Hey, an article in yesterday's NY Press talks about our measures to ensure that our NY apartments ads are ok.
Despite the unfortunate title, it does a good job of discussing the problem and how we help. Primarily, we really help a lot of people find places to live, and help honest brokers make a living. However, there are a lot of unscrupulous apartment brokers in NY, and they try to get away with stuff. On the positive side, when they see we're leveling the playing field, they start playing fair.
There's the occasional scam, the classic being one where people take deposits for places that don't exist. I feel that the NYPD Computer Crimes Unit (aka High Tech Crimes) and the DA's office get a lot of credit for their work on such scams, and also on online harassment. I've worked with them on the request of victims, and they know what they're doing.