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Victim warns of Craiglist real estate scam

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When something appears too good to be true, most of the time that's exactly what it is.

The same can be seen in the world of reality as countless scams across the internet are constantly aiming to rip you off. That's the case with a new scam sweeping the county and even Mid-Michigan.

"It sounded like a gorgeous house," said Ariel Hamell, scam victim.

She was on the hunt for a new home. She wanted three bedrooms and some nice finishes. She thought she had finally found her dream house.

That was until Hamell started asking questions like, does it have city water or can I see it in advance. Her questions were met with a generic response.

"I can tell it's a scam because it's always the same thing that's repeated. They always said like I live in California and you have to send me money in order to get to see the house," Hamell said.

Hamell isn't alone in her experience.

The Bay County Realtor Association is warning of scammers pilfering photos of homes from actual listings and then setting up a Craigslist ad to dupe potential renters into sending cash.

In Hamell's case, she caught the scam before she handed over money.

"It was such a beautiful home. It was the type of house I was looking for. When I found out it was a scam I was so disappointed. I get so tired of people taking advantage of people, especially good people like myself," Hamell said.

She is sharing her story in hopes she can stop others from getting scammed.

"Do your research on the house. Don't just jump in, ask some questions," Hamell said.

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