Your House Is For Rent. No It's Not!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

A caller yesterday asking about one of my listings. He was interested in renting.

'Sorry Sir but that home is not for rent.' ' But the internet says it is.' 

He sent me a link from Craig's list and it says $750 a month.

I looked and there is a photo of my property, with my MLS verbiage and sure enough, it says it IS for rent. This caller was given the name of the owner (NOT) and a story of why they were moving. He drove by the property, saw my sign and called me. He said it sounded too good to be true...a single family home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, central air, a nice lot...what could be wrong?

 

What was wrong?

This house is NOT for rent!

This is a SCAM!

 

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I shared this information with the owner along with all the links found and he is going to follow through with filing a report.

Have you had this kind of SCAM?

How did you handle it?

How can we protect our sellers?

How can we protect the general public? Would really like to hear from any of you who have had this experience.

 

Margaret Rome

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Alan May I plan to use this post and the responses here as the topic for tomorrow's radio show.

May 18, 2019 06:53 PM #18
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Wayne L. Brown Thanks for sharing. I will use your example on the radio show tomorrow.

May 18, 2019 06:55 PM #19
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Lottie Kendall So glad that I got the call and hopefully saved this potential renter from being taken advantage.

May 18, 2019 06:56 PM #20
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Myrl Jeffcoat Thanks for the feature. My plan is to alert the public on my radio show tomorrow.

May 18, 2019 06:58 PM #21
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Thanks Scott Godzyk Good suggestion to put a NOT FOR RENT sign up!

May 18, 2019 06:59 PM #22
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA  WOW...

Your response is NOT what I wanted to hear. So glad this former agent was apprehended and taken away.

I am going to talk about this scam on the radio tomorrow.

May 18, 2019 07:03 PM #23
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I keep getting robo-calls that when answered state in a booming voice: This is the Social Security office and your number and its benefits have been suspended! I wonder how many poor, fragile and tired elders will be disturbed

May 19, 2019 06:43 AM #24
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Richie Alan Naggar I think many poor, fragile and tired elders are being disturbed. Hoping as an industry we can help to educate the public.

May 19, 2019 07:20 AM #25
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This has happened in our office so many times.  If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  Don't fall for it.

May 19, 2019 09:19 AM #26
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Chris Ann Cleland This was a first on one of my listings.  

May 19, 2019 02:01 PM #27
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This one seems to show up from time to time.  I have not put my listings on Craigs List in several years.  Hope they authorities are able to find the scammer.

May 19, 2019 02:23 PM #28
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1~Judi Barrett  I've never used C L for my listings.

May 19, 2019 05:23 PM #29
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Had the exact same thing happen about 5 years ago. I stopped posting on CL because so many scammers are on that site

May 19, 2019 06:15 PM #30
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Buzz Mackintosh Never used CL for my listings.

May 19, 2019 06:16 PM #31
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So Yes, I have scammers advertising my listings all the time for rent. However there is also a less frequent scam I just had happen last week. This is where the scammer calls a contractor/painter/etc to get a bid on repair since he is "buying" the house. He then sends a check for more money the the bid to the contractor and asks him to pay plumber/old owner/scammer friend to them the extra. of course the scammers check bounces. It's a real waste of everyones  time.  

May 22, 2019 06:26 PM #32
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Julie A. Black That takes a lot of planning to carry out that SCAM.

May 22, 2019 08:31 PM #33
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I write about Key West houses and get a lot of attention from potential buyers. Photos get picked up on the internet. I usually give the street address of the property and almost always include the MLS link. Later I get phone calls and emails from people who have read the blog and who want to rent a place I wrote about. Most of our scams are from Craigslist for ridiculously cheap rent for a house with a pool. I tell people most real estate companies in Key West have property management divisions and search there. Avoid anything you see on Craigslist.

Gary

May 23, 2019 02:50 AM #34
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We actually had real estate agents calling us because our home was listed FSOB - and we had no idea. No intentions of selling, no inquiries with any real estate professionals. Nothing. Until the cold calls started. Scams abound! Thank you for being someone who blasts this info out. I thought we had lost our minds and forgotten something important!

May 23, 2019 10:43 AM #35
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Gary Thomas  It seems that all the ones I hear about is from CL.

May 23, 2019 06:24 PM #36
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Renae Bolton We all should be blasting this out. I just discussed this on my radio show and got some calls afterward. I am much more willing to talk to a renter now...knowing they could be part of this scam.

May 23, 2019 06:27 PM #37
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