3 Steps to NOT Get Scammed by Fake Online Real Estate Listings
In the last few weeks, the agents at Real Estate Solutions have been hearing a lot about real estate ad scams in our area. These fake ads can be a quick and easy cash grab for scammers. The scams are typically set up like this: the scammer will steal information from a legitimate real estate listing and create their own similar listing with bogus information meant to attract potential buyers. If somebody responds to the ad, the scammer will ask for money up front to hold the property. They will usually have some weird story as to why they are selling or renting the property and will ask for money to be sent via wire transferred before sending you the keys or to ‘hold’ the property. NEVER SEND MONEY! Whether you’re searching for real estate on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or other real estate listing sites- the FIRST call you should make is to Real Estate Solutions. Our agents are trained in proper real estate transaction protocols, they have access to more refined real estate search tools and the power of the #1 real estate office in the area to make sure every aspect of your transaction is taken care of.
Three Steps to NOT get Scammed by Fake Online Real Estate Listings
1. NEVER SEND MONEY TO ANYONE ONLINE!
2. Call Real Estate Solutions at 715-719-0555
3. Work with one of our experienced agents for all your real estate needs.
If you do think an ad is legitimate and agree to meet private seller in person, ALWAYS meet at safe public place prior to viewing the property and make sure somebody knows where you are at or where you are going.
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