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Don’t Fall Prey to Rental Assistance Scams
Be leery of Tenant Assistance Offers – During the height of COVID a federal moratorium was issued to prevent tenant evictions. Although several extension were issued, as of August 3, 2021 this order was only extended to areas where COVID cases were rapidly spreading. Renters not in these areas can now face evictions and scammers are taking advantage of these situations. Do not give any banking information to anyone calling to offer rental assistance, even if they say they are from the government. These scammers will deposit nothing, but instead withdraw whatever you have in your account.
Never, give out financial or personal information to anyone who contacts you, even if they are promising to help you. If you have been contacted by such a rental assistance scam, report it to the attorney general’s office and the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.