Yes, You Can Help Stop Scams...How To Report To The FTC

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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 continues...you 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.

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Comment balloon 31 commentsLisa Von Domek • October 13 2016 07:51PM

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Lisa great advice,:))  my only question is if it is a multi billion dollar industry why they can not shut it down... never mind we have politicians they can not shut down either...got my answer:)) just kidding... Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

Hi Lisa... great information. Thanks for this. I've bookmarked for future reference. So many scams out there it's hard to keep track these days.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 3 years ago

Good to know that the watchdogs want to do more than just watch when it comes to scamming the public !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 3 years ago

Endre Barath, Jr. 

The politicians are probably getting money from them...

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

You are welcome Nina Hollander thank you for the bookmark!

 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Amazing, isn't it Sally K. & David L. Hanson !

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa Von Domek ,

Thanks so much and the video is excellent! You provided informative information ..there are so many scams it's mind blowing!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 3 years ago

Lisa Von Domek I do not waste my valuable time reporting, rather just block the numbers. Besides, you don't really think the FTC is going to da anything about this? The government can't even lock up a politician who ignores a subpoena!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) about 3 years ago

Lisa - I know this goes on in real estate and employment advertising.  I tell employers to use indeed, monster, or careerbuilder instead of Craigs List.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa. This is excellent and I bookmarked it so I can come back if I need to. TY

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 3 years ago

This is great information and I have bookmarked it.  The next time that I see a scam, I will certainly report it now!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 3 years ago

Great advice Lis. Everyone should report these crimes. It is a great to eliminate scammers

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 3 years ago

Thanks, Lisa for this information... bookmarked for a reference just in case I need it  :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 3 years ago

Lisa thank you for posting this information and sharing it with us.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 3 years ago

This is great information and glad to know they are there to protect and serve.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

Lisa Von Domek - this is a very important information for us.

We do come across many scams.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 3 years ago

 Lisa, thank you, important information for us to know on how to report scammers.

 

Posted by Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 3 years ago

Lisa  I had a nitemare on hand with craigs list from one of our rentals.  I was so glad to get it rented and off the market so it would all end.  Wish I had the FTC info.  Craigs list was of no help to us.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 3 years ago

I am beginning to think that the scammers will soon outnumber the consumers Dorie Dillard 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Sadly true Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 where's that Special Prosecutor when you need them? 

 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Grant Schneider Craig's List seems to be a breeding ground for scammers.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

That's wonderful Sheila Anderson but I hope you never need to use the information

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

That's great Brian England I am so happy the information was useful for you!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Thank you Noah Seidenberg the darn scammers are everywhere these days!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Great, thank you Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® hopefully you will never need it!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

You are welcome George Souto it's sad that we need to know these things though, isn't it?

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Thank you Debbie Reynolds our tax dollars at work!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Far too many scammers out there Praful Thakkar 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Glad you found this helpful Michelle Carr-Crowe-Selling Silicon Valley Homes in Top Schools San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga, Palo Alto-Just Call 408-252-8900 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Craig's List causes so many headaches Anna Banana Kruchten 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) about 3 years ago

Lisa, thanks for the informtion.  Good to have, just in case.

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 3 years ago

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