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Arkansas attorney general warns of Internet scam

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 23, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is warning consumers about an Internet ad scam that aims to take advantage of potential renters.

McDaniel said Wednesday that his Consumer Protection Division has received several complaints in recent months about scammers posting fake rental classifieds on Internet advertising sites.

Most recently in northwest Arkansas, scammers have stolen photographs from legitimate real estate ads to make it appear that the homes are for rent. The scammers usually ask interested renters to send money upfront as a deposit for a rental.

Consumers who are victims of the scheme rarely get their money back and never get into the home they wanted.

For more information about the scam and tips to protect consumers, visit www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.

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