PHOENIX, August 1, 2018 — CheckpointID today announced the completely redesigned 2.0 release of their multifamily ID verification software. Working with a select group of early adaptors, the redesign focused on improving the leasing consultants’ user experience. On-site staff using the ID verification software enjoy a streamline experience welcoming guests into their communities. Utilizing one of CheckpointIDs leasing pads, leasing agents now have the ability to instantly verify every guests ID prior to showing the property, providing a safe environment for both staff and residents. When asked about the latest improvements to CheckpointID, coFounder Steve Bonaventure said, “Our goal with this release was to make the app user friendly for leasing agents. The new simplified interface allows agents to pay less attention to their iPad and more on building rapport with their new customer. It’s using technology to get back to good fundamental sales.” Underneath the functional and aesthetic improvements, Read More
SAN ANTONIO — You may think your apartment complex is safe because many managers run background checks to screen out people with criminal records, but News 4 Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila made a startling discovery about those checks. With the apartment boom here in San Antonio many complexes are using apartment locator services to find new tenants. The locator can make hundreds of dollars if they get a tenant approved. That’s a big incentive for them to help cover up a renter’s criminal record or work history. Johnathan loves his new $1,525-a-month luxury apartment on San Antonio’s North side. He says he never would have qualified for it without the help of a local apartment locator service. “I am a nine time convicted felon, I’m not ashamed to say it. They knew that was my issue,” Johnathan said. On top of an extensive criminal record, Johnathan didn’t have a job. Those Read More
Might be a doorbell, might be a knock. Someone is responding to the for-rent ad he or she saw online. Problem is, the place isn’t for rent. A Brockville resident shared a story like that with city police last week, which prompted the local constabulary to once again remind the public about taking precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. The ad was to be taken down from Kijiji, but there have been others in the past that have led to respondents being duped and making some sort of payment on a property that is not available. One recent fraudulent online classified ad asked the potential renter to fill out an application that included personal details such as banking and contact information as well as occupation. The scammer also requested a security deposit to go with the application. The folks who went to that home last week Read More
A property rental scam has returned to Barrie, police warn. Advertisements have been placed on Kijiji, Craig’s List or other similar ad posting sites with houses for rent with the price lower than market average, Barrie police say. Once conversation begins, the “landlord” states they are unable to show the property as they currently live out of town. Often the address, details of the property and interior photos are provided via email. Many of these homes have recently been listed for sale or rent and these details are obtained by the fraudsters from original listing source, police say. A discounted deposit for good faith is requested to be sent via money transfer with the understanding the keys will be mailed or dropped off to the prospective tenant. Often, when the tenant shows up, the house is occupied by an unexpected tenant or homeowner and the renter is out the deposit money with no where to live. Read More
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Two suspects are in custody in connection with a scam where they pretended to own a house they rented to other people, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Lisa Saucedo of Tallahassee and Michael Jacobs, listed as a transient, are in custody in Hernando County on fraud charges. The sheriff’s office said they broke the realtor’s lock box to get into the house. Saucedo and Jacobs also advertised the house for rent, collected money from a prospective renter, and went as far as allowing the renter access to the home and then stole money from the renter – a single mother of four children.