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Thousands are Paid by a Family- To Rent House in Florida, Only to Learn Out It Was Fraud

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Weeks after moving from Louisiana to Florida, a family is desperately trying to locate a new place to live. After learning, the person who rented it to them didn’t own the property or have the right to rent it out.

“The situation is awful,” said Christopher Carpenter. “I have 10 days to remove our possessions from the house.”

Carpenter claimed, he and his fiancee communicated with the person they believed to be the home’s owner, after discovering the rental listing for the Marion County residence on Facebook Marketplace. And the majority of it seemed legitimate, he said.

“It seemed reliable. He sent us genuine papers. The digital signatures had to be done by us. It seemed genuine,” said Carpenter. He claimed; the homeowner supplied them a copy of his identification so they would know who they were dealing with, to whom to give the money, and even to sign the lease agreements. They spent a total of $3,000 on the first and final months, and security deposits, according to Carpenter.

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Carpenter told; when they went to see the house, they were unable to meet the person they had been speaking to. However, the suspected scammer was able to see the residence since they knew the passcode of the electronic key box.

But the red flags started to mount a few days after we moved in.

“Tuesday, he gave us a call. I’m offering my residents a special deal: if you pay me two months’ rent now, we’ll give you the fourth month free” the man said; Carpenter claimed.

The property manager arrived at the home, the next day with clients who were prepared to view the property, but was informed, another family was already residing there.

Deacon & Soldier Properties’ owner Rasha Almallah described the situation as “horrific.” She stated someone has attempted to collect rent on one of the houses she maintained twice in the past four months despite not being the legal owner.

Because there’s a severe lack of housing on the market right now, Almallah added, “They will just pray on those who need housing.”