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Jasonjcromer, Renter in Seattle, WA

I think I almost got caught up in a scam. Who can I talk to at Trulia?

Asked by Jasonjcromer, Seattle, WA Tue Apr 29, 2014

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Not sure contacting the site would help. Be aware that scams do exist and such internet sites are third party sites where the information is fed by various sources, so data is not really verified. If you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds to good to be true, it is. For scam related information see links. Also consider reoprting the scam to the local authorities.
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams
http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud/family-home-c…
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=20482759
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 30, 2014
A good way to avoid a scam is to perform a search of the property by address. You'll typically find several listings for the same property. For example; if you find a rental home on Craigslist, a Google search of the address may provide you with results which show the home is actually offered for sale. (A savvy consumer contacted me to let me know one of my listings was being offered on Craigslist as a rental by a scam artist!) Do your homework, always. Never wire-transfer money.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 1, 2014
Assuming it's they typical "Craigslist fraud" where someone claims to be the owner of the property who is not, and claims to be out of the country, needs funds wired, etc., I would also notify the ISP of the email service they are using. That can cut their scheme off at the knees.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 3, 2014
Jason, what's the nature of the scam? Please enlighten others so they can be on the lookout, too.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 2, 2014
Jason,
I'm local here in the Seattle area. Feel free to write me at DanTabit@Northstone.net or call me up to 10:00 PDT pm.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 29, 2014
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