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A Flash in the Pan: Colorado's Rental Scam Shakedown
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by The CE Shop Team

Rental scams are on the rise, & Coloradoans are top victims. New data from the Better Business Bureau shows Colorado has the fourth most rental scams per capita.

Rental Scams on the Rise: Austin Woman Loses Thousands
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by The CE Shop Team

Renters, beware! Real estate rental scams are on the rise, and in growing cities like Austin, con artists can take advantage of a hot real estate market.

Houston Home Scam: Residents Lose Big in Housing Fraud
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by The CE Shop Team

Homes in Houston were illegally taken and sold in a real estate scam that preyed on residents for six years, selling 70 homes and making millions of dollars.

Arizona’s History of Real Estate Hijinks
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by The CE Shop Team

Arizona’s real estate scam history started back in the 19th century when the Baron of Arizona attempted one of the largest land grabs in U.S. history. 

The Craigslist Con: How One Ohio Couple Almost Lost It All
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by The CE Shop Team

A couple in Arlington, Ohio, fell victim to an online real estate scam in which con artists copy and repost listings to trick prospective renters into sending deposits.

Washington's Mini-Madoff Flies Free
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by The CE Shop Team

Local real estate investor, Darren Berg, succeeded in defrauding investors for $120 million in what became the biggest Ponzi scheme in Washington state history.

Broken Pennsylvania Promises: A Real Estate Firm’s $2M Scam
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by The CE Shop Team

In the 1980s, real estate group New Frontiers almost got away with a $2M mortgage con by targeting low-income, inexperienced buyers in the Keystone State.

The Land of Lies: Georgia’s Yazoo Land Scandal
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by The CE Shop Team

The Yazoo Land Scandal will go down in history as one of the most egregious real estate scams, setting in place protective legislation that is still used today.

Charles Ponzi’s Florida Real Estate Swampland Scam
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by The CE Shop Team

In 1925, Charles Ponzi committed one of the first and largest real estate Ponzi schemes in the U.S., coining the expression “Swampland in Florida”.

California Real Estate Desert Deception
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by The CE Shop Team

Nate Mendelsohn was a real estate developer who built a ghost town in the middle of the Mojave Desert, selling off land to tens of thousands of people.