on the socialserve.com website listing a house for rent in Midtown, she quickly jumped on.
“I inquired about this house, but she said she lived in Montana, her son was going to Christian Brothers University, but he came home and she was renting it through Airbnb,” Weakley said.
All Weakley had to do was pay two months rent and post a deposit using a prepaid card totaling $ 2,600 to secure the house, but once she did, she never heard from the owner again.
FOX13 spoke with representatives from Airbnb. They said it was not their site, but that of a person who went to great lengths to make it look what it is.
“We have homes here for sale and for rent, but not mine,” said home owner Patricia Dees.
Dees told FOX13 that she has owned the house for 22 years. She said it wasn’t the first time someone had come to her door looking to rent. A woman even introduced herself during our stay.
“Be careful. Don’t send money to anyone with a prepaid card. Talk to them face to face and investigate before you send your money. Things I should have done,” Weakley said.
To make sure you don’t get ripped off, here are some tips from Rentberry.com: Meet your landlord in person. Never rent without taking a look at the actual location. If they ask for cash or a prepaid card like in the case of Eboni, that’s a red flag.
CLICK HERE for tips on how to determine if a website or email is real from Airbnb.
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