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owners now live in Nigeria

have been in contact with one of your listings owners who now reside in Nigeria....Listing for 1461 Whitham Ln, woodridge, Il. how can I prevent from being scammed............." we recieve payment, send you key "
  • January 28 2012 - US
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what do you mean by "one of your listings owners"???

whose listing?

Zillow doesn't have their own listings.....they only showcase listings for sellers, agents  or companies who pay .

Be VERY wary of anyone who tells you to "send money" and then you will get the keys.........I'd steer clear.

If you want to check it out .....you can ask any local agent to look up the tax records and see who is listed as the owner.

Have you seen the house?Who showed it to you?

Let me guess...........the supposed owner is out of the country, and can't show you the home.
Is the price sounding too good to be true?

It probably is.

And. NEVER< NEVER< NEVER send money via Western Union or in any other fashion to a stranger.......there are too many scams....and I think you mght be in the middle of one.

By the way - I will try to look up that address and see if it is listed on the MLS...........will let you know if it is.
  • January 28 2012
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thank you for the "best answer" - glad ti have been of help!

Best wishes.....
  • February 01 2012
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bud69man -

Thank you for reporting this fraudulent listing to us.

We have taken down the posting on Zillow and alerted the source of the listing so they can also be removed to prevent from being re-listed.

Here is our FAQ on Rental and Internet Scams.

Ice
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  • February 01 2012
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Happens on craigslist all the time... Never never ever ever answer to anyone outside the country. and never send money anywhere!
  • February 01 2012
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The scam you are reporting is similar to this one here. It is very common and not all scammers doing it are out of country. Some have domestic addresses that they use to run money through.

Never rent any property where the person taking the money is unwilling to meet you at the property and show you their drivers license unless you are dealing with a licensed property management office that you can visit in person. 99% of those keys for deposit offers are scams.
  • January 28 2012
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If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck....it must be a duck
You know the old saying. caveat emptor, buyer beware. 
This sounds like an old scam. Look in the public records and see who owns this home, then send them a letter telling them their home is listed for sale.
  • January 28 2012
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Instead, consider sending them a letter stating that you represent a 3rd party escrow company and that you have been contacted to "hold" 432,700 dollars, the balance of your transaction with Debra Smith.

In order to receive the money, they must provide to you with a 150 dollar transaction initiation fee as well as several documants including proof of citizenship and proof of residence in nigeria as well as documentation reguarding the home in question.

You won't get a response(or if you do, go to the feds) but i guarantee writing the letter will be the highlight of an otherwise uneventful week.
  • January 28 2012
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Never ever send money to Nigeria.  

It is always a scam.  

Debra gave you some very good advice but anytime you see the word Nigeria in any ad just move on.  
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