Scam Alert from Polk County FL Sheriff Grady Judd 

Not to long ago I had a call from an out of state gentleman who told me that he was interested to rent a property in Lakeland FL which he found on Craigslist but wanted to make sure that this was a legitimate ad.  He told me that he emailed the owner to inquire and the owner replied that he is currently on a mission trip in Nigeria and that he need to send him money right away to hold the rental.

Although I don’t handle rentals, I felt that he needed my help because this tactic had scam written all over.  As it turned out after looking up the address in the multiple listing service (MLS), the property was currently for sale and not listed for rent.  Even though the caller told me the owner’s name, I was suspicious about the story of him sending money to Nigeria because you can easily find the name of the property address by going to the Polk County Property Appraiser’s website.

I instructed him to contact the listing agent to get some more information and get to the bottom of this.  Folks, you can’t be too cautious about such scams and that is why Polk County’s Sheriff Grady Judd issued a press release with warning signs and tips to prevent these types of internet scams.

I have included this alert right here below for your information.  Please remember, if it sounds to good to be true, nine out of ten times, it is not.



I hope you found this post useful! If you need help finding or selling your Lakeland, Florida home, please contact me at 863-619-6918. If you’re new to Lakeland, I’d especially like to extend a warm welcome. I value my clients and provide them with honest, reliable service. Allow me to introduce you to the Lakeland real estate landscape and all it has to offer.

By Petra Norris

Petra Norris has written 647 post in this blog.

I am foremost a mother, wife, grand-mother, arts lover, and my occupation involves helping sellers sell and help buyers help buyers buy their Lakeland FL homes. Over 15 years experience in residential real estate enjoying every minute of it even if it is difficult, such as short sales - love challenges the profession brings.

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