Better Call Behnken reveals real estate scam

Better Call Behnken reveals real estate scam


HIS BROTHER, CHARLES KOCH WILL SERVE AS THE CEO OF KOCH INDUSTRIES, AND THE NETWORK. THE AD IS ON A POPULAR REAL ESTATE WEBSITE. IT SAYS FOR SALE, BY OWNER. BUT IT’S A SCAM. A BRADENTON REAL ESTATE AGENT STUMBLED UPON THIS AD FOR THE HOME IN BRADENTON. SHE UNCOVERED A SOPHISTICATED SCAM IN THE PROCESS. IT’S DESIGNED TO STEAL YOUR MONEY. THAT’S WHEN SHE KNEW SHE’D BETTER KALE BEHNKEN. WHETHER YOU’RE RENTING OR BUYING, WHATEVER YOU’RE DOING, REAL ESTATE CAN BE CONFUSING. IT IS. THIS SCHEME, KEITH, IS VERY, VERY CONCERNING. ANYONE LOOKING TO PURCHASE A HOME, OR EVEN SELL A HOME SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS. IT JUST COMES UP LIKE FOR SALE BY OWNER. Reporter: THIS AD ON THE POPULAR ZILLOW.COM SITE LOOKED SO REAL, THAT EVEN JANA, A PROFESSION REAL ESTATE PROVIDER WAS INTRIGUED. IT’S IN THE PRESTIGIOUS LEGION’S BAY NEIGHBORHOOD IN BRADENTON. CHECK OUT THIS PRICE. MORE THAN $100,000 LESS THAN THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY. MOST HOUSES IN THAT AREA ARE $400,000 AND UP, AND THIS ONE WAS LISTED AT 3 AND, AND WAS FOR SALE BY THE OWNER. Reporter: FIRST RED FLAG. THEN SHE ASKED TO SEE THE HOME. SHE SAID I’M VERY BUSY. IT’S EMPTY, YOU CAN COME LOOK AT THE HOME. HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO GET IN? LIKE PEERING THROUGH THE WINDOWS. Reporter: OKAY, RED FLAG NUMBER 2 AND. I WENT AHEAD AND PLAYED IT OUT. I SAID WHAT IF WE OFFER 290, WITHIN THREE MINUTES, YES, WE’LL ACCEPT YOUR OFFER. Reporter: HE WANTED A DEPOSIT. HE GAVE WIRING INSTRUCTIONS. WHEN I ASKED FOR THE CONTRACT UP FRONT, WE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. I NEED TO GET THIS OFF THE MARKET. Reporter: BOLONEY. JENNIFER THEN FOUND THIS REAL LISTING FOR $395,000. SHE REPORTED THE INCIDENT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND THEN SHE KNEW SHE’D BETTER CALL BEHNKEN TO WARN YOU. JENNIFER TURNED OVER THE AD, AND TEXT MESSAGES TO THE MANATEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. I CONTACTED ZILLOW, AND THEY TOOK IT DOWN. THEY FOUND OUT THE CROOK STOLE ALL OF THOSE PHOTOS FROM AN OLD RENTAL LISTING. IT WAS EASY FOR HIM TO MAKE HIS ON AD. VERY CLEVER, BUT SNEAKY. WHAT DID ZILLOW SAY ABOUT THIS SCAM? THEY HAVE SEEN IT BEFORE. WE’VE SEEN SCAMS, USUALLY ON CRAIGSLIST, NOT ZILLOW. ZILLOW SAYS THEY HAVE A LOT OF FILTERS IN PLACE TO CATCH THIS KIND OF THING, SO IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN, BUT IT IS HAPPENING MORE OFTEN. THEY’RE ON IT. IF SOMEBODY WANTS THEIR MONEY LIKE NOW WITHOUT SIGNING ANYTHING, RED FLAG. NO WIRING INSTRUCTIONS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVEN’T

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  1. Just googled the address and it is listed on several websites for rent at $4000/month.

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