Posted 2.26.13 @ 8:15
Spring is just around the corner – any day now the snow (what there was of it) will start melting, people will be out in droves trying to find the 3 bedroom condo they heard about on Kijiji by some random guy in Winnipeg for his own amusement, and it’s the season for scams! From buying lemons and flipping them before the buyers can figure it out to sending out invoices to companies that are trying to get everything covered by the end of the month, there are things you need to look out for. Don’t get trapped with spring scams, especially when it comes to Oakville real estate!
BBB Complaints Virus Scam
If you have a business, you may receive an email that says you have some complaints against you – it’ll ask you to open a file or click on a link, and you’ll get infected with a virus. The BBB isn’t going to do that; you’ll get actual mail about that sort of thing and they won’t need you to open an email attachment.
Another twist on this may be an invoice sent to your business saying that it’s past due; if you don’t pay it they’ll threaten you with legal action or collections. They just hope you’re so busy you don’t catch what they’re up to.
“You Have a Virus!”
Get a call where they tell you that you may have a virus? You probably don’t, and there isn’t some shady internet “authority” constantly scanning your computer from afar, at least not one that’s going to call you in the afternoon and tell you that they’ll remove it for a fee. How would they even get your phone number anyway? They’re just looking for homeowners with an internet connection – they’ll get your home address, access to your computer, and your credit card details, making you an easy target for identity theft. Don’t fall for it – no one is out there monitoring whether you have a virus or not.
Don’t Look Appealing to ‘Curbers
Curbers are people that buy old, damaged or plain broke cars, get them cleaned up and then sell them on Craigslist or Kijiji to people that just don’t know any better. They’ll approach people that post “wanting to buy” ads for specific cars, and by the time you figure out what’s happened it’s too late. Don’t be that guy, know what you’re getting into before it happens to you.
If It Sounds Too Good to be True, It Probably Is
Like the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is! Don’t fall for scams, especially when it comes to real estate. If you’re interesting in buying or selling Oakville real estate, let us help! We here at the Goodale Miller Team have years of experience in the market and can help you get the right deal for you. Spring is right around the corner – there’s no better time to start than right now to find the home that’s right for you!