Personal safety is bright on the radar right now, and OAR fully supports all efforts to establish and follow a personal safety plan in your day-to-day real estate business.
Beginning around 2010, Craigslist saw a spike in rental scams where the perpetrators would search for listings for sale in popular areas with appealing online marketing and post it as a rental below market value, making it very desirable. Money was lost by the prospective renter, frustration felt by the seller having unqualified people inquiring at their door, but no one was physically harmed by that popular scam.
Today, anonymous characters have the ability to lure victims into danger through ads on sites like Craigslist. Recently a Georgia couple was killed, allegedly by someone using a car ad on Craigslist.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office has issued a notice they will open their offices and substations to the public for closing transactions that were initiated online. Specifically they were addressing things like a car sale, but it could be to sign property leases or even a property sale if there was no loan involved. Remember these Safe Places for meeting strangers or consummating a transaction.