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Police Warn of Residential Renting Scams

Kirksville police are warning about residential renting scams. According to KPD, over the past few days they’re getting reports where people were asked to wire or digitally transmit funds of $50-60 dollars to cover what was reported as an application fee for a rental property the 700 block of East Randolph Street in Kirksville. In one instance after transferring the requested fee the victim noted there was an “international tax fee” indicating the money was sent out of the United States. Application fees are common practice for landlords and rental agencies that are designed to cover the out-of-pocket costs associated with running a credit check and criminal history scan. Someone offering a rental who does not want to talk in person, gives few details or does not offer to allow you to view the property in person, should be considered suspicious.