Thanks for posting this Jeff...we're hearing about this scam a lot these days. Glad you didn't fall for it.
Best place to start when looking for a home is to hire an Exclusive Buyer Agent to represent you. EBAs represent home buyers only, and work to get you the best price and most favorable terms. You can go to NAEBA.org for a referral to an EBA in your area.
I'm an EBA and I wrote a book called "Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You". It will be the best $6 you've ever spent.
Best of luck!... more