Real estate scams are very common when a potential buyer or renter falls for a false property ad.
KENNEWICK, WA - Real estate scams are very common when a potential buyer or renter falls for a false property ad.
Real estate agents say scammers will copy legitimate property ads and replace the contact information with their own.
Craigslist is one site where these fake ads often pop up.
Agents suggest doing an Internet search for similar posts to see if the one you found is a fake.
"Our good ads, and they'll copy those and put their contact information instead of us. It's an ongoing battle. It's something that people just have to be diligent and do their research to make sure they're talking with good people, not bad people," said Wayne Langford, Windermere real estate agent.
Langford said you can avoid bad deals by looking for red flags like property that isn't kept up or someone who asks you to send money before you can receive the keys.