David Saks: FBI Warns of Rental and Real Estate Scams

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FBI Warns of Rental and Real Estate Scams

FBI Warns of Rental and Real Estate Scams

FBI San Diego July 12, 2013
  • Darrell Foxworth (858) 320-8302
 

The FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) want to remind the public to be cautious when posting rental properties and real estate online.

The FBI and IC3 have received complaints in the past from individuals who have fallen victim to scams involving rentals of apartments and houses, as well as postings of real estate online.

Individuals need to be cautious when posting rental properties and real estate online.

Rental scams occur when the victim has rental property advertised and is contacted by an interested party.

Once the rental price is agreed upon, the scammer forwards a check for the deposit on the rental property to the victim.

The check is to cover housing expenses and is either written in excess of the amount required, with the scammer asking for the remainder to be remitted back, or written for the correct amount, but the scammer backs out of the rental agreement and asks for a refund.

Since the banks do not usually place a hold on the funds, the victim has immediate access to them and believes the check has cleared. In the end, the check is found to be counterfeit, and the victim is held responsible by the bank for all losses.

Another type of scam involves real estate that is posted via classified advertisement websites.

The scammer duplicates postings from legitimate real estate websites and reposts these ads, after altering them.

Often, the scammers use the broker’s real name to create a fake e-mail, which gives the fraud more legitimacy.

When the victim sends an e-mail through the classified advertisement website inquiring about the home, they receive a response from someone claiming to be the owner.

The “owner” claims he and his wife are currently on missionary work in a foreign country.

Therefore, he needs someone to rent their home while they are away. If the victim is interested in renting the home, they are asked to send money to the owner in the foreign country.

If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at http://www.ic3.gov/ .

source: FBI



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Comment balloon 4 commentsDavid Saks • July 12 2013 03:26PM

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There sure seem to be a lot of scams out there today.  It makes the everyday average "Joe" skeptical about everything.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) about 7 years ago

It sure does, Jean.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 7 years ago

David this is a big issue all over the country, it so hard to know what is real in some cases.  The key is never send money.

Have a great Sunday.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 7 years ago

These two examples are so common they defy reality, and even more unbelievable that any vigilant individual would fall for them, Jennifer. Always glad to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 7 years ago

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