If a person is looking to rent this scam is set to prey upon them.
If you are looking to rent, someone will message you and claim their uncle, George Whitaker, has a local house for you. They simply need a deposit. This is a scam. The perpetrators use local homes on the market to target people looking for rentals.
Locally a Tiffany Jones is messaging people on behalf of her uncle, George Whitaker.
It is known to have happened in St Paul, Knoxville, Pittsburg, Reno, Tampa, and several other cities. do not be taken advantage of and call the authorities if you suspect you are being focused on as a victim of this scam.
Never send a deposit prior to seeing a rental property.