St Cloud area real estate update: THIS IS A WARNING!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate

There is a scam being played out on Craig's list (and possibly other sites) that involves homes listed for sale.

The scammer pulls the listing agents data off real estate sites and places it onto Craigs list as a "Home for Rent" listing. After someone requests more info on the home they get a rental application calling for their personal financial information including social security number, date of birth,banking info and more.

These are false listings/posts, when the prospective renter shows up and knocks on the door, the home seller is confused, and it is to late for the potential renter by the time they find out that the home is not for rent. Please be very careful about giving out any of your personal data over the internet. This scam is wide spread and apparently growing. I know of 5 instances in the St Cloud area where this has happened with RE/MAX listings alone.

Steve Baklaich RE/Max Realty Source

(320) 260-3290

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Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Craigslist for all its value is turning into a pit of vipers for the public.  There seem to be scams in every category. 

The "wire the deposit to us and we will mail the keys" rental scam is in full force here.  I hadn't heard of the scam in your post, but it is easy to believe.

Caveat Emptor!

Aug 24, 2009 03:09 PM #1
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

There is a new scam born every day it seems. Thanks for the update.

Aug 24, 2009 03:36 PM #2
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