Scammers target house hunters, promise deals that aren’t real

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (October 21, 2015) – The Attorney General’s office wants you to beware of a new scam going around. Scammers are trying to rent out homes and apartments, but the deal isn’t real.

Last week, Sharon Beikman received a “weird call” from someone wanting to rent her house.

But Beikman does not own a house. She lives in a Bloomington assisted living facility.

The woman on the phone told her she saw this two-bedroom house on a website called The ad had her name and email address listed as the contact.

The woman on the phone found Beikman’s phone number and called her because she suspected something wasn’t right.

The woman says the caller told her, “As soon as you send me a check, then we`ll send you the keys to the house.”

“I was really mad. And I didn`t know how much of my information they had,” said Beikman.

The Attorney General's office says never wire anyone money, never send money before signing a contract, and never pay before you've seen the property.

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