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Real Estate App: Nowadays most things are available online. We search almost everything on the internet. Along with this, the trend of viewing properties online has also increased. There are many real estate platforms (apps or websites) like Magic Bricks, 99 Acres, Makaan.com to find a home-office for rent or a property to buy. Although these apps save you time in finding a house, but sometimes they can cause you great harm.
If you are going to see the property online, then be a little alert. Cheating has been done many times in this way. Scammers are present everywhere and their eyes are always on vulnerable users.
How to get lost from real estate apps
Sometimes fake property ads are inserted in real estate apps. You will be shown a picture but its actual view will be different. If you choose a house without visiting, then your condition may be of ‘showed something and got something’.
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Apart from this, another case of fraud has come to the fore. In this, the brokers found through these apps showed the rented house to the customers, then took them into confidence and took the advance. After a few days, when the customers called the broker, neither Maya nor the house was found. That is, it was a fraud of brokers, in which people were trapped and money was looted. Not much information could be found about these people.
How to avoid this type of fraud
If you are looking for a new property, then you can become a victim of such accidents. To avoid this, it would be better not to make any advance payment in haste.
- If you are finalizing the house by looking at the pictures online, then search the photo shown in the ad on Google. Sometimes the same photo is posted as different property in different apps. Obviously these would be fake pictures. Don’t trust them.
- If you are forced to give advance, then the broker can ask for ID proof like Aadhaar card. Apart from this, try to settle things by meeting or talking to the landlord.
- Not only this, find out about the property you want to buy from the people around you.
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