Springfield police warning of online house sale scheme

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Springfield police are warning of online rental schemes.

When it comes to finding an apartment, responding to online listings can end up costing you money.

Springfield Police are warning about a house sale and rental scheme that has led to two arrests so far.

Police arrested 33-year old Alberto Ramirez and 26-year old and Yaliber Aguiar on charges of larceny of $1200 by a  scheme.

Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the scheme involves crooks saving photos of houses from legitimate websites and re-posting them on sites like Craigslist as their own property.

Now if you’re unsure the person you’re renting or buying from is the actual property owner, you can check public records at your local city hall.

Kevin Sears from Sears Real-Estate in Springfield said that people who are in a hurry to buy or rent are the ones who tend to fall for these schemes.

He said Craigslist isn’t the most trustworthy source for real-estate.

“There are plenty of third-party aggregators that have information whether its realtor.com, Trulia or Zillow,” said Sears. “Craigslist serves its purpose but not necessarily for real estate.” 

Sears said if the deal seems too good to be true, it most likely isn’t the real deal.

If you see your own home on a website that you did not approve, Walsh recommends you call the police and let them know.

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