Resident warns of rental property scam in SWFL

Posted at 11:37 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 23:37:13-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla-- A rental house lease too good to be true. A Lehigh Acres woman sharing her story to help others before it's too late. The woman said she gave a man claiming to be a property manger personal information, but it turns out it was a scam. 

"We were excited we thought this would be the perfect place for my mom to rent," said Jennifer Delgado. 

Delgado said she found a listing for a home on Trulia. 

"She'd be right across the street and as I grew my family it was going to work out," said Delgado. 

So they immediately contacted the person listed on the website and filled out an application. 

"She sent that back and then was requested to provide the $900 deposit to get the keys and save the home for later in the year in September," said Delgado. 

But Delgado said that's when things started to get suspicious. Emails both and forth show the man said he couldn't do a walk through because he didn't want to disrupt the current tenants his son was battling cancer in Texas. Then when he got aggressive about sending the deposit, she said things went south. 

"They hung up on me and I could not get them back so I left it alone for a little bit but something deep in my soul told me to keep finding out more because I had submitted stuff with my mom's information so it just couldn't be completely let go," said Delgado. 

To this day he continues to bug Delgado about the deposit requesting she transfer $900 to an account in Texas. She's notified Life Lock and alerted authorities to potential fraud.  Now she said she wants to help others who could fall victim to the same crime. 

"Well it's scary because it just makes you think like any transaction you're doing you can be opening yourself up to this kind of fraudulent scenario," said Delgado.