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Austin rental scams on the rise: Woman loses more than $5K off fake Zillow listing

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re looking for a new place to rent, beware. Scammers are preying on people here in Austin, and they can be pretty convincing.

“We were so excited. It came with a dog door, a guest house and everything,” said Michelle Deloach, who had been looking for a place to rent in Austin for weeks. “Things in Austin go like that, so we thought, ‘We love this house, let’s jump on it.’”

The home was listed on Zillow and after communicating by email with who she thought was the owner she was ready to move in.

“We sent over the deposit and the dog deposit and first months rent,” said Deloach. “It all added up to be $5,200.”

Everything seemed perfect, but when she went to meet the owner at the property to pick up the key, the owner never showed up or responded to her.

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