Lashawndra Malonson thought she was getting a great deal. But it turned out to be a brazen attempt to steal her money.

HOUSTON — Everything looked good when Lashawndra Malonson checked the listing online — a remodeled three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Humble was renting for the bargain price of $1,000 a month.

“I look at the photos, you know it looks nice,” Malonson said. “All the bells and whistles that I love.”

Malonson said she called to view the property and the man on the other end told her how to sign up online for the code to the lock box to do a self-tour. After visiting the property in person, she was sold.

“And I was like okay! I love the property, what do I do next?” she said.

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