Why are there so many scams through Trulia website?

Asked by Lisa Andres, San Jose, CA Tue Jul 2, 2013

I recieve emails of listings and the price is changed....ugh!

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Juliana Lee, Agent, Palo Alto, CA
Thu Jul 4, 2013
It is possible to post a "scam" without paying any money. Even if nearly all of a scammer's posts were taken down, one "success" could make enough money for the scammer that he would try even harder.

Additionally Trulia picks up listings from other websites. Not all of the scams were posted directly to Trulia.

It is fairly easy for a person to spot many of the postings as a scam. If a computer is used to decide what is a scam, generally there will be plenty of people who can figure out how the computer makes the decision and trick it into doing "evil".

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Tue Jul 2, 2013
Price changes aren't scams. They're price changes.
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craigslist is the worst. here there are professional scammer use vacant homes for sale for rent. Asking for deposit and run... Be aware of the scammer asking for proof etc.
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Jul 2, 2013
There are a LOT of scams because there are a LOT of scammers ...it's that simple. And they live in all part of the globe. And many of them have absolutely nothing else to do ...

It's not just a Trulia issue - they are on HotPads.com, Craigslist and any other internet site that allows consumers to post ads. Trulia is VERY aware of the problem but is in a quandary - they want the public to be able to post rental ads like the other rental websites. In reality, especially here in the SF Bay Area, VERY few rentals go through realtors and the MLS, so if Trulia limits entries to those that only come through Realtors and the actual MLS, then there would be virtually no rental listings here at all.

Additionally, because the postings are free, there is no income to provide a paid monitor on Trulia's side of the fence - thus, just like all the other websites with rentals, they let the site be monitored by those who actually use the site.

Trulia has tossed around a number of ideas as to how to control the situation, but so far does not have a viable solution that is not fee-based.
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Bahia Fear, , San Jose, CA
Thu Jan 30, 2014
No matter what information you find, it is always wise to verify through additional research. Usually you find a trail that leads you to the true answer.
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Michelle Car…, Agent, Coppertino, AL
Sun Aug 25, 2013
Keep in mind scammers keep working in a site until they are caught. There are many more scams on Craigslist than Trulia.

The best prevention is to FLAG any post or ad you believe is inappropriate.
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Tue Jul 2, 2013
Trulia has an opportunity here to present a trusted website for information. The homes for sale can not be posted by For Sale By Owner, only licensed agents. If they did the same for rental properties, then it could take it from a modified "Craigslist" to the useful website that it mostly presents.

A suggestion to Trulia, if the advertiser does not have their listing posted through our MLS, Trulia could charge for that listing to be posted. In my opinion this would bring income to Trulia, weed out some of the scammers, and possibly allow Trulia to be able to track the scammers back to their payment.

Sorry, it doesn't answer your question or solve your problem. Awareness is the beginning of improvement. And when more users voice their concerns, perhaps the developers and host will be open to make some changes. I have heard from other agents who used to be very active on Trulia decide to stop contributing because of the amount of rental issues.
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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Jul 2, 2013
There are scams everywhere as long as people are present.
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Tue Jul 2, 2013
Write a letter to Trulia. If the product is becoming diluted by scammers, this is alarming and I think they want to know.

Actually, we know about the scams. The Trulia community of agents give reminders all the time.

If they are able to post ads, that is disconcerting.

What will be more convincing that noting it here, though, is a letter.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Jul 2, 2013
The scammers clearly believe there is a large pool of gullible consumers here.
If you are STILL expecting to see actionalble information sourced from Trulia or Zillow, you may be one of those.
Serious buyers and sellers will promote themselves to usiing serious data resources.
Robert directed you to two. There are many more. The choice is always yours to make.
.......and I'm a French model....
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Jul 2, 2013
You know the Insurance commercial on TV, where the guy is talking to the woman and she says that she saw something on the iInternet, so it must be true!
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Robert Basin, Agent, Sun City Center, FL
Tue Jul 2, 2013
I don't think there are neccessary scams, but outdated listings. My two favorite sites for clients are Realtor.com and your local realtor association consumer's site. Both are updated quickly and correctly. You may also want to contact an agent there who can send you listings directly from the Multiple Listing Service in your area.
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