Reported Scams

Rental Scams Explode in a Tight Housing Market

Desperation helps scammers. A strong need for affordable housing entices victims to lower their defenses, and some will send money to landlords they’ve never met. Read more

Moving Scams Are Back with S. Fla. a Hotbed of Activity

Moving “brokers” may entice relocators with low-ball estimates and a promise to “handle all the details,” then subcontract the actual move to dicey third-party vendors. Read more

Local Association Member Doesn’t Have Sick Son

An existing Realtor scam asks members to help pay for a sick son’s surgery, but it now appears as if the request for help was sent by your local association. Read more

Fla. Attorney General Issues Real Estate Scam Warning

Stressed buyers and renters desperate for a home can make rash decisions – and scammers know that. Escrow wire-fraud scams can destroy a buyer’s dreams only moments before a closing, but Fla. A.G. Moody also focuses on rental, loan-flipping and foreclosure relief scams. Read more

Fla. Attorney General Warning: Beware of Moving Scams

In the wake of recent complaints, AG Ashley Moody warned movers about tricks some companies use, including a refusal to unload a truck until buyers pay more money. Read more

Florida's Realtors Targeted With Scam Using GoFundMe

Did you receive an email asking Realtor members to help "Rory" pay his hospital bills? It's a scam. It's not from Florida Realtors and Rory isn't real. Read more

Scam Alert: New Email/Text Chilling Even if Not Believed

A few Realtors received a “texting you now to kill/assassinate you,” saying a hitman wants you dead. The scare-scam isn’t new and might be targeting the general public. Read more

How to Recognize a Phone Scam

Phone scams come in many forms, but they tend to make similar promises and threats, or ask you to pay certain ways. Some of these scams have recently been reported in our area, so here’s how to recognize a phone scam.