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.
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.
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