If you're in the market for a new home to buy or rent, you will want to be careful. While I am sure this isn't the first time this has happened, a specific scam has now hit Minnesota and it all revolves around real estate.

This scam is something I would fall for, as it looks pretty legitimate. It was shared by a real estate company called Home Sellers of Minnesota, Inc. They shared that one of their homes for sale was copied and pasted online as a rental instead by a scammer.

Scammers took the posting from this real estate company and put it online as a rental on Facebook Marketplace. Because there are so many homes and places to rent or buy on social media, it is likely that a post like this would blend right in and take awhile for any owner or renter to know it was one of theirs or a fake.

The scammers will ask for a deposit from someone interested in renting and ask for one early on so they can "reserve" it for a specific person or hold their place in line. While this specific post was found on Facebook Marketplace, the company says scammers also post these scams on Craigslist.

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This goes without saying but do not ever give someone money unless you are positive that it is a legitimate person or organization. Not only that but online marketplaces, like Facebook Marketplace, can be a bit sketchy at times because you don't know who you are buying from or selling to. You can't be perfectly sure that something isn't a scam so as a rule of thumb, don't send anyone money unless you see something in person.

Below are a few screenshots the company shared from the original scam Facebook Marketplace post. Take a minute to look through so if you see another post like this, you can report it or at the very least, not fall for it.

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