LONGWOOD, Fla. — Action 9 has a warning about fake property listings. A local woman was shocked to see her home listed for sale online and she worries some consumers might fall victim to the scam.
Linda Lucas has lived in her Longwood home for 30 years. A few weeks ago, a realtor knocked on her door.
“He asked if my house was for sale and I said, ‘No, it isn’t,’ and he said, ‘Well, it’s listed. It’s listed on Zillow,’” Lucas said.
She said he showed her the listing on his phone. Her home was listed as ‘for sale by owner’ for $200,000, well below the market value of homes in her neighborhood.
“I’m like, ‘What in the world is this? Why? Who’s done this?’” Lucas said.
Typically, scammers will list homes they don’t own so they can collect money upfront for deposits to either rent or purchase the property.
Action 9 went online and…