Long story short. I was going to provide a cleaning service and pay the rent before the owner Kent Dirk arrived from California. I asked why he could not pay the rent himself through an bank transfer and he shared that it was to establish trust. I got the check in the mail. Deposited it in my account. They approved my funds, making it seem like the check was valid. I took the rent money out and kept my profit. It turns out that the next day my account has a negative balance. The check had been returned as illegitimate. I knew then , that it was a real set up. What tricked me into believing it was not a scam for a second was when the check had had a hold on for a few days to be approved. Once the funds are approved I’m believing that the check is valid so I lower my guard.