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Roommate Listing Scams: Tips

This website pulls in roommate listings from other websites. With that, we do not vet any listings for legitimacy. Treat all listings with skepticism, especially those that seem "too good to be true." Below are a few tips to help keep you from being scammed when hunting for a place to live in New York City.

  • If it's "too good to be true," it likely is.
  • Perform proper checks - including visiting the room in person - before providing any rent money.
  • If the lister will only communicate with you via one method, consider it a scam.
  • If the phone number on the listing, isn't a New York City (or close by) area code, question it.
  • If the ad asks you to text a non-New York City number, it's likely a scam.
  • Google the phone number listed in the ad to see if it appears in other listings. If those listings aren't also in (or near) New York City, it's likely a scam.
  • If the lister directs you to another website to sign up, it's a scam.
  • If the lister sends you money, it's a scam.

We hope these tips helps you in your search.