John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: RENTERS BEWARE! Don't Let a Foreclosure Rental Scam Get You.

RENTERS BEWARE! Don't Let a Foreclosure Rental Scam Get You.


While most renters have the common sense to verify contracts and landlords, some desperate tenants with credit or other issues may fall prey to scam artists. Officers in Palm Bay, Florida have arrested a would-be landlord who they say fraudulently rented out a vacant, foreclosed home he didn't own. The tenants even activated power, phones and other utilities in their own name. Dewy Moore Jr. (pictured below) advertised several homes on Craig's List. The investigation into this incident and others is ongoing.

Dewy Moore

Dewy Moore Jr. - Would you rent a home from this man without checking him out first?


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Comment balloon 9 commentsJohn Mayer • February 13 2011 01:00PM


My God, the criminals always find a way.

Posted by Diana Manzato over 9 years ago

I always wonder why people who can come up with creative ways to scam others don't use that creativity for ligitimate activities.

Posted by Dawn Crawley, Find Pinehurst Homes (Dawn Crawley Realty) over 9 years ago

There have been similar scams here in Philly Pa too !!  Thanks for the info



Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 9 years ago

Hi John,  Is it that they have too much time on their hands or that they are too lazy to get a real job ?

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 9 years ago

We have heard of landlords checking out tenants but now tenants have to check out landlords...amazing how creative people can get John!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

This is becoming quite a problem, John. It's amazing how creative some people are but not in a good way!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 9 years ago

Diana - It's scary out there!

Dawn - Great point!

Hannah - I'm sure no city is immune from this type of thing.

Bill - Probably a little of both.

Al and Peggy - "Let the buyer beware!"

Toni - This is what happens if someone needs money and choses not to work for it honestly.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago

John, unfortunately so much of that very kind of scam is going on and a lot of it happens through Craig's List.  I quit posting anythin on CL for that reason.  I'm usually a pretty good judge of character and that guy doesn't look like he has any at all.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 9 years ago

Nick - CL just provides a free service and can't be blamed for the actions of these dimwits. These people just make it easier for the cops to catch them.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 9 years ago