Finding an apartment is hard enough as it, is but unfortunately for many prospective renters, fraudsters have found a way to take advantage of Montreal's competitive rental market.\nAccording to CBC News, there has been a huge spike in fraudulent online rental advertisements in recent years. Scam ads have been popping up on apartment hunting websites such as Kanglou, which is extremely problematic for a city like Montreal.\nVacancy rates in 2018, for example, were less than 2%. Montreal is a renter's city, with high demand and low supply for quality apartments. People who are desperate to find a place to live are especially susceptible to these kinds of scams.\nAccording to the report, a local Montreal woman encountered two hopeful renters who showed up unannounced at her Rosemont condo. They were lured by a fake ad which required them to pay a deposit in advance.\nMany of these fake ads, in fact, will demand prospective renters to pay a deposit up-front before even viewing the apartment. Experts warn that these ads keep popping up at an alarming rate.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Le570Letourneux (@le570letourneux) on Feb 17, 2019 at 8:19am PST\nAccording to data from the Rental Housing Index, Montreal has over 500,000 rental units. With many of those apartments and rooms posted on online rental websites, the potential for a scam is quite high.\nREAD ALSO: This Is Why You Can't Find An Apartment In Montreal\nExperts claim that scam ads have more than doubled in recent years and that renters in Montreal should be on alert for any potential scams. Websites are taking steps to improve their security against fraudulent ads.\nView this post on Instagram turn of the century classic Montreal 6 unit, renovated units, booming🔥area, steps to bustling Wellington st. NO VACANCIES 2 units rented in 30 minutes!! #forrentmontreal #montrealrealestate #mtlblog #luxurycondos #alouermontreal #awesome#verdun#verdunbeach#wellingtonverdun#promenadewellington#socialverdun A post shared by Metroplex Urban Spaces (@metroplexurbanspaces) on Apr 24, 2019 at 7:56pm PDT\nMany people agree that due to Montreal's rental crisis, scammers are targeting the most trafficked websites to take advantage of a potentially desperate situation.\nScammers don't exclusively post fraudulent ads, though. Occasionally, fraudsters will actually show up and steal your money from under your nose. This is precisely what happened to a few St-Henri residents in 2016.\nExperts say it's difficult to detect these types of scams, but websites are trying out new security measures.\nView this post on Instagram Une vue qui vous rappelle à quel point vous êtes au cœur de l’action! | A view that keeps reminding you how close you are to the action! 2,100$ / mois (month) 1 chambres (bedrooms) 1 salle de bain (bathrooms) Lien en bio (link in bio) #AccèsInternational #CondoÀLouer #CondoForRent #View #DowntownMontreal #MtlMoments #LiveMontreal #CoolApartment #Downtown #CentreVilleMontreal #DowntownMtl #CentreVilleMtl #ÀLouerMontréal #MtlSkyline #Skyline A post shared by Accès International (@accesinternational) on Dec 12, 2018 at 3:08pm PST\nIf you're looking for an apartment in Montreal, be extra careful about the ads you're responding to. Remember, it's against the law for anyone to ask for a deposit before a lease is signed.\nAnd if your gut is telling you it's too good to be true... listen.\nTo know more about your tenants' rights in Montreal, please read this article.