Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?
June 18, 2014 7:41 AM Subscribe
Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing.
posted by taupe to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Landlord (or leaseholder - not sure they own the place) has asked for my social media profiles, and has linked me to their Facebook profile. Their Facebook profile seems normal. The craigslist ad doesn't strike me as fishy.
They have not asked for any other personal identifying information - SSN, pictures, financials, anything. They've not mentioned doing a credit or background check.
I think this is technically a sublet since I wouldn't be on the lease. They responded to my initial query with a few general questions ("when can you come see the place") and a request for my exact birthday. I included my age in my reply, thinking maybe they just wanted to know how old I was. They emailed back asking, again, for the exact date of my birthday.
Thank you Mefi.