Have you been the victim of an online real estate rip-off?

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Brie Isom, Reporter
Brie Isom, Reporter
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the real estate market the way it is, it’s not surprising scammers are trying to take advantage of buyers and renters who are just looking for a place to live. And sometimes of unsuspecting property owners.
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But there are red flags you can look for when searching on popular real estate websites to help you avoid becoming a victim.
When you see different pricing: If the cost is lower than the same property listed on other websites, beware.
Sending money: Don’t send money to a stranger through peer-to-peer apps.
Check for the real property owner: You can check on a county’s property appraisers’ website to find the real owner of a property. All you do is type in the address to see who the true owner is. Below you’ll find direct links, county-by-county.
Florida counties:
Georgia counties:
News4JAX wants to hear from you if you have experienced a rental rip-off or home buying scam — either as a property owner or someone looking to rent/buy.
Use the form below to share your story with us.
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Brie Isom joined the News4JAX team in January 2021 after spending three years covering news in South Bend, Indiana.
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