Help Stop Scams Here's How To File An FTC Complaint


Scam Watch

How to File a Complaint with the Federal Trade Commission

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In the Real Estate business, we are aware of scams that may occur with listings.  The most popular, bogus listings (on Craigslist for example) that state a home is for lease at a ridiculously low price.  The ads look legitimate, and may even provide an email address with the actual owners name(s); but, the email goes to the scammer and not the real owner of the property.  Craigslist is very proactive in assisting those who search on their site to be aware of scams and some of the things to watch for.  Unfortunately, the practice can help to catch these scammers by reporting to the website you find the post on.  You can also submit a complaint to the FTC: 

Before You Submit a Complaint

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.

Why: Your complaints can help us detect patterns of wrong-doing, and lead to investigations and prosecutions. The FTC enters all complaints it receives into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database that is used by thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer complaints.

Your Privacy: How much personal information you provide is up to you. To learn how we safeguard your personal information, please read our Privacy Policy. If you don't provide your name and certain other information, it may be impossible for us to refer, respond to, or investigate your complaint.




Lisa Von Domek


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Comment balloon 9 commentsLisa Von Domek • May 20 2016 09:52AM


You are so right and it is good of you to remind people Lisa. I have seen these scams and hate to see anyone loose time and money.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

Lisa, Thanks. This post needs to go viral with the scams out there. I plan to re-blog.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 4 years ago

My wish...that those who choose to be scammers as a way of life, would spend time doing good instead of hurting others.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 4 years ago

Lisa thank you for providing this information, this is good to know.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago

Lisa Von Domek Thanks for the reminder. It is important to file any fraud complaint with FTC.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 4 years ago

Hello Lisa ...

Scams are a terrible thing and I think the Feds, etc should get stronger on trying to stop the people behind them.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 4 years ago


The scams are out of control . . . . Thanks on sharing the tips on filing a complaint with the FTC.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

Great information everyone needs to stop this ridiculous scamming of hard working people.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC (R Gilliam Real Estate LLC) over 4 years ago

A great informative post, glad I came across it in the archives. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

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