I don't know if we need federal authorities to accept complaints. Maybe services like Craigslist and Trulia could step up their monitoring, if they haven't done so.
This kind of thing happens far to often anymore. The scam artists want potential renters to send deposits and first month rent. It really is time for the appropriate authorities to get involved because of a lot of innocent people are getting hurt. And, considering the fact that money is changing hands, I cannot imagine it would take to much investigative ingenuity to figure out who is getting the cash. Perhaps it is time for the National Association of RealtorsÂ® to put apply pressure to appropriate federal authorities. What do the rest of you think?
Prudential Real Estate of the Rockies
You are one of the fortunate ones who noticed the scam before something serious happened. I am sure you have contacted Trulia to remove it. Also check on the other sites such as Craigslist to see if they are running this scam there as well. Sorry to hear of your delemna. All the best.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
1776 S. Jackson St. #412
Denver CO 80210
Direct â€“ 303-669-1246
It happens all the time particularly on Craigs list. It si a scam typically run by folks out of country. The usual deal ruins something like, "I am out of the country on a business assignment - western union or overnight me the funds and I will overnight the keys back to you." Scammer receives funds and would be tenant never hears from her or him again. Flag the ad wherever you saw it and make sure it comes down. If you want to spend the time calling the local authorities by all means do so but typically there is nothing they can do about it. You can trace the IP address if you are so inclined and it might lead somewhere but it si doubtful. The most important thing is to monitor Craig's list and wherever else you see the for rent ad and flag it every time it goes up
Best of luck to you
Carole & Greg
Sounds like you and your property are part of a scam......our recommendation, begin by contacting the local police. They should be able to get you pointed in the right direction and you will have reported it.
You should be commended for your diligence. Some homeowners are unaware such situations exist until the Ryder Truck shows up in the drive way. At that point, there's a family $4,000 poorer and no place to live.
This is one of the reasons both buyers and sellers really need to be working with a professional on both sides. There will be accountability and traceability.
Unfortunately, there are a ger-zillion websites that post real estate information. Aggregate websites, such as Zillow can post clearly incorrect, misleading, fraudulent information with impunity. These aggregate websites swap data allowing the faulty stuff to end up anywhere and living nearly forever. There goal seems to be to say they have a ger-Zillion real estate listing without the need to indicate a ger-Zillion/2 are fake.
As a home seller, you may choose to go the route many brokerages are choosing to protect the home seller. That is, they are choosing NOT to syndicate the listing, which means ONLY websites with some understanding of data integrity will receive the listing and FORBIDDEN to forward to other sites.
This makes the process of hijacking a home for sale by the con artists much more difficult and labor intensive. The crooks will always find a way to victimize the consumer who choose to circumvent the safeguards in place for their benefit. For these, the con-artist look for intentionally.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
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Please, do us all a favor and report this to the administrators of the website.