Fraud awareness

Beware of leasing scams

Rental fraud is an unfortunate and growing trend that can cost victims hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Scammers often ask for cash or gift cards, advertise properties that don’t exist or aren’t available for rent, and make grandiose promises to trick people into sending them money.

If someone other than a Sparrow leasing agent is trying to rent you a home that we own and professionally manage, please call us at 1.877.881.8484 or email us at

Please read below for some helpful tips on how to avoid scams while searching for your next home.

Looks like a scam

  • The rental price is significantly lower than similar homes in the area, or the home listed on
  • The agent asks you to pay a cash deposit, send wire transfers or pay rent in gift cards—before verifying the landlord’s credentials or signing a valid lease
  • No background checks are required
  • Paper or emailed applications or lease contracts from someone purporting to be a Sparrow leasing agent. All such documents from Sparrow will always be emailed to you through DocuSign.

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