I want to move into a smaller place. How can I avoid "fake rental” scams?
Dear Senior Legal Line,
My wife recently passed away, causing my life to change a lot. One big change is that I’ve realized that my large home is more of a burden than a benefit. I’m considering moving into an apartment, or maybe a smaller rental home. My children were telling me some horror stories about renting. I guess sometimes the listings you see on the Internet aren’t real? I’m not sure what to do. I don’t want to waste a bunch of money on a scam! My grandson is planning on taking a trip soon for a festival. He says he’s going to stay at one of those “Air BNBs.” I’ve looked a little online, and I’ve seen stories of people being scammed there too! Is there any way to keep us safe?