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Does Zillow know that they are posting rental listings that are scams? I

I have a listing for sale and have had 4 calls on it for rent.  The guy who put in the ad said that I should send him a check.  Does Zillow do anything to check the validity of their ads?
  • May 23 2012 - Laconia
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Unfortunately scammers are pretty good at taking advantage of every site on the internet.   Here's how to report:

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Yes, they are aware there are scams posted on the site.  They even have a FAQ on the subject:
Beware of Scams and Other Internet Fraud

For listings posted directly on Zillow, they do a phone call confirmation code to the party listing to help minimize the scams.

For syndicating sites, they have no way to filter for Scams, and are dependent on the syndicaters.

Zillow does remove scams when they are pointed out, and they do assist law enforcement with tracking and prosecution.  And they do block users and user IP addresses when people create specific problems or fraud.

But Zillow is heavily dependent on users of the site to report the Scams and other Fraud.  The approximately 300 employees at Zillow could never manually check over 4 million listings on the site, nor the over 100 million home details pages that people try to game.
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