Don't be fooled by scammers on Craigslist. An anonymous individual on the website sends out this email to unsuspecting apartment seekers with the intent to steal their identity. A website that the scammer uses to gain crucial information is efreescore.com, a website that is not a recognized credit score service. When searching for apartments on Craigslist, I received this same email from multiple contacts with the only difference being that the name changes each time. Besides the untrustworthy website, another red flag is that the contact doesn't want to share the address of the rental. Kind of sketchy. In order to avoid apartments that are too good to be true, be sure to check out our Curbed Comparisons as they'll help you know how much bang you can get for your buck.
Curbed also suggests using the Chrome extension WOT, or Web of Trust. This tool lets you know if you're on a website that isn't trustworthy. Below, you can see a screenshot of what you'll find on efreescore.com.
Be sure to stay safe when searching for rentals on Craigslist, or better yet don't use the website at all. Here are five alternatives that are way more effective.
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