One of the latest scams to hit the Internet has popped up in an unlikely place: the real estate market. If you're on the hunt for a new place to rent, or are trying to sell your home, then you could be one of these scammer's targets. Be careful.
A man in New Albany, Indiana, learned this the hard way. Shortly after listing his home for sale, homeowner John Darr began noticing some suspicious activity. People were pulling up to his house and looking around the property. Some were even coming up to his front porch, and peeking in through the windows.
He later realized what had happened. The details of his home listing were stolen by scammers, who then posted the property as a rental opportunity on Craigslist. The listing sounded too good to be true: A cozy three bedroom, two bathroom house for only $600 per month. And all the applicants had to do was send in their personal information, along with a security deposit.
Of course, Darr's home was not for rent. And, the listing to sell his home had been active for less than a week. He wasn't fully aware of what had happened until he received a strange message on Facebook.
"The message asked ... was I selling the house or was I renting the house, because she had some concerns that somebody was running a scam with my name," Darr explained.