FORT MYERS, FL.--WINK News is looking out for your money and warning about a possible case of real estate fraud in southwest Florida.
Rafeal and Ines Cabrera are now out $7,000 and will soon be homeless.
They found a home in Lehigh Acres through AmericanStandardOnline.com.
That's a site that supposedly helps buyers locate and purchase foreclosed homes by renting to own.
"He told me hold on a second, someone is going to call you within 30 minutes," said Ines Cabrera.
The Cabrera's say they met with a man who apparently worked with another investment firm.
They signed a contract, paid cash and moved in
But days later, they say, another company told them to move out.
"He told me that he was working in the eviction paper work for us," said Cabrera.
Turns out, a bank now owns the home. The man they paid to move in, they say, is nowhere to be found.
So they called American Standard back.
"They are telling me that there is no record of me calling them up or anything like that," said Cabrera.
WINK News did some digging and found American Standard has an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau.
The guy the Cabrera's paid--WINK News called a number we found online, but it was disconnected.
Local real estate agent, Gregg Fous, says if you plan to buy homes online, pay for an owners and encumbrance report that shows the home's history.
"I would never buy a home wether in person or online without title insurance," said Fous.
Fous also said get a home inspection and "You really need to have someone representing you and your side of the deal," said Fous.