Rental Scams

Identifying Possible Rental Scams

Rental scammers frequently target student renters by using the following methods:

  • Advertising a rate that is too good to be true
  • Requesting money through social media or asking you to pay with giftcards
  • Asking for personal information (e.g. social security number) without verifying who they are
  • Expecting rent payments before a lease is signed

Visit the Public Safety has compiled a list of ways to identify signs of a rental scam and ways to avoid them.

What to Do If You Are a Rental Scam Victim

Complete the following steps if you are a victim of a rental scam:

  • Call the police. If you are not sure what district agency to contact, call UCPD (University of Cincinnati Police Department) at 513-556-1111. The officers can assist you by:
    • Taking a report or contacing the police agency who should take it,
    • Giving you contact information for UCPD’s Victim Services Coordinator,
    • Referring you to additional UC resources.
  • Contact the listing website to request that they remove the listing.

Additional Resources

You can find more information on housing scams at the following websites: