d_leverich19…, Renter in Kansas City, KS

how do i find out if im being scammed?

Asked by d_leverich1995, Kansas City, KS Sat Jun 23, 2012

well i found a house on craigslist that i like, so i emailed the owner, but the owner says they live in a different country, so know idk what to do i dont think this is the real owner, what should i do and how do i find out if he is the real owner of the house

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Ginson Speich, Agent, New Albany, OH
Fri Aug 2, 2013
yes, this is a very well known scam. Sorry?
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Fri Aug 2, 2013
SCAM, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. CL and sites like here are riddled with scams and as fast as you take them down, they repost. Use a local and trusted agent, stay off the internet sites.
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Melanie DeVa…, Agent, Topeka, KS
Fri Aug 2, 2013
Yes, as I'm sure you're aware now it is a definite scam.
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David Walburn, Home Buyer, Mission, KS
Fri May 10, 2013
You're being scammed. Had it happen to myself recently. I drove by the house and contacted the realtor on the sign posted in the front yard. They confirmed it was a scam
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Connie Mitch…, Agent, South Padre Island, TX
Sat Jun 23, 2012
Craigs list can contain some scary stuff posted by some dirty rotten folks. Definitely contact the tax district with the address of the home and verify the owner's name. If the property is truly for sale, the seller should be able to give you access to the property to view. Even if they are selling "by owner" it is best for you to contact a realtor to represent your best interest in the transaction. If it is not legit.......... the "seller" will ask strange questions and want to work outside of a title company and without Realtors. He may even offer to use his own attorney. Do not! Find your own representation and spend the extra money to protect yourself.

There are oodles of bad folks out there that are very savvy in coaxing money out of unsuspecting people. You may even want to google scams like this that have occurred across the country. I recall reading on a rash of such scams occurring in California where suspect were located. It is happening everywhere.

It sounds like you are off to a good start by questioning the original information provided right from the get go.
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Russ Lang, Agent, KS,
Sat Jun 23, 2012
Call the local County Register of Deeds Office, or the City Clerk, and ask for the owners name of the specific property. If they sight a "privacy" issue, ask them if the name you have is the correct name of the owner of the home. The scenario you describe can almost positively be considered a scam.
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