First, check with your state assessor’s office to determine who owns the property.
Second, google the address and see if the property shows up on any real estate website for rent or for sale. If the property that was advertised for rent on craigslist shows up for sale on a real estate website, there is a serious problem. Contact the real estate company and apprise them of the situation.
Third, if possible, contact the neighbors of the property you are planning on renting. Ask them about the owner and status of the property. Is it for sale? Or rent? Or in foreclosure?
Fourth, don’t wire money. Any time you are asked to wire money you should consider that a deal breaker.
Five, check with the bank that holds the mortgage to make sure it is not in foreclosure.
Today’s housing problems coupled with con artists ability to use technology to deceive consumers, makes it a necessity to do your homework before sending rental deposits.