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Housing Scams

Beware of these frauds and scams when buying or foreclosing on a home.

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  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you have an issue with a move across state lines, .

  • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you have a complaint about an intrastate move (a move within the boundaries of a state), contact your.

  • File a report using the .

  • How to Hire a Mover and Protect Yourself

    Get tools from to help you protect yourself against moving fraud. Keep these tips in mind to avoid moving scams:

    Do

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtGet a company representative to come to your home for a realistic estimate of the move.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtGet a written estimate from several movers. In general, estimates are based on time, the number of movers needed, who does the packing, and the number of rooms to be moved.

    • Verify that the company is insured in case your goods are damaged during the move.

    • Ask for the company’s U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number and to check if the company is registered.

    • Reach out to your local, county, or state consumer affairs agency or state attorney general to see if there is a complaint record.

    Don’t

    • Don’t accept an estimate over the phone.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t sign a blank contract.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t pay for the move in advance or in cash.

    • Don’t let movers start packing your goods into the truck without reviewing the contract and estimate again. Do this before the move starts.

    Get Help With International Moves

    Get tips and resources about moving to another country.

    • Overseas moving estimates are based in part on how much space (cubic volume) your household goods occupy in a shipping container.

    • International moving may involve customs and import regulations.  Learn more by contacting you are relocating to. 

    • Before selecting a mover, make sure the company has a number. All legitimate international movers will have an FMC number.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYou can file a complaint with the FMC’s .

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  • If the scam involves bankruptcy, contact a .
  • How to Protect Yourself from Foreclosure Scams

    Get reliable foreclosure help and counseling through the government's . Or near you.  and find phone numbers to call for help.

    Do

    Learn about your options. Also be aware of these tricks that scammers use:

    • Offering to act as a go-between with your lender or to negotiate with your lender to refinance your loan
    • Advising you that they can stop foreclosure by .
    • Encouraging you to sign fake foreclosure rescue or mortgage documents
    • Claiming that they can perform a to help you hold onto your home
    • Offering you

    Don’t

    • Don’t fall for .
    • Don’t send mortgage payments to any company that is not your loan servicer.
    • Don’t sign any documents without having them reviewed by a lawyer or independent expert.
    • Don’t stop making mortgage payments.
    • Don’t forget that .
    • Don’t give anyone your personal information, Social Security number, or bank information. Only share this information if you've confirmed that the company is legitimate.  

    Rental Scams

    Rental scams happen when either a property owner or potential tenant misrepresents themselves. Rental scams also misrepresent the terms and availability of a rental property. Fake ads and fake responses to rental ads can hurt both tenants and property owners.

    Scams Targeting Renters

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you're searching for rental properties, it's important to learn about rental scams. 

    Report Scams Targeting Renters

    Report a rental scam to your state consumer protection or local law enforcement.

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you found the rental ad online, report the scam to the website where it was posted. Also, file a report with the .

    How to Protect Yourself from Scams Targeting Renters

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtBe suspicious that the property or transaction could be a scam if:

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe advertised price is much lower than that of similar properties.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtAds for the property have grammatical and spelling errors, or overuse capital letters.

    • The ad uses uncommon spellings of words, like "favour" instead of "favor."

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtYou can only work with an agent. The agent says that the owner is too busy, out of the country, or otherwise unavailable to handle the rental.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe owner or agent requires you to sign the lease before you see the rental property.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtThe owner or agent isn't able to let you enter the home or apartment or charges you a fee to view it.

    • The owner or agent uses high-pressure sales tactics. They may urge you to rent quickly before someone else gets the property.

    Do

    • Learn the basics of .

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtGet the terms of your rental in writing, including fees, rent, and maintenance.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtGet a copy of the lease, signed by both you and the property owner/manager.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDo a search on the owner, real estate management company, and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, that’s a clue it may be a scam.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtVisit real estate websites. See if the home you want to rent is also listed in another city.  A scammer could have copied the photo or description of another rental to use in their ad. 

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    Don’t

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t wire money as a deposit or payment for the first and last month's rent. Wiring money is the same as giving cash; you can't get a refund, even if you find out the offer was a fraud.

    • Don’t give in to high-pressure sales tactics.

    • Don’t pay a security deposit, fee, or first month’s rent before you’ve signed a lease.

    • Don’t rent a property that you are unable to see before signing the agreement.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t send money for a rental overseas.

    • Don’t give your personal information or Social Security number to a property owner without verifying their identity.

    Scams Targeting Rental Property Owners

    If you're offering a property for lease, it's important to be aware of renter's scams. 

    Report Scams Targeting Property Owners

    Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtIf you feel that you’re the involving the internet, report it to the .

    Contact your state attorney general’s officeKết quả xổ số hôm nay tốt. The office may explain your legal rights as a landlord. Also ask how to file a complaint against a renter or potential renter.

    How to Protect Yourself From Scams Targeting Property Owners

    Do

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtSearch your renter’s name and email address to see if others have flagged them as a scammer.

    • Consider using a .

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtLearn more from the Federal Trade Commission about .

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtBefore renting your property, meet the prospective tenant or the person who will pay the rent.

    • Conduct an image search of your property. An imposter may use images of your property to create their own listings as part of a scam.

    • Request each renter’s personal references and follow up with those individuals.

    • Carefully verify your renter’s income.

    Don’t

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t accept overpayment for rental properties.

    • If you receive a check that’s for more than the specified amount, return it. Do not deposit it. 

    • Don’t rent or sell to a would-be tenant or buyer sight unseen.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t accept a cashier’s check from your potential tenant if he or she is out of the country.

    • Kết quả xổ số hôm nay tốtDon’t fall for an unexplained urgency to rent the property. 

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    Last Updated: September 8, 2020

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