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Thinking About Subletting This Summer?
Watch Out For Scammers
Remember, there is no legitimate reason why anyone would give you a check or money order and ask you to wire money in return. If you have questions on subletting scams or think you have received a counterfeit check, call our Fraud Prevention Department at 608-232-5000 or 800-533-6773.
Many students like to leave college for the summer and visit family and old friends. Subletting gives you an option to help pay rent when you won't be there. However, be on the lookout for people who will try to use your sublet as an opportunity to scam you.
Subletting scammers pose as interested renters and send you a check for more than the requested amount. Then they say they have to cancel their plans and ask you to wire back the difference or request that you send money to a third party to pay moving expenses or tuition. The original check is returned unpaid, often after a week or more, and you have lost all of the money you wired.