A couple of years ago I was working in California and looking for a rental house. I found one that I liked on Craiglist and emailed the person who listed it. He wanted a deposit beforehand and he would leave the key in a box outside the house. He said he was "out of town at the moment" and couldn't meet me. He wanted me to pay even before I saw the place....who does that?! Does it actually work on some people? I ended up just going through a property management company.