DENVER (KDVR) — Scammers are turning up the heat by using online ads to trick those looking for reasonable housing during the pandemic.

However, there are ways you can protect yourself. 

Newly married couple Phillip Schuler and Nayeli Diaz tell the FOX31 Problem Solvers they were conned out of thousands after responding to an ad for a rental home.

“You’re working hard to get ahead in life and then these people just take advantage,” Diaz said. 

Schuler tells FOX31 the ad looked credible and the so-called “landlord” even provided him with a code to take a look inside the house.

Schuler was required to send a $2,300 deposit through a payment app first.

After paying the deposit, Schuler says the man disappeared and disconnected his phone number.

“We barely had enough money to even put down on like a down payment and we would all scrimp and…

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