MLS touted as method to defeat Craigslist rental scams

Don't miss the real estate event of the summer
Join 4,000 real estate pros at Connect SF, Aug 7‑11, 2017

It’s become a routine headline: Scammers take information about a home that’s for sale and post a bogus ad on sites like Craigslist advertising the home as a rental, hoping to fleece unwitting victims out of a deposit and rent.

Intero Real Estate broker Katie Maxwell said just that happened with a $400,000 listing in Houston — a scammer has been offering to rent the house for $1,300 a month.

Maxwell tells Fox 26 that the best way for consumers to avoid such scams is to contact listing agents directly and check the public-facing website operated by the Houston Association of Realtors,, which provides detailed information on properties, including their rental status. Source: