Thank you for your question, Alma:
Yes, there are many scams out there.
These scams are generally designed to steal your money, your identity or both.
The best way to protect yourself against scams is to make certain that the person that you are dealing with is licensed by The State of California Bureau of Real Estate.
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
Broker/Owner: The Butterfield Real Estate Firm
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
California Real Estate Broker License: BRE#00901872