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Flour Bluff resident says strangers show up to her house asking about 'fraudulent home listing'

Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 19:02:09-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — One homeowner says his home popped up online and is listed on a realty website but it's not for sale.

"Someone came to the door asking if the house was for rent,” said Laura, the owner of the property. “We just said no not for rent."

Laura and her husband live in the Flour Bluff area.

About three years ago, they listed their house for sale. But after sustaining damage from Hurricane Harvey, they pulled it off the market.

Now, three years later it's popped up on the internet again.

But this time they're not the one's listing it.

“They're using my husband’s name and our address saying the house is available for rent,” said Laura. “Saying I’m currently in Atlanta, Georgia, with my family and will be away for 4-5 years and I want to lease the house to someone who will take care of it.”

The listing has pictures of the inside of their home detailing how many bedrooms and bathrooms there are.

And whoever listed it, is asking for $700 a month to rent.

A family friend posed as an interested buyer, and Laura says whoever the scammer is, jumped on trying to get his financial information.

“They requested pay stubs, bank information, social security number,” said Laura.

We called the number on the listing, but no one answered.

I contacted TurboTenant.com's customer service regarding scammers and possible fraud on their website.

They replied saying: “Every property that is marketed through TurboTenant.org undergoes a verification check, but there's always the possibility that something might sneak through."

They added they've flagged the account for review and sent the incident to their fraud team.

As of this afternoon, the fraudulent home listing is no longer on the TurboTenant website.