Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Aholes. You have to be ever vigilant.

Jan 02, 2018 10:26 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

My guess would be a referral " scam". I've had some similar calls where the caller was trying to id properties that were coming up for sale, then he would call several agents and tell them that he knows owners x on y street are planning on selling, then asks for a referral agreement in exchange for the address and phone # of the owners.

Jan 02, 2018 10:24 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I dont think that scammers go through that much work, but I do suspect that it would be wise of the scammers to target the vacant homes for those rental scams.

However the one home that a scammer tried to rent out of mine was one with furnished rooms in the photos.

Jan 02, 2018 01:24 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Not necessarily Fred Griffin 

 

Jan 02, 2018 12:12 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Jan 02, 2018 10:58 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I hate Craigs list.... 

Jan 02, 2018 10:22 AM
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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Not necessarily. I haven't experience a Craigslist scam in years, but when I did it was always of occupied houses, in any event.

Jan 02, 2018 10:11 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Don't know but I never have any problems. I think they can tell noobs & fsbo's on the site. It could actually be someone that is looking in expireds for a new listing but then why not give real name?

Odd, that's for sure.

Jan 02, 2018 09:47 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

That could very well be, Fred! Another reason to stage as many vacant homes as possible!

Jan 02, 2018 09:48 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The last ones of mine that were scammed were from zillow.  They didn't even bother to crop my branded photos or take my contact info out!  Lazy, which worked to my advantage.  :)

Jan 02, 2018 09:03 PM
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Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

Only happened to me once.. and the place was fully furnished.

Jan 02, 2018 04:33 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

It certainly does sound suspicious. What the person is up to remains to be seen. I no longer post anything on Craig's List - certainly not anything real estate related. 

Jan 02, 2018 11:15 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

My experience is that craigslist scammers don't seem to give a hoot but photos of vacant property is an open invitation to copper thieves.

Jan 02, 2018 10:21 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I don't necessarily think would be bait.. I have never encountered that experience with any vacant, or occupied home... and hopefully I won't have that experience.

Jan 02, 2018 10:16 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It will only get fixed when an innocent citizen is harmed by the hazards created by agents, brokers. franchises, associations and NAR and they are sued for every dollar these transgressors can reach in a lifetime.

But instead, we will add a disclaimer and hold harmless addendum to shield  practitioners from the hazards inherent in the current syndication practice and  not enforcing removal of images from professional websites.

I don't know who is more at fault, the scammer taking advantage of the nauive or the professional with their head in the sand.

 

Jan 02, 2018 10:03 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

If information is obtainable, people will try to use it to make money in various ways, some illegal and underhanded!

Jan 02, 2018 10:02 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

You could have a good point there

 

Jan 06, 2018 10:41 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is a great thought, and have had vacant home photos.   Will need to think of that next time I have a vacant home.

Jan 05, 2018 11:21 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Jan 04, 2018 07:33 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Lots of investors are scraping for new targets too. Inventory is tight in many parts of the Country

Jan 03, 2018 03:54 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Possibly.

Jan 03, 2018 06:01 AM
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

You are probably correct.  No matter how careful one is there will be lowlifes trying to take advantage of the system.

Jan 03, 2018 05:10 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Fred Griffin It seems any listing on Craigslist is scam bait.

Jan 03, 2018 04:56 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Candice A. Donofrio  nailed this one!

Jan 03, 2018 04:48 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Craigslist has always been a hotbed for scammers. One that I've seen with vacant homes (and occupied ones) is where they put the house for RENT on CL at a ridiculously low price that will make the phone ring off the hook. Then they tell the people they are away and cant show them the inside. They say go by & walk the property & if you like it send them the deposit. That'll be the last you hear from them. Be careful folks~

Jan 03, 2018 04:00 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Well, it is your assumption. But i'm sure a lot of agents reach out to expires to get business. 

Jan 02, 2018 10:21 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin we have to make sure seller is happy, Isn't it?

Jan 02, 2018 09:37 PM
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

I'm not a lover of Craig's List..never put my listings or if I did rentals on it.

Jan 02, 2018 07:27 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Just having a Listing in CraigsList is enough for the scammers to steal our info and pictures and make a ridiculous offer to innocent renters!

Jan 02, 2018 05:28 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have seen scams both ways

Jan 02, 2018 03:34 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

You never know what someone on the other side of that call has as a real motivation. 

Jan 02, 2018 03:30 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I think that is much more effort than most scammers use. I think there is another motive.

Jan 02, 2018 03:23 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

All things are scam-able...prudent to keep eyes open in today's world 

Jan 02, 2018 02:51 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Well I don't stage empty houses so I'm just vigulant about postings in my listings about them NOT being for rent and have a chat with my sellers to be careful of calls.

Jan 02, 2018 02:17 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Possibly!

Jan 02, 2018 12:43 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I think so. I remove most images after it is sold.

Jan 02, 2018 12:17 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
Eagle Home Mortgage, LENNAR HOMES Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady

Yes, I do think an empty house photograph tweaks the attention of criminals. It is not only Craigs'  list but many sites. The first rule is if the price is cheap, this should ring a bell. Next, if contact person says they are out of town, or if they say they can't disturb tenant. If they ask for any amount of money before you see the property run

Jan 02, 2018 11:48 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have seen investment houses I have under contract that are new being offered for lease on Craiglist. Typicall someone who says they own it and are Missionaries in Africa. My best specific guess, Nigeria.

Jan 02, 2018 11:30 AM