West Michigan Company Victimized

April 04, 2014

West Michigan Company Victim of Real Estate Scam.

In January 2014, Dan Vos Construction Company of Ada, MI notified the BBB that their company name is being used in a real estate rental scam. The company has received contact from consumers in Arizona, New Jersey, and Texas. 
According to information provided by consumers, Richard and Janet Carlson are advertising a house for rent at various on-line listings. The listings first appeared on Craigslist.com in January, and have appeared in March on Hotpads.com. The BBB is aware of two specific 
homes being listed: 1380 Lasalle Street, Beaumont, TX 77066 and 
19 Robert Oakes Drive, Newark, DE 19713. 
The originator of the scam is stating that a "Richard Carlson" recently accepted a job with Dan Vos Construction Companies in Michigan and is relocating to MI, so he is offering his home in AZ, NJ, or TX for rent. According to consumers, the rent varies between $600 and $750 per month and includes all utilities. 
Dan Vos Construction Company has informed the BBB that the information stated in the scam is not true. Dan Vos Construction Company does not have rental properties or an employee 
named Richard or Janet Carlson. These individuals are unknown to the company. In addition, the company name is Dan Vos Construction Company - not Companies. 
As of April 1, 2014, both listings outlined above appear to have been removed. However, this type of scam is becoming increasingly more prevalent. 
BBB offers the following tips to avoid housing scams: 
  • If you become aware of an on-line scam, report it to the site host. Most site hosts have links on the home page at which fraudulent listings can be reported. 
  • NEVER wire funds via Western Union or any other wiring service or purchase Green Dot money cards for payment. 
  • Meet the homeowner in person at the property to tour the home together. 
  • NEVER give out personal information (bank account, social security number, credit card number, etc.) until you have seen the property in person. 
  • Be wary if the advertiser will only communicate by text message, or claims to be out of the country; these are both indicative of a scam. 
  • Lastly, remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.