I'll be moving from Poland to California for 5 months internship. I was looking for rooms or flats in the area on facebook and craiglist. What I found a little strange is that literally nobody agreed to show me the property on a video call. They either said that currently they are not around or simply stopped answering. Is there any reasonable way to minimize the risk of running into a scam, since I'm not around and would have to wire money online beforehand? Some landlords offered to show me their driving license, is that a proof of anything?

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    Can you wait till you are there and can see the property in person? (Stay in a hotel or hostel for the first week or so.)
    – Willeke
    Nov 28 '21 at 17:27
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    I would consider @Willeke's suggestion. It makes the move more stressful and more hectic as well as more expensive, but it reduces the chance of being stuck with a bad lease for a property that you haven't seen. Of course, only you can say whether the investment in a hotel room and having more to do when you arrive is justified by the reduction in risk.
    – phoog
    Nov 28 '21 at 17:34
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    Stay in an AirBnb for a week or so while you search?
    – Traveller
    Nov 28 '21 at 18:23
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    In some places demand is so much higher than offer that landlords have very little incentive to make any effort. In others there lay be a much more level playing field. If you are moving to the Bay Area… good luck!
    – jcaron
    Nov 28 '21 at 21:16
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    Have you asked the company that you are an intern with if they have any accommodation contacts they can recommend?
    – canonacer
    Nov 29 '21 at 7:24

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