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Scammer steals disabled Portland veteran’s identity to exploit would-be renters nationwide

John Nyehart needed to find a place to live quickly, and in the process, fell for a scam. Now, his name is being used to rent dozens of fake properties nationwide.

Morgan Romero

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Online high pressure rental scams have been going on for years, only growing more prevalent as more real estate deals are done online.

Some scammers rip off real rental or real estate listings by taking photos and posting them as their own on another site, and by changing the name and contact information. Other con artists make up listings for places that aren’t for rent or don’t exist.

But what if the name scammers are using to pose as landlords is a stolen identity?

That’s what happened in the case of a Portland man, who feels getting this story out is the only way to stop more people from falling prey.