Do you know what to do if you fall prey to a rental listing scam?

Occasionally, IAR receives calls from members who suspect their sales listings have been posted on craigslist.org or other websites as rental listings when these properties are not for rent at all.

The listing agents believe their listings are being posted on craigslist as part of a scam, or plan to dupe those who respond to the fake rental ads out of money.

If you believe this has happened to you, or if you want to learn more in order to prevent this from happening to you, go to:www.craigslist.org/about/scams. This site offers helpful tips for recognizing different scams and provides contact information for various agencies who will investigate these situations.

If you believe you or someone else is in danger of physical harm, always start with a call to the local police.

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association's communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.

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