Most people laugh when they hear about the scams that are taking place all over the net. These scammers are hitting...Craigslist...Facebook...and even Flickr and today...I got one from one of my Careerbuilder alerts. I've personally had several through all of these sources...fortunately I spend a lot of time on line...but what about those that do not?
I truly do not find it funny.....because so many fall victim.....we have to understand not everyone is a genius or have the basic understanding that most real estate industry professionals have when it comes to buying a home, selling a property or even requesting information on a rental.
A few statistics you should think about before making prejudgments on those who fall for these schemes...I live in an area...where many homeowners do not use the Internet at all!
- Did you know only 74.4 % of North America uses the Internet? That means there is a good chance some who search for properties on line...may do very little searching...as a matter of fact...they may use the Internet rarely and may not be aware of these schemes.
- 12 million people in the U.S. still use dial up according to www.rlslog.net! Have you tried to use dial up recently? Its hard to get information and really truly does not work well nor give a great experience on line.
- In many rural areas...broadband is not available still!
Today while going through my comments I found something quite interesting and thanks to Dave Dugdale...there is a software to detect whether you might be falling for a scheme...The Rental Scam Detection Tool! I went ahead and tested and I think it is a fabulous tool for those who might fall prey.
Very basic and very easy to use but specifics to look for when the schemers come scheming!
About The Author: Midori Miller is a Real Estate Trainer and writes and trains Real Estate Training and assists sellers in short sale situations. Midori is a Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker , License # BK645709 and a member of the Daytona Area Association of REALTORS. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (386)453-3236.