Beware of Listing Scams
As many of you know, there has been an increase in real estate-related scams, otherwise known as listing scams. The use of online/phone impersonation continues to happen. We have recently been made aware that some fraudsters are visiting local real estate offices in person. We urge you to stay educated so that you are not a victim of any type of fraud. Please utilize this information to stay vigilant.
Steps for Dealing with Unfamiliar Clients:
Verification: Always verify the identity of potential clients, especially those seeking to list properties. Request identification and documentation to confirm ownership. Remember that many fraudsters use fake identification, so you may need to research their identity.
Documentation: If you think you are experiencing any suspicious activity, gather information to help identify these individuals (photographs, video footage, license plate numbers, or phone numbers).
Information: Share your experience with other REALTOR® members so we can all stay informed and help end these fraudulent attempts.
If you think you are a victim of listing fraud or experience any potentially fraudulent activity, don’t hesitate to contact the authorities.
Online/Phone Schemes: Please report to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center
Sgt. Amanda Morris #1134,
Troop 4/Financial Crimes Unit, via email at Amanda.Morris@delaware.gov or phone at (302) 752-3806.
The following resources will help you understand these scams.