Catching Scams On Zillow On A Daily Basis

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group
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It wasn't what I planned when I set up a Zillow watch list for my area.   My goal was to watch "make me move" and "for sale by owner" listings to get be able to find other options for my buyers.

What it has turned into is a daily view of "for sale listings" which have been scammed by unscrupulous users as rentals.  All of them have the full photos from the MLS and in each case when I've sent them to the listing agent they had no idea.

One common element I've noticed, which I'm guessing is to get around the possibility of  being flagged as a duplicate listing is each of the street addresses are followed by a # and then another number.

If you have a new listing set up a Zillow alert to keep an eye out for what's happening with your listing.  It appears there aren't enough checks and balances in place to keep someone from listing a home, even if it isn't theirs.

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Cindy Jones
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Debbie just said up alerts on FSBO or Make Me Move properties per zip code. 

Oct 03, 2014 03:03 AM #7
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Cindy Jones
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Sybil I was surprised this week that every alert I got had a scammed listing in it.

Oct 03, 2014 03:04 AM #8
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Cindy Jones
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Tammy the scammers seem to have figured out how to get around the initial entry of the listing with a #.

Oct 03, 2014 03:04 AM #9
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Cindy Jones
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Elite Home Sales-Yes it does get hard to keep up where our listings go.

Oct 03, 2014 03:05 AM #10
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I'm kinda laughing internally right about now . . . oh NO!  Zillow is another Craig's List.  Couldn't have happened to a nicer outfit!

Oct 03, 2014 06:34 AM #11
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Cindy this scam was rampant a few years ago in my neck of the woods on Craigs list and seems to have calmed down - or perhaps I'm just not hearing about it as much. Either way it's a bad situation.

Oct 03, 2014 10:14 AM #12
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Good tip, Cindy.  I'll have to have to add this to my assistant's duties.

Oct 03, 2014 10:43 AM #13
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Susan Haughton
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Great tip - I am used to it on Craigslist, but Zillow?  Not surprised!

Oct 03, 2014 10:55 AM #14
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Zillow's List!   Just what the public needs... another Scammer's Paradise. 

 

Oct 03, 2014 11:31 AM #15
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Cindy Jones
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Carla it seems to be headed that way.

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Cindy Jones
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Anna I see more agents advertising listings that aren't their's on CL than scammers these days.

Oct 03, 2014 11:45 AM #17
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Chris Ann-glad to help out.

Oct 03, 2014 11:46 AM #18
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Susan the scammers are going to pick up on any site that's not locked down.

Oct 03, 2014 11:47 AM #19
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Fred-yep another place for the scammers to play.

Oct 03, 2014 11:48 AM #20
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I had gotten a call from a couple that had been scammed on one of my listings and they wanted me to get their money back. The scammers are very clever

Oct 03, 2014 12:22 PM #21
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Jorge Martinez
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Yeah, I have heard about google alerts but I never thought about doing the same thing in Zillow. Thanks for the tip Cindy.

Oct 03, 2014 10:58 PM #22
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Amanda Christiansen
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Oh those pesky scammers.  We've had similar things happen to our listings on Zillow.  It's ridiculous.  

Oct 03, 2014 11:32 PM #23
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Cindy ....Thanks for the tip ...I will keep an eye on mine from now on!

Thanks!

Oct 05, 2014 11:10 AM #24
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Cindy, Zillow could become the new Craigslist when it comes to scams!  And that's not even talking about the Zestimates.

Oct 11, 2014 11:04 PM #25
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I hope this one gets featured to get the Realtor/Consumer exposure it needs!

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