Fake Landlord Tried to Scam My Kid

My kid and their friend are looking for a house to rent. They found a perfect match, with a nice house in a pretty neighborhood and accommodating landlords, but there were a few red flags.

The last was when the landlords wanted kid and friend to send them money, supposedly because they live in a different state, and then they'd mail the house keys. The landlord also sent the kids a signed lease to sign and return. The signature on that lease didn't match up with their name:

Signature from the lease

I did a reverse image search on the signature, and it was L. Ron Hubbard's signature from his Wikipedia article:

Signature from Wikipedia

I took no joy in breaking the bad news to the kids, but I praised them profusely for talking to me about it first.

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