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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  One of my vacant listings was scammed on Craigslist as a rental.

Oct 22, 2016 01:18 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

One of my Sellers got scammed by a Buyer posing as a Realtor.  Discovered it was identity fraud and it cost them many thousand before we found another Buyer.

Oct 22, 2016 09:10 PM
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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

In 2007 one of my listings was the unwitting subject of a scam. Someone posing as a property manager collected a deposit from some poor person and told them to come to my office to get keys. The home was never listed for rent. And the owner and I had no knowledge of it. This gal had a rental agreement and everything. We called cops. I'm not sure if she ever was able to recover her deposit.

Oct 22, 2016 01:47 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thankfully I have not and I know of no clients who have. The most common scmas I have heard about come from rental listings on Craigslist

Oct 22, 2016 01:33 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I met someone who mailed the security deposit to the Christian fellowship missionaries who were leaving the country and wanted to rent their home for a really low price to a good person.....

Oct 22, 2016 01:22 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Not in connection to real estate transactions.

Oct 22, 2016 01:16 PM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Friends of mine were scammed with the Craigslist rental scam. What gets me is that these are very savvy, intelligent people but they are so embarrassed for getting "had", they don't make a big issue of it. That could be a problem with a lot of scams, people don't speak up when they have been targeted!

Oct 22, 2016 11:15 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - not my client but on my listing, someone sent money to Nigeria - based on Craigslist rental ad.

Oct 22, 2016 04:16 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

One of our clients wasn't scammed, but their bank account was hacked and the bank didn't cover the loss.

Oct 22, 2016 01:25 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Some clients have. I have been approached but I didn't fall for it

Oct 23, 2016 12:57 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Actually no..thank goodness!!

Oct 23, 2016 12:10 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

No and I hope to keep it that way. I recently took two classes that talked about protecting your clients. 

Oct 23, 2016 11:31 AM
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Amy Gutschow
RE/MAX - Sheboygan, WI
Professional Real Estate

Several have in the craiglist home for rent scam.  Very frustrating to deal with Craigslist and try to have this removed

Oct 23, 2016 11:25 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, but I do know of people who have been.

Oct 23, 2016 10:52 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The scams i see most often are homes for sale being offered at a much lower rental price online and unsispecting buyers rent a home not for rent not from the owner

Oct 23, 2016 07:46 AM
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

We've had a few craigs list spams......not pretty and not fun.

Oct 23, 2016 04:23 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

No. Thankfully. 

Oct 23, 2016 04:23 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had rental listings of mine hijacked from Zillow and reposted on Craigslist.  That's the extent.  Thankfully no wire fraud (knock on wood).

Oct 23, 2016 04:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Nope - not me or a customer that I know of

Oct 23, 2016 01:53 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Not that I'm aware of!

Oct 23, 2016 12:58 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

NO

Oct 23, 2016 12:45 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I have heard of many... but never knew anyone personally in a real estate related transaction.  I do know two elderly couples very well who were scammed out of their life savings.  The terrible part is, I knew it was happening and tried desperately to talk them out of it but they were totally succked in by the scammers. Now they are living off a pittance.  It toally pi$$es me off and makes me physically sick.

Oct 23, 2016 12:45 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not yet, though there have been many attempts. We are ALWAYS on guard!

Oct 23, 2016 12:44 AM
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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

I've had some credit cards bill scams and have had clients that have been scammed as well.

Oct 23, 2016 12:44 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

no, never....

Oct 23, 2016 12:43 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It amazes me how many people will do private deals putting up their own money and be in second position on the deed.

Oct 23, 2016 12:16 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I had some scamming take place but not Real Estate centered or related. When an agent who knows anything is involved, it just wont happen

Oct 23, 2016 12:01 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Luckily no as related to real estate! Hope I have the time to listen in!

Oct 22, 2016 11:39 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Should be a great show

Oct 22, 2016 11:30 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland Fortunately no.

Oct 22, 2016 11:17 PM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

No ma'am not yet however, the day is not over.

Oct 22, 2016 10:58 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No but attempts have been made. It pays to do due diligence and to remember the old saw, if it seems to be too good to be true it probably isn't true.

Oct 22, 2016 10:53 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

My dad was scammed more than once. I have not been nor have any of my clients admitted to being scammed. Scammers usually prey on the elderly. I am on high alert.

Oct 22, 2016 10:25 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Thankfully, I have not.  I'm not unaware of any client scamming.  Some people are too embarrassed to discuss certain things.  

Oct 22, 2016 10:23 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I was recently almost!

Oct 22, 2016 10:16 PM
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1,157,785
FN LN
Toronto, ON

I have not.  I have not asked my clients.

Oct 22, 2016 10:16 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

I just had an odd one where someone bought 2 properties as an investor & had no cash & never applied for financing.  EM bounced too. To this day I have no idea what this lady's end objective was but she put 2 sellers in great financial peril.

Looked her up online & she was arrested in 2 surrounding counties for doing this. 

Oct 22, 2016 10:16 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Not that I know.

Oct 22, 2016 10:07 PM
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Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

in 12 years no, thank God

Oct 22, 2016 09:16 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No.

Oct 22, 2016 09:10 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Fortunately not, Margaret.

Oct 22, 2016 05:06 PM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Every day there are several attempts mostly from eMail. They also text me from a local area code. 

The worst I think is through AR an agent trying to give referral.  With similar phone # as agent with a I am busy now but please eMail me for the listing referral info.  I fell for it and acted quickly.  I wish those agents who get scammed will make a note through their website or eMail.

As for listing become a rental, that is common. Lasts 7 days. 

Oct 22, 2016 03:58 PM
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Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

We have never been scammed but have seen it happen. There are many forms of scams for sure!

Oct 22, 2016 03:25 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I got several calls from the IRS scam. 

Oct 22, 2016 03:07 PM
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Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ
urhomefinder.com myvaluetoday.com

thank god not me , but i have in my 18 year in the real estate and mortgage industry see client get into bad deals; just an example  i dont like deals like this tha you see  in phoenix sale owner to owner sale , wish buyer got his own title company to check that the purchase he was making was a real sale, like a tell client all the time get your own title company that you research to work on  your deal  its much better that way . 

Oct 22, 2016 02:49 PM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Candice A. Donofrio That is a real scam. So sorry for that poor person who thought she had a new home but instead just lost money.  Thanks for sharing.

Oct 22, 2016 01:57 PM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Not that i know of! 

Oct 27, 2016 07:54 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yes one time and now I am careful of things

 

Oct 24, 2016 08:00 AM