A concerned neighbor may have saved many unsuspecting house renters from losing big money.
It's the story about a house for rent on Dunbarton Oak Street on the city's south side.
On the door of the home is a note warning people that if they were told on Craig's List that the house was for rent, they could be the victims of a scam.
Albert Villarreal, a resident of this street says there was a for lease sign in front of the house just a few weeks ago.
Albert Villarreal says; "Somebody came here a couple of days ago and said he was about to lease the property. And the guy was from out of the country. So I said as long as it's not a Craig's List deal, I guess you'd be fine. He said well it is a Craig's List deal. I said I'd go check the tax office."
Villarreal told us that the owner of the home did not know someone was trying to lease his house.
And he told us the victim said he had to wire money to a bank in Nigeria to seal the deal.
The Better Business Bureau says this is actually a common scam and the scammers are starting to steal the online identities of realtors to make their listings look more believable.
Tracy Bracy with the bureau says; "BBB has seen complaints from realtors themselves complaining that scammers have taken their pictures from Trullia, and other web sites and then put them up for a very low value asking for consumers or apartment hunters or housing hunters to wire money in order to just rent the house immediately.
Bracy says it's becoming an increasingly common scam that buyers need to be aware of and it's happening more and more in our area because of the anticipated job boom from the Eagle Ford Shale project.
The bureau says the best advice is don't send money to anyone that you haven't met face to face.
And always double check that the people you're dealing with are legitimate.
You can often do that by checking the bureau's web site.
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