Southern Real Estate Sales, Formerly Pointe South Real Estate Sales

How to Avoid Fraudulent Listings

Posted on February 13, 2015

iStock_000018477573Medium-347x231If you have started your search for a new apartment, home of condo rental in Perdido Key, or even found yourself in the market to buy, it is important to educate yourself on listing scams and online fraud.

Perhaps the best way to start the process is to understand how they work. The truth is, scammers use a variety of tools and methods to post fraudulent listings on a range of sites. Some just copy and paste, others can take properties that are listed for sale and post for rent, and some do it across multiple, “reliable” sites.

It’s hard to know if its a scam, but you can definitely pinpoint the signs – for instance, have they asked for private information with a sense of urgency? Better yet, have the requested you wire money through Western Union or Moneygram? That’s when you stop.

If something seems off, beware and look to trusted sites where it’s impossible to be scammed, like Pointe South. From our site you can search long term rentals and real estate in Pensacola, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Fairhope and Mobile. What are you waiting for, start shopping smart today!


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