In an old scam with a new twist with con artists are out to deceive people looking for homes to rent.
What's different in recent scam attempts, authorities say, is that criminals are posing as well-known businesses. In Somerville, Mass., CBS News reports, Jenny Marroquin thought she'd be moving in to a new home with her five-year-old daughter, Angie.
Marroquin says her daughter, who is deaf, was looking forward to the move and would ask when they were going to their new house.
Marroquin was the victim of a rental scam. CBS News reports she found the one-bedroom apartment listed on a popular website and someone claiming to be the owner said she was out of town but Marroquin could have the unit.
To do so, the person posing as the owner said all Marroquin had to do was come up with $1,600 for a security deposit and the first month's rent, CBS News reports.
The property's "owner" told Marroquin the entire transaction would be handled through Airbnb. Because of this, Marroquin says, she though this was a legitimate agency, CBS News reports.
She followed the specific payment instructions, sending the money on a prepaid VISA card. The whole thing was a cam.
CBS News reports the pictures of the apartment were fake and so were emails that appeared to come from Airbnb.
the FBI says they've seen this kind of scam explode nationwide with thieves using real companies to fool potential home renters.
An email Marroquin received looks like it comes from customer service, but on a closer look, it shows that it's coming from a fake site, consultant.com.
"This person no only messed with my money, but they also messed with the time that I can give to my daughter," Marroquin tells CBS News.
CBS News reports a friend started an online fundraising page for Marroquin, raising thousands of dollars, enough for Marroquin and her daughter to find a new home.