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The scam: With the help of a burglar or locksmith, a scam artist gains access to the apartment or house whose occupant is away on holiday or extended travel. You’re offered the place as a lovely furnished rental, often with the condition that you pay the first few months in advance. The homeowners return only to find you living in their pad.
How to Avoid It: Again, do your homework on the agent, and look up records on the property to see who is paying taxes on the place.
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