LOOK OUT FOR ONLINE REAL ESTATE SCAMS
There’s an increase of real estate scammers and most recently the Florida’s Realtors President Maria Wells addressed it in a recent press release: “Unfortunately, criminals keep coming up with sophisticated schemes that target online rentals and property listing sites. Realtors must be aware that criminals are using their legitimate listings data to lure consumers to phony listings on internet portals. As the voice for real estate in Florida, Florida Realtors is committed to protecting consumers – we urge our members to use diligent efforts to help safeguard against these schemes and to encourage their clients to call their Realtor to verify any information."
This is an issue around the country and consumers can do a lot to protect themselves. Here’s what Sheri' Griffin an agent with Coldwell Banker Group on out of Monroe, LA. suggests. “I urge consumers to double-check all information about any property listing before sending any funds or information to anyone," Sheri' said. "Criminals are creating extremely realistic listings or stealing others' listings, in an attempt to convince consumers to send deposits or persuade the consumer to send personal information before they confirm the actual true listing agent. If a deal sounds too good to be true, if someone can't show you the property in person because they're out of state or out of the country, if they want you to send a deposit or first month's rent via a wire service before you've seen the property or signed a lease, if they want all your personal financial information – these can be possible signs of listing scams."
As always, if you have any questions please call me. I’m here to help.
Sheri' Griffin 318-488-1760 ** Serving Richland, Franklin, Madison and Ouachita Parishes in Louisiana