Realtors Warn About Nationwide Real Estate Scam
If you are trying to sell your home or looking to buy or rent a home, watch out!
Right now there is a scam with cases reported nationwide, targeting people looking to sell or buy a home.
Realtors tells us the scammers will take information from a property listed for sale, and then post it somewhere else with their contact information, hoping to get a down payment from a buyer or renter.
“They will take the information and do what scammers do best, make it look real and present it,” says Greg Bosscher, Realtor, Five Star Real Estate.
A realtor from Real Estate One in Cadillac says it happened to a home, where a person used the information and posted it on Craigslist.
Some selling their home say this is concerning.
“Someone’s going to think they are getting a really great deal or someone is going to think they are getting a beautiful house for a rental and they end up putting all that money down and you can’t get that back,” says Caitlin Mayer, selling home.
While the home is being sold through a real estate company, realtors say using them can be safer.
“Professionally, their information is guarded securely. If there was ever anything that seemed out of the ordinary, you have built a relationship with a client, they call you and they say this doesn’t seem right. A buyer, they need to be just as aware,” says Bosscher.
Buyers and sellers are now being extra careful.
“It would make me feel completely violated. I am a lot more aware, a couple of times I have actually browsed Craigslist looking for my home,” says Mayer.
If you think you are a victim of this scam, call police.