I listed my home on Zillow.com on 30May22 for $1700. The next day, my property and the pictures that my wife took for the Zillow advertisement appeared on apartmentlist.com for $1000 with a bogus California contact number...not my number.
Obviously, this was done without my consent, knowledge, or any form of contact. Since then, I have had 5 people show up at my home on 1June22 with proof that they had paid a security deposit and 1st month's rent despite the fact that the property had already been rented by me and had been removed from Zillow and the affiliated apartments.com. One young lady is currently sitting across the street in her car, sobbing. For many of these people, this was the bulk or all of their savings.
The fact that this website obviously did not perform any due diligence checks as to the actual property owner (which is quite simple to find online) is reprehensible. Be extremely careful sending financial information, paying application fees, etc. on this website without researching whether or not it is a scam. Especially in these times where everyone's money is stretched thin and many of us are getting increasingly desperate, I find it unimaginable that a business like this can continue to actively scam or condone outright theft over a ten year period.
The BBB reviews of apartmentlist.com should speak for themselves, yet they continue to be accredited by BBB with an A+ rating.