Virtual Real Estate Solutions : Warning-Craigslist..Fraud and Ebay! Be Very Careful, Warn Property Owners!

Warning-Craigslist..Fraud and Ebay! Be Very Careful, Warn Property Owners!

Our dearest Midori Miller has posted this blog trying to keep us informed of the latest and newest scam taking place with FSBO being the target. I have re-blogged this post because I feel it worthy of reaching as many Professionals and Consumers as possible.

Thank you Midori, for always being alert and keeping us all informed !

This morning "The listing machine" had a story he wanted me to blog about.  It's a true story and can happen to anyone.  Recently he has been working with one of his customers to purchase some vacant land.  Now his customer has a house to sell it was placed on craigslist.  He placed it there..and was shocked at what he had found. 


This is not one case of this there are several on Ebay right now!

While going through ebay this same customer found his property on ebay..not placed there by him or by the listing machine. 

While looking at the ebay listing it was his own words...his pictures...and definitely his house lifted from his posting on craigslist.

So who is selling it?  It isn't him but someone else he does not know, a scam trying to get people to bid high for an escrow deposit. 

Please, be very careful and check your seems that they are going after unsuspecting FSBO's generally never been listed in the MLS

As this story unfolds we will be sharing with you!

This is just another reason to list with a REALTOR!
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Comment balloon 7 commentsMelissa Grant • August 27 2008 06:11AM


I had not seen this yet...I am off to Midori's to read it!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 10 years ago

There are always scammers out there. We all must be vigilant.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

wow!  another thing the FSBOs have to worry about.  Thanks for the info

Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 10 years ago

Thanks for pointing this out.  I had not seen or heard about it yet.  You never know if these listings are real or fraudulent... if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! 

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) over 10 years ago

Melissa, Oh my gosh, that is SO scary!  Why am I always so surprised to find there are so many scammers in the world.  I'm so glad you shared this with all of us!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 10 years ago

How low will they go?   Your right though.  Always use a Realtor.  I had a young couple that started out with a Realtor and then was going to look at a FISBO.  I started talking to them about how they were going to make the offer, and what they were going to get.  By the time we finished, they backed out of the FISBO and are now looking again with my Realtor/Partner.  I stressed that the Realtor is experienced at negotiating and would make sure everything goes smoothly.  There are inspections, option periods, title company selection, mortgage and so much more that without the Realtor, they were in big trouble. 


Posted by Tony Bolodar, Residential Mortgage Loan Originator, #1320876 (NEXA Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Melissa... thank you for re-blogging this one... great information.. I will go re-blog it too.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 10 years ago

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