LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Many of you turn to the website Trulia.com to find your dream home. But WINK News found out this popular site is the target of scammers.
A deal on Trulia.com. The rent, $800.00, including all utilities. The owner, a Mr. George Lotti, who just transerffed to California.
He would like the interested tenant to fill out an application and send him a 400 dollar deposit. Lotti would then send keys to his gateway home.
Realtor Justin Ruzicka's friends, who were interested in the house, asked him to look it over.
Turns out: the listing was fake! The home's real realtor says the fake ad already fooled one victim.
"She said she did hear that day earlier that someone else filled out the information on the rental application - called her to get keys to the property to get inside, because they had given their 400 dollar deposit... and she had said.. yeah, it wasn't for rent," said Ruzicka, with Just Right Realty Co.
The experts have a few tips to keep you safe.
"The two warning signs are - speed. They are going to want you to act fast. If you don't act fast, you're going to lose it. 'Wire the money today.' And they're going to be short on information," said Denny Grimes, with Denny Grimes & Company.
The best advice, do your research, and if you have questions, and talk to a professional. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.