TOPIC: Okay, I may be getting scammed help.

Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52462

Okay, I may be getting scammed help. Yes, I should know this but in VA can you charge first and last months rent plus security deposit of the same amount before move-in? I’m just confused if it is different if they don’t call it “security deposit”… any thoughts appreciated as I am trying to rent from a single owner who I have not met.
  • Michele McClure
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52463

That’s common here in Florida
  • Anthony Mansfield
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52464

No greater than 2 months security deposit in Virginia. The last month of rent is a security deposit if they don’t put it on your ledger.
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52465

Thank you. Yes I know just wasn’t sure if they didn’t call it “security deposit” it was okay? Like I said I haven’t met him and he’s asking me to transfer this money
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52466

No, last month of rent is held “for security”. It’s an additional security deposit even if they use it for rent when it is the end of your lease.
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52467

But please do not give this to someone in unsecured funds. It very likely could be a scam.
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52468

That seems excessive and per this source may be accepted if 2 charges are being called rent and the 3rd charge an actual deposit - again seems like a lot 
 
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52469

So, do you think I just lost $500
  • Michele McClure
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52470

Yes
  • Greg Szymanski
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Okay, I may be getting scammed help. 2 months 3 weeks ago #52471

Oh oh. Owner u never met. And wire. Does not pass stink test. One time
Someone hijacked our and reduced monthly rent greatly. scheduled open house on sunday afternoon from 2 to 5.
Took many reservation deposits in checks and cash. Scheduled lease signing on Monday at our office. Monday. At 10.00 a couple came in to sign a lease. While explaining to them. That we did not have open house or collect reservation deposits. Another couple came to sign. Oops long short. Went to property. Lock was picked. Reservation deposits by check were left on the kitchen counter. Everyone who paid cash lost out. They listed a normal 950.00 per month apt for 700.00
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