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Avoid Scams and Fraud

  • Never give out financial information to anyone who calls you over the phone. (Example: bank account number, social security number, PayPal info, etc.)
  • GoSection8 does not store credit cards nor will we ever ask for your social security number. Tenants will never receive a phone call from Go8 asking for payment for any reason or to verify personal or financial information over the phone.
  • Tenants should always deal locally with landlords and property managers that you can meet in person. Wiring funds to an unknown individual should never be done.
  • It is important that you establish that the person you are dealing with is the landlord or a licensed agent of the landlord. Accordingly, only deal with landlords/agents who will allow you access to the property in which you are interested before exchanging money.
  • Check with the county property appraiser/assessor office to verify the landlord as being the owner of the property.
  • If in doubt as to ownership or the representation of an agent, we recommend you check with the local housing authority before exchanging any funds.

How to Spot Rental Scams

  • Be very cautious of anyone who wants a deposit before showing you the property.
  • Anyone asking for Western Union or Moneygram to hold a home for you or show it to you.
  • Homes which are significantly less than other homes in the neighborhood.
  • Landlords or Property managers who only want to communicate via email and not face to face.
  • Landlords who request a deposit from out of the country.


Call (Toll-free 1-866-466-7328) or Email GoSection8 if you suspect fraud.
Also, report fraud to the FTC's toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)