As more people rely on photos instead of in-person showings when renting apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) have partnered to issue an advisory warning the public about an apartment leasing scam and offering guidance on how to avoid falling victim to it.
Both the AG’s Office and GBREB have received complaints from prospective tenants, property management companies, and real estate agents about a scam involving fake apartment listings being posted online. The scammers use photos from real listings of homes for rent or sale, and at times even use the contact information of an actual listing agent or management company, and then post them on Craigslist or other online platforms. Read More.
Additionally, GBAR President-Elect Dino Confalone was featured on NBC10 Boston
and in the Boston Globe
to discuss leasing scams in and around Boston.