I have a story to share but first, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! I've had a reminder to always be vigilant online.
I learned one of my real estate listings in Regina, SK was being advertised as for rent by a fake Facebook account. These scams are becoming more and more sophisticated, and it's important for you to be aware of some red flags when looking for property online.
First, if the "owner" is unwilling or unable to meet with you to show the property, that's definitely a warning sign.
Second, if they request money electronically without making actual arrangements with you first, be careful. Whenever possible, make sure the transaction is not all virtual.
Do your due diligence instead of trusting online strangers. If you're not sure, you can contact a real estate agent who is willing to help you verify the validity of the ad. Stay safe online, and here's wishing everyone a wonderful start to 2023!
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