While there are organizations that will help you pay your rent, there are also many fake “organizations” and “charities” that are just out to scam the vulnerable.
As if there were not enough scammer pre-covid. Now, there is even more opportunity for scammers to target people who are attempting to get help paying their rent or other bills.
Scammers are currently calling, emailing, and texting their targets, stating they can help you get money for rent or legal help to avoid eviction.
How to know you are dealing with a scammer
- They tell you to give them money upfront
- They ask you for your personal information
How to protect yourself
- Never give your bank account, debit card, credit card number, or Social Security number to anyone who contacts you or even anyone you have contacted.
- Prior to sharing your information, do your research on the organization.
- Research the company you are considering using online with the words “scam,” “fraud,” or “complaint” to see what others are saying. Do this prior to contacting them.
- Look into local programs that are offering rental assistance and other help.
Know your rights! Check with your local court system for details about the eviction process and your rights. A written notice is the first in most evection processes.
Check to see if you qualify for free legal services. You may be able to speak with a lawyer to learn about your rights.
Report rental assistance scams to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.