Authorities are warning of rental scams around Siouxland.
The Sioux City Police Department say in a press release they received complaints of a scam involving properties for rent on Craigslist.
They say that the scammers are copying information of homes for sale and then advertise it for rent under a fake name.
The police warn there are multiple red flags people should look for to avoid becoming a victim, including paying attention to grammar and word placement or phrase that don’t seem to fit.
The scammers will try to limit communication to email or text by claiming to be deaf or not have access to a phone.
Scammers may say they are out of state, and after being paid, they promise to mail the key.
Scammers will also claim that the realtor selling the house is not aware the house is for rent and doing an overall poor job. By saying this, they are trying to keep any potential victims from contacting the realtor and exposing the scam.
The Sioux City police want to remind people to deal local when renting or buying a home. They also are reminding to never send money for a rental to someone you have not met in person.
Anyone with concerns something may be a scam is encouraged to call the Sioux City Police Department at 279-6440 or CrimeStoppers at 258-TIPS.