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Who's Scamming Your Listing? Find Out By Googling Your Own Listings.

This is the second time I have heard of this scenario, and the details are identical! Be aware that this has happened in Mississippi, so we should all be careful.

Pat Starnes, McIntosh and Associates

The Today Show for September 9th featured a Craigslist listing for a rental.  The price was well below what comparable neighborhood rentals would go for, and the photos showed a beautiful home, both inside and out.  The adress and photos are accurate.

The problem?  Although this home is listed with a Real Estate Brokerage, it is not for rent.  The photos were picked up off the MLS listing to create the Craigslist rental listing.  When prospective renters responded, the scammer emailed back, explaining that he was in Nigeria on mission work, and that if the respondent would send a check for $1,200. he would send the keys.

While the internet provides wonderful tools for REALTOR success, it also provides scammers with new opportunities.  Google your own listings; see what's out there.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsPat Starnes, Brandon, MS • September 30 2008 03:28PM
Who's Scamming Your Listing? Find Out By Googling Your Own Listings.
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