Woman warns house hunters about online scam

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - If you're apartment or house hunting, make sure your dream home is real before you send anyone your hard-earned money.

A Bloomington woman is warning Hoosiers about a scam that's going around.

Last week, Sharon Beikman got a strange call from a woman interested in renting her house. The bizarre thing is, Beikman doesn't have a house. She lives in a Bloomington assisted living facility.

The woman on the other line told Beikman she saw a two bedroom house for rent on a website called homesforrent.ws.

Beikman used to rent the house a few years ago, but the online ad listed her name and an email.

The woman told Beikman she suspected something was off when she emailed an inquiry and got a funny response.

"As soon as you send me a check, then we'll send you the keys to the house. And she was smart enough to realize something's really wrong," said Beikman. "I was really mad and I didn't know how much of my information they had."

As more business is done online, the Indiana Attorney General's office reminds you to never wire anyone money, never send money to anyone before understanding and signing a contract, and never pay a dime before you've seen the place.

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