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Sheriff warns of real estate scam

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Posted By: Camila Orti
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If you're looking for a home to buy or rent, beware of a real estate scam. 

"If it sounds too good to be true, further checking needs to be done," Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

It's a good thing one Waverly woman did.

Wagner says she called in to report a scam after looking up rental properties in Lincoln on the Internet.

"She was asked to send a deposit to hold the location, she became suspicious after she was being asked to send personal information and money through the mail," Wagner said.

The woman was surfing a site called trulia.com, a legitimate real estate website, when an advertisement led her to the scammer's contact information.

Luckily, she realized it was a scam after finding and calling the actual real estate company.

Realtor Pat Ohmberger says these kinds of scams are common, and it's always best to do your research.

"Don't forward money or personal information prior to knowing what you're getting yourself into," Ohmberger said.

She says a legitimate real estate agent or realtor is going to want to build a relationship with the client.

"The first thing out of their mouth isn't going to be I want your money and I want your information," Ohmberger said.

Her advice is to follow your instincts and contact a professional real estate company for more information.

People trying to sell or rent out a property should be careful, too. Scammers can hack posts on sites like Craigslist and use your information to create a scam.

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