If you are using a broker to help you find an apartment, make sure the broker is licensed.
below to read information from the NYS Department of State about
real estate brokers or to file a complaint.
NYS License Database Lookup
Licensing Services Info
File a Complaint
See this New York Times article for help in how to gauge whether your broker is legit.
Read a report released by the New York City Council in
October, 2006 about online real estate ads:
Deception: The Hidden Perils of Online Real Estate Ads (pdf)
Page Updated 3/21/2017