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Rent scam resurfaces in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a rent scam has resurfaced in Madison.

The scammer uses information from a home sale listing and puts it online as rental property, hoping that an interested tenant will send money.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says a real estate sales person called Thursday after someone wanted to rent a place he had listed for sale. DeSpain says in this case, someone who wanted to rent the property drove by, saw that it was actually for sale and contacted the real estate sales person.

The State Journal reports other cases that have surfaced in the past had the scammer telling potential renters to send money out of state, claiming they were out of town.

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