Section 8 scammers cheat people seeking housing

If you’re looking for Section 8 housing assistance, here’s something you need to know: scammers have made websites that look like registration sites for Section 8 waiting list lotteries. If you pay a fee or give your personal information, the scammers will take it. And you still won’t be on a real Section 8 waiting list. In fact, there is no fee to register for a Section 8 waiting list.

If you search online for the Section 8 voucher waiting list, the top search results often are bogus sites. The sites look very real: their names may say “Section 8,” and they might show an Equal Housing Opportunity logo. They ask for fees and your personal information, like your Social Security number, but they won’t do anything for you. The scammers will keep your money and disappear. They also may give your personal information to identity thieves.

Here’s the real way things work: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Section 8 program gives funding to local government housing authorities. The local authorities issue housing choice vouchers to help people find housing in privately-owned rental units. To get on the waiting list for a voucher, find your local housing authority and call or email them. Ask how to sign up for the Section 8 waiting list lottery in your area. As I said, there is no fee to register.

In another twist, some fake sites list Section 8 properties that supposedly are available. They promise you can rent one, if you pay the first month’s rent via wire transfer or a prepaid card. The properties might exist, but the ads are fakes placed by scammers. If you pay, you just lose your money.

People have lost money and personal information to scammers – but they’ve also lost the chance to be in the actual lottery. Most people don’t realize they’ve been scammed until after the waiting list is closed.

Keep these tips in mind to avoid a Section 8 lottery scam:

  • Contact your local housing authority to find out how to register for the Section 8 waiting list lottery. You’ll find their email and phone number on the HUD site. Follow their instructions to sign up.
  • Housing authorities do not charge fees, and they won’t reach out to you by phone or email to suggest that you join a waiting list. A housing authority also will never ask you to wire money or pay with a prepaid card. Those are sure signs of a scam.
  • Treat your Social Security number and other personal information (say, credit card numbers), like cash. Don’t give them out on a website you find through a search.
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My husband is a disabled veteran, 82 yrs old.I'm 66 &disabled.I saw a list that says we're eligible.How much income is allowed?

Call or email your local housing authority. Ask how to sign up for the Section 8 waiting list lottery in your area.

you need to contact your local housing authority; eligibility factors in local economics

What an expiience this has been for me.I guess its always to be very caustio on anything we dearvh.

There are a lot of scammers on craig's list.

Thanks for the info.

HERE IS HOW I HAVE SEEN IT IF THE (COUNTY OF KERN) WOULD RELEASE THE INFO. LIKE ANY OTHER NORMAL COUNTY DOES IT,ON THE SECTION 8 HOUSING PROGRAMS OR ANY OTHER PROGRAM THAT MAY HELP SOME-ONE IN NEED.IT IS LIKE THEY THERE PERSONAL PICKS AND CHOOSES WHO GETS WHAT FROM WHERE I HAVE SEEN IT ALL MY LIFE HERE IN THE COUNTY OF KERN AND IT IS CRAP.WHERE ARE THE TOP PERSONAL WHO OVER SEES THESE DEPT. OH THERE IS NONE WELL I BELEIVE IT NEVER HAS BEEN AND NEVER WELL BE. WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT SHOULD BE QUESTIONING ALOT OF DEPT,PROGRAMS,SCHOOLS, EXT THAT CANT COUNT FOR HOW THERE FUNDS WAS MISUSED FROM THE TIME BSFORE,BUT OUR LOCAL PEOPLE RUNNING THINGS HERE DO NOT WANT ANY ONE LOOKING INTO ANY STATE,COUNTY,OR FEDERAL DEPT OR PROGRAMS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THERE OWN LITTLE RULES AND YES THEY DO NO ABOUT FOLLOWING STATE MANDATE LAWS BUT HAY THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING THERE RULES HERE FOR SO LONG AND GETTING BY WITH NO ONE CHECKING THERE DEPT"S OUT THAT IT WORKS GREAT FOR THOSE WHO DONT PLAY FARE, WELL I AM THOUGH IT IS NOT A GAME AN LET THIS GO ON RECORD AS ME SAYING DO NOT GO INTO ANY ONE OF KERN COUNTY'S SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE'S AND EXPECT TO GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED VIA TRUE BECAUSE HANDS ON YOU WILL NOT. I DO NOT NO WHY THESE GOVERNMENT PERSONAL ARE NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE OH WAIT YES I DO BECAUSE NO-BODY CARES. SAD BUT TRUE GOOD LUCK FOR WE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED OF HELP.

Wow...,you never received a response ?? It's Oct...thats terrible..

You hit the nail on the head for ALL around the Country! And that person was astute to point out the elephant in the room: the UNAVOIDADLE SOUND OF SILENCE IN RESPONSE TO WHAT YOU STATED!!!
You go girl!!

On a 23rd. I was contacted by what suppose to have been a Army Base in Qatar, had been emailing back & forth to a Army man by the name of David Mckiernand, he got me to write the army base (military basezone) to ask for a military leave for himself, a Capt. at that base wrote and told me to send my full name, address and phone number, I did not realize this was a scam when sending the info. After giving it, The Capt.A blood then told name to send $600.00 for military leave permit for General David Mckiernand to come home and to send it western union, I then realized it was a scam, on the 27th. Of May, my bank notified me that someone was trying to take money from my acct, but I had already alerted my bank before this happened, so the bank out a fraud alert on my acct. That is all that saved me from losing my money.if the Capt? Had ask for the money before asking for my information I would not have given that information to him..There is still alert on my bank acct. AND the credit card has been cancelled. I will use cash from now on..hope this will catch the people.. Thank'so for your time..

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