The simplest and most common type of short sale scam occurs when a short sale agent offers to provide their services to the homeowner for a fee
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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 12, 2012
The recent economic downturn has brought about a dramatic increase in the number of fraud cases involving exploitative short sale agents using unconscionable tactics to cheat homeowners out of their hard earned money. Many homeowners hear the word foreclosure and they are willing to do almost anything to avoid it, and the threat of foreclosure can drive them straight into the hands of a home relief / short sale scam artist.
As with most types of fraud, the most effective weapon against short sale fraud is knowledge, which is why shortsalecenter.net is beginning a social media campaign designed to educate the public about how to avoid short sale scam artists. “The simplest and most common type of short sale scam occurs when a short sale agent offers to provide their services to the homeowner for a fee”, said Lee Wasser of shortsalecenter.net. “One of our company’s main goals is to spread the word that these kinds of companies are taking advantage of homeowners when they are most vulnerable, instead of helping them as they claim.” As in any industry, scam artists hurt the credibility of even the most reputable companies.
Newell Rinehart, of York Internet and PC Solutions says that this effect has hit the short sale industry especially hard. “What we’ve seen in the past few weeks has been a heavy-handed crackdown on short sale companies who advertise on search engines via Pay Per Click advertising.”, said Rinehart. “While this does limit the ability of less reputable companies to prey on homeowners, it also cripples benevolent companies who rely on these online advertising channels to reach the people who they are trying to help.” The most important thing that people can do when they encounter any fraudulent company is to contact the better business bureau. “As more and more of these scam artists are caught, it will become easier for legitimate short sale negotiation companies to move forward in dealing with the crises that these homeowners are going through.” said Wasser. “In the end, that’s what matters the most to us.”
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